Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Six mysteries with large casts of characters

Sandie Jones has worked as a freelance journalist for more than twenty years and has written for publications including the Sunday Times, Woman's Weekly, and the Daily Mail. She lives in London with her husband and three children.

The Other Woman was her debut novel and a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club pick, followed by The First Mistake and The Half Sister.

Jones's latest novel is The Guilt Trip.

At CrimeReads she tagged six mysteries "in which multiple characters all play a vital part," including:
One by One by Ruth Ware

You’ll need your wits about you as this troupe of associates descend on a ski chalet in the French Alps, hosted by protagonist Erin. Tensions are evident as soon as they arrive, but the suspense ratchets up when an avalanche comes in and one of the guests goes missing. The resort loses power, wi-fi and phone signal, ploughing the remaining characters into darkness, with no way of calling for help. It gives the killer the perfect opportunity to start picking their victims off ‘one by one’ in this atmospheric whodunnit.
Read about the other entries on the list.

One by One is among Allie Reynolds's seven chilling winter thrillers and Louise Candlish's ten hardest characters in literature to love.

--Marshal Zeringue