Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Murder Mystery Book Tag

I saw this tag on BookTube ages ago. Like a year ago probably. It was created by MarisaReadALot and I saw Books of Amber and Lindsey Rey do it as well. At the time I was trying to keep my BookTube channel afloat and I thought this tag was right up my alley. So I planned it all out and then never filmed the video. So as part of my mystery themed month, I was looking for a post and I found this one. So I don't think anyone brought it to the blogosphere (correct me if I'm wrong) so I'm going to do that.

The goal of this tag is to create your own episode of CSI (or any other of those police procedural shows) using book characters. It's a short tag but I added a few more questions just because I want there to be a little bit more to it. So here are my answers.

1.) Favorite Murder Mystery 

The Veronica Mars by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham and The Diviners by Libba Bray 

I don't read a lot of legitimate murder mysteries and the ones I do read I don't love because I don't find them super mysterious. But I am a huge Veronica Mars fan. The TV show is my all-time favorite and the books are pretty good too. I love them mostly because of V. I also recently read The Diviners by Libba Bray and loved it. It's got a great mystery too.

2.) Victim 

Diana Bishop in A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

So I thought I had stopped talking about how much I didn't like this book but it has been I think 3 times in the past two weeks? Oops. I know a lot of people like it but it wasn't for me. And that's mostly because I hated this character. She started off with such promise and then became a Bella Swan romance obsessed idiot who gave in far too easily! I wouldn't cry many tears if she were to end up six feet under. I may be the one to do it in fact.

3.) What World Does It Take Place In?

 The Final Empire/Elendel from The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson

I am absolutely obsessed with the Mistborn trilogy and a lot of that has to do with the world. It's one of my favorite fictional worlds ever. The magical systems, the turmoil, the political intrigue, the characters. UGH, I love it! Seeing a murder mystery in this world would make me so happy. Plus the new series, starting with The Alloy of Law reads a bit like a more traditional mystery. I mean the main character is a PI so it totally works.

4.) Lead Detective 

Cealena Sardothian in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

I may be fixated on this because I read Queen of Shadows recently and it's flawless and this would mean more time with my girl Caelana. She's smart and sassy and is surprisingly adept at solving mysteries. In every book I have always been impressed by how good she is at figuring out things that even Chaol and Rowan didn't notice. Plus she's a trained assassin and incredibly kickass which would come in handy when it comes to the culprit.


5.) Sidekick  

Chubs in The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken 

Chubs is perhaps my favorite sidekick period. He's snarky and sarcastic but fiercely loyal. He's also a really smart and bookish type which a part of me thinks that all sidekicks need to be. I know it's a bit cliche but I don't care. Plus he'd be a great contrast for Caelana's brashness. Imagine the banter you guys! And Vida might be there too which would be extra fun.

6.) Weapon/Manner of Murder 

Avada Kedavra from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

I mean this seems like a fool proof way of killing someone, right? The killing curse is fast and leaves almost no weapon or trace behind for the detectives to use to track down the killer. And if they aren't wizards they would be extra confused by the fact that a person could suddenly just drop dead. I think it would be a really interesting to see a mystery where Avada Kedavra was used.

7.) Red Herring 

Adelina Amouteru in The Young Elites by Marie Lu

All good mystery books need that character who distracts you from the real killer. I'm picking Adelina because The Young ELites is basically a villain origin story and most people think of her as a dark and twisted character but I see her as much more complex than that. She's broken and devious but she has been mistreated for so long who can blame her. Plus she is still open to love and compassion. I don't see her as a sociopath (yet?)


8.) Culprit 

Arya Stark in A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Okay, okay. So for my culprit I wanted to pick someone dubious and after a few ideas I decided on Arya. She's basically an remorseless killing machine at this point but she has this incredibly emotional motivation behind it all. I'm not a huge fan of her character development but that is sort of why she would be the perfect culprit. Plus she is now being trained by the Faceless Men and the prospect of an Arya/Celaena final showdown makes me so giddy! Especially if they were mistings or mistborn. *dies*

There you have it. My answer to the slightly adapted Murder Mystery Book Tag. It's very fantasy heavy but I'm okay with that. If you are a fan of tags and mysteries then consider yourself tagged, you should definitely do this one and leave me a comment with your answers. I want this to catch on because I'm so curious to see other people's answers. Although I will tag a few people I know like doing tag posts and can help me get this spreading. Let's see....

Tracy at Cornerfolds
Eileen at BookCatPin
C.J from Sarcasm and Lemons
Octavia and Shelly from Read Sleep Repeat
Brittany from Book Addicts Guide

I hope you enjoyed this post. Woud you watch this show? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. Thanks for the tag Cassi! This looks fun. I haven't read a lot of mysteries though so I gotta think on that one :D

    1. Totally fine. Feel free to use characters from fantasy and dystopia. I did.

  2. The Diviners looked good to me for a while but it is way too long, like way too long. I'm gonna have to pass but I really like this tag. So fun!

    1. It was really long but it was still a fast read. There's lots of action and mystery which makes it hard to put down. Although I understand. Long books intimidate me too.