An Unwanted Guest – Shari Lapena

I really enjoyed this mystery about a group of strangers stranded in a small inn during a snowstorm. It is fair to say this pays homage to Agatha Christie’s “And then there were None.” I started reading Christie in high school and pretty much had read all of her books by the time I finished college. Her plotting was impeccable and I loved her protagonists, but her actual style was less compelling to me than Lapena’s. Lapena makes the story her own with characters you connect to, interrelationships with backstories that matter, and red herrings that are dropped deftly. I love that Lapena ties the whole story up with a review — a la Poirot — of all the hints that would have led us to the actual killer if we eliminated the misleading parts. Definitely a fun read.

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