The best thrillers, mysteries, and true crime stories keep you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover. They make you feel tense, make you suspicious of everyone, and fill you with dread. Will it bring out the hidden Sherlock Holmes in you?
Why do you read this Genre?
- Is it because it’s safe thrill?
- Justice will always be provided in fiction world
- Will that bring out your amateur detective skills? You would love to solve the puzzle?
- Does it feel like our in winning team and righting the wrongs?
- Death is justified – For just a while, death, the one thing we cannot escape and can never understand, makes sense and we can accept it.
Once upon a time, thrillers were male-only and mysteries/suspense were female-only, in major characters, readers, and writers, that fact has changed now with women as lead characters, readers, and writers on a much more equal basis.
I think, many readers love all types of crime fiction. The genre label doesn’t matter to many, as long as there is an interesting crime that needs resolution. For others, however, there are some key, but subtle differences in how genre conventions allow a crime-centered plot to unfold.
Some crave the intellectual pursuit of solving the puzzle, which a mystery provides. Others like being caught up in the cat-and-mouse game between the hero and the villains in a thriller. While still others want a fast-paced crime story where the dread of following the protagonist through dangerous situations is what keeps them glued to the page — the hallmark of suspense.
Here is the list of books in this genre.
Contemporary Mystery/Thrillers & Suspense in random order
- Complete Agatha Christie series (Esp. Hercule Poirot)
- Before I go to sleep by SJ Watson
- Verity by Colleen Hoover
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
- Killing Floors by Lee child
- Angles & Demons and Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Other Robert Langdon Series)
- Strangers on a Train – Patricia Highsmith.
- A Bone Secrets Series by Kendra Elliot
- Kane & Abel and A Prisoner of Birth – Jeffrey Archer (Several others by Jeffrey Archer)
- Time to kill by John Grisham – 1989 Legal thriller (Several other John Grisham legal thrillers )
- The Tech By Mark Ravine
- To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
- The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
- If Tomorrow Comes and Rage of Angles by Sidney Sheldon (Several others By Sidney Sheldon – Tell me your Dreams, Are you Afraid of Dark, The Stranger in the Mirror, Best laid plans, Master of Games, Boodline)
- Insidious and Light Series by Aleatha Romig
- The Wives by Taryn fisher
- The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
- And There Were None by Agatha Christie
- The Wife Between Us and An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanan
- Behind Closed Doors by B. A Paris
1) Girl with a Dragon Tattoo – series By Stieg Larson
2) The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
4)The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
6)Final Girls by Riley Sager
7) Gretchen by Shannon Krik
Classic Thrillers & Mysteries
1) Dracula by Bram Stocker
2) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
3) The Women in the White by William Wilkie collins
4) The Demon in my View by Ruth Randell
5) The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Author canon Doyle
Indian Thrillers and Mysteries
1) The Compass Box Killer by Piyush Jha
4) A Nice Quite Holiday by Aditya Sudarshan
I love experiencing the thrill of a great crime novel without having to put myself in any danger. Is the cozy serial-killer thriller just around the corner? Or is that a step too far? I can’t wait to see, can you?
Let me know your favorite books in this genre.