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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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    • 4.2 • 161 Ratings

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

    Most Anticipated Releases of 2021

    Most Anticipated Releases of 2021

    Katie and Nusrah talk about their most anticipated releases of 2021 and only get to July before they are out of time.

    • 47 min
    Our Favorite Books of 2020

    Our Favorite Books of 2020

    It is the last episode of 2020 and Rincey’s last episode of Read or Dead! To commemorate, they talk about their favorite reads of the year.

    • 52 min
    That Rings All My Bells

    That Rings All My Bells

    Katie and guest host Nusrah talk about genre-bending mysteries, the upcoming adaptation of Forty Acres, and some really exciting new releases that you need to add to your TBR ASAP!

    • 48 min
    Inaugural Serial Killers

    Inaugural Serial Killers

    Katie and Rincey get geared up for the holiday season with a giant pile of books that you could give to someone (or yourself).

    This episode is sponsored by TBR, Elsewhere by Dean Koontz and Ink by Jonathan Maberry.

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    Books Mentioned

    The Golden Thread: The Cold War and the Mysterious Death of Dag Hammarskjöld by Ravi Somaiya

    IQ by Joe Ide

    The Woman Who Stole Vermeer: The True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist by Anthony M. Amore

    The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson

    Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

    White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig

    Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J. Chow (A Sassy Cat Mystery #1)

    In the Hall With the Knife by Diane Peterfreund

    The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer by Skip Hollandsworth

    America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster by Mary Kay McBrayer

    Perfect Days by Raphael Montes

    The Kill Club by Wendy Heard

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    • 54 min
    A Mood and a Half

    A Mood and a Half

    Katie and Rincey celebrate Nonfiction November with some great nonfiction reads, talk about the great casting in the new Jane Harper adaptation, and are pleasantly surprised by the Goodreads Choice Awards.

    • 44 min
    Welcome To Read Or Dead

    Welcome To Read Or Dead

    Read or Dead is a bi-weekly mystery fiction podcast dedicated to the worlds of mystery, thriller, and true crime literature.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 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.

Tiny891234455 ,

I love the book recommendations!

This is a great fun listen and I love the book recommendations! I’m a huge mystery/thriller/true crime lover and I’ve been enjoying the light discussions. The only reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars is because of the constant swallowing noise coming from one of the hosts. If you listen to the episodes, she’s CONSTANTLY swallowing and you can hear it all. I know it’s picky and random but it’s very off putting and when listening, it’s a gross sound to hear every few words. And it leads to a kind of awkward pause every other word/sentence.

Busyperson1234 ,


Why is every other word from Rency “like”? It drives me crazy! If this was a drinking game you would be passed out in the first ten minutes if you were drinking every time she says like.

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