Love golden age mysteries? Here are several modern equivalents

15 Modern Mysteries for Fans of Golden Age Detective Novels

By Kristina Wright•March 10, 2022•5 min read

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The Golden Age of Detective Fiction was dominated by authors like Dorothy L. SayersPatricia Wentworth, and the Queen of Crime herself, Agatha Christie. If you’re a fan of classic murder mysteries, we’ve compiled a terrific list of books like the works of Agatha Christie — from clever locked-room tales in isolated settings to books that pay homage to old-school whodunits. You’re sure to find a book that you won’t be able to put down! 

Book cover for The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

The Hunting Party

Lucy Foley

For the past decade, a group of school friends from Oxford have gathered to ring in the New Year together — and this year, the old friends are celebrating at a remote estate in the Scottish Highlands. But their holiday reunion takes a shocking turn when a blizzard leaves them trapped, and one of them winds up dead… Alex Michaelides, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent PatientShow More ›

Book cover for Nine Lives by Peter Swanson

Nine Lives

Peter Swanson

Fans of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None will devour this brand-new mystery from a New York Times bestselling author! FBI agent Jessica Winslow is on a list with eight other people. None of these nine people know each other, but someone is murdering them one by one. Now, Jessica is in a race against time to save her own life by figuring out what she has in common with eight strangers. …Show More ›

Book cover for A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson

A Talent for Murder

Andrew Wilson

Agatha Christie was at the center of her own real-life mystery in 1926, when she disappeared for 11 days. Despite decades of speculations, her whereabouts during that time remain unknown to this day. In this compelling fictionalized account of Christie’s disappearance, the Queen of Crime finds herself faced with blackmail, conspiracy, and murder!

Book cover for The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

The Widows of Malabar Hill

Sujata Massey

In 1920s India, Perveen Mistry has just joined her father’s law firm, making her one of India’s first female lawyers. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of a wealthy Muslim man who left three widows — all of whom have signed their inheritance over to a charity. Suspecting something unscrupulous might be going on, Perveen sets out to uncover the truth and find a killer… This …Show More ›

Book cover for The Maid by Nita Prose

The Maid

Nita Prose

Hotel maid Molly Gray works very hard to follow the rules, do her job to the best of her ability, and maintain a carefully ordered life.  When a hotel guest turns up dead, Molly’s life is turned upside down as she finds herself at the center of the murder investigation — and she must race to clear her own name from suspicion! PopSugar calls this #1 New York Times bestseller “something of a …Show More ›

Book cover for An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson

An Expert in Murder

Nicola Upson

This engrossing historical mystery stars Josephine Tey, a real-life author from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, as a fictional sleuth! Traveling from Scotland to London for the final week of her hit play, mystery writer Josephine Tey befriends a young woman on the train. When the woman is murdered, Detective Inspector Archie Penrose warns Josephine that she may be in danger of becoming the …Show More ›

Book cover for Murder in the Crooked House by Soji Shimada

Murder in the Crooked House

Soji Shimada

Millionaire Kozaburo Hamamoto built his Crooked House on top of a cliff in an isolated region of northern Japan. In this peculiar home, filled with terrifying oddities and confusing mazes, a man has been murdered. When the police can’t figure out how the crime occurred — or how to stop other guests from meeting the same fate — they call in famous detective Kiyoshi Mitarai. As Kiyoshi …Show More ›

Book cover for Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Magpie Murders

Anthony Horowitz

In this intriguing New York Times bestseller, editor Susan Ryeland has just received the newest manuscript from crime novelist Alan Conway, one of her most difficult writers. But something seems off about the new book — and Susan begins to think there might be more to Conway’s story than meets the eye… O, The Oprah Magazine says Horowitz “has devised an ingenious whodunit within a whodunit, a …Show More ›

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Book cover for The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

Aiden Bishop will relive the day of Evelyn Hardcastle’s death over and over until he can find her killer and break the cycle. But each time the day resets, he wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor… Booklist calls this inventive mystery “ingenious and original” and says “there are certainly echoes of Agatha Christie here, but it’s Christie ramped up several notches, thanks …Show More ›

Book cover for Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint

Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder

Shamini Flint

Fans of Agatha Christie’s intrepid detective Hercule Poirot will love Shamini Flint’s Inspector Singh! A famous Singaporean model sits on death row in Kuala Lumpur, Maylasia, convicted of murdering her ex-husband — but she claims she didn’t do it. Now it’s up to Inspector Singh to use all of skills to find the real killer. 

Book cover for Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

Reckless Girls

Rachel Hawkins

Rachel Hawkins’s latest New York Times bestseller is a twist on the locked-room mystery, set on an isolated island in the Pacific Ocean. After she’s fired from her dead-end job at a Hawaiian resort, Lux agrees to accompany her boyfriend, Nico, when he’s offered a large fee to take two young women on an adventure of a lifetime. But their dream trip to paradise soon turns into a nightmare filled …Show More ›

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One by One

Ruth Ware

In this enthralling New York Times bestseller, the staff of a trendy London start-up has gathered for a corporate retreat at a beautiful and remote ski chalet, where a surprising announcement leads to divided loyalties and strained friendships. When an avalanche leaves them stranded and one of their own goes missing, the group must decide who they can trust — and who is willing to kill to get …Show More ›

Book cover for A Gentleman’s Murder by Christopher Huang

A Gentleman’s Murder

Christopher Huang

In 1924, Lieutenant Eric Peterkin has been granted membership into London’s prestigious soldiers-only club, The Britannia. When a wager turns deadly, Eric sets out to catch the killer — and uncover the real reason the man was murdered. But with a long list of suspects, including the Scotland Yard investigator assigned to the case, Eric has his work cut out for him. In a starred review, Publishers …Show More ›

Book cover for Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs

Jacqueline Winspear

In 1929, private investigator Maisie Dobbs takes on a case involving a working farm for war veterans — and as she delves deeper into a mystery, she’s forced to face the truth of her past as a nurse during World War I. Hailed by NPR as “compelling” and “powerful,” this richly imagined mystery novel is the first in a beloved and long-running series! 

Book cover for Still Life by Louise Penny

Still Life

Louise Penny

Still Life is the first book in a long-running mystery series featuring Louise Penny’s beloved Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec. The death of an elderly local woman in a rural village outside of Montreal brings Gamache and his team to investigate. The locals assume the woman’s death was a hunting accident — but Gamache has reason to believe she was murdered… 

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