This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a Halloween Freebie, but I’m not a huge fan of spooky books so instead I thought I’d list a few mysteries I’ve read. Mysteries is a genre I want to read more of, especially since they’re popular right now and there are so many of them. I haven’t read a ton yet, but here are ten mystery books or authors I enjoyed.
Agatha Christie: So this is a no-brainer when it comes to mysteries. Agatha Christie is a classic mystery author, and I need to read more of her books. So far I’ve read Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile. I’d like to read And Then There Were None next.
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin: When I first read this in middle school, I enjoyed it immensely. I recently decided to reread it and I didn’t like that much. The ending makes up for the middle which was kind of boring. But I’m still adding it to the list because it’s one of the first mysteries I remember reading.
Sadie by Courtney Summers: This is probably one of the first more recent mystery-thrillers I picked up since the genre isn’t something I normally read. I listened to the audiobook, which is phenomenal. I need to read Summers’ other books.
Winterborne Home books by Ally Carter: This is a fun middle grade mystery. I love the cast of characters and all the hidden secrets of the Winterborne Mansion. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there are more books coming.
Chasing Starlight by Terri Bailey Black: I picked up this mystery because it was set during the Golden Age of Hollywood. The premise was interesting and I really liked how the events unfolded. Black did a great job making you suspect pretty much everybody at different points in the novel. It’s a bit lighter than other mysteries I’ve read, less tension and violence, but it was fun.
Karen M. McManus books: Obviously I had to include McManus on this list. I’ve read all her books to date, and while I didn’t enjoy all of them equally, I think she definitely has a knack for mysteries.
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: I’ve come to the conclusion that I enjoy any type of mystery–whether it involves murder, kidnapping/disappearances, or just puzzles and riddles. The Inheritance Games focuses more on solving a puzzle/riddle than murder, but it’s intriguing.
This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson: This mystery is a little different because it’s set on a space station! Talk about raising the stakes. It’s not my favorite mystery, but I enjoyed how things played out.
Kara Thomas books: I’ve only read The Cheerleaders and That Weekend so far and while for the most part I enjoy the mystery aspects, she always throws some kind of twist into the story that leaves me feeling a little uncomfortable and jarred. Like why-do-you-have-to-go-in-that-direction kind of deal. But still, they’re decent mysteries that keep me guessing.
A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy: I have to give a shout out to the children’s book series that probably made me interested in mysteries first. I still remember these books so clearly with the different alphabetical mysteries and the character that always wore one color for whatever outfit she chose. They are fun.