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20 Essential Voices in Christian Suspense Fiction

Updated on November 22, 2013

Top Christian Suspense, Mystery and Thriller Authors

Here are some favorite Christian authors who write suspense fiction with a Christian worldview -- including mysteries, thrillers and romantic suspense. Whether you prefer heart-pounding thrillers or puzzle-worthy whodunits, you're bound to find some compelling reads from the authors below.

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With more than 25 years as a novelist, New York Times best-selling author Terri Blackstock has sold more than six million copies of her books worldwide. She started out writing for the general market, until a 1994 "spiritual awakening" inspired her to move into writing for the Christian market. Besides entertaining her readers, Terri tackles issues that she hopes will change lives.

"Suspense novels are a great backdrop for showing common, ordinary people in great mortal danger because of evil coming against them," the author told Crosswalk.com. "As my characters grow closer to Christ, through danger and trials, I hope light bulbs will come on for my readers, and that they'll be challenged to a closer walk with Him."

Terri Blackstock Videos

Internationally-acclaimed author Davis Bunn has sold more than six million books in sixteen languages. Davis is equal parts writer, scholar, teacher, and sportsman. A sought-after speaker in the art of writing, Davis serves as Writer In Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University.

"My primary goal is to entertain and inspire in equal measure," the author told FamilyFiction.com. "I want to give an engrossing read that is powered by my passion for God."

Davis Bunn Videos

Brandilyn Collins is an award-winning and best-selling novelist, writing her trademarked Seatbelt Suspense®--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith.

"In my Seatbelt Suspense® brand, I promise my readers fast-faced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith," she told ParchmentGirl.com. "Bottom line, I’m an entertainer. I want to thrill readers through my stories. If I don’t thrill them, if I don’t keep them turning pages, they won’t finish the book—and will never hear the underlying theme."

Brandilyn Collins Videos

Ted Dekker is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have sold millions of copies around the world. His thrillers combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.

"I write to discover, and I write in a way that will help other people to discover with me," he told Goodreads. "I'm totally obsessed with the issue of love and human nature. Why it is that we destroy each other. Why it is that we hurt each other. That's the cloth that all great thrillers are cut from."

Ted Dekker Videos

Mike Dellosso writes novels of suspense for both the mind and the soul -- to both entertain and challenge. He also writes family dramas under the pseudonym, Michael King. In addition to his novels he's written for periodicals, websites, and is a regular conference teacher and speaker.

"My faith is an integral part in all I do—it’s who I am—and writing is no different," Mike told The Suspense Zone. "I pay careful attention to the faith message in all my books. I try to work the message seamlessly into the story by revealing it through the lives of the characters rather as some separate strand of the story that I later insert."

Mike Dellosso Videos

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Eric Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of Fireproof as well as eight suspense novels, including Dark to Mortal Eyes and The Best of Evil. His fiction explores earth's tension between heaven and hell.

"Story is story," Eric told The Big Thrill. "If I remove any faith elements, I still better have a great story, otherwise it's a sermon. And who wants that in a novel? Not me. I write to raise as many questions as I seek to answer. Life is a mystery, and I love to explore that-the ethical quandaries, the moral dilemmas."

Eric Wilson Videos

Chris Well writes laugh-out-loud crime and mystery fiction. Fascinated with stories from a young age, Chris always knew he wanted to write. Following a lengthy tangent during which he became an award-winning writer and editor for magazines and newspapers (which, of course, is still "writing"), he published his first novel in 2005. His latest fiction includes the crime comedy Too Good to be Truman and the Earl Walker Mysteries. He and his wife make their home in Tennessee.

"My job is to tell a story, and let the faith elements just bubble up naturally into that," Chris told TitleTrakk.com. "When I don't actively shove my faith into the story, the end result is much more powerful."

Chris Well Videos

Christian Suspense - Selected Titles #4

Alice Goes the Way of the Maya (Watch Alice Go! series Book 1)
Alice Goes the Way of the Maya (Watch Alice Go! series Book 1)

The Mayan Apocalypse? Bosh! Alice Brimble is a 70-year-old adventurer with no time for such crazy talk as she and her young assistant head to Central America -- and are caught up in government conspiracies and end-of-the-age hijinks.

 
The Kansas City Blues Trilogy
The Kansas City Blues Trilogy

Now available in one volume: Three rollicking, religious crime novels about forgiveness, opportunism, and (not quite) the end of the world.

 

Looking for even more? Click thru to the "Suspense Authors" section at FamilyFiction.com for authors pages to find more than 200 profile pages for Christian authors who write suspense, mysteries, and thrillers. Find their latest books, news, feature interviews, trailers and more!

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      Great list of writers and books!! My favorite Christian genre writer is Nancy Mehl.

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      christopherwell 5 years ago

      @lollyj lm: Thank you, lollj! I plan to build a lens soon that will include Nancy Mehl with several other authors.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      These are awesome! I have read all of Frank Peretti's books. He is one of my all time favorite authors. I have also read all of the Ronie Kendig books and they are among the best books I have ever read. I have read at one of the books of most of the other authors you have listed here and I agree with you. They are excellent writers. Colleen Coble is a newer author for me to read, but I like what I have read so far and I look forward to adding more of her books to my collection.

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      Meryl van der Merwe 5 years ago from USA

      I have read quite a few Davis Bunn books and Ted Dekker's teen books. Most of these I had never heard of.

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      glowchick 5 years ago

      Great list! I have read a lot of Peretti books, but it looks like I have a lot more reading to do;)

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I've read the entire "Left Behind" series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. I always wish I had more time for reading fiction when I see great lists like this!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There's nothing like a Good book that keeps the Suspense going!

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      Light-in-me 5 years ago

      Very interesting, I will have to check some of these out.

      Nice work,

      Robin :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't get to do much reading other than on Squidoo these days but I certainly would enjoy sampling the works of your 25 essential voices in Christian suspense fiction.

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      christopherwell 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I will have to check some of these out.

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      healthandsick 5 years ago

      interesting lens

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i agree with tipi. my world revolves only around hotmail and squidoo. first thing i check in my computer is the hotmail, then squidoo. got lots of second hand books but i need more than 24 hrs to accomplish my tasks.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      If I ever find more time to read, I will come back and check these out. Nice resource.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thx for the thumbs up =)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent list of choices to recommend that the local library purchase. (Most libraries have a larger book purchasing budget than I have.) This lens is like one-stop shopping. Great!

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      staciewalker lm 5 years ago

      I love to read. This is a very informative lens. Thank you for sharing this information.

      Stacie Walker

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I love discovering new authors. I'll be trying out these books. Great lens.

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      Great list of books to read... thanks!

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I love Ted Dekker! There are so many good Christian novels to choose from!

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Thanks for this lens. I used to work for a Christian bookstore and would write reviews for books; I always jumped at the chance to tackle a thriller. You've updated me on more authors I wasn't aware of that I'll add to my reading list. I love Dekker, Peretti, Downs, James, Bunn and Singer especially, from your list.

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      I never knew these type of books existed. Thanks for the exposure. Great lens.

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      James M Becher 4 years ago from South Florida

      Thanks for this lens. I had no idea there were so many well known Christian authors.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'd like to get my name on that list, too. http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005HHZFR4

      Thanks, Ernie

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      the_genteel_reader 4 years ago

      Hi Chris Well! I recognized your name from the Earl Walker mysteries you write and have included them on my list of clean reads website http://www.comfycozybooks.com, per the recommendation of another mystery reader. Thanks for posting this list and I look forward to reading more lenses from you on Christian Fiction!

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      christopherwell 4 years ago

      @the_genteel_reader: Thank you! :)

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      christopherwell 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi, Ernie - thanks for your interest. However, with nearly 200 authors in this category, you can see why I would want to draw the line somewhere. :)

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      christopherwell 4 years ago

      @James M Becher: You're welcome! You can actually find more than 800 Christian fiction authors here http://www.familyfiction.com/authors/ :)

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      KandH 4 years ago

      What a great resource - thanks for sharing!

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      Digory LM 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this lens. I think Peretti may be the best of our time. I would definitely put Bodie Thoene on this list and remove Jenkins. I've only read the Left Behind series, but thought it was very poorly constructed.

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      Carol 4 years ago from Arkansas

      I am so excited to find this lens! I am always looking for good Christian literature and I love mysteries! I will be back often.

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