• Patti Loveday

5 Thrillers Where Motive Is the Mystery


When Halloween is right around the corner, we easily slip into the spooky spirit. Many readers try to figure out the best mystery thriller novels to pick up. We could revisit one of those classic mystery novels — rereading our favorite books is good for a thrill — but there’s nothing quite like diving into a new mystery or thriller that you haven’t read before. We love uncovering all of its twists and turns along the way. Enjoy these five thrillers where the motive is the mystery that is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.


An Eye For Murder by Martin Sherwood

Billions of dollars are at stake and they will do whatever it takes to get them. A brilliant egocentric scientist is close to a breakthrough that will make cataract surgery unnecessary. The deadly clinical trial could have gone unnoticed, were it not for Milbert, a naïve medical student, whose grandmother suffers from Alzheimer. She alerts him about the disappearing tenants in her nursing home and says that she might be the next on the murderous list. As Milbert begins his own investigation and gets closer to unveiling the plot, he understands that he has only one shot at stopping the murder of more innocent people, but it could cost him his own life.

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Outbreak (Surviving the Virus #1) by Ryan Casey

A deadly virus. A society out of control. Who will survive the outbreak? It all happens without warning. People drop dead in the streets. Violence erupts. As the government desperately struggles to control the outbreak, survivors battle for supplies and shelter in a terrifying new world. Noah is in the city center when the chaos strikes. Stranded in town and surrounded by panic and hysteria, he has no choice but to battle back to his flat. But will he make it through a city that is rapidly losing control?

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The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith

Decades of spiraling drug resistance have unleashed a global antibiotic crisis. Ordinary infections are untreatable: a scratch from a pet can kill. A sacrifice is required to keep the majority safe: no one over seventy is allowed new antibiotics. The elderly are sent to hospitals nicknamed ‘The Waiting Rooms.’ Hospitals where no one ever gets well.

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Elsewhere by Dean Koontz

Ed entrusts Jeffy with hiding a strange and dangerous object—something he calls “the key to everything”—and tells Jeffy that he must never use the device. But after a visit from a group of ominous men, Jeffy and Amity find themselves accidentally activating the key and discovering an extraordinary truth. The device allows them to jump between parallel planes at once familiar and bizarre, wondrous, and terrifying. And Jeffy and Amity can’t help but wonder, could Michelle be just a click away? Jeffy and Amity aren’t the only ones interested in the device. A man with a dark purpose is in pursuit, determined to use its grand potential for profound evil. Unless Amity and Jeffy can outwit him, the place they call home may never be safe again.

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No Bridge Uncrossed: Collection of Mysteries and Suspense Thrillers by Veronica Mixon

Vivid and emotionally complex, the No Bridge Uncrossed collection captures the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope. The longing for family, the resilience of the human heart, and the courage it takes to forgive the ones we love.

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Homemade Apple Cider This is a set it and forget it crockpot recipe.

  • Place everything in the slow cooker.

  • Add water. Use enough to cover the fruit.

  • Cook. 6-7 hours on low heat, 3 hours on high heat.

  • Mash the fruits. Take a giant spoon and begin mashing up all those warm apples and oranges. (At this point, they’ll be super soft.)

  • Simmer. Allow this liquid mash to simmer for another hour.

  • Strain. Use a fine-mesh sieve to strain the cider.

That’s it! No slow cooker? Use a large stockpot instead. Place all ingredients into your pot and bring everything to a simmer. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 2 hours. Continue with mashing the fruit, cooking for an additional hour, and straining as instructed.

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