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Temperatures are getting cooler, and that means I’m ready to curl up in my living room, light a fire, sip some gin and ginger tea, and catch up on my 2022 Goodreads Challenge (just seven books behind schedule…that is OK …).
One of my favorite things about Kindle Unlimited is how much it has evolved over the years. I have met so many authors that I would never have found in the library or bookstores and have enjoyed a huge and varied selection of books.
Mystery books have become my jam lately. I used to avoid her – being something of a twink – but now I understand her appeal and have devoured her with delighted devotion. I usually have one either on audio or in my hands, and if it’s part of a series, all the better. I prefer my protagonists to be female whenever possible, and I appreciate an author who sidesteps the dead girl trope. I also enjoy a good historical crime thriller set outside of Victorian England, which seems to be the default setting for such books. While the weather is getting horrible outside, there are a number of mystery series that I’m either right into or on my TBR that I think are worth sharing. To make it easier to get started, each series begins with its first book.
9 of the Best Kindle Unlimited Mystery Series to Read Right Now
The Heiress of Linn Hagh (The Detective Lavender Mysteries) by Karen Charlton
Detective Stephen Lavender was one of the early Bow Street Runners, the forerunners of today’s detectives. Charlton takes Lavender’s story and adds fiction to achieve enchanting results. There are currently six Detective Lavender Mysteries, two of which are based on Lavender’s true cases.
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Blessop’s Wife (Historical Mysteries Collection) by Barbara Gaskell Denvil
Denvil’s readers enjoy her detailed descriptions of 15th-century England and are fortunate to own eight volumes of the Historical Mysteries Collection. The cover claims you can’t read them in any particular order, although I’ll read them in numerical order anyway.
The Dublin Trilogy Deluxe Part 1 (The Bunny McGarry Collection) by Caimh McDonnell
As you can see from the photo, the Dublin trilogy spans more than three books. In fact, it spans seven volumes and is “the funniest crime series” many readers have come across.
Death by Dumpling: A Noodle Shop Mystery (A Noodle Shop Mystery, Book 1) by Vivien Chien
I will never stop recommending this cozy series by Vivien Chien. Her characters are delightful and everything about this (currently) nine book series is fun. I’ve gotten into the habit of listening to them cook so they don’t make me hungry for pasta.
A Brazen Curiosity: A Regency Cozy (Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries) by Lynn Messina
Messina’s cozy mystery series currently has 11 volumes and will delight fans of historical novels who like a little detective work and a mix of delicious wit.
Itsy Bitsy Spider (Emma Frost 1) by Willow Rose
The Emma Frost series has earned Willow Rose the title of Queen of Plot Twists. Spanning 13 volumes, this series can have you oscillating between popping and reading – or, in particularly suspenseful chapters, doing both at the same time.
Disappeared (Dixon & Baudin) by Victor Methos
Victor Methos is a former defense attorney-turned-author who has written many two- to three-part book series, many of which are available on Kindle Unlimited. First of all, Dixon & Baudin is a somber series about the gray areas of detective work.
Merciless Legacy: An Asha Kade Private Detective Mystery Thriller (Merciless Murder Thriller Book 1) by Tikiri Herath
Trafficked in her youth, Asha Kade is now a private investigator, burdened both by her past and the dying wish of an elderly acquaintance. As she searches for her family, she uncovers a deadly family secret – and it’s only in book one (of the current six).
Malice: A Mystery (The Kyoichiro Kaga Series, Book 1) by Keigo Higashino
A best-selling author is found murdered in a locked room. Detective Kyochiro Kaga is assigned to investigate, and in the process he recognizes a face from his own – and the victim’s – past. Higashino is an acclaimed author in Asia, and it’s gratifying to see him gaining recognition in English-speaking countries.
This list could honestly go on and on. In total we have 66 books in nine series, and several of the authors listed have multiple series to their credit – phew!
For more recommended mystery reading, check out our picks for the best mystery books of 2022 and our mystery, thriller and true crime archives for even more.