As a subgenre of the romance novel, romantic suspense usually contains an element of mystery and intrigue. Unlike gothic romances which feature windswept moors and haunted houses, romantic suspense deals with more contemporary plots involving drug dealing, serial murders, smuggling or other complications.
Some of the more well-known authors of romantic suspense include Catherine Coulter, Linda Howard, Sandra Brown, Jayne Ann Krentz, Susan Andersen, Tami Hoag and Iris Johansen among others.
As with regency romance mentioned in last week’s posting, romantic suspense is also popular enough to merit a category in the Romance Writers of America annual RITA awards. Here are some past winners:
Take No Prisoners by Cindy Gerard
Ice Blue by Anne Stuart
Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb
I’m Watching You by Karen Rose
Three Fates by Nora Roberts