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My Top 5 Kindle Singles Mystery Reading List

Updated on February 9, 2016

Kindle Singles Reading List

Not too long ago, I created a lens for a wonderful summer vacation where I spend it on my couch reading my pick of Top 10 Mystery Books of Summer 2012. When I started reading (I cheated - I started reading before my vacation started), I noticed that my first book on the list was a Kindle Single I didn't know what it was, but, of course, I was going to read it anyway. Mysteries usually have more than one story line and plenty of red herrings. the Kindle Single mysteries have only one story line and the character development is very quick.

In all its wisdom, Amazon has created a niche of short stories, essays, memoirs and narratives and called them Kindle Singles. They are too short for a novel or a full length book - usually between 10,000 and 30,000 words - , but just right for a quick read or delivery of a specific idea. Kindle Singles are also priced well - not much more than a Smartphone App. And there are no hard copy versions of the book nor can you t buy these books in any physical store.

Anyhow, once I got started with the first one, I started looking at other Kindle Singles. And within a few days, I had read five of them. So here they are:

Snatched - by Karin Slaughter

Snatched features Karin Slaughter's well-known character Will Trent, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent. Will's assignment is to "patrol" men's bathrooms at the Atlanta airport to arrest anyone having sexual encounters. He hears the voice of a little girl saying she wants to go home. Nothing explicit is wrong, but Will's intuition tells him that the little girl is in trouble.

At the end of this Kindle Single, there's an excerpt from Karin Slaughter's book Criminal.


Thorn in My Side - by Karin Slaughter

Two brothers, conjoined at the chest. They might be attached, but they are as different as night and day. Each one controls different parts of their body. One is a devout Christian and the other is capable of rape and murder. Their interaction is disturbing but difficult to forget.

At the end of this Kindle Single, there's an excerpt from Karin Slaughter's book Fallen.


Second Son - by Lee Child

Second Son features Jack Reacher - but at the age of 13. You can see his skills at an early age- big and strong, a good fighter, very observant, and clever. In this story, when Reacher and his brother, Joe, arrive at the military base where their father was stationed, they are confronted by bullies. The answers to their entrance exam and is missing and Joe is accused of stealing them. Reacher's father is missing a code book and could be in serious trouble if it can't be found. Reacher shows his skills of solving these mysteries just by observing what people do and who they are..

At the end of this Kindle Single, there's an excerpt from Lee Child's book The Affair.

Also, Lee Child has a new Jack Reacher Kindle Single coming out on July 16, 2012 called Deep Down.


No Time Left - by David Baldacci

This Kindle Single is extremely short. It takes about ten minutes to read. The plot is off-beat with a twist at the end that becomes obvious halfway through the story. Frank Becker is a professional killer. But his last victim will be the end of him.

No Time Left (Kindle Single)
No Time Left (Kindle Single)

This is a quirky story with an interesting ending. The writing is very good, of course. Anything written by David Baldacci is written well. It is a very short read that is just fun.


The Book Case - Nelson DeMille

Ther owner of the Dead End bookstore, Otis Parker was found dead. John Corey gets a phone call from his boss telling him to get over there. Besides being a detective on the First Precinct Detective Squad in New York, he's a fan of crime and mystery books. John has bought books at that bookstore before and knows the owner. It appears he was killed by a bookcase that fell on him, but a responding cop thinks otherwise. John Corey must find out if Otis Parker was "killed by the books he loved" or was it foul play.

The Book Case (Kindle Single)
The Book Case (Kindle Single)

I picked The Book Case by Nelson DeMille because I love his writing and John Corey is one of my favorite characters. I was not disappointed. Mr. DeMille even mentions himself in the book - shades of Alfred Hitchcock.


Articles About Amazon Kindle Singles

These articles give some interesting background information on the impact that the Kindle Single has on the eBook industry.

Have You Read a Kindle Single Yet?

Do you think that the Kindle Single is a good option over magazines and full-length books?

Do you think that the Kindle Single is a good option over magazines and full-length books?

The Kindle Single is perfect for a publication that is somewhere between a magazine article and a regular book. Authors get 70% of the royalties. One of the stories I mentioned above, Second Son by Lee Child, costs $1.99. As of the beginning of March 2012, the book sold over 180,000 copies. That's over $250,000. What do you think?

Would You Consider Writing a Kindle Single? - Do you have a short story or "long" article you want to publish?

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    • Monica Ranstrom profile image

      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      There are also similar short stories through Good Reads which I found for the Kindle. My fav author, Louise Penny has one called The Hangman which I recommend! Thanks for these recommendations!

    • Adele Jeunette profile image

      Adele Jeunette 5 years ago

      I love Kindle singles. They're inexpensive and you get a real sense of accomplishment when you finish one so quickly. Thanks for some good recommendations.