Top Ten Tuesday in a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’m not really a “beach” person- but I do like the lake so that’ll have to be close enough. For my beach reads I’ve decided to focus on murder mysteries! (dun-dun-dun!) Just perfect for when you’re surround by a crowd of strangers, all who could potentially be a serial killer. I do have to point out that I love my Japanese horror/crime/mystery novels and therefore have added a bunch to my list. *nod, nod*
Don’t forget to add a link to your TTT or a comment on what murder mystery novel you think will be a good beach read!
1. Broadchurch (Broadchurch #1) by Erin Kelly, Chris Chibnall
*Gasp!* Another novelization?! Really?! Yes. But it’s BROADCHURCH. A boy’s body found on the beach, a small coastal town full of secrets, a new DI with a shifty past- who’s the murderer? A perfect beach murder for a perfect beach read.
I’ve written a review on this one. A school teacher’s 4-year-old daughter is found dead in the school’s pool and thought an accident, but she knows better. She knows her students are responsible, and takes it into her own hands to point out which ones, how, why, and enact revenge.
A detective turned in his badge to become a PI, only for a woman turn up dead, thus starting a string of women going missing. Painful past, secrets, and a sequel. 😉
This is a good one! Dead bodies at an old children’s home, a serial killer spanning over decades on the lose, and DI Kim Stone has to face her own horrible past to confront the killer.
You don’t know him. But he knows you.
Jennifer sees a pattern in the recent serial murders. Is it copycat of the murder her mother put away 20 years ago, or did she convict the wrong person? Dun, dun, dun! (A bit paranormal, but oh well! I love paranormal, too!)
A middle-aged man who has an online “shadow family” turns up dead. The suspects immediately turn to his online “wife”, “daughter”, and “son”, while his real family are left with the detective to wonder why he needed the fake family and why he was murdered.
This is the only book in the Kaga series translated so far, which is sad, but it can be read as a standalone. This is one of those good old fashioned locked door mysteries! A famous writer was found in his locked office dead and it’s up to Detective Kaga to solve the murder!
I will never stop promoting my love for this book (and writer)! It has two stories, but the main story has the corpse of the murdered girl as the narrator. She’s drug around town, being hidden from family and cops, and the reader sees everything from her eyes. Literally. We can only see what the body sees.
Of course I have to throw in a couple of classics! Ten people are called to an island by a millionaire who they never see and have no ties with. BUT, each of them are connected by past secrets. One by one they are murdered till There Were None.
Can you write about murder/mysteries and not mention Sherlock Holmes?
I can’t, anyway. So there. I mentioned it. SHERLOCK!