Many of us have found ourselves with bounds of spare time on our hands as of recent, especially now that many of us are working from home. Well, now is the perfect time to escape from reality and indulge yourself in a good book. A study by the University of Sussex suggests that reading may be one of the most effective ways to overcome stress and by doing so, it puts our brains in a ‘pleasurable trance like state’.
It is known that nothing beats an exceptionally well written mystery book- regardless of age. Crime novels can keep you on the edge of your seat and with its fast and thrilling storytelling, it leaves you breathless and desperate to find out what happens next. Whether you are a massive horror fan, love a good thrill or even prefer a more family friendly read, we’ve created a shortlist of some of our favourite recommendations:
Maggie Stiefvater Shiver Series
Grace is captivated by the wolves behind her house; one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. Every winter, she watches him but every summer, he disappears.
What better distraction is there than diving in headfirst into a fantasy novel? Maggie Stiefvater’s unique storytelling allows you to escape into a world of mystery surrounded by secrets, with added elements of romance that will make your heart melt. This is a fun read and can be enjoyed by all ages as it contains short chapters, which makes it a quick read and the shorter stories makes it more manageable to pick up anytime.
Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course). Oh yeah. And dead. Then there's his sidekick, Stephanie. She's, well, she's a twelve-year-old girl.
What’s a good ‘mystery shiver’ book without a walking talking detective skeleton? Skulduggery Pleasant is the type of series that keeps you constantly on your feet. Join twelve-year-old Stephanie as she is thrust into a magical underworld full of vampires, murderous hunters and many unpleasant characters. Whilst the series is surrounded by dark themes, such as torture and death, Landy puts the young readers at ease through his humorous dialogue and witty anecdotes sprinkled throughout the book.
James Patterson Women’s Murder Club Series 1
Meet the female crime solving team. Solving their way through their hometown crimes in San Francisco.
James Patterson is a well-known author for writing many different genres including young adult fantasy and crime. This series revolves around crime-solving friends based in San Francisco. If it is a long series you are after, then you have found it. Each book in the series captivates you and takes you on wonderous ride. If you are after a pulse-pounding, astonishing thriller that holds you spell bound from the first page to the last, this is the series to read!
The Secret Seven 4 Book 12 Story Collection
Join Peter, Janet, Jack, Barbara, Pam, Colin and George, otherwise known as, The Secret Seven, as they solve some seriously suspicious mysteries!
Enid Blyton is a must-have for any bookshelf, known as one of the most popular children’s authors of all time. These classic Secret Seven tales will provide hours of fun to explore great mysteries from the comfort of your own home. Make sure you meet at the shed with ‘S.S’ on the door, know the password and wear the right badge, and you’ll be sure to get into the secret club. From burglaries, to stolen dogs, and even an intruder, these books will definitely keep you entertained.
Sherlock Holmes Deluxe Hardback Collection
Follow Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr Watson as they solve some of the most complex police cases, from their home on Baker Street.
If you’re looking for intricate plots and some excellent deduction skills, look no further. Sherlock Holmes is a one of a kind case solver and private detective, along with his companion, Dr Watson, they work to solve crimes and cases that have even stumped the best police. These gorgeous designed hardbacks are a wonderful edition to any home, with an array of colours bound to stand out and make you want to grab and read another!
What are you waiting for? Settle down in the comfort of your own home and explore some dark and mysterious worlds, without having to do the scary parts yourself. Grab that blanket find yourself a cosy position and get to reading!