23 True Crime Reads for 2023

From poison to art thefts to cold cases, here are 23 of the best true crime books released this past year. Lock your doors, leave the lights on, and prepare to be scared!


  1. While Idaho Slept: The Hunt for Answers in the Murders of Four College Students J. Reuben Appelman

  2. Genealogy of a Murder: Four Generations, Three Families, One Fateful Night by Lisa Belkin

  3. What the Dead Know: Learning About Life As a New York City Death Investigator by Barbara Butcher

  4. In Light of All Darkness: Inside the Polly Klaas Kidnapping and the Search for America's Child by Kim Cross

  5. The Girls Who Fought Crime: The Untold True Story of the Country's First Female Investigator and Her Crime Fighting Squad by Mari K. Eder

  6. A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan's Plot to Take over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them by Timothy Egan

  7. The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession by Michael Finkel

  8. Tangled Vines: Power, Privilege, and the Murdaugh Family Murders by John Glatt

  9. In the Pines: A Lynching, a Lie, a Reckoning by Grace Elizabeth Hines

  10. Tremors in the Blood: Murder, Obsession, and the Birth of the Lie Detector by Amit Katwala

  11. Trail of the Lost: The Relentless Search to Bring Home the Missing Hikers of the Pacific Crest Trail by Andrea Lankford

  12. Behold the Monster: Confronting America's Most Prolific Serial Killer by Jillian Lauren

  13. Starkweather: The Untold Story of the Killing Spree That Changed America by Harry N. MacLean

  14. Among the Bros: A Fraternity Crime Story by Max Marshall

  15. The Angel Makers: Arsenic, a Midwife, and Modern History's Most Astonishing Murder Ring by Patti McCracken

  16. Hearts of Darkness: Serial Killers, The Behavioral Science Unit, and My Life As a Woman in the FBI by Jana Monroe

  17. Lay Them to Rest: On the Road With the Cold Case Investigators Who Identify the Nameless by Laurah Norton

  18. The League of Lady Poisoners: Illustrated True Stories of Dangerous Women by Lisa Perrin

  19. Behind the Door: The Dark Truths and Untold Stories of the Cecil Hotel by Amy Price

  20. Gator Country: Deception, Danger, and Alligators in the Everglades by Rebecca Renner

  21. Murderabilia: A History of Crime in 100 Objects by Harold Schechter

  22. I Am a Killer: What Makes a Murderer: Their Shocking Stories in Their Own Words by Danny Tipping

  23. Homegrown: Timothy Mcveigh and the Rise of Right-wing Extremism by Jeffrey Toobin