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
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
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
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
Mary Higgins Clark
Robert K. Tanenbaum