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Oh My God What Just Happened! Let’s Talk About Mystery Thrillers

I love mystery thrillers. If I had to choose a single genre of books to read, I would choose thrillers. There is the heart pounding sensation of not knowing what will happen next, the oh my god what just happened instances of a great plot twist. I love mystery thrillers. And today I want to share some of favourite mystery books.

Mystery Thrillers Sub-Genres

The mystery genre has developed many sub-genres. And many stories can be considered as a mixture of varying categories or sub-genres. Here are a few of the well-known ones and my favourite most recent book in the category.

Cozy Mystery are a sub-genre of crime fiction is explored with humour, and the crime and investigation take place in a small, socially intimate community. My favourite cozies so far are:

Amateur Detective tries to solve the murder of someone close. Either the police have tried and failed or misread the murder as an accident/suicide. Last year I enjoyed the Lady Alkmene mystery series with amateur detectives.

Police Procedural that emphasizes factual police operations. Law enforcement is a team effort where department politics often plays a large role. This type of mystery isn’t my favourite and I can’t think of an example of a police crime genre that I really enjoyed. Recommendations are always welcomed.


Legal/Medical wherein the lawyers and doctors are the protagonists. A few weeks ago I read Dangerous To Know by Anne Buist. The main character was forensic psychiatrist  Natalie King. The book is the second in a series. I did not read book one but oh my god Dangerous to Know had me on edge.

Suspense is done when the instead of the detective pursuing the criminal,  the protagonist is the one being pursued. Here the question is not so much “Who done it?” but “How will the main character stay alive?” and why is this happening.

A few months ago I read The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda and that book was a perfect suspense thriller, even the ending was satisfying.

Romantic Suspense is the creepy goodness of suspense mystery thriller with the added bonus of a steamy romance. These are my guilty pleasures. Every Nora Roberts book I have ever read falls in this category.


Noir  is a  gritty, bleak, gory and unforgiving. Think the very opposite of cozies. I have to admit I haven’t read a whole lot of noir books. One that sticks out is Psycho Analysis by VR Stone.


Historical  the action takes place into the past, near or far, and its a historical mystery. I am not a fan of historical fiction. So far I have not read that book that really grabbed my attention. I guess the Lady Alkmene series could also fall in this category because the stories are set in the 1920s. Please share any recommendations of gripping historical mystery thrillers that I can add to my monster TBR list.

What are your favourite thrillers? Please share your recommendations.

Until next time happy reading!

Help! I Have Not Blogged In A Month: Time To Get Unstuck

Hello Everyone,

Happy Sunday!

I have not blogged since February 22.  Now I am trying to get unstuck and start blogging again.  And I am not sure why I have been away this long. That is a lie. Perhaps.   I have been off-line for a few reasons.

I feel:

  • Disconnected
  • Uninspired
  • Stressed
  • Anxious
  • Tired
  • Out of sorts

And for the last few weeks I simply did not plan, or write new content. It has been close to a month and now I am uncertain  how to get myself unstuck. I have not been doing much in my little break.

Here is a quick update in the form of a bullet journal inspired currently list:

Right now I am currently:

  • Not blogging consistently and I am so sorry. In the next weeks I have a new blog tour partnership with the Writerly Yours Bloggers’ Club.
  • Reading, The Last City (The Last City book #1) by Logan Keys. It is a dystonia zombie  post-apocalyptic novel. I am kind of struggling with this one. And Fairytale: The Novel by Hope Pennington. This book will the March/Aprl Writerly Yours Bloggers Club book. And I am hosting the weekly Twitter chats. Follow #FairytaleTheNovel and check out the discussion led by me, @lucifree.
  • Writing, in my journal only.  And of course I write and create content everyday for work, check out my content on Find Yello (scroll below the fold to find articles about life in the Caribbean and use the drop-down search bar to select countries).
  • Watching, zilch, I am not that big on TV shows. I have not even been watching YouTube videos.
  • Feeling, anxious and to be honest I have not been meditating lately. I need to start meditating before bed.
  • Eating, chicken and vegetables. I feel guilty about not eating more beans and fantasizing about cheese burgers and bacon. I need to get my mind right.
  • Listening to the Hey Sis Podcast and The Brothers Karamazov.

Thanks for sticking with me guys. I appreciate it. And special thanks to Nadine Tomlinson who as asked on Facebook what has been happening with the blog.

Did you guys like/follow the My Jamaican Vignettes Facebook page? Please do, thanks so much.

What’s Coming Up Soon (Get Unstuck Action Plan)

I am blogging again. We will talk again on Wednesday. And I will be maintaining the Sunday and Wednesday post schedule.  In the next weeks there will be regular book reviews, Sunday essays, a few guest posts and  new Three Bookish Thoughts author chat.

Please share your tips on staying focus, maintaining clarity and being productive. Let’s learn from each other.

Talk some more in the discussions below.

Have a happy week!



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