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

Read or Dead Book Riot

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    • 4.2 • 200 Ratings

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

    Kill Us with Laughs

    Kill Us with Laughs

    Katie McLain Horner and Kendra Winchester discuss some books with a perfect sense of humor!
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    News
    Netflix is planning to adapt Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series 
    50 Cent is publishing a financial heist novel, which is not a sentence I ever expected to write
    The 2024 ITW Thriller Award finalists have been announced

    Things Mentioned
    Pango Books

    Books Discussed
    Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone - Benjamin Stevenson
    Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers - Jesse Q. Sutanto
    Ghost Squad - Claribel A. Ortega
    The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud
    Cold to the Touch - Kerri Hakoda
    A Better World - Sarah Langan

    If you want to send an email with feedback or show suggestions, you can reach us at readordead@bookriot.com.
    Otherwise you can:
    Find Kendra on Instagram and Twitter @kdwinchester and on TikTok @kendrawinchester
    Find Katie on Twitter @kt_librarylady
    And we will talk to you all next time!
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    • 52 min
    European Mysteries and Thrillers

    European Mysteries and Thrillers

    Katie McLain Horner and Kendra Winchester discuss European mysteries and thrillers!
    Want to make your book club the best club? Sign up for our In the Club newsletter. In the Club will deliver recommendations for the best books to discuss in your book clubs. From buzzy new releases to brilliant throwbacks, the books highlighted in this newsletter will drive your book club discussions. We’ll also share some book club-friendly recipes and interesting bookish updates from all over. If you become a paid subscriber, you get even more recommendations plus community features. In other words, we’ll keep you well-met, well-read, and well-fed. Visit bookriot.com/intheclub to sign up. That's bookriot.com/intheclub
    THINGS MENTIONED
    Trans Rights Readathon March 22 - 29, 2024
    BOOKS DISCUSSED
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    Perfectly Nice Neighbors - Kia Abdullah
    Beneath the Mountain - Luca D’Andrea, translated from Italian Howard Curtis
    The Jigsaw Man - Nadine Matheson
    Quicksand - Malin Persson Giolito, transl. from Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles
    The Woods All Black - Lee Mandelo
    The Mystery Writer - Sulari Gentil
    If you want to send an email with feedback or show suggestions, you can reach us at readordead@bookriot.com.
    Otherwise you can:
    Find Kendra on Instagram and Twitter @kdwinchester and on TikTok @kendrawinchester.
    Find Katie on Twitter @kt_librarylady.
    And we will talk to you all next time!
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    • 41 min
    Underrated Favorites

    Underrated Favorites

    Katie McLain Horner and Kendra Winchester discuss some of their underrated favorites!
    Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify.
    To get even more mystery/thriller recs and news, sign up for our Unusual Suspects newsletter!
    Want to make your book club the best club? Sign up for our In the Club newsletter. In the Club will deliver recommendations for the best books to discuss in your book clubs. From buzzy new releases to brilliant throwbacks, the books highlighted in this newsletter will drive your book club discussions. We’ll also share some book club-friendly recipes and interesting bookish updates from all over. If you become a paid subscriber, you get even more recommendations plus community features. In other words, we’ll keep you well-met, well-read, and well-fed. Sign up today!
    This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

    NEWS
    Audie Awards
    Carol Shields Prize
    Women’s Prize for Fiction
    Rincey’s TikTok

    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    Her Name is Knight - Yasmin Angoe
    Mother, Mother - Koren Zailckas
    Shelter - Jung Yun
    House of Cotton - Monica Brashears
    Murder Road - Simone St. James
    Finding Sophie - Imram Mahmood

    If you want to send an email with feedback or show suggestions, you can reach us at readordead@bookriot.com.
    Otherwise you can:
    Find Kendra on Instagram and Twitter @kdwinchester and on TikTok @kendrawinchester
    Find Katie on Twitter @kt_librarylady
    And we will talk to you all next time!
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    • 47 min
    Book Picks Inspired By True Detective: Night Country

    Book Picks Inspired By True Detective: Night Country

    Katie McLain Horner and Kendra Winchester discuss books that feature super cold settings!
    Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify.
    To get even more mystery/thriller recs and news, sign up for our Unusual Suspects newsletter!
    2024 is the tenth year of the Read Harder Challenge! Join us as we make our way through 24 tasks meant to expand our reading horizons and diversify our TBRs. To get book recommendations for each task, sign up for the Read Harder newsletter. We’ll also keep you informed about other cool reading challenges, readathons, and more across the bookish internet. If you become a paid subscriber, you get even more recommendations plus community features, where you can connect with a community of passionate, like-minded readers in a cozy and supportive corner of the internet. Visit bookriot.com/readharder to sign up.
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    NEWS
    Attica Locke shared that the third book in her Darren Matthews trilogy will be coming out this year!
    2024 Agatha Award Nominees

    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    City Under One Roof - Iris Yamashita
    You Will Never Be Found - Tove Alsterdal
    Village In the Dark - Iris Yamashita
    The Warm Hands of Ghosts - Katherine Arden
    Island Witch - Amanda Jayatissa
    The Bad Ones - Melissa Albert 
    If you want to send an email with feedback or show suggestions, you can reach us at readordead@bookriot.com.
    Otherwise you can:
    Find Kendra on Instagram and Twitter @kdwinchester and on TikTok @kendrawinchester
    Find Katie on Twitter @kt_librarylady
    And we will talk to you all next time!
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    • 54 min
    Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time

    Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time

    Katie McLain Horner and Kendra Winchester discuss books with threatening titles!
    Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify.
    To get even more mystery/thriller recs and news, sign up for our Unusual Suspects newsletter!
    2024 is the tenth year of the Read Harder Challenge! Join us as we make our way through 24 tasks meant to expand our reading horizons and diversify our TBRs. To get book recommendations for each task, sign up for the Read Harder newsletter. We’ll also keep you informed about other cool reading challenges, readathons, and more across the bookish internet. If you become a paid subscriber, you get even more recommendations plus community features, where you can connect with a community of passionate, like-minded readers in a cozy and supportive corner of the internet. Visit bookriot.com/readharder to sign up.
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    NEWS
    Edgar Award Nominees 
    What the heck is going on with JD Barker??

    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    Bunny - Mona Awad
    Nothing Gold Can Stay - Ron Rash
    Never Saw Me Coming - Vera Kurian
    See What I Have Done - Sarah Schmidt
    Goodbye Earl - Leesa Cross-Smith
    For Your Own Good - Samantha Downing
    Village In the Dark - Iris Yamashita
    The Warm Hands of Ghosts - Katherine Arden
    If you want to send an email with feedback or show suggestions, you can reach us at readordead@bookriot.com.
    Otherwise you can:
    Find Kendra on Instagram and Twitter @kdwinchester
    Find Katie on Twitter @kt_librarylady
    And we will talk to you all next time!
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    • 56 min
    Books Old and New with Special Guest Liberty Hardy

    Books Old and New with Special Guest Liberty Hardy

    Kendra Winchester and special guest Liberty Hardy talk about old and new books. “Something old and something new, one host borrowed, the other dressed in blue.”
    Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify.
    To get even more mystery/thriller recs and news, sign up for our Unusual Suspects newsletter!
    2024 is the tenth year of the Read Harder Challenge! Join us as we make our way through 24 tasks meant to expand our reading horizons and diversify our TBRs. To get book recommendations for each task, sign up for the Read Harder newsletter. We’ll also keep you informed about other cool reading challenges, readathons, and more across the bookish internet. If you become a paid subscriber, you get even more recommendations plus community features, where you can connect with a community of passionate, like-minded readers in a cozy and supportive corner of the internet. Visit bookriot.com/readharder to sign up.
    This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

    NEWS
    Crime Reads Most Anticipated Books of 2024
    New Louise Penny Book
    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
    Anywhere You Run by Wanda M. Morris
    Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee
    The Reformatory by Tananarive Due
    No One Can Know by Kate Alice Marshall
    Everybody Knows by Jordan Harper
    Wander in the Dark by Jumata Emill
    The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez
    If you want to send an email with feedback or show suggestions, you can reach us at readordead@bookriot.com.
    Otherwise you can:
    Find Kendra on Instagram and Twitter @kdwinchester
    Find Liberty on Instagram @franzencomesalive
    And we will talk to you all next time!
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
200 Ratings

200 Ratings

Poppy__Flower ,

Love it!

Always enjoy this podcast, thank you! I listen to most of the episodes multiple times. Corgi updates, tippy taps, and opinions are delightful!

kathysarasota ,

Just discovered, and I love it!!

I just discovered this podcast maybe two weeks ago, and it is very binge worthy although my TBR list is growing exponentially! One of my fave book review podcasts now!

chrbaker.mch ,

Why is Katie still a host?

No offense to who she is as a person but is this really the right host for this podcast? She never reads. Every episode includes her reasoning for why she doesn’t read any more. She often just uses the same books for multiple topics. Sometimes she talks about a book before she finishes it and she’s completely wrong on where the book is going and it doesn’t even fit the topic. Also, because she doesn’t seem prepared for each show she often rambles and rambles. Book Riot has to have better options!

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