June 1book140 Shortlist: Whodunits

By Eleanor Barkhorn

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The time has come to vote for our June selection. The genre is "whodunits," and after culling through more than 50 nominations, we've make a shortlist of five books that ranges from classic to contemporary, from noir to comedic. Voting goes until Friday at 5 p.m. Happy reading!

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
The father of the private-eye genre, The Maltese Falcon is about a detective who's hired by a mysterious woman and soon finds his partner dead.

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
This novel, set in the UK, is more light-hearted than many whodunits; it follows a female detective, Mary Mary, who works to solve crimes based on nursery rhymes.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Another crime novel that plays with nursery rhymes, And Then There Were None is about ten people brought to an island who find themselves being murdered, one by one, in a manner that follows the pattern of the nursery rhyme "10 Little Indians."

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Name of the Rose is about a suicide and several mysterious deaths that take place at an Italian monastery in 1327, and a visiting friar's attempt to figure out what's really going on.

The Likeness by Tana French
In The Likeness, a traumatized retired detective goes back to work to solve the murder of a young woman who looks exactly like her.

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