Tag Archives: thrillers

My Favorite Ongoing Mystery & Suspense Series

There is nothing better as a reader to discover a new series, especially one with a long backlist with plenty of books to catch up on. I know I won’t have to wonder what book I’ll be reading next and once I catch up, I know I can look forward to spending some time with ‘new friends’ each year.

As we head into prime beach reading season, here are my favorite current mystery and thriller series. Any of them would be great to throw in your suitcase for a vacation or in your beach bag to pass a lazy, sunny afternoon. Continue Reading

Thriller Genre Conventions & Expectations

thriller genre conventions and expectations

A friend who is an avid reader recently told me she was disillusioned with the triller genre. As an action/thriller writer this made me a bit sad but with further reflection, I’m not sure she meant exactly what she said. I don’t think she was disillusioned so much as disappointed. 

I think she actually liked psychological suspense or literary suspense and was approaching thrillers with the same expectations. That’s one way to walk away disappointed in a book.

Each genre has certain conventions, expectations, and necessary scenes to make for a satisfying reading. Continue Reading

5 Authors I’m Reading This Year

Last year, on a whim at the library, I picked up one of John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers books. I’d read a lot of Prey books but hadn’t read any from his other series. I’m glad I did. I loved them and quickly blew through five more in a race to catch up. They’re great. 

But I also started to wonder what I else I might be missing out on. 

I’m pretty well read in the mystery and thriller genre but there is only so much time in the day to read and I still some embarrassing holes in my reading history.  Continue Reading