When the weather is blustery and crisp leaves are circling outside in a flurry, there’s no better way to spend the weekend than curled up at home with a cosy murder mystery in hand. Below you’ll find a list of some of my favourite crime reads to indulge in when the afternoon light is fading quickly, all set in very different yet equally atmospheric settings.
Thirteen Guests by J. Jefferson Farjeon
A hunting weekend with intriguing guests and, of course, a murder always makes for a quintessential autumn read. The title itself hints towards the unfortunate end for the thirteenth guest to step through the door, while the country house setting creates the perfect backdrop for a murder mystery.
A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
The peculiar advertisement in the local gazette stirs curiosity amongst the villagers of Chipping Cleghorn in the Queen of Crime’s 50th book. Holidaying in a nearby village, Miss Marple is on hand to lend her amateur sleuth skills in this delightfully ingenious plot.
Mrs Mohr Goes Missing by Maryla Szymiczkowa
Set in the cobbled centre of Kraków at the turn of the century, this lighthearted read blends comedy and crime with charming results. As enchanting as the protagonist and storyline itself, the historical element makes for a truly captivating setting.
I Saw Him Die by Andrew Wilson
On the Isle of Skye, protagonist Agatha Christie is tasked with helping keep a charismatic hotel proprietor safe following his anonymous death threats. This is the latest release in Andrew Wilson’s brilliant series that places the famous author at the centre of murder mysteries.
What are your favourite reads at this time of the year?