Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery? Filled with antics, twists, untrustworthy suspects and charismatic detectives, murder mysteries always make for entertaining watches. And they make for wonderful reads too! Today, we’re going to be looking at a few fantastic novels to pick up if you find yourself craving some more mysterious vibes after watching Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery!
Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little
What really allows Pretty as a Picture to stand out isn’t its interesting investigator––though, that’s definitely one of its selling points. No, its the setting! A secluded island where a film crew is making a movie based off the real-life (but not our real-life) murder that occurred there decades before makes for an Agatha Christie-worthy premise! Pretty as a Picture balances the wit and humor of its author and narrator with the stomach-clenching drama and terror of a cold-blooded killer on the loose.
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
So, Dial A For Aunties is less of a murder mystery than it is a murder cover-up, but the unhinged Glass Onion energy is definitely there! When Meddelin Chen accidentally murders her blind date for an upcoming wedding, she has to enlist the powers of her aunties to help cover it up. At this point you might be wondering what the heck is going on: well, buckle up, because Meddelin has to deal with her meddlesome relatives, a stunning wedding and the reemergence of her great college love. Even an expert like Benoit would find this overwhelming!
Death Overdue by Mary Lou Kirwin
In terms of shenanigans and smart-mouthed protagonists, this might be the winner here! Death Overdue‘s Karen Nash has her work cut out for her. All she wanted was to work with books (she’s a librarian) and keep the murder to a minimum. But out of the blue, she finds herself having to clear (or convict) her maybe-boyfriend as a suspect of murder-by-bookshelf. It’s creative, it’s unique and it’s a story that will leave you wanting more and more, even when the last page has turned!
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
A delicious mix of thriller and mystery, The Paris Apartment is perfect if you’re looking to read something that will keep you on your toes the whole way through! With a similar concept to the much-beloved series, Only Murders in the Building, the novel focuses on a tight-knit and strange group of residents living in an apartment building in Paris. Our intrepid investigator? A broke nobody from London who is starting to suspect that something happened to her brother while he was living there. In this novel, there’s plenty of twists and turns, so make sure to hold on tight––it’s a heck of a bumpy ride!
Cold Fire by Dean Koontz
Not quite a murder mystery but a mystery all the same. Cold Fire will make you question what you think you know about the people you admire! Koontz is well-known for his astonishing plot twists, and Cold Fire is definitely no exception to the rule. In this novel, Jim Ironheart saves lives left, right and center, prompting a curious young reporter to wonder about the mysteries of his past and present, including the words he mumbles in his sleep about an enemy that is coming to kill them all.
Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers
What’s better than one quirky detective? Why, two of course! While Strong Poison happens to be smack-dab in the middle Sayers’ series of mystery novels, there’s no reason not to pick up this one first. Especially when you consider the premise: a mystery writer is suddenly accused of having murdered her former lover. Enter Lord Peter Wimsey (and what a name!) to the rescue. Strong Poison has both a strong (pun intended) concept and all the gall and skill to execute it perfectly!
We’d like to think that the novels we’ve recommended today will scratch your detective’s itch! If you, like Benoit, find yourself needing a story to get you in the mystery solving chair, we have no doubts you’re sure to find something you’ll love between these six curious reads!
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