Chloe Hooper’s Top Five Mysteries – Plus a Giveaway!

The Engagement by Chloe Hooper
Hi guys! I have a special guest for you today – Chloe Hooper, author of The Engagement has stopped by Books, Biscuits, and Tea to share her top five favourite mysteries with you. What’s more, I have 3 brand new copies of Chloe’s book to give away courtesy of Random House. But first, please give a warm welcome to our guest. :) Over to you, Chloe.

1. Firstly forgive me for stretching the genre a bit with this list, but in Jane Eyre ol’ Charlotte Brontë does pit our independent-minded heroine against Thornfield Hall, the quintessential Gothic manse full of festering dark secrets and ghosts, past and present. It doesn’t disappoint on rereading.

2. For famous openings who can go past Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca? “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderlay again…. I came upon it suddenly; the approach masked by the unnatural growth of a vast shrub that spread in all directions… There was Manderley, our Manderley, secretive and silent as it had always been, the gray stone shining in the moonlight of my dream.” This classic novel is fantastically readable, and Hitchcock’s film version (for those who can’t quite take some of the sillier parts of du Maurier’s book) is fantastically watchable.

3. The Journalist and the Murderer is Janet Malcolm’s non-fiction account of the clash between American journalist Joe McGinniss and Jeffrey MacDonald, who was convicted of killing his pregnant wife and children. This is a brilliant study of the ethics of journalism, and it works on the reader like a philosophical page-turner.

4. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. Basically if you haven’t read this, you must.

5. I recently finished Hilary Mantel’s early novel Eight Months on Ghazzah Street. It doesn’t have the power or range of her Cromwellian sagas, but as you read there’s a sense of burgeoning dread that’s incredibly effective.


To be in the chance of winning a brand new copy of The Engagement, just fill in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway runs until the 14th of January, 2014 and is open internationally. Winners will be drawn at random and notified via email. Good luck! :)

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  1. says

    Oh yes, I loved Fingersmith! Haven’t read it for so long, and I was quite young when I did, that I’ll have to read it again – imagine how much more I’ll get from it now I’m older?

    My all time favourites are I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith and Lucas by Kevin Brooks. They’re the two that are consistently in the Top 5, the rest change a lot!
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    • says

      The same Kevin Brooks who wrote The Bunker Diary? I’ll need to check this out!

      And I know what you mean! I read a lot of classics when I was younger but there are certain books you can’t really appreciate (or fully understand) until you’re old enough. :)

      • says

        Yes! It was the first book of his I read, as part of the North East Teenage Book Awards – and it won. It’s my favourite of his books and I’ve read it countless times. It’s an “is there a fantasy element or not?” books and it makes me cry so much, from the very first page.
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  2. says

    My favourite novel is The Lord of the Rings: memorable characters, epic in scope, rich in history and lore <3 Jane Austen's Persuasion, Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South and Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind are also quite up there as favourites (it’s so hard to choose just one, lol)

    Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway! I enjoyed reading the author’s list favourite mysteries–some great titles listed here! :)
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  3. says

    I loved reading The Twelve by Justin Cronin, I got completely lost in that book for hours (man got lots of game time!) and I’m just dying for the next one in the series to be out! Oh, everyone MUST read the Faraway tree by Enid Blyton, it still gets me :)

  4. Mirjam says

    Some of my favourite novels are Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer and If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin.

  5. Katherine says

    Happy 2014!!!! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!! I have put this book on my want to read list.

  6. says

    Great list. I’ve actually only read one of those (Jane Eyre). It took me a long time to get into, but once I did I enjoyed it.

    And I can’t pick just one favourite. Too many good ones!
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  7. Anita Yancey says

    Some of my favorite novels are Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin, and Gone With The wind by Margaret Mitchell.

  8. erinf1 says

    One of the first “gothic” mysteries I ever read was Ruby In the Smoke when I was about 12… I still love that book :) Thanks for sharing!

  9. says

    If I Lie by Corrine Jackson and This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas are my all time favourites. :)

    p/s: go try If I Lie if you haven’t read it, it’s so freaking awesome :)

  10. says

    I have a lot of favorite book (honestly, is there anyone who can pick only one?) but in the romantic category the Jane Eyre is the Best. I loved it!

  11. says

    Great list. I actually love Rebecca too. It’s one of my favorite books, having read it in high school and have since re-read it over and over again! I’m a big fan of Jane Austen’s P&P and Jane Eyre as well. So many wonderful books! I also really love this book that most people haven’t heard of by Lisa Carey called “The Mermaids SInging”. It’s about three generations of Irish women. I love love love it. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  12. Bube says

    Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon,The Host – Stephenie Meyer,Dream a little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips,A Knight in Shining Armor – Jude Deveraux,Angel Betrayed – Cynthia Eden,these are some of my fav.books of all time 😀 :)

  13. Katherine Ryan says

    Asking me to pick favourites? How horrible! :) I love The Southern Vampire Mysteries, the Hollows series, Philippa Gregory’s tudor novels.. so many more

  14. says

    I have to say, I keep going back to the Harry Potter series, no matter how many times I’ve read them. “Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follet, “The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton and “The Girl on the Cliff” by Lucinda Riley should be on this list as well. And finally “The Other Boleyn Girl” by Philippa Gregory.

    Wonderful giveaway; fingers crossed!

  15. says

    Definitely Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
    And then also Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman. And not to forget, The Harry Potter books, love them :) xx

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