It's Mystery Monday on The Princess and the Pen, where I highlight a few mystery novels on my radar. I come across so many mysteries on Goodreads, from social media and word-of-mouth recommendations and Mystery Monday will feature a small selection of those. Some are debut authors, others well-established. One thing they all have in common, though, is that they might make my to-read mountain topple over!
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Good Little Liars by Sarah Clutton
"It’s been twenty-five years since Emma graduated from Denham House Girls’ School, and twenty-five years since her friend Tessa died. Now, just as a class reunion approaches, Emma has found herself back at Denham House, staying in the headmaster’s old staff cottage while her marriage implodes. But it’s in this cottage that Emma finds an old photograph that had been hidden away. An explicit image of Tessa, staring boldly at the camera, dated the day before she died. For Emma, this photo proves what she had always suspected. Jon Brownley, the current headmaster, was involved with Tessa. Emma had seen them arguing in the school grounds back then, and had always regretted not speaking up after her friend’s death was ruled an accident. She feels that she let her down. But if she can find more evidence now, could it be her chance to atone? However, as Emma starts to dig into the past, talking to old friends back home for the reunion, she discovers that everyone remembers the past differently and that the innocent schoolgirls she thought she knew might be hiding some very big secrets."
I Will Make You Pay by Teresa Driscoll
"It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat. Journalist Alice Henderson hangs up, ready to dismiss it as a hoax against the newspaper. But the next Wednesday, the stalker makes another move—and it becomes clear that this is all about Alice.Someone wants her to suffer, but for what? Her articles have made her a popular local champion—could it be her past rather than her work that’s put her life in danger? Alice is determined not to give in to fear, but with the police investigation at a dead end, her boyfriend insists on hiring private investigator Matthew Hill.With every passing Wednesday the warnings escalate, until it’s not only Alice but also her family in the stalker’s sights. As her tormentor closes in, can Alice uncover what she’s being punished for before the terrifying threats become an unthinkable reality?"
Date Night by Samantha Hayes
"Returning early from a disastrous date night with my husband, I know something is wrong the moment the wheels crunch the gravel drive of our home. Inside, the TV is on and a half-eaten meal waits on the table. My heart stops when I find our little girl is alone in the house and our babysitter, Sasha, is missing…Days later, when I’m arrested for Sasha’s murder and torn away from my perfect little family, I’ll wish I had told someone about the threatening note I received that morning.I’ll hate myself for not finding out who the gift hidden inside my husband’s wardrobe was for.I’ll scream from the rooftops that I’m innocent – but no one will listen.I will realise I was completely wrong about everything that happened that night…But will you believe me?"