The Scooby Gang, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, Sherlock and Watson . . . solving suspenseful mysteries is always more fun with a little help from your friends and family. If you love mysteries and suspense, you might already be familiar with a few of the books on this list, but, if not, read these books for more fun characters sleuthing.
Hunting Adeline by H. D. Carlton The Diamond - Death walks alongside me, But the reaper is no match for me. I'm trapped in a world full of monsters dressed as men, and those who aren't as they seem. They won't keep me forever. I no longer recognize the person I've become, And I'm fighting to find my way back to the beast who hunts me in the night. They call me a diamond, But they've only created an angel of death. The Hunter - I was born a predator, With ruthlessness ingrained in my bones. When what's mine is stolen from me in the night, Like a diamond hidden within a fortress, I find that I can no longer contain the beast. Blood will paint the ground as I tear apart this world to find her. And bring her back to where she belongs. No one will escape my wrath, Especially not those who have betrayed me. Amazon Goodreads
Rescuing Annie by Susan Stoker Annie Fletcher has known what she’s wanted to do since she was seven years old...a special forces soldier just like her dad. But now that she’s one of the very few women in the ranks of the elite Green Berets, she isn't sure she wants the role anymore. But the last thing she wants to do is disappoint her father. Or his Delta Force teammates, who are all like uncles to her. She wants to live her life with her fiancé, Frankie. Wants to marry him. Wants to stay in one place longer than two years. As complicated as her life is, she’s always had Frankie by her side. And while she might be a badass soldier, Frankie isn't exactly a slouch when it comes to looking out for her…which is a good thing considering the situation they find themselves in while on vacation. (You have all been asking for Annie’s story forever…and here it is! Some have suggested this story should be called Rescuing Frankie…but no matter how accomplished we are, no matter how smart or tough or strong…we all need someone to have our backs, to rescue us when we need it most. Annie is no different. Enjoy!) Amazon Goodreads
The Broken One by Brittney Sahin Fake marry her brother’s best friend to catch a killer . . . sure, what could go wrong? Growing up on a ranch with four older brothers, Ella Mae Hawkins is no stranger to rugged and tough men. But her heart has always belonged to the one man she can’t have. After a secret romantic weekend three years ago with him leaves her broken-hearted, Ella Mae accepts an opportunity to go to Paris and pursue her fashion dreams. It’s supposed to be her chance to get away and start over. Instead, she’s going there with the same stubborn man who claimed he was too dangerous for her—as his fake wife. Jesse McAdams, a former Army Ranger, has spent half his life away from his small hometown, but one thing has always remained true: one woman owns his heart. The problem? She can never know how he really feels. But after their hot weekend in New York, it’s been harder than ever to resist the sassy, headstrong Ella Mae. Especially when they can’t share a room without arguing, which often leads to desire. Joining the team at Falcon Falls Security was supposed to bring the redemption he needs so he can finally be the man Ella Mae deserves. Instead, the fabric of lies he’s woven over time quickly unravels, exposing his secrets, and places a target on the heads of everyone he cares about. Despite her shock over his past, Ella Mae finds herself falling for her brother’s best friend all over again. But this time, the stakes are higher. This time she’s in danger. And the man who put her there is now her husband. Can Jesse protect her and piece Ella’s heart back together . . . or will he shatter it for good? Amazon Goodreads
Juniper Hill by Devney Perry Memphis Ward arrives in Quincy, Montana, on the fifth worst day of her life. She needs a shower. She needs a snack. She needs some sanity. Because moving across the country with her newborn baby is by far the craziest thing she’s ever done. But maybe it takes a little crazy to build a good life. If putting the past behind her requires a thousand miles and a new town, she’ll do it if it means a better future for her son. Even if it requires setting aside the glamour of her former life. Even if it requires working as a housekeeper at The Eloise Inn and living in an apartment above a garage. It’s there, on the fifth worst day of her life, that she meets the handsomest man she’s ever laid eyes on. Knox Eden is a beautiful, sinful dream, a chef and her temporary landlord. With his sharp, stubbled jaw and tattooed arms, he’s raw and rugged and everything she’s never had—and never will. Because after the first worst day of her life, Memphis learned a good life requires giving up on her dreams too. And a man like Knox Eden will only ever be a dream. Amazon Goodreads
Layla by Colleen Hoover When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences. Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them. Amazon Goodreads