Cozy Up With a Good Mystery

After a really beautiful week, today is dreary and cold. It’s the perfect time to cuddle up with a good mystery. Whether it’s a cozy mystery or a fast-paced thriller you’re craving, this list has you covered.

Still Life, Louise Penny

“Still Life” is the first book in Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series. Three Pines, the village where the books are set, is absolutely charming – as are the characters who live there. In “Still Life,” a beloved resident is found dead, and it is up to Gamache to figure out if it’s just an accident – or murder.

“Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder,” Joanne Fluke

Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen series is set in Lake Eden, a fictional Minnesota town. In “Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder,” Swensen finds she has a knack not just for baking, but for solving crimes as well, when a deliveryman is found dead in his truck behind her bakery. This book series also includes some great recipes!

The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware

“The Death of Mrs. Westaway” is an atmospheric mystery/thriller from Ruth Ware. Main character Hal is a tarot card reader who receives a letter in the mail notifying her that she has been bequeathed a large inheritance. It soon becomes evident that something is not quite right about the situation, but Hal desperately needs the money. How far will she go to get it, and will she end up paying with her life?

Spilled Blood, Brian Freeman

If you’ve never read Minnesota author Brian Freeman, “Spilled Blood” is a great place to start. This mystery/thriller is the story of two small Minnesota towns embroiled in a feud, and the murder of a teenage girl. When his daughter is accused of the crime, a Minneapolis lawyer works to unravel the mystery, and uncovers some ugly truths in the process.

Before I Go to Sleep, S.J. Watson

The main character of S.J. Watson’s “Before I Go to Sleep” is an amnesiac who wakes up each day with no memory of who she is, or anything about her life. She is desperate to uncover the truth about who she is, and figure out who she can trust.

The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn

“The Woman in the Window” is a memorable thriller about a woman suffering from agoraphobia. When she thinks she sees a crime committed across the street, it sets into motion events that will reveal many secrets – including her own. It’s full of twists and turns.

If you’re looking for a fast-paced read, try one of these or one of the many other mysteries and thrillers available through OverDrive/Libby.

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Happy reading!