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From crumbling gothic mansions to deserted islands to suburban neighborhoods with a dark side, the best thriller and mystery books of 2022 will take you to some spooky locales this year. However, 2022 is also shaping up to be the year of the cozy mystery. While the genre — which is known for mixing murders with laughs — has always been beloved by its fans, it’s set to make its mark on the mainstream in a big way thanks to highly anticipated new releases from Jesse Q. Sutanto, Gigi Pandian, and Mia P. Manansala.
Are you more of a twist-filled thriller fan? Then this year has plenty of new releases to keep you happy, too. Prepare for fresh reads from the likes of Lucy Foley, Simone St. James, Ruth Wilson, Riley Sager, and Alex Finlay. Once you add in the debut novels from authors who are eager to make their mark on the genre, it becomes clear there’s no shortage of excellent thriller and mystery books coming to a bookstore (or e-reader) near you.
Ready to dive into some mystery and mayhem? Then read on for a list of every single mystery and thriller book you need to add to your ever-growing TBR this year.
— Additional reporting by Alicia Geigel and Iyana Jones