Let's Play: Create an Ominous-Sounding Mystery Title

Posted by Marie on April 1, 2019
Goodreads Mystery & Thriller Week 2019

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 shirt color 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 mystery title? Share it with us in the comments!

Check out the complete coverage of Mystery & Thriller Week:
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message 1: by Teresa (new)

Teresa The body in the casino.


message 2: by Mick (new)

Mick Larouche Evil at the DMV.


message 3: by Jessica (new)

Jessica McAulay The Stranger in the All-Night Diner


message 4: by Elaine (new)

Elaine The Shadow in the Emergency Room!


message 5: by Robin (new)

Robin The Body in the Casino, also.


message 6: by & She Reads (new)

& She Reads The Stranger at the Car wash


message 7: by Sam (new)

Sam The shadow at the botanical garden.


↠ cняιsтιηε ✩ the widow in the cemetery
rofl


message 9: by Rachel (new)

Rachel S The Widow in the Wardrobe. Has a nice ring to it.


message 10: by Ana (new)

Ana The Stranger on the Steamboat


message 11: by Ema (new)

Ema The Widow under the Stairs . LOL I would read that book.


message 12: by Sharon (new)

Sharon The widow in the fun house.
LOL


message 13: by NikzPaginate (new)

NikzPaginate Murder in Room No. 8.
ooohh haha


message 14: by Jess (new)

Jess The Woman at the Botanical Garden


message 15: by Benten-sama (new)

Benten-sama The body in the cemetery


message 16: by Iru (new)

Iru E.A. The shadow in the meat locker...
Sounds good


message 17: by Landslide (new)

Landslide Evil in the Fun House


message 18: by NODDLES (new)

NODDLES The widow in the casino


message 19: by Shruti (new)

Shruti Joshi The stranger on the Fire Escape


message 20: by Frenchy (new)

Frenchy The Body at the Empty Zoo.


message 21: by Richard (new)

Richard Dominguez The Imposter in the All Night Diner


message 22: by Nithya (new)

Nithya The Stalker in the Fun house


message 23: by Sophia (new)

Sophia The Shadow in the Parking Garage


message 24: by Dana (new)

Dana Cristiana The Body in the Elevator. Maybe I will write a thriller novel called like that.


message 25: by Mariah (new)

Mariah The Body in the Swamp


message 26: by Satrina (new)

Satrina T The Stranger on the Midnight Train... sounds interesting.


message 27: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Murder in the Panic Room. That actually sounds pretty good!


Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review) The Shadow at the DMV (what the heck is the DMV?)


message 29: by Becky (new)

Becky Evil at the two-star hotel


message 30: by Amarnath (new)

Amarnath nair the woman at the farmers market


message 31: by Meg (new)

Meg The devil at the two-star hotel.


message 32: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Anze The Shadow Under the Stairs.


message 33: by Konstantin (new)

Konstantin The Liar in the Swamp

a southern gothic mystery-lite


message 34: by Emily (last edited Apr 01, 2019 09:05AM) (new)

Emily Maria The Stranger in the Parking Garage.

Sounds awesome, haha!


message 35: by NINI (new)

NINI the widdow on flight 42
sounds weard...


☯~☽~•Patricia Mainard•~☾~☯ The Body in the Elevator


message 37: by Joy (new)

Joy The Widow and The Liar in the Landfill. Oooh, intriguing! Did the Liar's tales get them & The Widow killed? Or where they in on a scam together, & conned the wrong mark? This is a book I really wanna read!


message 38: by Alison (new)

Alison The Liar at the Car Wash


message 39: by Rovi (new)

Rovi Muerte en el tren de medianoche


message 40: by Eleanor (new)

Eleanor The Widow on the Cruise Ship


message 41: by Karekon (new)

Karekon Murder at the Empty Zoo


message 42: by Kenzah (new)

Kenzah Faruq The Stranger in the Swamp


message 43: by Sayak (new)

Sayak Chowdhury The Body on the Midnight Train


message 44: by Debra (new)

Debra Barstad The Body at the DMV


message 45: by annie (new)

annie the stranger in the casino!


message 46: by Heidi (new)

Heidi The Widow at the Car Dealership


message 47: by Adela (new)

Adela Murder at Flight 42


message 48: by Prissy~ (new)

Prissy~ Murder in the Broom Closet

(could be scary or funny as hell)


message 49: by Ishika (new)

Ishika Jaswal Suryavanshi The Widow at the two-star hotel! I would actually read it!!


message 50: by Danielle (new)

Danielle The Devil on the Fire Escape


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