What Makes an Isolated Closed Circle Mystery Work? | 3 Mystery Reviews

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My three isolated closed circle mystery review is back! This time, I’m doing a chatty get ready with me & thinking through what I believe makes a great isolated thriller in the mode of AND THEN THERE WERE NONE.

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Books Mentioned:

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie – https://bookshop.org/a/8761/9780062325549
THEY ALL FALL DOWN by Rachel Howzell Hall – https://bookshop.org/a/8761/9780765398147
DEATH IN THE FAMILY by Tessa Wegert – https://bookshop.org/a/8761/9780593097892

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Berna's Bookish Adventures says:

I loved this video! Good points about And There Were None I never thought of before although it is one of my favorite books ever 😊

apocalypse reading says:

i always wonder about the lottery at Athens and the 14 youths that had to go to Crete to enter the labyrinth – I love imagining them talking on the boat, and of course in the dark maze. it's kind of trope-adjacent, but i love stories where strangers from all walks of life are thrown into a strange/dangerous situation and have to work together to get out of it. i guess it's superficially like this trope in that there's a bunch of people stuck on an island or something, but the key difference is that there's no mastermind and we know the threat from the start, so the intrigue is all about the relationships and trying to escape. i guess basically this trope but without the mystery. =P

Yumi Meuthia says:

Have you read In the Dark by Loreth Anne White? It's kind of an isolated circle mystery with a dual timeline. I like it, and I want to know your opinion on it.

Cheryl Stevens says:

I just discovered your channel. You give an interesting, intelligent review. Also fascinated by watching you do your make-up.

Joyce Jarrard says:

Could someone tell me what she means by OG? I Googled it, but I still couldn't find it. I enjoyed "And Then There Were None." I'll have to pick up "Death on the Nile" sometime. This was interesting hearing what you look for in these books.

Lolo Leopard says:

Have you read A House of Ghosts by WC Ryan? It’s a closed circle on an island with a raging storm making getting back to shore impossible (my fave)! Has a bit of a supernatural element, and a bit of espionage as it’s set during WWII.

Shaelyn P says:

I loved this I've been searching your Goodreads shelves because I'm dying for a new isolated closed circle- this is also my favorite trope and I have an Audible credit burning a hole in my pocket- I've read most of your lists( love Cyril Hare) have had my eye on Death in the Family so I will probably go w that one. On another note I'm super excited for the Eighth Detective due on Aug 4th!

Books vs Movies says:

As someone who doesn’t like mysteries I always like hearing you talk about isolated close circle mysteries because you know exactly what you like about the trope. The way you break down your feelings on these book is so engaging and your passion for the genre jumps off the screen.

Lisbeth says:

I love your GRWM so that is awesome. Anywho, totally unrelated to the video I lucked out and was approved for an arch of Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse and I immediately thought of you, please tell you have a copy.

ian smith says:

Because it worked for you and you looked lovely,I shall give myself a make-over while writing the following post

I first read 'And Then There Were None' (under it's awkward original name in the UK – because it was a long time ago) when I was at school. I was feeling unwell,and a school friend of mine lent me his copy of the book;and told me it would take my mind off my discomfort. After school that day,I took it home with me and went to bed early in order to get plenty of rest. I read the book in bed,and kept reading until four in the morning – because I absolutely had to find out who was doing it,and why.
I went to school the following morning,still ill – but additionally bleary eyed AND very tired. Told my friend off;but didn't regret anything – it was the best book I'd ever read up until that point;and it still remains comfortably within my Top 5.

Have now finished my make-over…and I look EXACTLY the same as when I started 🙁

Lianna Dunten says:

Happy belated birthday! It is slowly dawning on me that almost all the YouTubers I watch share my astrological sign (Cancer).

Cathy L says:

I love when you include makeup. BookTube + BeautyTube is my love language. BookyTube? BootyTube? No, not that.

Erika Konic says:

I have not read these three books, but am adding Agatha and Deathbin the Family to the list.

There are books that you have mentioned that might be in this trope: The Guest List by Lucy Foley, not sure if you have mentioned No Exit, The Sun Down Motel, and The Library at Mount Char.

Also when you were first describing this trope all I could think about was the movie Clue. Love that movie.

Wats06071 says:

Certainly my favourite trope in murder mysteries.
I love mysteries because they are like puzzles, and it can't get more interesting than seemingly impossible murders.

Billy Justus says:

Christie's "And Then There Were None" is an all time fave novel, easily in the top three faves. I found "A Death in the Family" to be wanting for something, and I think you hit on it in your review. The family just doesn't seem worried, which is odd. I keep wanting to read "They All Fall Down" (I really like the cover) and then I hear you talk about it and I'm like, Nope. /sigh

Zoe Zheng says:

How interesting there is no specific phrase for that type of mystery, so people just invented different kinds of names in different language. In Asia, it was called "mansion in snow storm”, since it is such a classical setting, people trapped in big house, no way to get out, and murder ensues. Some of my favorite in that category were written in Japanese. It's a pity they sometimes has no English translation. There is a very interesting one with English edition though, called The Decagon House Murders. I would recommend!

The Overstuffed Shelf says:

Now I’m wondering how you would feel/felt about The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Have you read it?

Marilyn Maya Mendoza says:

When you showed the cover of then there were none, it brought back the terror I felt as a young adults reading this book. I wouldn't use the word enjoy this book as much as it scared me out of my mind. To me this was more of horror book than a true mystery. Agatha Christie was one of a kind

Kati Ascher says:

I've read two isolated island mysteries this year. 'This Side of Murder' by Anna Lee Huber which is also in the historical lady detective sub-genre. And 'A House of Ghosts' by W.C. Ryan which has the good old "Are there ghosts?" situation going on. These might work for you?

There was also 'The Guest List' by Lucy Foley, but that's a thriller and I didn't like it. I think it's one of those, that really works for some people and not at all for others.

I actually really like it if the murdering starts later in the book. It just builds so much tension because you know someone's going to die… but who? Plus I like learning things about the characters in that situation. That said, dead bodies at the start also work for me!

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