Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Trends (January 09, 2021)

Week in Summary

This week there were 40 new books in the Top 100.View them on Amazon.

The median (50th-ranked) book was at Best Sellers Rank 186, decreased between 10 and 15% from last week. Half the books in the Top 100 were between ranks 102 and 258.

  • There were 51 standalone books, and 49 books which were in 39 unique series.
  • There were 63 books in KU, and 37 wide.
  • There were 62 books published by an imprint of a major traditional publisher, and 38 books estimated to be independent or self-published.

Trending topic tags this week were School/Academy(-7), Police(-6), Thriller(4) and Detective(-4).See the whole list of topics.

Frequent words in titles this week were world(4), last(4), psychological(4) and secret(4). See the whole list.


Sales Rank Distribution


Trending in Blurbs

Frequent words in blurbs this week were new(52), life(50), secret(42) and family(35). See the whole list.

Blurbs had a median of 14 sentences across 4 paragraphs. Text analysis of the blurbs in the Top 100 suggests:

  • 89 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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