Book Recommendations: Murder, Mystery and Mayhem

Although Halloween might be over and done with for the year, there is no reason to put aside the horror stories and mystery genres. For this week’s book recommendations we will be presenting to you a list of spine-chilling, blood curdling novels. Fair warning, these may very well keep you up at night.

1. The A.B.C Murders by Agatha Christie

Now this is an author with a knack for writing gripping mysteries and thrillers. This book follows her usual genres of crime, murder and mystery, starring a serial killer hell bent on working his way through the alphabet. After each murder, he leaves behind a letter hinting the time and place of his next killing. Trust me, this novel will not disappoint.

2. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Based on the true story of the gruesome murder of the Clutter Family in 1959, Truman Capote meticulously recreates the horrifying event and its investigation. A story that oozes suspense and has its readers transfixed after the first few pages.

3. 11th Hour (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson

The 11th hour, the 11th book of the Women’s murder club series, follows the life of Lindsay Boxer, a female detective. Bodiless heads are turning up in the backyard of a famous actor and she’s yet again faced with the challenge of uncovering another serial killer.

4. IT by Stephen King

You must have watched or heard of the movie IT, but did you know that IT was actually a book? The book follows a similar plot of the movie, were IT reaches up from the darkest depths of the town Derry, Maine and terrorizes children, taking the shape of their deep-seated fears. I recommend giving this a read because you know what they say, the book is always better than the movie.

5. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

The description is in it’s title folks. There is discord within the peaceful secluded monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-Les Loups following the murder of the eminent choir director and Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir are invited in to find the killer.

6. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

Harriet Vane is accused of poisoning her fiancee. She has to rely on Lord Peter Wimsey, a detective determined on winning her affections, to prove her innocence.

7. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

The resurfacing of the underground organization Illuminati is discovered after a physicist is found dead with an ambigram of the word Illuminati branded on his chest. The catholic church is now under threat.  Robert Langdon and Vittoria Vetra race against time to stop the detonation of a bomb placed at the heart of the Vatican city. But will they make it time?

8. A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne

Marsha is easily able to recall the chaos that had surrounded her family when she was only 9 years old, including the molestation and murder of a twelve year old boy in her neighborhood. She puts to use her skills in trying to find out who committed the crime. This book not only revolves around murder and mystery but also brings forward several themes such as politics and marriage.

 

By Josette Alexandra Larue

Samawiyah is majoring in English with Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, and is either sleeping right now or trying hard not to. She firmly believes that your path is your own and you ought to travel it in whatever manner you please.

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