6 Marvelous Murder Mystery Books To Read In The Bath

6 Marvelous Murder Mystery Books To Read In The Bath

My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Korede’s sister Ayoola has just killed her boyfriend in what she says is self-defence, her third suitor in a row who has met such a fate. Korede, ever the dutiful sister, comes to Ayoola’s aid, bucket of bleach and rubber gloves in tow.

Despite her growing suspicion that Aylooa isn’t acting in self-defence at all, family comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola begins dating a doctor at the practice where Korede works, a man Korede has long harboured a secret crush on…

A darkly comic satire of patriarchy and sexism which was long listed for the 2020 Booker Prize.

She is incapable of practical underwear.

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

From a writer who isn’t short of must read stories, this is the quintessential Christie mystery. And Then There Were None finds a group of ten strangers assembled on an island for reasons unknown.

When they start dying one by one, killed off in the style of the famous nursery rhyme “Ten Little Soldiers”, the remaining guests must race to solve the mystery and uncover the murderer before they become the next victims.

Adapted, used as inspiration, and out right copied over the years, fans of Christie’s famed detectives Poirot and Miss Marple and newcomers alike will love this classic thriller.

One of us in this very room is in fact the murderer.

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Maryilyn and James Lee are a Chinese American couple living in Ohio in the 1970s. Their daughter Lydia is the favourite, and the Lees are determined she will live up to their expectations by pursuing the dreams they could never fulfill.

When Lydia’s body is found in a local lake, their world is instantly shattered, and as the investigation unfolds, the assumptions, fictions, and deceits the Lee family have maintained in service of those dreams are laid bare, fracturing the family ever further.

A gripping thriller and a portrait of a family unravelling at its tightly-sewn seams, Everything I Never Told You is a must read story of secrets, and longing, and the ties that bind.

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

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The Guest List by Lucy Foley

On Cormorant Island, guests gather to celebrate the wedding of celebrity couple Will and Jules; as picture perfect as they are ambitious.

Every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed. But the remote location and a host of revelations have other plans, as drinking games and poor cell service contribute to an atmosphere of secrets, jealousy, and ultimately: murder.

A number one bestseller, The Guest List is a modern spin on the classic murder mystery more than worthy of the Agatha Christie comparisons.

In my experience, those who have the greatest respect for the rules also take the most enjoyment in breaking them.

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The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

Deep in the American South, the body of a girl is discovered at Belle Vie, an historic plantation owned by the same old-money family for generations.

Caren, the manager of Belle Vie, finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation and in receipt of a series of revelations about the past and future of the house, things she wishes she didn’t know.

With staff members missing, family members hiding secrets and a dead girl with a story to tell, Caren must look beyond the beauty of the plantation and uncover the terrible truth about Belle Vie.

The decor was attractive and strong, but blander than she would have thought his wealth and position afforded him. Caren couldn’t see the point of having that much money if all of it led to beige.

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The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon

A gripping mystery set in an alternate present, based on the premise that during World War II a temporary settlement for Jewish refugees was established in Sitka, Alaska, in 1941.

On the eve of the Federal District of Sitka reverting to Alakan control, Detective Meyer Landsman is tasked with investigating the murder of Mendel Shpilman, a former chess prodigy and the son of a powerful local crime boss.

Downtrodden, divorced, and living in a local hotel, Landsman is nobody’s hero, but as he investigates the strange circumstances surrounding the murder, he realises that the case could be his last shot at redemption.

My Saturday night is like a microwave burrito. Very tough to ruin something that starts out so bad to begin with.

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