This week in the Fiction Best Selling Charts, Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller are winning the race to fill the charts. Up second is Historical Fiction, and third is Romance. However, even within these categories there are plenty of niches and trends to look deeper into, so let’s get started!
First up, Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller Novels. This genre really has all but taken over the chart this week, there are so many books in this category that it is easy to pick out the individual trends that readers are going for. First is the Darker Mystery, the ones that rely more on the Thriller and Suspense parts of the name to tell their tales. These books typically have a Detective as their main protagonist, with lots of Police and Forensic knowledge on show. The murder is usually quite graphic and bloody, and serial killers abound. In contrast, Cozy Mysteries, which is the other big trend of the week tends to have as a main character someone who is not a professional Crime Solver, the settings are usually small towns, and the killer will be murdering to keep a secret or further a plan, rather than for the sheer joy of it, as is the case in many Darker Mysteries. Many of these books take place in an idealised or nostalgic view of the past. One trend that is doing very well within this category is that of Classic Mysteries, books by Agatha Christie and Rex Stout are both selling well, and books that mimic their style in storytelling and covers also seem to be doing well. So, that’s something to keep an eye on for any Mystery Writers out there.
This week Historical Fiction has also been selling very well. World War 2 still manages to pull most of the attention, with the lives and horrors experienced by the victims of the Nazi Regime gaining a lot of attention. This week much of the readers’ focus seems to be on life in the Camps and the lives of those who survived. Books such as Auschwitz Lullaby, by Mario Escobar, and Ayse Kulin’s, Without a Country, are prime examples of this. Elsewhere in the charts, the focus seems to be more on the early Twentieth Century, with a particular focus on the lives of wealthy women, and the fight for Women’s Suffrage, such as in Karen Harper’s, American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt, which is a fictionalised version of the real woman’s life.
This week Romance is also doing well. Some of the stories reaching high points on the chart are more on the Women’s Fiction side of the spectrum, the Romance is one of many plot lines in a book focused on a woman rediscovering herself and making choices to change her life for the better. However, a lot of the other books are instead closer to the Erotica side of the spectrum. These books tend to have high levels of heat and little plot lines outside of the relationship. In these books there are several trends that people are finding popular, Mafia Romances, Second Chance Romances, and a general preference for Darker Themes to be prevalent. There is also a little Historical Romance tucked into the tail end of the chart, helping to link two of the most popular trends of the week.
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