Fiction for the True Crime Renaissance

This is a good time to be a true crime aficionado. From television documentaries like Netflix’s Making a Murderer to limited series’ like American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, there’s almost no limit to the binge-watch potential of true crime on the small screen.

Turn the TV off and you can turn a podcast on to listen to OGs like Serial, cold-case investigations like Bear Brook or sensational stories from the past on podcasts like Hollywood and Crime. Last year we even got a crossover of the mediums—the blockbuster podcast Dirty John became a blockbuster miniseries starring Eric Bana and Connie Britton.

We may just about be reaching peak true-crime media saturation, so if you’re ready to shift gears to something a little more analog but no less compelling, take a look at these thrilling novels that any fan of true crime will love. From The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd, a psychological thriller recently recommended by My Favorite Murder host, Georgia Hardstark to Hollywood Ending, a cozy mystery by Kellye Garrett that pulls the curtain back on the dark side of tinsel town, here are five edge-of-your-seat books to complement your true crime obsession.


Hollywood Ending (Detective by Day) by Kellye Garrett

Award season is in full swing in Hollywood but when a botched robbery ends in the death of a popular publicist, it seems like the party is over. Private investigator and former actress Dayna Anderson discovers the murderer almost immediately—but it soon becomes obvious that the curtain has not yet come down on this case.


Conviction by Denise Mina

Available Spring 2019

A woman whose marriage has just fallen apart distracts herself by listening to a true crime podcast—that soon becomes an obsession when she realizes she has ties to one of the investigation’s victims. But in order to find out the truth about the crime, she will have to open the door to a past she thought she had sealed shut long ago.


The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

Dennis is a man convicted of a crime he—and countless fans, thanks to a documentary series about his case—says he did not commit. Samantha is one of those fans and is determined to see Dennis freed. After a long-distance courtship, they marry, but when the campaign is successful and Dennis is released, Sam begins to see signs that lead her to doubt his innocence.


My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Another phone call from her sister. Another boyfriend that had to be dealt with. Korede is getting tired of cleaning up her little sister’s messes—and knows she should probably go to the police—but family is family. That is, until a doctor Korede adores at the hospital where they work starts dating her sister. Can she sacrifice one to save the other?


Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

Available Spring 2019

The night begins with three friends sneaking away from the house to explore an old rail yard—and ends in a gruesome mystery that sees one of the girls abandoned on the tracks and clinging to life. The investigation into what happened reveals a tangled web of social dysfunction, betrayal and secrets that some will go to great lengths to protect.




    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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