Mystery

The Inheritance Games – Jennifer Lynn Barnes – The Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour - One day Avery is a normal teenager, living in her car, just waiting to get through high school, and the next, her life is turned upside down when Tobias Hawthorne, billionaire and philanthropist, dies and names her the heiress to most of his enormous fortune. Which would be great, except he has disinherited his two daughters and four grandsons in the process - oh, and Avery doesn't have a clue who he was. As required by the Will, Avery moves into Hawthorne House where she must live for the next year in order to receive her inheritance, right alongside the disgruntled relatives. Grayson, who was considered the presumptive heir, is convinced she is a con-artist of some kind, but his brother Jameson is certain she is their grandfather's last puzzle that they are meant to solve using the cryptic letters each of them received. In this new world of luxury, Avery can trust no one, and yet, the only way to get some answers seems to be to play the game laid out by the billionaire.…
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton - Evelyn Hardcastle has returned home after years living abroad in Paris, and her parents have planned a grand party at the isolated family manor, Blackheath, to celebrate. But Blackheath holds a dark past - it is the place where the youngest Hardcastle son, Thomas was murdered, and the guests invited to this gala are the very same guests who were in the house on that fateful day, nineteen years ago. But this time, the murder is Evelyn's own. Aiden Bishop wakes up in the body of one of the guests with no memories of his own, and is told that the only way for him to escape Blackheath is to solve Evelyn's murder. He repeats the same day over and over in the bodies of eight different hosts as he attempts to unravel the mystery and beat an enemy he knows nothing about, seeing the events of the day that lead up to Evelyn's death from different perspectives. Every guest in the house has their own secrets, and as a sinister figure is on the prowl to murder Aiden's hosts before he can find the truth, time is running out fast.…
All Your Twisted Secrets – Diana Urban – ARC Review - All Your Twisted Secrets follows six high school students who are invited to a scholarship dinner, but arrive to find themselves trapped in a room. On the table is a syringe containing poison, a bomb and a note saying that they have one hour to decide who amongst themselves will die, or the bomb goes off and kills them all. Amber is determined to get everyone out alive, but even as they frantically search for a way out, the bigger question is why they are all there - six students who couldn't be more unalike, but each have secrets tying them to the others, secrets that could ruin them, and as the hour ticks by and logic gives way to panic, they are all about to be revealed.…
The Hand on the Wall – Maureen Johnson - Stevie Bell has done it. She's solved the cold case that has baffled investigators for decades and figured out the mystery of Truly Devious, and the instigator of the Ellingham kidnappings. But there are still pieces of the puzzle missing. What happened to Alice Ellingham? What is the truth behind the three present day deaths and are they really as accidental as they seem? And might there be a link between Alice's fate and the strange happenings at Ellingham Academy decades later? Stevie certainly thinks so, but before she can pursue the clues further, the school is evacuated due to yet another accident, not to mention an oncoming snowstorm, and determined not to return to her old life, she stays on the mountain to solve this mystery once and for all. There's a murderer to be caught.…
One of Us Is Next – Karen M. McManus - Eighteen months have passed since the events of One of Us Is Lying, and the shock of things is only just starting to die down when a new game begins - Truth or Dare. Many laugh it off as yet another of the copycat gossip apps that popped up in the wake of Simon's death, but Bayview High's thirst for gossip has not abated, and when the first truths are revealed, and the dares quickly turn dangerous, things begin to get out of hand. Maeve Rojas, Phoebe Lawton and Knox Meyers are targeted one after another as devastating secrets are revealed and the chain of events once more leaves murder in its wake.…
Truly Devious – Maureen Johnson - True-crime enthusiast Stevie Bell arrives for her first year at the famous Ellingham academy, and her goal is to unravel the decades old mystery that hangs over the school  - the kidnapping of the wife and daughter of the school's wealthy founder, Albert Ellingham. The only clue found at the time was a mocking letter signed with the pseudonym, Truly Devious. But is this cold case really a thing of the past? Stevie's investigation suddenly turns a lot more dangerous - for Truly Devious has returned to Ellingham Academy, and murder with it.…
Mind Games – Shana Silver – ARC Review - Arden Varga is a computer genius and a skilled hacker. At the exclusive STEM focussed high school she attends, everyone uses a technology called HiveMind, created by her father, which syncs to a persons brainwaves and allows them to upload all their memories into the cloud and access them at any time, essentially ensuring that you'll never forget anything. Arden however, has hacked this system, and has a business of stealing and selling others' memories along with her friend Zoey. Everything is great until Arden realizes that her own memory has not only been hacked but thousands of her memories are missing. Sebastian Cuomo, supposedly her project partner, has lost all of his memories, and the two of them quickly figure out that this whole thing is centred around their final project - something that was apparently life-changing, and something that the hacker doesn't want to see completed.…
Mini Reviews #2 - Hello readers, and welcome back to Mini Reviews! This installment, let's chat about four books: We Set the Dark on Fire, A Question of Holmes, Three Dark Crowns and Four Dead Queens.…
The Vanishing Stair – Maureen Johnson - In this riveting sequel to Truly Devious, Stevie continues to investigate the Ellingham murders, but Ellingham Academy still has more secrets to be told. As the half century old mystery unfolds, more and more questions arise as the plot thickens in present day…
Two Can Keep A Secret – Karen M. McManus - It feels so good to get back to the mystery genre after all this time! I basically grew up on a diet of Enid Blyton novels and later, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries. And while I still pick up those once in a while, just to refresh my memory, I've had a really hard time finding an author who writes the mystery genre for YA - until I came across McManus' first novel, One of Us is Lying.…