Looking for a good mystery or thriller this weekend? Find more independently published mysteries and thrillers in our monthly list below…
Our weekly self-published bestsellers list is often dominated by the popular genres of romance and erotica. In an effort to help GalleyCat readers find other kinds of independent authors, we will offer regular genre-focused bestseller lists for other kinds of indie writers–highlighting three top books from four different marketplaces.
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Mystery & Thriller Self-Published Bestsellers List for March 2013
Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery by M. Louisa Locke: “It’s the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie’s husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide five years earlier, and one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns to pay off a debt. Annie Fuller also has a secret.”
Brothers and Bones by James Hankins: “Charlie Beckham is a rising star among federal prosecutors until, on the morning of the most important court day of his career, a deranged homeless man turns Charlie’s life upside with a single word. He calls Charlie by a secret nickname known by only one other person in the world–Charlie’s brother Jake, who went missing thirteen years ago.”
The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno: “A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the father who abandoned him and worthy of the devoted mother who raised him beyond the siren call of the mobster dominated family he grew up in.”
Barnes & Noble Books
The 19th Element by John L. Betcher: “A very realistically portrayed terrorist attack in an unusual setting.”
Twenty-Five Years Ago Today by Stacy Juba: “For twenty-five years, Diana Ferguson’s killer has gotten away with murder. Rookie obit writer and newsroom editorial assistant Kris Langley investigates the cold case of the artistic young cocktail waitress who was obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology.”
The Beekeeper by Juliet Moore: “A trigger-happy young detective becomes immersed in a world of bees and mad honey in order to catch a murderer. Miami homicide detective Elizabeth Stratton knows she’s lucky to still have a job, but she’s tired of only getting the easy cases.”
Blood Feud by JD Nixon: “A seemingly inexplicable and shockingly violent crime in the beautiful rural locale of ‘Little Town’ has devastating personal and professional consequences for its two police officers, Senior Constable Tess Fuller and her partner, Sergeant Finn Maguire.”
The Phoenix Crisis by Richard L. Sanders: “The leaders of the Phoenix Conspiracy are poised to usher in The Hour of Ascension. And it is up to Calvin to expose the conspiracy before the Empire collapses in a firestorm of civil war.”
The Nell Sweeney Historical Mysteries by P.B. Ryan: “This bargain-priced ‘boxed set’ contains all six of P.B. Ryan’s bestselling historical mysteries, originally published by Berkley Prime Crime. Set in post-Civil War Boston, the series features Irish-born governess Nell Sweeney and opium-smoking former battle surgeon Will Hewitt.”
77 Days in September by Ray Gorham: On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his return flight home when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America.
Dead In Red by L.L. Bartlett: “Bartlett presents her second supernatural mystery featuring Jeff Resnick, a down-and-out insurance investigator who acquired hard-to-control psychic powers after sustaining brain injuries in a mugging.”
Blood Ties by JD Nixon: Police officer Tess Fuller has her hands full trying to maintain order in a poorly-resourced small mountain town overrun by the beautiful, arrogant and lawless Bycraft family. And nobody in town has suffered at their hands as much as the Fuller family.
This list was created by collecting the self-published books from four different marketplaces: the “Best Sellers in Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense” list at Amazon, the “Mystery” bestsellers category at Barnes & Noble, the bestselling “Mystery & Detective” category at Smashwords and the paid “Mysteries & Thrillers” category at Apple’s iBookstore.
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