Thriller and mystery are such genres that are loved all over the world. From movies and series to board and online games, these genres have been enjoyed by people of all ages.
However, nothing can top the feeling of reading a good thriller book and the rollercoaster of emotions that come along with it.
If you enjoy the thrill of a good novel, you should get to know some thriller authors. This genre contains several well-known authors who produce detective fiction and crime novels that frequently make the bestseller list.
A stack of books by famous suspense authors is an excellent place to start if you’re looking for a classic “who done it” book or want to delve into the inner workings of the FBI to solve a heinous crime.
Some of the most famous authors include Agatha Cristie, Sidney Sheldon, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Stephen King, among others. However, there are a couple of new writers who put you on the edge of your seat with their novels.
These top 5 thriller and mystery writers are excellent choices if you want to add some gripping books to your “must-read” list.
1. Alice Feeney
Alice Feeney is a contemporary British novelist who writes in the mystery and thriller genres. Feeney worked as a producer and journalist for the BBC for over a decade before becoming a published author.
She began working there at the age of 21 as a producer for One O’clock News, as well as a reporter, news editor, and producer for arts and entertainment programs.
When she was 30, she began writing her first novel, Sometimes I Lie, in her spare time and on the train to work. She enrolled in the Faber Academy writing course and completed the book and the course around the same time.
Fox acquired the television rights to Sometimes I Lie in 2019. It will be a project for a television series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, who happens to be a Feeney fan.
The book was to be adapted by Robin Swicord, with Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman serving as executive producers alongside Gellar and Swicord. Jessica Chastain, Kristen Campo, and Endeavor Content purchased the television rights to His & Hers in 2020.
2. Joe Hill
Joseph Hillström King, also known as Joe Hill, is an American author. Joe Hill was born in 1972 to Tabitha King and Stephen King, both authors.
He was born and raised in Bangor, Maine. Owen King, his younger brother, is also a writer.
Hill chose an abbreviated form of his middle name as his professional surname in 1997 because he wanted to succeed on his own merits rather than as the son of one of the world’s best-selling and most-recognized living novelists.
Hill publicly confirmed his identity in 2007, the year his first novel was published, following an article in Variety the previous year that revealed his identity.
To date, Hill has written dozen of books and has collaborated with his father as well. Heart-Shaped Box (2007), Horns (2010), NOS4A2 (2013), and The Fireman (2016) are among his novels.
His short story collections include 20th Century Ghosts (2005) and Strange Weather (2017). His comic book series Locke & Key was recently adapted by Netflix.
He has received numerous honors, including Bram Stoker Awards, British Fantasy Awards, and an Eisner Award.
3. Karen M. McManus
Karen M. McManus is young adult fiction and mystery author from the United States. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University.
Her first novel, One of Us Is Lying, stayed on the New York Times Bestseller list for over 160 weeks. NBC optioned One of Us Is Lying as a pilot, and the television adaptation premiered on Peacock in October 2021.
4. Seishi Yokomizo
Seishi Yokomizo was a Japanese mystery novelist best known for creating Kosuke Kindaichi, a fictional detective. Yokomizo was born in the Hyogo Prefecture city of Kobe.
While working for the Daiichi Bank, he grew up reading detective stories and published his first story in the popular magazine Shin Seinen in 1921. He earned a pharmacy degree from Osaka Pharmaceutical College (now part of Osaka University) and planned to take over his family’s drug store.
However, he was drawn to Tokyo by his interest in literature and the encouragement of Edogawa Rampo. In 1926, he was hired by the Hakubunkan publishing company.
He resigned as editor-in-chief of several magazines in 1932 to devote himself full-time to writing. Yokomizo was drawn to the literary genre of historical fiction, mainly historical detective novels.
Some of Seishi Yokomizo’s books were translated into English. (Source: Twitter)
While recuperating from tuberculosis in Nagano’s mountains in July 1934, he completed his first novel, Onibi, published in 1935, though the authorities immediately censored parts. Yokomizo, undeterred, followed up on his early success with a second novel, Ningyo Sashichi torimonocho, in 1938–1939.
During WWII, he had difficulty publishing his works and was in severe financial trouble. Soon after World War II ended, his works gained widespread recognition, and he amassed a massive fan base.
He serialized many of his works in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine, focusing solely on popular mystery novels based on the orthodox western detective story format, beginning with Honjin Satsujin Jiken (The Honjin Murders) and Chch Satsujin Jinken (The Chch Murders).
His works influenced many other postwar Japanese mystery writers. Many of his works have been adapted into films. For instance, Kon Ichikawa adapted The Inugami Clan into two films: The Inugami Family in 1976 and The Inugamis in 2006.
5. Ruth Ware
Ruth Ware was born in 1977 in Lewes and grew up there. She majored in English at Manchester University, where she developed an interest in Old and Middle English texts.
Prior to becoming a writer, Ware worked as a waitress, bookseller, and publicist. She also lived in Paris and taught English as a foreign language.
In a Dark, Dark Wood (2015), The Woman in Cabin 10 (2016), The Lying Game (2017), The Death of Mrs. Westaway (2018), The Turn of the Key (2019), One By One (2020), and The It Girl (2022) are among her novels.
Both In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 made the top ten bestseller lists of the Sunday Times and The New York Times in the United Kingdom.