Getting Cosy with Some Mysteries for Autumnal Nights

We’re getting into one of my favourite times of the year! I can’t be the only one settling in for hot chocolates and comfy jumpers. And, of course, what goes better with that than a good book? Well, a cosy mystery that’s what! Let’s see if you can predict where this list will lead…

and then there were none

And Then There Were None– Agatha Christie is the QUEEN of cosy mysteries and this is her crowning glory. Annnd I won’t say anything more about the actual book, because this is definitely the sort of book where you need to go in blind. Even though I haven’t read much of her work (yet) it was still hard to resist the urge to put Murder on the Orient Express on here as well… but I guess I kinda just did that 😉

evelyn hardcastle

The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle– now for something a little more out there! While this is inspired by the legendary Agatha Christie, it is the kind of story where it’s best to have some clue about what’s going on, because it is so unusual. This Groundhog Day murder mystery set at a party is truly one of a kind. I did find it a bit more difficult to get into, but it’s all the more rewarding for the effort!

academic curveball

Academic Curveball– I’m really excited to talk about one of James’ books, cos he’s awesome. And he’s definitely carved out a niche for himself in the cosy mystery arena! Set in a university, this is full of charming characters you can’t help but root for and a plot that’ll keep you hooked!

the secret history

The Secret History– this is another story set on a college campus and is a book I haven’t been able to shake since I read it this summer. Bound to be a future classic, Tartt’s murder mystery told in reverse is riveting, masterful and a must-read.

truly devious

Truly Devious– sticking to the New England school setting, which somehow really works for this genre, I have to share a YA take. This series opener was a pleasant surprise for me this year. Though I’d heard a lot about the author, I wasn’t prepared for quite how gripping this book would be. Based around a cold case mystery, I hadn’t anticipated the dual stories working in tandem. Needless to say I’m excited for the sequels!


Dark Places– taking a quick step away from YA for a moment, let’s revisit one of bestselling-sensation Gillian Flynn’s works. As much as I love to wax lyrical about the greatness of Gone Girl, I do have to remind myself that the author is not a one hit wonder. This story about a supposedly solved crime will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you’re looking for something with a little more edge, then this is the book for you!

broken things

Broken Things– on the surface this is a simple summery thriller about friends accused of murder… but dig a little deeper and this YA delivers some deeper themes. The stories within stories reveal there’s a lot more under the surface.

my plain jane

My Plain Jane– on the topic of metafiction, you can’t go wrong with this retelling of Jane Eyre! Delightful and funny and full of friendly (and not-so-friendly) ghosts, it’s perfect for this time of year.

shadow of the wind

Shadow of the Wind– this is another book linked to the love of books. Even better, the mystery centres on a book and its enigmatic author. Weaving through the near mythical streets of Barcelona, this is the kind of book where the journey is half the fun.

my cousin rachel

My Cousin Rachel– Du Maurier is yet another lady who really knows how to grab your attention- and then send you tumbling to uncertain conclusions 😉 Prepare to find yourself wrapped up in the Cornish Moors, facing a precipice of gothic proportions, wondering if you’ll ever get to the bottom of this story… it’s where I’ve been for years. Because this slightly ambiguous read will keep you guessing long after you’ve turned the last page.

And on that’s where I’ll leave you hanging… Have you read any of these? Do you like them? And what mysteries (without spoilers if you can 😉) have really blown you away? Let me know in the comments!

44 thoughts on “Getting Cosy with Some Mysteries for Autumnal Nights

  1. And Then There Were None was really good – I wasn’t feeling it at first, because there were SO MANY characters, and I struggled to remember who was who, but the mystery was great; I was caught completely off guard by the ending. I *love* Dark Places, The Shadow of the Wind and My Cousin Rachel. 🙂 Great list! 🙂

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  2. i’ve been wanting to read THE SECRET HISTORY for a while now!!! seems like this fall is as great a time as any 👌🏼 i really like the TRULY DEVIOUS series — i just finished the sequel and i can’t believe i have to wait till january for the third one omg. also, MOTOE by agatha christie is a straight-up classic mystery 👏🏼 love this post!


  3. Completely agree regarding And Then There Were None. It was my first Agatha Christie and it shook my world! I actually included it in a recent post about crime fiction as example of a great plot. The Secret History is also a favourite of mine!

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  4. I haven’t read these, but “The Shadow of the Wind” certainly sounds appealing! I recently enjoyed “Stranger Diaries,” which is a standalone by Elly Griffiths, British author of the wonderful “Ruth Galloway Mysteries.” A “modern Gothic mystery,” Stranger Diaries contains many elements that I love: school setting, literary references, and strong women characters.

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  5. Great list! I love the Agatha Christie mysteries I’ve read so far (including And Then There Were None) and want to read more of them (including Murder on the Orient Express). And Evelyn Hardcastle is on my TBR for this fall, so hopefully I’ll get to it very soon!

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  6. The Shadow of the Wind is one of my favorites. I love Daniel, Bea and all the other characters. A great mystery–a submersion into old Barcelona. My Cousin Rachel has just become an addition to my TBR list. 😀

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  7. The 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is such a good book. It had its problems, for me no ending was going to live up to that suspense, but it was just so thrilling that I had to give it five stars.

    With And Then There Were None, it had been so highly recced that I was nervous about it but you’re right, one of the best and creepiest of her mysteries.


  8. Agatha Christie. Always. And the one you picked is one of the tenser ones.

    Anything by Dick Francis. They are more thrillers than cozy mysteries, though. Hot Money is particularly good.

    Started Early, Took My Dog and One Good Turn, both by Kate Atkinson

    I, too, liked Gone Girl, though I can’t say I’d have wanted to spend more time with any of the characters except perhaps Boney.


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