February 3, 2023

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8 December Mystery & Thriller reading at the end of the year

We’ve made it to all the best-of-year lists, plus all the lists screaming anticipation for the books coming out in 2023. But we still have the month of December, which is the right time for this moment. While it’s traditionally been the quiet period of publishing when not many books were released, I’ve noticed that blockbuster series and/or authors have been released in December for the last few years, including this year, which features a new entry a very popular YA crime series.

Whether you love or hate the holidays, love to buy books for others, or just want to settle down with a few books to say goodbye to 2022, I’ve got new releases for you. There’s a new “Truly Devious” book for a locked room mystery, there’s the third book in a fun procedural series, a great mysteries in Japanese translation, a re-release of SA Cosby’s debut mysteries, a new cozy mystery series , a YA Heist novel, and a social thriller focused on climate change. Basically, I’ve got you covered with a list of many different crime books for different reading moods and tastes, so everyone can find something to curl up with!

A Million to One by Adiba Jaigirdar

Let’s start with a heist on the Titanic – what could go wrong?! Josefa, Emilie, Hinnah and Violet are all very different and share a common goal: to steal a jeweled book aboard the RMS Titanic. They have enough against them to make this a near-impossible heist, but they might not even get away with their lives…

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Nine Liars (Truly Devious #5) by Maureen Johnson

If you are already a fan of Truly Devious, go to this one! If you’ve never read the series, you can start with this one or with the previous one, The Box in the Woods. Both can be read independently. However, the first three books in the series, starting with Truly Devious, are a trilogy and should be read as such. Okay, now that we’ve got that covered, let’s talk about Nine Liars. While her boyfriend is studying at London High School, senior Stevie Bell persuades the principal to let her and her friends study in London. Now, not only is Stevie dating her boyfriend, but she also meets a woman with an aunt who once murdered two best friends while the rest of the friends were playing a drunken game of hide-and-seek in the middle of the night. The case is still unsolved and when the aunt goes missing, Stevie is on the case!

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My Darkest Prayer by SA Cosby

SA Cosby is the author of Blacktop Wasteland and Razorblade Tears which were big hits. Now his debut novel My Darkest Prayer is out. Nathan Waymaker is a former sheriff’s deputy and Marine who is currently taking jobs that have exhausted all other opportunities. So he ends up with the responsibility of making sure the local minister’s death isn’t ignored. Enter all the small town politics, corruption and troubles that come in Waymaker’s way.

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A Rough Day on a Hangover (Sunshine Vicram #3) by Darynda Jones

While these can be read out of order in relation to the cases in each book, there is an ongoing mystery in the main characters’ personal lives that unfolds in the first and second books. A new sheriff because her parents got her the job without her knowing, Sunshine Vicram is a single mom with plenty of personal life and work dramas — including a raccoon terrorizing her partner. The case she is currently working on involves missing women. If you like dark humor police procedures and want to start at the beginning, get A Bad Day for Sunshine.

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A Death in Tokyo by Keigo Higashino, translated by Giles Murray

I will read every single book by Higashino that gets translated. He is a great mystery detective writer for fans who want to observe all the details and clues of a case being meticulously solved by a detective. Two things happen on the same night: a man is found stabbed, not where the attack took place; A man involved in a car accident is in a coma and was carrying the murdered man’s wallet. Detective Kyoichiro Kaga is on the case to find out why the stabbed man died injured at the base of a statue; how the other man got his wallet; and who committed the murder.

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This dangerous energy of Aya de León

Here’s a social thriller that focuses on climate change and another author whose work I always read. Morgan Faraday thought her life would suddenly come together: She’s going to marry Sebastian Reid, a billionaire oil tycoon who is turning his company green. But too good to be true suddenly crashes into her life when she discovers it’s all talk and his company has caused multiple environmental disasters. She must risk everything to find the evidence she needs to expose him…

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Someone Had To Do It by Amber Brown and Danielle Brown

Here’s a homegrown thriller for any cost fans. Taylor Hanson is threatened by her father: her entire inheritance depends on her passing a drug test. Oh, and he’s also marrying someone too close to Taylor’s age. So why not just fix the source of the problem? Brandi Maxwell, a fashion house intern, falls under the spell of her family and overhears something she wasn’t supposed to hear at the Hansons’ party.

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Vinyl Resting Place (Record Shop Mystery #1) by Olivia Blacke

This is a perfect addition for fans of cozy mysteries and family businesses. Sisters June, Tansy and Maggie Jessup have opened a music and coffee shop in Cedar River, Texas. Putting a damper on property, however, is finding a dead body in the pantry and arresting her uncle. When they rescue him and he disappears, the Jessup sisters must figure out what’s happening – and fast.

To all the great crime books of 2022! And if you’re looking for even more crime reads, check out all of our mystery/thriller posts. You can also find a full list of new releases in the magical New Releases Index, carefully curated by your favorite Book Riot editors, organized by genre and release date.