Classical mysteries that come with a twist

A corporate retreat turns deadly in this very Agatha Christie reminiscent story “One by One” by Ruth Ware.

While the two caretakers of a small chalet in the Alps prepare for a tech-start ups corporate retreat, little do they know the violence soon coming their way. The corporate meeting is all about a possible buyout, and the company shareholders are divided on which way to go. A ski trip goes awry as one of the party goes missing, and then an avalanche cuts off contact with the rest of the world. And it soon becomes apparent that they are stuck with a killer amongst them.

This really reminded me of Christie’s “And Then There Were None” which I love, so this was an immediate addictive read for me. I didn’t guess who the killer was until closer toward the end and the resolution was great. Ware has become an insta-buy with me.

“One by One” is published by Gallery. It is $27.99.


A detective stumbles on an abandoned car with a baby inside in the middle of a snowstorm and gets a new mystery to solve in “Darkest Evening” by Ann Cleeves.

Trying to get to her destination in a blizzard, Vera Stanhope finds an abandoned car with a small child inside. She tries to get to help for the child, and finds herself of a distant relative who is having a party. While trying to sort what to do with the infant, the father of the young waitresses at the party arrives to say he has found a body — that of the young child’s mother. Why was she out during a snowstorm, and why did she get out of the car? Vera must look into all the guests at the house and figure out if they have a link to the young woman and who would want to murder her?

A solid British mystery this will satisfy readers who want a classic read of the genre.

“Darkest Evening” is published by Minotaur Books. It is $26.99.


Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com.


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