By Guest Blogger Ellen Bryant Lloyd 

In the spirit of Halloween, mysteries seemed to be the perfect genre to feature for moms who are looking for a little “whodunit” or nail-biting escape from juggling the challenges of the day. From classic detective mysteries to psychological thrillers, there is something for everyone’s mystery taste on the list of suggestions this month. Caution, you may want to leave a light on while reading! Happy Halloween!

– Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Author Stephen King says this book is “funny and scary.”

– In The Woods by Tana French
The Washington Post calls this detective mystery “[an] ambitious and extraordinary first novel.”

– Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee
The Daily Express touts this book as “rich in historical detail, mystery and intrigue… a contender for the best thriller of the year.”

– The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
This novel received the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2020. Mystery author Louis Penny says the novel “picks up where the great Gothic thrillers of the past leave off… spooky, smart and haunting.”

– The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
After being swept away during a storm while sleepwalking 20 years earlier, Arden Maynor sleepwalks again but awakes to find a dead body at her feet.

– The Hound of the Baskervilles by Conan Doyle
This classic British mystery stars the renowned Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson — what’s not to love?

– The Golden Cage by Camilla Lackberg
Written by a Swedish crime writer, this book is a described as a Big Little Lies meets Gone Girl meets The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

– Walk the Wire by David Baldacci<
Baldacci’s books fall in a genre of mysteries with thrilling plots that often feature the FBI, national security threats and other topics relevant to current events.

– Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
You may have seen the movie, but the book is even more suspenseful. Janet Maslin of the New York Times says this psychological thriller is “ice-pick sharp… spectacularly sneaky… impressively cagey.”

– And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall
A great read for fans of Janet Evanovich and James Patterson that features a search for a missing woman who may not want to be found.

– The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie has been a classic name in the mystery genre for many years. This book won the “best ever crime novel” award from the Crime Writers’ Association.

– Lavender Blue Murder by Laura Childs
A tea maven, a tea sommelier, a bird hunt and bleeding guest in a lavender field — unusual elements that blend together to make an interesting murder mystery.

– Helter Skelter: The True Story of The Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry
This book offers readers an in-depth journey into one of the most notorious murders in history. Even more unsettling is knowing that the events really happened.

– Still Life by Louise Penny
Kirkus Reviews gave this detective mystery a starred review, saying the character, Inspector Gamache is “cerebral, wise, and compassionate… destined for stardom” and that readers should “[not] miss this stellar debut.”

– A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette
Jenn McKinlay describes this cute and quirky mystery novel as “Fun! Fresh! Fabulous!”

Ellen Bryant Lloyd is the author of FRECKLES and FRECKLES and The Great Beach Rescue. Please visit and to learn more about Freckles. Ellen writes a blog about her perspectives on life and parenting at and tweets at @EllenBLloyd. She lives in Greensboro with her husband and two children.

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