The top-selling book in the UK during Christmas is a murder mystery puzzle called “Murdle.”
GT Karber’s Murdle, a murder mystery puzzle book written by a US author, has risen in popularity on the UK bestsellers chart and has claimed the title of this year’s Christmas No 1 book. It surpassed Richard Osman’s The Last Devil to Die and even Guinness World Records for the top spot.
Murdle is a book featuring 100 challenges, developed in 2021 by Karber, which is inspired by the daily puzzle website. Readers are tasked with solving codes and using maps to identify the killers. According to Nielsen BookScan’s chart, it has sold over 200,000 copies since its release in June. In the last month alone, nearly one-third of the sales were made after it was chosen as Waterstones’ gift of the year in November.
Karber, a native of Arkansas who currently resides in Los Angeles, expressed that his primary desire is for this small book to unite people during the holiday season and allow them to spread happiness among one another.
The 2024 edition of the Guinness World Records has dropped to No. 2 this year, after the 2023 edition claimed the top spot during Christmas last year. Guinness World Records books have achieved a total of four Christmas No. 1 rankings, tying with Jamie Oliver for the most records. Oliver’s 2023 book, “5 Ingredients Mediterranean,” currently holds the No. 13 position in this week’s chart.
The Last Devil to Die holds the No 3 spot in the overall rankings, making it Osman’s seventh time reaching the Christmas No 1 in the original fiction category. Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper Volume 5, which is the fastest-selling graphic novel ever in Britain, came in at No 4 on the overall chart and claimed the top spot in the Children’s category. Additionally, Booker prize winner Prophet Song by Paul Lynch topped the Irish bestseller charts for Christmas, with over 8,000 copies sold.
In 2023, the top-selling book in the UK was Prince Harry’s revealing memoir Spare, which sold over 700,000 copies since it was released in January. The second bestseller of the year was Bonnie Garmus’s novel Lessons in Chemistry, which is set in the 1960s and follows the story of a chemist who becomes a TV chef. It has consistently been popular since its release in April 2022, and a screen adaptation starring Brie Larson was available on Apple TV in October.
In 2023, Osman had two books, The Last Devil to Die and The Bullet That Missed, ranked at No 3 and No 4 on the overall Sunday Times bestsellers list. Nathan Anthony’s book, Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Air Fryer Book, was the top cookbook and ranked fifth overall.