5 Top Mystery Books of 2023

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The mystery and thriller genres continue to captivate readers in 2023. This year brings compelling new releases from both veterans and newcomers to the genre. Ranging from psychological thrillers to classic whodunnits, here are 5 top mystery books to look out for in 2023.

The Maid by Nita Prose

The Maid by Nita Prose has earned significant buzz as one of the year’s most anticipated mysteries. This debut novel follows Molly Gray, a hotel maid who finds a wealthy hotel guest murdered in his bed. With her high attention to detail and observational skills, Molly takes it upon herself to solve the case as the police dismiss her as a witness (Prose, 2022).

Early praise has highlighted The Maid’s quirky and endearing protagonist along with its social commentary on overlooked members of society. Bestselling author Ruth Ware called it, “A twisty, delightfully wicked treat” (Prose, 2022). Look for The Maid to be one of the year’s breakout hits.

Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter

Veteran crime writer Karin Slaughter returns with Girl, Forgotten, the 20th novel in her acclaimed series. Fans eagerly anticipate Slaughter’s new tale featuring detective Andrea Oliver and investigator Will Trent. In Girl, Forgotten, the two tackle the case of a cold-case murder and missing girls, teaming up to dig into the dark history of a small town (Slaughter, 2023).

Slaughter has become renowned for her gripping, sophisticated crime fiction. Her latest promises to deliver on her reputation, with Publishers Weekly praising Girl, Forgotten as “outstanding” (Slaughter, 2023).

The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid

Celebrated Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid is back in 2023 with his mysterious new book The Last White Man. Hamid is known for weaving social themes into genre fiction in award-winning novels like Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. In The Last White Man, he tackles race, extremism and moral panics in the story of a man who wakes up one morning to find his skin has turned dark (Hamid, 2023).

Early reviews have called The Last White Man a “brilliant work” that examines racial tensions and bias with Hamid’s signature “philosophical wisdom” (Kirkus Reviews, 2022). It promises to be one of the year’s most thought-provoking mysteries.

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

For fans of literary mysteries, keep an eye out for Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by acclaimed author Gabrielle Zevin. The novel revolves around two friends who design a wildly successful video game, only to have their partnership challenged when one is found dead (Zevin, 2023).

Zevin has earned praise for her vivid characters and emotional depth in previous works like The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. Early reviews suggest Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow will deliver more of her nuanced, resonant storytelling wrapped in a page-turning mystery.

The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes

Rounding out the list is the debut of The House in the Pines by new Mexican-American author Ana Reyes. This haunting tale follows a teenager who moves with her family to a remote house in New Mexico, where she begins having disturbing visions connecting back to a century-old kidnapping (Reyes, 2023).

Booklist calls The House in the Pines a “chilling, atmospheric novel” that establishes Reyes as a fresh voice in horror and mystery fiction (Booklist, 2022). With its rich sense of place and nods to Mexican folk tales, The House in the Pines looks to be one of the year’s standout debuts.

Whether you love classic detective stories, psychological thrillers, or suspenseful literary fiction, 2023 has captivating new mysteries on offer from both veteran and up-and-coming authors. Mark your calendars for these 5 titles topping the must-read lists of mystery lovers this year.

References:

Prose, N. (2022). The maid: A novel. Ballantine Books.

Slaughter, K. (2023). Girl, forgotten. William Morrow.

Hamid, M. (2023). The last white man. Riverhead Books.

Zevin, G. (2023). Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. Ballantine Books.

Reyes, A. (2023). The house in the pines. Dial Press.

Kirkus Reviews. (2022). The last white man

Booklist. (2022). The house in the pines. https://www.booklistreader.com/2022/10/01/book-review-the-house-in-the-pines/

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