Looking for a new murder mystery audiobook? With all this time spent at home, I've listened to more than my fair share of mystery audiobooks. Let's walk through the best murder mystery audiobooks on Audible right now.
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Looking for the best murder mystery audiobooks on Audible?
If you've been following the blog, then you'll know that I am an audiobook aficionado! There's nothing better than going about my day, entertained by a *well-read* audiobook. With a great narrator, the book is brought to life seamlessly; and I can listen while I do laundry, run errands, walk the dog, and work on the blog. And, while there's certainly a whole world of audiobooks out there, nothing quite hits the spot like a great murder mystery!
So, I figured I might as well give others the benefit of my audiobook adventures this year! Let's talk about the best murder mystery audiobooks you need to hear right now. I've focused mostly on 2020 murder mystery audiobooks, with a few exceptions. I'll discuss each book both for plot and then the narrator(s) of the audiobook.
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The Guest List, by Lucy Foley (2020)
A *virtual* book club staple of 2020, Lucy Foley's The Guest List has all the elements of a great British murder mystery: a spooky, foggy, isolated island off the coast of Ireland, old friends meeting again after a decade or more, and more secrets and hidden misdeeds than you can possibly imagine. Come for the ambiance, and stay to learn what everyone is hiding...and who they've killed at the elite wedding weekend/prep school reunion.
The Guest List Audiobook
The Guest List's audiobook is read by a cast of classic mystery novel Audible readers, as the book is narrated through the eyes of several first-person accounts of the present, the wedding weekend, and the past. Fans of the mystery genre will surely stumble across a few voices they've heard before!
If you love all things British, check out my recommendations for BritBox and AcornTV!
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton (2019)
I can safely say that The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is the most structurally innovative cozy mystery novel I've ever read. While it has many of the classic mystery mainstays - classy 1930's weekend mansion party and lots of posh attendees, there's a sci-fi/time-travel/perspective changing narration and plot structure that, once you get used to it, certainly makes for a book to remember.
The 7/12 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Audiobook
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle's Audible audiobook is narrated by James Cameron Stuart, who masterfully navigates a range of accents and conquered what I consider the ultimate test of any narrator, does female voices without sinking into parody.
Moonflower Murders, by Anthony Horowitz (2020)
Moonflower Murders is the second in a series, which follows Magpie Murders, of mystery novels-within-novels. A more classic Horowitz, historic, Midsomer-esque novel is contained within the modern novel, holding the key to a present-day mystery. It's fun, it's well-written, and, of course, you'll never solve it.
Moonflower Murders audiobook
The Moonflower Murders audiobook has two narrators and Samantha Bond, narrator of Magpie Murders, did not return for a reprise. Lesley Manville narrates the "modern" portions. You'll recognize Manville from classic English murder mystery shows we all know and love. If you haven't seen her yet, she's slated to be the last actress to play Princess Margaret on the final two seasons of The Crown. The book-within-a-book is narrated by theatre and TV star Allan Corduner, who you may recognize from Yentl, or Midsomer Murders!
Troubled Blood, by Robert Galbraith (2020)
The fourth installment of J.K. Rowling's alter ego, Robert Galbraith, Troubled Blood is a contender for the top spot in the extremely addictive series, following Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. If you only listen to one book on this list, make it the Strike series, starting with Cuckoo's Calling.
The tension between Strike and Robin continues with the slow, yet strangely rewarding and masterfully not-too-delayed, burn, as they explore their first cold case. Rowling expertly sets the 1970's vibe, with Joni Mitchell, feathered hair, and plenty of plaid. You'll be immersed in the old, and new, stories, suspect all the wrong people, and, of course, continue to fall in love with Cormoran Strike.
Troubled Blood audiobook
Disclaimer: I think I might actually be a Robert Glenister fan girl. I am...obsessed with Glenister's reading of the Strike audiobooks. Sometimes it feels like Rowling is playing with him, developing increasingly complex accents in each installment of the series, yet Glenister never fails to rise to the occasion.
He's the best murder mystery audiobook narrator I've ever heard, hands down.
Eight Perfect Murders,
The only American option on this list, Eight Perfect Murders takes you to a cozy Boston bookshop to meet a bookstore owner whose long-ago-penned list of eight perfect murders is being played out by a mysterious villain.
Eight Perfect Murders Audiobook
This was my first novel narrated by Graham Halstead, and I was not disappointed. The book is narrated in first person, and he brings the story to life incredibly sympathetically.
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