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Thriller is defined as: a genre which is characterized and defined by the moods they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and anxiety when an unpredictable, mysterious, and/or rousing source of entertainment is triggered. Frequently preceded by an appropriate adjective (legal suspense/thriller, political suspense/thriller, etc.), the emphasis is often on action and suspense. The plot typically involves a hero and villain, with plenty of close calls before the hero prevails.
What was the name of the book you read? Did you like it? Why or why not? What genres (ex. Mystery, Adventure, Fantasy) would you say it fits? Based off what you read, how would you define Mystery or Thriller? What are some characteristics that you see in the book that seem unique to the genre?
I have been working my way through the Sweet Cove Cozy Mystery series and have been enjoying reading about the mysteries and the inner workings of the Sweet Cove family. In the first book a body is stumbled upon and the killer found. I love that an amateur can "help" the police in finding the killer, but I was a little wary when heading to the next couple of books. Usually with cozy mysteries the amateur detective keeps "stumbling" upon bodies. Each book usually heralds another body. This series however, understands that living in a small town and not being a detective usually means not finding a body each time someone in town dies (or another book is written).
I fell in love with the main characters in the first book, Angie Roseland and her family make wonderful guides through each story. The elements of the story, town, and its people make you want to move to Sweet Cove and meet these characters and their pets. I would love to live in a small town where the people treat each other the way they do in these books, murder included. If only this town and its people were real.
I recommend the series with the first book The Sweet Dreams Bake Shop, second book Murder So Sweet, and Sweet Secrets book 3. These are the books that I have read so far, and I look forward to reading the rest, and checking out her books in her other series.
I also just finished Manhattan Mayhem: New Stories by Mystery Writers of America, edited by Mary Higgins Clark. I loved this anthology of actual mysteries.
I am currently reading Kathy Reich 's The Bones Collection. This book includes 4 novellas previously published as e-books. Even though I am re-reading these mysteries, they are still enjoyable.
For a good pure mystery, I love Reichs, Sue Grafton, and Sarah Paretsky. My favorite " cozy mystery " writers are Rita Mae Brown, Lilian Jackson Braun and Laurian Berenson. For Romantic Mysteries I love Mary Higgins Clark and Nora Roberts writing as J.D.Robb!
-Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer 's Stone
by J.K. Rowling
1) The inhabitants of Little Yarnmouth island have all disappeared without a trace. It is up to Evan, Nira, and Junius (an unlikely trio) to figure out what happened to them and how to get them back.
2) On top of this, there has been a mysterious murder and Evan gets accused. It's obviously not this twelve-year-old, but who is it then? And why did he/she kill this person?
It was a fun and quick read that I fully enjoyed. I think the fact that the whole book took place in an island, a sewer, and on water made this middle school aged read unique.
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Good thrillers are hard to come by in my opinion, they are so hit or miss.
I am also a big fan of mysteries. I love Sue Grafton's series, The Rizzoli and Isles Series (Tess Gereitsen, also Tess's other works), The Simon Ziele series (Stefanie Pintoff), and Blake Crouch's works.
Lights. Camera. Gone, Is the first book in this series were we get to know Erin Bond and how her kiddnapping as a child lead to her working as a private detective. Which lead to her trying to rescue a pop star who was kiddnapped by an unkown serial killer.