Flyleaf's Favorite Mysteries & Thrillers of 2021

April in Spain Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335471406
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Published: Hanover Square Press - October 5th, 2021

One of Banville's best mysteries- he's a master at complicated plot, rich setting and fascinating character development. I couldn't stop reading - one of those "oh I know what's going on" - nope, not this time! Beautiful writing is your companion through an utterly enjoyable romp through Spring in the UK, Ireland and northern Spain. --Jamie

Lady Joker, Volume 1 Cover Image
By Kaoru Takamura, Allison Markin Powell (Translated by), Marie Iida (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781616957018
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Published: Soho Crime - April 13th, 2021

Published in Japan in 1997 but newly translated into English, this sprawling, slow-burning crime novel takes us on a deep dive into post-war Japanese culture. Takamura tackles kidnapping, corporate cover-ups, and racist history while bringing to life a cast of fascinating characters that wouldn't be out of place on certain classic HBO dramas. --Tony

Later Cover Image
ISBN: 9781789096491
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Published: Hard Case Crime - March 2nd, 2021

The third of Stephen King’s contributions to the Hard Case Crime publisher imprint, Later is part classic-King horror, part old school crime thriller, and part coming-of-age story. A boy with the unique gift of being able to see and speak with the dead uses his supernatural talents to help his literary agent mother, struggling after her star author passes away. But his gifts don’t go unnoticed, and now the wrong people are after him. Fans of Stephen King’s created universes will find plenty of familiar ideas here. --Colin

Sleepless: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250824790
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 19th, 2021

How far would you go to help a friend who committed a crime? After being released from prison, Nadja just wants to lead a normal life, but then she finds herself stuck in the midst of another crime where it's unclear if she will be the suspect or the victim... --Jennie

These Silent Woods: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250793393
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Published: Minotaur Books - November 16th, 2021

Taut and atmospheric,  featuring an adorable kid, a sympathetic father, and a creepy neighbor. Total page-turner. --Maggie

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It: A Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250241702
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 2nd, 2021

A mystery writer and single mom is mistaken for a hit-woman and things go awry. Fast-paced, entertaining, and amusing, Cosimano's adult debut is a quick, enjoyable read for anyone who enjoys humorous mysteries. And it seems to be set up for a sequel! Yes, please! --Jennie

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ISBN: 9781641293099
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Published: Soho Crime - August 31st, 2021

Ten years in and Slough House is the best yet of the excellent Slow Horses series - based on the exploits of a department of disgraced British spies. Herron has been called the "new" John Le Carre and this novel stands up easily to that high honor. Different, less formal, but very satisfying spy-vs-spy plot lines and suspense. --Jamie

Who is Maud Dixon?: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316500319
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 2nd, 2021

Suspenseful, full of characters you love to hate, and so fast-paced you can't put it down, this novel is like the The Talented Mr. Ripley with female characters PLUS extra twists.--Jennie

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ISBN: 9780593356821
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Published: Del Rey - August 17th, 2021

Fresh on the heels of one of my favorite books of 2020 (Mexican Gothic) Silvia Moreno-Garcia is back with another book I absolutely devoured. Set during the student riots of 1970s Mexico City, Velvet Was the Night adeptly mixes action, romance, crime, politics, and plenty of Mexican history to tell a beautiful story about love and responsibility in the face of deep and brutal governmental corruption. --Colin

The Guest List: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062868947
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 3rd, 2021

Family drama, British schoolboy antics, and murder...set at a posh wedding on a remote Irish island, The Guest List is a dark, twisty tale with a conclusion you won't see coming! --Ellie

The Windsor Knot: A Novel (Her Majesty the Queen Investigates #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063050006
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Published: William Morrow - March 9th, 2021

A charming twist on the British murder mystery- fun insight into the potential daily life of Queen Elizabeth, which is fascinating in and of itself, but also a fun mystery as the Queen's able sidekick does the legwork and together she and the Queen push the facts towards the official investigators to get the puzzle solved. Enjoyable - I look forward to the next in the series. --Jamie

Bobby March Will Live Forever Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609456856
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Published: World Noir - April 6th, 2021

Alan Parks really hits his stride with the third Harry McCoy Scottish Noir mystery. The hard-knock characters on both sides of the law move through an amazingly atmospheric setting: 1970's Glasgow where drugs, music, graft and The Troubles are all part of the scene. The dialogue is fantastic, if not for the faint of heart, full of endearing Scottish turns of phrase but also chock-a-block with cheeky banter and curse words you'll be sorry you looked up. I loved every bit of this hard-boiled Scottish tale. --Jamie