A lot of people don't seem to know the difference between a suspense thriller and a mystery, so here it is:
In suspense, the reader knows what the bad guy (antagonist) is up to before the protagonist knows. The reader's inside knowledge that someone is lying in ambush waiting for the unsuspecting character creates suspense. The actual ambush makes it a thriller.
In a mystery, the reader only knows what the primary characters know. If they're hunting for a clue, you don't know where they may find it, and if someone is going to ambush them, you won't know until it happens.
My Redneck P.I. Mystery Series are romantic mystery/comedies.
My Zodiac Series are romantic suspense/thrillers.
Animals always play an important part.
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