#5OnMyTBR: Mystery

Side note: When this gets published, I’ll be travelling to Greece, so this week’s posts have all been written in advance!

Thanks to @LocalBeeHuntersNook for #5OnMyTBR – a weekly bookish meme where we share 5 books on our TBR list from prompts (which you can find here).  The prompt this week is mystery!


I haven’t read loads of mystery but I do have a few books that I’m really excited to read when I can get my hands on them!

If We Were Villains

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If We Were Villains begins with Oliver being released from prison after ten years. The lead investigator on his case, now retired, finds Oliver and wants to know what really happened. And so he retells the story of a group of seven friends who attend an elite acting school for Shakespeare, where the characters and words they become every day start to distort their own perceptions of themselves, and one is found dead.

I recently read A Secret History (here’s my review) and I can’t wait to read more dark academia. The aesthetic, the drama, the references? *chef kiss* And a dark academia book surrounding Shakespeare, with no queer baiting? Sign me up!


The Silence of Bones


This is a historical thriller set in 1800, South Korea. Seol, an orphaned sixteen-year-old helps an inspector investigate the murder of a noblewoman and they become friends, but the inspector becomes the prime suspect and Seol might be the only one able to find out the truth.

I’ve been watching a TV show set in the Joseon dynasty (although it doesn’t mention which specific time period!!) and the concept sounds really intriguing.


The Last Flight

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I think this is more thriller than mystery but I don’t read enough of either to separate them. Anyway, the book is about two women who swap flights to escape their own lives. When one of the flights crashes, the main character Claire realises she can now have a new life, but she has to assume Eva’s identity and everything she was hiding.

I love the mistaken/swapped identity trope and I’ve heard some great reviews from my mutuals.


The Best Lies


The Best Lies is a young adult mystery exploring  following an obsessive, co-dependent friendship through Remy, who is trying to figure out why her best friend, ‘her soulmate’ shot her boyfriend.

Again, I’ve heard great reviews and I can’t remember the last time I read a YA mystery, so I want to change that!


Truly Devious

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Stevie Bell is starting a famous private school, Ellingham Academy. Shortly after the school opened, the founder’s wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only clue was a riddle signed with ‘Truly Devious’. Stevie attempts to solve the cold case while also adjusting to new school life, but then another death occurs at the academy, and her quest becomes even more dangerous.

This is another YA, and I’ve also heard great things about this. I love that its set in a school, so it’s got the dark academia vibes again.


Thanks for reading! Have you read any of these?


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