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TOP MYSTERY & SUSPENSE BOOKS

Post by: Sonia Safri

You know a book has lived up to its promise when it engulfs you in a world of its own and keeps you there till the very last page.
This is especially true for Mystery, Suspense, Thriller and Crime novels. If they keep you captivated for hours together and give you goose bumps, rest assured that your time was absolutely worth it.


The mesmerizing “who-dunnit” reads, or the old fashioned mysteries complete with red herrings, or the more contemporary puzzle solving ones make for the perfect companion on a dull day or a journey.
Talking about good detective novels, you are bound to think of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie novels that are loaded with wit and psychological thrills that step inside your mind and race you to solving the crime. They keep you guessing till the end and when the villain is revealed you are left in awe and shock and admit that you loved losing to the author’s mind game.


Here are some good mystery/suspense/thrillers that I’m sure you’d like to read (if you haven’t already).



Pages by S.J. Johnson
A collection of four very different novellas, all with heart-grabbing similarities of family challenges and insights. Each page turn gets the reader closer to understanding the heart of the characters and the situations encountered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming

It is the time of the plague in London, a time of horror for everyday people. Yet, for some, there is a dark magic in the air. Lords and ladies are influenced by an otherworldly enchantment that empowers them to challenge death and seek life and love.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Place of Honeymoons by Harold MacGrath

Opera star Nora Harrigan is a success on the stage, and enjoys the attentions of many suitors, including Edward Courtlandt and Herr Rosen. Things turn dark when Nora is abducted and accuses one of them of arranging the deed. Or is Nora's rival in song and love, Flora Desimone, somehow responsible?

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Voice in the Fog by Harold MacGrath

The London fog can hide a lot of things, including the thief who has stolen a sapphire necklace from Kitty Killigrew. She has heard parts of a conversation in the mist, however, that might simplify solving the case but complicate her new romantic interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart

At a spooky, sprawling summer home in New England, wealthy spinster Miss Inness finds herself at the center of a murder mystery. Her nephew and a friend are the main suspects. When her nephew disappears and her niece falls for the disreputable friend, Miss Innes must unravel many mysteries.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Grey Cloak by Harold MacGrath

The masked man in the grey cloak is a mystery ... is he the man who killed the Comte? Or is he among the gentlemen courting the beautiful new widow? Either way he faces dramatic challenges at swordpoint in this swashbuckling romantic adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Pagan Madonna by Harold MacGrath

Jane Norman, a Red Cross nurse from America, comes to Shanghai by chance, under the spell of fate. In China and on the sea, Jane wears beautiful beads with a mysterious past that captures the attention of romantic rivals and plotting pirates alike, taking Jane on the adventure of her life.

 

 

 

 

 


The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Elizabeth Wheeler is a small-town, church-going girl who dreams of a man who will whisk her away from her mundane life. What she gets is an endless adventure of passion, betrayal, and murder, and just maybe the wedding of her dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Drums of Jeopardy by Harold MacGrath

A young dancer with the Royal Ballet dies an untimely death after parting from her lover, the Prince. On her body is the legendary Drums of Jeopardy necklace. Seeking revenge, her mad scientist father sends the drum charms from the necklace to members of the royal family as omens of impending doom.

 

 

 

 

 

 


K by Mary Roberts Rinehart

For unknown reasons, famous surgeon K. LeMoyne drops out of the medical scene to live in seclusion in a small town. His quiet moments are few, for he boards with the beautiful Sidney Page, a nurse-in-training, who tries to uncover his mysterious past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A series of mysteries are solved by detective Sherlock Holmes. A Colonel dies after receiving seeds in the mail, a young bride disappears, a jewel is stolen and a son is accused of this father's murder.

 

 

 

 


 

 


The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

This baffling mystery story seeks to find who poisoned the stepmother. Was it one of her sons, her new husband or someone else. The book captivates the reader with characters, clues and intrigue. Belgian detective Hercule Poirot closely observes all suspects to find a pattern to lead him to the murderer.

 

 

 


 

 


The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Professor Braddock finds a mummy swathed in green bandages, with a mysterious note attached, and a treasure inside. It appears to be a royal Egyptian mummy, and uncovering its secrets sets off dramatic twists and turns for the professor and everyone around him.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson

John Glenarm has to fulfill some odd requirements to gain his inheritance. For reasons known only to his grandfather, John must spend a year in an isolated house, and is forbidden to marry Marian Devereux, a woman he has never met. Uncovering the reasons why may bring the biggest treasure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Behind a Mask by A M Barnard

A fast-paced thriller, Behind a Mask is the story the demure governess Jean Muir and her adventures in the home of the seemingly tranquil Coventry family, where she has come as a tutor. Mystery, love, and betrayal follow Miss Muir into the home and stir up suspicions, deceptions, and passions.

 

 

(To be continued…)

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