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Cerebral Mysteries

Cerebral mystries are crime novels with a particularly clever and unpredictable plot. Many clasical 'whodunits' belong to this genre. However, there are also crime fiction puzzles which require the reader to understand philosophical, political or pychological concepts. Often cerebral mysteries are located in academic environments, where smart scientists and scholars use fiendishly planned schemes and clever methods for killing their competitors.
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Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None
2001 (First published: 1939)
Agatha Christie's version of the nursery rhyme is often considered the best mystery novel ever written. 10 strangers are trapped in an Indian island, where the sinister Mr. Owen is accusing them of murder. One by one is found dead, until ... (the resolution of the novel is very different from that of the movie versions). More ...
300 Pages
Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express
Hercule Poirot Novel
2017 (First published: 1934)
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer before the murderer decides to strike again. More ...
288 Pages
Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Hercule Poirot Novel
2022 (First published: 1921)
Poirot is settling in England near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactress, the elderly Emily Ingle­thorp. When Emily is poisoned, Poirot puts his sleuthing skills to work. Suspects are plentiful, including the victim’s husband, her stepsons, her longtime hired companion, a young family friend working as a nurse, and a London specialist on poisons who just happens to be visiting the nearby village. More ...
115 Pages
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Shadow of the Wind
The Cemetry of Forgotten - Book 1
2018 (First published: 2004)
Barcelona, 1945 - just after the war, a great world city is nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother’s face. To console his only child, Daniel’s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, where he discovers a puzzling secret. More ...
486 Pages
Cormac McCarthy
Stella Maris
The Passenger - Book 2
2022 (First published: 2022)
Alicia Western, twenty years old, with forty thousand dollars in a plastic bag, admits herself to the hospital. A doctoral candidate in mathematics at the University of Chicago, Alicia is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. She does not want to talk about her brother, Bobby. Stella Maris is a conclusion to The Passenger, a philosophical inquiry that questions our notions of God, truth, and existence. More ...
208 Pages
Dough Dorst
A book in a book
The craziest, most unusual mystery book of 2013. A brilliant story filled with secrets, fun and intrigues. One of the most creative novels I ever read. This is a must-read for literary puzzle fans...(Publishers Weekly). A book in a book. More ...
300 Pages
Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies
2017 (First published: 2014)
Madeline is funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. These three women will all wind up in the same shocking place. More ...
512 Pages
Louise Penny
Still Life
Inspector Gamache novel - Book 1
2008 (First published: 2005)
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. One of the beloved residents, Miss Jane Neal, art enthusiast and retired school teacher, was shot in the heart with an arrow. More ...
312 Pages
Louise Penny
A Fatal Grace
Inspector Gamache novel - Book 2
2011 (First published: 2007)
Inspector Gamache investigates after CC de Poitiers, a sadistic socialite, is fatally electrocuted at a Christmas curling competition in the small Québécois town of Three Pines. CC, who had a "spiritual guidance" business based on eliminating emotion, was hated by seemingly everyone, including her husband, lover, and daughter. More ...
320 Pages
Louise Penny
All the Devils Are Here
Inspector Gamache novel - Book 16
2021 (First published: 2020)
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is in Paris. On their first night the Gamaches have dinner with the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured. It was no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man's life. More ...
464 Pages
Louise Penny
The Madness of Crowds
Inspector Gamache novel - Book 17
2022 (First published: 2021)
While the good residents of the Québec village of Three Pines take advantage of the deep snow to ski and toboggan, to drink hot chocolate in the bistro and share meals together, Chief Inspector Gamache finds his holiday interrupted by a simple request. He's asked to provide security for a visiting Professor of Statistics giving a lecture at the nearby university. But then madness breaks out. More ...
448 Pages
Louise Penny
A World of Curiosities
Inspector Gamache novel - Book 18
2022 (First published: 2022)
As the villagers prepare for a special celebration at Three Pines, Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir find themselves increasingly worried. A man and woman have reappeared in the investigators’ lives after many years. The two were young children when their troubled mother was murdered, leaving them damaged, shattered. Now they’ve arrived in the village. But to what end? More ...
400 Pages
P.D. James
Unnatural Causes
Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries - Book 3
2001 (First published: 1967)
Maurice Seton was a famous mystery writer - but no murder he ever invented was more grisly than his own death. When his corpse is found in a drifting dinghy with both hands chopped off at the wrists, ripples of horror spread among his bizarre circle of intellectual friends. Now it’s up to Inspector Adam Dalgliesh to uncover the shocking truth. More ...
272 Pages

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