An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

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“A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away.”

Many mystery novels are compared to the works of Agatha Christie, but most don’t even come close. It seems like the go-to way of marketing mysteries these days, and while I don’t tend to buy into the hype, sometimes my interest is piqued. This was the case with An Unwanted Guest, which drew me in from the description alone. It is a cold, winter weekend in the Catskills, and Mitchell’s Inn is the perfect getaway for those looking for a few cozy days, unplugged from technology. The weekend starts off well enough, for most of the guests, however when a blizzard cuts off the electricity and all contact with the outside world, the guests have to make the best of it. That is until one of them is found dead. And then another. Panic sets in, but with no way to leave and no way to alert authorities, all they can do is wait for help and attempt to survive. Continue reading “An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena”

Cormoran Strike Mystery Series Review

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I finally decided to read the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, also known as J. K. Rowling. As a fan of mystery novels and a fan of J. K. Rowling, you would think that I would have grabbed these books the second they were released, but somehow they never really piqued my interest that much. Recently though, while searching for some page-turning mysteries, I decided to finally give them a read. I ended up reading them all back to back within one week, so it’s fair to say that I’m completely hooked.

The series centres around Cormoran Strike, an Afghan war veteran struggling to get by as a private investigator. His girlfriend has left him and he is down to one client when a mistake by a temp agency sends him an assistant. Robin has recently moved to London and this temp assignment is not something she expected, but it is certainly interesting. From here we dive into the cases investigated by Strike and Robin, while getting to know the two characters and see the development of their partnership. Continue reading “Cormoran Strike Mystery Series Review”

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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“Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.”

Aiden is reliving the same day over and over again; the day that Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered. At an illustrious party thrown by her parents, Evelyn is killed — again and again. Doomed to repeating this day, Aiden’s only way out is to solve the murder and prevent Evelyn’s death. But within the shadows an enemy lurks, and nothing is what it seems.

“How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?” Continue reading “The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton”

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

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“Five women go on a hike. Only four return. Jane Harper, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry, asks: How well do you really know the people you work with?”

Five women compose one of two teams taking part in a corporate retreat, which has them setting off into the wilderness to navigate their way to the finish line. One of the women never makes it back, and the slightly different accounts told by her colleagues deepens the mystery of her disappearance. Federal Police Agent, Aaron Falk has a connection to the case and finds himself swept up in the investigation that takes him into an isolated region, which holds many secrets from both past and present.

“Later, the four remaining women could fully agree on only two things. One: No-one saw the bushland swallow up Alice Russell. And two: Alice had a mean streak so sharp it could cut you.” Continue reading “Force of Nature by Jane Harper”

The Dry by Jane Harper

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“Death rarely changes how we feel about someone. Heightens it, more often than not.”

Federal Agent Aaron Falk finds himself back in his hometown after a long absence. The small Australian town is the last place Falk ever thought he would see again and one he had no intention of ever going back to. However, the death of his childhood friend, Luke and a note demanding his presence at the funeral leads him to return. It was twenty years prior that he and his father fled to Melbourne after a young Aaron Falk was suspected of murder and Luke had acted as his only alibi. As Falk and a local detective begin to look into Luke’s death, the mysteries of the past resurface, and it becomes clear that there is more to it all than initially believed. Continue reading “The Dry by Jane Harper”