Choking back into this thread to recommend 2 mysteries I’ve read recently:
1: The 7 and 1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.
A fun one, published pretty recently but in the style of a golden age English country house murder mystery (w a downton abbey-ish setting.) the main character keeps repeating the day of the murder but waking up in the bodies of different suspects each time, like Groundhog Day, and he has to solve the murder to escape the situation. Satisfying mystery, the end (which tries to explain the body-swapping-time-loop premise) kind of is a little silly but I forgive it bc in general the book is a ton of fun. Made me want to read a bunch more mysteries with this premise.
2: Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers
A true golden age mystery set in Oxford, at a women’s college. The mystery is pretty fun but imo the real pleasure of the book is all the philosophical meditations on work, love, feminism, academia, and ethics of crime/capital punishment. All the while staying scathingly witty and funny. Plus there’s an excellently written slow burn, bantering romance. It’s not perfect—plenty of out-of-date class snobbery—but in the light of all else that’s just a small quibble. This one is going into my greatest of all time list next to The Moonstone and I’m going to tackle the rest of the Lord Peter Wimsey books next!