Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Trends (February 15, 2021)

Week in Summary

This week there were 42 new books in the Top 100.View them on Amazon.

The median (50th-ranked) book was at Best Sellers Rank 176, decreased between 10 and 15% from last week. Half the books in the Top 100 were between ranks 72 and 244.

  • There were 46 standalone books, and 54 books which were in 44 unique series.
  • There were 61 books in KU, and 39 wide.
  • There were 59 books published by an imprint of a major traditional publisher, and 41 books estimated to be independent or self-published.

Trending topic tags this week were Police(11), Crime(8), Detective(8) and Mystery(-8).See the whole list of topics.

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


Sales Rank Distribution


Trending in Blurbs

Frequent words in blurbs this week were new(41), life(39), year(32) and secret(29). See the whole list.

Blurbs had a median of 11 sentences across 4 paragraphs. Text analysis of the blurbs in the Top 100 suggests:

  • 88 were written in third-person
  • 12 were written in first-person
  • 1 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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