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Self Published Mystery & Thriller Bestsellers in May 2013

Looking for a good mystery or thriller this weekend? Find more independently published mysteries and thrillers in our monthly list below…

Our weekly self-published bestsellers list is often dominated by the popular genres of romance and erotica. In an effort to help GalleyCat readers find other kinds of independent authors, we will offer regular genre-focused bestseller lists–highlighting three top books from four different marketplaces.

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Mystery & Thriller Self-Published Bestsellers List for April 2013

Amazon Books

Brothers and Bones by James Hankins: ”Charlie Beckham is a rising star among federal prosecutors until, on the morning of the most important court day of his career, a deranged homeless man turns Charlie’s life upside with a single word. He calls Charlie by a secret nickname known by only one other person in the world–Charlie’s brother Jake, who went missing thirteen years ago.”

CyberStorm by Matthew Mather: “Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters start appearing on the world’s news networks.”

Into Danger by Gennita Low: ”A tough Navy Seal with a reputation for efficiency, Steve McMillan has heard all the stories about the “world’s most glamorous assassin.” But nothing prepared him for the goddess in tight black leather who now stands before him. Marlena is his new assignment — his superiors in the shadow world of secret missions want him to get information and then turn her over.”

 

Barnes & Noble Books

When Danger Calls by Terry Odell: “Overview If someone asks single mother Frankie Castor to clear a room, she’ll smile and find a vacuum cleaner. Ryan Harper uses a gun. Can they work together when their lives depend on it?”

A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes: “June discovers she was born into a family of psychics, and her homeopathic cures truly are magical. Unfortunately, they are not magical enough to save her from being the number one murder suspect when a member of the community that she had just had a disagreement with shows up face down in the lake with June’s lucky charm in the victim’s grasp.”

Electing To Murder by Roger Stelljes: “Ruthless killers…grizzly deaths…escalating stakes… A clandestine late night meeting in Kentucky, a murder in a seedy St. Paul motel, a mysterious investigator operating in the shadows and dueling political masterminds all collide to provide Mac McRyan with the ultimate test.”

 

Smashwords Books

Blood Sport by JD Nixon ”At first glance, the small mountain settlement of ‘Little Town’ seems a peaceful rural haven, but police officers Tess Fuller and Finn Maguire are kept fully occupied trying to maintain some order amongst the huge feral Bycraft family. Can they recapture fugitive Red Bycraft before he hunts down Tess? And what is it exactly that those bikies are doing at their secret retreat?”

Deadly Benefits by Ryn Pitts: “When a patient dies unexpectedly in a Fargo hospital, the medical center goes into a defensive tailspin. Heli Harri, a savvy pharmacist and headstrong Finn, is accused of a fatal error while senior physician Dr. Lavelle condemns another lapse in hospital safety. But a tangle of evidence points to murder, revealing the best and worst of those to whom we entrust our health and our lives.”

The Phoenix Rising    by Richard L. Sanders: “As the most serious threat ever facing the galaxy now looms over them, Calvin and his crew continue their mission to expose the dark conspiracy haunting the Empire. Now a fugitive on the run, Calvin has no choice but to work alongside Raidan’s mysterious Organization. And form an alliance with a misfit band of fair-weather friends. Meanwhile ships are vanishing and murders are going unnoticed.”

 

Apple Books

Electing To Murder by Roger Stelljes: “A clandestine late night meeting in Kentucky, a murder in a seedy St. Paul motel, a mysterious investigator operating in the shadows and dueling political masterminds all collide to provide Mac McRyan with the ultimate test in ELECTING TO MURDER.”

77 Days in September by Ray Gorham: On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his return flight home when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America.

Blood Ties by JD Nixon: “Police officer Tess Fuller has her hands full trying to maintain order in a poorly-resourced small mountain town overrun by the beautiful, arrogant and lawless Bycraft family. And nobody in town has suffered at their hands as much as the Fuller family.”

 

This list was created by collecting the self-published books from four different marketplaces: the “Best Sellers in Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense” list at Amazon, the “Mystery” bestsellers category at Barnes & Noble, the bestselling “Mystery & Detective” category at Smashwords and the paid “Mysteries & Thrillers” category at Apple’s iBookstore.

What do you think? If you believe your book should (or should not) be included in our rankings, feel free to email GalleyCat with your concerns.

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