As American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson comes to a close, true crime junkies everywhere will need to find a new well from which to tap their courtroom fodder (Judge Judy, anyone?). The Internet is already abuzz with second season rumors of everyone鈥檚 2016 Netflix obsession聽Making a Murderer, but with the fates of its most integral figures still up in the air, there鈥檚 no telling how long the wait may be. Never fear 鈥 we鈥檝e compiled a list of 10 new true crime books聽(released within the last year) that are filled with enough mystery and suspense to tide even the most clever of Nancy Drew-bies over in the interim. Better get crackin鈥 鈥 these whodunits require some serious sleuthing!


1. Gitchie Girlby Phil and Sandy Hamman ($11): This harrowing tale of a Midwest campfire-gone-wrong in the 1970s is sure to send chills down your spine. Five teenagers, alone in the woods, at night? What on Earth could go wrong? Gulp.


2. Alligator Candy聽by David Kushner ($17): Alligator Candy is unique in the sense that it鈥檚 written from the perspective of a victim (the author鈥檚 missing brother is the subject of the book)聽and a renowned reporter 鈥 the terms are not mutually exclusive, as David Kushner proves here.

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3. The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America鈥檚 First Serial Killer聽by Skip Hollandsworth ($19): Before H.H. Holmes was dubbed 鈥淎merica鈥檚 first serial killer,鈥 an unknown assassin was making the rounds in Austin, Texas, where at least eight would lose their lives and eight more would be injured. Some say this may have even been the work of none other than London鈥檚 very own Jack the Ripper. Creepy much?

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4. Then No One Can Have Her聽by Caitlin Rother ($8): If you鈥檝e already used your super-sleuthing skills to deduce that this one miiiiiight be about a jealous boyfriend based on its title, you鈥檇 be correct, but not to worry 鈥 there鈥檚 still enough twists and turns in the plotline to keep you plenty invested in this dark tale of slayage 鈥 and for once, we don鈥檛 mean the term in a good way.

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5. The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century聽by Sarah Miller ($14): Almost everyone has heard of the infamous Lizzie Borden murders (or, at the very least, watched Christina Ricci鈥檚 adaptation of them in the Lifetime movie-turned-series), but what really happened on that fateful day in Fall River, Massachusetts? That鈥檚 just what author Sarah Miller intends to find out.

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6. While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man鈥檚 Descent into Madness聽by Eli Sanders ($19): Eli Sanders, a journalist who received a Pulitzer prize for his coverage of a shocking 2009 Seattle crime, relives the gruesome incidents all over again while shining a spotlight on important mental health issues avoided for too long.

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7. A Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High聽by Ken Corbett ($21): 聽Those awkward teenage years were rough on all of us, no doubt, but they were especially brutal for young聽Leticia King 鈥 whose life was cut short as she was not only coming into her own as a young adult, but also as a transgendered woman.

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8. Blind Rage: A True Story of Sin, Sex, and Murder in a Small Arkansas Town聽by Anita Paddock ($13): This tale of a small town scandal has it all: murder, wealth, family secrets, intrigue 鈥 unfortunately, the events that unfolded here were anything but scripted.

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9. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption聽by Bryan Stevenson ($10): Imagine, if you will, a tell-all written by the likes of Steven Avery鈥檚 former defense team 鈥攁ka Internet heartthrobs Dean Strang and Jerry Buting 鈥 detailing their collective experiences representing a client they believed was innocent, and you more or less have the premise of Bryan Stevenson鈥檚 Just Mercy. Just like Strang and Buting, Stevenson was tasked with representing聽a man sentenced to die for a crime he swore he didn鈥檛 commit 鈥 or did he?

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10. Without a Doubtby Marcia Clark聽($13): If you still believe O.J.鈥檚 guilty, you鈥檙e not alone: This re-release by trial prosecutor Marcia Clark offers insight from the other flip of the coin.

Which one are you most excited to read? Let us know at @BritandCo!聽

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