33 Podcasts For Readers Who Love Mysteries, Thrillers & True Crime

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If you're a fan of true crime, crime fiction, or even the occasional mystery or thriller novel, you're going to love this: Bustle has compiled the 33 best podcasts for crime fiction readers below. As great as books are, sometimes you need to switch things up, and a podcast is the perfect way to multitask while still getting your mystery fix.

Crime stories are everywhere these days, thanks to a renewed interest in mystery and thriller stories — real and fictional alike. From Gone Girl to Serial to Making a Murderer, much of our favorite contemporary media centers on crimes and criminal investigations. Although it's true that readers have enjoyed good whodunnits for decades, it's impossible to deny the popularity of these stories in the 21st century. Mystery TV shows Twin Peaks and The X-Files received reboots in recent years, and one classic show, Unsolved Mysteries, might be headed for a comeback as well.

Whether you're planning a trip or just looking for your next weekly obsession, the 33 crime-adjacent podcasts on the list below will fill any gap in your listening schedule and help you steal away a few moments to yourself — or curl up on the couch with your bestie and listen to a great story. Check out all the funny, creepy, riveting recommendations below:


Alice Isn’t Dead by Night Vale Presents

In this podcast from the creators of Welcome to Night Vale, a truck driver learns that her wife may not be dead, so she sets out on a cross-country trek to find her.

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American Hysteria by Skylark Media

If you love stories about the United States's moral panics, check out American Hysteria, a podcast that examines public fears of the Illuminati, stranger danger, and other (probably imaginary) hazards.

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Atlanta Monster by Tenderfoot TV and HowStuffWorks

Forty years ago, Atlanta became the hunting ground for a child killer. A 22-year-old man named Wayne Williams was convicted of killing two adults, and he was believed to be responsible for the Atlanta Child Murders as well. Williams was never brought to trial, however, and listening to Atlanta Monster will make you wonder whether the 40-year-old case was ever really solved.

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Bear Brook by New Hampshire Public Radio

Centering on a cold case out of 1980s New Hampshire in which bodies were found stuffed in barrels in Bear Brook State Park, New Hampshire Public Radio's Bear Brook examines the murder mystery whose forensic investigation techniques helped to catch the Golden State Killer.

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The Black Tapes by Pacific Northwest Stories

Fans of Sarah Pinborough's Behind Her Eyes will love The Black Tapes, in which a fictional journalist investigates the dark secrets of her own past.

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Blackwood by Skylark | Wondery

Three skeptical friends began a podcast about The Blackwood Bugman, but their investigation into the supposedly legendary creature turned up more real-world evidence than they expected. Five years later, their recordings are finally released...

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Casefile by Casefile True Crime

Pretty much every episode of this true-crime podcast examines a different little-known case of creepy, real-life crimes. Some cases are split across multiple installments, keeping you hooked for hours on end.

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CBS Radio Mystery Theater by Radio Mystery Theater

If early 20th-century murder mysteries are more your thing, consider listening to one of the 1,399 radio dramas available on CBS Radio Mystery Theater. Fans of The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents will love this podcast.

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Crime Friction by TheDefectives

In this podcast, hosts Jay Stringer and Chantelle Aimée Osman interview novelists about... well, just about anything other than their books.

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Crime Time | A Crime Fiction Podcast by Lee and Eddie

Mixing genre and literary fiction, Crime Time hosts Lee and Eddie talk about all their favorite mystery reads on this podcast.

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Crimetown by Gimlet

Each season, Crimetown picks a different U.S. city with a hidden, seedy underbelly. Season 1 focuses on Providence, Rhode Island, and Season 2 dives deep into Detroit, Michigan.

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Darknet Diaries by Jack Rhysider

If you aren't scared of cybercrime, you will be after listening to Jack Rhysider's Darknet Diaries, which takes a look at all the ways hackers can circumvent the law.

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The Dropout: Elizabeth Holmes on Trial by ABC Audio

With Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes currently on trial for fraud, now’s the perfect time to catch up with her mind-boggling story by listening to this six-episode podcast.

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Euphomet by Skylark Media

Skylark's Euphomet takes an unnervingly long look at our relationship with the inexplicable, from ghosts to cryptids and everything in-between.

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Fake Heiress by BBC Radio 4

Anna Delvey’s story continues to dazzle true-crime fans, who wonder how she managed to pull off such a major grift for so long. This BBC Radio 4 podcast delves deep into Delvey’s story.

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The Grift by Panoply

Another podcast about non-murderous crimes, The Grift focuses on con jobs: who commits them, how they pull them off, and why we fall for them every time.

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The Horror of Dolores Roach by Gimlet

This scripted podcast stars Rent actress Daphne Rubin-Vega as the eponymous Dolores, newly released from a 16-year stint in prison and pushed back into her old life in order to survive.

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I, Survivor by Wondery

Speaking of surviving, I, Survivor allows people who have withstood a wide range of crimes to share their stories of survival with listeners.

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In the Dark by APM Reports

Each season of In the Dark examines a different crime that remains unsolved — or contentiously solved — after decades. Season 1 focuses on the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling, and Season 2 centers on Curtis Flowers: a man tried six times for the same crime.

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The Last Podcast on the Left by The Last Podcast Network

If you're a fan of both crime and horror fiction, The Last Podcast on the Left should be your next podcast to binge. Updated every few days, this series offers up stories of real and fictional horrors from around the world.

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Lore by Aaron Mahnke

Now a TV series and a trilogy of books, Lore is the perfect podcast for anyone who wants to learn about serial killers one episode and a local legend the next.

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Limetown by Two-Up

Set in a fictional Tennessee town that once played host to a mass disappearance, Limetown follows radio journalist Lia Haddock into the heart of the titular hamlet to learn what happened to those who vanished so many years ago.

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My Favorite Murder by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

From national stories to small town mysteries, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark examine murders of all shapes and sizes on this hit podcast.

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Partners in Crime by Adam Croft and Robert Daws

Crime fiction writers Adam Croft and Robert Daws talk about all corners of the genre in this weekly podcast. Tune in for interviews with your favorite authors and true stories of forensic investigation.

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Read or Dead by Book Riot

With new episodes every two weeks, Book Riot's Read or Dead always has new reading recommendations for fans of crime fiction and true crime.

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Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and Black Dahlia by TNT

Did their patriarch murder Elizabeth Short? That’s what one family sets out to learn, decades after the fact, in this gripping true-crime podcast.

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Someone Knows Something by CBC Podcasts

Each of the five seasons of this Canadian podcast focuses on a different unsolved case and includes interviews with the victims' families. Tune in if you're looking for your next cold-case fix.

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Spines by ZoomDoom Stories

A narrative fiction podcast involving creepy cults and amnesia, Spines is just the kind of thriller you've been dying to listen to. The series centers on Wren, who also serves as the story's narrator, and who is trying to figure out how she came to take part in a strange ritual that seems to have left her with no memory of her recent past.

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A Stab in the Dark with Mark Billingham by UKTV

Tom Thorne series author Mark Billingham hosts this podcast devoted to all things crime fiction, TV and books alike. If listening to your favorite authors and media creators dish about characters and the creative process sounds like a good time to you, be sure you check this one out.

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They Walk Among Us by They Walk Among Us

It's a frightening reality that serial killers and spree murderers walk the same streets as you, often in search of their next victims. For cases in which a seemingly harmless person turned out to be deadly, tune in to They Walk Among Us.

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Uncover: Escaping NXIVM by CBC Podcasts and CBC News

In 2020, Keith Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison for crimes including sex trafficking and forced labor — all related to NXIVM, the "humanitarian community" he founded. Uncovered: Escaping NXIVM follows one woman who joined Raniere's cult, left, and is now speaking out about her experiences.

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Video Palace by Shudder

If you like a healthy dose of nostalgia with your horror and thrillers, you can’t go wrong with Video Palace, Shudder’s original podcast about a mystery tape and the rental store from whence it came.

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Wine & Crime by Wine & Crime Podcast

Blending comedy with true crime, Wine & Crime looks into criminal incidents and investigations, pairing them with the best of sauvignon blancs and pinots.

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