Tag archive

Mystery Thriller & Suspense

When Downton Abbey meets things that (might) go bump in the night

in Fiction by

If gothic suspense—“one part mystery, one part ghost story, one part love story and one part thriller”—is your cup of tea, you won’t want to miss this latest tale from the practiced pen of Wendy Webb. A Midwest indie bookstore darling, Webb’s previous two books, The Fate of Mercy Alban and The Tale of Halcyon Crane, were both chosen as IndieNext and Midwest Connection picks. Her third novel, The Vanishing (published this January by Hyperion), offers readers a chance to go from the normal to the paranormal via a mansion in the Minnesota wilderness that might contain much more than drafty halls, with a heroine who might be getting glimpses into the past, and twists and turns that will keep readers guessing…

Keep Reading

Murder, mayhem, and a rollicking good time

in Fiction by

“A Whodunit Committed by a Whole Classroom,” is how the New York Times described Naked Came the Post-Postmodernist: A Mystery (Arcade Publishing, November 2013), written collectively by the Sarah Lawrence Class WRIT – 3303 – R taught by Melvin Jules Bukiet. The students collaborated to create the mystery of who killed Eric Davenport, a senior mathematics professor at Underhill College who is found dead in his office. In this excerpt, Kate Steelford, a crime scene technician, has been asked by Detective Harsley to examine Eric Davenport’s body. Enjoy! Naked Came the Post-Postmodernist: A Mystery by Sarah Lawrence Class WRIT – 3303 – R Harsley now stood behind Kate as she prepared for the first incision. She lifted the scalpel but…

Keep Reading

Video: Missed It? Interview with Brad Meltzer – Uncut, Unedited with Hair

in Fiction by

Welcome to Booktrib’s Uncut and Unedited Live Chat with BRAD MELTZER, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. Brad discusses his bestseller, answers readers questions and even gives us a VIP tour of his home office and . . .  shares a college id with a picture of him with hair! About THE FIFTH ASSASSIN: From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White–the hero of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Inner Circle–discovers a killer in Washington, D.C., who’s meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But…

Keep Reading

Barbara Mertz Dead: Mystery Writer Dies At 85

in Non-Fiction by

NEW YORK — Barbara Mertz, a best-selling mystery writer who wrote dozens of novels under two pen names, has died. She was 85. Mertz died Thursday morning at her home, in Frederick, Md., her daughter Elizabeth told her publisher HarperCollins. Mertz wrote more than 35 mysteries under the name Elizabeth Peters, including her most popular series about a daring Victorian archaeologist named Amelia Peabody. She also wrote 29 suspense novels under the pen name Barbara Michaels, and under her own name, she wrote nonfiction books about ancient Egypt. Born Barbara Louise Gross, Mertz grew up in small-town Illinois during the Depression and went to the University of Chicago on scholarship, where she wrote on her website, “I was supposed to…

Keep Reading

Smart, Strong And Beautiful: Thriller Heroine Is A Winner

in Thrillers by

Jamie Freveletti had just won the 2010 International Thriller Writers Best First Novel award for Running From the Devil, her debut novel that begins when heroine Emma Caldridge’s hijacked plane crashes in a guerilla-infested Colombian jungle. (And then things get really bad.) Overcome with emotion at the Thrillerfest awards ceremony, Freveletti was in the ladies room repairing her tear-stained make-up when her agent told her more good news: The estate of Robert Ludlum was seriously considering her to write the next novel in the Covert-One series. In Sept. 2012, Freveletti’s The Janus Reprisal became the ninth Covert-One thriller. “It hits hard,” she says. “I tried to get as close to Robert Ludlum as I could with pacing. He’s such a…

Keep Reading

Go to Top