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to my growing bookshelf.

I began writing thriller novels at the age of 70. Four years later there were six in the series. People tell me the last one may be the best. Please read the recap and reviews of each below. Click on the links to purchase and provide a five-star review on Amazon. Thank you.  J.T.

JT Kelly Thriller Novels, JT Kelly Books, best thriller novels

Fairways and Foul Plays

How will she stop the murder of millions?

A sinister global order terror group plots to destroy the U.S. economy. Business leaders must comply with extreme demands or face deadly consequences.


Heir to his family's fortune, Jack McCabe learns of his parents' suspicious demise on the ski slopes of Austria. Then he discovers the cold body of his friend. Jack soon realizes that he is among those who've been targeted.

Expanding their evil, the terrorists devise a scheme that threatens humanity. Italian Interpol officer Kara Sterrio is a member of the team that searches for the enemy throughout Europe. It's a race against time to end this horror before it can be realized. 

If you crave page-turning mystery and crime fiction with unexpected plot twists, this novel will grip you to its exciting conclusion. 


Deadly Defiance

Potawatomi Indian descendants remain in the Lake Maxinkuckee area. Legal testimony from one of them sends a murderer to prison. Cronies of this criminal now seek lethal revenge.

The lake is also the vacation home of Jack McCabe who becomes the unexpected heir to a pharmaceutical company and its highly coveted drug.


A blackmail scheme by a former employee soon threatens the loss of the drug's formula. This extortion plot leads Interpol on a search for the thief along the French Riviera. 

The New Global Order has been nearly decimated, but three members are still at large. Interpol is intent on completing its mission and sends battle-tested teams to hunt down an illegal arms dealer near Budapest, a heroin trafficker in Naples, and a renowned jewel thief from Amsterdam. 

Suite Suspicion

Two sisters have disappeared. Their frantic parents seek answers.

The father of the missing teens was the judge in Hugo DeMann's murder trial. Criminals may still hold a grudge against him for their crony’s life sentence. Could they be behind the girls’ mysterious disappearance? Are they involved in some cruel obsession?

When the investigation moves to Europe in search of the girls, Interpol discovers a nefarious neo-Nazi organization in Berlin behind the kidnapping.


Intel from the CIA leads the team of investigators to the masterminds, who are producing radioactive bombs targeted for Israel. The suspected Nazi sympathizers involved in this dangerous scheme must be stopped before their lethal weapons are delivered to the hands of Middle Eastern terrorists.

Formula for a Felony

Can Anyone Control the Beautiful Villain and Her Murderous Ways?

Readers recall the madman Adamis Baum who planned to annihilate billions of people by dispersing an Ebola Zaire virus into the world’s water.

To protect his faithful from the deadly virus, Baum forced a hostile takeover of a Boston pharmaceutical company. Its drug offered phenomenal healing powers – even as a cure for the Ebola virus. 

In an ironic twist of fate, American Jack McCabe turned out to be the closest living relative to the slain Baum and inherited his biotech company. 

When McCabe submits his drug for FDA trials, a consortium of pharmaceutical companies lashes out to stop this new competitor.  Along with murderers and kidnappers, the pharmas have two unscrupulous senators in their pocket. 

Diamond Destiny

Diamond thieves

are ready to strike. Who will escape with the ultimate prize?

The criminals will hit major European cities in a brilliantly timed and orchestrated plot. Interpol must track them down before they attack. 

The target? Some of the world’s most prestigious jewelry stores, including Tiffany’s and Harry Winston’s. And annual events such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Paris Fashion Show. Diamond jewelry usually adorns movie stars and top models at these celebrations. If the criminals have their way, the diamonds will disappear.

One of the bold bandits has his eye on the most famous gem in the world: the Hope Diamond. This 45-carat blue stone, surrounded by white diamonds, is valued at $245 million. 

But this stunning gemstone comes with a curse. Is the thief willing to risk everything to steal this legendary treasure?

Missing Memories

Missing Memories takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride you’ll never forget.


Prior to the McCabes’ marriage, Jack discovered a letter from his grandfather. In it, he learned about his parents’ skiing trip to Austria where they mysteriously died. Stunned by this revelation, he and Sara flew to Innsbruck to investigate.

The cold-case files had been sealed at a local police station. When the couple opened the documents, they discovered the gondola cables had been hit by long-range rifle bullets. His parents plunged to the rocky terrain below, instantly ending their lives.

Seventeen years later, Sara surprised Jack with an amazing birthday gift. She arranged a family skiing trip to the Alps.  Jack was thrilled. But he tried to bury the brutal memories of his parents’ murders.

Could something sinister occur to Jack's family again?


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Reader Reviews

Fair Ways and Foul Plays

Riveting! What begins as a murder mystery turns into an international thriller involving a plan to unleash a deadly virus upon the entire world.

John G.

What a marvelous read. This book grabs you on page one and holds you to the incredible end.


This is a spellbinding spy spoof, spectacularly spiraling the reader into a world on the brink of conquest and subjugation.


This is a fun, fast-paced page-turner cast with a wide range of characters, from small-town sheriffs and Interpol agents to evil megalomaniacs. 

Book lover

Deadly Defiance

This action-packed mystery grips you to the very end. Colorful characters fill the pages!


This novel kept me turning pages and losing sleep. I enjoy this author's books immensely and can’t say enough about them.

Amazon customer

Another home run by J.T. Kelly.  A great second book that was as thrilling as the first. 


A must read from J.T. Kelly.  I recommend this book to anyone who loves action and adventure.


Suite Suspicion

The adventures of the evil Syndicate kept me mesmerized from start to finish. I was glued to the action, hoping the sisters would be rescued.


Kelly hits it out of the park one more time in his 3rd book full of suspense and mystery. Another home run!


 You won’t put this down. Kelly includes fascinating details about the story's locations, the sisters’ experiences, and stolen artwork from the Nazi era.


I love the action and mystery in J. T Kelly’s books. Suite Suspicion is my favorite!


Formula for a Felony

Kelly's books are always exciting and hard to put down. This story kept me on the edge of my seat.

Mary P.

This is a great read and I recommend it to anyone needing a little action and international mayhem in their life.


Mr. Kelly’s writing pulled me right into the middle of it all. With lots of action, suspense, twists, and turns. This book kept me guessing.


I loved this story. It was a lot of fun in the best tradition of a Ken Follett novel or a classic action-adventure movie.


Diamond Destiny

My Dad and I share books all the time.  I don’t usually read these kinds of books but I had a hard time putting them down. They were all wonderful.

Amazon reader

Action-packed thriller. Great escape for a summer read! Loved the many characters and I got to travel all around the world with them!


This is a fun, fast-paced ride with lots of familiar characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone.


A thrilling page-turner. Once again the path to international adventure begins in Culver, Indiana.


Missing Memories

Just finished this book last night and it was terrific! Don't want to give anything away but I sure loved the ending.

Series reader

What an enjoyable novel. Might be my favorite Kelly book. It was hard to put down and very suspenseful.


My wife and I just finished this exciting book. What a thrilling adventure. It's got to be the best one yet. 


Missing Memories was so good! I cried at the end, with happy tears. Isn't that a sign of a good book? I'm amazed at all the creative ideas!


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