Detective novels and murder mysteries have always been some of my favourite books to read, real page-turners. They appeal to a very large crowd and rightly so. The character development and the plot never cease to impress in these novels. So, here are 3 such novels that I had a thrilling time reading.
Suitable for ages 13+
Author: Raymond Chandler
Philip Marlowe is our protagonist, he is one of the greatest characters in Anglo-American literature. Chandler has been emotionally attached to this character and he has been developing his perfections and imperfections for years. This is the first novel in which Philip is the protagonist, however, he has still made appearances in pulp fiction written by Chandler.
When he is first introduced, he is entering the Sternwood mansion, about to be hired by General Sternwood. He had suspected that. But what he had not thought about was what he would be hired for. General Sternwood had hired Philip to ‘take care’ of Arthur Geiger’ a homosexual pornographer with potentially scandalous pictures of the general’s daughter, Carmen. Marlowe agrees to the task and sets out on his mission. This book guarantees an intertwined and complex plot, so pay attention to every detail. Who killed the chauffeur? Who is the man in the grey Plymouth sedan? Well, read the book to find out!
2. The Hound of the Baskervilles
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Dyle
Ooh, now this book gave me the chills. The plot unravels to be so complex yet simplistic, that it leaves you wondering why you did not figure it out before the book ends. This book is the third instalment in the four crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Dyle. Sherlock Holmes is approached by Dr. Mortimer to assist in guarding the life of his best friend's nephew who is that very day returning to England from Canada. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson leave to investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate. After they reach, Sir Henry meets the delightful Beryl Stapleton and her brother. The helpers are acting strangely and, when Watson catches one of them red-handed signalling to someone on the moor, he believes that he knows who might be involved. Holmes thinks differently. But in the end, the solution to the mystery lies in the Baskerville family history.
Author: Wilkie Collins
The Woman in White starts with Walter Hartright's bizarre encounter on a road in London, reflecting the glistening moonlight. He was drawn to the beautiful Laura Fairlie like a moth to a flame, as he was a drawing master. Walter becomes involved in the ominous conspiracies of Sir Percival and his friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons, and poison. Following a trail of questions of identity and insanity along the passages and halls of English country houses and the madhouse, The Woman in White is the first and most significant of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic ghastliness with psychological realism and thrill.
And that is it for today! Do pick up these fabulous books and give them a read. See you next time! Bye!