5 Amazing Mystery Authors You’ve Never Heard Of

Who doesn’t know John Grisham?  Or Stephen King?  These are authors who are known worldwide.  Their books are on the best-seller list as soon as they come out. There are thousands and thousands of great authors out there, and just because you have never heard of them, doesn’t mean they aren’t worth a read.  Here are 5 authors you’ve never heard of that you should put on your must read list.


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Before I go into these 5 authors, I should mention I found each one on Kindle Unlimited. If you are a confirmed bookaholic like me, Kindle Unlimited is a God send. Over a  million titles to choose from, all for ten bucks a month and some even include free audible! Seriously a book worm’s dream.

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Robert Dugoni

Robert Dugoni is a newer find for me, and like any good bookaholic I binge read the first series I discovered.

The Tracy Crosswhite series hooked me from the first book. A strong female character that felt real and not overplayed along with a good plot that kept me guessing, kept me reading and reading (and reading).  I liked it so much that I have already pre-ordered the fourth book in the series.

Since discovering the Tracy Crosswhite series, I moved on to Mr. Dugoni’s new novel “The 7th Canon”.  This one is a legal drama that rivals John Grisham. Robert Dugoni grabs you in the first chapter and doesn’t let you go, but not always how you would imagine.  In this one a parrot singing the tune from The Andy Griffith show in open court made me settle in to read the whole book in one sitting.


Karen Macinerney

This is one of those authors who can really surprise you.  Ms. Macinerney started with cozy bed and breakfast mysteries set at The Grey Whale Inn.  These are the kind of books you curl up with on a cold rainy day.

The Grey Whale Inn is located on an island off the coast of Maine and protagonist Natalie Barnes had ditched her old life in Texas and sank her life savings into this little bed and breakfast.  Lots of cozy characters and great recipes.  Even though each book deals with a murder of some kind, they always left me smiling and wanting to bake one of the delicious treats in the book.

Now comes the surprise.  Since I was broke and jonesing for another book to read, I searched Kindle Unlimited for Karen Macinerney and found a book called “Mothers Day Out” it was a new series by Ms. Macinerney and since I loved her other series, I decided I would give it a try.

I was laughing out loud and reading my husband excerpts as I went.  A housewife private investigator that has a transvestite for a husband and a boss who has no problem bending the laws a little. So drastically different than her other series, this book is the only book that has ever inspired me to leave an Amazon review.  Ever.  It was that good.

Karen Macinerney has done well and not all of her books are still available on Kindle Unlimited, so grab the ones that are still available quickly, before the rest of the

Steve Robinson

Steve Robinson mixes genealogy, history, modern science and good old fashion mystery into tales for the ages. His characters are well-rounded and relatable and his plots are well researched.  I learn something every time I read one of his books. (Yes I am one of those geeks who Googles stuff while I read) I never knew genealogy could be so interesting!

Robinson’s books will give you a good mystery and will have you searching your own history for mystery long after you put the book down. You can find the first 5 books in his Jefferson Tayte series right here.  As of this writing four of five of these books are still available on Kindle Unlimited, grab them before everyone else discovers how good these books are.

Layton Green

Layton Green is the author of the Dominic Grey series, another series that sent me on a reading binge that kept my family wondering if they were doomed to eat pizza and ramen for the rest of their lives. I am completely addicted to this series, action packed, unknown religions, CIA complications, international law and a professor addicted to absinthe. I mean, what else could you ask for?

This is another series that makes me geek out and google while I read.  You will learn a lot about religion,  be on edge during the gun fights and you might even book a ticket to Harare, Zimbabwe before you finish the series.

As of this writing, all 4 books in the series are available on Kindle Unlimited.

Ellen Crosby

Wine and mystery, add a little chocolate while you read and you have a trifecta.  Murder abounds at this beautiful Virginia winery.  Complete with maps, historical references and the ghosts of confederates past.  These wine country mysteries put you right in the middle of Virginia wine country.

I almost didn’t include Ms. Crosby because she has made a pretty good name for herself and is sadly no longer available on Kindle Unlimited.  But I did find her there, and did get to read a few of her titles for free.

These mysteries are a little bit cozy, a little bit Virginia old money and a little bit woman takes on the world.

If you have a little bit of money to spare, check out Ms. Crosby’s wine series, you won’t be disappointed.

And now I am off to read all the great books I found while finding the links for this post, gotta get my fix.

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  1. Danielle McQuillen

    November 28, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Hey there! Along this ilk, if you’d like another kind of fun mystery series set in a quiet place like Maine, have you heard of the Home Repair is Homicide series by Sarah Graves? She puts little handy tips in the books and the stories are fun.

    1. Michele Cook

      November 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      I haven’t heard of Sarah Graves before but it sounds like something I would like. I just grabbed the first book in her series. Thanks for the tip! I think my family has enough Thanksgiving leftovers to hold out for at least a day or two 🙂

  2. Connie@essentiallybroken.com

    May 16, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I love kindle unlimited, I have found sime great authors on there. Another great mystery write is T.R. Ragan, the Lizzie Gardner series is amazing. Thanks for letting people know about these great authors.

    1. Michele Cook

      May 16, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks Connie,
      I agree that T.R. Ragan is great. Her recent novella series was awesome, I was chomping at the bit by the time the last one came out. Great addition to my list, Michele

  3. Cynthia

    October 25, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Ellen Crosby’s wine series is fantastic. I also like her new series that includes “Ghost Image” and “Multiple Exposure.” So many mysteries so little time for reading.

    1. Michele Cook

      October 26, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Ohhh I didn’t know she had a new series out. I have some Kindle credit that needs burning. Thanks for the heads up Cynthia!

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