To help celebrate Agatha Christie’s creativity, 126 years after she was born, The Reading Agency, the national charity inspiring people of all ages to read for pleasure, have spied out some exciting thrillers. Here’s their list of five books that will keep you turning the page.
Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrews
Tannie Maria is a wonderful cook whose recipes are featured in the local newspaper. However, budgets are tight, so the paper wants her to combine her recipes with a new agony aunt section. This works out fine until one of her correspondents is murdered, and she gets caught up in the mystery. A quirky and funny book, set against a beautiful South African landscape. It even includes some of Tannie Maria’s most popular recipes!
The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan
In this Mumbai-based debut - the beginning of a series - newly retired Inspector Chopra inherits both an unsolved mystery and a baby elephant. The heart-warming, funny story follows him through all levels of Mumbai society as he attempts to solve the mystery with his new sidekick at his side.
The Innocence of Father Brown by GK Chesterton
A collection of stories about?a bumbling and clumsy?priest who is always dropping his umbrella. But there is more to Father Brown than meets the eye, as he sets about solving an unusual assortment of crimes in his parish.
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by MC Beaton
Former high-flying executive Agatha Raisin has taken early retirement in a chocolate-box Cotswold village, only to find herself bored and in urgent need of diversion. She enters a local baking competition, secretly procuring the finest quiche she can find from a London deli in order to ‘win’ to first place. Agatha ends up with egg on her face, though, when it turns out there was deadly poison in her perfect quiche, and now must track down the real culprit before it’s too late…
Pelagia and the White Bulldog by Boris Akunin
Sister Pelagia is a crime-solving, knitting nun who falls somewhere between Miss Marple and Father Brown. This mystery revolves round the poisoning the prized white bulldog of a cantankerous and very rich old lady. The lady takes to her bed sick with worry about her two remaining dogs and her beneficiaries are desperate for the crime to be resolved.