Mysteries, Thrillers, and Suspense

This page is for book recommendations, new books on our shelves, and more for the genres of mystery, suspense, and thriller. This is a broad range of books, but I’m putting them together because there is often confusion about whether a book is a mystery or a thriller. Sometimes I read a book that was listed as a thriller and find out it was really more of a mystery.

The difference is supposed to be:

A mystery focuses on solving a question, usually about the identity of a villain.

Procedurals usually fall under the large category of mystery. They can be thrillers, too. It depends on how much danger the main characters are in.

A thriller focuses on survival, escape, or capture. A lot of times the reader already knows who the villain is.

Romantic suspense novels are similar to thrillers, but they add a prominent, romantic subplot.

Also on this page are cozy mysteries. A cozy is meant to be cleaner and less scary than a regular mystery.

Interviews with Mystery Writers

Laura Elvebak

Recommended Mysteries, Thrillers, and Suspense Series

I’ve linked all these to the series pages on Goodreads so you can see the reading orders.

Any images on this page link to Amazon.

Paranormal Cozy Mystery series

Psychic Eye Mystery by Victoria Laurie

Family Fortune Mystery by Dawn Eastman

Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries by Angie Fox

Ghostly Southern Mysteries by Tonya Kappes

Magic Potion Mystery by Heather Blake

Ghost Duster Mystery by Wendy Roberts

Angie FoxDawn Eastman

Cozy Mystery series

McCall & Company by Rich Leder (note: no series page, so linked to author page)

Romantic Suspense series

ARES Security by Alexandra Ivy

BOSS, Inc by Kat Martin

Cutter Cay by Cherry Adair

Dark Alliance by Kate SeRine

Tracers by Laura Griffin

FBI & Police series

Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson

FBI Thriller by Catherine Coulter

Quincy & Rainie by Lisa Gardner

Medical Examiner series

Kay Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

Other Mystery series

Kendra Michaels by Iris Johansen

Ryder Creed by Alex Kava

Thriller series

Note: Some of these cross over into the horror genre

Pendergast by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz


More Recommended Suspense, Mystery, or Thriller Authors

Ellery Adams

Gregg Olsen

Harlan Coben

J.A. Jance

Jeffery Deaver

John Connolly

Joseph Finder

Mary Burton

Mary Higgins Clark

Robert K. Tanenbaum

Russell Andrews

Sandra Brown

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Excerpts from Suspense Books

August 2017 Book Releases

September 2017 Book Releases

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