Amazon’s Best Mystery and Thrillers of 2017

best mysteries 2017

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 »

Book Excerpt: Dead Deal by W.J. Evans

Dead Deal by W.J. Evans

The following is an excerpt from W.J. Evans’ financial mystery book Dead Deal, a sexy thriller filled with twists and suspense. Shelby and Philip were being silent behind his closed door, and Aimee cynically wondered whether Shelby was still wearing her crisp blue blazer. Aimee had never Aimee had never heard any hanky-panky coming from Philip’s office before, although she wouldn’t be blown away to discover that hanky-panky was exactly what was going on. The stock market was down well over 100 points, which wasn’t unusual. Volatility had been the rule lately, not the exception. Aimee’s stomach churned, dreading what might happen if […] Read more »

Author Guest Post: How One Author Keeps Her Mysteries Fresh By Patricia Fry

Patricia Fry author

Patricia Fry is the author of 66 books in her mystery series, 24 of them are cozy mysteries in the Klepto Cat Mystery series. This series features Rags, an ordinary cat with some extraordinary habits. He can’t keep his paws off of other people’s things. Some of the items he finds become clues in the current mystery. While these stories are human-driven, Rags and his feline, canine, and equine friends are ever-present throughout the series. The Klepto Cat Mysteries are in print, ebook (Kindle), and Book One, Catnapped is also available as an audio book. I’ve been writing for publication […] Read more »

Mystery Sequels’ 10 Best Mysteries of 2016

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Here is a look back at the books that left the strongest impression on me this year. At the beginning of the year I added a Goodreads reading challenge to read 100 books in 2016. It is now the end of the year, and lo and behold, the number of books I’ve read so far is 145. Granted, around 30% of those are non-fiction books or books published in previous years, but that still leaves me with around 100 crime, mystery and thriller novels published in 2016 that I read from cover to cover. So here are Mystery Sequel’s 10 […] Read more »

Best Mysteries Of 2016 From Amazon And Others

best mysteries thrillers of 2016

With 2016 ending in little over a month, book sellers like Amazon and magazines including Publisher’s Weekly, Washington Post, The Strand Magazine and others are hurrying to post their top pics in the crime mystery genre for this year. It is exciting both for authors and their readers to see who will make the top 10, 12 or 15 month the hundreds – make that thousands – of books written in 2016. Competition is fierce and great authors abound, which is something that book lovers can only say their thanks to. Luckily we always have something good to read, and […] Read more »

7 Halloween Mystery Books That Are Not Cozies

Halloween mysteries

Let’s face it, most Halloween mystery books are cozies. I could list over 100 books either set at Halloween or with a Halloween / ghost story theme that are light mysteries fit for the whole family to read around those days of festivity. Finding serious crime mystery series and standalone thrillers and detective novels set at Halloween is, however, not so easy. I did manage to get several though, and in the process also widened a bit more my TBR (to be read) shelf, because why not. More books only mean more happiness. Without further ado, here are a few of […] Read more »

Author Guest Post: The Enduring Mystery of the Knights Templar By James Becker

James Becker author

James Becker is the author of The Lost Treasure of the Templars thriller trilogy featuring the adventures of antiquarian bookseller Robin Jessop and encryption expert David Mallory. The books in the series are The Lost Treasure Of The Templars, The Templar Archive and coming to The Brotherhood Of The Skull (coming out early next year). This guest post on Mystery Sequels will give a brief history of the Knights Templar (also called as Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon and the Order of Solomon’s Temple, or simply the Templars, with all the myths, half truths, and facts that are surrounding […] Read more »

Book Excerpt: Paraiso by Gordon Chaplin

Paraiso by Gordon Chaplin

The following is a book excerpt from Gordon Chaplin’s novel about love, sibling relationships, and the dark side of paradise. In the spring, Mark came home from the garage to find a Latino cop standing at the door of the La Jolla house. “Hi Mark,” the cop said in a casual tone. “I’m just a friend of the family. Frank’s the name.” “Hi,” Mark said. “You’re Mexican, right?” “US citizen,” the cop said. “Since five years old. Listen, your step-mom is a little worried about some things.” “What things?” The cop’s badge read Gonzalez. “Well, she’s afraid people are taking advantage […] Read more »

Why Are People Drawn To The Crime Genre?

Everyone is familiar with the crime genre. There are countless works about it, from the popular Sherlock novels to less popular mystery series and standalone crime novels that only sell a couple hundred copies. But what makes the crime genre appealing? It’s a guilty pleasure Strangely, murder is among the most appealing of topics according to Shots Magazine, regardless if it’s fact or fiction. People get intrigued by different stories surrounding crime. Though these acts can be horrifying, there’s that pleasure in figuring out how everything happened. It gets the audience to think, as well as to feel Everyday Psychology […] Read more »

Author Guest Post: Why Spies Lie by DS Kane

DS Kane

D.S. Kane is the pseudonym under which David Spiselman writes his spy novels. He is a former intelligence operative who had his cover blown at some point, a fact which made him cautiously switch gears from spy work to consultant work and later to writing books. D.S. Kane is now crafting clever spy fiction that exposes the way intelligence agencies tell lies to sway and manipulate their national policy, driving countries into dangerous conflicts. And based on the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, he writes some really good fiction too. I am honored to give the stage to D.S. Kane to talk on Mystery Sequels about spies, […] Read more »