As Halloween comes around the corner, it’s time to pick up mysteries, thrillers, and spooky stories to celebrate. Whether gritty true crime is your passion or you prefer a cozy mystery perfect for a fall night, Bookshare has reading lists filled with new and old favorites for you to enjoy.
True Crime for Adult Readers
Read the stories behind the headlines of American crime in these chilling novels.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara – A case that haunted California for decades, the Golden State Killer was finally uncovered this year, in part due to the detective work and writing of Michelle McNamara. Her research is both thorough and thrilling and sure to keep you up at night.
Popular Crime by Bill James – This book takes a look at some of the most enduring and fascinating mysteries in American crime history. James investigates why crimes capture our attention and have changed our culture in this captivating read.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – The book that started the true crime novel genre, In Cold Blood follows the case of the Herbert Clutter family murders in Kansas. Read Capote’s lauded work and decide for yourself just how much is true.
View all the books in the True Crime reading list.
Cozy Mysteries Series for Teen and Adult Readers
Find a new series of murder mysteries perfect for reading with a slice of pumpkin pie.
Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A.L. Herbert – Join Halia Watkins in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where the soul food is hot and the murder is cold-blooded. Read along as Halia tries to solve a murder while keeping her restaurant running.
On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle – Curl up with a hot cup of coffee as Clare Cosi returns to her barista life…and is immediately drawn into a mystery. While finding out who’s after her coworker, Clare also finds herself drawn to the cute cop on the case.
Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters – Dig in with Amelia Peabody as she travels to Egypt to join an archaeological dig with her new friend, Evelyn. However, things take a turn for the spooky when their mummy comes to life.
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Spooky Halloween Reads for Kids and Teens
Get kids and teens in the spirit of Halloween with these fun and spooky books.
Monsterland by James Crowley – On Halloween, Charlie discovers a new world in the woods, one filled with creatures he’s never seen before. Charlie sets out to find his cousin Billy and makes some new monster friends along the way.
Shake dem Halloween Bones by W. Nikola-Lisa – Kids will love following along with the rhythm of this book about a hip-hop Halloween party.
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson – When Mila Flores’ best friend and two of the school mean girls die under mysterious circumstances, she decides to find her own answers by bringing the girls back to life. They only have a week to find out what really happened to their murderer…or else he might come back for Mila.
View all the books in the Spooky Halloween reading list.
Bookshare Has Mysteries and Thrillers Galore
And if that’s not enough to scare your socks off, Bookshare has over 53,000 total books in the mystery and thrillers category, including books in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Catalan, and Arabic. Read on…if you dare!