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The power of a mystery/suspense series

But what I found especially interesting was that over in the PAID Amazon

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Early yesterday, SAFE HARBOR started climbing as a Financial Thriller, a category I didn’t think it had previously figured in at all. Around 5 p.m. it was #10 in Financial Thrillers and #28,983 overall on Amazon. At 9 p.m., it had hit #1 in FTs and #9,539 overall. At 2 a.m. this morning, it was still #1 in FTs and #5,966 in the entire Amazon store. And as I post this blog shortly after 1 p.m., it is still #1 in FTs.

A mystery/suspense series holds a lot of marketing power. Readers return to read about characters they’ve enjoyed. “Safe Harbor introduced us to these wonderful characters and we get to go on another adventure with them when a murder mystery shocks a small Canadian town,” one reader said in the 5-star Amazon review she posted yesterday. “I really enjoyed spending time with some of the characters from the first book while being introduced to new folks in Black Water. You feel like these are regular people caught in crazy situations.”

And readers who haven’t read the early books will return for them if they’ve enjoyed a later book in the series. I make sure all my Pat Tierney books can stand alone so that readers can approach them in any order. “Although this book is the second in the series,” another reader noted in her Amazon review of BLACK WATER, “it is also a stand alone novel with enough information about recurring characters to satisfy a new reader.”

For an author, the challenge is getting new material out quickly enough to keep readers happy.

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