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Five great thrillers for your next getaway

By: Hidden Gems on April 11, 2023

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By: Hidden Gems on April 11, 2023


Spring is in full swing, and if you’re looking for reads to bring with you on your next getaway, we have tales that will thrill you and keep you turning the pages. According to Wikipedia, thriller is a genre of fiction with numerous, often overlapping, subgenres, including crime, horror and detective fiction. Thrillers are characterized and defined by the moods they elicit, giving their audiences heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and anxiety. Today, we’re focusing on five great thrillers that our readers loved, and hope you will, too.

Interpreting Guilt

Interpreting Guilt by Peter Kirkland

With 1000 ratings and a 4.5 star average, clearly loved by many readers, Interpreting Guilt is the third book in the Small Town Lawyer series by Peter Kirkland. The series follows defense attorney Leland Munroe as he defends multiple clients in this thrilling legal series.

Anne M. writes in her five star Amazon review, “I found all three of the cases in this story to be very interesting. All the characters were brought to life. Excellent plots and courtroom drama…”

“This is a really good book and the plotting and pacing are well done…Peter Kirkland is very good at world building and writing convincing characters, and there is a lot of fun banter throughout,” Dorset Reader writes in their five star Amazon review. “Additionally, the villains are well-described without being clichéd. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys exciting legal stories and mysteries.”

Mean Streets

Mean Streets by Bill Runner

With 330+ ratings and a 4.5 star average, Mean Streets is the fourth book in the Axel Blaze Thriller series by Bill Runners. This series is recommended for those who are fans of Jack Reacher or Dirty Harry.

Gary D. raves in his five star Amazon review, “I’ve been a fan of these books ever since I read Blaze Returns. The brutal action and the breakneck speed with which the story moves. The books start with a hint of danger and dive straight into bone crushing action. I was hooked from the first line. A chance encounter at a Manhattan intersection. Bad luck for the bad guys. I finished the novel in one sitting. It had all the action and thrills Axel Blaze thrillers have. Can’t wait for the next one in the series…”

David M. concurs in his five star Amazon review, “…This is non-stop action from beginning to end. Blaze is the hero and he is aptly named…I was captivated by this book and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a gritty, action packed story…”


Unseen by S. E. Green

With 50 ratings and a 4.6 star average, Unseen is the second installment in the Nell Brach series, which follows Detective Nell Brach, a homicide detective, as she works to untangle the grisly murder of a Jane Doe. Readers recommend that you start with the first book in the series, but it’s not necessary.

JASock explains in their five star Amazon review, “Another good book by this author. I read it in one day. This is the second book in the series and I think it may have been a little clearer if I had read the first one…A lot of twists and turns intertwining previous deaths and an innocent man on death row who will be executed within a week. All in all the book is well written. An emotional roller coaster ride. Not the ordinary mystery/thriller. This author writes with vivid imagination.”

“A super, well written murder mystery,” Becky raves in her five star Amazon review. “Interesting characters. I love the way Nell and Vaughn work together to solve this case. Nell’s family dynamics makes for an interesting sub plot. A recommended read…”

Kiss and Kill in Texas

Kiss and Kill in Texas by Russ Hall

With 15 ratings and a 4.5 star average, this is a true hidden gem when it comes to great thrillers. Kiss and Kill in Texas is the eighth book in the Al Quinn series, which follows Al, a retired sheriff, who can’t seem to find peace and quiet in retirement.

A Voracious Reader explains in their five star Amazon review, “Al Quinn’s decision to turn away a musician friend who needed a place to stay for a bit has consequences he didn’t foresee…I love the writing, the world, the characters, and the plot. When I pick up an Al Quinn book, I know I’ll be sucked into a world full of danger, action, mystery, humor, and heart and this book is chock full of them all…”

Coyotecactus concurs in their five star Amazon review, “This book will grasp your attention and hold it throughout the book. A great thriller that definitely has you rooting for the good guys…Can’t wait to read more by this author.”


Deceived by Dena Crawford-Nibler

With 10+ ratings and a 4.6 star average, Deceived is the second book in the Darkest of Portland series and another on the list of great thrillers not yet discovered by the masses. This series follows Xavier Ramos, a private detective, and his friend Calliope King, as they unravel a seemingly open and shut murder case before time runs out.

Dakota M. writes in their five star Amazon review, “…All in all, this was a great follow up to the first book. The plot was interesting, thrilling, and mysterious. I enjoyed the informative aspects of the book, as well as the continued character development. The story is dark, but not particularly graphic or anything. I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here!”

“Whew – I couldn’t out this book down!!” Tanya B concurs in her five star Amazon review. “This is full of suspense and had me guessing until the very end! Worth the sleep I lost while reading it!”

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