Earlier this month, Peter Swanson released a brilliant new mystery, Eight Perfect Murders. In this book, a bookseller discovers that a deranged killer is choosing his victims based on a list of perfect fictional murders. In celebration of the release of this book, we thought we’d round up our own list of favourite fictional murders!
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
What list celebrating a book would be complete without actually including that book?! Eight Perfect Murders is a chilling tale of psychological suspense and an homage to the thriller genre tailor-made for fans: the story of a bookseller who finds himself at the center of an FBI investigation because a very clever killer has started using his list of fiction’s most ingenious murders.
For his first appearance on our list, we cannot talk highly enough about Anthony Horowitz‘s Daniel Hawthorne series. In the introduction to the series, The Word is Murder, Anthony Horowitz reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery, introducing us to a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues. The crime in this one? A woman is found strangled in her home… mere hours after planning her own funeral. In The Sentence is Death, Hawthorne and Horowitz return once again to delve deep into the killing of a high-profile divorce lawyer and the death, only a day earlier, of his one-time friend.
What murder mystery list would be complete without the Queen of Mystery herself, Agatha Christie? Though all of her mysteries are remarkably intricate, these three are the absolute classics. In Murder on the Orient Express, a millionaire is murdered on – you guessed it – a train and suddenly all of the passengers are suspects. In And Then There Were None, a group of strangers are mysteriously invited to a secluded island where they start dying off one-by-one. And, finally, in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Roger Ackroyd, a man who might know a bit more than he lets on, is stabbed to death in his home and renowned detective Hercule Poirot is enlisted to solve the murder.
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
If the Daniel Hawthorne series isn’t quite right for you, you will definitely want to check out this masterpiece featuring murder(s), small-town Britain, buried secrets, and even a book-within-a-book! Featuring a real-life murder of a successful mystery author and a fictional murder (or is it truly fictional?!), Magpie Murders is the most inventive take on the classic murder mystery genre to come along in quite some time!
There you have it, Savvy Readers – our brief list of favourite fictional murders! We want you to help compile this list, though. Which fictional murder mysteries are your absolute favourite? Which ones should we add to this list? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter @SavvyReader!