March Madness! 25 Riveting Mysteries & Thrillers To Keep You Sane

The long winter months can drive us all a little mad! And as we collectively anticipate the arrival of spring (hurry up!), the B&N Press Team has picked 25 exciting mysteries and thrillers to help occupy your time while we wait for the frost to melt, the buds to bloom, and the final four to face-off.

Get those brackets ready, cast off those winter doldrums, and dive into a spine-tingling, edge-of-your-seat, page-turning favorite today!

Exposing Truths by L.A. Dobbs

When wildlife photographer Ray Ingalls is murdered in rural White Rock, New Hampshire, Chief Sam Mason’s number-one suspect is his archenemy Lucas Thorne. Until a mysterious stranger reveals that the victim was doing far more than just taking photographs of endangered owls. Suddenly it appears that a lot more people had motive to want Ray dead. But when Sam’s hopes of putting Thorne away for good dwindle, help comes in the form of an unlikely ally. And just when it seems like Sam has it all wrapped up, the unthinkable happens, plunging Sam into an even deeper mystery and proving that nothing good ever comes from exposing truths…

 Pillow Stalk by Diane Vallere

Interior Decorator Madison Night might look like a throwback to the sixties, but as business owner and landlord, she proves that independent women can have it all. Except, when a killer targets women dressed in her signature style, what makes her unique might make her dead. As the local detective connects the new crime to a twenty-year-old cold case, Madison’s long-trusted contractor emerges as the leading suspect. With the body count piling up, Madison uncovers a Soviet spy, a campaign to destroy all Doris Day movies, and six minutes of film that will change her life forever.

Full Throttle: Six Thrillers by Robert Swartwood

From USA Today bestselling author Robert Swartwood comes a collection of six breathtaking thrillers.

  • The Serial Killer’s Wife: When her son is abducted, Elizabeth Piccioni must track down the morbid trophies of her serial killer husband’s victims and return to a life she almost died to escape.
  • No Shelter: The first book in the Holly Lin Series! Meet the killer nanny whose double life threatens to unravel as she comes face to face with a ghost from her past.
  • Bullet Rain: Free from his job as a government hit-man, Nova finds himself stuck in the small desert town of Parrot Spur. And all is not what it seems. Soon Nova discovers that, in this desert, the only thing that rains is bullets.
  • Legion: A message courier is pushed into a train. A young woman commits a terrible act of violence. A family man puts a gun to his head. And John Smith suspects these aren’t random events… just in time before he becomes the next target.
  • Man of Wax: When Ben Anderson wakes up in a rundown California motel he has no idea how he got there. The only clue is the message written in blood on the bathroom door – LET THE GAME BEGIN.
  • The Inner Circle: Second Book in the Man of Wax trilogy. After the events in California, Ben Anderson is on a new mission to discover the truth about THE INNER CIRCLE, a move that will either be his salvation or get him killed.

Once Taken by Blake Pierce

FBI Special Agent Riley Paige is called up to uncover the truth about a series of gruesome murders targeting women. Using her unique abilities, Riley ventures deep into the depths of a killer’s deluded mind bringing herself closer to the edge than ever before. Realizing she is up against a true psychopath, she knows time is short before he strikes again. But with her job on the line, her own family a target, and her fragile psyche collapsing, it may all be too much for her – and too late.

After Me by Deborah Coonts

Twenty million in diamonds are missing. Kate Sawyer, a cop in witness protection, holds the key… if only she could remember. Suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s, Kate is running out of time before her mind goes completely. But one night she finds a dead man in her bathtub with a note stuck in his pocket – I KNOW WHAT YOU’VE DONE. Her cover now blown, Kate is on the run and the clock is ticking. People close to her are being killed. Shadowy memories plague her. Running from people she can’t remember, dogged by a past lost in the haze, Kate discovers no one is who they appear to be, perhaps not even herself.

The Aroostine Higgins Series Novels: 1-3 by Melissa F. Miller

In an exclusive NOOK bundle, meet Aroostine Higgins in the first three books of this bestselling series.

  • Critical Vulnerability: In a new position at the DOJ’s elite Criminal Division, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aroostine Higgins is offered a career making bribery case. But with a hidden enemy threatening her personal life, Aroostine is more determined than ever to win at any cost.
  • Chilling Effect: Rumors of money skimming, murder, and stolen military weapons swirl around a Central Oregon reservation. Aroostine is sent to investigate in the hopes that her Native American roots will help her win trust in a community wary of outsiders.
  • Calculated RiskA priceless antique that may be a counterfeit. A missing socialite. A desecrated corpse. Aroostine finds herself in the middle of two scandals. As she teases out the connections that weave the two cases together, her actions put her in a killer’s sights.

Suitcase Girl by Ty Hutchinson

In the first book of the Suitcase Girl Trilogy, Agent Abby Kane discovers an unlikely connection with a little girl found outside the offices of the FBI. Bringing her home and hoping to jog the girl’s memory, Abby realizes she may have uncovered a human trafficking ring. But there seems to be something more going on, something unthinkable, something inexplicable and it all ties back to the little girl Abby invited into her home…

New York Station by Lawrence Dudley

In August 1940, MI6 agent Roy Hawkins is mysteriously rushed from Nazi-Occupied Paris to New York City. Thinking his time would be better served back in France, on the front lines in the battle against fascism, Roy is quick to discover that the free and democratic America he knew is under threat from right-wing extremists. When Roy discovers a plot to rig the presidential election, it becomes a race against the clock to save the beacon of the free world from enemies he thought he left behind in Europe.

Fireball by Roger Stelljes

Detective Mac McRyan returns home to Minnesota to find the dead body of a retired police detective in the rough shores of the mighty Mississippi River. Assigned to the investigation, Mac realizes this is more than just a case about a dead ex-cop. Digging deeper, the investigation unleashes a mysterious, ruthless and fearless opponent who will stop at nothing and will kill anyone.

A Cold Day For Murder by Dana Stabenow

Somewhere in the hinterlands of Alaska, among the millions of sprawling acres that comprise “The Park,” a young National Park Ranger has gone missing. When the detective sent after him also vanishes, the Anchorage DA’s department must turn to their reluctant former investigator, Kate Shugak. An Aleut with knowledge of The Park, Kate’s search for the missing men takes her back to a life she’d left behind, and face-to-face with people and problems she’d hoped never to confront again.

 Blood Stained by C.J. Lyons

Lucy Guardino is your average Pittsburgh soccer mom baking brownies and carrying a loaded forty-caliber Glock! Once a shining star in the FBI’s roster, Lucy finds herself sidelined, chained to a desk, until a mysterious letter forces her to return to the crime scene where she almost died at the hands of a serial killer, a killer she thought she had killed…

Oath of Office by Jack Mars

When a biological weapon is stolen a desperate national hunt ensues to catch the terrorists before its too late. Luke Stone, head of an elite FBI department, vowed to walk away after his job put his family in jeopardy. But when the new president, barely sworn in, calls on him to take the case, Luke can’t turn his back on his Commander In Chief. As the case unravels, Luke learns that the terrorist’s plans are even more dangerous than he could ever imagine. With time running out, Luke will do anything to stop a plan already in motion even if it threatens his sworn oath.

The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout

When Ella is mysteriously attacked on her way home from a party, her entire life changes as she finds herself at the center of an attempted murder investigation. And, as the weeks pass, it turns out that Ella isn’t the only one being tormented. With the help of an old flame and her friends and family, Ella tries to attain some sense of normalcy, but she can’t seem to shake the feeling that there’s a dark pattern hidden in this killer’s every move. Suddenly, even those in her innermost circle seem suspicious.

In her seemingly safe West Virginia town, Ella starts to wonder…who can she trust?

Famished by Meghan O’Flynn

Ash Park, a run-down suburb of Detroit, might not be the most idyllic place to live, but for Hannah Montgomery, it’s safe. At least, it feels that way until a serial killer starts dicing up women from the shelter where she volunteers. When Hannah’s boyfriend becomes the latest victim, suddenly the investigation leads right to Ash Park – and Hannah – who might just know the identity of the killer. Now she must face the fact that she brought a monster with her to Ash Park and his appetite for blood is insatiable. Everyone’s hungry for something. Some are just more famished than others…

Tell Me I’m Wrong by Adam Croft

What if the man you vowed to love and to hold till death do you part is not at all the person you thought you married? Megan Miller is an ordinary woman with a young family. But when two young boys are murdered in their tight-knit village community, signs begin to point to the lovable local primary school teacher – her husband. Delving deeper into her husband’s secret life, Megan finds more questions than answers. Facing an impossible decision, she is desperate to uncover the truth. But once you know something, it can’t be unknown. And the more she learns, the more she wishes she never knew anything at all…

 A Second Daniel by Neal Roberts

London 1592. Noah Ames is a barrister for the English Crown. When he witnesses what appears to be a botched robbery outside the Rose Theater, he soon suspects the crime is part of a larger plot against Queen Elizabeth herself. Steadfast in his loyalty to the Crown, Noah must use every bit of his knowledge and skill to lure the Queen’s most disloyal subject onto the only battlefield where Noah has the advantage … a court of law. Though in doing so, he risks public exposure of his darkest secret, a secret so shocking that its revelation could cost him everything: the love of the only woman who can offer him happiness, his livelihood … even his life.

False Flag by John Altman

Israeli-born Dalia Artzi is a tactical genius and specialist in the study of maneuver warfare at Princeton. And she soon uncovers a fiendish plot by a small group of Israeli fanatics to commit a horrific crime against the U.S. government with the goal of inciting war with Iran. Meanwhile, Jana is a beautiful but deadly Israeli operative taking orders from the conspiring fanatics and she is determined to deftly fulfill the deadly mission entrusted to her… As the clock ticks down, both women find themselves on a collision course that will test their loyalty and their honor.

The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello

Be careful what you search for…

What if you Googled yourself and found something shocking? In this gripping psychological thriller, Caroline Thompson Googles herself and discovers the shocking details of a past she doesn’t remember. Terrified by what she reads and with every revelation raising alarms, Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia – upending her blissful family life. Desperate to prove these allegations false, Caroline searches for a truth she kept hidden in memories she can’t remember.

Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard

The day Adam Dunne’s girlfriend, Sarah, fails to return from a Barcelona business trip, his perfect life begins to fall apart. Days later, the arrival of her passport and a note that reads “I’m sorry–S” sets off real alarm bells. He vows to do whatever it takes to find her, but is puzzled when he learns that another woman disappeared from the same ship and in eerily similar circumstances. To get answers, Adam must confront some difficult truths about his relationship with Sarah. And he must try to outwit a predator who seems to have found the perfect hunting ground …

Nail’s Crossing by Kris Lackey

In a remote corner of the Chickasaw Nation, tribal Lighthorse policeman Bill Maytubby and county deputy Hannah Bond discover the buzzard-ravaged body of Majesty Tate, a young drifter with a blank past. They comb Oklahoma’s rock prairie, river bottoms, and hard-bitten small towns for traces of her last days only to find more questions and few answers. When a fluke lead propels Maytubby deep into Louisiana’s bayou country, a Cajun shrimper puts him on the scent of a bizarre conspiracy leading Bill and Hannah to reunite in the Chickasaw Nation for the eventual face-off at Nail’s Crossing…

 Beautiful Storm by Barbara Freethy

When her father’s plane mysteriously disappeared in the middle of an electrical storm, Alicia Monroe became obsessed with lightning. Now a photojournalist in Miami, Alicia covers local stories by day and chases storms at night. In a flash of lightning, she sees what appears to be a murder, but when she gets to the scene, there is no body, only a military tag belonging to Liliana Valdez, a woman who has been missing for two months. Alicia sets off on her own to find the missing woman, but her investigation leads to danger and to someone who will do anything to protect a dark secret…

 No Place to Vanish by Jaden Skye

While attempting to resume a normal life back in New York, Olivia receives a shocking phone call: her best friend from college has gone missing, having never returned from a bachelorette party. Implored by her friend’s husband to help, Olivia travels to Miami and is lead deeper and deeper into a maze of lies and iniquity. As the trail takes Olivia to Key West, she finds herself working with an old flame, stirring up memories best left back in New York. But when the trail goes cold, Olivia can’t help but wonder what really happened to her friend and thinks that maybe some answers are best kept lost…

 The Deep End by Julie Mulhern

Swimming into the lifeless body of her husband’s mistress tends to ruin a woman’s day, but becoming a murder suspect can ruin her whole life. It’s 1974 and Ellison Russell’s life is simple, revolving around her daughter and her art. She’s long since stopped caring about her cheating husband and the many women with whom he entertains himself. That is, until she becomes a suspect in one of these women’s deaths. As the body count approaches par on the seventh hole, Ellison knows she has to catch a killer. But can Ellison find the killer before he finds her?

 The Big Interview by Libby Kirsch

Join Stella Reynolds for another laugh-out-loud, who-done-it, page turning mystery! Before she can unpack her bags, Stella is drawn into an investigation when a NASCAR driver is killed in a fiery wreck on the race track. Experts call his death a tragic accident, but Stella has insider information that leads her to believe otherwise. With a slippery ex-fiance, an angry father, and a nosy neighbor, Stella is desperate to keep her investigation in line. But when does anything ever go according to plan?

 Tinderbox by Rachel Grant

In the volatile tinderbox of the Horn of Africa, Morgan Adler has made the paleo-anthropological find of a lifetime. But the discovery brings her to the attention of a warlord eager to claim both Morgan and the fossils, forcing her to make a desperate dash to the nearby US military base to beg for protection. When Morgan further uncovers the secrets about Djibouti’s most scarce and vital resource, the danger to her life sets off a chain reaction. Under the protection of Master Sergeant Pax Blanchard, Morgan must find a way to keep herself from becoming another set of bones buried deep in the scorching desert sand.

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