Like many people, I’m an avid listener of true crime podcasts. However, sometimes it’s nice to trade real life for fiction. That’s where crime fiction podcasts come in. From tales that resemble truth to tales that are guaranteed to make you laugh, the shows on this list are worth adding to your podcast rotation. You’ll thank me later.
When I first started listening to The Heads of Sierra Blanca I didn’t realize it was fictional (and I wasn’t the only one) due to the content sounding like it was taken straight from a newspaper and the show’s “hotline” made available on their website. Ten points for authenticity.
The show follows Magdalena Salas and investigative reporter Monica Rodriguez as they attempt to hunt down a serial killer inspired by Rube Goldberg, with one of his victims being Magdalena’s aunt Lorena. Full of suspense from start to finish, The Heads of Sierra Blanca will keep you guessing until the very end, and, even then, not all questions will have answers.
This Sounds Serious is as absurd as it is brilliant. This comedic podcast pays homage to true-crime storytelling by incorporating styles, tropes, and tones of popular crime podcasts and Netflix documentaries that many of us are familiar with. Follow host Gwen Radford as she takes a deeper dive into bizarre cases and their quirky list of criminals and conspirators.
Mind’s Eye the first fictional crime podcast from popular podcast network, Parcast. In this tale, we meet homicide detective Kate McClay who is plagued by a string of reoccurring nightmares. In a desperate effort to discover the source of her horrifying dreams, Kate enlists the help of her radio-journo husband as she fights against psychology, unsolved crimes, her family, and even a serial killer. Just when you think Kate has found the answer, another twist is waiting around the corner.
From podcast to novel to tv series, Limetown has been captivating audiences through a variety of mediums. While I’ve yet to read the novel (a prequel to the series) or watch the tv adaptation, the podcast had my undivided attention from start to finish. Follow along as American Public Radio reporter Lia Haddock investigates the disappearance of over three hundred men, women, and children from a small town in Tennessee and as becomes entangled in something more sinister than she ever imagined.
Step back in time with this dark comedy murder-mystery set in the winter of 1954. Deadly Manners has it all: a dinner party gone wrong, eccentric guests, and a murderer on the loose. Who will survive the night and who will be the next victim on the list? Was it the butler? The maid? The hosts? You’ll have to listen to find out.
And, if that isn’t enough to pique your interest, Deadly Manners stars Kristen Bell, Denis O’Hare, Alisha Boe, RuPaul, Anna Chlumsky, Timothy Simons, Michelle Visage, Alona Tal, David Cummings and is narrated by LeVar Burton. It really is a treat.
Danny went missing toward the end of her senior year of high school. Her family and friends were left devastated and confused, especially her closest friend Becca. Fast forward several years later and Danny shows up on Becca’s doorstep. Where has she been all this time? Why is she acting so strangely? What really happened to Danny? Find all this out and more in QCODE’s Gaslight starring Chloë Grace Moretz. It’s a show that will leave you with your jaw on the floor.
After losing their parents in a suspicious small plane crash, siblings Eleonore and Michael Richland unearth some disturbing information about their father. As they begin to learn more, the siblings must both choose two very different paths: honor their father’s legacy as a world-renowned cardiologist and health care magnate — or risk everything for the truth. Find out where each path leads in this timely Wondery podcast starring Gillian Jacobs and Josh Gad.