The best spellbinding, thrilling, and even creepy tales of mystery and suspense

Who am I?

I'm a former journalist who has written for several newspapers in Kansas and Texas. Ever since I was young, I had an incredible imagination, a love for storytelling, and an adventurous spirit. I started writing my first novel Waves Crashing, a suspense romance, when I was a senior at McPherson High School; then I worked on it some in college, and it was published in 2019. I'm also the author of the science fiction novels The Death Firm and The Re-Creation of the Death Firm. I'm currently working at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, as an administrative assistant in data and records. I plan on starting to write my fourth novel in 2023. 


I wrote...

Waves Crashing

By Lisa M. Lucero,

Book cover of Waves Crashing

What is my book about?

Waves Crashing is a suspense romance novel about a mysterious gentleman with a dark past and a beautiful, successful oceanographer that will cross paths in the city of Portland, Maine. Their relationship will take a turn for the worse after oceanographer Corona Bowser discovers the broodingly handsome Andrew Harkins' evil secret. Her life is at stake when Andrew reveals his true nature to her and threatens to kill her. Andrew escapes the police and is on the run. Corona has to lay low for a while until Andrew is captured. She meets Andrew's brother who at first doesn't believe her story, then later finds himself fond of Corona. Corona isn't sure she can trust him.

The books I picked & why

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Loves Music, Loves To Dance

By Mary Higgins Clark,

Book cover of Loves Music, Loves To Dance

Why this book?

There’s nothing scarier than answering personal ads to a complete stranger in my opinion. Women in Loves Music, Loves to Dance who answers a personal ad find themselves the next victim of a serial killer. What makes this particularly frightening is that the situation actually happens in real life. This book might make you rethink answering that personal ad in the newspaper or online. That’s what makes this book a nail-biter and keeps you up until all hours of the night. It is a fun read, and I highly recommend it. 

Loves Music, Loves To Dance

By Mary Higgins Clark,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Loves Music, Loves To Dance as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

New York's trendy magazines are a source of peril when a killer enacts a bizarre dance of death, using the personal ads to lure his victims in bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark's Loves Music, Loves to Dance.

After college, best friends Erin Kelley and Darcy Scott move to the city to pursue exciting careers—Erin is a promising jewelry designer and Darcy finds success as a decorator. On a lark, Darcy persuades Erin to help their TV producer friend research the kinds of people who place personal ads. It seems like innocent fun...until Erin disappears.

Erin's body is found on an…


Murder on the Orient Express

By Agatha Christie,

Book cover of Murder on the Orient Express

Why this book?

Immediately when you see the byline, you know you are in for a special treat. This whodunit takes you on a thrill ride on a train where private detective Hercule Poirot meets American businessman Samuel Ratchett. Ratchett is convinced that someone is out to murder him after receiving several death threats and asks Poirot if he will protect him. Poirot refuses to do so. Ratchett is murdered the next morning. It is up to the private detective to solve the case. He interviews everyone on the train and discovers there are several suspects. There are an endless amount of twists and turns. 

Murder on the Orient Express

By Agatha Christie,

Why should I read it?

11 authors picked Murder on the Orient Express as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

THE MOST WIDELY READ MYSTERY OF ALL TIME—NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY KENNETH BRANAGH AND PRODUCED BY RIDLEY SCOTT!

“The murderer is with us—on the train now . . .”

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer.

Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man’s…


Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories That Scared Even Me

By Alfred Hitchcock (editor),

Book cover of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories That Scared Even Me

Why this book?

These stories were picked out by the master of suspense, himself, Alfred Hitchcock. These stories are both horrific and suspenseful. With tales involving a flesh-eating troll, something creepy lurking about in the woods that kills anything that comes into its path, and an uninvited odd boy that comes to a party with evil intentions, one will not be able to put this book down. It might even make you want to leave the lights on during the night.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories That Scared Even Me

By Alfred Hitchcock (editor),

Why should I read it?

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

What is this book about?

Published by Random House. Per the dust jacket: ...twenty-three stories, a novelette, and a novel guaranteed to turn your hair white overnight." Stories selected by Mr. Hitchcock include: Casablanca by Thomas M. Disch, Fishhead by Irvin S. Cobb, Camera Obscura by Basil Copper, A Death in the Family by Miriam Allen deFord, Men Without Bones by Gerald Kersh, Not With a Bang by Damon Knight, Party Games by John Burke, X Marks the Pedwalk by Fritz Leiber, Curious Adventure of Mr. Bond by Nugent Barker, Two Spinsters by E. Phillips Oppenheim, The Knife by Robert Arthur, The Cage by Ray…


1984

By George Orwell,

Book cover of 1984

Why this book?

The dystopian novel is suspenseful because it takes you to an unknown world that is run by a mysterious figure known as Big Brother. The main character is Winston Smith who works for the Ministry of Truth. He is considered a ‘thought criminal’ who dreams of rebelling against Big Brother and the Thought Police. It is only a matter of time before he is caught and faces the consequences. Your mind will ponder as you are introduced to this new form of power. 

1984

By George Orwell,

Why should I read it?

25 authors picked 1984 as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU . . .

1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party's power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party's department for propaganda, Winston Smith's job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair. As he writes the words 'DOWN WITH BIG…


Remember Me

By Christopher Pike,

Book cover of Remember Me

Why this book?

The main character Shari Cooper is murdered. Her spirit will not rest until she finds out who killed her. She follows her friends and even has the ability to get inside their dreams. You will find yourself reading page after page until discovering who the murderer is and whether or not they will get caught.

Remember Me

By Christopher Pike,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Remember Me as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In this harrowing thriller from bestselling author Christopher Pike, a teen girl must solve the mystery of her own murder before the killer strikes again.

After a night spent out with friends, Shari Cooper wakes up in her bed not sure how she got home. And things only get stranger when her family acts like she’s not even there. Nothing Shari says gets a response and nothing she does can get someone to even glance at her. Then the hospital calls.

Shari’s mom starts to cry. The blood drains from her dad’s face. And still no one will tell her…


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