Locked-Room/Isolated Murder-Mysteries | What to Read Wednesdays

What to Read Wednesdays

What to Read Wednesdays is a weekly post just for recommendations. If you’re like me and are always looking for new book recommendations (despite having a never-ending-always-growing TBR pile), then this is the post for you! Each week I’ll be posting my recommendations for a specific theme, which will change week-to-week.

Feel free to let me know in the comments if there is a genre you’d like to see some recommendations for! I am an eclectic reader and I hit up almost any genre, so if there’s a type of book that is your favorite thing and you’d like a recommendation, let me know!

Anyways, now for the book recs!

Locked-Room/Isolated Murder-Mysteries

I love reading mysteries, whether they be cozy or thrilling, I just find the genre so much fun to read. There are many sub-genres to mysteries, but today I want to recommend some really good locked-room/isolated mysteries. Sometimes these mysteries are more fun, almost because they are like a puzzle. There are a limited roster of suspects, which makes it seem like it would be easier to solve, but even then, a good mystery writer can keep you guessing. It’s just one of the things that makes this sub-genre awesome.

The Last Time I Lied | Riley Sager

This is a case of isolated mystery. A girl disappears at a camp in a remote forest/lake area, and the main character returns, this time as a counselor, in part to come to terms with what happened and partly to try to discover the truth behind her friend’s disappearance. There’s the creepy atmosphere of the woodsy setting, plus the fact that children are involved, and there’s an element of psychopathy which makes it all the more fascinating to me.

The Guest List | Lucy Foley

It seems that Foley likes to write locked-room/isolated mysteries. I have one of them on my TBR, but I did end up reading this one first because I received an ARC of it. Both are set in isolated locations with a limited cast of characters. This book takes place on a small island where a couple is getting married, when tragedy strikes. Each of the main characters are all shady in their own way. It’s a very dark/suspenseful plot and the setting adds to the foreboding atmosphere.

In a Dark, Dark Wood | Ruth Ware

I have yet to read Ware’s most popular book, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, but I definitely plan to, especially after reading this book, which was so good! The main character is invited to her friend’s bachelorette party at a fancy house out in the middle of the woods. When someone breaks into the house in the middle of the night, her friend shoots and kills the intruder, but there’s more to the story than first appears and the book often delves into flashbacks. I love how the story slowly unfurls through these little glimpses into the past, like pieces of a puzzle falling into place. It’s a really suspenseful story and I highly recommend it, obviously!

The Devil in the Dark Water | Stuart Turton

I’m a huge fan of Turton’s first book, The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, and this one is just as gripping. It’s a locked-room mystery…on a ship! There’s intrigue and the threat of a murder-to-be involving a “demon” haunting the ship. The cast of characters are varied and each have a role to play in unraveling the plot. I like the historical setting plus the ship setting appeals to my love of high seas adventure. This mystery is unconventional, a real wild ride and I definitely recommend it to folks who are fans of historical mysteries.

Murder on the Orient Express | Agatha Christie

Aaaand lastly, my favorite locked-room mystery! Agatha Christie is the queen of locked-room mysteries, but this one will always be my favorite. The famous Belgian detective has to solve the crime of a man murdered on a train, which happens to be full of suspicious characters, each with secrets of their own. I love how masterfully this story unfolds, with each piece of evidence adding further suspicion. This book is full of red herrings and will keep you on your toes until the end. I can’t recommend this book enough! It’s so much fun to read.

How about you?

What are some of your favorite locked-room/isolated mystery books books? Please post yours in the comments and share the love! I hope you enjoyed the post and thank you for stopping by!

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