October 13 Mystery, Thriller and True Crime Books to Read

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For anyone who melted in the absurd heat of summer this year (Mother Nature has every right to be crazy boy in humans), we finally lose heat for cool temperatures. And that means it’s time to swap our summer TBR stack for our fall TBR stack – AKA just piles a ton of extra pounds on top of the existing TBR stack. Mmmmmmm the books.

Obviously, you’re here for mysteries, thrillers, and true crime, so good news: I’ve got a bunch of new October releases for you. All you have to do is select your most cozy and comfortable reading spot during the fall (or if you listen to audiobooks while working out hard, that works too!) and maybe think about a snack (Halloween candy!) and a nice hot cup of something. I’m all about blankets and big fluffy socks for fall reading. Now onto the books!

Whether you lean towards the horror-thriller side of the genre or enjoy jumping through the Victorian era with an amateur sleuth, I’ve got you covered. There’s true crime based on what was a sensational case at the time, fictional murder game, cozies (including some for foodies!), translated crime, mid-level, and historical fiction.

Blackmail and Bibingka (Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #3)
by Mia P. Manansala

Calling all fans of cozy mystery and foodies! Bonus if you like books that take place over the Christmas period. Lila Macapagal should be fully focused on her new Brew-ha cafe-opening adventure, but it’s a cozy mystery, so you know things are going to get tough. Which they do in the form of Tita’s son Rosie returning after years, which Lila isn’t thrilled about given the blackmail letter that he’s in for some shady business. And then he finds himself a murder suspect… If you want to start from the beginning, take Arsenic and Adobo.

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Undercover Latina by Aya de Leon

Here’s a mid-level spy action title from an author with great adult mystery novels (Uptown Thief; A spy in the fight). Andréa Hernández-Baldoquín works for an international organization, the Factory, with her family of spies. Now, at fourteen, she’s given herself her first solo mission: to pose as a non-Latin white woman and befriend the estranged son of a white supremacist. What could go wrong? – I mean, for starters, she should never go wrong and reveal that she speaks Spanish, and her family is Mexican and Puerto Rican, why crush a target’s Latino friend…

Cover of the book Calypso, corpses and cooking

Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking (A Caribbean Cooking Mystery #2) by Raquel V. Reyes

And another call for lovers of cozy mystery cooking! This time we are in Miami, with the host of a local cooking show, a mother and of course an amateur detective. It’s fall in Miami which means Halloween decorations in light weather. What Miriam Quiñones-Smith didn’t expect to find next to her tombstone courtyard decor was a real corpse. But that’s just the beginning of the corpses, and Miriam still has to deal with the stepmother from hell while trying to help organize a food festival. Naturally, Miriam is going to have to investigate, keep her family together, and try not to get murdered in the process! If you want to start from the beginning, take Mango, Mambo and Murder.

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Wherever You Run by Wanda M. Morris

For fans of historical mystery and sisters, here is the new novel by the author of All her little secrets (a great 2021 title). Violet Richards kills the man who brutally attacked her, endangering her as a black woman in Jackson, Mississippi with Jim Crow laws. So she fled to Georgia. Her older sister Marigold is also forced to flee, unmarried and pregnant, when the police show up for Violet. But have the sisters left the danger behind?

Jackal book cover by Erin E. Adams

Jackal by Erin E. Adams

For fans of thrillers, horror and missing girl intrigue. Liz Rocher returns to her Pennsylvania hometown for a friend’s wedding when the bride’s daughter goes missing, leaving behind the bloody fabric of her clothes. The more Liz delves into the town’s history, the more dangerous the woods seem. This isn’t the first case of a missing black girl, and it’s far from the only one…

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The Soul of a Killer (Books & Mystery Cookies #2) by Abby Collette

More cozy for gourmets, this time with twins. Keaton and Koby were separated as children. Later, they united and opened Books & Biscuits (I want to go there!). Koby’s adoptive mother and a store employee argue with a future murder victim putting them on the suspect list! Looks like Keaton and Koby will have to put on their detective caps to help clear their names. If you want to start at the beginning of the series, choose Food for body and soul.

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The Storyteller’s Death by Ann Dávila Cardinal

For fans of family sagas, magical realism and mystery. After Isla Larsen Sanchez’s father passed away, her mother began sending her summers to Puerto Rico to stay with her grandmother and great-aunt. At 18, after her grandmother’s death, she discovers that she has now inherited her grandmother’s gift: the stories of the deceased family members unfold before her. It’s all fun and games until she sees a murder play out.

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Lady Joker, Volume 2 by Kaoru Takamura, Marie Iida (Translator), Allison Markin Powell (Translator)

This is the second part of Lady Joker, so start there if you haven’t already. This is a two-part Japanese crime novel based on an unsolved true crime. Five men in 1995 Tokyo come together for revenge. They plan to kidnap the CEO of Japan’s largest beer conglomerate for cash. What could go wrong?

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A Doomful of Sugar by Catherine Bruns

If you’re looking for a new cozy series, start here! This one takes place in Vermont with an artisan experience in maple syrup for all the cozy fall vibes. Leila Khoury returns to her hometown to take over the family business after her father’s murder. Maybe he wasn’t as loved as she thought? With suspected family members and a business to run, she better solve this case!

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Sinister Graves (Cash Blackbear Mysteries #3) by Marcie R. Rendon

This is a great detective series that follows a young Chippewa woman Renee Blackbear, known as Cash. She had a car accident with her family as a toddler and ended up in foster care, with Sheriff Wheaton doing his best to watch over her. Now she’s an adult in college, cheered on by Wheaton and helping her on cases: the body of an unidentified Native woman is found after a flood drives Cash and Wheaton’s other charge to White Earth Reservation. If you want to start from the beginning, take Murder on the Red River.

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In Myrtle Peril (Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries #4) by Elizabeth C. Bunce

A delightful mid-level series (super enjoyable for adults too) for fans of precocious teens, amateur sleuths and the Victorian era. Myrtle Hardcastle’s father is hired to prove/disprove a girl’s identity since she claims the Snowcroft family fortune. Problem? She would have been lost at sea. Could it be her or a crook? Myrtle will have a lot to solve, especially when her father witnesses a murder while in the hospital… If you want to start from the beginning, take premeditated myrtle. Bonus: the audiobooks have an excellent narrator (Bethan Rose Young).

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Deadly Triangle: The Famous Architect, His Wife, Their Chauffeur, and Murder Most Foul by Susan Goldenberg

For true readers of crimes, history and sensational cases. The murder of architect Francis Mawson Rattenbury in 1935 put his younger second wife and their driver on trial together. You’ll learn about Francis Mawson Rattenbury, his wife Alma, and how they came together, and later how George joined the picture. And then you’re taken to the trial, where people were lining up at the time to be seated.

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The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict

For fans of holiday books and murder games (fictional of course). In order to inherit a mansion, Lily and her cousins ​​must participate in the annual treasure hunt while staying home during Christmas week. But they’re not playing a game to get the house, but rather to solve a mystery from the past: what happened to Lily’s mother? It would make things a lot worse if, you know, they lost power and people started dying.

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