Last year’s trend amongst suspense and mystery novels seemed to be the domestic thriller. Books like Lisa Jewel’s Then She Was Gone or the outstanding Our House by Louise Candlish, focused on families in the middle of a dark crisis. Towards the end of the year, the focus seemed to be leaning more towards friends and the dangers inherent in trusting the wrong people with our secrets. […]
Authors and readers alike seem to love series. When an author builds a compelling world, one cannot help wanting to revisit again and again. So, with this month being series catch-up month on the TBR Challenge, we both went back into beloved series. Caz went with a gritty mystery that is one of a series following an m/m relationship while Lynn read one of the Rannoch/Fraser novels, a historical romantic suspense series that follows the leads’ marriage of convenience as it develops into love.
Paternity Case by Gregory Ashe
Paternity Case is the third in Gregory Ashe’s series of novels featuring two detectives based in the small Missouri town of Wahredua, Emery Hazard and John-Henry Somerset. These are gritty, complex stories that are practically impossible to put down once started; the mysteries are twisty and really well-conceived but […]
A few weeks back, AAR staffer Anne Marble stumbled across the news – via a Facebook post! – that bestselling authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen were to appear at her local library in Howard County. Having greatly enjoyed their books, Anne – like many other patrons that evening – braved the snow and attended the talk, keen to hear more about their collaborative process and what might be coming next. […]
The suspense market is so glutted right now that is easy to find amazing books to fill your shelves. It is equally easy to find books which sound intriguing but wind up being deeply disappointing. To help you separate the gold from the dross, Shannon and I have compiled a Best Of List sure to be of use to even the most finicky of readers.
Best Price Point Novel
Maggie: No doubt about it, suspense is a hot market right now and publishers are taking advantage of that by putting some of these books in a high price range – many of my favorites for the year ranged from $12.00 to $15.00 in Kindle. I’m glad some of my favorite authors continue to publish at a slightly lower cost. Easily my favorite books in the lower price range were Lisa Clark […]
We both went in similar directions with TBR Challenge this month. The prompt gave us a choice between paranormal and romantic suspense, and as it turns out, Caz and I both headed in the suspense direction. Caz chose a solid romantic suspense thriller with plenty of action while I went in a more humorous mystery direction. […]
In our last column, Shannon and I discussed psychological thrillers, a brand of mystery which is dominating the bestseller list right now. This time out we tackle the domestic thriller. A domestic thriller is essentially a mystery novel which centers around familial relationships. It can involve an ex – such as The Girl on the Train – a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, mom, dad or sibling or current spouse. They are always eerie reminders that we can never really know another person – even someone we love deeply. […]
Sales figures for books in the digital age can be tricky. That’s because independently published e-books can sell quite well without making a great deal of money for the author or affecting print sales at all. And that matters because ebook sales continue to decline, which means print sales continue to lead market trends. When it comes to determining what sells most, figures vary. According to Nielsen BookScan, which bases their data on number of sales, the most popular books in 2015 were general adult fiction followed by romance and suspense/thrillers. According to Statistica the most popular genre is thrillers, and according to Publishers Weekly romance is seeing a steady decline while thrillers are seeing a steady uptick. Statistics also tell us that women read more fiction than men and that we are the primary readers for mystery and romance.
All that math is my […]
Miss Kitty has a pair of irrepressible nephews who were obsessed, several years ago, with a book called Eat This, Not That. (Miss Kitty’s nephews have always been a trifle odd, but then so are Miss Kitty’s siblings, so it’s not entirely unexpected.) The book espouses giving in to your cravings, but making smart choices while doing so. One kind of burger instead of another.
Miss Kitty eats what she like (which, unfortunately, shows in her lack of a waistline), but she often wishes someone would give her advice on a book ‘diet’. In direct opposition to her waistline, Miss Kitty’s wallet is far too slim, and it could be considerably fatter if someone would direct her to read this, not that. With that in mind, here is a recommendation: read The English Wife by Lauren Willig (read […]
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
How far would you go to ensure your marriage was perfect? That’s the question the characters of The Marriage Pact grapple with, and it seems they’ll go pretty darned far. I love books about secret societies, and the idea of the existence of such a society devoted to keeping marriages perfect really caught my attention. The characters were relatable, the plot was fast-paced, and the twists were surprising without being over the top. Everyone who loves domestic thrillers should give this one a try.
Buy it […]
October’s TBR Challenge prompt was to read either a Romantic Suspense or Paranormal Romance: AAR reviewers Lynn Spencer and Caz Owens went for one of each.
Northern Lights by Nora Roberts
I’ve been a reader of romantic suspense for as long as I’ve been reading romance, so when I saw the prompt this month, I immediately decided I was going to go the suspense route rather than paranormal. Even though I’ve read a ton of suspense, both romantic and otherwise, I’ve somehow only scratched the surface of Nora Roberts’ giant romantic suspense backlist. This time around, I decided to read her 600+ page doorstopper of a book, Northern Lights.
Originally released in 2004, this novel details the adventures of an almost-but-not-quite washed up Baltimore cop turned rural Alaska police chief. His new post involves keeping order in the […]