Best of the Month - February 2021

A Will to Kill By Rv Raman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951709075
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Published: Agora Books - December 1st, 2020

Official Selection:

Last month we read a Victorian gothic homage, and this month I've selected a very Christie-inspired closed cast mystery set in India that was also a New York Times Editor's Choice last month. Harith Athreya, a private investigator, is invited to possibly-cursed Greybrooke Manor in the misty Nilgiri mountains at the request of the homeowner, wheelchair-bound Bhaskar Fernandez. Bhaskar, the patriarch of the expansive estate, is so worried about his own demise that he has executed two simultaneous wills with different distributions of wealth - one based on death by natural causes, and another based on accidental death or murder. So, no one is surprised when there's a murder on the manor grounds... or are they? Like a classic Christie, the characters in this one serve the plot, but the mystery was one that I enjoyed greatly. I personally can't wait to read the next installment featuring investigator Athreya, and I hope you like it as well! - McKenna

The Mysterious Affair at Styles: The First Hercule Poirot Mystery: The Official Authorized Edition (Hercule Poirot Mysteries #1) By Agatha Christie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062984630
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 14th, 2020

Bonus recommendation:

The first Hercule Poirot novel, and one of the genre's quintessential closed cast mysteries - clearly a huge influence on our February pick.

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The Widows of Malabar Hill (A Perveen Mistry Novel #1) By Sujata Massey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616959760
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Published: Soho Crime - November 20th, 2018

Bonus recommendation:

If you'd like to read another fab mystery set in India, we couldn't recommend this series more! These historical mysteries set in 1920's Bombay feature India's first female lawyer - Perveen Mistry, and have been nominated for, or won just about every mystery award out there.