My favorite thrillers/mysteries by Asian authors

As we all know, I am a hardcore thriller/mystery lover. In fact, someone just messaged me and said

Okay, I don’t know where to start. Actually, I do.

1. spelling and grammar aside, (yes, I am a grammar nazi) THANK YOU SO MUCH! That’s exactly what I wanted to be known for.
2. As for your second question/comment, I am figuring that out, but for now here’s a blog post with that info!

Everything Jennifer Hillier writes

Auto-buy author much? I have her backlist on my TBR and I’m buying her next book no matter what. Jar of Hearts is probably one of my favorite books, plus she’s Filipina AND a thriller writer?

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia Manansala

Speaking of Filipina, when I first heard of this title I think I squealed (no, I fully admit that I screamed). Full disclosure, I haven’t read it yet (it’s getting RAVE reviews though!).

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

HOW DARE THEY NOT ADAPT THIS BEAUTY?!?! EINTY is heartbreakingly beautiful- admittedly I haven’t read this in a while, but I do remember reading it over a week (for a little book, it sure is HEAVY!) and remember thinking about it for a long time after I finished reading.

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

This one is similar to EINTY, but it’s just as beautiful and sad.

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutano

I can’t wait to read this one! Getting Crazy Rich Asians and murder mystery vibes already.


The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

I say bonus because this one isn’t necessarily a mystery- well it kinda is and really isn’t.

Other recommendations:

White Ivy
Miracle Creek
The Ninja Daughter series
Little Fires Everywhere

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4 thoughts on “My favorite thrillers/mysteries by Asian authors

  1. I am DYING to read both Arsenic and Adobo!!! They both sound absolutely spectacular. My husband is Filipino so reading books with Filipino characters is always so much fun because it’s like being around his family (and oh my gosh his family is so much fun)! Ohhh also Dial A for Aunties because anything that’s reminiscent of Crazy Rich Asians is totally up my alley. I’ve been excited about that book since the moment I first heard about it!


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