Bella Wright

Bella Wright blogs about books, film and media.

Resurrection Walk, a Feast for Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer Fans

The Bottom Line: A literary feast that brings together fans of Connolly’s Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer book series. The great tragedy of Michael Connelly’s otherwise high-quality Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer streaming series is that they exist in a television universe where Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller are not related (presumably due to the two series being on competing networks). Thankfully, Connolly has given us Resurrection Walk […]

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Best Thriller Books of 2023

Thriller Book Awards: The 2024 BestThrillers.com Book Awards Are Accepting Submissions

The 2024 edition of the BestThrillers.com Book Awards, the world’s only thriller book award series specifically devoted to recognizing amazing mystery and thriller novels across 15 popular sub-genres, is now accepting submissions. This year, seventy-six (76) deserving authors will be recognized for their outstanding achievements in fiction writing. The 2024 Overall Book of the Year Winner will receive $1000 in cash, our gold-and-black award seal

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Book Marketing Strategies 2024: What Publishers and Authors Say Works Now

How are mysteries and thrillers being marketed today? To find out, we surveyed 913 authors, publishers and publicists representing mystery and thriller titles. In our third such survey over the past five years, we’ve seen some striking shifts in strategies, tactics and perceptions of the market.  In today’s crowded marketplace, the key to standing out amidst the millions of titles published each year lies in

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Jackrabbit and the Beast, a Magical Mystery Novel by Bre Garcia

The Bottom Line:  A winning blend of mystery and magical realism. One of the most original PI novels in recent memory.  Set in Tucson, Jackrabbit and the Beast opens as private investigator Jernimo Velasquez is marking the one-month anniversary of the funeral of his girlfriend, Laura. Vel, as friends call him, is working through his grief by making out with Laura’s girlfriend’s best friend, Shoua. Vel and Shoua both

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The Well, an Exhilarating Spy Thriller by R. Chapman Wesley

The Bottom Line: An exhilarating spy thriller that successfully blends myth, science, espionage and magic.  Russian scientist Professor Anatoly Popov, described as a bit of a swashbuckler, has been on a quest for perfect health his entire life. He first encountered the legend of The Well while studying Kung Fu in a Taoist temple. What if a scientific breakthrough, based on a Chinese legend, could

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Shitamachi Scam, a Stunning Crime Thriller by Michael Pronko

The Bottom Line: A stunning crime thriller in which the brilliant, fussy Detective Hiroshi deftly unravels a truly masterful criminal enterprise.   Michael Pronko’s newest Detective Hiroshi novel finds the brilliant police investigator — who is typically more comfortable behind a desk – taking to the streets in a deadly undercover sting operation.  Hiroshi watches as the intended target, an elderly woman named Ueno, is accosted outside

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Far Out, a Hilarious Crime Caper by Khaled Talib

The Bottom Line: A pacey and hilarious crime caper that will thrill fans of David Wong and Janet Evanovich.   Hollywood movie star Goldie Saint Helen isn’t herself after an accident on the Pacific Coast Highway. Unable to remember her real identity, she believes she’s living in the 1960s as a hippie detective who must save a teenage girl from a wild CIA drug experiment (it’s

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THE GIRLS IN THE CABIN, One of the Year’s Best Thrillers

Haunted by the tragic death of his wife, Chris McKenna retreats to the Rocky Mountains on a backpacking trip with his two young daughters in a bid to try and reconnect with them. When an early-season snowstorm drives them to seek shelter on an isolated farm, the family must contend with the people who reside there who are not at all what they seem. They

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The Brussels Connection, a Sophisticated Terrorism Thriller by Terence Hamilton

The Bottom Line: A character-rich terrorism thriller that awes with its sophisticated explorations of extremism, liberal values, foreign policy and martyrdom. Recommended for fans of Alex Berenson.  The Brussels Connection opens as Ibrahim, an Islamic State bomber of Moroccan heritage, rides the metro. He’s carrying ten liters of hydrogen peroxide in his backpack intended as part of the cocktail for an airport bombing. While on

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Holly, a Politically-Charged Horror Novel by Stephen King

The Bottom Line: Fans of King’s hugely successful Mr. Mercedes series may cheer Holly’s return to the King universe, but only if they’re ready to revisit the divisive political discourse of the COVID era. People are disappearing from a small New England town, and the bloodthirsty perpetrators are about the last people you’d expect. Named for the character at its core, Stephen King completed the

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