The best crime and thriller audiobooks

We've curated our edit of the most thrilling and chilling crime and thriller audiobooks to listen to on the go.

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A gripping crime and thriller audiobook is the perfect way to make a boring commute or long drive that bit more exciting. From psychological thrillers to classic crime fiction, here is our selection of the best crime and thriller audiobooks.

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When I Was Ten

by Fiona Cummins

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This compelling read spins out from the double murder of Dr Richard Carter and his wife Pamela. Twenty-one years later, their daughter – dubbed the Angel of Death – has spent eight years in a children’s secure unit and is living peacefully with an assumed identity. But a documentary team has tracked down her sister, and a childhood friend turned journalist is tasked with revisiting the terrible events of the murder, with explosive results.

Sixteen Horses

by Greg Buchanan

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Police detective Alec Nichols faces a horrific crime at a farm in the backwater English seaside town of Ilmarsh: sixteen horses heads buried with an eye turned to the winter sun. This is the first of chain of crimes waiting to be uncovered, from arson to mutilations. Nichols and forensic vet Cooper Allen try to cut through the conspiracy stories and reach the truth, as the town slips into panic.

Left You Dead

by Peter James

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Niall and Eden Paternoster have their Sunday routine – a drive, a country house visit and a supermarket shop. But this Sunday Niall waits in the supermarket car park, and Eden never comes back. Niall is arrested on suspicion of her murder. But when DS Roy Grace is called in to the investigation, he realises that the truth of the disappearance may be more complicated than first believed. Left You Dead the latest in the bestselling DS Roy Grace series, discover the entire Roy Grace series in order, here.

Daughters of Night

by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

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This mystery is set in the backstreets and pleasure gardens of London in the late 18th century. Caroline ‘Caro’ Corsham comes across a stylishly dressed woman, dying of her wounds in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. The Bow Street constabulary are keen to help, until they find out that the woman was a highly paid prostitute. So Caro determines to solve the crime herself, with the help of thieftaker Peregrine Child, and becomes entangled in a mesh of deception and duality, where respectable 'gentlemen' care little for the fate of the dead woman.

The Darkest Evening

by Ann Cleeves

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The Darkest Evening is the ninth novel in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series, a critically-acclaimed series of detective novels that follow Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, and now a major ITV drama in its tenth series.

A classic country house mystery with a contemporary twist, Vera's latest case begins, when, driving home through a thick blizzard, she sees a car slewed off the road ahead of her and finds a young toddler, alone on the back seat.

Fearing for the child's safety, Vera takes the child and drives on to the nearest house, arriving at Brockburn, a run-down stately home to find a party in full swing, but outside in the snow, a young woman lies dead . . .

In a classic country house mystery with a contemporary twist, this is a crime thriller to savour.

Discover all of the novels in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series here.

Walk the Wire

by David Baldacci

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Amos Decker and Alex Jamison are called to the remote North Dakota Badlands when the remains of a woman are discovered on the Great Plains. The woman was a teacher at a school managed by a mysterious male-run sect, and no one seems to know who she is or where she came from. As they seek information from London, the local town at the centre of the fracking industry, they find that jealousy and deep rivalries exist between its richest investors. But it is the highly classified Air Force facility nearby that may really hold the answers . . . Fans of David's Memory Man series will love this new Amos Decker thriller.  

A Window Breaks

by C. M. Ewan

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If your family was targeted in the middle of the night, what would you do? After a horrible tragedy, a family retreat to rural Scotland for a much-needed escape. But, in the dead of night, a group of strangers break into the house. As the family fight for their lives, long-kept secrets are revealed and everything could be lost. This nerve-shredding thriller book will keep you up at night.

The Long Call

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Detective Matthew Venn has returned to the area of North Devon where he grew up, and he’s ready to take on his first big case in the region. A man with an albatross tattoo on his neck has been found murdered; stabbed to death on a beach near Matthew's home. The Two Rivers region isn’t as idyllic as tourists might think, and his investigations will lead him back into the strict evangelical community he once left behind. This gripping crime audiobook is read by Ben Aldridge, who stars in Our Girl as Captain James. 

Black 13

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Black 13 is the exhilarating first spy thriller book in Adam Hamdy’s Scott Pearce series. Radical extremists are rising and governments, the military and intelligence agencies are outmanoeuvred, borders are breaking down and the people in power are puppets. In this new world, one man will make a difference. That man is Ex-MI6 agent in exile, Scott Pearce.

The Last Trial

by Scott Turow

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Kindle County’s most revered courtroom advocate, Sandy Stern, has been persuaded to defend his old friend Kiril Pafko, despite being eighty-five years old and in precarious health. The former Nobel prize-winner has been charged in a federal racketeering indictment with fraud, insider trading and murder. As Stern begins to question everything he thought he knew about his friend, he finds his duty to defend his client and his belief in the judicial system facing a terrible final test. This masterful legal thriller unfolds with page-turning suspense.

Date with Danger

by Julia Chapman

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The Dales Detective Agency is about to face its biggest challenge after a fatal accident at Bruncliffe's livestock auction. Detective duo Samson O’Brien and Delilah Metcalfe are called in for a simple health and safety investigation, but things take a dark turn when they discover evidence that points to murder. If you love cosy crime books set in spectacular landscapes, you'll love this intriguing murder mystery.

Dead at First Sight

by Peter James

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Dead at First Sight is the fifteenth audiobook in award-winning author Peter James’s Roy Grace series. This gripping read sees Detective Superintendent Roy Grace assigned to a suicide case in Brighton which may not be what it seems. As he investigates further he is drawn into the cruel world of a global empire built on internet scams, and the empire must be protected at all costs, even at the cost of a life. The audiobook is read by Daniel Weyman who has appeared in Gentleman Jack, Silent Witness and Foyles War.

Discover all the books in the Roy Grace series

The Murders at White House Farm

by Carol Ann Lee

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Carol Ann Lee's account of the White House Farm murders was the inspiration for ITV's series White House Farm. Nevill and June Bamber, their daughter Sheila and her two young sons were discovered shot to death in their home. All the windows and doors of the farmhouse were secure. The Bambers' son, 24-year-old Jeremy, alerted the police after apparently receiving a phone call from his father who told him Sheila had 'gone berserk' with the gun. At first it appeared to be a straightforward case of murder-suicide, but a dramatic turn of events was to disprove the police's theory and Jeremy was convicted of killing his entire family.

A Nearly Normal Family

by M. T. Edvardsson

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Told from three different perspectives – father, mother and daughter – this psychological thriller audiobook asks: ‘what would you do if your child was suspected of murder?’ The three sections of the audiobook are read by different narrators – Richard Armitage, who has starred in HannibalThe Hobbit and Spooks, award-winning actress Emily Watson and Georgia Maguire – bringing to life each character’s story.

Babes in the Wood

by Graham Bartlett

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On 10 October 1986, the bodies of two young girls were found in a Brighton park. The girls were nine-year-olds Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway who had gone out to play the day before and not returned home. Evidence mounted against a local man Russell Bishop, but a shock trial result saw him walk free.

Three years later, Graham Bartlett was working for Brighton CID when a seven-year-old was abducted and left to die. She survived, and connections were made to Russell Bishop. Will the police put him away this time? With unique access to the officers involved in the investigation, former senior detective Graham Bartlett and bestselling author Peter James tell the fascinating inside story of a thirty-two year fight for justice in this true crime book.

Absolute Proof - Peter James

by Peter James

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Hugh Bonneville, star of Downton Abbey and the Paddington films, reads this explosive thriller audiobook from Peter James. Investigative reporter Ross Hunter receives a call which will change his life – a man is claiming that he’s been given absolute proof of God’s existence, and he wants Ross’s help to get the story taken seriously. The stakes are high for religious organisations around the world, can Ross survive long enough to present the evidence? The audiobook includes additional content where Peter James discusses the inspiration behind the book.

Listen to Peter James and Hugh Bonneville discuss Absolute Proof, religion and how they became friends

Blood & Sugar

by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

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June, 1781. A body hangs upon a hook at a London dock - the victim of torture and branded with a slaver's mark. Captain Harry Corsham quickly finds himself embroiled in this mystery, plunged into an investigation full of secrets and the looming threat of mortal danger.

Double Kiss

by Ronnie O'Sullivan

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Frankie James thought his troubles were behind him. He’s busy running his Soho Club and his brother’s finally out of prison. When the goddaughter of London's fiercest gangster, Tommy Riley, goes missing in Ibiza, Tommy knows that Frankie is the only man for the job. If Frankie agrees to help find Tanya, he’ll be thrown into a world of danger again. But if he doesn’t, Tommy could destroy him. Double Kiss is the fast-paced, gripping sequel to Framed, by snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan. The audiobook is read by Nick Moran, best known for his role as Eddie the card sharp in Guy Ritchie’s British crime comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Last Bus to Woodstock

by Colin Dexter

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Last Bus to Woodstock is the novel that began Colin Dexter's phenomenally successful Inspector Morse series, famously brought to life by John Thaw in the popular TV series.

The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail. By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man. But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key.


by David Baldacci

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Redemption is the fifth audiobook in David Baldacci’s Amos Decker series, and sees the memory man returning to his hometown to commemorate the birthday of his daughter Molly, who was brutally murdered along with his wife and brother-in-law. While in town, he is tracked down by Meryl Hawkins, the first man he ever arrested for homicide more than twelve years ago. Meryl has always maintained his innocence, so could Decker have made a fatal mistake? The novel sees Amos reunited with his former partner Mary Lancaster, a partnership that is thrillingly brought to life in the audiobook by narrators Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy.