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My top 10 books for Autumn

I don’t know if that’s a thing, but i recently realized that i am what i like to call a cold-weather-reader. I’m really not sure why but every year i find that i practically stop reading during Spring and Summer, and then get back on reading a book per week when the weather gets colder and the night comes earlier. Maybe it’s the cosiness of this season that puts me in the perfect mood to dive into a good book… I turn the lights on, make myself a vanilla chaï tea, grab a blanket and a book, and i’m gone!  I often do that in the morning while eating breakfast (you can check my current morning routine right here), and i actually find that i’m getting very productive days whenever i take time for this little chill reading cession first thing after waking up. What about you friends, do you have a favorite time to read during your day? And is it different from one season to the next? Let me know in the comment i love reading you…

It’s also not going to be a surprise to anyone who knows me, but my favorite genre to read in Autumn are polars/thrillers/detective/investigation. There is a very special place in my life for all the Agatha Christie’s books, Anne Perry’s victorian crime novels and for the fabulous 1920’s detective Phryne Fisher whose adventures are written by Kerry Greenwood. Those kind of stories are my absolute favorites and today i really wanted to share with you my top 10 favorites, the ones i could (and often do) re-read again every year.

1. The body in the library, by Agatha Christie

It’s seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing evening dress and heavy make-up, which is now smeared across her cheeks. But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry? The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple to solve the mystery… before tongues start to wag.

2. At Bertram’s hotel, by Agatha Christie

An old-fashioned London Hotel is not quite as reputable as it makes out… When Miss Marple comes up from the country for a holiday in London, she finds what she’s looking for at Bertram’s Hotel: traditional decor, impeccable service and an unmistakable atmosphere of danger behind the highly polished veneer. Yet, not even Miss Marple can foresee the violent chain of events set in motion when an eccentric guest makes his way to the airport on the wrong day…

3. Blindfold, by Patricia Wentworth

Flossie Palmer is in the drawing room of No. 16 Varley Street pretending to be someone else when she gets the shock of her life. In the six-foot, gilt-framed mirror against the wall, a black gaping hole appears where there should be glass. A man’s bloody head comes into view, followed by a hand trying to claw its way out of the darkness, and then another face with cruel, staring eyes. Terrified, Flossie flees for her life.

4. Ashworth Hall, by Anne Perry

When a group of powerful Irish Protestants and Catholics gather at a country house, Ashworth Hall, to discuss Irish home rule, contention is to be expected, but when the meeting’s moderator, government bigwig Ainsley Greville, is found murdered in his bath, negotiations seem doomed. To make matters worse, it seems that the late Greville had a less than savoury private life. Pitt and Charlotte must root out the truth or the simmering passions and hatred may boil over to plunge Ireland into civil war and destruction…

5. Cocaine Blues, by Kerry Greenwood

The London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Honourable Phryne Fisher – she of the green-grey eyes, diamant garters and outfits that should not be sprung suddenly on those of nervous dispositions – is rapidly tiring of the tedium of arranging flowers, making polite conversations with retired colonels, and dancing with weak-chinned men. Instead, Phryne decides it might be rather amusing to try her hand at being a lady detective in Melbourne, Australia. Almost immediately from the time she books into the Windsor Hotel, Phryne is embroiled in mystery: poisoned wives, cocaine smuggling rings, corrupt cops and communism…

6. Le parfum d’Adam, by Jean Christophe Rufin (french author)

Poland, spring 2005. Juliette is a young environmental activist, fragile and idealistic. She participates in a commando operation to release laboratory animals. This apparently innocent action is going to lead her to the heart of an unprecedented conspiracy which, in the name of saving the planet, targets the human species.

7. La theorie Gaïa, by Maxime Chattam (french author)

Imagine that emissaries from the European Commission are soliciting your skills to solve an urgent problem… top secret. Imagine that your wife is sent to an island at the edge of the world with a stranger, and loses all contact. Imagine that you find yourself isolated by a terrifying storm at the top of a mountain with mysterious scientists. Imagine that the number of serial killers has increased ten-fold for fifty years. Imagine that these events are linked by the violence of men. Aren’t you afraid?

8. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier

The unassuming young heroine of Rebecca finds her life changed overnight when she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome and wealthy widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. Rescuing her from an overbearing employer, de Winter whisks her off to Manderley, his isolated estate on the windswept Cornish coast–but there things take a chilling turn. Max seems haunted by the memory of his glamorous first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy is lovingly tended by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. As the second Mrs. de Winter finds herself increasingly burdened by the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, she becomes determined to uncover the dark secrets that threaten her happiness, no matter the cost.

9. Sleeping Murder, by Agatha Christie

Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernise the house, she only succeeded in dredging up the past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she climbed the stairs. In fear, Gwenda turns to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, can they solve a crime committed many years before?

10. Sarah’s key, by Tatiana de Rosnay

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond.

I hope you’ll enjoy this little selection guys, let me know if you read any of these books, or if you have already, what did you think of it?! xo

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  • Reply Anika May

    Lovely recommendations, Sarah’s Key sounds like a total page-turner, will look into that one!

    Anika |

    October 13, 2017 at 10:33
    • Reply Melodie

      Thanks Anika! You definitely should, i actually read that one in one night many years ago! I just couldn’t stop before the end! 😉

      October 13, 2017 at 10:35

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