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Maureen Johnson’s Favorite Mysteries

Bestselling young adult and mystery novelist Maureen Johnson’s newest book, Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village, is a darkly humorous send-up of cozy mysteries, perfect for fans of the genre and shows like Midsomer Murders. Considering a trip to a quaint English village? You’ll think twice after learning about the countless murderous possibilities lurking behind the bucolic façades, thanks to her latest illustrated guide. See below for a list of some of her favorite mystery novels that her new book both evokes and was inspired by.

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    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Book Cover Picture
    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Book Cover Picture

    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    by Alan Bradley

    A quintessential tale of how everyone in every English village wants to kill you, and they will use delicious baked goods to do it. Lots of chemicals, strange relatives, large country houses, and fervent escapes on old bicycles. A master class in avoiding murder by being far more dangerous and suspicious than your enemies, which are everyone.
    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Book Cover Picture
    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Honjin Murders Book Cover Picture
    The Honjin Murders Book Cover Picture

    The Honjin Murders

    by Seishi Yokomizo

    This one takes place in Japan, but all quaint villages are dangerous, no matter where you are. Don’t go to picturesque inns. Don’t stop for a drink at the village tavern. Don’t keep swords around. Don’t have relatives. Don’t, etc.
    The Honjin Murders Book Cover Picture
    The Honjin Murders Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $14.95

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    The Westing Game Book Cover Picture
    The Westing Game Book Cover Picture

    The Westing Game

    by Ellen Raskin

    Strangers move in together in a large building on Lake Michigan. Not a quaint English village, but this one will provide essential training on observing your neighbors’ every movement, and maybe learn to build some bombs.
    The Westing Game Book Cover Picture
    The Westing Game Book Cover Picture

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    My Sister, the Serial Killer Book Cover Picture
    My Sister, the Serial Killer Book Cover Picture

    My Sister, the Serial Killer

    by Oyinkan Braithwaite

    Sometimes the killer is close to home. Really close to home. Have a plan.
    My Sister, the Serial Killer Book Cover Picture
    My Sister, the Serial Killer Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    The Name of the Star Book Cover Picture
    The Name of the Star Book Cover Picture

    The Name of the Star

    by Maureen Johnson

    A Jack the Ripper copycat London starts recreating his crimes. This one involves the big city, but it’s still England, which means someone is trying to murder you.
    The Name of the Star Book Cover Picture
    The Name of the Star Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $11.99

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