Nicola Upson: The Death of Lucy Kyte

Lovely prose and subtle plotting makes this a mystery reader’s delight.

When Josephine Tey inherits a Suffolk cottage, she learns some unsettling details about the circumstances of her godmother’s death. She also digs up some dark secrets about a real-life murder that took place on the property years earlier. Upson lays out the suspicious events gradually, but readers are rewarded for their patience with a terrifically terrifying ending.