Happy Monday, Savvy Readers! We hope you had a nice, sunny weekend (we sure did here in Ontario!) and that you’re taking care of yourselves during this time. Since it’s the start of a new week, you know what that means… It’s time for a brand new My Book Pledge Featured Read!
We don’t want to say we have impeccable taste or anything, but this week’s Featured Read was also JUST announced as one of Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club’s picks for the month as well! Perfect for fans of locked-room mysteries in the vein of the very best of Agatha Christie, this week’s My Book Pledge Featured Read is The Guest List by Lucy Foley!
It was supposed to be the perfect wedding… On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.
But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast. And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?
Reminiscent of Agatha Christie classics like And Then There Were None and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Lucy Foley’s The Guest List is a novel that is sure to have even the most seasoned murder mystery vets guessing until the very last page. The suspense starts building from page one, and before you know it you’ll be so hooked by the story that you won’t be able to put it down. When we say this is a book you can read in one sitting, we truly mean it! This is one mystery you do not want to miss.
Tell us, Savvy Readers: What is your favourite murder mystery of all time? What books are you reading this week? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!