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The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of April

There are a lot of big novels in our list of the Best Mysteries, Thrillers & Suspense of April. To introduce the list, I'm going to focus on books that are already published or smaller books that might not get the attention they deserve.


The first book is Laurie King's The Murder of Mary Russell, which published this Tuesday and is a part of King's long-running series featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. Mary Russell is Sherlock Holmes' wife, and the novel is written as memoir. This is a particularly good book in the series with a circuitous story line that goes back in time before it returns to Russell and Holmes' present. It can be read as a standalone, but if it sounds like your kind of thing, you should check out the entire series.


Maestra by L.S. Hinton is a small book now, probably only because it's a debut. There's a chance, though, that this one could be really big when it publishes on April 19th. Here's how Amazon Senior Editor, Seira Wilson, describes the novel: "A psychological thriller reminiscent of The Talented Mr. Ripley except that here Tom Ripley is the unreliable narrator Judith Rashleigh, a woman with a penchant for art, fashion and--let's just call it what it is--X-rated sex. At first Judith seems to be an ambitious working class girl trying to rise above her shabby roots and gain entry into the upper echelon of the art world and society, a world she knows she belongs in but can't quite touch. And that is where things begin, but when Judith is wronged, instead of falling apart she becomes someone new--a dangerous chameleon who's calculating ways gain entry to the glamorous life. Maestra challenges what you think you know about the characters and action right up until the very end in this smart, morally tangled, and very promising beginning to a new trilogy."


Finally, a book that I really enjoyed this month. Here's what I had to say in my Best of the Month review: "Dodgers is a thriller that seems to come out of the blue, a unique novel that could be described as equal parts Richard Price and Mark Twain, but in the end is its own thing entirely. The beginning is familiar: an inner city Los Angeles kid named East is working as a low level hired gun assigned to watch a drug den. When things go bad, he is sent out of town with his wilder half-brother and two older gang members to perform a hit. Their target is a man who is hiding out in Wisconsin. What comes next is a novel that is part road trip, part fish-out-of-water, part violent crime thriller, part coming-of-age, and something else altogether. The sense of empathy that the author, Bill Beverly, creates in the reader is as illuminating as it is unexpected. These are characters who we care for, even if we never expected to, and as East finds himself at a personal crossroads, we are right there with him. I tore through this novel and was genuinely disappointed that it had to end."


You can see our full list of the Best Mysteries, Thrillers & Suspense here.


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