QUIZ: What Kind of Mystery Reader Are You?

Summer is finally here! And while beach reads may be all the rage right now, it’s also a great time to crack the spine on a new suspense title. But with so many great novels and many different subgenres, it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start. Here is a quiz and a few reading recommendations based on each suspense-reader profile!

Don’t know which profile you are? Take the What Kind of Mystery Reader Are You? quiz to find out and then scroll down to learn more!



Thriller Reader

A methodical, predictable read isn’t for you. You love books that you simply can’t put down, and the bigger the twist at the end, the better. You want something that is completely exhilarating, a book that makes your pulse pound. You love to try to figure out what will happen next, but you are most drawn to the books that keep you guessing.

The Drowning Girls 9780778318378_9d390Recommended Reads:

Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

The Drowning Girls by Paula Treick DeBoard

The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner

Normal by Graeme Cameron

The Undoing by Averil Dean


Nordic Crime Reader

You are a global traveler, if not physically then certainly through your literary adventures. You love to read books that transport you to another place, and you find Scandinavian countries particularly fascinating. You think Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series is one of the best you have ever read, and you thoroughly enjoy international crime TV series such as The Killing, Borgen, Wallander, The Bridge and Those Who Kill.

MARKED FOR LIFE 9780778319566_a0b2aRecommended Reads:

Marked for Life by Emelie Schepp

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø

The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler-Olsen



Police Procedural Reader

You’re all about the whodunit. You’re a voracious reader, and you love stories told from the investigators’ perspectives as they comb through evidence to find a cold-blooded killer. You are part of the dedicated viewership that keeps police-procedural TV shows such as CSI, NCIS, Law & Order and Criminal Minds running forever. In another life, you’re sure you’d be the best detective the FBI has ever had.

FIELD OF GRAVES 9780778318927_548d8Recommended Reads:

Field of Graves by J.T. Ellison

Free Fall by Rick Mofina

The Crossing by Michael Connelly

14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson



Psychological Suspense Reader

Psychological suspense readers love to be shocked! You love books told from multiple perspectives that jump to different periods in time. You find unreliable narrators fascinating, especially when their perspectives start to blur and contradictions appear. You want to read books that challenge what you think you know and always end with a satisfying surprise or twist that you honestly couldn’t guess until it happened (and you definitely tried!). While you are certainly interested in the who, it is really the why that keeps you turning pages.

Kubica 9780778319054_BB_RHC_PRDRecommended Reads:

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins



Romantic Suspense Reader

Romantic suspense readers want a little more to the story. Puzzling out the mystery is certainly your first priority, but you also enjoy a little romance to spice things up. Whether the romance is between two protagonists or an essential part of the plot, you flock to novels that have the perfect mixture of nail-biting suspense and a featured love interest.

LIAR'S KEY 9780778319115_proofRecommended Reads:

Seized by Elizabeth Heiter

Flawless by Heather Graham

Liar’s Key by Carla Neggers

Black Ice by Anne Stuart

Darkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks




So, what kind of mystery reader are you? Share with us in the comments below!

    Brandie Kirk

    Brandie Kirk is a Marketing Assistant at MIRA. An avid genre-reader, most of her purses have one broken strap from carrying around too many hardcover books. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book you can find her on the rugby pitch, snuggling with her dog Cooper, or knocking over yet another cup of tea.

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    6 Responses to “QUIZ: What Kind of Mystery Reader Are You?”

    1. Marta Hartman

      I am a mix of police procedures, psychological suspense and romantic thriller reader! I read Carla Neggars, James Patterson, Iris Johanson, Michael Connelly, Heather Graham, Sandra Brown, Kendra Elliot, Melinda Leigh to name a few!

    2. P.J. Coldren

      According to the quiz, I’m a police procedural kind of reader. I, however, read for review for an on-line site and therefore I read just about any kind of crime fiction. If it’s well-written, I will like it. Even the most technically correct police procedural won’t hold my attention if the writing is bad. So I read within all the genres listed, and almost certainly a few that are not.

    3. Esther Whatley

      I love them all except romantic suspense. If someone gives me one, I try to read it and skip over the romantic parts but I usually stop trying halfway into it and give it to someone else.

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