Sunday, December 03, 2023

Seven top mystery novels with the best twists

Emily Bain Murphy was born in Indiana and raised in Hong Kong and Japan. She graduated from Tufts University and has also called Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California home.

Enchanted Hill, Murphy’s debut adult novel, is a historical mystery set in 1930 over a glittering week of parties at a mansion on the California coast.

At Writer's Digest she tagged seven mystery novels with "engaging characters, an atmospheric setting, a mystery that keeps me turning pages, and at least one twist I didn’t see coming." One title on the list:
All the Devils Are Here, Louise Penny

Louise Penny is simply a master of mystery. Her books have endearing characters and red herrings galore, mouthwatering food descriptions, and brutally dark murders contrasted with thoughtful, often hopeful conclusions. Most of Penny’s renowned Armand Gamache series is set within the charming, idyllic atmosphere in Three Pines—although All the Devils Are Here trades the quiet Canadian village for the glittering city lights of Paris.

In Devils, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec and his wife, Reine-Marie, travel to Paris for the birth of their newest grandchild. But danger and threats follow them there when Armand’s old friend, billionaire Stephen Horowitz, is purposefully hit by a car, leading Armand deep into a web of dark secrets hidden in the City of Light. Louise Penny is one of the best mystery writers of our time, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment of Gamache—the 19th book in a series that thankfully just keeps getting better.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue