This week in Fiction on the eBook Bestseller’s charts there are two main genres vying for space and fighting tooth and claw to get it; Mystery/Thriller/Suspense and Romance.
Taking the top spot this week is Catherine Mckenzie’s, I’ll Never Tell, a story which matches a decades old murder mystery with a family saga. The combination of family issues with murder pops up again and again in the charts, with plenty of characters returning home after a death, often a mysterious murder, has occurred. The characters taking the lead in these books tend to be overwhelmingly women, and often are law enforcement professionals, like detectives (Private and Government), medical examiners, or spies. And spies in particular are taking on the world, fighting to prevent the end of the world, or at least the end of the world as we know it. Daniel Silva has multiple books in the charts which fill these niches. If you want a combination of niches and trends that can’t be beaten in these genres, then you could do a lot worse than having a spy return to an old stomping ground to finish a mystery that has been scratching at them for years.
In a smaller sub-cateogry of the thriller genre, Science-Fiction Thrillers are also doing well with two books reaching for the stars. Pandemic, by A. G. Riddle, and The Price of Time, by Tim Tigner. These definitely come under the Hard Science Fiction banner as the authors show a lot of the science behind their stories.
Doing almost as well as the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense genre, is Romance and the best of the bunch this week is Nicole Snow’s, An Accidental Knight. This book features the old favourite of romance readers, the marriage arranged by will or inheritance, where the feisty heroine is supposed to marry a man of her family’s choosing that she is not too reluctant to be matched up with. Other niches doing well are Sports Romance, with Meghan Quinn’s, The Locker Room hitting high on the charts. As well as this the perennially popular Billionaire Romances and Accidental Baby Romances, both of which have multiple entries in the charts. Interestingly, a lot of the male characters seem to have the point of view more often than is usually the case this week. There are also plenty of romances with power imbalances, whether that comes from Employer/Employee relationships, the hero being in the mafia, or paranormal effects, they’re all doing well by the numbers. Also, following on with something that appears to be a theme for the week, there are a lot of novels with nostalgic airs, the characters looking back and trying to recapture some of that old magic.
Modern Science Fiction and Fantasy classics are also represented on the charts, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, the first Harry Potter novel by J. K. Rowling, and The Fall of Gondolin by J. R. R. Tolkien are all showing off this week. Interestingly, however G. R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is much, much lower on the charts than it has been for a very long time, has the ending of the recent TV show marked the end of it’s conquering of the Bestselling Fiction Charts?
Doing especially well this week is Historical Fiction, with stories coming from mostly the Twentieth Century. From time travel in Ireland with Amy Harmon’s What the Wind Knows, to a biography of Pablo Picasso in The Blue Period: A Novel, by Luke Jerod Kummer, readers are showing an interest in recent history with a focus on settings featuring war or times of political strife. And, as nearly always, no historical novel is complete without a romance or a mystery, meaning that the Historical Romance and Historical Mystery Niches are doing exceptionally well. Perhaps this is because of the trend towards nostalgia which seems to be almost overwhelming the charts this week, as well as the time travel story mentioned above, there are also numerous books featuring people either exploring the pasts of their ancestors, or re-exploring their own pasts. Jamie Ford’s, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel, and The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani are both good examples of this trend.
Going against the trend of Historical Fiction mostly being set in the Twentieth Century is Madeline Miller’s, Circe, which tells the tale of the witch from Ancient Greek Myth.
And finally, Women’s Fiction. Not as predominant as in other weeks, yet still hitting deep into the charts, women’s fiction continues the trend of women leaving their old lives to explore the joys of living for themselves, and not allowing the expectations and wishes of other people to hold them back. City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert is one such example.
So, see anything that surprised you this week? Leave us a comment if we found something that did and see you next time!