πŸ“š Top Ten Tuesday | Spooky & Mysterious Reading Recommendations πŸŽƒ

Top Ten TuesdayHello my fellow bookworms! Today, I am taking part in this week’s TTT topic, which is: Halloween Freebie. So I thought I could help inspire your current Halloween and R.I.P reading by sharing with you some of the best spooky and mysterious reads I have enjoyed over the last year:

πŸŽƒ The Comedy Club Mystery by Peter Bartram – A jolly good, nostalgic British murder-mystery, that sees our much-loved Colin Crampton, the ace crime reporter for the Brighton Evening Chronicle, investigating the seedy underbelly of 1960’s Brighton’s entertainment scene. (review)

πŸŽƒ Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wykhadden by M.C. Beaton – This is the ninth book in Beaton’s long-running, cosy-crime series, that follows our favourite retired-PR executive, come bumbling amateur detective, Agatha in a run-down, out-of-season seaside resort. (review)

πŸŽƒ The Birds & Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier – An atmospheric collection of six chilling stories, from the queen of modern gothic, that share an uncanny sense of dislocation and mock man’s perceived dominance over life and nature. (review)

πŸŽƒ Justice Hall by Laurie R. King – This is the sixthΒ Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery, and by far my favourite of the series so far, with its perfect blend of a big old house and estate, a family inheritance mystery, and plenty of clues, disguises and red herrings! (review)

πŸŽƒ Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart – The debut novel of the queen of suspense, that gives you those golden-age Hollywood thriller feels, as we join the young widow Charity Selborne, who is unwittingly drawn into a murderous plot in the sun-drenched Provencal region of France. (review)

πŸŽƒ The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman – A cosy, crime caper debut for the TV presenter Richard Osman, which introduces us to Osman’s intrepid group of octogenarian sleuths, for a wonderfully eccentric and quintessentially British murder mystery! (review)

πŸŽƒ The Mother’s Day Mystery by Peter BartramΒ – Another jolly good, nostalgic British murder-mystery, that sees our much-loved Colin Crampton, the ace crime reporter for the Brighton Evening Chronicle, following a trail of murder, blackmail and drugs in the swinging sixties. (review)

πŸŽƒ Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – The Regency classic and gothic parody about the young, naΓ―ve Catherine Morland, whose love of lurid gothic novels has her imagining spooks and villains everywhere, and which will eventually get her into all sorts of trouble… (review)

πŸŽƒ O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King – This is the fifth Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery, which actually takes us back in time for a previously untold chapter in the history of Mary’s apprenticeship with the great detective, out in the parched desert of British-occupied Palestine. (review)

πŸŽƒ Crooked House by Agatha Christie – And what better way to complete this list than with this crime-fiction rated as one of her very best by β€˜The Queen of Crime’ herself! A brilliantly crafted murder mystery, with plenty of twists, turns, clues and red herrings to keep you well and truly gripped. (review)

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(I have linked this post into the weekly meme, Top Ten Tuesday)

Have you read any of these? What books are you looking forward to reading this autumn? Please let me know in the comments and also leave a link for your own TTT post if you have joined in, too.

44 thoughts on “πŸ“š Top Ten Tuesday | Spooky & Mysterious Reading Recommendations πŸŽƒ

    1. Hi πŸ‘‹ Thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face and I am so pleased you enjoyed my list so much! 😊 I would recommend any of these books to you, except perhaps The Birds & Other Stories, as none of them are too creepy or spooky.

    1. While I still prefer her novels, I would recommend checking out her short stories too, Aj – I have enjoyed The Birds & Other Stories and The Doll: Short Stories. πŸ™‚

    1. How lovely that you enjoy a re-read of Northanger Abbey each year, as well as some Daphne du Maurier. I really need to make time to re-read my favourites each year, too. 😊

  1. I enjoyed seeing your list! I’ve about wrapped up my RIP reading for this year, but hope to get to a few of these next year. I tagged The Birds at the library after reading your review. Also, I’m planning to join The Classics Club in the coming year and have decided to put Northanger Abbey on my list. (hoping for a better Jane Austen experience than my last attempt! 😯) I’m sorely tempted to go back and re-read some of the Mary Stewart novels. You’ve had me pining for them!

    1. Lori, I am pleased to hear you liked The Thursday Murder Club too! I have just finished reading the second book, The Man Who Died Twice, and I loved that just as much! πŸ‘΅πŸ”Ž I also hope you will enjoy the Agatha Raisin books when you have chance to check them out. 😊

  2. Ah this is super great! I am marking all the ones I haven’t read. They all find themselves in good company with Madam will you talk? and The Thursday Murder Club and Crooked house.

    Thanks for visiting me earlier!

  3. I loved Madam, Will You Talk? – one of my favourite Mary Stewart novels! I’m hoping to continue with the Laurie R. King series soon. I’ve still only read the first two.

    1. I hope you will be able to carry on with King’s Mary Russell series soon, and you will enjoy it as much as me, I think they are getting better and better. 😊

  4. I’ve never read the book but I LOVE the Birds movie version. And Thursday sounds good as well.

    I love comedy mysteries.

    1. Yes Greg, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds is an absolute classic, although very different character and setting wise, it does retain the feel du Maurier’s short story. Also I highly recommend reading The Thursday Murder Club, even more so as I have just finished the second book, The Man Who Died Twice, and loved it just as much! 😊

    1. Ooo Cindy, I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed the sound of two of these enough to add them to your own TBR. I hope you will enjoy them. My work here is done! 😁

    1. Hi Morgan! πŸ‘‹ Thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always nice to hear from a new face, especially a fan of Agatha Christie and the Crooked House. 😊 I must admit I am woefully behind on reading Christie’s novels though. Must read more!

          1. Okay! For novels, I’d recommend Peril at End House and Five Little Pigs (Poirot), The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side and A Murder Is Announced (Marple), Three Blind Mice (it’s a standalone shorter novel, absolutely genius), and And Then There Were None (if you haven’t read it yet).
            My favourite short story collection is The Thirteen Problems with Miss Marple, some stories have a bit spooky vibes, so they’re great for autumn.
            I hope this had some new titles!

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