Autumn is the perfect time of year to cozy up with a mystery, one of those “it was a dark and stormy night” kind of books or a fun filled cozy mystery with a plot to keep you warm next to a fire.
If you’re looking for a good read, check out these mysteries – both old and new- this autumn. I’ve included books that are new as well as a few of my favorite tried and true classics. Happy Fall!
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- The Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie, wrote hundreds of stories in her lifetime. The full length mysteries are wonderful, but there’s something fun and satisfying about a short story, one that you can finish while dinner is cooking. Read nine short stories in The Harlequin Tea Set and rediscover why Agatha Christie rules the roost when it comes to mysteries and figuring out weird reasons people do the things they do! My favorites stories are ‘The Mystery of the Spanish Chest’ and ‘The Edge.’
- Cherry Pie or Die by Ceecee James. This mystery is set in mid-October in Pennsylvania. A murder takes places as Gracie* is leading a tourist tour at the local spot of an alleged historical haunted home. When she leads the group on a tour to the ghost’s lair, one of the tour group ends up dead! It’s set as a classical cozy mystery with an emphasis on small town charm and lots of good food.
- Autumn Adventure by Poppy M. Haas. In this 5th book in the Friday Friends Dinner Club mystery series, Melody Note’s favorite season of the year gets intense when her favorite autumn getaway, As Melody’s love life heats up, so does the dangerous events in Apple Haven, the charming town outside Stonybrooke. Fatal car accidents and arson dampen everyone’s enjoyment of the season. Melody sets out to find out who is trying to destroy the reputation of Apple Haven, and the life of one of its mysterious inhabitants, the handsome Eric Beaumont. Melody’s friends join her in solving the mystery as well as Detective McKenzie.
- I recently discovered is Dorothy Sawyer who wrote mysteries in the early 2oth century and created one of the world’s most beloved characters, Lord Peter Wimsey. I loved the short story collection because it gave me a feel for this charcter as well as his mother, his friends and other people who assist him in solving odd and downright weird mysteries! Plus, I could finish one in the evening and I do love the feeling of finishing a story 🙂 Now that I’m done with the collection of short stories, I’ll be reading one of her full length mysteries. There’s a lot of thinking involved in these stories. They’re not easy to figure out!
- No Grater Danger. This book is just as much about the charming town and its inhabitants as the mystery. Jaymie Mueller is a culinary writer in this cooking cozy mystery, set in mid-October in a Michigan town. She becomes involved in attempting to protect an eccentric older woman who owns large amounts of property in town, but won’t sell, building up resentment- and a murder attempt- among developers. This is book 7 in the series. Even though I had not read the previous books, I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery and didn’t feel I was missing out on important character plots. My one complaint is that there are so many characters, it’s easy to get them confused, but author Victoria Hamilton describes the quirky characters and town in a way that stirs up all the senses, so if small town charm is your thing, I think you’ll enjoy this cozy culinary mystery.
- Perhaps you want to picture yourself somewhere a bit warmer? Hit and Run, a Sisters Sleuth Mystery by Rayna Morgan shares settings in two main places: San Diego and Guadalajara, Mexico. This mystery features family members who work together to solve crimes, namely two sisters and their dad (a retired police chief). I enjoyed the different places the mystery went in Mexico and southern California. Getting mixed up in drug cartels is a quick way to trouble! Yikes!
- Is there anywhere in the states that as pretty as New England in the fall? Death in Glenville Falls, a Gracie McIntyre mystery, by Carol L. Wright is set in a charming New England town and features Gracie, a lovely woman who is trying to forget her past and a horrible murder that took place in her law practice eighteen years ago. I just started this one and am looking forward to cuddling up with a cup of hot coffee and finding out what happens.
- Autumn brings back memories of school for me. A run down memory lane and years past of my old school days is a bag of mixed memories, both happy and somewhat disastrous. As much as school was an interesting place, I can’t quite related to the characters who go to the Oxford in Plum Sykes new mystery, but just like The Devil Wears Prada, that’s half the fun! I loved getting an inside peak at this fictional group of friends solving a mystery in a respectable, if not a bit snobblish, university. Note: the book focuses on fashion and college-esque clichés, so if that’s not your thing, steer clear of this one!
- An invitation to go into business with a restaunter in town makes Allie McSwain the prime target in a murder! With the help of her outgoing, slightly crazy friend, she sets out to clear her name and find the true murderer, using her amazing pie making abilities to stir up people to talk. This is a very fast mystery. I read it in two days and loved the ending! Apple Pie A la Murder by Kate Bell and Kathleen Suzette will bring a chill to the fall season plus, there’s a few fun recipes in the back.
What books are you reading this fall? I’d love to hear about your favorites!
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