1. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
This novel is a detective-thriller, and also a trilogy. It follows former police detective Bill Hodges as he tries to piece clues together to find Mr. Mercedes, a man who drove a car into a crowd waiting for a job fair. Some readers may find a few scenes inappropriate and profanity is used.
2. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
This cozy mystery has the perfect blend of developed characters and an intriguing mystery. It’s about a group of “detectives” who live in a retirement village. They find themselves intertwined in a murder mystery and try to solve the murder. Overall, it’s a light-hearted and fun read.
3. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
One of Us Is Lying is a young-adult mystery novel that follows four high school students as they try to solve what looks like a murder case at their school. The main characters are all high school stereotypes—the star football player, the rebel, the golden girl, and the Ivy League nerd. As the story plays out, the reader discovers they’re not as simple as they appear. This novel is interesting and a good mix of young-adult and murder mystery. There are some scenes and language that readers may find inappropriate.
4. Billy Summers by Stephen King
This is Stephen King’s newest novel. It follows a hitman, Billy Summers, who decides to take one last job—killing a criminal before his trial. Throughout the course of the story, Billy grapples with his past as he tries to take down his employer after a bounty is placed on his head. There are some graphic scenes and profanity is used.
5. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
This classic mystery novel follows a group of people who have been invited to an island for the holidays. After each of the guests are accused of murder, people start dying mysteriously. It’s a great read with an intriguing story line and unexpected plot twists.