Let's Play: How To Make An Ominous-Sounding Mystery Title

Posted by Marie on April 2, 2018
Goodreads Mystery & Thriller Week 2018

Mystery & Thriller Week is sponsored by Penguin Random House Audio. Enjoy the suspense on audio.

Mainstream mystery titles have the uncanny ability to turn the ordinary into the ominous. Like a macabre version of Mad Libs, sometimes all a title needs is a combination of a person and a place to achieve maximum foreboding. The Body in the Library, The Couple Next Door, and The Woman in the Window are all prime examples of this. And if you want to turn the terror up a notch, you can never go wrong with adding the word "girl" to let readers know that trouble isn't too far away.

The rules to this game are simple: Match your birth month and birth date to the chart below. Then stand back for that spine-tingling (or snicker-inducing) effect. Who knows? Your title could be the next big name in the mystery genre!



What's your bestselling mystery title? Share it with us in the comments!


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message 1: by Mehsi (new)

Mehsi The Body in the Fun House.


message 2: by Britta (new)

Britta Death at the Abandoned Theme Park


ReadingDiva Book Reviews Death on Flight 42.


message 4: by Alice (new)

Alice Death in the Fun House.


message 5: by Gizem (new)

Gizem Önal The Imposter in the All-Night Diner


message 6: by Jemma (new)

Jemma The Woman in the Panic Room...


message 7: by Karekon (new)

Karekon The Imposter at the Empty Zoo.


message 8: by Becky (new)

Becky The Woman in Room No. 8


message 9: by Vignesh (new)

Vignesh Kumar The Devil on Flight 42


message 10: by ♛ Garima ♛ (new)

♛ Garima ♛ The woman in the elevator :D


message 11: by Maria Amparo (new)

Maria Amparo The Devil at the Two-Star Hotel


message 12: by Brandice (new)

Brandice The Impostor in the All-Night Diner.

Dude if I have time for NaNoWriMo this year (and I won't) maybe I'll go with this!


message 13: by Virginie (new)

Virginie Death in the Vitamin Aisle...


message 14: by Casey (new)

Casey The Liar Under the Stairs. Release date TBA lol


message 15: by Emma♔☯ (new)

Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix) The body on the cruise ship


message 16: by Nisha (new)

Nisha Sadasivan Evil in the Cemetery :P


message 17: by Marjolein (last edited Apr 02, 2018 08:33AM) (new)

Marjolein The widow in the casino... this sounds like the worst mystery novel ever to be honest, haha!


message 18: by Sophia (new)

Sophia The Body in the Casino. *snickers*

Fun game!


daniela The Widow in the All-Night Diner... sounds more like an R.L. Stine book, lol!


message 20: by Ruth Ann (new)

Ruth Ann The Stalker at the Botanical Garden


message 21: by Aline (new)

Aline Tavares The Devil in the Fun House


message 22: by Angie (new)

Angie The Woman in the All-Night Diner


message 23: by Priyanth (new)

Priyanth Elango Murder at the Car Dealership


message 24: by Ree (new)

Ree The Devil in the Vitamin Aisle (HOW? lol)


message 25: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Bea The Impostor in the Fun House

YES I LOVE IT


message 26: by Adrian (new)

Adrian The Woman in the Panic Room ???


message 27: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Murder...In the Vitamin Aisle!!!!!


message 28: by Penny (new)

Penny The Devil in Room No. 8


message 29: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa The Shadow at the Farmer's Marked

not bad


message 30: by Nour (new)

Nour Wanace The Stalker in the Landfill


message 31: by Rubina (new)

Rubina Gomes The Stranger at the Botanical Garden


message 32: by Chad (new)

Chad Malone Murder on the Steamboat


message 33: by Tahera (new)

Tahera The Liar at the Farmer's Market.....Loll we all know who that would be :P


message 34: by Nell (new)

Nell Murder in the Cemetery


message 35: by Megan (new)

Megan The Woman at the Car Wash

Seems innocent enough...


message 36: by Ayca (new)

Ayca The shadow in the Broom Closet


message 37: by Soledad (new)

Soledad Blanco The Woman in the Vitamin Aisle


message 38: by Vivi (last edited Apr 02, 2018 09:02AM) (new)

Vivi Evil in the elevator... spooky! More like an Horror novel!


Caidyn (he/him/his) The Liar in the Swamp.


message 40: by Tahera (new)

Tahera Vivi wrote: "Evil in the elevator... spooky! More like an Horror novel!"
Ooh this is a good one!


message 41: by Tahera (new)

Tahera Nell wrote: "Murder in the Cemetery"

Good one!


message 42: by Sally (new)

Sally The shadow in the emergency room


message 43: by Caro (new)

Caro The Shadow under the Stairs...
(now I feel I need a story that makes justice to this title)


message 44: by Haley (new)

Haley Wofford The Woman on the Steamboat


message 45: by Wigati Ambar (new)

Wigati Ambar Pertiwi The Stalker on the Cruise Ship


message 46: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Murder in the Casino :D


message 47: by Mike (new)

Mike The Devil in the Meat Locker... sounds more like a public service film on improper food preparation or something 😁


message 48: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa The Devil on Flight 42

Well, I'd definitely read that !


message 49: by Vivi (new)

Vivi Mike wrote: "The Devil in the Meat Locker... sounds more like a public service film on improper food preparation or something 😁".
LOL :D


message 50: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Ruiz The woman on the steamboat

That sounds like a movie than a book! But it might be a good book anyway lol!


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