Fall is by far my favorite season of the year. So no surprise, when I started thinking about texture, the first things that came to mind were the crinkling of colorful leaves, the felt-like grass of a football stadium, the slimy innards of a pumpkin, and the soft pages of a good book.
Reading is at its best in the fall. My favorite way to page through a book—or my Kindle, as it were—is while sipping on something warm with a knitted scarf wrapped around my neck and the rain pattering outside. This is especially true for mysteries.
Mysteries have always felt very autumnal…Maybe it’s that so many of the classics take place in the UK where drizzly weather abounds, or maybe it’s the dark nature of murder and the sleuth’s task of exacting justice.
Regardless, while mysteries are great year round, there’s something special about reading a good mystery in the fall. Here are some of the mysteries I’m looking forward to reading over the next couple months:
- A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – This YA novel piqued my interest when I first read the premise, the descendants of Sherlock and Watson must team up to solve a murder at their school. Nuff said!
- The Secret Place by Tana French – I’ve been working my way through the Dublin Murder Squad Series, and this is the next one on-queue. They’re dark, beautifully written, and impossible to predict.
- Lethal Lifestyles by LynDee Walker – Headlines in High Heels is one of my fave cozy series right now, and the newest book comes out September 27! The mysteries always solid, and I can’t wait to read what happens next to all the characters.
- Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter – This book has been on my To Read list for ages and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. I think it’s finally time to pick up this dark mystery and see what all the hubbub is about!
- Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot – The title is funny enough, but this cozy sounds right up my alley, especially since I really enjoyed one of Cabot’s other adult novels, The Boy Nextdoor.
What books are you excited to read this fall? Are there any mysteries I need to add to my list?