Books are one of my favourite pastimes. In fact, behind podcasts, they might be number one. For me, there is nothing like getting lost in a good story, and one of my favourite things to read is whodunit books.
There is nothing like a page-turning murder mystery. In fact, these might be my favourite types of books. I love trying to figure out who the bad guy is ??♀️. Here are six of the best whodunit books that I’ve read in the last little while. Trust me, you’ll LOVE them.
A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
Let’s be honest, anything by Agatha Christie is going to be a riveting mystery that will keep you reading until the end. But considering our current stationary state, I figure it’s best to recommend a real adventure like A Caribbean Mystery.
This detective story is a Miss Marple mystery that sees the titular character relaxing in the Caribbean sun when she’s approached by a mysterious man who asks if she would like to “see a picture of a murder” then disappears. When he’s found dead the next day, Jane Marple is pulled into an unexpected mystery.
If you’re looking for money, mystery and a tropical destination, then this is the whodunnit book for you.
Death on the Nile
I find that when an author has one amazing whodunnit, they tend to have several—and I love all of them. Of course, this was all kicked off by the queen of mystery herself, Agatha Christie. Death on the Nile is one of Christie’s most famous whodunits, and if you’re looking for a mystery novel to read you’ll want to add it to your list.
In this novel, Christie’s famed detective Hercule Poirot heads to Egypt. It’s while cruising along the Nile that young, stylish Linnet Ridgeway was shot, and it’s up to Poirot to figure out what’s really going on.
One of Us Is Lying
I read One of Us is Lying and LOVED it. It’s a teen psychological thriller and I would highly recommend giving it a read. Karen M. McManus is an exceptional writer, and this book has been described as being “Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars.”
Five teenagers head into detention and only four walk out alive. During that short stint, one of those teenagers mysteriously dies… was it an accident? Murder? Everyone in the room is a suspect, so what really happened?
An Unwanted Guest
I had forgotten all about whodunnits until I picked up An Unwanted Guest late last year. OH MY GOD, I couldn’t get through it fast enough (and yet wanted it to keep going). This is one of those classic whodunit books, and I could not get over how much I loved it.
It’s a blizzarding winter weekend in the Catskills and guests have checked into the remote Mitchell’s Inn for a relaxing, romantic weekend. And it seems like the perfect idea until one of the guests turns up dead. While the first one might have been able to pass as an accident, the second dead guest means everyone starts to panic.
Stuck in this remote hotel with no way out, what will happen? And, most importantly, whodunit?
A Stranger in the House
Shari Lapena is an amazing writer, so naturally, I’m recommending another one of her books, A Stranger in the House. This one is similar but totally different to the remote hotel mystery. You’ll love it.
Newlyweds Karen and Tom have a happy life in upstate New York until one day Tom returns home to find that Karen has vanished. Her car is gone and it looks like she left in a rush because she left her purse, phone and ID behind her.
But, thank god, Karen is found. She’s been in an accident that she can’t remember… and that’s where their world starts to unravel. Something is wrong here. Someone’s been in their home.
I read Elevator Pitch cover to cover on a 24-hour period and I loved it. It’s a really strange way to tell a psychological thriller but it was one of those amazing whodunit books. My only real complaint was that when the end came, it came crashing down and not in an elegant way. It could use a bit of work.
The story goes a little something like this: on Monday four people die when an elevator plummets to the bottom. Probably an accident. Then Tuesday, another elevator drops? Coincidence? Then on Wednesday… something has to be going on. Someone is killing off the city’s citizens in one of the strangest ways possible. But who is doing it and why? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
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