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Top 6 Mystery and Thriller Beach Reads for 2024 You Won’t Put Down

From heart-pounding suspense to gripping drama, these books will make your summer reading unforgettable.

Last Updated on July 17, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

Top 6 Mystery and Thriller Beach Reads for 2024

Summer is the perfect time to immerse yourself in a gripping mystery or a heart-pounding thriller. I’ve always found that there’s something uniquely satisfying about turning the pages of a suspenseful novel while basking in the warm sun, the sound of waves accompanying the unfolding drama. But here’s the secret—whether you’re lounging on a sandy shore or simply enjoying a staycation at home, a good beach read can transport you to another world. So, I’ve created this list with some of the best mystery and thriller books that kept me on the edge of my seat, and I can’t wait to share them with you. These are the must-add mystery and thriller beach reads for 2024 that you must throw in your summer bag. They will help to make your summer reading unforgettable!

List of Mystery and Thriller Beach Reads for 2024

The mystery and thriller beach reads I’m recommending you add to your beach bag are:

  • The Main Character by Jaclyn Goldis
  • Swiped by L.M. Chilton
  • A Talent for Murder by Peter Swanson
  • The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley
  • Love Letters to a Serial Killer by Tasha Coryell
  • The Unwedding by Ally Condie
The Main Character by Jaclyn Goldis

The Main Character by Jaclyn Goldis

In “The Main Character,” reclusive thriller author Ginevra Ex invites Rory on a luxurious trip along Italy’s Mediterranean coast aboard the newly renovated Orient Express. Rory is shocked to find her brother, best friend, and ex-fiancé among the passengers, all harboring secrets. As the journey progresses, Rory realizes she is part of Ginevra’s real-life thriller, with escalating deceptions and a potential deadly climax. Rory must uncover the reasons behind Ginevra’s manipulations before it’s too late.

You can get a copy of The Main Character by Jaclyn Goldis on Amazon or Bookshop.

Swiped by L.M. Chilton

Swiped by L.M. Chilton

In “Swiped,” Gwendolyn Turner, an English coffee-truck owner, navigates the frustrating world of online dating. After a series of bad dates, she becomes embroiled in a murder mystery when two of her recent dates turn up dead. As the body count rises, Gwen, now a person of interest, must uncover who is hacking the dating app and targeting her matches. With the help of a shady coworker and a notorious hacker, Gwen embarks on a darkly humorous investigation into male misbehavior and societal pressures in the digital age.

You can get a copy of Swiped by L.M. Chilton on Amazon or Bookshop.

A Talent for Murder by Peter Swanson

A Talent for Murder by Peter Swanson

Librarian Martha Ratliff suspects her husband, Alan Peralta, a traveling salesman, of sinister activities when she links him to five cities where five women have been killed. Seeking help, she contacts her old friend Lily Kintner. Together, they devise a plan for Lily to shadow Alan at his next conference. As Lily follows him, she discovers she isn’t the only one tracking Alan. “A Talent for Murder” is a gripping beach read for 2024, combining suspenseful twists and a fast-paced narrative as librarian Martha Ratliff uncovers sinister secrets about her husband.

You can get a copy of A Talent for Murder by Peter Swanson on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley

The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley

In “The Midnight Feast,” the grand opening of a luxurious resort called The Manor quickly turns dark. Amidst the opulence and festivities, old rivalries and hidden secrets emerge. Mysterious and deadly events unfold as guests, including a girlboss, a husband, kitchen help, and a mystery guest, navigate through a web of lies and agendas. With the local police soon involved, it’s clear that not everyone will make it out alive. “The Midnight Feast” is a top mystery and thriller beach read for 2024 because its blend of opulence, hidden secrets, and deadly events set against the backdrop of a luxurious resort creates an irresistible page-turner.

You can get a copy of The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley on Amazon or Bookshop.

Love Letters to a Serial Killer by Tasha Coryell

Love Letters to a Serial Killer by Tasha Coryell

“Love Letters to a Serial Killer” by Tasha Coryell follows Hannah, an aimless woman who starts writing to William, an accused serial killer awaiting trial. After his acquittal, she moves in with him and becomes obsessed with solving the murders he was accused of. As her life unravels, Hannah’s curiosity turns to obsession, leaving her to secretly investigate William while living with him.

You can get a copy of Love Letters to a Serial Killer by Tasha Coryell on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Unwedding by Ally Condie

The Unwedding by Ally Condie

In “The Unwedding,” Ellery Wainwright arrives at a Big Sur resort to celebrate her 20th anniversary alone after a recent divorce. She befriends guests Ravi and Nina, who help her navigate the trip. The resort turns into a mystery scene when a groom is found dead in the pool the morning after his wedding. As another suspicious death follows, Ellery and her friends dive into amateur sleuthing, all while a storm isolates them at the resort. With engaging characters, a thrilling locked-room mystery, and the dramatic backdrop of stormy Big Sur, this novel offers an exciting and emotionally resonant read, making it a perfect choice for a 2024 beach read.

You can get a copy of The Unwedding by Ally Condie on Amazon or Bookshop.

Have you read any of the books on this beach reads list?

What do you think about these mystery and thriller beach reads for 2024? Have you read any of them? Are any of these books on your TBR? What books would you add to this list? Let’s talk all about mystery and thriller beach reads in the comments below.

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