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20 Essential Voices in Christian Suspense Fiction
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."
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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."
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Brandilyn Collins is an award-winning and best-selling novelist, writing her trademarked Seatbelt SuspenseÂ®--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith.
"In my Seatbelt SuspenseÂ® 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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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.
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!