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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 • 181 Ratings

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

    To Take or Not to Take?

    To Take or Not to Take?

    Tune in as Katie and Nusrah talk about books you should take on your vacation and ones you should skip.
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    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    The Chain by Adrian McKinty
    The Getaway by Lamar Giles
    One by One by Ruth Ware
    Pretty Things by Janelle Brown
    The Sentence by Louise Erdrich 
    Into the Sublime by Kate A. Boorman
    The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias
    If you want to send an email with feedback or show suggestions, you can reach us at readordead@bookriot.com
    Otherwise you can: 
    Find Nusrah on Instagrram @wellreadbrowngirl
    Find Katie on Twitter @kt_librarylady
    And we will talk to you all next time!
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    • 42 min
    Let the Games Begin!

    Let the Games Begin!

    Tune in as Katie and Nusrah talk about mysteries that feature all sorts of games.
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    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    Good Rich People – Eliza Jane Brazier
    The Devotion of Suspect X – Keigo Higashino
    Never Have I Ever – Joshilyn Jackson
    Under Lock and Skeleton Key – Gigi Pandian
    We Lie Here – Rachel Howzell Hall
    Helltown: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer on Cape Cod – Casey Sherman
    If you want to send an email with feedback or show suggestions, you can reach us at readordead@bookriot.com
    Otherwise you can: 
    Find Nusrah on Twitter @JavedNusrah
    Find Katie on Twitter @kt_librarylady
    And we will talk to you all next time!
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    • 50 min
    Be Gay, Do Crimes

    Be Gay, Do Crimes

    Tune in as Katie and Nusrah talk about mystery and suspense reads to keep Pride alive all year long.
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    Books Discussed
    The Echo Wife – Sarah Gailey
    Death Prefers Blondes – Caleb Roehrig
    Ace of Spades – Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
    The Verifiers – Jane Pek
    Harlem Sunset – Nekesa Afia
    Unnatural Ends – Christopher Huang
    If you want to send an email with feedback or show suggestions, you can reach us at readordead@bookriot.com
    Otherwise, you can: 
    Find Nusrah on Twitter @JavedNusrah
    Find Katie on Twitter @kt_librarylady
    And we will talk to you all next time!
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    • 42 min
    Mid-Year Way Too Much to Read Freak Out

    Mid-Year Way Too Much to Read Freak Out

    Tune in as Katie and Nusrah talk about their anticipated mystery and suspense reads for the second half of 2022.
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    Books Discussed
    Vicious Creatures – Ashton Noone
    Hokuloa Road – Elizabeth Hand
    Kismet – Amina Akhtar
    The Hacienda – Isabel Canas
    Siren Queen – Nghi Vo
    The Cherry Robbers – Sarai Walker
    The Woman in the Library – Sulari Gentill
    Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America’s Woods – Lyndsie Bourgon
    Vera Kelly: Lost and Found – Rosalie Knecht
    If you want to send an email with feedback or show suggestions, you can reach us at readordead@bookriot.com
    Otherwise, you can: 
    Find Nusrah on Twitter @JavedNusrah
    Find Katie on Twitter @kt_librarylady
    And we will talk to you all next time!
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    • 46 min
    A One, and a Two, and a Three

    A One, and a Two, and a Three

    Tune in as Katie and Nusrah talk about mystery series you can dive into.
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    Books Discussed
    Final Girls by Riley Sager
    Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry #1) by Sujata Massey
    My Heart is a Chainsaw (The Lake Witch Trilogy #1) by Stephen Graham Jones
    Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder (A Marion Lane Mystery) by T.A.Willberg
    New Books
    More Than You’ll Ever Know – Katie Gutierrez
    Counterfeit – Kirstin Chen
    If you want to send an email with feedback or show suggestions, you can reach us at readordead@bookriot.com
    Otherwise you can: 
    Find Nusrah on Twitter @JavedNusrah
    Find Katie on Twitter @kt_librarylady
    And we will talk to you all next time!
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    • 54 min
    Time and Time Again

    Time and Time Again

    Tune in as Katie and Nusrah talk about mysteries featuring some kind of time and inter-dimensional travel.
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    Books Discussed
    Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes
    Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
    The Anamoly– Herve Le Tellier
    The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North
    With Prejudice – Robin Peguero
    Hide – Kiersten White
    If you want to send an email with feedback or show suggestions, you can reach us at readordead@bookriot.com
    Otherwise you can: 
    Find Nusrah on Twitter @JavedNusrah
    Find Katie on Twitter @kt_librarylady
    And we will talk to you all next time!
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
181 Ratings

181 Ratings

Kittens Mittens ,

Almost 5 stars

This is a great podcast about mystery, thriller and scary books. It would get five stars from me except for this, I really enjoy Rinceys reviews but she throws the word “Like” in there so many times it’s distracting.

fotochick13 ,

Great show!

I love the show and never miss an episode. You cover a lot of books I’m interested in because there isn’t a horror podcast on book riot. I love thrillers too so your podcast is perfect.

Just one thing though, Katie, PLEASE stop saying juices flowing!!!! 🤞🤞

k8wma ,

Enjoy this podcast

I’ve been listening since episode 1 and I am a little surprised by some of the reviews. I’ve listened to many many poorly done true crime podcasts, so maybe my standards are low? Regardless, I’ve discovered a lot of new books and personally I don’t care if they don’t read “classics” from the 30’s and 40’s; those are pretty well reviewed already. Keep up the good work, ladies!
2021 edit: rincey left and I no longer can recommend. Just a personal opinion but I don't care for this podcast any longer.

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