From spine-chilling thrillers to intriguing mysteries, fall is the perfect time to settle in with stories of haunted houses, missing persons, and the cunning characters that come out on top.
Solve your next crime by listening to mystery and thriller audiobooks from the Plano Public Library. The recommended reads below are just a sample of the audiobooks in our collection, and you can visit a library location for assistance in finding personalized recommendations, or check out our Mystery Book Club.
The Final Girl Support Group written by Grady Hendrix, narrated by Adrienne King. In horror movies, the final girl is the one left standing when the credits roll. Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two years ago. Along with five other final girls and their therapist they’re working on putting their lives back together, until one of the women goes missing and Lynnette’s worst fears are realized – someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece. Overdrive / Print.
Such a Quiet Place written by Megan Miranda, narrated by Rebekkah Ross. Hollow’s edge used to be a quiet place, until the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett. A year and a half later the residents are trapped and dealing with the aftermath of their trial testimonies that implicated one of their own. But when Ruby Fletcher’s conviction is overturned and she comes back to town, her roommate Harper Nash will have to uncover the truth before someone else becomes the killer’s next victim. Overdrive / Print.
Not a Happy Family written by Shari Lapena, narrated by Ellen Archer. In this family, everyone is keeping secrets – especially the dead. When ultra-wealthy Fred and Sheila Mercer are brutally murdered the night after an Easter dinner with their three adult children, the family unravels. Did one of them snap, or was it someone else who crept in that night? It must have been someone else. After all, if one of your siblings was a psychopath, you’d know. Wouldn’t you? Overdrive / Print / Large print.
Velvet Was the Night written by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, narrated by Gisela Chipe. A daydreaming secretary, a lonesome enforcer, and the mystery of a missing woman they’re both desperate to find in 1970s Mexico City. Maite and Elvis must discover the truth of Leonora’s disappearance while escaping hitmen, government agents and Russian spies in this historical novel for lovers of smoky noirs and anti-heroes. Overdrive / Print.
Arsenic and Adobo written by Mia P. Manansala, narrated by Danice Cabanela. When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, she’s tasked with saving her Tita Rosie’s failing restaurant. But when a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case. Overdrive / Print.
Dial A for Aunties written by Jesse Q. Sutanto, narrated by Risa Mei. What happens when you mix 1 (accidental) murder with 2 thousand wedding guests, and then toss in a possible curse on 3 generations of an immigrant Chinese-Indonesian family? You get 4 meddling Asian aunties coming to the rescue! Overdrive / Print.
When No One is Watching written by Alyssa Cole, narrated by Susan Dalian. Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in her neighbor Theo. But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear when they discover their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised. Overdrive / Print.
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line written by Deepa Anappara, narrated by Indira Varma. Three friends venture into the most dangerous corners of a sprawling Indian city to find their missing classmate, confronting terrified parents, an indifferent police force, and rumors of soul-snatching djinns along the way. Overdrive / Print.
Survive the Night written by Riley Sager, narrated by Savannah Gilmore. It’s November 1991, and movie-obsessed college student Charlie Jordan is in a car with a man who might be a serial killer. What follows is a game of cat-and-mouse played out on night-shrouded roads and in neon-lit parking lots, during an age when the only call for help can be made on a pay phone and in a place where there’s nowhere to run. In order to win, Charlie must do one thing–survive the night. Overdrive / Print.
The Other Black Girl written by Zakiya Dalila Harris, narrated by Aja Naomi King. Get Out meets The Stepford Wives when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing. Overdrive / Print / Book on CD.
They’ll Never Catch Us written by Jessica Goodman, narrated by Jesse Vilinsky. Stella and Ellie Steckler are only a year apart, but their different personalities make their relationship complicated. The sisters do have one thing in common, though: the new girl, Mila Keene. But when Mila goes out on a training run and never returns, all eyes are on the Steckler sisters. Overdrive / Print.
Elatsoe written by Darcie Little Badger, narrated by Kinsale Hueston. Imagine an America very similar to our own. This America has been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family. Overdrive / Print.
White Smoke written by Tiffany D. Jackson, narrated by Marcella Cox. The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story. Overdrive / Print.
Ace of Spades written by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, narrated by Jeanette Illidge. An incendiary and utterly compelling thriller with a shocking twist that delves deep into the heart of institutionalized racism. Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is bringing two students’ dark secrets to light. Overdrive / Print.
Firekeeper’s Daughter written by Angeline Boulley, narrated by Isabella Star LaBlanc. As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. When Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, she agrees to go undercover, but the deceptions – and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home. Overdrive / Print.
The June Boys written by Court Stevens, narrated by McKenzie Fetters. The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Overdrive / Print.
The Cousins written by Karen M. McManus, narrated by Sarah Skaer. Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each other, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised… and curious. Their parents are all clear on one point—not going is not an option. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family’s past is. Overdrive / Print.
White Fox written by Sara Faring, narrated by Heidi Rew. After their world-famous actor mother disappeared under mysterious circumstances, Manon and Thaïs left their remote Mediterranean island home—sent away by their pharma-tech tycoon father. A decade later, they discover their mother’s last work, long thought lost: White Fox, a screenplay filled with enigmatic metaphors. The clues in this dark fairytale draw them deep into the island’s surreal society, into the twisted secrets hidden by their glittering family, to reveal the truth about their mother. Overdrive / Print.
Pride and Premeditation written by Tirzah Price, narrated by Morag Sims. When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates. Overdrive / Print.
I Killed Zoe Spanos written by Kit Frick, narrated by Jenni Barber. Working as a nanny in the Hamptons before starting college, Anna learns of her weird connection to a missing girl, but after she confesses to manslaughter a podcast producer helps reveal life-changing truths. Overdrive / Print.
Willa of Dark Hollow written by Robert Beatty, narrated by Emily Rankin. The Great Smoky Mountains. 1901. Willa and her clan are the last of the Faeran, an ancient race of forest people who have lived in the mountains for as long as the trees have grown there, but when Willa discovers a mysterious dark hollow filled with strange and beautiful creatures, she must find a way to take a stand against an all-consuming darkness that threatens to destroy her world. Overdrive.
Midnight at the Barclay Hotel written by Fleur Bradley, narrated by January LaVoy. When JJ Jacobson convinced his mom to accept a surprise invitation to an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway at the illustrious Barclay Hotel, he never imagined that he’d find himself in the midst of a murder mystery. Now, with the help of his new friends, JJ has to track down a killer, clear his mother’s name, and maybe even meet a ghost or two along the way. Overdrive / Print.
Thirteens written by Kate Alice Marshall, narrated by Keylor Leigh. Eleanor, Pip and Otto uncover a centuries-old pact the town has with a mysterious figure known as Mr. January: every thirteen years, three thirteen-year-olds disappear, sacrificed in exchange for the town’s unending good fortune. This Halloween, Eleanor, Pip and Otto are to be Mr. January’s next offering… unless they can break the curse before the clock strikes thirteen. Overdrive / Print.
The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane written by Julia Nobel, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. Twelve-year-old Emmy investigates the connection between her father’s disappearance and a secret society at her prestigious English boarding school. Overdrive / Playaway / Print.
Small Spaces written by Katherine Arden, narrated by Renee Doria. Eleven-year-old Ollie steals a book that turns out to be a chilling ghost story, but soon finds the story might just be true. When the school bus breaks down, the strange bus driver has one piece of advice: “Avoid large places. Keep to small.” And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins. Overdrive / Book on CD / Print.
Hide and Don’t Seek written by Anica Mrose Rissi, narrated by Frankie Corzo, Katherine Chin, Sura Siu and Aaron Shedlock. In this collection of spooky stories, a game of hide-and-seek goes on far too long, a look-alike doll makes itself right at home, a school talent-show act leaves the audience aghast, and a summer at camp takes a turn for the braaaains. Overdrive / Print.
Too Bright to See written by Kyle Lukoff, narrated by Jax Jackson. A ghost is haunting eleven-year-old Bug’s eerie old house in rural Vermont…and maybe haunting Bug in particular. As Bug begins to untangle the mystery of who this ghost is and what they’re trying to say, an altogether different truth comes to light–Bug is transgender. Overdrive / Print.
The Girl in the Locked Room written by Mary Downing Hahn, narrated by Rachel Dulude. A family moves into an old, abandoned house. When Julie sees a pale face in an upstairs window – in a room with a locked door – she’s determined to make contact with the mysterious figure and help unlock the door. Overdrive / Playaway / Print.
The Phantom Tower written by Keir Graff, narrated by Robbie Daymond. When twelve-year-old twin brothers discover their new home is also a portal – for an hour a day – to a parallel dimension, they must race against time to solve the mystery of the phantom tower or risk spending eternity as ghosts. Overdrive / Print.
Remarkables written by Margaret Peterson Haddix, narrated by Jorjeana Marie. Eleven-year-old Marin and her neighbor Charley hope that by preventing a disaster that occurred twenty years ago, they can save Charley’s dad from a future of guilt and self-destructive behavior. Overdrive / Playaway / Print.