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A podcast devoted to helping readers discover new mystery books. Hosted by USA Today bestselling mystery author Sara Rosett.

Mystery Books Podcast Sara Rosett

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A podcast devoted to helping readers discover new mystery books. Hosted by USA Today bestselling mystery author Sara Rosett.

    The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers

    The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers

    🔎 If you like mysteries with dapper gentlemen sleuths, vintage CSI, and Golden Age fiction with themes that still resonate today, you’ll enjoy The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers.

    🎩 Lord Peter Wimsey is the epitome of the dapper gentleman sleuth. He hides his sharp intellect under a foppish and sometimes silly manner. In many ways, he’s a 1920s update to The Scarlet Pimpernel, a mystery-solving Sir Percy Blakeney.

    ☠️ When a veteran of the Great War dies, Wimsey is asked to look into the time of death, a simple matter that turns complex as a murder is revealed. 

    ⚡️ From shell shock (what we’d call PTSD) to the shifting cultural mores, impacts of the Great War reverberate throughout the book. There is also a look at crime scene forensics, 1920s style.

    🕵️‍♂️ Read-alike recommendations include more books with gentlemen sleuths as well as my own book with that explores shell shock, Murder in Black Tie. 

    ❓Have you read any Dorothy L. Sayers? 

    • 16 min
    Poison at Pemberton Hall by Fran Smith

    Poison at Pemberton Hall by Fran Smith

    🏛Take “Downton Abbey,” add a lady interested in science who becomes involved in a murder mystery, and you’d have “Poison at Pemberton Hall” by Fran Smith. 

    🧪As Vita Carew pursues the murderer, the book considers some serious questions about education (and obstacles women encountered in 1903), the perceptions of beauty, and beauty versus brains. Thanks to Vita’s dry wit, the story has a light, fun tone. I was rooting for Vita to catch the culprit and pursue her dreams.

    📖Read-alike recommendations include mysteries with female scientists/sleuths and more Edwardian mysteries.

    ❓What are your favorite Edwardian mysteries?

    • 8 min
    Death in a Deck Chair by K.K. Beck

    Death in a Deck Chair by K.K. Beck

    🧐If you every wished for a mashup of Jane Austen’s Catherine Moreland from Northanger Abbey and a Christie-type shipboard murder, you’ll want to check out “Death in a Deck Chair” by K.K. Beck.

    🕯While “Death in a Deck Chair” doesn’t have gothic overtones or take place at an abbey, it does feature Iris Cooper, a plain-Jane kind of heroine similar to Catherine Moreland.

    🚢It’s the 1920s and Catherine is on an Atlantic crossing when one of the passengers is murdered. Class, generational, and cultural conflicts abound among the diverse passengers on the ship, which is a perfect closed circle mystery setting. 

    📖Read-alike recommendations include more ship-board mysteries (historical and contemporary settings) as well as another “plain Jane” mystery protagonist.

    ❓What is your favorite “average Jane” mystery?

    • 10 min
    The Librarian Always Rings Twice by Marty Wingate

    The Librarian Always Rings Twice by Marty Wingate

    Who wouldn’t want to visit a library made up of first editions from Golden Age authors? That’s the premise of The First Edition Library series by Marty Wingate. Haley is a curator at the unique private library in Bath. The third book in the series, “The Librarian Always Rings Twice” delves into the fun Books About Books trope. It’s a story rich in layers with mysteries in the main storyline as well as in the story within the story.Read-alike recommendations include contemporary cozies by Martie Wingate, books set in Bath UK, and books about books.What’s your favorite book or series about books?

    • 9 min
    Under Lock and Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian

    Under Lock and Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian

    🗝 Locked rooms, secret staircases, and a family curse–-three things a mystery reader can’t resist!

    🔎Join me as I delve into Gigi Pandian’s modern day locked room mystery, "Under Lock and Skeleton Key." With plenty of nods to Golden Age mysteries, this book will appeal to fans of classic crime as well as contemporary traditional mysteries.

    📚Read-alike suggestions include more locked room mysteries as well as multi-cultural protagonists.

    ❓Have you read any other books featuring magicians?

    • 9 min
    A Botanist's Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari

    A Botanist's Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari

    Do you have a fondness for lady scientists of the early 20th century who encounter mysteries? Then you'll want to read “A Botanist's Guide to Parties and Poisons” by Kate Khavari. 🔬

    Research assistant Saffron Everleigh wants to follow in her father's footsteps and teach botany at University College London, but a poisoning threatens to upset her plans. Besides the gorgeous cover, the exploration of the impacts of The Great War along with the academic setting made this book irresistible. And did I mention the characters are planning for a research trip to the Amazon? 🦜

    Read-alike suggestions include other academic mysteries as well as gardening mysteries. 🔎

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

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New reads thank God

I love I get to discover books I never would have picked up prior to this podcast. From the books time forgot to the more current and popular books this podcast gets you hungry for reading.

marye7077 ,

Great way to find new authors

This is a great way to find new authors. I like the format and length. You have a very pleasant voice. It’s distracting to have the music playing and you speaking at the same time, be more pleasant when speaking not have music or lower volume of music. I don’t think you need to review the first book in a series because often a later book is better written than the first.

pj relax ,

Mystery Podcast

Previous version had a very good format, no spoilers, interesting details and a right sized time for the review, well done. A few minor technical issues but not a big deal. Glad to see a reboot of this topic and podcaster.

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