***Shortlisted for the 2020 Edgar Allan Poe Awards***
The Stranger Diaries is a Gothic take on a modern mystery, with a fictional Victorian author, RM Holland, as a central part of the plot. The book has won a number of accolades, as well as being a Richard & Judy Bookclub pick, suggesting it’s also a relatively easy read. That said, it is educational: the book pulls you along, but you also feel the need to look up the ghost stories of MR James (on whom, one can’t help but presume, RM Holland is based), and reread Wilkie Collins.
Best Mystery Books: 2020