Want to Hear a Good Mystery Story?

As this blog shared three weeks earlier, June is National Audiobook Month, and there’s no reason not to enjoy a book in your favorite genre as, say, a mystery.   Why not enjoy the book as told to you by a skillful audiobook narrator?  You have good options at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

If you prefer to download a book to a computer, tablet or smartphone, then look to Hoopla, OverDrive, or OneClick Digital for hundreds of titles.  

Here are tips for using the digital services:

  • With Hoopla, you may go to audiobook “genres” or “categories” and look for mysteries. 
  • Going to OverDrive, go to the “Subjects” option, click on “Browse Subjects” next, “Mystery” is available under the Fiction entry and select the Audiobooks format. 
  • Using OneClick Digital, go from the “Browse” menu to the “eAudio” option to the “Genre” entry for “Mystery” option.   Also when conducting these searches, they can be refined by audience type so you may filter the search for adult or young adult reader titles only.

As a mild note of warning: OverDrive and OneClick Digital will be undergo name changes and improve its delivery of services.  “Libby” is being introduced as the app to use for new OverDrive customers beginning this week.  Next week, RBdigital will launch as the replacement for OneClick Digital.  Despite these new changes, you will find audiobook mysteries to enjoy. 

Which authors should you expect to find to read in these digital services?  Look for popular writers like James Patterson, Anne Perry, Donna Leon, Joanne Fluke, Lee Child, Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, Alexander McCall Smith, Elizabeth Peters and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among many others. 

Another audiobook options are the physical recordings available at the library in audiobook CDs and Preloaded Audiobooks (Playaways).  Searching within the library catalog in the “Advanced Search,” you may search for either format, or both, to find particular writers or titles.  

If you look at Hoopla’s top category list of audiobooks on its webpage, you’ll find mysteries ranked number four and for many of us that’s a good spot.  Who wouldn’t enjoy listening to a good mystery?