Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Trends (March 06, 2022)



Week in Summary

This week there were 48 new books in the Top 100.View them on Amazon.

The median (50th-ranked) book was at Best Sellers Rank 173, increased between 10 and 15% from last week. Half the books in the Top 100 were between ranks 94 and 275.

  • There were 68 standalone books, and 32 books which were in 31 unique series.
  • There were 55 books in KU, and 45 wide.
  • There were 52 books published by an imprint of a major traditional publisher, and 48 books estimated to be independent or self-published.

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

Frequent words in titles this week were gripping(4), psychological(3), dead(3) and death(2). See the whole list.


Sales Rank Distribution


Frequent words in blurbs this week were new(51), life(39), year(39) and secret(32). See the whole list.

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

  • 83 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.