(I tried to pick books I hadn't talked about at length on this blog before, which is why books like And Then There Were None aren't in this post.)
1. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride is one of my all-time favorite movies, and this trip down memory lane is a true delight. This is one of those books that, as I sometimes say to my students, makes your heart feel happy.
2. The Art Detective: Adventures of an Antiques Roadshow Appraiser
Mould discusses not only unique finds, but forgeries, lost art, and mysterious paintings. It's a fascinating read.
3. Asylum by Madeleine Roux
This is a super creepy YA book that is the start to a trilogy. I haven't read the other two yet, but definitely want to.
4. After Her by Joyce Maynard
This book draws its inspiration from a real crime spree, and is a haunting and expertly plotted mystery wrapped up in a coming of age tale.
5. American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, The Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century by Howard Blum
I am a big fan of Blum's true crime books. In American Lightning, he weaves together a bombing, the American Sherlock Holmes, Hollywood, and the famous Clarence Darrow.