Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Trends (July 04, 2021)

Week in Summary

This week there were 43 new books in the Top 100.View them on Amazon.

The median (50th-ranked) book was at Best Sellers Rank 114, increased between 35 and 40% from last week. Half the books in the Top 100 were between ranks 45 and 179.

  • There were 62 standalone books, and 38 books which were in 28 unique series.
  • There were 39 books in KU, and 61 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 Crime(-6), Thriller(-5), School/Academy(3) and Contemporary(3).See the whole list of topics.

Frequent words in titles this week were last(4), mary(3), lost(3) and good(3). See the whole list.


Sales Rank Distribution


Trending in Blurbs

Frequent words in blurbs this week were new(42), life(38), secret(32) and year(32). See the whole list.

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

  • 85 were written in third-person
  • 14 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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