logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
Share Halloween Book Bingo - Country House Mystery

Reading list: Halloween Book Bingo - Country House Mystery

Created by: Murder by Death

These are book suggestions for the Halloween Square "Country House Mystery" which is defined by the game masters as:

"A closed circle mystery, occurring at a gathering like a house party. "

If you'd like to suggest books for this list, please comment below with the title and ISBN (if you have it). Additions will be made ASAP.

Books: 68

1.
The Crime at Black Dudley - Margery Allingham
The Crime at Black Dudley
Note:
2.
Murder at the Manor (British Library Crime Classic... - Martin Edwards
Murder at the Manor (British Library Crime Classics)
Note:
3.
They Found Him Dead - Georgette Heyer
They Found Him Dead
Note:
4.
Footsteps in the Dark - Georgette Heyer
Footsteps in the Dark
Note:
5.
Why Shoot a Butler? - Georgette Heyer
Why Shoot a Butler?
Note:
6.
Black Is the Colour of My True Love's Heart - Ellis Peters
Black Is the Colour of My True Love's Heart
Note:
7.
Clouds of Witness - Dorothy L. Sayers
Clouds of Witness
Note:
8.
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor - Stephanie Barron
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor
Note:
9.
The Twelve Clues of Christmas - Rhys Bowen
The Twelve Clues of Christmas
Note:
10.
The Decagon House Murders - Yukito Ayatsuji, Ho-Ling Wong, Soji Shimada
The Decagon House Murders
Note:
11.
Fatality by Firelight (A Cat Latimer Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon
Fatality by Firelight (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
Note:
12.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Note:
13.
And Then Were None - Agatha Christie
And Then Were None
Note:
14.
Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane
Shutter Island
Note:
15.
The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
The Moonstone
Note:
16.
Dead Man's Island - Carolyn G. Hart
Dead Man's Island
Note:
17.
Hercule Poirot's Christmas: A Hercule Poirot Myste... - Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot's Christmas: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
Note:
18.
A Man Lay Dead - Ngaio Marsh
A Man Lay Dead
Note:
19.
Final Curtain - Ngaio Marsh
Final Curtain
Note:
20.
Tied Up In Tinsel - Ngaio Marsh
Tied Up In Tinsel
Note:
21.
Death and the Dancing Footman - Ngaio Marsh
Death and the Dancing Footman
Note:
22.
Hand In Glove - Ngaio Marsh
Hand In Glove
Note:
23.
Scales of Justice - Ngaio Marsh
Scales of Justice
Note:
24.
Overture To Death - Ngaio Marsh
Overture To Death
Note:
25.
Payment In Blood - Elizabeth George
Payment In Blood
Note:
26.
A Suitable Vengeance - Elizabeth George
A Suitable Vengeance
Note:
27.
Cover Her Face - P.D. James
Cover Her Face
Note:
28.
The Skull Beneath the Skin - P.D. James
The Skull Beneath the Skin
Note:
29.
Envious Casca - Georgette Heyer
Envious Casca
Note:
30.
No Wind of Blame - Georgette Heyer
No Wind of Blame
Note:
31.
The Old Fox Deceiv'd - Martha Grimes
The Old Fox Deceiv'd
Note:
32.
Jerusalem Inn - Martha Grimes
Jerusalem Inn
Note:
33.
The Old Silent - Martha Grimes
The Old Silent
Note:
34.
Police at the Funeral - Margery Allingham
Police at the Funeral
Note:
35.
Chinese Shawl - Patricia Wentworth
Chinese Shawl
Note:
36.
Murder At Madingley Grange - Caroline Graham
Murder At Madingley Grange
Note:
37.
The Hound of the Baskervilles: with
The Hound of the Baskervilles: with "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" (Broadview Editions)
Note:
38.
4:50 from Paddington - Agatha Christie
4:50 from Paddington
Note:
39.
After the Funeral - Agatha Christie
After the Funeral
Note:
40.
Three Act Tragedy - Agatha Christie
Three Act Tragedy
Note:
41.
Dead Man's Folly: A Hercule Poirot Mystery - Agatha Christie
Dead Man's Folly: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
Note:
42.
The Hollow - Agatha Christie
The Hollow
Note:
43.
Sad Cypress - Agatha Christie
Sad Cypress
Note:
44.
Peril at End House - Didier Quella-Guyot, Thierry Jollet, Agatha Christie
Peril at End House
Note:
45.
They do it with Mirrors - Agatha Christie
They do it with Mirrors
Note:
46.
Five Little Pigs - Miceal O'Griafa, David Charrier, Agatha Christie
Five Little Pigs
Note:
47.
The Secret of Chimneys - Agatha Christie
The Secret of Chimneys
Note:
48.
Towards Zero - Agatha Christie
Towards Zero
Note:
49.
Curtain: Poirot's Last Case - Agatha Christie
Curtain: Poirot's Last Case
Note:
50.
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding: And Other ... - Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding: And Other Stories
Note:
51.
Too Many Cooks - Rex Stout
Too Many Cooks
Note:
52.
Generation Loss - Elizabeth Hand
Generation Loss
Note:
53.
Crooked House - AGATHA CHRISTIE
Crooked House
Note:
54.
The Circular Staircase - Mary Roberts Rinehart
The Circular Staircase
Note:
55.
Magic Cottage - James Herbert
Magic Cottage
Note:
56.
Decanting a Murder (A Sommelier Mystery) - Nadine Nettmann
Decanting a Murder (A Sommelier Mystery)
Note:
57.
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Being a Jan... - Stephanie Barron
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Being a Jane Austen Mystery)
Note:
58.
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None
Note:
59.
The Franchise Affair - Josephine Tey
The Franchise Affair
Note:
60.
To Love and Be Wise - Josephine Tey
To Love and Be Wise
Note:
61.
Brat Farrar - Josephine Tey
Brat Farrar
Note:
62.
Miss Pym Disposes - Josephine Tey
Miss Pym Disposes
Note:
63.
The Singing Sands - Josephine Tey
The Singing Sands
Note:
64.
Nine Coaches Waiting - Mary Stewart
Nine Coaches Waiting
Note:
65.
The Mystery of the Yellow Room - Gaston Leroux
The Mystery of the Yellow Room
Note:
66.
The Revenant of Thraxton Hall - Vaughn Entwistle
The Revenant of Thraxton Hall
Note:
67.
Hunter's Green - Phyllis A. Whitney
Hunter's Green
Note:
68.
Behold, Here's Poison - Georgette Heyer
Behold, Here's Poison
Note:
back

Comments

Comments:
Obi
Hercule Poirot's Christmas ASIN:B0O46H95T0
Classic,but definitely a country house mystery ...
Murder by Death
Added - thanks! :)
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Ngaio Marsh: "A Man Lay Dead", "Final Curtain", "Tied Up in Tinsel", "Death and the Dancing Footman", "Hand in Glove", "Scales of Justice", "Overture to Death." The last three of these -- at the very least -- would also work for "Terror in a Small Town", and all seven of them are either straightforward locked-room mysteries or feature locked-room type impossible crimes.

Also:
Elizabeth George: "A Suitable Vengeance", "Payment in Blood"
P.D. James: "Cover Her Face", "The Skull Beneath the Skin"
Georgette Heyer: "No Wind of Blame", "Envious Casca"
Martha Grimes: "The Old Fox Deceiv'd", "Jerusalem Inn", "The Old Silent"
Margery Allingham: "Police at the Funeral"
Patricia Wentworth: "The Chinese Shawl"
Caroline Graham: "Murder at Madingley Grange"
Arthur Conan Doyle: "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (would also work for "Terror in a Small Town")
Agatha Christie: "After the Funeral", "Three Act Tragedy", "Dead Man's Folly", "The Hollow", "Sad Cypress", "Peril at End House", "They Do It With Mirrors", "Five Little Pigs", "The Secret of Chimneys", "Towards Zero", "4:50 From Paddington", "Curtain", "The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding" (aka "The Royal Ruby")
Murder by Death
Added! :)
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Thank you! :)
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
Rex Stout's Too Many Cooks would also qualify here.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Oh yes, true!
Murder by Death
Added!
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Books from Halloween Bingo 2018 participant reading plan lists posted to date:

Crooked House by Agatha Christie (9780008196349)
The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart (9780486297132)
The Magic Cottage by James Herbert (9780330451567)
Decanting a Murder by Nadine Nettmann (9780738748504)
Jane and the 12 Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron (9781616955724)
Murder by Death
Added. :)
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
More books from the participants' reading plan lists -- including unassigned / "free square" / "wild card" books that would fit this category:

And Then there Were None by Agatha Christie (9780312979478)
The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey (9780099536833)
To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey (9780099556749)
Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey (9780099536840)
Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey (9780099556695)
The Singing Sands by Josphine Tey (9780099556732)
The Mystery of The Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux (9780008167035)
Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart (9781444711073)
Murder by Death
9780008167035 is not in the database (although I may have already noted this on another list - I can't remember).

Added.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Sigh. And thanks!
Murder by Death
No, Thank you - for finding And Then There Were None. I because of the multiple titles for that one, I can never get it to show up in search. :-/
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Any book that's on my own shelves is easy to find ...
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
Vaughn Entwhistle - The Revenant of Thraxton Hall (1250035007) Also qualifies for Amateur Sleuth.
Murder by Death
Added. :)
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
More from the participants' "reading plans" posts:

Hunter's Green by Phyllis Whitney (9780385514774)
The Murder at Sissingham Hall by Clara Benson (9781530453542)
Behold, Here’s Poison by Georgette Heyer (9780099493648)
Murder by Death
added
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Thank you!
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Next batch from the participants' "reading plans" posts:

Thirteen Guests by J. Jefferson Farjeon (9780712356015)
Ghost of a Chance by Katie MacAllister (9780997773149)
XOX
House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (9781409157243)
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
No. "House of Silk" (I've read it) is set in London, not on a country estate.
XOX
Thanks.
XOX
The Facts of Life and Death by Belinda Bauer (978-0802126849) happened in North Devon. Would that fit?
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
No, I'm afraid that wouldn't fit, either (though it sounds like a good choice for "Terror in a Small Town").

Country house mysteries are either classic, Golden Age mysteries, or mysteries very much written in that style, that are set in a manor house (or similar "closed" setting) in the countryside, with a very limited cast of characters. In tone, they are -- if not outright within the "cozy" spectre -- frequently characterized by a more "genteel" style of writing, and except for the actual murder(s), there is little to no violence. (For these and other reasons, a thriller is almost always the polar opposite of a country house mystery.) E.g., think of Agatha Christie's "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd", "And Then There Were None", "After the Funeral", "The Mirror Crack'd", "4:50 From Paddington" (or, in fact all of the books already on this list) -- all of these are typical examples of country house mysteries.
XOX
Thanks.
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
The Affair of the Blood-Stained Egg Cosy, by James Anderson. 0380019191

Tags

country house mystery Halloween Bingo 2018

Reading this list (3)

Need help?