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Murder, Mayhem, and Must-Reads

Murder, Mayhem, and Must-Reads

Murder, Mayhem, and Must-Reads

October 1, 2023 at 6:30:00 AM

Some readers love to sit back and relax with a good ol’ classic, a cheesy rom-com, or any of the books part of the multitudes of genres that exist. And then there are those folks who read whodunits extensively, so much so that they develop the capacity to finish the book in one sitting and know who the killer is before they turn to the last page.

We of course cannot miss out on books like Agniputr by Vadhan. Powers and politics, legacy and magic are intertwined in this brilliant novel. The main character has to choose between the world’s end or his own. If that doesn’t make you want to pick up the book, what will?

Hello, fellow Booknerds, it's Agatha Christie’s birthday month so of course we have to talk about murder mysteries! The allure of them stems from the fact that you absolutely CANNOT trust anyone. I have curated a list of whodunits that you most certainly cannot miss out on!

1. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Considered one of Agatha Christie’s best works, the ‘Queen of Crime’ takes us through a chilling tale of the murder of an American tycoon on a train, in only 200 pages! Hercule Poirot, one of Ms. Christie’s better-known fictional characters, is supposed to be on vacation but when duty calls, he is unable to overlook it.

2. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

The murder of a high school girl 5 years ago has forever marred the reputation of a small town in London. An unwavering conviction by Pippa Fitz-Amobi, who had known the accused that he didn’t do it sets her on a path of trying to find out the truth and ultimately undo the wrong. Will she be able to prove his innocence? Or will she be facing more than she bargained for?

3. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M.McManus

Five high schoolers go into detention and only four come out. One boy dies due to an allergic reaction but the circumstances are suspicious and before we know it, the remaining four all look pretty guilty. They all have their motives and they are hiding something. Will the truth come out, or will the lies cover up all the flaws? This young-adult book has even been turned into a Peacock TV series!

4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Amy Dunne, the wife of Nick Dunne, mysteriously disappears and all the fingers point towards Nick. But did he do it? Or is there something more sinister at play? Adapted into a movie starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, this book blurs the lines between reality and fiction- truths and lies become so twisted that one cannot tell them apart. Will we ever find out what happened to Amy?

5. Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

A husband gets murdered brutally in front of his wife, Alicia- therefore in the court case, she is the only eye witness but there is one small problem- she has gone mute. Theo, a criminal psychotherapist, intrigued by this case, gets personally invested and goes to work with Alicia to see if he can get her to spill what she saw on that fatal night. But Alicia seems to be holding onto more than one secret- something that could change Theo’s life forever.

6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Being the first of a trilogy, this novel walks us through the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl from one of Sweden’s wealthiest families. Forty years later, the girl’s uncle continues to search for her. We follow a journalist hired by the uncle, paired with our protagonist Lisbeth Salander as they weave in and out through the underbelly of Sweden filled with dark secrets.

Hope you guys enjoyed this list and added some new books to your TBR. Happy reading!

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