Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke

Title: Girl, 11
By: Amy Suiter Clarke

I found the mystery aspect of this book a bit predictable. I’d figured out the killer about a quarter of the way through the book, and the big twist reveal in chapter 35, I’d worked out a hundred pages earlier. The clues are so obvious, it can frustrate you how Elle and the police don’t … Continued

Murder on a School Night by Kate Weston

Title: Murder on a School Night
By: Kate Weston

This book has bizarre parallels with How to Find a Missing Girl: It is a feminist young-adult murder mystery The protagonists are a high school girl who wants to be a detective and another girl she’s been friends with for years who wants to be a journalist. (The detective is the POV character in HTFAMG … Continued

How to Find a Missing Girl by Victoria Wlosok

Title: How to Find a Missing Girl
By: Victoria Wlosok

This is an overtly queer feminist murder mystery book. It is set in a high school where a teenage girl has started a detective agency and is asked by the most popular girl in school, Heather, who happens to be the protagonist’s ex-girlfriend, to investigate her (Heather’s) boyfriend whom she thinks is cheating on her. … Continued

Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson

Title: Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone
By: Benjamin Stevenson

The prologue of this book opens with the narrator explaining the rules for murder mystery novels as established by the greats of the genre and advises the reader to bookmark that page so we can check he follows them. He explains that he aims to be a reliable narrator. He then lists the page numbers … Continued

Kill Joy by Holly Jackson

Title: Kill Joy
By: Holly Jackson

Kill Joy is a prequel novella to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. Having Pippa investigate a murder in this book would break continuity with the trilogy, so instead it’s based on Pippa and her friends attending a murder mystery dinner party, which ultimately gives her the idea to investigate a real life murder and … Continued

The Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman

Title: The Last Devil to Die
By: Richard Osman

Definitely one of the better books in the Thursday Murder Club series, we’re starting to move away from the espionage and international smuggling operations and back to dealing with the murder of a friend of the Thursday Murder Club. We still have drug dealing as a topic, but that’s more a MacGuffin which sets the … Continued

As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson

Title: As Good As Dead
By: Holly Jackson

The third book in the Pippa Fitz-Amobi triology. I liked this one. I really liked this one. It re-treads a lot of the old ground from the first book, casting certain events in a new light after a new villain emerges. Pippa herself is in very real danger and needs to get her hands dirty … Continued

The Bullet that Missed by Richard Osman

Title: The Bullet that Missed
By: Richard Osman

The third book in the Thursday Murder Club series. I did like the mystery in this one. It was clever and had a solution which was both unexpected but made so much sense in retrospect. The side-plot involving Elizabeth and more spycraft stuff, while there was nothing wrong with it, I just don’t think is … Continued

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Title: Good Girl, Bad Blood
By: Holly Jackson

The sequel to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. Of the trilogy, this is probably the weakest book. I did like it. It ties together some things that I thought were loose ends in the first novel, but actually turned out to be cleverly placed foreshadowing. The stakes felt higher investigating a current missing person … Continued

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

Title: The Man Who Died Twice
By: Richard Osman

The sequel to The Thursday Murder Club. Good points: the book gives us more of the characters and we get to delve more into them and how they cope with hard times in life. The characters and the way they interact are one of the great joys of this series. Like its predecessor, it’s laugh … Continued

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Title: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder
By: Holly Jackson

A high school girl decides to investigate a murder in her small town that happened five years previously, but was considered a solved case. But all is not as it seems. Good mystery. Pretty believable how everything worked out. Very likeable characters (even some of the villains in the story!). Soon to be a BBC … Continued

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Title: The Thursday Murder Club
By: Richard Osman

This is the book that started off the Thursday Murder Club series. The protagonists of this book are a foursome of retirees: Joy, the main point of view character, a widowed nurse. Elizabeth, a former employee of MI6 who can’t talk much about her career, and whose husband is in the early stages of dementia. … Continued