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Undercover Thriller {Monthly Motif Feb. Check In}

Okay! It looks like everyone is off to a great start with the challenge this year. We loved starting off with diverse books in January. Thanks to everyone who added their link to the linky. We enjoyed checking out your reviews. Now- on to February…

Undercover Thriller

“Read a book involving spies, detectives, private investigators, or a character in disguise.”

This is such a fun one that can be taken in so many different directions!

We’d love to suggest 4 Chillingly Snowbound Thrillers as we’re betting many of you are dealing with some serious snow just like we are!

You might also like to check out our suggestions for Crazy Good Marriage Thrillers!

8 Marriage Thrillers to Read

If you like a serious what-just-happened thrillers, try these Books With Gasp Inducing Plot Lines.

We’d also like to point out our favorite Thrillers By Female Authors You Won’t Be Able to Put Down.

Have fun!

Please note!

After many technical issues with our linkies, we have done away with using them for now. Please add your review links in the comments section. We apologize for the inconvenience.



Kim and Tanya
Kim is a librarian | life hacker | ancient history nerd | mom to 2 little boys | Utah native | digital archivist | British comedy/British detective show junkie | outdoor lover. Tanya is a digital lifehacker | Food Science guru | teenage boy wrangler | husband tamer | adventure seeker | avid reader.


  1. I’ve just been going back over my blog posts and realized I hadn’t linky-ed anything since february! D: Anyway here is my book review for my March read – Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. I thought I’d only missed one linky, not three! Big shock!

  2. This wasn’t a thriller, but the main character does go under cover. She’s a woman pretending to be a man to fight in the Civil War. http://andreasbooknook.blogspot.com/2017/03/i-shall-be-near-to-you.html

    1. @Andrea – It sounds interesting!

  3. I forgot to post this! My February monthly motif read was the Holmes-inspired Wild Boy and the Black Terror by Rob Lloyd Jones https://murderundergroundbrokethecamel.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/wild-boy-and-the-black-terror/

    1. @Anna It’s awesome that you got in 2 books for the theme.

  4. Finished Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson in February, but just recently wrote the review. I gave it a 2/5, an ok read, but not the best.

    Here’s my review:

    1. @BookSophisticate oh geez! Sorry that one wasn’t awesome.

  5. I just finished The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy last night. It was my first Jack Ryan thriller and I can’t wait to go to Patriot Games next. http://www.molibrarian.com/2017/03/book-review-hunt-for-red-october-by-tom.html

    1. @Rebecca I loved that book!

  6. My chosen book for this month is Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence! This isn’t your average undercover spy type story, but instead focuses on a young boy who, after a tragic end to his date, is pulled into his brother’s world of drugs and gang warfare and decides to do a little undercover investigating of his own!


  7. […] FEBRUARY – Undercover Thriller Read a book involving spies, detectives, private investigators, or a character in disguise. […]

  8. I finished my book for the month last night. I chose one that had been on my shelf unread for years – ‘The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ by Alexander McCall Smith. Here is my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1914636540?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    1. @William that’s been on my reading list for ages too and I still haven’t gotten to it yet! But this is the year.

  9. I read two – and I don’t usually read this genre!
    Thank you for helping me continue to branch out!
    I’m curious what I might find for March.

    1. @Tanya you go girl! You should link to your review. I’d love to add you on Goodreads.

  10. following one of your suggestion, I read:
    “the chemist” by stephenie Meyer

  11. I keep writing down these books! lol I know we are nearing the end of the month so I am already trying to think of what to read for next month. Something about time travel or a dystopian society. I could read A Clockwork Orange again. Or I could read the second in the series my daughter got, the Unwind series. Loved the first book so would love to see what happens to the kids now. But open to suggestions πŸ™‚

    1. @Dorothy – The second book of the Unwind series was excellent, much better than the first!! I recommend that one!

      1. Cool I’ll start with that and move on to either the third one or Clockwork Orange. I think I have something in my kindle library that will work too. Lots too read, little time πŸ™‚

    2. @Dorothy I’m excited to see what you pick for next month’s theme. I’m having trouble settling on a book to read.

      1. I’m starting with the second book in the Unwind Series. It’s dystopian and I think that was one of the options. That and time travel-ish. My next will probably be A Clockwork Orange. And then I have something on my tablet that I can’t recall the title but it was about someone who finds themselves in the past.

        1. @Dorothy Excellent choices! I’m starting with a dystopian too – Margaret Atwood’s Year of the Flood.

          1. lol I have about 13 books written down to look into from the blogs I see on here and from what others have read. XD I need a bigger bookshelf.

  12. Murder investigation – Faithful Place by Tana French: http://kingmagu.blogspot.no/2017/02/cbr9-book-10-faithful-place-by-tana.html

    Loki – god of Tricksters, able to shapeshift to disguise himself, as well as all sorts of other mythological creatures in disguise – Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman: http://kingmagu.blogspot.no/2017/02/cbr9-book-13-norse-mythology-by-neil.html

    Elise DeVries, society fixer extraordinaire and master of disguise – A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen: http://kingmagu.blogspot.no/2017/02/cbr9-book-14-duke-to-remember-by-kelly.html

    More to come later in the month. πŸ™‚

    1. @Malin – I’ve heard so many good things about Norse Mythology – definitely on my reading list.

    2. More books this month:
      Teenage detectives in various forms
      Every Word by Ellie Marney: http://kingmagu.blogspot.no/2017/04/cbr9-book-33-knife-of-never-letting-go.html
      Every Move by Ellie Marney: http://kingmagu.blogspot.no/2017/03/cbr9-book-21-every-move-by-ellie-marney.html
      A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro: http://kingmagu.blogspot.no/2017/03/cbr9-book-23-study-in-charlotte-by.html

      Handsome spy and master of disguise investigates a murder: Captives of the Night by Loretta Chase: http://kingmagu.blogspot.no/2017/03/cbr9-book-28-captives-of-night-by.html

  13. I read Ragdoll by Daniel Cole, really enjoyed it!


  14. The Woman in Cabin 10 – not too bad, but the main character was a little whiny – which I hate!
    (My Goodreads Review)

    1. Yep. My thoughts exactly.

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  16. The Couple Next Door – fast paced and a quick read. I liked it!
    (My Goodreads Review)

    1. This one’s on my to read list. Looks good!

  17. I see you already have several good entries here, lots for me to check out! I will add my link for Peter Robinson’s 20th book, Watching the Dark.

    1. My “to read” list keeps getting longer haha looks good. Will check the library sometime πŸ™‚

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  19. State of Fear by Michael Crichton

    Holy cow, this book was great!!

    1. @Julie I haven’t read anything by Michael Crichton in ages. If I can get the audiobook to this, I’m going to read it.

  20. A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford #1) by Charles Todd

  21. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10285237-dark-watch
    Working on another Clive Custler book and an nearly halfway done πŸ˜€

    1. You are making me want to read some more Clive Custler! I haven’t read one of his books in a few years.

      1. I have a friend who has a lot of his books and when I told her what the monthly motif was she gave me four books. All of them from the Oregon Files. I may get the third one done she loaned me at least. Good stuff! πŸ™‚

  22. Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay #3) by Jill Shalvis

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