Great Upcoming Crime & Mystery Books

A chilling crime or mystery novel is the perfect pair for the chilly fall and winter weather, and there are plenty of great books to fit the bill this season. We’ve put together this list to clue you in to the best new crime and mystery books slated for release in October and November. Which one are you most excited for?


The Best American Mystery Stories 2015, edited by James Patterson

Part of the Best American series, this collection of short fiction has something for every mystery fan. Master storyteller James Patterson selected and edited the compilation, and contributing writers include Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, and Joyce Carol Oates. It’s a ‘greatest hits’ collection for mystery fans!

Release date: October 6, 2015


Dark Reservations by John Fortunato

Fortunato’s latest novel takes us to the American Southwest, where Bureau of Indian Affairs special agent Joe Evers is being forced into a scandalous early retirement. But before he goes, he’s confronted with new evidence in a cold case. Fighting for justice and his career, Evers gets one last crack at the case.

Release date: October 13, 2015


Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

J.K. Rowling’s critically acclaimed Cormoran Strike series continues in this latest installment. The story opens with a gruesome discovery: someone has mailed protagonist Robin Ellacott a severed human leg. She and her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, are determined to find out who sent it – and why.

Release date: October 20, 2015


Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell

Rendell was one of the crime and mystery genre’s most exciting writers, and we’re sure she’ll deliver with Dark Corners. In Rendell’s new book, a wealthy heir finds himself blackmailed by a creepy roommate. As he searches for a way out, Carl Martin is forced to take extreme measures himself.

Release date: October 27, 2015


The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith has written fifteen installments of his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, and he’s finally giving his characters a break. This novel opens with a slow period at the agency. Protagonist Precious Ramotswe finally has time to take a vacation! McCall Smith doesn’t give his character long to unwind, though: Ramotswe soon finds that even during a holiday, mystery and intrigue are everywhere.

Release date: October 27, 2015


The Crossing by Michael Connelly

Connelly’s latest thriller follows his popular character, Harry Bosch. Bosch is a retired LAPD detective, so he’s reluctant to work for a defense team. But he can’t say no when his half-brother, a lawyer, asks him to help dig into a case. Soon, Bosch discovers that the mystery involves the LAPD – and Bosch himself.

Release date: November 3, 2015


Numero Zero by Umberto Eco

Italian master Umberto Eco has already cemented his reputation as a literary titan. His latest book, Numero Zero, will bolster his credentials as a weaver of mysteries. Eco’s imaginative mystery is set in Italy in 1992. Intrigue and murder are everywhere – from the Vatican to the alleys of Milan.

Release date: November 3, 2015


All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

Mystery master Mary Higgins Clark is back! This is the second book in the Under Suspicion series, which began with The Cinderella Murder. In All Dressed in White, Higgins Clark’s TV producer protagonist investigates the case of a missing bride.

Release date: November 17, 2015


Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich

Tricky Twenty-Two has been on our radar for a while now, and it’s finally almost here. Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series is one of the best in the genre right now, and this twenty-second installment promises to live up to the series’ reputation. This novel plunges Plum into the strange world of a college in Trenton, New Jersey.

Release date: November 17, 2015


Cross Justice by James Patterson

Cross Justice is the latest novel in James Patterson’s massively popular Alex Cross series. The new novel takes Cross back to his hometown in North Carolina, where his own cousin is being accused of a horrific crime. Cross’ own family secrets intertwine with a murder mystery in this thriller.

Release date: November 23, 2015


Stephen L., Staff Writer