NYPL's Best Crime, Mystery, & Thriller Books of the Year

By NYPL Staff
January 11, 2023
a man and a woman look at a book in a library
Craig Melvin and Jenna Hager Bush of TODAY

Craig Melvin and Jenna Bush Hager of TODAY recently stopped by The New York Public Library where Craig got a library card. Craig has loved reading in the past but, like many of us with busy lives, has become a bit of a lapsed reader. But that's about to change! Jenna, an avid reader herself, gave him some great advice—read what you like to watch. Since Craig is a fan of watching mysteries and thrillers on television and film, she offered a few recommendations in this genre for Craig to read which you can find below.

If suspenseful dramas are also up your (dark) alley, get ready to be entertained and enthralled by the titles that made The New York Public Library's Best Books list for crime, mystery, and thriller books. Every year the librarians and staff on our Best Books committees read thousands of titles to select noteworthy new books for readers of all ages—so you know they'll be good. Grab one of these books..but leave the lights on!

Interested in other genres? Explore all of our Best Books and find your next great read. 

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Book summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.