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Top 5 Tuesday: It’s A Mystery

I’ve been waiting for this one to come around all month since Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm mentioned it. As a reader who loves a good mystery, picking 5 of my top favs to share with you, was difficult. But adding the parameter of “mind blowing” made it a little easier.

Here are my choices:

#1. GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny — anyone who stops by here regularly knows I’m a huge Louise Penny fan, and love the Three Pines mysteries featuring Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache. GLASS HOUSES was (for me at least) an outstanding read. To quote my own review it was:

“Gripping, suspenseful, powerful and, by the end, shocking!”

#2. RESURRECTION BAY by Emma Viskic — It’s not often I pick up a debut novel by a new (to me) author, and am totally blown away on just about every level, not just by good writing, but thoroughly absorbing characters. Viskic has crafted a really excellent read that, on the surface, is a familiar one. But then? Adds so many layers to it with her characters, but also twists in the plot that even I didn’t see coming. Refreshing, to say the least!

#3. THE DRY by Jane Harper — If you haven’t heard about Jane Harper you’ve either been living under a rock, don’t read mysteries, or don’t read full stop. I would like to nominate all three books she’s written so far. But have to say the first, THE DRY, is still my favourite because, again, it was such a surprise for a debut novel. There’s only so many times you can use the word ‘outstanding’ before it loses its potency. But like Louise Penny, Jane Harper is master storyteller. You should also check out THE LOST MAN which, like The Dry, had an award-winning formula.

#4. THE DEFENCE by Steve Cavanagh — This is the first outing in Cavanagh’s Eddie Flynn series and, IMHO, the best. With plenty of twists, mis-directs, heart-pounding action, and adept sleigh of hand, The Defence has something for everyone, including a great story!

#5. THE SILENCED by Anders de la Motte — Swedish novelist Anders de la Motte has crafted an action-packed thriller—set in the majestic city of Stockholm—which is the ultimate story of power, corruption, betrayal and deceit at the highest levels of government, and within the police.

So there you have it. Those were my top choices now, over to you. What would be your recommendations?


  1. Interesting list! Not entirely unexpected either ;-). I haven’t read any of these books, yet I love a good mystery… something doesn’t feel right here :-). I’ll have to add these 😉

    • Alexandra says

      Thanks, Inge. For me, these are all outstanding reads in ever sense of the word. Great characters, clever plotlines, books that you remember long after you’ve read them.

      I hope you give them a go. 😀

  2. You are spot on with The Dry & The Defence. I really liked them too.
    That Swedish one is defo going on my list!
    I don’t know if i mentioned, but i bought the first book from the Inspector Gamache series 😀

    • Alexandra says

      I think we like similar style books, Norrie, as I’ve found a few good ones because of your reviews. So hope you check out THE SILENCED, and enjoy reading Louise Penny! 😀

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    • Hope you check them out then, Shanah, as I’m passionate about them all! 😀

  4. I have seen you praise The Dry before as well as other bloggers Alexandra and I confess it’s one that I want to add to my TBR!

    • Alexandra says

      Oh, I love Jane Harper, she writes incredibly good mysteries. You should definitely check her out.

    • Alexandra says

      Oh, that’s good to know. I really hope you like them as much as I did, Amanda.

  5. You know, I didn’t LOVE The Dry but I didn’t dislike it either. However, I’ve not heard of the others on this list and now the TBR list I’ve been whittling down is going to grow!!

    • Alexandra says

      I think it was one of those book you either loved or didn’t, Christina. We all like something different, which is just as well. You loved Scythe, but I didn’t. We find what works for us. I do hope you find something amongst this lot that you enjoy. The Defence might be more your style, and it has a lot of fun action. 😀

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