Books to read Winter 2024

As the winter chill settles in, there’s nothing quite like curling up with a captivating book to transport you to new worlds. Looking for the best books to read in 2024 this winter? We have a lineup of classic winter books from Australian Authors with something for every mood!

From gripping thrillers to heartwarming romances, there’s something for every reader to enjoy this winter. So grab a hot chocolate or mug of tea and settle in for your next favourite winter read!

New and Classic Winter Books to Add to your TBR

1. Beneath the Snow by Caroline Carver

Looking for a chilling winter read? This crime thriller set in the middle of a snowstorm will guarantee to give you a winter feel this season!

Lisa McCall, a young scientist, has vanished in the middle of a snowstorm and her sister Abbey drops everything to find her. With a broken love affair, a disappearance and plenty of snow, this will give you all the winter feels.

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2. Venom Reef by Belinda Pollard

Looking for more of a getaway read? Set on an idyllic tropical island, this book in the Wild Crimes Mysteries series is set in a remote corner of the Great Barrier reef. 

This read is perfect if you are looking to escape the winter weather and imagine yourself on a sunny beach somewhere. Join Callie and Jack as they fight for their lives in this standalone adventure and dive into a Wild Crimes Mystery.

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3. A Fool’s Errand by D.E. King

Escape the winter season with a fantasy series! Winter is the perfect time to dive into a new world and immerse yourself in colourful characters, intrigue, magic and more! 

Join Lani as she begins her quest in the first book of the In All Jest Series. Lani’s life is changed forever when she encounters a dying man outside town, with his last breath he gives her an amulet that she must protect with her life. With an eight-hundred year old secret, dangerous Derk assassins, and a secret society of jesters, this series is the perfect cure for your winter-blues.

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4. Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett

This first book in the Detective Kay Hunter series has all the perfect elements of a mystery thriller. If you like your winters accompanied with a dead body, psychotic killer and determined female protagonist, this is the perfect read to keep you up at night! Embrace the moody and gritty tale and binge read the entire Detective KayHunter series this season!

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5. Salem Street by Anna Jacobs

Take a trip back in time to 1820 with the Gibson Family Saga Book 1. This historical romance follows Annie Gibson and her family as she faces tragedies and hardship.

Escape to Lancashire and follow the entire Gibson Family series through the years.

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6. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

This epic fantasy is the start of a series following Mia Corvere, a fledgling assassin in a land where its three suns almost never set.

With a gift for speaking with shadows and a relentless drive for revenge, Mia navigates the deadly trials of the Red Church, a place where treachery and survival are the only constants. This gripping tale of vengeance, magic, and dark intrigue is perfect for fantasy lovers.

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7. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

A gripping domestic thriller set in a picturesque coastal town in Australia, where the lives of three women intersect in unexpected ways, leading to deadly consequences.

“Big Little Lies” masterfully blends humour, drama, and suspense. The perfect moody winter read!

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8. The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

While not listed among classic winter books, you can read something that dives into human nature and brings up some controversial topics.

This provocative novel explores the fallout of a single event – a man slapping a child at a barbecue – and its impact on a group of friends and family in contemporary Melbourne. “The Slap” delves into themes of morality, family, and societal expectations.


9. Force of Nature by Jane Harper

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk is drawn into the investigation that takes him deep into isolated forests, uncovering secrets and a tangled web of friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. Did this lead to murder?

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10. Scrublands by Chris Hammer

The story follows journalist Martin Scarsden, who is sent to Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of a tragic shooting where a beloved local priest opened fire on his congregation.

As Martin delves deeper into the town’s secrets, he uncovers layers of mystery, deceit, and betrayal. Chris Hammer’s evocative writing paints a vivid picture of the parched landscape and the intense heat, making it a gripping read for a cold winter night.

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Find New Australian Authors this Winter!

Winter 2024 is the perfect time to dive into the rich world of Australian literature. From historical fiction to fantasy books, spend the winter months tucked away in the pages of a great book!

Pick up a winter book and choose from these diverse stories that will keep you entertained throughout the colder months. So, wrap yourself in a cosy blanket, find a comfortable spot, and lose yourself in these captivating tales.

Our site is dedicated to helping readers discover new and emerging authors from Australia. Explore our extensive collection of author profiles and book listings, and find your next favourite read today. Happy winter reading!