Only Murders in the Booklist

Only Murders in the Booklist

Only Murders in the Booklist

A curated booklist by your favorite SPL librarians!

October 2023

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten; translated by Marlaine Delargy

A darkly humorous collection of short stories about 88-year-old Maude, a fiercely independent woman in Sweden willing to go to any length to preserve her quiet, peaceful, rent controlled existence, including murder.

Body and Soul Food Body and Soul Food by Abby Collette

Orphaned twins Koby and Keaton reunite as adults and decide to open a bookstore and soul-food café. But business operations grind to a halt after Koby’s foster brother turns up murdered. Can these twins solve the crime in time for the café’s grand opening?

Conviction Conviction by Denise Mina

Anna, a wealthy Edinburgh homemaker with a penchant for binging true crime podcasts, is caught off guard when a new podcast centers on dark events from her past. Soon Anna’s marriage implodes, her connection to the podcast leaks, and she finds herself dodging assassins while chasing down the truth with her ex-best friend’s husband in tow.

Dial A for Aunties Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

When wedding photographer Meddy’s disastrous blind date ends in a fatality that makes her look like a potential murderer, she calls in her mom and aunties to help clean up the mess. Hilarity and antics ensue as her meddling family pulls off a high stakes wedding while disposing of a dead body.

Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson

This entertaining and witty twist on the traditional “whodunit” will hook you from the very beginning and keep you guessing right until the end. During a tense family reunion, writer Ernie Cunningham finds himself in the middle of a seemingly unsolvable mystery upon discovering a burned corpse in the fresh snow at a ski resort.

The Family Chao The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang

When the patriarch of the Fine Chao family-run restaurant is murdered, the residents of Haven, Wisconsin cast suspicion on his three surviving sons, Dagou, Ming, and James. At the trial, family secrets come to light as long-held resentments surface in this darkly humorous and thoughtful novel exploring race, identity, love, and loyalty.

The Final Girl Support Group The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

Ever since surviving a brutal attack on her family, Lynette Tarkington only leaves her apartment to attend a support group with fellow "final girls" like herself. The group thinks she’s a paranoid mess, but after discovering she’s a pawn in a sinister plot against the group, Lynette must convince them to band together in one more fight for their lives.

Killers of a Certain Age Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

Just settling into retirement, four female assassins find themselves on the run after their former agency puts a bounty on their heads. They’ll have to pull out all the stops to survive the attempts against their lives and discover why they’ve been double crossed. A fun, fast-paced mystery you won’t be able to put down.

Finlay Donovan is Killing It Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Recently divorced author and mom Finlay’s messy life gets even more mucked up when she’s mistaken for a contract killer. Part comedy of errors, part mystery, you’re sure to enjoy Finlay’s antics and adventures as she teams up with her trusted nanny, Vero, to untangle the massive mess she’s in.

The Thursday Murder Club The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Joyce, Ron, Elizabeth, and Ibrahim meet every Thursday in the Jigsaw Room at the retirement community they call home, but don't let their age fool you, this unlikely foursome are clever, capable sleuths who gleefully spur into action when a murder falls onto their doorstep.

The Old Woman With the Knife The Old Woman With the Knife by Gu Byeong-mo; translated by Chi-Young Kim

A suspenseful and unpredictable tale about a 65-year-old assassin known as Hornclaw, who should be enjoying a well-earned retirement, but instead finds herself the target of another killer after she makes an unfortunate mistake on a job.

Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Nobody sniffs out a wrongdoing quite like a suspicious Chinese mother with time on her hands (Publisher). At 60, San Francisco tea shop owner Vera Wong has settled into a humdrum existence. But all that changes after a dead body appears in her shop holding a flash drive that Vera instinctively stashes in her apron before the authorities arrive.

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