How Crime And Thrillers Overtook Other Genres In Sales Today

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For the longest time, crime and thrillers were trailing behind genres like romance and general fiction. Yet, for some reason, things have drastically changed as of very recently. At least in the UK, 2017 has seen a sharp rise in the sale of books by crime and thriller authors based on the latest findings by Nielsen BookScan, seeing an increase of no less than 19% since 2015, when other general fiction was still king of the industry. The following article in The Irish News goes more deeply into the numbers behind this strange new trend of the sudden shift in […] Read more »

Author James Patterson Starts a New True-Crime Series With ID

Murder Interrupted James Patterson

The bestselling thriller author James Patterson has teamed up with Investigation Discovery to start a new true-crime series titled Murder is Forever, to start which will air on ID in January 2018. While James Patterson has teamed up with Albert Einstein activists to create a new book series recently, the joint venture with ID is a new venue for the author in the murky waters of true crime. The ID series will be based on the new book by the author titled Murder: Interrupted. When it comes to reading the James Patterson books in order, the focus is mostly on the […] Read more »

James Patterson and Albert Einstein’s Archivists Create New Book Series

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James Patterson, the author of the popular Alex Cross books and numerous other thriller series and standalone novels, has been quite busy recently. Not only is he writing a new thriller novel with the ex-president Bill Clinton, titled The President is Missing, a book which will be turned into a TV series by Showtime and is starting a new true-crime book and TV series teaming up with Investigation Discovery, but he has also teamed up with the managers of Albert Einstein’s archives, located at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, to develop a series for kids, middle schoolers to be exact, one that […] Read more »

The Tom Clancy Jack Ryan Amazon TV Series Coming in 2018

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I’m so excited! I love the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan series. I have been reading the books from the very first one, Patriot Games, many years ago, and still love it even after several other authors like Marc Cameron, Grant Blackwood, and Mark Greaney took over the series when Tom Clancy passed away. So I’ve been following the news since 2015 about a new TV series which was in production to be released sometime in the future. And finally, the production has concluded and now the first teasers of the series are out. The actor to play Jack Ryan is John […] Read more »

Best 2017 Mysteries and Thriller Lists

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While Amazon has revealed their best mysteries and thrillers of 2017 quite early, other sites, magazines, and newspapers have published their 2017 favorites in the genre as well. Here are the top lists of the mysteries and thriller genres. New York Times Best Crime Novels  of 2017 The Thirst, by Jo Nesbø (published by Knopf) The Force, by Don Winslow (published by Morrow/HarperCollins) Fierce Kingdom, by Gin Phillips (published by Viking) The Driver, by Hart Hanson (published by Dutton) Lightning Men, by Thomas Mullen (published by 37Ink/Atria) Two Kinds of Truth, by Michael Connelly (published by Little, Brown) The Midnight […] Read more »

Why I No Longer Give Star Ratings For Book Reviews

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Well, after writing book reviews on my site for over four years now, the time has come to no longer show the star rating at the end of each review. It was a tough decision, one that I should have taken a long time ago. So what caused the change of heart? Well, it is the discrepancy that often exists between the quality of traditionally published books and self-published books by indie authors, something that I’ve struggled for a while now but never knew how to approach in my reviews. Recently I started to write book reviews on another site called […] Read more »

The Title of the New Jack Reacher Novel in 2018

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We all love Jack Reacher and we all love Lee Child. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t. We are now at #22 of the Jack Reacher novels with The Midnight Line published in 2017. As usual, we will have one more year to wait until the next book, #23. In an interview with the BBC, he casually dropped the name of the book he is in the process of writing. The book will have the title Yesterday. While there is not much information about the book yet (Lee Child only started writing the book on September 1, which is the date […] Read more »

Authors Similar to James Patterson

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In this post, I’d like to recommend you a few authors similar to James Patterson.  He has a ton of crime mystery books released. In fact, he has so many books that a list of James Patterson books in order had to be created. But what if you’ve read everything the author has written so far? What if, while waiting for James Patterson’s new book, you want to read something similar? Something equally engaging, with a similar writing style (granted, that’s not always possible since all authors have their unique styles of writing), and something that has books in series […] Read more »

MWA Announces the 2018 Grand Masters

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Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has released the Grandmaster Award list for 2018. The Grandmaster Award is given to authors recognized for their invaluable contribution to the crime, mystery genre, who have a constant high-quality writing. The three Grandmasters chosen for 2018 are Jane Langton, William Link, and Peter Lovesey. They will receive their awards on April 26, 2018, at the  72nd Annual Edgar Awards Banquet held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Jane Langton is a popular mystery writer and illustrator, with a career of over 40 years. Several of her books have been nominated for various awards. Her book […] Read more »

Amazon’s Best Mystery and Thrillers of 2017

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Here we are, once again, at the end of a year that brought us many joyful moments of reading. Amazon is the first to come out with their best mystery and thriller books for 2017. Some of my favorite authors are included in this list, such as Greg Illes, Daniel Suarez, John Grisham, Michael Connelly, John Le Carre and Nelson De Mille. So this is what Amazon’s editors have to say about who and what is the best this year. 1.  The Dry by Jane Harper (January 2017) 2. Mississippi Blood by Greg Illes (Pen Cage series #6) (March 2017) 3. […] Read more »