The best thrilling mysteries with strong female leads

The Books I Picked & Why

These Toxic Things: A Thriller

By Rachel Howzell Hall

These Toxic Things: A Thriller

Why this book?

Rachel Howzell Hall keeps the reader guessing in These Toxic Things. Her protagonist Mickie Lambert creates digital scrapbooks, but when her latest client ends up dead, she's determined to find out why someone wants the peculiar objects the woman had given Mickie to preserve. To find the answers, she ends up crossing paths with a serial killer. It's twisty fun, and Hall's characters are ones you won't forget.


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When No One Is Watching: A Thriller

By Alyssa Cole

When No One Is Watching: A Thriller

Why this book?

The best thing about When No One is Watching is the tension doesn't let go until the end. The protagonist Sydney Green is Brooklyn-born and trying to save her neighborhood from gentrification. But it isn't long before she's discovering a few too many coincidences that might just add up to a conspiracy. The more Sydney and her neighbor, Theo, learn about the communities past, the more their lives are in danger. Just remind yourself to breathe while reading this.


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Arsenic and Adobo

By Mia P. Manansala

Arsenic and Adobo

Why this book?

Mixing a good mystery with humor is a special sauce for me. After a bad breakup, Lila Macapagal picks up the pieces and moves home to help her aunt with a failing restaurant. Things go from bad to worse when her ex-boyfriend drops dead—right after an argument with Lila. She's the cops' only suspect, and she knows she didn't do it. It's up to Lila to save herself, along with some help from the nosy aunt network, her best friend, and her Dachshund.


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A Deadly Inside Scoop

By Abby Collette

A Deadly Inside Scoop

Why this book?

A recent MBA grad, Bronwyn Crewse, has taken over the family ice cream parlor. But a dead body nearby causes a few hitches in her plans to improve things. The biggest problem being her poor dad happens to be the lead suspect in the crime. Thankfully, she has some quirky friends to help her find some clues fast. That's a great thing since she might be able to exonerate her dad—if she lives long enough to solve the case.


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Malice

By Pintip Dunn

Malice

Why this book?

 Okay, technically, Malice is a futuristic young adult novel, but there's a fantastic mystery here with a strong female protagonist. I did mention these books would be genre-bending. In this one, a young girl knows part of the future--the part where one of her classmates releases a virus that kills two-thirds of the population. Now she's in a race against time to find out who he is before he kills everyone she knows.


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