What are the ingredients for an enjoyable murder mystery? Take Agatha Christie, add a famous, Belgian detective, a dash of a humorous butler, an unexpected guest, complex, well-developed characters and you have Hercule Poirot’s Christmas. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Hercule Poirot Mystery) by Agatha Christie is seasonal book was originally published in 1939. It is the nineteenth book in the Hercule Poirot Mystery Series and is Christie’s response to the criticism of her brother-in-law. He told her that her murders were getting too refined. Therefore, Christie dedicated this book to her brother-in-law, James with “You yearned for a good violent murder with lots of blood … so this is your special story.” Continue reading Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Hercule Poirot Mystery) by Agatha Christie
Detective Crombie investigates the disappearance of two teenagers. One of the teenagers is the daughter of a dangerous criminal found dead inside of his locked study. As Crombie ties the strings together, he finds all lines leading back to a very dangerous person and a series of coincidences from a disgraced MP to dead celebrities.
In Blue Wicked by Alan Jones, Eddie Henderson is a veterinarian investigating the brutal deaths of cats. When people start dying in the same way, Eddie tries to take his suspicions of connection to the animals to the police only to be laughed off. Only Detective Catherine Douglas believes Eddie and together they try to crack a dangerous case in the backstreets of Glasgow’s worst area.
The Cabinetmaker by Alan Jones, the murder of the son of a cabinetmaker is John McDaid’s first case when he is made a detective with the Glasgow Police. Despite the passing of decades in search of justice, the cabinetmaker and McDaid build an unlikely bond. Is this murder mystery destined to remain unsolved?
In The Monitor by Cathy Vasas-Brown, Lt. Carolyn Latham investigates the suicide of four teens that came from varied parts of the country to Cypress Village, Oregon in order to die together. Following their trail, Carolyn discovers a world she’d never imagined. An organized support group for those waiting to “take the bus” orchestrated by a mysterious Monitor. When a Japanese teen that has withdrawn from the world and is living with his uncle in the United States disappears, Carolyn knows that she doesn’t have much time to save this teenager’s life. The Monitor is the second book to feature Lt. Carolyn Latham by Cathy Vasas-Brown.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00FIP9TEU” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TEHXp%2BBqL._SL160_.jpg” width=”100″]In a slightly alternate universe, Simon Morlee has a gift. He shares an intimacy with the dead far greater than any that could be shared in life. He can see the last few things they saw before death. The police force is down to a skeleton crew relying on Simon to bring in the bad guys. When a serial killer with his own special talent hits the scene will Simon be facing the end of his journey?
In Dead Like Me by Kelly Miller, Tampa Detective Kate Springer returns to duty investigating a case of a murder of her thirteen-year-old doppelgänger. As she and her partner, Detective Patrick Jessup, dig into the murder, dark secrets from Kate’s past will be revealed and what seemed a coincidence, will seem less so. Can Kate solve the case and catch the killer before the killer catches her?
In Violation: A Sgt. Crane Novel by Wendy Cartmell, detective sergeant Major Crane is called into a local investigation of rape and murder when the primary suspect turns out to be a man stationed on the base. When one of his own is attacked, Sgt. Major Crane knows that evil is closer to home than he’d like. With the stress of an unhappy wife and new child at home, can he solve the case and stop the killer? Violation: A Sgt. Crane Novel is the third novel in the Sgt. Major Crane series.
In The Black Box by Michael Connelly, Harry Bosch is called to the scene of a murder during the L.A. Riots. The victim is a white, female, Danish reporter who was shot through the eye. As the twentieth anniversary of the riots approaches, Bosch has tied the murder to two others and is determined to solve the case that he’s never been able to forget. The Black Box (A Harry Bosch Novel) is the seventeenth book in the Harry Bosch series.