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 Jessica (new)

Jessica McAulay The Stranger in the All-Night Diner

message 3: by Elaine (new)

Elaine The Shadow in the Emergency Room!

message 4: by Robin (new)

Robin The Body in the Casino, also.

message 5: by & She Reads (new)

& She Reads The Stranger at the Car wash

message 6: by Sam (new)

Sam The shadow at the botanical garden.

message 7: by christine ✩ (new)

christine ✩ the widow in the cemetery

message 8: by Rachel (new)

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

message 9: by Ana (new)

Ana Decosta The Stranger on the Steamboat

message 10: by Ema (new)

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

message 11: by Sharon (new)

Sharon The widow in the fun house.

message 12: by Nikz (new)

Nikz Murder in Room No. 8.
ooohh haha

message 13: by Jess (new)

Jess The Woman at the Botanical Garden

message 14: by Kubra (new)

Kubra The body in the cemetery

message 15: by Irune (new)

Irune The shadow in the meat locker...
Sounds good

message 16: by Landslide (new)

Landslide Evil in the Fun House

message 17: by NODDLES (new)

NODDLES The widow in the casino

message 18: by Shruti (new)

Shruti Joshi The stranger on the Fire Escape

message 19: by Frenchy (new)

Frenchy The Body at the Empty Zoo.

message 20: by Richard (new)

Richard Dominguez The Imposter in the All Night Diner

message 21: by Nithya (new)

Nithya The Stalker in the Fun house

message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

The Shadow in the Parking Garage

message 23: by Dana (new)

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

message 24: by Mariah (new)

Mariah The Body in the Swamp

message 25: by Satrina (new)

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

message 26: 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 28: by Becky (new)

Becky Evil at the two-star hotel

message 29: by Amarnath (new)

Amarnath the woman at the farmers market

message 30: by Meg (new)

Meg The devil at the two-star hotel.

message 31: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Anze The Shadow Under the Stairs.

message 32: by [deleted user] (new)

The Liar in the Swamp

a southern gothic mystery-lite

message 33: by Emily (last edited Apr 01, 2019 09:05AM) (new)

Emily Maria The Stranger in the Parking Garage.

Sounds awesome, haha!

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

message 35: 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 36: by Alison (new)

Alison The Liar at the Car Wash

message 37: by Rovi (new)

Rovi Muerte en el tren de medianoche

message 38: by Eleanor (new)

Eleanor The Widow on the Cruise Ship

message 39: by Karekon (new)

Karekon Murder at the Empty Zoo

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kenzah The Stranger in the Swamp

message 41: by Sayak (new)

Sayak Chowdhury The Body on the Midnight Train

message 42: by Debra (new)

Debra Barstad The Body at the DMV

message 43: by annie (new)

annie the stranger in the casino!

Heidi (Heidi's Bookish Adventures) The Widow at the Car Dealership

message 45: by Adela (new)

Adela Murder at Flight 42

message 46: by Ishika (new)

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

message 47: by Danielle (new)

Danielle The Devil on the Fire Escape

message 48: by Haley (new)

Haley Wofford The Body on the Steamboat.

message 49: by Glenda (new)

Glenda Nelms The Shadow at the Two-Star Hotel

message 50: by Di_the_Reader (new)

Di_the_Reader The stranger in the casino

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