I’ve been a hard-core mystery lover for over two decades now. Of course, my go-to are traditional mysteries and amateur detective novels, but lately I’ve been on a huge thriller kick. Luckily, I’m part of ‘17 Scribes, a group of over 100 first-time novelists with books out in 2017, which gives me the inside scoop on the hottest debut mysteries, thrillers and suspense out this year. I figured I’d share a few you can buy right now. Next month, I’ll share a few others coming out later this year.
Who: Adriana Arrington
What: Bleed Through (Curiosity Quills Press)
With his schizophrenia under control, life is looking up for twenty-five-year-old Liam Murphy. Independence looms on his horizon, and he’s under the care of a psychologist who understands him. Then he witnesses a murder at the yacht club. He worries it’s a hallucination and sign of regression, but soon becomes convinced that his meds have given him the paranormal ability to see past events and that the murder actually happened.
Attempting to make sense of his new talent, Liam finds an unlikely confidant in Mai Nguyen, a fellow college student and eternal optimist. Though she helps him navigate the unsettling memories threatening to engulf him, the emotional toll of learning terrible secrets he can’t prove pushes Liam to the brink of lucidity.
Desperate to wrest back control of his life, Liam tosses his pills. He spirals into a relapse and captures the killer’s attention as he bumbles through investigating the crime. Hunted by a possibly imaginary murderer, and haunted by self-doubt, Liam must distinguish between hallucinations and reality. If he doesn’t, he risks losing either his hard-won sanity or his life.
When: Released March 14, 2017
Where: Online retailers including Barnes & Noble and Amazon
Why: “Bleed Through is an addictive treasure that is easily one of the year’s best thrillers so far.”—BestThrillers.com
Who: Isabella Maldonado
What: Blood’s Echo (Midnight Ink)
Whenever the lust for drugs, money, and power lays claim to a city, brutality is never far behind. Phoenix detective Veranda Cruz is dead set on taking down the Villalobos Cartel, but the ruthlessness of her quarry demands a ruthless edge of her own.
Detective Veranda Cruz leads an elite task force on the Phoenix Police Drug Enforcement Bureau. Bartolo Villalobos is the heir apparent to the most powerful cartel in the world. No one in the department suspects the secret motive behind Veranda’s obsession with the cartel . . . until an operation goes horribly wrong.
Targeted by an increasingly unstable drug lord, Veranda must protect her family and stay clear of adversaries within the force while she sets a trap for Bartolo. As the desert action heats up, Veranda and her new Homicide team—along with an arson investigator who kindles a flame for her—are all drawn into a deadly gambit. Taking down Bartolo is the ultimate goal, but is Veranda ready to trade life for justice?
When: Released March 8, 2017
Where: Everywhere including Amazon
Why: “Isabella Maldonado is off to a great start, giving us a tense thriller with a strong sense of place and an insider’s look at some of the most dangerous work in law enforcement. This first Veranda Cruz novel will leave readers eagerly awaiting her next adventure.”—Jan Burke, New York Times bestselling author
Who: Christina Kovac
What: The Cutaway (Atria/37 Ink)
It began with someone else’s story. In the beginning, a woman went out to meet a man, and on her long walk, she disappeared . . .
When brilliant TV news producer Virginia Knightly receives a disturbing “MISSING” notice on her desk related to the disappearance of a beautiful young attorney, she can’t seem to shake the image from her head. Despite skepticism from her colleagues, Knightly suspects this ambitious young lawyer may be at the heart of something far more sinister, especially since she was last seen leaving an upscale restaurant after a domestic dispute. Yet, as the only woman of power at her station, Knightly quickly finds herself investigating on her own.
Risking her career, her life, and perhaps even her own sanity, Knightly dives deep into the dark underbelly of Washington, DC business and politics in an investigation that will drag her mercilessly through the inextricable webs of corruption that bind the press, the police, and politics in our nation’s capital.
Harkening to dark thrillers such as Gone Girl, Luckiest Girl Alive, and Big Little Lies, The Cutaway is a striking debut that will haunt you long after you reach the last page.
When: Released March 21, 2017
Where: Everywhere! (There’s a full list on Christina’s website: https://www.christinakovac.com/buy)
Why: “Readers will want to see more of this tenacious, lovable heroine.”—Publishers Weekly (STARRED Review)
Next month I’ll share a few mysteries and thrillers coming out later this year that I’m extremely excited about. Are there are non-cozies that you discovered this year? Share below!