Title: The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie
About the author: Christie is famous for her 66 detective novels. Her novels often follow the same pattern: a murder, multiple suspects with secrets, a detective slowly uncovering these secrets, a shocking twist and finally solving the murder. Yet, her books are still full of surprises and are enjoyable to read on a lazy afternoon.
Plot: What happens on a cold winter’s night when six people decide to perform a séance? Murder. Captain Trevelyan is found dead in his home and his nephew, James Pearson, is arrested because he was trying to procure a loan from Trevelyan. Pearson’s fiancée, Emily Trefusis, decides to investigate the murder on her own, in order to clear her bumbling fiancée’s name.
Why you should read it: Christie is a master at writing mystery novels and The Sittaford Mystery is proof. She draws the reader in with her delightful characters. Emily Trefusis charms the reader right away with her intelligence and high-spirit. If you need an escape from midterms this book will transport you away from studying, into a world of murder and mystery.