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Meg Gardiner

USA flag (b.1957)

Meg Gardiner writes thrillers set in California. The Evan Delaney novels, featuring a Santa Barbara freelance journalist, include 2009 Edgar Award winner China Lake. The Jo Beckett series features a San Francisco forensic psychiatrist. The Dirty Secrets Club won the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Procedural Novel of 2008 and was chosen one of the year's Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers by Originally from Oklahoma, Gardiner practiced law in Los Angeles and taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives near London.

Genres: Mystery
New Books
August 2022

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Barry Awards Best Thriller winner (2018) : UNSUB

Meg Gardiner recommends
Toppling Miss April (2005)
Adrienne Dines
"A laugh-out-loud screwball comedy. This is humour sized 44FF... uncontainably funny."
Follow Her Home (2013)
(Juniper Song Mystery, book 1)
Steph Cha
"Follow Her Home takes a fresh trip down the sunny, dark streets of Los Angeles, and Juniper Song is a great guide - young, sharp, and worldly-wise. Keenly observed and deeply felt, the story slowly got under my skin. I couldn't put it down."
The Weight of Blood (2014)
Laura McHugh
"The Weight of Blood pulled me in and wouldn't let go. What starts as Lucy's coming-of-age story becomes a chilling tale about the price of secrets. As the menace deepens, so does the tension. Laura McHugh has written a terrific novel."
Black Skies (2014)
(Dan Morgan, book 3)
Leo J Maloney
"A ripping story-rough, tough, and entertaining."
Little Black Lies (2015)
(Zoe Goldman, book 1)
Sandra Block
"A darkly intriguing mystery that pills you in deep and doesn't let go."
Hollow Man (2015)
(Hollow Man, book 1)
Mark Pryor
"Terrific Texas noir: chilling, dark, and deadly. A psychopathic prosecutor, a mysterious beauty, and a heist gone wrong combine for a gripping story that's damn entertaining."
Romeo's Rules (2015)
(Mike Romeo, book 1)
James Scott Bell
"Mike Romeo is a hard-boiled hero: cage fighter, philosopher, acerbic champion of the underdog. James Scott Bell's series is as sharp as a switchblade."
Out of the Blues (2016)
(Detective Sarah Alt, book 1)
Trudy Nan Boyce
"Grit, heart, smarts, and authenticity—Detective Sarah Alt has them, and so does Out of the Blues. A terrific mystery by [a] talented newcomer."
Spare Me the Truth (2016)
(Dan Forrester, book 1)
C J Carver
"From page one, Spare Me the Truth runs flat out on all cylinders. CJ Carver gives us everything: high-octane action, vivid characters, and thought-provoking mystery. Read it!"
Stalker (2016)
(Detective Inspector Joona Linna, book 5)
Lars Kepler
"Dark, complex, and chillingly intelligent, Stalker hooks you on page one and never relents. Lars Kepler’s vivid, visceral thriller had me holding my breath to the last page."
A-List (2017)
(Jake Longly, book 2)
D P Lyle
"D. P. Lyle hits it over the fence with A-List. This mystery, featuring former Major League pitcher and reluctant PI Jake Longly, is fast-paced, slick, and funny. Bad times in the Big Easy mean a great time for readers. Head to New Orleans with Jake, and enjoy the trip."
Saving Grace (2018)
(Fleetwood and Sheils, book 2)
Simon Wood
"Suspenseful and absorbing. Saving Grace pulls you in and keeps you guessing—and holding your breath. I couldn’t put it down."
Go to my Grave (2018)
Catriona McPherson
"Go to My Grave is a terrific mystery—sharp, devious, and suspenseful. Catriona McPherson has written another winner."
What My Sister Knew (2018)
Nina Laurin
"Psychological suspense doesn't come much grittier or more packed with satisfying twists and turns."
Somebody's Daughter (2018)
David Bell
"Full of surprising twists, Somebody's Daughter hooks you from the start and draws you into a tale of secrets, lies, and lives haunted by the past. A suspenseful—and poignant—thriller."
Last Looks (2018)
(Charlie Waldo, book 1)
Howard Michael Gould
"Fresh, thought-provoking, and funny, Last Looks is a wild ride through twenty-first century Hollywood—and a thriller with heart. Charlie Waldo is the best reluctant PI to hit the streets of L.A. in years."
The Stranger Inside (2019)
Laura Benedict
"Suspenseful and moving, The Stranger Inside gripped me from the first page. Laura Benedict is at the top of her game."
They All Fall Down (2019)
Rachel Howzell Hall
"A devilishly clever mystery . . . Hall's writing sizzles and pops. Miriam Macy is unforgettable."
Blood Relations (2019)
Jonathan Moore
"Blood Relations is dark, compelling, and frighteningly plausible. Every twist grabs you hard and pulls you deeper into the mystery. I absolutely could not put this novel down."
Wanderers (2019)
(Wanderers , book 1)
Chuck Wendig
"A tsunami of a novel."
Cut to the Bone (2020)
(Agent Sayer Altair, book 3)
Ellison Cooper
"Fascinating, original, and chilling."
The Nothing Man (2020)
Catherine Ryan Howard
"Gripping, beautifully written, and genuinely chilling, The Nothing Man had me from page one. Simply stellar."
Last Dance (2020)
(Sam Carver, book 2)
Jeffrey Fleishman
"Last Dance pulled me in and wouldn't let go. The writing shines like broken glass. The story is fresh, sharp, and haunting."
Bone Canyon (2021)
(Eve Ronin, book 2)
Lee Goldberg
"Lee Goldberg puts the pro in police procedural. Bone Canyon is fresh, sharp, and absorbing. Give me more Eve Ronin, ASAP."
All That Fall (2021)
(Emma Lawson Mystery, book 1)
Kris Calvin
"Suspenseful, complex, and engaging."
Hummingbird Salamander (2021)
Jeff VanderMeer
"This gripping eco-thriller pulls readers into a world of danger, mystery, and obsession. Surprising, suspenseful, and compelling, Hummingbird Salamander is in turns insidious and explosive, heartrending and beautiful. Riveting."
Beyond the Headlines (2021)
(Clare Carlson Mystery, book 4)
R G Belsky
"Clare Carlson is formidable, human and throrughly authentic."
Her Last Breath (2021)
Hilary Davidson
"Absorbing, complex, and satisfyingly twisty, Her Last Breath is an addictive page-turner. Hilary Davidson knows how to hook readers and keep them hooked."
Hold Me Down (2021)
Clea Simon
"Gripping and intense, a darkly suspenseful dive into friendship, fame, murder, and the thrilling power of rock music. I couldn’t put it down."
Road of Bones (2022)
Christopher Golden
"Road of Bones is thrilling and relentless, with a wild and unsettling heart. It's a nonstop drive into terror, and you won't want to stop."
The Paradox Hotel (2022)
Rob Hart
"Not only a razor-sharp time-travel mystery but a moving story of love, memory, and coming to terms with loss . . . It's also hilarious and as suspenseful as hell."
The Gatekeeper (2022)
(Dez Limerick, book 1)
James Byrne
"What a ride. With vivid characters in a pulse-pounding story, The Gatekeeper feels chillingly, thrillingly real. Grab it!"
The Neighborhood (2022)
Matthew Betley
"Propulsive, suspenseful, and relentless, The Neighborhood is a roller-coaster thriller packed with twists and gritty action--Matthew Betley's best novel yet. Grab it and hold on for a great ride."
Blind Faith (2022)
Alicia Beckman
"Suspenseful and poignant, Blind Faith is a twisting, atmospheric mystery that pulled me in deep."
Exit Interview (2022)
(a.k.a. Jayne)
Dana Cameron
"Exit Interview takes off like an express train and never slows down. Grab this book, buckle up and hold on for a terrific ride."

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