March Mystery Madness List

I am so excited about the month of March!  I just combed my bookshelves hunting down mysteries that I've purchased over the years.  (I haunt lots of thrift and used book stores).  And then, when Border's went out of business...man, did I exploit that downfall with mega purchases.   So, here's list of the books that I will be choosing from.  If you have suggestions (from this list only as I'm still participating in the TBR Double Dare) please let me know in the comments.

And also, if you're a mystery buff or like me and hardly know a thing about the mystery genre (yeah, I had to ask a few people the difference between suspense and mystery) then sign up and keep me company!  At the beginning of March I will set up a Mr. Linky so we can link all of the mysteries that we're reading.

Now, the list:

Death and the Running Patterner by Robin Adair - set in Australia in 1828 Nicodemus is asked to help find a ritualistic and gruesome killer.

In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault - after the disappearance of their babysitter, two young girls attempt to find her using paranormal theories from the Time Life books series.  Their search goes nowhere until the Rose's bones are found over ten years later.

The Sweetness at the Botton of the Pie by Alan Bradley - I think I'm the only one who has not been introduced to the charms of Flavia de Luce.  This month I should definitely correct it.  

A Flaw in the Blood by Stephanie Barron - set in the Windsor Castle during 1861, and while Queen Victoria mourns the upcoming death of her husband, secrets from the past put others in danger.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin - This is another one that it seems all mystery enthusiast have read.  Set in the 1970's a friendship between a young black boy and young white boy is severed when a white girl disappears.

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin - It's medieval Cambridge and four children have been murdered.  When the town suspects it's the Jews, King Henry puts them under his protection. He then calls on the help of the King of Sicily who sends him Adelia, the mistress of the art of death, to solve the crime.

The Conjurer: A Martha Beale Mystery by Cordelia Frances Biddle - Lemuel Beale accidentally drowns in the winter of 1842, but his daughter, Martha Beale believes there might be more to his death.  With the help of Thomas Kelman, an assistant to the Philadelphia mayor, they seek answers that weren't suppose to be found.

Deception by Denise Mina - Susie, a psychologist, is covered in blood and the only person near the death of one of her clients.  It's up to her husband, Lachlan Harriot, to uncover the truth of his wife's arrest.

And then of course, we have the classics:

Agatha Christie
  • The Body in the Library
  • Murder on the Orient Express
Dorothy Sayers
  • Have His Carcase
  • The Nine Tailors
  • Who's Body?
  • The Five Red Herring
  • Gaudy Night
  • Strong Poison
Wilkie Collins
  • The Moonstone
  • Armadale
  • No Name 
Okay, folks there you have it.  Any of the books stand out as a MUST READ?? 


  1. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter was one of my favorites last year, and I also loved The Moonstone. Need to check my shelves for some mysteries now...

  2. Moonstone is great!! As is Flavia de Luce. You'll love her.

    Think this gives me the excuse I need to FINALLY pull that Sherlock Holmes tome off the shelf.

  3. I enjoyed The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, A Flaw in the Blood, Mistress of the Art of Death, and several of Dorothy Sayers novels(love Lord Peter Wimsey--dated, but fun). Love Wilkie Collins--my favorite is The Woman in White.

    I've read a couple by Denise Mina (Garnet Hill and one other)-- very gritty.

    Great list to choose from, and I'm adding some to my own list.

  4. oh I love wilke collins! and Flavia is such fun to read... and crooked letter crooked letter was a very enjoyable read! sounds like you have some good reading ahead!

  5. There's a couple on your list that I haven't read but want to. I did love The Moonstone, though, and I tend to enjoy most of Christie's mysteries.

  6. I have Collins' The Moonstone on my shelf but I don't think I'll get to that this month..? Even if I mange to read the whole tomb I also must find the time to blog about it. At least I just finished the last Lynley mystery by Elizabeth George, so let's focus on a review of that!


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