Best Mystery Audiobooks
Cracking the list of top mystery audiobooks wide open.
Love a good whodunit? What about a whoisit? Or wherearethey? Then you’re after the best mystery audiobooks. This is the genre that poses more questions than it’s willing to answer without a solicitor present and keeps you guessing until the very end. It is also incredibly moreish, in a once-you-pop unstoppable sort of way.
Defining what counts as an audiobook of the mysterious kind is in itself almost as puzzling as the works of Agatha Christie. In the traditional sense, it means murder mystery, with a detective and an investigation. But there’s so much more to it. Thrillers are often mysteries as are many works of women’s fiction.
Audiobook producers have some nifty tricks to add twists and turns to the labyrinth of unknowns and red herrings. They might mislead by using the same narrator for different roles. They might switch narrator at the very end for the ultimate reveal. And the narrators themselves can either drop breadcrumbs or misdirect with a deft change of tone.
Best Mystery Audiobooks 2022
Mystery came bursting out of the gate in 2022, with audio books like The Maid, The Birthday Party and Just Another Liar. And there’s a lot more where those came from.
Top Mystery Audiobooks
I FOUND YOU. Three simple words that set this sinister story in motion and immediately signpost its utterly creepy tone. Oh and there is so much more. Two little girls, one terrible secret, a place called "the doll house", it's all going on in this fanastic 2022 release.
Carol Monda , David Chandler
It's absolutely zero surprise that Netflix made this one into a series. Harlan Coben is a master of mystery and this is one of his best. When a body is found in the woods, it reawakens a twenty year old crime. What really happened the night four teen disappeared in the woods? A mix of relatable characters, a gripping story and dramatic twists that keep on coming, this is a must read.
Cassandra Campbell's vocals alone make this audiobook a worthwile listen, giving it a dreamy, ethereal quality. But if you need further enticement, how about a mystery replete with sibling rivalry, long held secrets and revenge? Oh, and did I mention the paranormal? This is Jennifer McMahon, after all. ,
Get ready to question every character judgement you've ever made because The Girl Upstairs is all about the stark disparity between reality and our view of it. You start with some basic assumptions. Seemigly obvious conclusions. And yet, these are slowly but surely torn to shreds. In the end, there is only one question. Would you bet your life on what you think you know?
Sarah Pekkanen, Julia Whelan
If you like your mystery audiobooks to mess with your mind, Greer Hendricks has you covered. The Wife Between Us takes deception to another level, weaving in jealousy, betrayal and factual handbrake turns aplenty.I say take the advice in the blurb: Assume Nothing.
Shady characters are a staple in the mystery audiobooks world. Ditto unreliable narrators. But what happens when everyone involved meets both criteria? How do you guess whodunnit when the cast of characters includes not one, but several psychopaths? Find out in this tale of a college campus study that goes drastically awry.
Daisy Darker is a murder mystery with a botanical bent and a theatrical wink to Agatha Christie. With a seductive performance by Stephanie Racine, a bed of thorny family secrets and lyrical touches, this instantly rose to the top of my list of best mystery audiobooks of 2022.
Lots more mysteries to uncover. Here are the best of the rest.