Hear No Evil: 7 Best Mystery Audiobooks to Fuel Your Inner Sleuth

Relax into a cozy mystery–or try on something a bit more thrilling.

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Audiobook lovers don’t have to feel neglected anymore. Thanks to Audible’s ever-growing archive of audiobooks, there’s something for every reader, whether it’s the classic mysteries of Agatha Christie or modern espionage and paranormal thrillers. Just proceed with caution–perhaps with one ear bud out –so that when your cubicle-mate taps you on the shoulder you don’t let out an embarrassing, blood-curdling scream. 

Buy The Alienist at Amazon

The Alienist

By Caleb Carr

Now a television series on TNT, Caleb Carr’s historical fiction novel takes place in 1896 New York, where the city’s gilded age hides the tarnish of its violent underbelly. When a boy prostitute is found brutally murdered underneath the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, Dr. Lazlo Kreizler, the alienist (an early term for criminal profiler) calls on the help of his friend, reporter John Schuyler Moore. Together with Sara Howard, a secretary in the police department, the three uncover some alarming truths about the murder as they work together to build a profile of a depraved killer. 

Buy Red Sparrow at Amazon

Red Sparrow

By Jason Matthews

Now a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, Red Sparrow is a thrilling modern take on the classic spy novel. Dominika was inducted into serving Russian intelligence as a “sparrow,” a female seductress/spy, against her will. Then, the powers-that-be order her to go head-to-head with the CIA’s point man in Russia. Will Dominika take the opportunity to become a double agent for the CIA to pay back the government that forced her into life as a sparrow? 

Related: 10 of the Best Spy Novels for Espionage Lovers 

Buy Alias Grace at Amazon

Alias Grace

By Margaret Atwood

From the author of A Handmaid’s Tale, Grace Marks has been accused of the murder of her employer and his housekeeper/mistress. Though she cl­­­aims to have no memory of the crimes, Grace is convicted and sent to jail. A sympathetic doctor interested in mental illness hopes to discover the truth behind Grace’s predicament, but finds himself ill prepared for the reality that the charming, if odd, young woman may in fact be a cold-blooded killer. The newly re-released audiobook features Sarah Gadon, who plays Grace in the Netflix series, reading the twisty tale.

Buy The Woman in the Window at Amazon

The Woman in the Window

By A.J. Finn

In the vein of Paula Hawkins’ runaway bestseller, The Girl on the Train, A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window is a twisted tale of obsession. Anna Fox suffers from agoraphobia–a fear of wide-open spaces–so she rarely ventures out of her house, where she lives alone. When a family moves in across the street, in her loneliness and boredom she believes she witnesses a crime. Can Anna believe her own eyes, or has her illness warped her mind?

Related: 8 Books Like The Girl on the Train 

Buy The Ghost Notebooks at Amazon

The Ghost Notebooks

By Ben Dolnick

Newly engaged, Nick Beron and Hannah Rampe have embarked on a new life in upstate New York, away from the hustle and bustle of the city as caretakers of a historic museum. Their hopes for peace and quiet are quickly dashed, though, when they hear strange things at night, and one morning, Nick awakes to find Hannah vanished into thin air. In order to find her, Nick will have to search the dark history of his new home and its original owner … who may not have ever left. 

Buy Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Stories at Amazon

Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Stories

By John Taylor

Who better to read four new stories inspired by the character of Sherlock Holmes than the actor who has portrayed him the most memorably (or at least, most recently)? Benedict Cumberbatch reads these four stories inspired by the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, written by John Taylor. As Watson helpfully explains, these four cases were found in Holmes’ archive and have yet to see the light of day—a fun and thrilling expedition for any die-hard Sherlock fan. 

Related: The 8 Best Sherlock Episodes to Jump-Start Your Obsession 

Buy Murder on the Orient Express at Amazon

Murder on the Orient Express

By Agatha Christie

Actor Dan Stevens, best known as Downton Abbey’s Matthew Crawley, reads Agatha Christie’s classic mystery Murder on the Orient Express, recently adapted into a movie once more with an all-star cast including Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, and Judi Dench. When a millionaire turns up dead in his train car, luckily Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot is onboard and points out that the suspect is most definitely still on the train, stalled by a snowdrift. The only question: Can Poirot identify the murderer before he strikes again? 

Related: 9 Books for Fans of Murder on the Orient Express 

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Published on 13 Jul 2018