Three Books on a Theme: Killer Parties

There is nothing like murder to spice up a party! Each of these mysteries features celebrations gone awry, from New Year’s Eve parties to treasure hunts. Be you host or guest, attend one of these festivities, and you may not make it out alive…

The Last Party

A New Year’s Eve Party turns deadly when the host ends up floating in the lake. With plenty of friction among the guests, there’s no shortage of suspects who might have wanted to the see the man dead.

The wild Welsh countryside serves as a beautiful backdrop for this mystery that delves into the tensions between the Welsh and the English, as well as conflicts of class, wealth, and the history that evolves over generations in a small village. The interactions between the two lead detectives is a pleasure to read, and will leave you eager for the next entry in the series.

These Names Make Clues

Chief Inspector Macdonald is invited to a treasure hunt party. In the midst of cracking codes and deciphering clues, the lights go out and when they come back on again, one of the party is dead.

A classic, cozy British mystery, These Names Make Clues may be full of murder, but it’s also a pleasant, comfortable read. There is plenty of cross-examining witnesses, checking times, corroborating stories, and prevaricating witnesses.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

A house party turns sinister when a man keeps waking up in the bodies of different guests, reliving the same day over and over again. Can he solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle, or even stop it from ever happening? The situation soon turns more threatening when he finds himself hunted from body to body by a vicious and sadistic killer.

With so many guests weaving in and out of a party that is spread across an entire estate, this is one of the most ingenious mysteries you will ever read. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is expertly plotted, with so many threads elegantly weaving together into one of the cleverest puzzles you will ever encounter in book form. It is one of those books that you won’t want to put down until the very end.

Submitted by Naomi L.