10 Best Books Like Knives Out Update 05/2022

Books Like Knives Out

The sequel to Knives Out is getting a lot of attention. Netflix has agreed to produce a second and third film, and the casting of Janelle Monáe (almost unbelievable) and Kathryn Hahn has set the stage for a sequel that will be just as special as the original. Production will begin this summer in Greece.

To be completely honest, I’ve never been much of a mystery reader in the past. Gone Girl was one of my favorite books when it came out, and I’ve read a few others like The Guest List and the charming Flavia de Luce children’s series, but this isn’t a genre I gravitate toward. In the process of thinking about Knives Out, I learned about the cozy mystery subgenre, and I began to wonder if perhaps I had been overlooking something. As soon as I read Arsenic and Adobo earlier this year, I knew it was true. I had no idea there was such a thing as a funny and cozy murder mystery until now.

In the vein of Knives Out, these ten humorous murder mysteries like the Rian Johnson film are a good place to start if you’re looking for more. Both professional and amateur detectives, as well as amateurs trying to clear their own or their loved ones’ names, appear frequently in these books. Knives Out 2 may be a long way off, but crime novels like Knives Out are already here and ready to be read.

Murder Mysteries Like Knives Out

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

That it is Lila’s ex-boyfriend, whom she was seen arguing with moments before he fell face-forward into his plate at the Macapagal family restaurant is bad enough; the fact that he is dead is even worse. A new hotshot detective is convinced this is the case after finding evidence of a cover-up in the restaurant and Lila’s locker at work. It’s only a matter of time before the Macapagals are set up. Ex-friends and rival restaurant owners aren’t the only ones who might want to do them dirty in this small town. To avoid becoming the next victim of an assassination plot, Lila will need to solve the mystery quickly.

This cozy murder mystery’s foodie twist adds an extra layer of intrigue to the questions of whodunit and howdunit. Lila and her family are being falsely accused of a murder they did not commit, similar to the plot of Knives Out. Proving it was someone else is much more difficult.

Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Aunties are the first people Meddy’s mother calls after a disastrous blind date leaves her with a dead body in the backseat of her car. This Chinese-Indonesian immigrant family, who work in the wedding industry, prioritizes their relationships with one another above all else. That includes dealing with a dead body on an island resort during one of the largest weddings they’ve ever worked. I suppose that’s why we have aunts. Meddy isn’t sure her family can get away with murder now that her ex-boyfriend has been revealed to be the hotel’s owner.

It’s more of a “how do we clean up this murder mystery” than a “murder mystery” per se. It’s a far cry from the scheming family in Knives Out, but that only adds to my enjoyment of it. The passion between these women is palpable, and I’m here to witness it.

A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette

The ice cream shop she grew up in, Crewse Creamery, has fallen into disrepair, but Win Crewse is determined to bring it back to its former glory. Which would be simpler if the grand opening hadn’t been moved to a snowy winter day due to construction delays. Furthermore, Win discovers a dead body in the woods that turns out to be a grifter who has a long-standing feud with the Crewse clan. At this point, Win must decide whether or not to clear her father’s name while also running an entirely new business from scratch. If Win has anything to say about it, this isn’t going to be a cold case.

May Day by Jess Lourey

Characters and plot lines in this small town murder mystery novel are filled with eccentricities and long-standing feuds. Upon arriving in Battle Lake, Mira James is offered a job as an assistant librarian and part-time reporter, both of which she accepts. It’s a town like that. When the man she’s been crushing on is found dead in the library’s stacks, Mira realizes her new small town’s idyllic façade conceals a dark underbelly.

Getting Old Is Murder by Rita Lakin

Getting Old Is Murder by Rita Lakin

As Gladdy Gold approaches her seventieth birthday, she gathers a posse of retired friends to help her find the assassin. In addition, they are being stalked, and any of them could be the next victim. Gladdy and her neighbors had no idea that Selma Beller had been murdered when she died. There were no similar deaths until a second of their friends passed away in an eerily similar manner. They’re now on the trail of a serial killer, even if the handsome young detective won’t give them a second’s consideration. These elderly women are going to solve these murders. In the end, it’s their lives that are on the line.

Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

In the aftermath of a bad breakup and quitting her job, Lana finds herself back at the family restaurant. She loves her family, but her mother is always trying to find her a husband and she’s just not ready for that. Then, after receiving a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee Noodle House, their property manager is found dead. Even though everyone at the restaurant was aware of Mr. Feng’s life-threatening shellfish allergy, the entire establishment is now under investigation. Lana has to solve Mr. Feng’s murder before the local media goes after her and the beautiful detective on the case shows up unexpectedly for a take-up.

Mango, Mambo, and Murder by Raquel V. Reyes

Cooking show star and anthropologist Miriam Quinones-Smith is dealing with her toddler’s temper tantrums as well as her husband’s midlife crisis at the same time. Immediately after a socialite dies and a morning show host collapses, Dr. Fuentes, a controversial Cuban herbalist, is blamed for the deaths of both of them. Until it was revealed that the socialite died of an overdose. Alma, Miriam’s best friend, is now being investigated as a drug trafficker. Miriam finds herself at the center of an investigation after her husband cheated on her with an ex-girlfriend and a handsome detective encourages her to help clear Alma’s name. However, if there is a killer out there, she may be putting herself in the path of a homicidal maniac.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

At a peaceful retirement community, four seventy-year-olds meet every Thursday to discuss unsolved murders. This is the first real-life case for the Thursday Murder Club when a local developer is brutally murdered and a mysterious photograph is found next to the corpse.. Is this unlikely group of homicide investigators in time to stop the bodies piling up?

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

In this meta-mystery, an aspiring author is mistaken for a hired killer. Finlay Donovan doesn’t need any more complication in her life, with an ex-husband battling for custody of her children, an empty bank account, and nothing to show for the book deal she’s behind on. In the meantime, a woman overhears them discussing the plot of her next book, which is going to be a murder mystery romance, and she offers them $50,000 to have their husbands vanish! Even if she was desperate enough, she would never have gone through with the plan. Unless, of course, she inadvertently does. With her babysitter and some help from the police, she’s trying to figure out how she’s going to escape from this situation.

Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest (October 26, 2021, from Atria Books)

A last-minute rebooking of Grady Merritt’s flight by Leda Foley piques the interest of detective Grady Merritt, a struggling travel agent and inconsistent psychic. He might be able to solve a cold case with her help. Despite her unpredictability, Leda agrees to meet with him in the hopes that he can assist her in solving the murder of her fiancé. At the time, her psychic abilities weren’t up to snuff, but she’s been working hard ever since to improve them. It becomes apparent that these two cases, which are both close to Leda and Grady’s hearts, have more in common than they previously thought.

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