The Cloisters By:
November 1, 2022
Art historian and author Katy Hays’s debut novel The Cloisters is an intensely gothic, gripping tale that oozes suspense. Protagonist Ann Stilwell finds herself in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with an internship lined up for the summer. Unfortunately, these plans fall through when she learns her would-be boss is off in Europe. Despite the unexpected circumstances, Ann still has a coveted internship, though not at the MET proper.
The Decagon House Murders By:
Ho-Ling Wong Release Date:
December 3, 2020
Author Yukito Ayatsuji is known for supporting a return to classic detective fiction—the sort of fare produced by the likes of Christie and Doyle—and his novel The Decagon House Murders is no exception. In fact, this novel is credited with beginning the shinhonkaku movement, a literary movement in Japan to restore Golden Age mystery novel plotting and style, while at the same time, influencing anime as well.
We Lie Here By:
Rachel Howzell Hall
July 12, 2022
Thomas & Mercer
Rachel Howzell Hall is no stranger to mystery and thriller novels, in fact being a former member of the board of directors for the Mystery Writers of America. Her latest book isn’t another installment in the Detective Elouise Norton series but a standalone novel titled We Lie Here.
Death and the Conjuror By:
July 12, 2022
Joseph Spector (#1) Rating:
Tom Mead’s Death and the Conjuror isn’t the first story in which the character Joseph Spector has appeared, formerly appearing in several of the author’s short stories. Here, however, his prowess and intellect shine in a novel-length work, the first in a series.
Just Like Home By:
July 19, 2022
Gothic literature seems to be having something of a renaissance recently, with many new additions to the genre being released in the last few years. Author Sarah Gailey has tossed their hat into the ring as well with their latest novel Just Like Home.
Dreaming Darkly By:
April 9, 2019
Katherine Tegen Books
Gothic horror holds a
special place in many people’s hearts. Examples of the genre can be found
everywhere, from popular TV shows to classic literature and, of course, young
adult fiction. Caitlin Kittredge’s Dreaming
Darkly is a great example of young adult gothic horror. All of the staples
of the genre are present—an old house that’s both huge and spooky, family
secrets, odd happenings that could be either natural or supernatural occurrences,
and old mysteries that haunt the present.
Janet Hong Release Date:
October 7, 2021
Lemon is a slow, introspective story about a cold case murder expertly written by author Kwon Yeo-Sun and translated from the original Korean by Janet Hong. Despite being focused on a cold case, this isn’t so much a whodunit, traditional murder mystery, or thriller. Instead, we find a slowly paced, introspective tale featuring a myriad of people left behind after the murder of the nineteen-year-old Kim Hae-on: how they cope and do not cope, how they move on and how time stops in that moment forever.
September 2, 2021
Darkland Tales Rating:
Denise Mina’s slim novel Rizzio packs one hell of a punch within a mere 118 pages. The multi-award-winning author brings us a new novel centered on a crime—the murder of Mary, Queen of Scots’, private secretary, David Rizzio. This is an utterly outstanding work of literary and crime fiction, one that will keep you at the edge of your seat regardless if you know the true-life story of David Rizzio and Mary, Queen of Scots.
Moonstruck Vol. 1: Magic to Brew By:
Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle
Caitlin Quirk, Clayton Cowles Release Date:
February 14, 2018
Moonstruck (Volume 1) Rating:
Graphic novel series Moonstruck is a young adult series that
combines fantasy and mystery with an LGBTQ+ cast. Written by Grace Ellis and
Shae Beagle and illustrated by Caitlin Quirk and Clayton Cowles, this is a
series that has graced many “best of” and “you need to read this” lists on
professional and fan sites for several years.
Midnight, Water City By:
July 13, 2021
Water City #1 Rating:
Midnight, Water City is the first book in a new series by Hawaiian author Chris McKinney. Neo-noir elements are cleverly combined with science fiction, painting a futuristic world you can’t help but be drawn to.