Crime, thrillers and mystery
What makes a great Crime, Thrillers & Mystery book?
Some people prefer a book that lets them escape and dream. If you like a book that can do all of that, but also makes you think and try to answer questions (such as the immortal “Whodunnit?” question), Crime, Thrillers & Mystery books are probably right up your (dark) alley. If you end up looking like a shady, red-eyed and dishevelled character the next day from staying up all night, well, it will just add to the authenticity of your experience and show everyone that you’ve just read a great story from this genre.
Well-written crime stories, thrillers & mysteries can introduce you to heroes, heroines, spies, hard-boiled detectives and also quite a few people you probably wouldn’t want to run into in real life. That’s part of the escapism.
5 things to look for when choosing Crime, Thrillers & Mystery books
- Choose a book with a story that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat and eager to see how it all turns out. You should be anxiously turning the pages or tapping the screen of your e-reader or tablet until the end.
- Look for a hero or heroine you can respect and cheer for as they go up against the bad guys. On the flip side, make sure the creeps and criminals are scary enough and bad enough to keep up the level of suspense.
- Look for a story that keeps you guessing right to the end with loads of twists and turns. You don’t want to figure out how it’s going to end too early on, do you? It will be hard to continue reading if there are no surprises to look forward to.
- Find a book with a setting that appeals to you. There are books set in just about every country and time period so there’s no excuse for not managing this. A good crime, thriller or mystery story can take you to Victorian England, modern-day Maine or even to a futuristic/alien world.
- If you particularly enjoy another genre, such as romance, sci-fi or paranormal, look out for a book that also includes elements from these genres.
5 great crime, thrillers & mystery books
Crime stories, thrillers & mysteries have been around for a long time, meaning that you can choose from classic literature, pulp fiction or a variety of other types of books. You’re bound to have read more than a few in literature class and seen loads that have been made into well-known movies or even TV shows.
- Alexandre Dumas is responsible for several classic thrillers, including The Three Musketeers, published in 1844.
- And Then There Were None (1939) is just one of many mystery novels written by prolific author Agatha Christie.
- Even if you’ve never heard of Dashiell Hammett, you’ve probably heard of The Maltese Falcon, which he wrote back in 1930.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote tales in the series he called The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes from 1892, as well as a number of other mysteries.
- Mickey Spillane is the name behind all of the Mike Hammer detective books, including I, the Jury, from 1947.