Best Book Ever- Mysteries

Welcome to Best Book Ever!  This week we are looking for books that keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will come next....

Week 21: Best Mystery Ever

Has there ever been a more perfect mystery than The Westing Game? I'll answer that for you: No. I've read it so many times over the years and I still get caught up in trying to discover new clues and new red herrings. The book has plenty of each. As well as a dead body! A will! A fortune! Explosions! And many, many characters who are not what they seem. Sunset Towers may be a picturesque place to live, but it's also brimming with lies and deception. If you've never read this book, I dare you to play THE WESTING GAME
Tiffany Schmidt, debut author of Send Me a Sign (2012 by Walker- Bloomsbury) 

As someone who doesn't read many mysteries, and tends to figure them out really fast, Stars in the Night was a happy surprise. It's a historical mystery, about old Hollywood during WWII - a tantalizing mix - and I was actually able to read through it with the characters, rather than figuring it all out early on. The characters are amazing, and what really drew me in, though the historical aspect is a happy perk. I need more mysteries like this, I think.
 Rebecca @ A Word's Worth

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s mystery recommendations. When I was a kid, I read a ton of mysteries, but after I discovered science fiction and fantasy—and young adult fiction—mysteries practically disappeared from my radar. Now I read lots of books that have elements of mystery, but primarily exist within other genres. However, I still adore Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s SherlockHolmes stories and revisit them frequently, so I’m going to cheat a little this week; my recommendation for best mystery book ever is The Complete Sherlock Holmes, which contains all four novels and fifty-six stories in canon. I do think you should read them all, starting with the first book, A Study in Scarlet, which introduces Holmes and Dr. John Watson to each other as well as to readers. But if you’re looking for a quick taste of the great consulting detective before committing, some of my favorite stories include “The Adventure of the Red-Headed League”, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”, “The Adventure of the Crooked Man”, and “The Adventure of the Dancing Men”. Fans of the Twilight series might be interested in checking out “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire”. All of these stories can be found online and in e-book form for free or cheap, so why don’t you drop by Baker Street and let me know what you think?
E.C. Myers, debut author of Fair Coin (2012 Prometheus Books)

Coranne's Picks:

Because it was a light week for contributors, I decided to give you three of my favorite mystery picks.  Now let me preface my picks by saying- you may not find these books in the mystery section- but they are oozing pure mystery!

Pick 1:  And Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians) by Agatha Christie

First, there were ten a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

I fell in love with this book as a teen.  The book was everything I loved about a good mystery with- creepy, on the edge of your seat.  However, this book lacked intense and gruesome violence- it simply didn't need it.

Pick 2:  Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again",
With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten a past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house's current occupants. With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim's first wife the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.

I spent this entire book going, "HOLY COW WHAT IS GOING ON?"  This is a book that you will not be able to put down and you will have to read in one sitting.  Creepy, mysterious, and a little scary- this is an excellent mystery that should be on your TBR list.

Pick 3: Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences.

Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.

I know I know, you are saying, "but you already picked this for another week!"  Well *blows a raspberry*.  This is one of the creepiest mysteries I have ever read. Literally, it gave me nightmares and I had to hide the book under my bed so I could sleep (Yes I am almost 29, ha ha!)  This book is a creepy puzzle that winds and twists its way through two centuries, thoroughly confusing the reader until everything ties together and comes to a complete ending. Why are you still here?  Go pre-order this book!

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