The highly anticipated Glass Onion is officially out in theaters, featuring the return of Knives Out detective Benoit Blanc played by Daniel Craig. Taking place in Greece, the second Knives Out mystery is about a tech billionaire and a group of his friends on a getaway to an island that results in tragedy when one of the group is found dead. If you’re fan of the Knives Out movies and love a murder mystery similar to Agatha Christie with a locked room setting and an exquisite cast, here are some books you’ll love after you see Glass Onion.
Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert
Former NYPD detective Shana Merchant has escaped to the Thousand Islands in upstate New York after surviving an abduction by a serial killer. When a nor’easter begins, Shana and her partner, Tim, are called to a private island where a man has been reported missing. Shana is convinced the man has been murdered and finds herself stuck on the island due to the storm with the Sinclair family and their guests, each one hiding information dire to solving this case.
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
Daisy Darker and her entire family are reuniting for the first time in years for Nana’s 80th birthday party in her gothic decaying home on a tiny island during low tide. Cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours, the clock strikes midnight and Nana is found dead. An hour later, another family member dies—and the Darkers find themselves trapped with a murderer amongst them. Forced to confront their darkest secrets in order to survive, Daisy and her family are not only all possible victims, but suspects as well.
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
For the last ten years, a group of friends from Oxford meet up to ring in the New Year together, but this year they are meeting at an isolated estate right before a blizzard strikes. With nowhere to go and drinks flowing freely, the secrets and resentment within the group begin to bubble to the surface causing as much tension inside as the blizzard rages outside. By New Year’s Day, one of the friends will be dead with someone in the friend group responsible for their murder.
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
Oliver Marks served ten years in jail for a murder he may or may not be guilty of. The day he is released, he is met by Detective Colborne, the man responsible for putting him in jail. Colborne just wants to know the truth about what led to this murder. Oliver was one of seven in a group of actors studying Shakespeare in college. When the drama followed this group off stage, the young actors had to convince everyone that there’s no way one of them could be responsible for murder.
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Four unlikely friends in a retirement village meet up every Thursday to discuss unsolved crimes, dubbing themselves the Thursday Murder Club. When a local developer is found dead with a photograph at the scene of the crime, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves investigating their first case together, but as the dead bodies begin to increase, they wonder if they can catch a killer before it’s too late.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
One would think an open house wouldn’t be a place of too much excitement, until a bank robber enters and holds everyone hostage. But this person has their hands full with a cast including a retired couple in a rocky marriage, a rich bank director, a young couple with their first child on the way, a fearless eighty-seven-year-old woman, the real estate agent, and the man who has locked himself in the only bathroom in the apartment.
The Fiancee by Kate White
Summer, her husband Gabe, and Gabe’s nine-year-old son have just arrived at Gabe’s parents luxury estate to escape Manhattan. This year, Gabe’s brother, Nick, has brought his new girlfriend, Hannah. Summer knows Hannah, but Hannah claims she has no idea who Summer is. When the annual family reunion takes a turn and a family member is found dead, Summer is the only one who believes Hannah had something to do with the crime—and will stop at nothing to prove she’s right.
Under Lock & Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian
Tempest Raj’s life feels like it’s falling apart after a disastrous accident, so she takes off to her childhood home in California for familial comfort, including her grandfather’s Indian home-cooking. Reluctantly, Tempest begins working for her father’s company, Secret Staircase Construction, a business that transports everyday houses into the places you dreamed of as a child. With sliding bookcases, treehouses, hidden reading spaces, and complex locks, these homes are the last place you’d expect a body. That is, until Tempest finds a dead body in their latest project, and begins to feel that she was in the intended victim.
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