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This is the “everyone trapped on a train in the snow” Agatha Christie classic and still one of the best books like this ever written. It’s enhanced by a few very unpredictable puzzle pieces, and not just the ending.

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If you want the best of Christie, dive into “The A.B.C. Murders,” “Murder on the Orient Express” and “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,” all with Poirot. The best of wily, small-town Miss Marple includes “A Murder Is Announced,” “Murder at the Vicarage” and “The Moving Finger.” And don’t miss Christie’s droll self-portrait, Ariadne Oliver, a writer who helps Poirot solve murders in “Mrs. McGinty’s Dead.” When in doubt, grab a book from the 1930s, a time when she could do little wrong, but skip the ’60s, when she tried to be groovy.

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“The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder that Shocked Jazz-Age America” — a work of true-crime history and an Edgar Award nominee — introduces us to a famed 1920s bootlegger tried for the murder of his wife. A Washington Post reviewer wrote that “Great Gatsby” author F. Scott Fitzgerald “would undoubtedly have appreciated this heady cocktail of murder, intrigue and Jazz Age excess.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the postponement of a trial against an Abingdon, Virginia, woman accused of wearing a clown costume and gunning down a woman in Florida about 30 years ago.

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