Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Trends (April 11, 2021)

Week in Summary

This week there were 39 new books in the Top 100.View them on Amazon.

The median (50th-ranked) book was at Best Sellers Rank 201, decreased between 15 and 20% from last week. Half the books in the Top 100 were between ranks 93 and 279.

  • There were 57 standalone books, and 43 books which were in 36 unique series.
  • There were 40 books in KU, and 60 wide.
  • There were 57 books published by an imprint of a major traditional publisher, and 43 books estimated to be independent or self-published.

Trending topic tags this week were Police(6), Organized Crime(5), Mystery(-4) and Thriller(-3).See the whole list of topics.

Frequent words in titles this week were dark(5), psychological(4), other(3) and girl(3). See the whole list.


Sales Rank Distribution


Trending in Blurbs

Frequent words in blurbs this week were new(46), secret(38), life(36) and year(33). See the whole list.

Blurbs had a median of 16 sentences across 5 paragraphs. Text analysis of the blurbs in the Top 100 suggests:

  • 87 were written in third-person
  • 11 were written in first-person
  • 0 of the first-person blurbs had more than one point of view

Setting vs Character in Blurbs

In this plot, each dot is a blurb. The percentages show how much of each blurb is about characters, and how much is about setting and events. Neither is better than the other, but this plot shows us whether blurbs in the Top 100 are mostly about one or the other, or a mixture.

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