Suspenseful Recommendations from Goodreads Reading Groups

Posted by Cybil on April 30, 2017

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When it comes to solving a mystery, it can all come down to having solid sources. The same can be said when it comes to solving what mystery or thriller to read next. So we turned to some of our best sources for book recommendations, the mystery and thriller reading groups on Goodreads, to recommend some of their favorites. Want to find fellow readers to decipher every plot twist with? You can also join these groups.

The Mystery, Crime, and Thriller Group

A dark and stormy night? Check. Lightning and thunder? Oh, yeah. A mysterious stranger? Yep, tell me more. The Mystery, Crime, and Thriller Group's more than 15,000 members love a good, creepy thriller. For their recommendations, the group's moderators went through their discussion threads to identify their most popular recent books.

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The Cozy Mysteries Group

Do you like your cold-blooded murder on the warm fuzzy side? Well then, grab a cup of cocoa and curl up with these recommendations from the Cozy Mysteries group. The 8,000-member group set up a poll to determine their recommendations, with the first book of each winning series highlighted below.

Death by Darjeeling
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Her Royal Spyness
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Catering to Nobody
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The Psychological Thrillers Group

The Psychological Thrillers' 2,600 members love a book that will leave you questioning the motives of even the closest confidant. The group's moderator suggests staying up all night with these three books.

The Couple Next Door
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The Dogs
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Method 15/33
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Crime Detective Mystery Thriller Group

This group of 1,300 mystery and thriller lovers devour every type of the genre from romantic suspense to pulp fiction, from British detectives to true crime. The group polled their members to select these three recommendations.

Mr. Mercedes
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The Woman in Cabin 10
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IQ
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A Good Thriller Group

Like an action-packed thriller? This group of 4,556 readers is for you! Members of the group suggested their favorite thrillers then voted on the most popular responses to come up with these three suggestions.

The Kind Worth Killing
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Little Black Lies
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Pretty Girls
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Cozy Mystery Corner Group

This group of 2,328 readers also enjoy a bit of lighthearted detective work. These recommendations were described by the group as funny, delightful, charming, and full of twists and turns. Group members were asked to nominate their favorite mysteries and then voted in a poll to come up with these books.

Murder With Peacocks
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Her Royal Spyness
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The Diva Runs Out of Thyme
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message 1: by Anissa (new)

Anissa I've read some of these, already planned to read a few others & have added some things to my TBR. Thx Goodreads!


message 2: by David (new)

David Staniforth If it's of interest, this is a link to the thread that partially informed the choices of the A Good Thriller group: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

The thread encouraged me to read The Kind Worth Killing, which I thoroughly enjoyed.


message 3: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Carden Some outstanding choices. I see a few I really need to get cracking out.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Fun that Goodreads looked toward the popular groups, and this is one of the best way to describe a cozy that I've seen: "Do you like your cold-blooded murder on the warm fuzzy side? "

Apparently I need to bump Her Royal Spyness higher up on my wishlist since two groups recommended it.


message 5: by MrsER (new)

MrsER Have read none of these books. I only enjoy older stories. To me modern writers lack talent to write really well. I think Dorothy Sayers, Josephine Tey, Anna Katharine Green, Austin Freeman, Cyril Hare, Agatha Christie, Arthur C. Doyle, are so much superior. I don't mean to be offensive, I guess it is just a question of taste.


message 6: by Jim (last edited May 02, 2017 06:40PM) (new)

Jim Crocker Every month the Psychological Thrillers Reading Group features a Book of the Month (BOTM). You can see our Goodreads space, where we have all sorts of discussions going on. Be sure to join the group and add your comments to the open forums. Our BOTM forum is particularly hot. Right now in May some of our member authors are showing off their work. Some are FREE! Start right here:
www.botm.blackdogebooks.com
Hope to see you there!


message 7: by LJ (new)

LJ Unfortunately, the books selected for reading in May by the East Bay Mystery Readers' Group (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...) were left out. However, they are:

THE NIGHT BIRD by Brian Freeman
MURDER IN G MAJOR by Alexia Gordon
AN EASY THING by Paco Ignacio Tabio III


message 8: by Terrie (new)

Terrie MrsRK wrote: "Have read none of these books. I only enjoy older stories. To me modern writers lack talent to write really well. I think Dorothy Sayers, Josephine Tey, Anna Katharine Green, Austin Freeman, Cyril ..."


message 9: by Terrie (new)

Terrie I agree,some of the older stories by authors like J.J. Marric,who wrote the Inspector Gideon series,and Dell Shannon,who also wrote books using the pen names of Lesley Egan & Elizabeth Linington,& W.J.Burley & Patricia Hall & R.D. Wingfield,(who wrote the original series that the Detective Frost tv series is based on) & Leslie Charteris &Seldon Truss & Maurice Proctor & Nero Wolf & Leslie Charteris are all interesting.


message 10: by MrsER (last edited May 06, 2017 11:44AM) (new)

MrsER Terrie wrote: "I agree,some of the older stories by authors like J.J. Marric,who wrote the Inspector Gideon series,and Dell Shannon,who also wrote books using the pen names of Lesley Egan & Elizabeth Linington,& ..."

Haven't heard of any of them. I will certainly search for books from these authors. Thanks for the suggestions, Terrie!

PS: I just checked John Creasey and he wrote over 600 books! Six HUNDRED! My lord, what incredibly prolific writer. I noticed his first novels (the Department Z) are not easily found in libraries, but I found them at Abebooks.com. Will certainly buy a few of them.


message 11: by MrsER (new)

MrsER Terrie wrote: "I seem to be drawn to reading what they call the "police procedural" type series.Joe Friday was one of the best & Perry Mason.
That's one thing I like about Goodreads,is finding out about new & oth..."


I found Cresey's first novel at Abebooks and bought it. I think you might like Cyril Hare (Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark's nom de plume). He wrote very few books, but what I read from him so far I really enjoyed. The first of his books I read (which was his 4th book, but the 1st with Francis Pettigrew) was Tragedy at Law. The beginning was confusing to me, because I knew nothing of British court procedures. But I stuck to it and loved it. You can read some of this books here: http://fadedpage.com/csearch.php?auth....


message 12: by MrsER (new)

MrsER Simon wrote: "Are you tired of seeking loans and Mortgages,have you been turned down constantly By your banks and other financial institutions,We offer any form of loan to individuals and corporate bodies at low..."

I'd say, slightly off topic...
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message 13: by Ericroy (new)

Ericroy this are the great choice, i have started reading the last detective and it is quite good. Alexia Clark


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