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

    Our Most Anticipated Books of 2024 Pt. 2!

    Our Most Anticipated Books of 2024 Pt. 2!

    Katie McLain Horner and Kendra Winchester discuss their most anticipated books for the second half of 2024!

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

    Make this your most bookish summer yet with personalized reading recommendations from Tailored Book Recommendations! Our bibliologists (aka professional book nerds) are standing by to help you find your next favorite read. Get your recommendations via email, or opt to receive hardcovers or paperbacks delivered right to your door. And with quarterly or annual plans available, TBR has something for every budget. Get started today from just $18!

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    Books Discussed
    Chasing the Boogeyman - Richard Chizmar
    Midnights Rooms - Donyae Coles
    Like Mother, Like Daughter - Kimberly McCreight
    Guide Me Home - Attica Locke
    Exposure - Ramona Emerson
    Model Home - Rivers Solomon
    A Grim Reaper’s Guide to Catching a Killer - Maxie Dara
    This Cursed House - Del Sander
    Carrie Carolyn Coco: My Friend, Her Murder, and an Obsession with the Unthinkable - Sarah Gerard
    Our Kind of Game - Johanna Copeland

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

    Pride Month Recommendations for Mystery Lovers

    Katie McLain Horner and guest host Liberty Hardy discuss LGBTQ mysteries for Pride Month!
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    Learn something new, sharpen your skills, and expand your horizons with our Better Living Through Books newsletter. Better Living Through Books is your resource for reading material that helps you live the life you want. From self-help to cookbooks to parenting to personal finance, relationships, and more, Better Living Through Books has got you covered. If it’s part of life, it can be part of your reading life. That's what Better Living Through Books is all about. Visit bookriot.com/betterliving to subscribe for free, or become an All Access member starting at $6 per month or $60 per year and get unlimited access to members-only content in 20+ newsletters, community features, and the warm fuzzies knowing you are supporting independent media.

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    Books Discussed
    The Night of Baba Yaga by Akira Otani, translated by Sam Bett
    Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
    Survivor’s Guilt by Robyn Gigl
    Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton
    Bury Me When I'm Dead by Cheryl A. Head
    The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka
    The Lion’s Den by Iris Mwanza
    The God of the Woods by Liz Moore

    Otherwise you can:
    Find Katie on Twitter @kt_librarylady
    Find Liberty on Instagram @franzencomesalive
    And we will talk to you all next time!
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    • 42 min
    From Page to Screen

    From Page to Screen

    Katie McLain Horner and Kendra Winchester discuss books that they’d love to see turned into films, TV series, or mini-series.
    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!
    Learn something new, sharpen your skills, and expand your horizons with our Better Living Through Books newsletter. Better Living Through Books is your resource for reading material that helps you live the life you want. From self-help to cookbooks to parenting to personal finance, relationships, and more, Better Living Through Books has got you covered. If it’s part of life, it can be part of your reading life. That's what Better Living Through Books is all about. Visit bookriot.com/betterliving to subscribe for free, or become an All Access member starting at $6 per month or $60 per year and get unlimited access to members-only content in 20+ newsletters, community features, and the warm fuzzies knowing you are supporting independent media.
    This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

    News:
    2024 ITW Thriller Award Winners

    Books Discussed:
    When No One is Watching - Alyssa Cole
    Devolution - Max Brooks
    The Loch - Steve Alten
    Horror Movie - Paul Tremblay
    Butter - Asako Yuzuki, Translated by Polly Barton
    What You Leave Behind - Wanda M. Morris
    Middle of the Night - Riley Sager
    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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    • 50 min
    Reading Each Other's Favorites

    Reading Each Other's Favorites

    Katie McLain Horner and Kendra Winchester discuss books that they’ve recommended to each other!
    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!
    Make this your most bookish summer yet with personalized reading recommendations from Tailored Book Recommendations! Our bibliologists (aka professional book nerds) are standing by to help you find your next favorite read. Get your recommendations via email, or opt to receive hardcovers or paperbacks delivered right to your door. And with quarterly or annual plans available, TBR has something for every budget. Get started today from just $18! Head to mytbr.co to subscribe.
    This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

    News
    Attica Locke is publishing the final book in her Highway 59 crime novel trilogy this summer!
    Wake Up Dead Man

    Books Discussed
    The Hunter - Tana French 
    The Woods All Black - Lee Mandelo
    Things We Lost in the Fire - Mariana Enriquez
    City Under One Roof - Iris Yamashita
    The Only One Left - Riley Sager
    Tell Me Who You Are - Louisa Luna
    Looking for Smoke - K. A. Cobell
    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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    • 49 min
    Book Picks for AANHPI Heritage Month

    Book Picks for AANHPI Heritage Month

    Katie McLain Horner and Kendra Winchester discuss mysteries and thrillers for AANHPI Heritage Month!
    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!
    Make this your most bookish summer yet with personalized reading recommendations from Tailored Book Recommendations! Our bibliologists (aka professional book nerds) are standing by to help you find your next favorite read. Get your recommendations via email, or opt to receive hardcovers or paperbacks delivered right to your door. And with quarterly or annual plans available, TBR has something for every budget. Get started today from just $18! Head to mytbr.co to subscribe.
    This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

    News
    Edgar Award Winners 2024
    Pango Books

    Books Discussed
    Alma Katsu
    The Surgeon - Tess Gerritsen
    The Return of Ellie Black - Emiko Jean
    The Spirit Glass - Roshani Chokshi
    Murder Casts a Shadow: A Hawai'i Mystery -  Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
    The Hunter’s Daughter - Nicola Solvinic
    Woodworm - Layla Martínez
    For a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website.

    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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    • 49 min
    Let's Get Cultish

    Let's Get Cultish

    Katie McLain Horner and Kendra Winchester discuss books about cults!
    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!
    Looking for a thoughtful Mother's Day gift? Go beyond the tried and true flowers and chocolate and give the gift of reading with Tailored Book Recommendations! Our bibliologists are standing by to help your mom find her next favorite read, delivered right to her inbox or doorstep. And with gifts starting at just $18, there’s something for any budget! Head to mytbr.co/gift to send the gift of reading to the book nerd in your life!
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    Things Mentioned
    Webster’s Dictionary defines “cult” as…

    Books Discussed
    Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty 
    Bunny - Mona Awad
    Catherine House - Elisabeth Thomas
    Sorrowland - Rivers Solomon
    Home Is Where The Bodies Are - Jeneva Rose
    The Return of Ellie Black - Emiko Jean
    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!
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
202 Ratings

202 Ratings

embowlden77 ,

Corgis, cozies, crime, and so much more

Easily my favorite of the Book Riot podcasts (even though I've been listening to the OG show since it's beginning), this podcast has led me down so many reading rabbit holes--plus the hosts are lovely.

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!

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