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The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of March



There are some heavy hitters in our picks for the Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense of March, headlined by our Best of the Month pick, Harlan Coben's Fool Me Once. Here are a few highlights:

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Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben - Amazon's Penny Mann says of Fool Me Once: Checking the nanny cam from work Maya, an ex-special ops pilot, sees her daughter playing with her husband--a man who was supposedly murdered two weeks prior. What follows is a thrilling and twisted adventure as she tries to find out what is and isn't real. Harlan Coben brings a lot to the table in this new novel--multiple plot lines, suspense and mystery, in-depth research, the strains of being a single parent, and even the effects of PTSD--and he doesn't disappoint.

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The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver - Deaver's popular quadriplegic forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme returns for another thrilling case, this time in the hunt for a brilliant killer who turns common products into murder weapons. Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer. She's chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when an escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her quarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victim. She and famed forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme soon learn, however, that the incident may not have been an accident at all, but the first in a series of intentional attacks.

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The Passengers by Chris Pavone - Will Rhodes is a travel writer, recently married, and barely solvent. His idealism is rapidly giving way to disillusionment and the worry that he's living the wrong life. Then one night, on assignment for the award-winning Travelers magazine in the wine region of Argentina, a beautiful woman makes him an offer he can't refuse. The offer will draw him into a web of intrigue, taking him across Europe, from a chateau in Bordeaux to a midnight raid on a Paris mansion, from a dive bar in Dublin to a mega-yacht in the Mediterranean and an isolated cabin perched on the rugged cliffs of Iceland.

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All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage - All Things Cease to Appear is a literary thriller that covers two families, separated by time. Set during the 70s in a rural college town outside of Albany, N.Y., the story opens when George Clare returns from the local college where he teaches to find his wife dead and his three-year-old daughter alone in her room. He is the natural suspect, but there is much more to the story. This is part murder mystery, part exploration of dark family dynamics, part ghost story. It's definitely on the literary end of the spectrum.

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Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye - What is Jane Eyre was a murderer? Huh, you say?

A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law while penning macabre "last confessions" of the recently hanged, Jane thrills at discovering an advertisement.  Her aunt has died and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess. Jane takes the position incognito, and learns that Highgate House is full of marvelously strange new residents—the fascinating but caustic Mr. Thornfield, an army doctor returned from the Sikh Wars, and the gracious Sikh butler Mr. Sardar Singh, whose history with Mr. Thornfield appears far deeper and darker than they pretend. As Jane catches ominous glimpses of the pair's violent history and falls in love with the gruffly tragic Mr. Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him—body, soul, and secrets—without revealing her own murderous past? 

 

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