Finally, the best season is here!
Autumn is my favourite season due to the beautiful colours of brown, bronze and gold everywhere. This is when you can break out those cosy hoodies and sweaters. Not to mention that this means we are getting closer to Halloween.
So as the days and nights grow darker, so too do the books I read. In fairness, I often read fairly dark books all year round but still. There is something special about reading a good mystery novel at this time of year.
Without future a due, here is my Autumn Reading List!
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
After being found guilty of a brutal triple murder in the Scottish Highlands in 1869, 17-year-old Roderick Macrae writes his side of the story while in custody and makes no attempt to hide his guilt.
However, one question still remains, is he sane?
Included are the thoughts and opinions of those who knew him and the victims, police statements and a report of the trial.
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
If you thought you have a bad memory, you have nothing on Maud.
She forgets to drink tea she brews, buys more food despite the near overflowing cupboard and has to write notes to remind herself constantly. Yet there is one note in particular that stands out, one she found in her pocket.
‘Elizabeth is missing’.
When no one listens to you, what else are you suppose to do instead of going off alone to unravel the mystery yourself?
Murder at the Inn: A History of Crime in Britain’s Pubs and Hotels
by James Moore
It seems like this book is going to be another reminder of why we need to be careful on nights out.
Pubs are normally the setting for good stories, whether it’s that time you got drunk for the first time, something stupid your friend did that you will never let them live down or the location of bloody murder.
This collection of crimes not only includes some of the UK’s most well-known stories but some that seem to have been forgotten by the public at large.
DM for Murder by Matt Bendoris
This is one of those books I’ve kept in my little library for a while. Thankfully during my most recent book clear-out earlier this week (which seriously pains me to do) I found this one tucked near the back.
Bryce Horrigan makes his living by angering folk by being antagonistic to the guests on his talk show. So used to the death threats from social media he laughs them off like a corny joke.
Or at least he did until he gets murdered.
How do you find the culprit when thousands wanted him dead?
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 played host to two men. One who crafted gardens full of life and one who stole lives.
Those men are Architect Daniel H. Burnham and Murderer H. H. Holmes.
This is a novelisation of the fair and the crimes committed by Holmes. As a fan of true crime, I have been meaning to read this book for a while as I have heard it praised so many times.
Past Mortems: Life and Death Behind Mortuary Doors by Carla Valentine
Recently I have gotten into Memoirs. It started with This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor followed by Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory.
Funnily enough, when I tried to find Caitlin Doughty’s other books at my favourite bookstore I stumbled on Past Mortems.
Valentine recounts her ten-year training, studying and working as an anatomical pathology technologist. She also talks about what life is like working with the dead and our attitude towards death over the years.
If you have any recommendations to add to the list, please do!