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Check out these award winning books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie.  The genre is generally characterized by mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitoius violence; usually featuring an amateur detective, they have a confined setting and characters who know one another.

Bury Your Dead

By Louise Penny

An obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it? Although he is supposed to be on leave, Chief Inspector Gamache cannot walk away from a crime that threatens to ignite long-smoldering tensions between the English and the French. Meanwhile, he is receiving disquieting letters from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder.

 

The Brutal Telling

By Louise Penny

A stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store and all clues point to bistro owner Olivier being the killer.  Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets long buried–but not forgotten.

 

The Crueliest Month

By Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate the death of a villager at an Easter séance that was held at the Old Hadley House.

 

 

A Fatal Grace

By Louise Penny

Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder. No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter–and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death.

 

The Virgin of Small Plains

By Nancy Pickard

Small Plains, Kansas, January 23, 1987: In the midst of a deadly blizzard, eighteen-year-old Rex Shellenberger scours his father’s pasture, looking for helpless newborn calves. Then he makes a shocking discovery: the naked, frozen body of a teenage girl, her skin as white as the snow around her. Even dead, she is the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen. It is a moment that will forever change his life and the lives of everyone around him.

 

The Body in the Snowdrift

By Katherine Hall-Page

 

Caterer Faith Fairchild and family are off for a week-long stay at the Pine Slopes resort in Vermont to celebrate her father-in-law’s birthday. All seems to going be well until Faith stumbles upon the body of a local lawyer.

 

Birds of a Feather

By Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs is back and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate’s daughter who has fled from home. What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress’s old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.

 

Letter From Home

By Carolyn Hart

In the summer of 1944, Gretchen Gilman was working as a reporter at the local newspaper. Her assignments weren’t very exciting, but it was a good opportunity for a young woman with talent and ambition to spare. That summer everyone was talking about Faye Tatum, who was found dead in her own living room. Gretchen had known Faye, and she’d known that the circumstances of Faye’s life and death were much different than people imagined. Gretchen was determined to uncover the truth once and for all-even if it meant writing a story that would haunt her for the rest of her life…

 

You’ve Got Murder

By Donna Andrews

From a winner of both the Anthony and Agatha awards comes the first mystery to feature a computer with a mind like Miss Marple and hardware that hides a suspiciously human heart.

 

 

Murphy’s Law: A Molly Murphy Mystery

By Rhys Bowen

When spirited redhead Molly Murphy was growing up a peasant on the coast of Ireland she always imagined there was something more in store for her. She couldn’t have known how right she was until the day she became a murderer, albeit in self-defense. Under drastic circumstances, Molly is forced to strike out into a new world. With the police right behind her, Molly’s only chance at escape is a false identity and a steamship that will take her far, far away: to America.

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