If you’re anything like me, you love a good mystery. In fact, you might love a good mystery EVERY DAY. I’ve spent my life scouring books, the internet, apps, computer games, etc. for the best murder mysteries. I like every day of my life to be filled with suspense, so I’ve compiled a list of the best ways to get your mystery fix until you’re ready to throw your own Whose Clues mystery party!
Every day I like to take a walk, and I find it’s the best time for me to read. Audiobooks have been the best companions on my walk, and they make the time pass quickly. Over the summer I fin
ished a really thrilling story called The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Now, this is an old one, written in 1868, so it definitely has that Victorian-ish feel to it. But don’t let that stop you. You’ll be thrilled by Collins’ story of a grand diamond that disappears in a sudden, unexplainable way. There is even a twist at the end that a guarantee you won’t see coming. You can read a little bit about it here. If you want to buy the ebook or the audiobook, you can do so here, through Amazon.
I just finished playing what is probably the most incredible mobile game I have ever played. I’m a pretty big Agatha Christie fan (no surprise there, right?), so as soon as I saw that an Agatha Christie game had just been released (September of 2016!) for phones and tables, I was thrilled! It was $6.99, which kind of turned me off at first. I usually look for the word “free” when buying apps. However, I desperately needed a good mystery in my life, so I went ahead and ponied up the cash.
Oh my goodness…I can’t even explain how good this game was. It took me WEEKS to finish, for one thing. Normally I whip through a mystery in no more than a few days. This took me a long time to crack. It stars Christie’s famous detective, Hercule Poirot, who you may even remember from the long-running show, Poirot. In this story, it is up to Poirot to get stop a murderer as he butchers his victims one by one, killing each of them according to the letters of their name, and the name of the city they live in: thus the title, The ABC Murders. You can download it, here. (P.S. Don’t be scared by the “in app purchases.” Those are only for extra clues.)
I know. PC games are soooooo 2002. But I don’t care. The Nancy Drew mystery games by Her Interactive are some of the most stimulating games I have ever played on any device. In all, there are 32, with a new one yet to be released, and a children’s game that is separate from their main Nancy Drew series. I have played these games for the last 15 years. I’m not kidding. I’ve been playing since I was a child and they’ve never lost my interest. Oddly enough, the games seem to grow with you. I swear the newer ones are harder than the ones I started off with. This is great, because they’ve allowed their audience to continue on with them. Most of their die-hard fans are in their late 20s, early 30s now, with new players joining in all the time.
One of my favorite games is my first one, Treasure in a Royal Tower. In that game, you, as Nancy Drew, are snowed in at a castle resort in Wisconsin. But it isn’t all snow, skiing and cheese! Oh no. You’re there to stop a jewel thief, of all things, who is after some very precious historical sparklies (my word for jewels). And the weird twist? Marie Antoinette plays a surprisingly large role… not bad for being snowed in, in Wisconsin. I promise you, you won’t regret trying this game, or ANY other of their fantastic mysteries. And let’s face it, who doesn’t love Nancy Drew?
If you’re like me, sometimes you just want to lay around the house with the family and play a quiet board game. Lately, my husband and I have been really into playing Clue. We bought a classic version of the game, and looked up the rules online of how to play with just 2 people (since that usually isn’t included in the rules). It’s the classic “who done it” where you have to figure out not only who committed the murder of “Mr. Body,” but also in what room of the opulent mansion, and with what murder weapon. It’s brilliant and always a fun time. In fact, if you want to give your game a little more ambiance, I highly recommend playing Film Noir music while you play! You can check out my playlist here, on Spotify!