Romantic Mystery Books Suggestions

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Romantic Suspense Mysteries

Long ago, the gothic novel was wildly popular. In a gothic, a meek naive young woman comes to stay at a lonely isolated mansion. The mansion is ruled by an autocratic, arrogant, brooding handsome man. At some point in the story, the heroine, in the middle of a violent storm, hears screaming from the attic. She takes a candle and goes alone up the stairs to investigate. Meanwhile the reader is screaming DON’T GO. The hero rescues the sweet young girl from the evil in the attic and pledges his undying devotion.

This type of story fell flat on its face with the rise of women’s liberation. After a decent interval, it was replaced by the modern gothic. In this, the young woman is not so naive. She’s spunky, resourceful, and never goes up dark staircases alone with a candle unless it is absolutely the only option open to her. If she must go, she takes a flashlight, her cell phone and her knowledge of karate.

From the popularity of gothics rose the novel of romantic suspense, in which love and mystery are hopelessly entwined. Beginning in 1943, Phyllis Whitney wrote modern Gothic mysteries aimed at a female audience. From the late 1950s to the early 1970s, Mary Stewart created suspense novels with a pronounced romantic element. Mary Higgins Clark put a new spin on romantic suspense, and created the woman-in-jeopardy novel in the 1970s. The success of the romantic mystery encouraged Harlequin to produce Harlequin Intrigue, a monthly line of romances featuring a mystery story.

Romance Mystery Book Clubs

One way to enjoy romance mystery books is by joining a book club.

Romance Mystery Books

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Decorator Darcy Scott makes a date with a killer through the personal ads of a trendy New York magazine.

Buy Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Books at MysteryBookstore.com

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An English teenage girl and her aunt, traveling in Crete, are refused accommodation at the Hotel Moon-Spinners because the brother of the hotel’s owner is planning a jewel robbery.

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Valentine Mystery Novels

If you are seeking Valentine warmth with a cold chill, seek out these novels:

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Annie and Max find that love, or its lack, can cause complications, like a furious cat and a dead neighbor.

Buy Carolyn Hart Mystery Books at MysteryBookstore.com

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Three buddies take a Valentine’s stroll. They never return, and only two bodies are found.

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[su_amazon_cover_and_button title=”Cave Man’s Valentine by George Green” code=”0446671517″]
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A homeless man in New York City finds a corpse which sends him on a quest.

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Mystery Novels Featuring Love

Birds do it, bees do it, even characters in mystery novels do it… fall in love. Series characters whose lives move forward in each book fall victim to Cupid’s arrow at some point. Try these novels and series for a blue plate of love with a side of murder.

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The Vicky Bliss Series by Elizabeth Peters

Vicky Bliss and John Smith flirt with love and danger through several volumes.

Buy Elizabeth Peters Mystery Books at MysteryBookstore.com

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The Annie Darling Series by Carolyn Hart

Annie Laurance and Max Darling carry on a spirited love affair.

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The Sarah Kelling Series by Charlotte MacLeod

In the sweetness and light category, Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn find true love and live happily ever after.

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The Jenny Cain Series by Nancy Pickard

Jenny’s relationship with police detective Geof Bushfield grows and deepens.

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The Elizabeth MacPherson Series by Sharyn McCrumb

Anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson meets and marries Cameron Dawson.

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The Ellie Haskell Series by Dorothy Cannell

Overweight Ellie Simons falls for chef Ben Haskell.

Buy Dorothy Cannell Mystery Books at MysteryBookstore.com

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After you’ve exhausted the mysteries at this website,
check out these Valentine and romance mystery book suggestions
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