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Mystery audiobooks by Black authors

Find your next thrilling listen or cozy mystery with these engaging audiobooks. 
  • Audiobook

    Bluebird, Bluebird

    by Attica Locke ...
    Narrated by J. D. Jackson ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 25 min

    A "heartbreakingly resonant" thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy-winning Fox TV show Empire (USA Today)."In Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke had both mastered the thriller and exceeded it."-Ann PatchettWhen it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules -- a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows ... Read more

    $25.98 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    The Strivers' Row Spy

    Narrated by Avery Glymph ...

    Unabridged

    11 hours 23 min

    Stunning, suspenseful, and unforgettably evocative, Jason Overstreet's debut novel glitters with the vibrant dreams and dangerous promise of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, as one man crosses the perilous lines between the law, loyalty, and deadly lies. For college graduate Sidney Temple, the Roaring Twenties bring opportunities even members of his accomplished black bourgeois family couldn't have ... Read more

    $24.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Cemetery Road

    Narrated by J.D. Jackson ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 29 min

    Gar Anthony Haywood is the critically acclaimed author of the Aaron Gunner series, which includes the Los Angeles Times best-selling All the Lucky Ones Are Dead. Cemetery Road is a riveting standalone thriller that follows Errol "Handy" White, a man whose past has come back to haunt him. Years ago, Handy left his life as a Los Angeles thief behind, and now lays low in the Twin Cities. But when he ... Read more

    $19.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Dirty Laundry

    Narrated by Karen Kelly ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 47 min

    During the Los Angeles campaign to replace longtime incumbent mayor Tom Bradley, the stakes are high for Detective Charlotte Justice, of the LAPD’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division. When she’s called to Koreatown to investigate the shocking murder of Vicki Park, special markets strategist for an upstart campaign, all of her skills—and fears—come to the fore. Park, a Korean, is found bludgeoned and ... Read more

    $21.95 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Blanche on the Lam

    by Barbara Neely ...
    Narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 41 min

    Blanche White is a plump, feisty, middle-aged African American housekeeper working for the genteel rich in North Carolina. But when an employer stiffs her, and her checks bounce, she goes on the lam, hiding out as a maid for a wealthy family at their summer home. That plan goes awry when there's a murder and Blanche becomes the prime suspect. So she's forced to use her savvy, her sharp wit, and ... Read more

    $15.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Death in D Minor

    by Alexia Gordon ...
    Narrated by Ensemble Cast ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 22 min

    After solving a string of murders and getting used to living with a snarky ghost, Gethsemane Brown tries to rest easy. But, in this second book in the series, her roomie disappears, her landlord decides to sell her cottage to a developer, and her brother-in-law comes to visit. The ever-resourceful African American musician and expatriate scrambles to call her spectral roomie back from beyond and ... Read more

    $24.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Three-Fifths

    by John Vercher ...
    Narrated by J. D. Jackson ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 13 min

    Pittsburgh, 1995. The son of a black father he’s never known and a white mother he sometimes wishes he didn’t, twenty-two-year-old Bobby Saraceno is passing for white. Raised by his bigoted maternal grandfather, Bobby has hidden his truth from everyone, even his best friend and fellow comic-book geek, Aaron, who has just returned home from prison a hardened racist. Bobby’s disparate worlds collide ... Read more

    $24.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Black Water Rising

    by Attica Locke ...
    Narrated by Dion Graham ...

    Unabridged

    13 hours 52 min

    Attica Locke—a writer and producer of FOX’s Empire—delivers an engrossing, complex, and cinematic thriller about crime and racial justiceLos Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist (Mystery/Thriller)Edgar Award Nominee (Best First Novel)The Orange Prize for Fiction (Shortlist)“A near-perfect balance of trenchant social commentary, rich characterizations, and action-oriented plot.... Attica Locke [i... ... Read more

    $26.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    The Last King

    Narrated by J.D. Jackson ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 5 min

    Nichelle Tramble's first novel, The Dying Ground (F0102), was named a Best Book of 2001 by the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. In this follow-up work, Maceo returns home after drifting for two years. He finds his friends tangled up in a murder case and he must act fast to save them. "Tramble proves herself an unpretentious poet whose sense of the inner city, its argot and its ... Read more

    $19.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

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    Beneath the Darkest Sky

    Narrated by James Shippy ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 49 min

    In this riveting and emotionally powerful historical drama, an ex-FBI agent plunges into the darkest shadows of 1930s Europe, where everything he loves is on the line. International consultant Prescott Sweet's mission is to bring justice to countries suffering from America's imperialistic interventions. With his outspoken artist wife, Loretta, and their two children, he lives a life of equality ... Read more

    $19.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    When the Thrill Is Gone

    by Walter Mosley ...
    Narrated by Mirron Willis ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 17 min

    Leonid McGill is back, in the third-and most enthralling and ambitious-installment in Walter Mosley's latest New York Times- bestselling series.The economy has hit the private-investigator business hard, even for the detective designated as "a more than worthy successor to Philip Marlowe" (The Boston Globe) and "the perfect heir to Easy Rawlins" (Toronto Globe and Mail). Lately, Leonid McGill is ... Read more

    $20.00 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Hostile Eyewitness

    by Tyora Moody ...
    Narrated by Susan Spain ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 23 min

    Depressed because of complications of a head injury, Serena Manchester seeks solitude in the hometown she left almost twenty-five years before. Unknown to Serena, her hometown's landscape has changed and unseemly elements have seeped into the quaint Southern seaport town. One night Serena witnesses a gang-related crime. She thinks she recognizes one of the young men, but chooses not to identify ... Read more

    $19.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Assume Nothing

    Narrated by Ezra Knight ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 42 min

    Gar Anthony Haywood's riveting novels include the Aaron Gunner series and the acclaimed Cemetery Road, which earned starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Assume Nothing stars Joe Reddick, a former Florida cop who relocates to L.A. after his wife and children are killed by a home intruder. Now remarried, Reddick struggles to forget his tragic past. But when another break-in threatens ... Read more

    $19.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Fatality in F

    by Alexia Gordon ...
    Narrated by Helen Duff ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 27 min

    Fresh from solving her third mystery, Gethsemane Brown is ready to relax and enjoy her summer. Her plans include nothing more dangerous than performing in the opening ceremony of the annual rose and garden show and cheering on Frankie Grennan, who has entered his hybrid rose into the competition. But when a mysterious stalker starts leaving Frankie floral bouquets as coded messages, Gethsemane ... Read more

    $24.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Plain Brown Wrapper

    Narrated by Robin Miles ...

    Unabridged

    11 hours 36 min

    Karen Grigsby Bates, a contributor to People magazine and the Los Angeles Times and an NPR commentator, delivers a slick mystery featuring sharp-tongued reporter Alex Powell. While attending the National Association of Black Journalists conference, Alex discovers the dead body of a publishing bigwig who was about to be toasted as journalist of the year. As Alex investigates, she uncovers deadly ... Read more

    $24.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Do Not Go Gently

    Narrated by Mark Damon Johnson ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 52 min

    Starletta Duvall is an exceptional police lieutenant: tough and professional. But when a serial killer begins targeting successful young black women, the victims' resemblance to Starletta begins to haunt her. These women are smart and independent-how could the killer gain their trust so quickly? In frustration, Starletta decides to become the bait, hoping the suspect will strike. What she can't ... Read more

    $19.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Murder at Cape Three Points

    by Kwei Quartey ...
    Narrated by Dominic Hoffman ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 13 min

    At Cape Three Points on the beautiful Ghanaian coast, acanoe washes up at an oil rig site. The two bodies in the canoe—who turn out tobe a prominent, wealthy middle-aged couple—have obviously beenmurdered; the way Mr. Smith-Aidoo has been gruesomely decapitated suggests thekiller was trying to send a specific message—but what and to whom?The Smith-Aidoos, pillars in their community, are mourned by ... Read more

    $19.95 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    The Drift

    by John Ridley ...
    Narrated by J.D. Jackson ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 23 min

    John Ridley, author of Everybody Smokes in Hell (F0035), is acclaimed for his gritty stories and brisk dialogue. The Drift is a fast-paced trip through the lurid world of modern hobos. Charles Harmon had a firm grip on the American dream until his mind started to crack. Now he's a know-it-all tramp riding the rails. When a friend asks Charles to help find his missing niece, the trail leads to an ... Read more

    $24.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Land of Shadows

    Narrated by Je Nie Fleming ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 11 min

    "A fresh voice in crime fiction. Fast, funny, heartbreaking and wise...Elouise Norton is the best new character you'll meet this year." —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author, on Rachel Howzell Hall's Land of ShadowsAlong the ever-changing border of gentrifying Los Angeles, seventeen-year-old Monique Darson is found dead at a condominium construction site, hanging in the closet of an ... Read more

    $19.49 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    A Spell for Trouble

    An Enchanted Bay Mystery

    by Esme Addison ...
    Narrated by Emily Durante ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 1 min

    Aleksandra Daniels hasn't set foot in the quiet seaside town of Bellamy Bay, North Carolina in over twenty years. Ever since her mother's tragic death, her father has mysteriously forbidden her from visiting her aunt and cousins. But on a whim, Alex accepts an invitation to visit her estranged relatives and to help them in their family business: an herbal apothecary known for its remarkably potent ... Read more

    $24.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    American Spy

    A Novel

    Narrated by Bahni Turpin ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 50 min

    **“American Spy updates the espionage thriller with blazing originality.”—Entertainment Weekly“There has never been anything like it.”—Marlon James, GQ“So much fun . . . Like the best of John le Carré, it’s extremely tough to put down.”—NPRNAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Time • NPR • ... Read more

    $20.00 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Of Blood and Sorrow

    Narrated by Patricia R. Floyd ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 1 min

    Valerie Wilson Wesley's crime-fighting heroine Tamara Hayle is loved by fans for her sleuthing abilities and her sardonic wit. Juggling several crises at once, Tamara really has her hands full after her young son witnesses a brutal murder. "A wonderfully believable and independent sleuth who combines intellect and intuition, sexiness and self-control."-Denver Post ... Read more

    $19.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Murder in G Major

    by Alexia Gordon ...
    Narrated by Jessica Carroll ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 10 min

    With few other options, African-American classical musician Gethsemane Brown accepts a less-than-ideal position turning a group of rowdy schoolboys into an award-winning orchestra. Stranded without luggage or money in the Irish countryside, she figures any job is better than none. The perk? Housesitting a lovely cliffside cottage. The catch? The ghost of the cottage's murdered owner haunts the ... Read more

    $24.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Wife of the Gods

    A Novel

    by Kwei Quartey ...
    Narrated by Simon Prebble ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 21 min

    Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, a good family man and a remarkably intuitive sleuth, is sent to the village of Ketanu-the site of his mother's disappearance many years ago-to solve the murder of an accomplished young AIDS worker. While battling his own anger issues and concerns for his ailing son, Darko explores the motivations and secrets of the residents of Ketanu. It soon becomes clear that ... Read more

    $17.99 USD or FREE with audiobook trial