The Broke and the Bookish
For most people beach reach are light and fun contemporaries. But not for this girl. I like to read mysteries over the summer. Those are my beach reads. Murder mysteries, true crime, violent and dark mysteries. That is what I think of when I think of beach reads. Does make me weird? Don't answer that.
1.) Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas - My Review
Whenever I have a list of mysteries you know this one has to be first because it's really brilliant. But it absolutely has to be on this book because it takes place in Aruba on a beach. SO yeah, perfect beach mystery.
2.) You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes - My Review
Another one of my absolute favorite mysteries. This book is super dark and violent which is like the perfect contrast to a bright and sunny beach vacation. Also at one point stuff goes down at a beach house so it seems fitting.
3.) With Malice bu Eileen Cook - My Review
This book isn't about a beach trip but it is about a vacation to Italy so it kind of works. But even so it's just a really good YA mystery. It had me guessing until almost the very end and is definitely captivating enough to keep you reading while you tan.
4.) The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma - My Review
This book is described as Black Swan meets Orange is the New Black, which is exactly what this book is. It's a really dark mystery about a ballerina who goes to jail for murder. But there is some really crazy and really cool elements to the story mystery fans will like. I did.
5.) Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little - My Review
I really liked this book. It's not a super complex mystery but it was still really interesting and had a crazy surprise ending that left me a little floored. If you do like, especially adult, mysteries and haven't read this one I would recommend it.
6.) The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas - My Review
This has a complex true crime feel to it which I really liked. I'm kind of a mystery snob especially when it comes to YA and this one I thought was pretty creative and interesting. It's another one I would recommend to mystery fans.
7.) And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - My Review
Just in case you are looking for a more classic mystery I can definitely recommend And Then There Were None. It's not a beach setting but it does have this mysterious island/vacation thing going for it. Plus Agatha Christie is the mother of modern mysteries for a reason.
8.) The Fixer and The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - My Review
This is more of a political thriller but it is still a really fantastic series with amazing characters and a super complex mystery. Plus I need a sequel which means you all have to buy copies so that the publisher sees there is demand. Please and thank you.
9.) Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco - My Review
I told myself I wasn't going to mention any historical mysteries because that is a giant can of worms for me, but I couldn't not have at least one. This is one of mys favorites and it has that police procedural vibe that I think murder mystery fans will enjoy.
10.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich - My Review
SO I am including this one in case you are looking for one that has more of a horror vibe to it. Plus this book is really amazing and totally crazy. I want more people to read it so I can ask them what the hell happened at the end of the book because I still don't know and it's been almost two years.
11.) Literally Anything by Mary Kubica - My Review
Every summer for the past three years I have read a Mary Kubica book. This summer I will be reading one again. I am definitely a fan of her stuff. She writes some really fantastic mysteries with amazing twists. If you like mysteries and you haven't read her stuff change that.
12.) Literally Anything by Ally Carter - My Review
What I like about Ally Carter is that she has a variety of different stuff. You want something more lighthearted, Gallagher Girls. Want more serious, Embassy Row. Want a heist novel, Heist Society. If you want something with a summer vibe, I recommend Embassy Row.
There you have it, all the mysteries I recommend for your beach bag. What are your favorite mysteries? What are your beach reads? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!