As a fellow mystery writer, I am always sleuthing around for the best mystery reads each month. And like most voracious readers, I have my own list of perennial favorite authors. This month is no exception. The shelves are overflowing with good reads from some of the most talented writers in the publishing business. Check out Momtrends’ top mystery reads available in stores and online at your favorite book retailers.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of reading a book by New York Times bestselling author Cara Black, laissez les bons temps rouler. Grab your passport! We’re heading to Paris, France for Murder on the Champ de Mars. The fifteenth installment of the fan favorite Aimée Leduc Investigation series centers on a poor gypsy boy’s missing mother who is keeping a secret concerning Aimée’s father’s unsolved murder from ten years ago. Be sure to check out the other books in this popular French series. C’est bon!
Looking for a novel of suspense to keep you up at night? We found it! Hallie Ephron mesmerized her fans back in 2013 with one of the year’s Top 10 Crime Fiction Books, There Was An Old Woman. Now she’s back with her latest release, Night Night, Sleep Tight set in both the 1960’s and 1980’s, two of our favorite decades. Even the title gives us the chills! Deirdre Unger is heading home to Beverly Hills to help her screenwriter dad put his house up for sale, but finds him face down in the swimming pool…unfortunately dead.
Is the polar vortex freezing you out? Then come along with us to Palm Beach, Florida as we read the latest Killer Wasp Mystery, Killer Getaway by Amy Korman. Kristin Clark and her dog Waffles decide to take a trip down south to sunny Florida with her three sidekicks in tow only to become embroiled in a puzzling mishap. Who better than her cocktail sipping friends…Bootsie, a nosy reporter; Holly, a chicken nugget heiress; and Sophie, the soon-to-be ex-wife of a mobster… to help solve this baffling mystery.
If you’re in the mood for a psychological thriller, we highly suggest The Daughter by Jane Shemilt. A talented, fresh voice in literary suspense, she has crafted a nail-biting read about a mother’s unrelenting plight to find her missing daughter. A story with multiple layers, your significant other might just find you hiding underneath the covers with a flashlight into the wee hours of the morning. If you’re like most, you’ll stop at nothing to figure out whodunit in this unforgettable story.
If you have a penchant for southern fiction with ghostly figures intertwined, look no further than A Ghostly Undertaking: A Ghostly Southern Mystery by Tonya Kappes. Ghosts, you dare ask? You betcha! The first installment of a ghoulish new series, Emma Lee Raines is not your typical undertaker. She has a knack for speaking to the dearly departed, such as Ruthie Sue Payne. Ruthie insists she didn’t take a tumble down the stairs…she was pushed. Now it’s up to Emma Lee to uncover the source of foul play or risk being eternally haunted.
Looking for a laugh while solving a mystery? Check out one of our favorite New York Times bestselling authors, Tim Dorsey. Shark Skin Suite: A Novel will certainly take a bite out of the cold weather as we head down to the Sunshine State for another hysterical story with the unflappable Floridaphile Serge Storms. In this latest installment, the quirky freelance fixer is called upon to aid a damsel in distress at the Key West courthouse. There’s nothing better than mixing a mystery with some lighthearted humor. And, no one does it better than the talented Tim Dorsey.
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