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Read or Dead is a bi-weekly show dedicated to the worlds of mystery and thriller literature.

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Gets Better All The Time

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LOVED the Nancy Drew segment! So interesting to think about how or even if we can still relate to The characters and plots. Never thought I’d be the least bit interested but I might actually do a reread.

iTunes Ratings

132 Ratings
Average Ratings
82
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16
12
7

Ok

By everynameisalreadytaken1234 - Aug 10 2019
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Ok

Gets Better All The Time

By nbsp2 - Jul 05 2019
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LOVED the Nancy Drew segment! So interesting to think about how or even if we can still relate to The characters and plots. Never thought I’d be the least bit interested but I might actually do a reread.
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Read or Dead

Latest release on Feb 14, 2020

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Rank #1: E66: Time for Our 2019 Mystery Favorites!

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Katie and Rincey talk about what mysteries they read this year that were their favorites.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot's Read Harder 2020 ChallengeNine Elms by Robert Bryndza and If You Tell by Gregg Olsen.

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Books Mentioned

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey

Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly

The Whisper Man by Alex North

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Heaven My Home by Attica Locke

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

The Frangipani Tree Mystery by Ovidia Yu

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

The Queen by Josh Levin

Dec 06 2019

52mins

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Rank #2: Read or Dead Ep. #2: A Modern, Slightly Less Hairy, Sexy Hagrid

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Rincey and Katie talk about the difference between mysteries, thrillers, and suspense books and provide some recommendations for each genre and sub-genre.  This episode is sponsored by The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight and The Pierre Hotel Affair by Daniel Simone with Nick Sacco.

Jun 23 2017

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Rank #3: Read or Dead Ep #18: You Had Me At Secret Society

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Katie and Rincey talk about the Edgar Awards nominees, the new Staunch book prize, and talk about books by black authors to kick off Black History Month.  This episode is sponsored by Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp and Girl Unknown by Karen Perry.

Feb 02 2018

56mins

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Rank #4: Read or Dead Ep. #10: Geeking out on Tana French

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Katie and Rincey use the news about the upcoming Tana French BBC adaptation to fawn over her books. This episode is sponsored by Gangster Nation by Tod Goldberg and Lit Chat.

Oct 13 2017

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Rank #5: Read or Dead Ep #14: You Love Baby Elephants, I Love Severed Hands

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Before the end of the year, Katie and Rincey squeeze in a 2017 mystery book of their choice that they've been wanting to read all year but hadn't gotten around to. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders.

Dec 08 2017

48mins

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Rank #6: E27: Ep #27: I need you to move out to make space for my books

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In honor of the one year anniversary of the podcast, Katie and Rincey reminisce a bit and each pick up a book that they heard about because of the podcast.

This episode is sponsored by Hangman by Jack Heath, new from Hanover Square Press

Jun 08 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #7: E22: #22: Using the same doorknobs as Lizzie Borden

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Katie and Rincey talk about The Woman in the Window movie adaptation, a new Cormoran Strike book and do a bit of a backlist dive.

This episode is sponsored by Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney and Libby.

Mar 30 2018

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Rank #8: Read or Dead Ep. #8: Worshipping the Ground Stephen King Walks On

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Katie and Rincey do a Stephen King themed episode! They talk about adaptations - including the new release of IT - their favorite books and more. This episode is sponsored by Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land and Dead in the Water by Denise Swanson.

Sep 15 2017

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Rank #9: E63: UPDATED: Stephen King Scholar

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Katie and Rincey talk Stephen King’s writers’ retreat, get confirmation on Tana French being the best living mystery writer, and more!

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Blind Date, Dark Pattern by Andrew Mayne and Death & Conspiracy by Seeley James.

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To get even more mystery/thriller recs and news, sign up for our Unusual Suspects newsletter!

SHOW NOTES

Women’s untold stories dominate Baillie Gifford prize shortlist

Stephen King’s House to Become Archive and Writers’ Retreat

David Oyelowo is starring in the series adaptation of The President is Missing.

Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House is being adapted as a TV series by Amazon Studios

Tana French is our best living mystery writer

Books Mentioned

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

Little Deaths by Emma Flint

It All Falls Down by Sheena Kamal

The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal

The Lost Brothers: A Family’s Decades-Long Search by Jack El-Hai

The Fragility of Bodies by Sergio Olguin, translated by Miranda France

Strangers at the Gate by Catriona McPherson

All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell

Heaven My Home by Attica Locke

The Whisper Man by Alex North

Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

Oct 25 2019

44mins

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Rank #10: E30: #30: The McDonalds of Books

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Rincey and Katie tackled two presidential-adjacent mystery books and talk about their experiences with such different mystery novels.

This episode is sponsored by Her Pretty Face By Robyn Harding and The Con Artist by Fred Van Lente.

Jul 20 2018

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Rank #11: Read or Dead Ep. #12: Why We Love True Crime

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Katie and Rincey talk about the Goodreads Choice Awards, John Grisham's latest book and true crime books. This episode is sponsored by Murderer’s Maid by Erika Mailman and Haven by Mary Lindsey.

Nov 10 2017

57mins

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Rank #12: Read or Dead Ep. #6: Murder at a Chippendales

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Katie and Rincey run through a few mystery and thriller adaptations and talk about cozy mysteries that they've recently read. This episode is sponsored by Gone to Dust and Portrait of Vengeance.

Aug 18 2017

46mins

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Rank #13: E28: #28: Reading Scooby-Doo Mysteries

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Katie and Rincey discuss their "wheelhouse phrases", or the words or descriptions will immediately will cause them to pick up a book. 

This episode is sponsored by Hangman by Jack Heath, new from Hanover Square Press.

Jun 22 2018

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Rank #14: Read or Dead Ep. #7: Acting Like Veruca Salt With Adaptations

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Katie and Rincey talk about real life mysteries that have surrounded mystery writers. This episode is sponsored by The Blind and the Unusual Suspects newsletter.

Sep 01 2017

59mins

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Rank #15: E65: Homicide for the Holidays

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Katie and Rincey give some recommendations of books you can pick up during the holiday season to gift to the people in your life — or just get for yourself!

This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder JournalEye for Eye by J.K. Franko and Black Rock Bay by Brianna Labuskes.

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To get even more mystery/thriller recs and news, sign up for our Unusual Suspects newsletter!


Show Notes

Lady Gaga to Star in Ridley Scott’s Gucci Murder Movie

Sarah Michelle Gellar to Star in Sometimes I Lie

Controversy at the Shamus Awards, plus the response from the Crime Writers of Color organization 

The final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards is not terrible!


Books Mentioned

The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka

Pennance by by Clare Ashton

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen

The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

The Plotters by Un-Su Kim

Impossible Causes by Julie Mayhew

NVK by Temple Drake

Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza

Beijing Payback by Daniel Nieh

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

Before the Devil Fell by Neil Olson

The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz

Nov 22 2019

48mins

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Rank #16: E31: #31: Monster Book of Monsters

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Aug 03 2018

58mins

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Rank #17: E26: #26 - If James Patterson thinks about a book, we have a catalog entry for it

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Katie and Rincey talk about books by Asian and Asian American writers in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

This episode is sponsored by Exit Strategy by Charlton Pettus, new from Hanover Square Press and The 49th Mystic by Ted Dekker.

May 25 2018

55mins

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Rank #18: E20: Exploring Noir

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Katie and Rincey talk all about all things noir: what’s considered noir, classic noir and more modern noir books.

This episode is sponsored by Libby and the Read Harder 2018 Challengeand Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson

Enter the Penguin Clothbound Giveaway on Instagram.

Show Notes

Chicago attorney, Ohio filmmaker working on follow-up to ‘Making a Murderer’

Books Mentioned

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura

Dragonfish by Vu Tran

Queenpin by Megan Abbott

Akashic Noir series: Tel Aviv NoirNew Orleans NoirBrooklyn Noir

Chicago by David Mamet

Bone Music by Christopher Rice

Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson

The Hunger by Alma Katsu

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

A Dangerous Crossing by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Mar 02 2018

54mins

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Rank #19: E47: #47: Springtime, time to refresh or whatever

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Katie and Rincey talk about the big college admissions scam (because how could they not?) and provide some creepy book picks for a reader's book club.

This episode is sponsored by Libro.fmThe Huntressby Kate Quinn, and Save Me From Dangerous Menby S.A. Lelchuk.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

To get even more mystery/thriller recs and news, sign up for our Unusual Suspectsnewsletter!

Show Notes

Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories to Develop Miss Marple Series From Agatha Christie Novels

FX To Turn Don Winslow’s Epic Cartel Drug War Novel Trilogy Into TV Series

Russell Hornsby To Headline ‘Lincoln’ NBC Pilot Based On ‘The Bone Collector’ Books

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among 50 charged in college admissions scam for unworthy kids, prosecutors say

Books Mentioned

Bad Bloodby John Carreyrou

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastleby Stuart Turton

Forty Acresby Dwayne Alexander Smith

The Good Houseby Tananarive Due

My Sister Rosaby Justine Larbalestier

The Trial of Lizzie Bordenby Cara Robertson

A Dangerous Collaborationby Deanna Raybourn

House on Fireby Bonnie Kistler

The Plottersby Un-Su Kim

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escapeby Jenna Miscavige Hill

Mar 15 2019

49mins

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Rank #20: E25: #24 - Severed Finger Sense of Humor

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May 11 2018

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