I often crave a good mystery, something I can piece together, a suspect list I can study over, a murder to solve. It’s a craveable reading experience all its own. To help you find your next favorite mystery, I’ve put together a list of what I think are the best mystery books of 2018. Enjoy!
Best Mystery Books 2018
by May Cobb
Month Read: October 2018
I frequently get review requests from authors but my TBR stack is long and I’m careful about which books I accept. Big Woods was one of those books that surprised me in the best possible way. It was better than I ever hoped. A satanic-panic mystery/thriller with the love of two sisters at its center and dual narratives between a teenage girl and elderly woman, both with answers the other needs. In Big Woods a string of missing children plagues a small town in Texas. When her little sister goes missing, teenage Leah decides to take the investigation into her own hands, doing whatever it takes to get her baby sister home.
The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder
by Sarah J. Harris
Month Read: July 2018
Unique perspectives are rare in any fiction, but Harris delivered unexpected wit and charm in her main character Jasper, a coarse, bird-loving teenage boy with synesthesia—a condition which causes him to see colors for every sound he hears and removes his ability to recognize faces. Jasper struggles to recall the events which led to his siren-like neighbor’s murder and determine who is ultimately responsible.
The Other Side of Everything
by Lauren Doyle Owens
Month Read: January 2018
The Other Side Of Everything was my first five-star read of 2018. It’s sold as a suburban mystery, but it’s so much more. It’s a literary fiction hiding under the guise of a whodunit. The characters are pleasantly well-explored and the writing style unexpectedly exquisite, exploring the power of connection in our modern world in the face of tragedy. This book surrounds a long-established neighborhood and its residents after a murder.
The Boy at the Keyhole
by Stephen Giles
Month Read: July 2018
Who doesn’t love a good gothic mystery? This short, neo-gothic wonder was an enjoyable little novel with an undeniable psychological edge. You’re never sure who to trust until the very end. A little boy in an isolated, once-grand country estate is under the sole care of the family’s housekeeper. His mother has been missing for weeks. She left in the middle of the night and without saying goodbye to her young son. The housekeeper says his mother is in America and will be home soon, but this young boy is starting to wonder if he believes this story.
by Anthony Horowitz
Month Read: March 2018
This is a book for the traditional mystery lover, the readers who enjoy nothing more than a good Sherlock Holmes reread on a cold winter night. It’s old-school in all the best ways. A distant detective, a list of suspects a mile long, a mysterious murder in a grand old house. Horowitz writes as any pro should, with detail, thought, and expertise in his genre.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list for the best mystery books of 2018! Be sure to check out these other posts for end of the year roundups for your favorite genres:
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Til next time,
Bex Skoog (formerly Bex Gorsuch) is a Book Blogger and Instagram Influencer who strives to connect readers with their next favorite book and encourages avid bibliophiles to make use of the inspiration found in fiction by implementing story into their day-to-day lives.