Items tagged with Suspense

Library loan giant

Posted by on Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 - 11:31 AM

James Patterson ... “library loan giant.” 

In a recent study of the borrowing patterns in UK libraries, it was found that  all 10 of the most borrowed titles last year were gritty thrillers or mysteries, with US crime powerhouse James Patterson racking up an astonishing 2.3m loans.

Patterson's novels took up five spots in the top 10. I recall an earlier blog in which I pondered when this man slept … and I am still more

The Tricks the Mind Can Play

Posted by SusanM on Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011 - 4:48 PM

It’s been said that the mind can often play tricks on us, and those tricks of memory have been featured in some recent novels that are sure to contribute to an interesting  discussion for book groups.  Memory issues are hot right now and a psychological thriller might be a welcome change of pace for your more

TNT dynamite

Posted by on Friday, Sep 2, 2011 - 8:36 AM

good morning killer coverTNT network has scheduled a new series, set to premiere in November, called The TNT Tuesday Night Mystery that will feature six contemporary crime drama movies adapted from fictional novels.

The line-up will include Scott Turow’s Innocent, Richard North Patterson's Silent Witness, Sandra Brown's Ricochet, Lisa Gardner's Hide, April Smith's Good Morning Killer, and Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark's Deck the Halls.   read more


Chop chop

Posted by on Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011 - 8:42 AM

woodcutter coverThe Woodcutter is a remarkable new stand-alone from award winning author Reginald Hill, who is best known for his long running Dalziel and Pascoe series.   

Sir Wilfrid “Wolf” Hadda’s life reads like a fairy tale. He has worked his way to the top from humble origins as a Cumbrian woodcutter’s son to owning a successful personal equity firm. He is happily married to the upper-class woman of his dreams.

A knock on the door one morning turns it into a horror story. He is arrested for pedophilia. He has been framed by the people he trusted most—his wife, his lawyer and his more

Bye bye birdie!

Posted by on Friday, Jul 8, 2011 - 8:33 AM

bad bird coverOne of my greatest delights is when an author I have been following for several years finally starts getting the recognition they deserve.

Connecticut author Chris Knopf is one of those.  His first mystery, The Last Refuge, appeared in 2005.  It is set in Southampton, NY, where Knopf lives part of the year.

His protagonist is Sam Acquillo, a 50-something retired engineer described by Publishers Weekly as “the very epitome of the dropout. An ex-corporation man . . . he lives in his parents' run-down cottage . . . and seems content to drink himself into oblivion.”

Every manner of offbeat character inhabits these pages, and if you spend a fair amount of time at summer beach communities yourself, you might just recognize some of them!read more

Buried alive!

Posted by on Friday, Jun 24, 2011 - 10:15 AM

buried secrets coverJust how far do authors go to research their books?

Joseph Finder climbed into the thick steel casket because he needed to know what it felt like to be buried alive.

The lid squeaked shut, and, "At first, it was very restful," the New York Times bestselling author says. The mattress was surprisingly comfortable.

But the "I could catch a good nap in here” feeling quickly passed and Finder called for help.

In a Hitchcockian twist, the funeral home employees couldn't hear Finder's voice at first! When he knocked on the lid of the casket, they heard more


Posted by on Monday, May 23, 2011 - 11:29 AM

Diana Highsmith has not ventured beyond her home for more than a year—not since the traumatic death of her husband.

She has an Internet security job which she can do from home, in her pajamas. She assesses security breaches, and interacts with clients in OtherWorld—an Internet-based platform—as “Nadia,” an avatar she created for herself. read more


Night school

Posted by on Friday, Apr 29, 2011 - 9:01 AM

school of night coverLouis Bayard is the author of The Black Tower, the national bestseller The Pale Blue Eye, and Mr. Timothy, a New York Times Notable Book. His most recent book, The School of Night, was released in March.

Library Journal called it a “compelling literary thriller” and a “worthy contribution” to the more

Sweet suspense

Posted by on Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011 - 5:11 PM

To have and to kill coverWhat’s with the wedding cake on the cover of Mary Jane Clark’s new book To Have and to Kill? Did Eliza Blake from the KEY News series get married?

No, it is a whole new series with a new leading lady, Piper Donovan. On her website Clark says “I know. Wedding cakes are a world away from broadcast news, but the writing style is still the same, with the aim to create satisfying suspense.” read more

The fire of Lisbeth Salander

Posted by on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 - 1:00 PM

informationist book coverA few months back I invented the subject heading Scandinavian crime novels to create a comprehensive directory of contemporary mysteries and thrillers for Stieg Larsson fans who were desperate to continue reading in the genre.

If you are one of Stieg’s fans, or more particularly, a Lisbeth Salander fan, there’s a book due out in March that you might want to get in line for: The Informationist by Taylor Stevens. read more