The best thriller and mystery books from new and great authors

Elizabeth Revill Author Of Killing Me Softly
By Elizabeth Revill

Who am I?

As a child I would invent stories to entertain my cousins but at school I developed a passion for thrillers, devouring every Agatha Christie novel I could get my hands on and delighted in discovering new authors to satisfy my appetite. However, after my encounter with a man on a train, who went on to become a serial killer and after suffering a few other attacks, I crafted a novel using my experiences and melded fact with fiction to create my first psychological thriller, Killing Me Softly. It was extremely cathartic and now is a series of six, with another on the way. I’ve written eighteen books and even my historical novels are thrillers.


I wrote...

Killing Me Softly

By Elizabeth Revill,

Book cover of Killing Me Softly

What is my book about?

DCI Allison and DS Stringer have the chilling task of tracking down a serial killer who is to terrify a city with his bizarre and cold-blooded murders. They are ordinary men with human frailties and too much to do. The killer’s psychological profile is meticulously pieced together to reveal a suave, sophisticated seducer of women. He uses his deadly charm and good looks to lure his victims to horrifying deaths.

A complex relationship with his conspiring mother drives the killer to frenzied heights of atrocity. The police delve into the mind of this twisted killer in order to free the city from fear. When they find him, he is taken off the streets but it’s not the end… not by a long way.

The books I picked & why

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Never Forget, Never Forgive

By Denise Smith,

Book cover of Never Forget, Never Forgive

Why this book?

Never Forget, Never Forgive really draws the reader in. This is a debut novel by a new writer and the first in a proposed series and I am eager for the next. This well-crafted novel is beautifully written, in an engaging way, almost conversational, and very easy to read. There is just the right amount of description and a believable protagonist, likable, strong, and capable. The novel has plenty of intrigue, twists, and turns. As a murder mystery it is to be commended. It’s thoroughly enjoyable and primes you for the next in the series as there is an ongoing thread to be picked up in the second. Ms. Smith looks to be an excellent author.

Never Forget, Never Forgive

By Denise Smith,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Never Forget, Never Forgive as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"Patience and planning. That's what Mother taught me. If you have patience, she said, and wait until the timing is perfect, and if you plan carefully, you can get away with anything. Even murder."

The death of her father and disappearance of her mother spurs Beatrice Styles into relocation and a change of career. However, her new venture in Lincoln, as a private investigator, takes an unexpected turn when she finds her first client dead.

The police think he died of natural causes, but his widow is not convinced. Beatrice digs into the life of the dead man, only to…


Counting Crows: One For Murder

By Joe Talon,

Book cover of Counting Crows: One For Murder

Why this book?

Its title first attracted me and as I started to read I was hooked! I loved the premise; the touch of the supernatural and the characters are very well drawn; relatable with their human frailties, and dramatically varied characters. I could feel their emotions as if I was there.

The action is cinematic. The whole thing played in my head like a film. It was so plausible. The use of nature in the piece, especially the crows and weather, compliments the mood brilliantly. This is the first in the series and I have read all of them.

Counting Crows: One For Murder

By Joe Talon,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Counting Crows as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

“This is a truly gripping page-turner of a novel that left me seriously looking forward to the next book.” from Occult Detective Magazine

“Readers of Stephen King will find it engaging; a haunting, occult thriller with a twist.” from Number9BlogSpot

“Absolutely fantastic story I couldn’t put it down. You don’t see it coming and it’s totally different reading, I loved it.” from Howiesk

"Until now, I'd searched in vain for another book along the lines of Phil Rickman's Merrily Watkins series. Thank you for more than meeting my expectations." from Jay.

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On a fog-bound morning, Lorne Turner stumbles over…


Bloodline

By Sharon Francis,

Book cover of Bloodline

Why this book?

Well written and intriguing from the first word. Ms. Francis has created questions to be solved by the protagonist and audience. It is a slow burn that draws you in. Just as I got comfortable with a blossoming romance something happens to upset things and although we can guess at where the plot is going, we are not always right. Like a fish on a hook, we are teased and played with until we discover the truth, which leads us to an action-packed dramatic ending.

Bloodline

By Sharon Francis,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Bloodline as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Tony Viscount is a widower, a father and a restaurateur but has no idea where he came from, so helping his young son, Jamie, complete a family tree could be fun for both of them. But Tony doesn’t expect the tale of terror he uncovers, or that it could have followed him into the present.

What he discovers will change his life forever.

Assuming he gets to live it...


Cross Justice

By James Patterson,

Book cover of Cross Justice

Why this book?

I love James Patterson books, particularly his Alex Cross series, and I confess I have gorged on them this summer. I appreciate the remarkably short chapters, making it easy to pick up and put down if interrupted. This one is particularly interesting as we learn more about the family and their relationship dynamics. The fact his relative is accused of murder in what appears to be a slam dunk case, Cross is not satisfied. After a plea from his lawyer niece, Cross goes to investigate. Going back to his roots in his hometown dredges up good and bad memories for him and Nana-Mama. Readers who like suspense and a complicated mystery will enjoy this story. Investigations are fraught with danger for the whole family and Cross is a man who protects his family. This is not a typical whodunnit. The case is solved but not in the way one might expect and the twist at the end is unexpected.

Cross Justice

By James Patterson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Cross Justice as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

For Alex Cross, the toughest cases hit close to home-and in this deadly thrill ride, he's trying to solve the most personal mystery of his life.
When his cousin is accused of a heinous crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina hometown for the first time in over three decades. As he tries to prove his cousin's innocence in a town where everyone seems to be on the take, Cross unearths a family secret that forces him to question everything he's ever known.
Chasing a ghost he believed was long dead, Cross gets pulled into a case that has…


Death On Bodmin Moor

By Victor Gunn,

Book cover of Death On Bodmin Moor

Why this book?

Growing up, my mother got me hooked on books by Victor Gunn, who wrote under a number of pseudonyms, but I loved the Ironside thrillers with Inspector Cromwell and his dapper partner Johnny Lister. Bodmin Moor is a perfect setting for a murder, especially in the fog, and when a nurse working at a private clinic approaches the moor in her old car she hears a scream just as she's stopped at a signpost. She walks onto the moor through the fog to investigate and soon stumbles over a dead man whose face has been smashed in... then a local sheep farmer scares the wits out of her as he appears in the fog. This is a fast-paced read to be recommended to those who love a good old-fashioned thriller from times gone by without the razzamatazz of social media and mobile phones. Accept the period and enjoy the detective work.

Death On Bodmin Moor

By Victor Gunn,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Death On Bodmin Moor as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The scream out of the mist and darkness of the moor chills the blood of Stella Pemberton, who has stopped her car to look at a remote signpost. But Stella is a plucky girl, as well as being exceedingly pretty, and she hurries on to the moor to give aid - only to find the body of a man who has just been brutally murdered. Suddenly a figure appears out of the mist, and Stella's courage fails her...


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