Romantic Suspense & Mystery

Here you will find romances filled with intrigue, mystery, and mayhem. Traditional “gothic” romances are included, and suspense or mystery novels with a strong romantic sub-plot may be listed. Romances and suspense featuring spies, warriors, and PIs are generally not included in this list but can be found in theSpies, P.I.s, and Warriors Special Title List To condense the number of entries in the list a series (or trilogy) by a single author is listed as a single entry.

In 07/13 in an effort to make the list more useful we divided the “contemporary romance” section into multiple categories. The first three reflect three different time periods that often carry over into the type of suspense plot that appears: (1) 1940-1989, reflecting World War II and the Cold War period; (2) 1990-1999, reflecting both pre-9/11 and the early stages of cyber-crimes, and (3) 2001 and beyond, reflecting both a post-9/11 world and the increasing role of the internet and modern technologies in many romantic suspense plots. We also listed category/series romances in a separate section and straight “contemporary” mysteries with romantic threads in a final section.

(List begun 09/97, updated 07/13)

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  • Heart of Night (2001) by Taylor Chase
  • Masques of Gold (1990) by Roberta Gellis (A at AAR)
  • Silken Threads (1999) by Patricia Ryan (B+ at AAR)
  • Lord of the Night (1993) by Susan Wiggs (A at AAR)
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  • Lord Wraybourne’s Betrothed (1988) by Jo Beverley
  • The Rake’s Retreat (1999) by Nancy Butler (A- at AAR)
  • Milady Hot-at-Hand (1981) by Elizabeth Chater
  • Cousin Kate (1968) by Georgette Heyer
  • The Reluctant Widow (1946) by Georgette Heyer
  • The Toll-Gate (1954) by Georgette Heyer
  • The Rake and the Wallflower (2001) by Allison Lane (B- at AAR)
  • The Temporary Bride (1993) by Julie Tetel
  • A Double Deception (1983) by Joan Wolf
  • A London Season (1981) by Joan Wolf
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  • Heartless (1995) by Mary Balogh (A at AAR)
  • Step into Darkness (2006) by Naomi Bellis (B at AAR)
  • The Heir of Starvelings (1967) by Evelyn Berckman
  • Beyond Compare (2004) by Candace Camp
  • Swept Away (1999) by Candace Camp (A at AAR)
  • Captives of the Night (1994) by Loretta Chase (A at AAR)
  • Moura (1959) by Virginia Coffman
  • The Woman in White (1860) by Wilkie Collins
  • The Sea Wife (2003) by Holly Cook (A- at AAR)
  • The Wild Baron (1997) by Catherine Coulter (B at AAR)
  • Sea of Secrets (2012) by Amanda DeWees (B- at AAR)
  • Jamaica Inn (1936) by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Frenchman’s Creek (1942) by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Rebecca (1938) by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Daisy Dalrymple mysteries (1994 – ) by Carola Dunn
  • Lily (1991) by Patricia Gaffney
  • To Have and To Hold (1995) by Patricia Gaffney (A at AAR)
  • Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries mystery series (2003 – ) by Ashley Gardner
  • Compass Club series (2002-2004) by Jo Goodman
  • If His Kiss is Wicked (2007) by Jo Goodman (A- at AAR)
  • The Perfect Stranger (2006) by Anne Gracie (B at AAR)
  • Dark Angel (1994) by Anna Grant
  • Beneath a Silent Moon (2003) by Tracy Grant (A- at AAR)
  • Daughter of the Game (2002) by Tracy Grant (A- at AAR)
  • Shadows of the Heart (1996) by Tracy Grant
  • Clara Reeve (1975) by Leone Hargrave
  • The Talisman Ring (1936) by Georgette Heyer
  • Mistress of Mellyn (1960) by Victoria Holt
  • Angel in a Red Dress (2006) by Judith Ivory (B at AAR)
  • Whispers of the Night (2006) by Lydia Joyce (B- at AAR)
  • Russell and Holmes mysteries (1994 – ) by Laurie R. King
  • The Perils of Pleasure (2008) by Julie Anne Long
  • Three Nights of Sin (2008) by Anne Mallory (B at AAR)
  • Greygallows (1973) by Barbara Michaels
  • The Anglophile (1957) by Egan O’Neil (Elizabeth Linington)
  • Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries (1979 – ) by Anne Perry
  • The Monk mysteries (1990 – ) by Anne Perry
  • Amelia Peabody mysteries (1975 – ) by Elizabeth Peters set in Egypt)
  • Silk and Shadows (1991) by Mary Jo Putney (A at AAR)
  • Mischief (1996) by Amanda Quick (B at AAR)
  • The Paid Companion (2004) by Amanda Quick (B- at AAR)
  • Quicksilver (2011) by Amanda Quick