24 Podcasts For Readers Who Love Mysteries, Thrillers, And 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: I've picked out the 25 best podcasts for crime fiction readers below, and you're going to want to listen to all of them, especially if you have a long road trip ahead of you this holiday season.

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 24 crime-adjacent podcasts on the list below will fill any gap in your listening schedule and help you steal away a few moments from family this holiday season. Check out all my 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, and 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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'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 cryptid 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 ever episode of this true-crime podcast examines a different, little-known case of creepy, real-life crimes. Some cases are split across multiple, hour-long installments, however.

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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 One focuses on Providence, R.I., and Season Two dives deep into Detroit, Mich.

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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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'Euphomet' by Skylark Media

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

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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 One focused on the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling, and Season Two 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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'Limetown' by Two-Up

Set in a 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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'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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'My Favorite Murder' by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

From national news to smalltown 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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'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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'A Stab in the Dark with Mark Billingham' by UKTV

Tom Thorne series author Mark Billingam 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

I hate to break it to you, but 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 hunted the most dangerous game, tune in to They Walk Among Us.

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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 cabs and pinots.

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