6 Mystery And Thriller Authors Full Of Surprising Twists
There's nothing quite like a pulse-pounding thriller, the kind that makes you turn on all the lights in the house as you stay up way past your bedtime because you can't sleep without knowing what happens at the end. These authors have unlocked the formula for creating that incredible tension, producing titles readers readily devour. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
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Mystery authors must walk a fine line between the well-established conventions of a beloved genre, and the reader's desire for the unexpected. Often those who strike a chord with audiences are the innovators who incorporate an unusual protagonist, an unfamiliar setting, or a hint of the uncanny. In no particular order, here are six writers crafting inventive and intriguing crime fiction.
Beginning our overview at #1 is Abir Mukherjee, a best-selling author of crime novels set in India during the time of British rule. Beginning with his debut work A Rising Man, the series follows war-haunted former Scotland Yard detective Captain Sam Wyndham, and his idealistic partner Sergeant Surendranath Banerjee.
Mukherjee's Wyndham and Banerjee books explore notions of cultural conflict while offering a portrait of a volatile period in India's past. The author has written about how his own work and identity are shaped by the history linking Bengal and Scotland. Mukherjee has also produced essays discussing subjects ranging from Britain's imperial self-image to his personal journey as a writer.
Mukherjee's Wyndham and Banerjee books explore notions of cultural conflict while offering a portrait of a volatile period in India's past.
Following up at #2 is J.H. Moncrieff, a writer of horror and suspense fiction driven by a fascination with the supernatural and mysterious. Her works range from tales of cryptozoological beasts, like the Amazon Horror best-seller Monsters in Our Wake, to detective stories like the investigative thriller Lost. Moncrieff's fiction delves into fears of all kinds, from childhood terrors to small-town secrets.
Moncrieff is the creator of the GhostWriters series, detailing the adventures of a specter-hunting horror writer and a gifted medium, who work together to solve supernatural mysteries. She blogs about macabre remnants of history, the joys and challenges of authorship, and the insecurities that plague creative professionals. Moncrieff also writes about places reputed to be haunted, often sharing accounts of her explorations and the ideas they inspire.
#3 on the list is Harriet Tyce, a former London barrister, whose criminal law experience informs her work as an author of suspense fiction. Her debut novel, Blood Orange, tells a story of obsession, toxic matrimony, and blurred boundaries, featuring a flawed protagonist unraveling the mystery behind a client's violent act.
Her debut novel, Blood Orange, tells a story of obsession, toxic matrimony, and blurred boundaries, featuring a flawed protagonist unraveling the mystery behind a client's violent act.
Blood Orange has received praise for its critical examination of misogyny, a subject Tyce has also explored in an essay discussing the British legal profession's boys'-club mentality. She has appeared in a teaching webinar for writers, as well as in speaking events and interviews about fiction, crime, and the law.
Next up at #4 is Wendall Thomas, an author, consultant, and Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting in the Graduate Film School at UCLA. Her first work, Lost Luggage, is a humorous thriller about a travel agent pulled into the bizarre world of exotic animal smuggling; it's followed up by Drowned Under, a murder mystery aboard an Australian cruise.
Along with her novels, Thomas has contributed to short story collections like Ladies' Night, an anthology focused on female archetypes from Los Angeles noir fiction. She offers workshops on screenwriting as well as private classes and script consultations, and shares interviews and articles sharing her perspectives on everything from endangered animals to her favorite books.
She offers workshops on screenwriting as well as private classes and script consultations, and shares interviews and articles sharing her perspectives on everything from endangered animals to her favorite books.
Coming in at #5 is Fiona Veitch Smith, who writes screenplays, theatrical works, and books for both adults and children. She is the creator of Poppy Denby Investigates, a series of mystery novels featuring an investigative journalist working in 1920s London. Beginning with The Jazz Files, in which the heroine investigates a suffragette's mysterious death, these works draw inspiration from the social and political struggles of the era.
Smith researches and writes about the fashion, culture, and politics of the Roaring Twenties, helping Poppy Denby fans imagine the world in which the books take place. Her other works include The Peace Garden, a tale of love and post-apartheid political intrigue, and Pilate's Daughter, a historical romance set in the time of Jesus. She has also written a series of illustrated Bible stories for children.
We'll close with #6, Edwin Hill. This author's first published novel, Little Comfort, tells the story of a Harvard librarian attempting to track down a dangerously amoral con man; the sequel, The Missing Ones, brings his amateur sleuth to a remote Maine island plagued by disappearances. Hill's works have received Agatha Award nominations and been featured in Us Magazine.
This author's first published novel, Little Comfort, tells the story of a Harvard librarian attempting to track down a dangerously amoral con man; the sequel, The Missing Ones, brings his amateur sleuth to a remote Maine island plagued by disappearances.
In addition to his fiction, Hill has written extensively on the craft of authorship, with essays discussing topics like plot construction, finding the value in bad reviews, and putting together a capable publicity team.