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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today is a genre freebie and I figured I already spend quite enough time reading and raving about romance and fantasy books, so I wanted to focus on another genre I don’t highlight enough on this blog. I have a few genres that I don’t really read enough off, even if I keep adding books in that genre to my TBR, procrastinate reading them and then keep exclaiming “Oh, I really want to read this genre more!”…
So today, I chose to focus on thrillers and mysteries. The weird thing is that I did have a period in my life, before blogging, when I was obsessed with thrillers. Do any of you remember the period when Nicci French books first became so popular in the late nineties, early 2000’s? I was OBSESSED. And then I discovered fantasy, and then romance, and then the pandemic and lockdown hit and I became more addicted to HEA stories to even take the risk of thrillers and mysteries (that don’t always have a HEA).
BUT I really DO want to read more in this genre! So here are 10 thrillers and mysteries on my TBR. Do you have any other recs for me?
The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill
Mud Vein by Tarryn Fischer
These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant
The Maid by Nita Prose
The Maid is also on my TBR. I hope to get to it soon.
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I just started The Maid yesterday and am enjoying it. Hope you’ll love it too when you get to it!
I saw Alice Feeney’s Daisy Darker on a lot of “Best of 2022” lists – same for The Maid. I like Simone St. James’ work too, though I usually leave it only for Halloween time every year!
They are indeed some well-loved books, so hope I’ll love them too. Halloween is really the best time for this genre 🙂
The Sun Down Motel, These Silznt Woods and the Maid were all five stars for me! If you love audiobooks, go that road because the narrators were excellent!
That’s great to hear Sophie! I’m currently listening to The Maid on audiobook (just started yesterday) and I’m enjoying it so far.
I’m listening to the audiobook of What Lies in the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall and I would highly recommend it! Just another one for your TBR 😉
What Lies in the Woods does sound super intriguing so I added it to my TBR, thanks for the rec! 🙂
I don’t think I’ve read any Nikki French books yet, but I do like the occasional thriller. I’m looking these books up now. 🙂
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I hope you’ll love Nicci French books if you decide to give them a try! I haven’t read them in ages, but I’m curious to re-read now and see what I think.
Oooh, I have a bunch of these on my TBR, too! The Woman in the Library was a crazy read!
Hope we’ll both end up enjoying these reads then! The Woman in the Library does sound intriguing.
This is my favorite genre. I want to read a few of these. The Maid is my next read. Lock Every Door, and The Sun Down Motel were excellent books. Happy Tuesday!
I just started The Maid yesterday and I’m enjoying it so far. Glad to hear you loved Lock Every Door and The Sun Down Motel, I look forward to reading those!
I’ve only read St James and Fisher, but I loved them both. I hope you do, too!
Thanks, I do look forward to trying them both!
I really enjoyed both The Guest List and The Last Thing He Told Me! The Writing Retreat is on my nightstand waiting for me. LOL
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Glad to hear you enjoyed those reads, I’m looking forward to reading them. Hope you’ll also love The Writing Retreat!
I don’t think I’m familiar with most of these, but have heard of The Maid and own a copy. What I’ve seen is kind of split, but I’m still really curious about it since it sounds like an interesting read! 🙂
I just started The Maid yesterday and though it’s definitely not a style or genre I’m used to, I’m enjoying it so far. Hope you’ll enjoy it too!
Thrillers and mysteries are something I want to read more as well, though I do find that it takes a lot for a mystery/thriller to actually surprise or….thrill me sometimes! I’m not familiar with most of these, but I did see The Writing Retreat on a lot of people’s anticipated releases lists last month and thought it sounded interesting.
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I understand that! I think that sometimes it’s a downside to book lovers – we read so many stories that it becomes easier for us to pick up on plot points before they are revealed. At least, I think that’s the case, could be good guessing too maybe 😀 The Writing Retreat does sound interesting indeed, I am curious about that one.
I definitely think there’s something to that, when you’ve read a lot of books in a particular genre, it starts to become fairly easy to pick out the formula! I hope you enjoy The Writing Retreat 🙂
I’ve been really wanting to read The Maid! My TTT
I just read The Maid this week and ended up really enjoying it – hope you will too!
This is such an awesome list – and we’ve got so much overlap between our TBRs! I also love books by Karin Slaughter, Patricia Cornwell, and Kathy Reichs.
Oh, those authors are all well-known names, I definitely want to try them too!
I’ve seen so many people talking about The Writing Retreat and I just love the cover. I still haven’t read The Last Thing!! Great list.
Thanks! The Writing Retreat does seem to be well liked, and I indeed love the cover too!
Ooh like half of these are on my TBR lol. Daisy Darker, The Writing Retreat… I’ve been wanting to try St. James… I like Laura Dave, and I liked the PAris Apartment so I need more Folry…
Hope these books will live up to both our expectations then! I did enjoy The Paris Apartment too.
The Writing Retreat and The Sun Down Motel are on my TBR as well! I read These Silent Woods and The Last Thing He Told Me….I did not love either of them. I hope you enjoy them more than I did!
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Sorry to hear you didn’t love These Silent Woods and The Last Thing He Told Me – hope you’ll have more luck with The Writing Retreat and The Sun Down Motel.
I always tell myself that I want to read more thrillers but I never end up getting around to it. I have Foley, Sager, Feeney and Fisher on my TBR for what feels like ages now and I hope to one day get around to reading them, lol. I hope you enjoy all of these mysteries, Lindsey! 😃
Haha, then we’re pretty similar on that front 🙂 I want to read more thrillers too, but then all the romances and fantasies are just drawing my attention more. Oh well, 1 thriller a year is already a start, haha 🙂
I enjoy reading mysteries, typically cozy mysteries. Thrillers can be fun too, but some are so anxiety inducing for me that I’ve stopped reading that many.
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I think I’d love cozy mysteries too! I don’t like too much anxiety in my reading either, so I feel like cozy mysteries would be more up my alley, but I still need to try the genre 🙂
So many of my favorite thrillers here! I loved The Maid, Daisy Darker, The Sun Down Motel, and Lock Every Door.
Glad to hear you loved those reads! I just finished The Maid and also did enjoy that one 🙂
I read thrillers once in a while. I’ve enjoyed two from your list: The Guest List and Daisy Darker. I hope you’ll enjoy them too 🙂
Glad to hear you enjoyed those reads! I hope I’ll be able to get to them sometime soon 🙂
Welcome back to the wonderful genre of mysteries & thrillers! I hope you have enjoyed diving back in again. I definitely have a recommendation for you! I just recently finished “On the Sly: A Sylvia Wilson Mystery” by Wendy Koenig (have you heard of her?). She’s an indie author but this was a KILLER (no pun intended) book. I can confidently say it’s a must read for any mystery or thriller fan (and it has a strong female lead which is a win-win-win for me!). Sylvia is the owner of the bar, Smugglers, and the book starts with her discovery of a dead body blocking the front door. After calling her brother, a detective, and the police, she wants this to be taken care of as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, with little evidence and no signs of a break-in or anything being stolen the focus is on her as she is the only person who knows the alarm code. Sylvia decides to take on the case herself and the killer makes it clear that she needs to stop before someone she cares about gets hurt. Loved this book very much and Sylvia’s snarky attitude made her a fun and likable character.
Here is the author’s website if you decide you need a new book for the spring or summer – https://wendylkoenig.com/
Thanks so much for the recommendation, I’ll need to check it out!