Room for Murder:

8 Deadly Hotel-Based Mysteries You Can’t Put Down

Each room inside a hotel holds a history separate from the bigger building. People leave impressions on spaces, even if they’re just shuffling through a travel version of their normal routine.

But sometimes those impressions are inedible. Not every person who checks into a hotel checks out, and sometimes pieces of them, whether it be blood or energy, can linger.

So it’s no surprise that writers use hotels, resorts, bed-and-breakfasts, and other isolated destinations as the settings for their mysteries. If you’re dying for a good book to read, here are 8 mysteries that take place in hotels.

This “Instant New York Times Bestseller” is split between two timelines. In 1982, Viv Delaney is working as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York.

The Sundown Motel by Simone St. James

In 2017, Carly Kirk, Viv’s niece, is trying to piece together what happened to her aunt, and figure out why they could never find Viv’s body.

This South Korean book-in-translation follows Yona, a top representative for a travel agency specializing in climate disaster tourism.

The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun

But she discovers the darker sides of disaster tourism during a “paid vacation” to assess why one of the company’s former top destinations is now the least profitable.

In their recommendation, one Redditor wrote that An Unwanted Guest was a “fast-paced read” with the same “closed-circle of suspects” vibe that Agatha Christy novels have.

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

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