Sherlock Holmes Inspired Books To Solve on Your Own

Will you be able to solve the mystery in these books before the main character?

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It’s definitely not news that Sherlock Holmes is one of the most known fictional detectives of all time. Holmes was first published in 1887 and grew to become a beloved character to mystery fans alike. With the fandom, there have been many shows and movies dedicated to the character, as well as inspired books being written! Let’s take a dive into this mystery genre where the reader may have to solve the mystery themselves.

Cain’s Jawbone by Edward Powys Mathers

The cover of Cain's Jawbone, with shelves of black and white books with a dead person's feet peaking from an aisle

This novel gained popularity through mystery book gurus on TikTok. This novel puzzle currently has only four readers who figured it out! This book is so tricky that there’s even prize money that is awarded to the winner. Cain’s Jawbone is so unique that you have to rip out the pages (I’m sorry to my fellow book lovers) that are out of order and put them in order correctly in order to solve the puzzle. With millions of combinations, the solution is virtually impossible.

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The cover of Magpie Murders, an all red book cover with a black raven with different symbols within it

This is another reader-solving mystery, where you must solve who killed the individuals at the manor house of Pye Hall. However; this is a fictional tale even within the novel. You see, you play the eyes of Susan Ryeland, who is an editor reading a manuscript of the crime writer Alan Conway. Through the manuscript, Susan finds a possible hidden story that tells the true incident at Pye Hall. Who will solve it first: Susan or the reader?

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The cover of The Westing Game, a black cover with a floating house made of money and fireworks coming from it

A different take on mysteries, the mastermind in this book is already dead! Samuel W. Westings has passed away and has chosen sixteen random people to read his will. As he was a millionaire who loved games, he wanted to play one last game to see who would end up with his life-earned fortune. Are all these sixteen people just strangers; or is there a murderer in their midst?

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

A modern cover of The Mysterious Affair at Styles, showing a man in the front yard looking at the massive estate in front of him

Agatha Christie is known for being the “queen of mystery.” This is her first book which was originally published in 1920. A refugee of the Great War, Poirot, was sent to England to his benefactress, Emily Ingelthorp. One day it is found that Emily got poisoned, and Poirot decides to try his skills to solve who has done it. There are plenty of suspects, all holding their own secrets, but who isn’t telling the full truth?

It’s time to put on your thinking cap and get your magnifying glass! These books are sure to throw you for a loop and may leave you completely baffled by the end. Here at Bookstr, we would love to know if you solved the mystery by sharing on social media and tagging us!

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