48 Mystery and Thriller Recommendations by Trope
When it comes to mysteries and thrillers, we're all guilty of loving a good trope from time to time. From "The butler did it!" to "They all did it!" or from murderous relatives to amnesiac witnesses, a great twist can sometimes spawn an entire subgenre.
Here are a handful of highly popular tropes, each featuring a classic example or two paired with their contemporary counterparts (and, in a few cases, some up-and-coming releases). So if you're stumped on your next read, try following the clues to your next favorite mystery or thriller.
Don't forget to add any titles that catch your eye to your Want to Read shelf, and be sure to tell us your favorite example of these tropes in the comments below!
Characteristics of this trope: A body is found! (Usually at someone's swanky country house.) But all the windows and doors were locked. From the inside. Was it suicide? Or something more sinister? *cue dramatic music*
The Locked Room
Oops, We're All Trapped Here TogetherCharacteristics of this trope: Come visit my remote island/secluded cabin/isolated hotel! What could possibly go wrong? (Variations on this theme: Let's Take a Train Ride; Let's Go on a Cruise; Oh No, Weather Happened.)
Characteristics of this trope: It was a dream nannying job until it wasn't; children are horrifying; the kids are decidedly not all right.
Help! These Kids Are Creepy!
Characteristics of this trope: The person you married is not who you think they are; domesticity is a trap; The Husband Did It (unless he didn't...).
Help! I Think My Spouse Is Out to Get Me!
Characteristics of this trope: A witness has memory loss; the protagonist has memory loss; the victim has memory loss; the detective has memory loss. Everybody has memory loss!
The Inheritance Plot
Characteristics of this trope: Someone makes a will, everyone else loses their heads; Oh Hey, Isn't It Convenient That My Rich Relative Died So Suddenly; sibling rivalry.
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