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Best Crime Fiction/Mystery of 2023

Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Vera Wong, who lives above her tea shop in San Francisco’s Chinatown, finds a dead man in her tea shop one morning. In his hand is a flash drive, which she swipes before the cops can, because she thinks she can do a better investigation than they can. Vera knows the killer will be back for the flash drive, so all she has to do is watch her customers and figure out who is the killer.

Mother-Daughter Murder Night by Nina Simon

Lana Rubicon and her estranged adult daughter Beth and Beth’s teenage daughter Jack take a vacation in a sleepy coastal town when Jack stumbles upon a dead body. Jack is quickly considered a suspect and Lana, suffering from cancer, throws her family into an investigation, where they must learn to depend on each other.

Glory Be by Danielle Arceneaux

Glory Be
by Danielle Arceneaux

In Lafayette, Louisiana, Glory’s best friend, a nun beloved by the community, has been found dead and the police rule her death a suicide. Glory and her daughter launch into their own investigation.

None of This Is True by Lisa Jewell

None of This is True
by Lisa Jewell

Alix and Josie, two women celebrating their 45th birthdays separately at the same pub, run into each other there, and then keeping bumping into each other. Soon, Josie has integrated herself into Alix’s life, until she disappears as quickly as she arrived. Alix then discovers that Josie has left a terrifying legacy in her wake.

Just Another Missing Person by Gillian McAllister

Just Another Missing Person
by Gillian McAllister

Olivia was last seen on CCTV entering a dead-end alley and has been missing since. Julia, the detective on the case, has no idea how close to home this case is going to get, because the criminal’s weapon of choice is her worst secret.

After That Night by Karin Slaughter

After that Night
by Karin Slaughter

Fifteen years ago, now successful doctor Sara Linton was violently attacked. She has since remade her life- until one evening, when a young woman who was brought into the ER had been similarly attacked. GBI Special Agent Will Trent leads the investigation into the uncannily similar attacks.