Weekly Book List: Week 36 (Murder Mystery)

The Da Vinci Code / Dan Brown

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and French cryptologist Sophie Neveu work to solve the murder of an elderly curator of the Louvre, a case which leads to clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci and a centuries-old secret society. (FIC BROWN, DAN)

 

And Then There Were None / Agatha Christie

Ten houseguests, trapped on an isolated island, are the prey of a diabolical killer. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion: Ten little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine–When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? And who will be left to tell the tale? (FIC CHRISTIE)

Postmortem / Patricia Cornwell

Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta is introduced in this story of a psychopath who is brutally murdering women. Scarpetta must find out why–before she becomes the next victim. (PBK CORNWELL)

 

A Study in Scarlet / Arthur Conan Doyle

This story, the first of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, includes an explanation of how Watson and Holmes come to share rooms at 221B Baker Street, and an introduction of Scotland Yard detectives Gregson and Lestrade. (FIC DOYLE)

 

Dark Places / Gillian Flynn

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas”. She escaped and survived to later testify that her 15-year-old brother Ben was the killer. Twenty-five years later she is contacted by “The Kill Club” and pumped for information they hope to use to free Ben. Libby hatches a plan to profit from her tragic past but ends up being chased by a killer. (FIC FLYNN)

In The Woods / Tana French

Twenty years after witnessing the violent disappearances of two companions from their small Dublin suburb, detective Rob Ryan investigates a chillingly similar murder that takes place in the same wooded area, a case that forces him to piece together his traumatic memories. (FIC FRENCH)

 

The Cuckoo’s Calling / Robert Galbraith

London PI Cormoran Strike’s final feud with his arguably insane fiancée leaves him camping in his office, wondering how his last two clients will keep him afloat and pay for his new secretary, Robin. When a childhood acquaintance asks him to investigate his supermodel sister’s apparent suicide, Strike finds a distraction from his problems that’s happily attached to a check. Lula Landry was surrounded by rabid paparazzi, a drug-addled social circle, a dysfunctional adopted family, and a shifty, newly found birth mother, making suicidal despair hard to dismiss. But with Robin’s surprisingly adept assistance, Strike dismantles witness statements, applying masterful deductive skills to find evidence of murder. (FIC GALBRAITH)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Stieg Larsson

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker Lisbeth Salander investigate the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, which took place forty years ago. (FIC LARSSON)

 

Glory in Death / J.D. Robb

When two beautiful, highly successful women are found murdered, Eve Dallas has a long list of suspects. The two glamorous women rubbed elbows with a number of wealthy, powerful men, including her own lover, Roarke. (PBK ROBB)

 

The Lovely Bones / Alice Sebold

Looking down from heaven, 14-year-old Susie Salmon recounts her rape and murder and watches her family as they cope with their grief and “the lovely bones” growing around her absence. (FIC SEBOLD)

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