Mystery & Thrillers with Ausma Zehanat Khan

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Amanda, Jenn, and guest author Ausma Zehanat Khan answer your mystery/thriller questions!

This episode is sponsored by Only The Dead Know Burbank by Bradford Tatum.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via iTunes here.
The show can also be found on Stitcher here.



1. Dear Get Booked,
I’m looking for a Golden Age puzzle mystery with a rigorous plot and a Christie-esqe slap-in-the-face ending, but I’d like to see it against the backdrop of a modern day or near-future setting where technology and forensic advances aren’t overlooked, but also aren’t enough to solve the mystery on their own. A great example of what I mean are the novels of Keigo Higashino, whose works have been slowly (so slowly!) trickling into English translation.
Thanks so much for your help, and thanks for your work on this wonderful podcast!



2. Hello! I’m looking for book recommendations for my sister. She loves mysteries and thrillers (but not before bed time), and she gravitates towards those with strong female characters. She loves Karin Slaughter, Tana French, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO series, etc. She also read THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS by Sara Blaedel and loved it. Would you have any other recommendations that would fit?

Thanks! Love the podcast and all of your recommendations!


3. Recently I’ve had the urge to start reading mystery/thriller novels, but I don’t know what to read. I plan on picking up The Girl with the Dragon tattoo since I’ve seen both movies and absolutely loved them. I also watched Zodiac and found it both enthralling and pretty frightening at times- which is what I think I’m looking for. Thanks for all of your help in advance.


4. Hi Amanda and Jenn!
I love the show and I have sort of a difficult recommendation to ask for. Recently, I’ve started reading legal thrillers/mysteries, but I’m bothered by the fact that they all deal with the American legal system. As a proud Canadian, I was super excited when I discovered the Robert Rotenberg legal thrillers/mysteries and ended up learning so much about the Canadian legal system (and its many differences!). I wonder if you could find me recommendations of books (fiction or non-fiction) about countries other than Canada and the US and their legal systems. Thanks a lot!



5. I am finding more and more than I love mystery/detective novels. I ESPECIALLY love them if they have beautiful prose and/or well-fleshed-out characters. Thus, I think Tana French is the queen of everything amazing. I have also really enjoyed Robert Galbraith and Sophie Hannah.
So what other authors will be in my wheelhouse? That is, who can I read between Tana French novels??


6. I just experienced my first real winter and snowstorm after moving up north. I read a lot but I felt myself wanting to read some books the fit the atmosphere. What are some good books to cuddle up with in the winter? I found The Secret History to be particularly fitting as well as Wuthering Heights, and Carry On (my new favorite YA). What books would you recommend reading for the next snow storm? I want to be aptly prepared. I’m particularly interested in mystery, though I’ve only read Sherlock Holmes and know next to nothing of the genre. But really I’m open to any genre at all as long as the books is good! The only genre I’ve never really liked is Romance, but other then that I’m pretty open minded.
Thanks so much!

The Lamorna Wink by Martha Grimes

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Still Life by Louise Penny (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1)

Cutting Season by Attica Locke

Someone To Watch Over Me by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Cara Black’s Aimee Leduc mysteries (Murder in the Marais #1)

Dialogues of the Dead and Death’s Jest by Reginald Hill

The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell (Kay Scarpetta series #1)

Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George

When In Rome by Ngaio Marsh

Smaller and Smaller Circles by FH Batacan

Stolen Lives by Jassy Mackenzie

Sara Selkirk series by Morag Joss (Funeral Music #1)

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre

The Blackhouse by Peter May

Wolf Winter by Cecilia Eckback

The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go