Who doesn’t love a good caper? Everyone—from your most serious Boulder theft defense attorney to your most run-of-the-mill office worker can enjoy a good mystery, especially if it’s in written form. Today, we’re going to take a look at a few recent releases that you should keep on your radar if you’re a fan of good-old-fashioned heist stories.
The Man Who Died Twice
Written by Richard Osman, The Man Who Died Twice has earned itself quite a few accolades in the relatively short while it’s been available for purchase. The second novel in the Thursday Murder Club series, this book is both a New York Times bestseller and a soon-to-be big budget film from Steven Spielberg.
Calling this story a “wild ride” might be a bit of an understatement, as it features some not-so-average protagonists and enough witty dialogue to elicit some hearty chuckles. Couple that with a plot that doesn’t go stale, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a mystery story that’s well worth your time.
Author Jean Hanff Korelitz has already made quite the name for herself, with both her hit novel You Should Have Known and the TV show based on the novel, The Undoing (it’s a great murder mystery, by the way, so check that out too). Now, she’s continuing to flex those literary muscles of hers in one of her latest books, The Plot, which follows a writing instructor who steals work from a student. An interesting topic to center a mystery around, to be sure, and Korelitz manages to take it in a direction you’ll not likely deduce until you’re well into it!
You may know author Janelle Brown because of her previous works, like Watch Me Disappear and This Is Where We Live. Now, she’s delivered another New York Times bestseller with her novel Pretty Things, which poses one of the great questions of the modern era, “who’s really following you on social media?” Brown tackles this query from multiple perspectives, and weaves a tale of betrayal and greed in the process. You’ll like this thriller if having a heaping helping of interpersonal drama with your mystery is what you’re after.
The Modigliani Scandal
Can art be the subject of a high-stakes mystery-heist-thriller? You bet it can! Author Ken Follett takes what might otherwise be a dull profession for a main character—art historian—and turns it into a springboard for an adventure you’ll not want to miss. It’s a hunt across Europe for a lost painting that stands to rewrite art history, and a dangerous cadre of characters is off to claim the prize before our protagonist. Can they emerge victorious?
The Dark Hours
You know that Michael Connelly has been writing books about his fictional LAPD detective, Harry Bosch, for years. They’ve been so good that Amazon even turned Bosch into a TV character, but that hasn’t stopped Connelly’s output when it comes to his novels, and he’s got a brand-new Bosch adventure here, with a teamup appearance from one of his other characters (Renee Ballard), to solve a mystery in a city shaken by uncertainty.