The Crime Thriller Book Title Generator

Stuck for a title for that crime novel you’re working on? Or perhaps you have no intentions whatsoever of writing a book, but find yourself preoccupied almost hourly with schemes and plans for murder, mayhem and wildly inventive violence. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a title to go along with your plotting?

(Oho! You thought I’d finished, did you not? That I’d got all caught up with writerly whining and ranting? That I’d just get bored after The Chick Lit Book Title Generator and The Literary Fiction Book Title Generator? But I didn’t get bored. Oh no.)

It’s The Crime Thriller Book Title Generator!

I apologise for making the first word of everybody’s title just “The”. But there are rules, you know. I can’t just go changing 30 years of genre titling rules purely for entertainment purposes.

Crime Thriller Book Title Generator TaraSparlingWrites

So what’s mine, you say?! Oh, go on then, you’ve twisted my arm… I’ll tell you. It’s

The Mortal Fissure     by Tara Sparling (that’s me)

Your turn! What’s yours, then? (Kudos for accompanying synopses 😉 )


  97 comments for “The Crime Thriller Book Title Generator

  1. March 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Mine is “The Hollow Informant”, a contemporary thriller set in Belfast and Dublin.

    “A case walked into my office, not my usual kind of case, more a wild goose chase as it turns out. But I was broke this week and didn’t have much else on my plate, so a wild goose would just have to do. The guy was called McGuffin…”

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 11, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      That dastardly villian McGuffin! I sincerely hope you kill him off, Mel. Sounds great!


      • Eva
        August 28, 2020 at 8:58 am

        I am using one of your Book titles to put in my book


        • August 28, 2020 at 11:41 am

          Lovely Eva, they’re free for the taking! Best of luck with it


    • July 7, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      The Hollow Informant sounds like a Chuck Wendig horror novel to me. (But your McGuffin made me Guffaw.) 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

    • May 15, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Mines has the same title! I’ll try another with someone else’s name….

      Liked by 1 person

    • Hope Hudson
      October 8, 2021 at 7:00 am

      Isn’t McGuffin a literary slang term? In fiction, a McGuffin is an object, device, or event that is necessary to the plot and the motivation of the characters, but insignificant, unimportant, or irrelevant in itself.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. March 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    The Voodoo Room–By Jove, Carruthers, I think that’s it! Now all I need is another hundred thousand words and I’m done.


  3. March 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    The Shadow Informant/Path or The Dead Path depending on a variety of real, past and pen names. Mwahahaha! Shadows and Death – I’m feeling very goth all of a sudden lol


    • March 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Or seeing as you’ve a choice, what about The Dead Shadow Path? Shadow Path of Death? Path of Dead Shadows?? Oh, dear. I seem to have strayed into Fantasy territory here!!


  4. March 11, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    The Hidden City…. hmmmm…… fantasy/ crime fusion… leatherclad traffic cop Trye Morse and his trusty Vespa, Harley Dangerwheel, time travel into Mordor, where Trye is mistaken for the last of the royal line of, er… royal detectives… and has to outwit the terrible Neck Romancer to solve the mystery of Something or Other from A Misty Mountain Far Away From Public Transport… Any takers?


    • March 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      My God. That is brilliant. You have to write this IMMEDIATELY. Right after you patent the Neck Romancers. I am in awe of such genius. The supreme Otherness of a land without buses or trains. I am transported 😉


      • March 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

        The Neck Romancers are a hideous mixture of hard neck and no neck and are wreaking havoc throughout the land by romancing people with necks and then killing them. Tragic stuff! Trye has to stick his neck out pretty far to figure this one out, I can tell you…otherwise he’s in danger of getting it in the neck from the, eh… Neck Romancers! Yes, I’m on a head roll, here…


        • March 12, 2014 at 6:48 am

          Beam me up, Spotty.


          • Rhys K. Wolf
            November 9, 2018 at 6:15 pm



        • March 12, 2014 at 8:48 am

          I couldn’t sleep last night for dreams of the neck romancers… Now see what you did! Beam me up indeed 😉


  5. March 12, 2014 at 6:29 am

    The Dead Kiss?



  6. March 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Okay, so The Hollow Kiss by M.J. Moores:

    Imagine waking up after a hell of a night partying only to find out you’re the newest reaper in town and written in blood on your bedroom window is your first ‘to do’ list…


    • March 12, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      I genuinely want to read that. Any chance you could knock it out in a couple of weeks?


  7. Mia Nione
    May 6, 2014 at 12:25 am

    The Hollow Shot
    And quite frankly, this is the perfect title for the story/book I’m working on right now. Like no kidding. All I’m going to say right now is Cynthia Rose, a 21 detective had a bullied past, her friend, known as “The Wolf” back then now suddenly disappears in present day. Now, there has been many mysterious murders, whom are later to be identified as Cynthia’s old bullies. The clues to discover who is the murderer is being revealed slowly as the story goes by.


    • May 6, 2014 at 10:32 am

      That’s a great title. I love The Hollow Shot. You’ll have to let us know when it’s out!


  8. June 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    The Salt Kiss! I might actually try to get a short story into collection no.2 with this title. It’s growing on my. But then I’ve also got Wishes Puddlestock tugging at me too… 🙂


    • June 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      It’s growing on me… not on ‘my’ anything 🙂


      • June 24, 2014 at 8:56 pm

        Hahahaha now I can’t get that out of my head! Hahahaha!!


    • June 24, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Surely it doesn’t have to be an either/or situation…? I demand that you write all of them and publish them immediately! In triplicate!


  9. August 6, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Coming in very late – but mine is The Assassin’s Room. I claim the best title.


    • August 6, 2014 at 10:25 am

      You do indeed. So, it’ll be out in Summer 2015 then? Give us the blurb 😀


      • August 6, 2014 at 10:38 am

        The manuscript entered the room – the dark room. The only light pulsing gently from the square box in the centre, and from the mad eyes of the man who sat behind it. There is no escape from – The Editor.


  10. Madvanthi
    September 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

    The Hollow City??? Is this even a title????


    • September 18, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      I might be biased, but it looks like a great crime thriller title to me! Very Lee Child.


      • Madvanthi
        September 20, 2014 at 9:59 am

        ‘The Assassin’s Room’ is much better, but well, I love whining, so others shouldn’t take this seriously 😛


  11. October 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    The Last Shot. Mine would work…


    • October 24, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Great stuff. Looking forward to seeing it on the shelves in 2015!


  12. Nicholas
    November 22, 2014 at 5:02 am


    I going with “the hidden shot”

    Liked by 1 person

  13. December 4, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    “The Mortal Path”… That sounds too much like my far too ordinary life. LOL. A very fun post, Tara! Hugs.


    • December 5, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Thanks, Teagan! Glad you enjoyed it. Normal or not, you should still go and write The Mortal Path. Immediately. 😉


  14. December 23, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    ‘The 9 Millimetre Kiss.’ Hmm, might be a different genre.


    • December 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Not if you call it The 9mm Kiss, David… (I had to be more explicit in the Generator but definite shortcut required). Just takes a bit of tweaking and you have a sure-fire bestseller!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. January 8, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    The Hidden Fissure. I’m thinking a fractured marriage that looks perfect from the outside until someone ends up dead. dun dun dun! Cool game. That was fun and it works to get ideas flowing.


    • January 9, 2015 at 12:29 am

      Great stuff! Love the sound of both the title, and the concept. When can I read it?!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. January 8, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Reblogged this on K. McKinley's Blog and commented:
    Thought this was really cool. Mine sounds more like a romance novel, The Stolen Kiss. My real name has a more Crime Thriller title feel, The Iron Kiss


    • January 9, 2015 at 12:33 am

      Oooh, definitely The Iron Kiss. Although you could get away with The Stolen Kiss, if the book’s cover was all done up in steely greys with broken locks… weapons… and possibly a smattering of blood. It’s all in the visuals 😉


  17. Rhiannon Kennedy
    February 15, 2015 at 1:23 am

    Could Broken City be a good name?

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 15, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Oh, I think so. But of course, I’m biased. Still, it does conjure up some great images. And Batman.


      • Lejla
        February 16, 2015 at 2:05 pm

        The Assassin’s Street
        Woah! That sounds cool for a spree killer type of thing. Thanks!

        Liked by 1 person

  18. March 10, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    How fun! Mine is The Dead Room. I like it, actually.


  19. March 10, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Reblogged this on Crime Fiction Writer Sue Coletta and commented:
    Since I’m neck deep in revisions right now I thought I’d share a fun post with you. Funny, how you come across things at just the right time. Thank you, Tara! BTW, mine is The Dead Room. What’s your name translate to in crime thriller talk?

    Liked by 1 person

  20. March 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Mine is The Voodoo Street. If you are familiar with my stories, it works.


    • March 10, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Oooh, lovely. I meant this to happen, of course. I designed it specifically to accommodate such genius. You don’t mind, do you?


  21. March 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    That’s a great list! Mine would be The Cypress Cradle. Does sound rather ominous, doesn’t it?

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 28, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      Sounds bloody marvellous, even if we do say ourselves, Nicholas. I really like it. Even a whiff of True Detective off that 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  22. April 30, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    The Unpainted End. A tale of Neil Libor, a 16 year old clerk in Moose Creek in the year 2023. I never occurred to him that just three days after he got fired from his job, he would have to save all of his co-workers from a category 7 hurricane. He journeys through the depths of this hurricane to save the people he truly cares about, but he just doesn’t realize it yet.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. June 25, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I’m Janice from Reflections.
    Do you know Crime-fiction writer Sue Coletta? She’s a friend.
    I’m starting my family vacation but I wanted to thank you for visiting my site. I’m glad you enjoyed my StumbleUpon post.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 25, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      Hi, Janice! We’ve spoken before, actually, you kindly visited me here a while back. Sue also comments below – she got a great crime title out of the generator – one of my favourites. Thanks for your comment – enjoy your vacation!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. June 30, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Thanks for the generator Tara. Mine is ‘The Body House’ Love it! Now I have to write a novel to suit the title grrrr

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      All in the name of inspiration, right? It’s a great title, Gina- thanks for posting!


  25. July 7, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    The Assassin’s Kiss. I like that considerably more than the one I’d been contemplating: The Ass Kisser.

    Liked by 2 people

    • July 7, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      The Ass Kisser does sound more corporate, Lindy, but I’m not sure there’s any thrill in it.

      Liked by 1 person

  26. August 17, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Reblogged this on Julie Butler.


  27. Stefan
    August 28, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    The Dead City

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Heather
    October 4, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Tara, these are all AMAZING titles that someone could come up with for a Crime/Thriller book. I’m either going with The Voodoo Kiss or The Dead Prayer. It might take me a while to actually choose one of those titles, though. o_o

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 4, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      Oooh. I recommend you take your time, find another five possibles, despair of ever choosing one, and blame me for ruining your life. You’re welcome!


      • Heather
        October 5, 2015 at 2:05 am

        XD Well thanks. I decided I’m going to go with “The Voodoo Kiss.” If it’s good, I might make “The Dead Prayer” a sequel, who knows?

        Liked by 1 person

  29. Ana Batista
    February 28, 2016 at 3:03 am

    Mine is “The Salt Street” and my mother is “The Voodoo Street”

    Liked by 1 person

  30. December 16, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    The one-eyed voodoo kiss. 😉
    (There was no mention about number of words, was there?)
    Be good and Merry Christmas. 🙂
    And a happy Voodoo year too.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 16, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      There’s no crime in stealing an extra word, Brian! Feel free to kiss as many eyes as you like! Merry Christmas 😆

      Liked by 1 person

  31. Riaan Gous
    February 27, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Tara mine is The Broken Path

    Liked by 1 person

  32. authorlucerna
    October 25, 2017 at 7:15 am

    “The One-Eyed City”

    Because only one dared to look… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  33. December 19, 2017 at 2:44 am

    the 9 millimeter room,
    the small town of muerte, new mexico seems in order you have your citizens your local buisness and as long as you don’t stray too far from your home after dark you’re safe, but if you do stay out too late you better pray he doesn’t find you, because if he does you won’t be seen again alive or whole…

    Liked by 1 person

  34. sh*ttingbricks
    January 19, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Dead Street, by Sh*ttinBricks (I cheated a bit and used my Wattpad name…), in which the inhabitants of a street in north wales are killed off one by one.

    Liked by 1 person

  35. Onix
    November 4, 2018 at 7:24 am

    I have two last names and this is the title that I got, Last Path Cradle. Should I remove the cradle part?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Onix
      November 4, 2018 at 7:27 am

      and with my pen name it’s body cradle.

      Liked by 1 person

      • November 4, 2018 at 5:42 pm

        Whichever you think sounds best, Onix – it’s just a bit of fun really!


  36. Orion
    January 11, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    hmm “The Shadow Fissure”……

    Liked by 1 person

  37. amanda connor
    May 30, 2020 at 12:31 am

    mine is : The hidden prayer

    Liked by 1 person

  38. Delilah S,
    November 3, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Mine was ‘The Nine-Millimeter Fissure” but I decided to change it to “The Hidden Room” because my story doesn’t have the use of guns! (well, it does, just not as the main murder weapon. it’s a knife.) I’ll just have to make up a pen name!

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 4, 2020 at 11:02 pm

      Both approaches sound good to me Delilah. Best of luck!!


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