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October 27, 2020


top ten mystery series for halloween
posted by soe 1:42 am

Embassy Halloween

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl invites us to share a Halloween-themed list.

I’m not a fan of horror or thrillers, but I do like cozy mysteries and detective stories, so I thought today I’d share ten series I’ve enjoyed to date:

  1. Phryne Fisher by Kerry Greenwood — Set in 1920s Australia, a wealthy single woman has grand adventures in between solving mysteries for those with nowhere else to turn.
  2. Lady Sherlock by Sherry Thomas — A Sherlock Holmes adaptation featuring genius Charlotte Holmes and Mrs. Watson.
  3. Hamish MacBeth by M.C. Beaton — Hamish is a constable in the Scottish highlands, charged with keeping the peace, except when it comes to poaching or other minor crimes.
  4. Commissario Brunetti by Donna Leon — A Venetian detective with a loving wife, beautiful penthouse, and happy home life deals with crime on an off the canals.
  5. The Discreet Retrieval Agency by Maia Chance — Set in Prohibition Era New York, a once-wealthy widow and her Swedish cook are supposed to be in the business of retrieving items that could be embarrassing, but instead keep getting sucked into solving murders.
  6. Veronica Speedwell by Deanna Raybourn — A Sherlockian series in Victorian London featuring a female lepidopterist and a male taxidermist with tons of chemistry.
  7. Fox and O’Hare by Janet Evanovich and (mostly) Lee Goldberg — Technically a heist series, this pairs a by-the-books FBI agent with one of the world’s best thieves to take down bad guys.
  8. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache by Louise Penny — A Quebeçois detective ends up in a small village solving a number of well-plotted murders while befriending the townspeople.
  9. Mary Russell by Laurie R. King — If you don’t mind May-December romances, this one has the great Sherlock Holmes, retired and raising his bees in the country, mentoring a young orphaned woman with a keen mind.
  10. Constable Evans by Rhys Bowen — A Welsh village constable solves crimes during the day and sings in a choir by night.

How about you? What mystery series do you enjoy?

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All of these books sound fun.

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Comment by Lydia 10.27.20 @ 8:58 am

I’ve not read the Phryne Fisher books but I love the TV show, Phryne is so much fun!
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Comment by Jo 10.27.20 @ 11:20 am

I hadn’t heard of these, so it was fun to read through them and get some new Halloween read ideas.

Comment by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse 10.27.20 @ 12:29 pm

I’ve watched the tv show, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and Phryne Fisher is definitely a fun character! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

Comment by Poinsettia 10.27.20 @ 6:16 pm

I love the Lady Sherlock series and I can’t wait to start in on Mary Russel. 🙂

Thanks for sharing!

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Comment by Lauren @ Always Me 10.27.20 @ 9:01 pm

I love the Phryne Fisher books (better, more involved than the tv – of course), also Her Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen, and I’m rereading all my Agatha Christie books…darn I still don’t remember who did it in half the books…lol. Also Lyndsey Davis ‘Falco’ series set in Vespasian’s Rome. All of these have me wanting more stories!

Comment by Helen 10.27.20 @ 11:19 pm

I’ve been so curious about checking out the Hamish MacBeth series! I love Beaton’s Agatha Raisin books.

Comment by Christopher @ Plucked from the Stacks 10.30.20 @ 11:30 pm



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