Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Mystery Suspense books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
- Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel (2012)
- Bad To The Bones: An Evan Buckley Thriller (Evan Buckley Thrillers) (Volume 1) (2017)
- Caught (2019)
- Any Means Necessary (a Luke Stone Thriller-Book #1) (2017)
- Cold Lake (David Wolf) (2014)
- Elusive (On The Run International Mysteries) (2016)
- TRAIL OF Secrets (Love & Lies in Paradise) (2019)
- Forgotten Secrets (Singing River) (2016)
- Cut and Run (2018)
- Deranged Souls: Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts & Haunted Houses (Haunted Village Series) (2019)
- In the Spirit of Murder: A Claudia Hershey Mystery – Book #1 (The Claudia Hershey Mysteries) (Volume 1) (2015)
- Hazardous Duty (Squeaky Clean Mysteries) (2011)
- Ham Bones (Southern Belle Mysteries) (2008)
The closing of the grand old Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills is a sad occasion for longtime patrons Alex Delaware and Robin Castagna, who go there one last time for cocktails. But even more poignant—and curious—is a striking young woman in elegant attire and dark glasses, alone there and waiting in vain.
Evan Buckley’s wife went to work one day and didn’t come home. He’s never stopped looking for her. Tormented by demons, consumed by his unrelenting quest for the truth, he loses himself in other people’s problems.When Linda Clayton’s son Daniel disappeared ten years ago, she didn’t think her life could get any worse—until her husband ran away.
Reporter Wendy Tynes is making a name for herself, bringing down sexual offenders on nationally televised sting operations.
“Thriller writing at its best. Thriller enthusiasts who relish the precise execution of an international thriller, but who seek the psychological depth and believability of a protagonist who simultaneously fields professional and personal life challenges, will find this a gripping story that’s hard to put down.” –Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Any Means Necessary) “One of the best thrillers I have read this year.
Cold Lake (David Wolf) (2014)
When a fisherman reels in a plastic bag containing a severed human head from the depths of Cold Lake, Colorado, Sheriff David Wolf and his deputies scramble to the scene, and quickly realize there are more surprises to be found below. Their grim discoveries reopen a cold case Wolf’s father worked twenty-two years ago, and Wolf must try to succeed where his father failed before him.
Elusive (On The Run International Mysteries) (2016)
When her ex goes missing, Zoe is swept into an international mystery that takes her from glitzy Las Vegas to the old-world charm of Italy.Zoe Hunter loves living on the edge. Free-spirited and spontaneous, she’s built a life stringing together various freelance gigs that keep her bank account barely in the black.
Who killed the vivacious Emily McGuire and laid out her body at the water tower? Orderly, rule-abiding Mia McGuire is the least likely person to answer this question. Lately, her life has taken a downward spiral with her sister Emily’s murder, the breakup with her boyfriend, and the loss of her editing position. But when the homicide investigation crawls, Mia can’t stand by doing nothing.
At age ten, Riley Lambert watched helplessly as her sister was abducted from her bedroom. Fifteen years later, she’s channeled the pain of her past into a career as an FBI profiler.
Cut and Run (2018)
Trauma victims are not new to medical examiner Faith McIntyre, but this one is different. The unconscious woman clinging to life after a hit and run is FBI agent Macy Crow. What the woman from Quantico was doing in a dark alley after midnight is just one mystery.
Deranged Souls: Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts & Haunted Houses (Haunted Village Series) (2019)
Every experiment must come to an end…Marcus Holt is Subject B, a Vietnam veteran forced to run the gauntlet of Professor Abel Worthe’s sadistic study of terror. But the professor’s brutal experiment is finally coming to an end. And Worthe has saved his deadliest surprise for last.Still injured from his battles against the supernatural, Marcus struggles to keep his team together. As they desperately try to escape from Worthe’s horrifying village, a new structure appears in the twisted landscape.
In the Spirit of Murder: A Claudia Hershey Mystery – Book #1 (The Claudia Hershey Mysteries) (Volume 1) (2015)
A dead psychic on Halloween night. Heroin filtering into the town’s schools. A sullen ex-con with a beef of his own, and a legislator with secrets to protect. Not what homicide detective Claudia Hershey expected when she moved to Indian Run, a smudge on Florida’s map. But there’s no turning back when the killer makes things personal.
Gabby St. Claire dropped out of school on her way to completing a degree in forensic science. Instead, she did the next best thing: she started her own crime scene cleaning business. When a routine cleaning job uncovers a murder weapon the police overlooked, she realizes that the wrong person is in jail. But the owner of the weapon is willing to do anything to keep Gabby quiet.
Carolyn Haines’s Southern Belle mysteries kick sleuthing up a notch with Sarah Booth Delaney, the sassiest heroine this side of the Mississippi. . . Displaced from its New Orleans venue, a red-hot touring production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is opening right in the heart of Zinnia, and featuring hunky star Graf Mileau! Sarah Booth, who had her own brief stint with Mileau himself, is less than thrilled.
Best Mystery Suspense Books: The Ultimate List
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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition: The Complete Guide to Mystery, Suspense, and Crime
Author(s): Hallie Ephron; Sara Paretsky
ID: 3117048, Publisher: Writers Digest Books, Year: 2017, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub
101 greatest films of mystery & suspense
Author(s): Penzler, Otto
ID: 2743620, Publisher: Ibooks, Year: 2001, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf
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