Antique Blues

Monday, June 25, 2018
Jane Cleland
Antique Blues

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Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Darci Hannah
Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies

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Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death

Friday, March 16, 2018
James Runcie
Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death

If you’re a fan of the PBS Masterpiece Mysteries series Grantchester you might want to check out this wonderful book that started it all. Set in the 1950’s in England, and capturing all the innocence and nostalgia of the era, James Runcie’s main character Sidney Chambers is not only a product of his time, but a wonderfully complex character. He fought in WWII, has a theology degree from Cambridge and is a vicar of the small, quaint parish of Grantchester. And although he’s a devout young man in this early thirties, he’s also very human. He loves scotch, cricket, warm beer, hot jazz, and has a particular fondness for a young lady named Amanda. But it is Sidney’s curious nature that sets him on the path to amateur sleuthing, that and the fact that people find it easy to talk to him. This fact is soon discovered by Inspector Geordie Keating. As the likable vicar and the roguish inspector combine forces on a myriad of crimes they not only capture the baddies, but also form a touching friendship.  This is the first book in the Grantchester mysteries series.  Check our catalog

Darci H., Reference

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Matthew Sullivan
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Judging from the title, you might think that this is just another cute cozy mystery. You’d be wrong. This is a suspenseful crime novel with an intriguing premise and a clever puzzle to boot. The main character, Lydia, has had a difficult life but seems to have finally found her niche as a clerk at the Bright Ideas Bookstore in downtown Denver and a sense of normalcy with her live-in boyfriend David. Her coworkers are eccentric and the cast of lost and lonely regulars (affectionately referred to as Book Frogs) who spend their days among the books are even more eccentric.

One Friday night at closing, Lydia finds that a Book Frog named Joey has hung himself in the upstairs Western History section and her life begins to come unglued. She’d always had a protective fondness for the sweet but troubled young man and though she was his favorite bookseller, Lydia is shocked to find out that he has left his meager possessions to her. Most are headed for the dumpster, but a crate of books leads to a puzzle that sets Lydia on a path to her past – a past she has carefully concealed from those who know her and one she has no desire to revisit.

I found this book to be a page turner. The characters are compelling and the plot is twisty – I was never quite certain of the outcome until nearly the end. Highly recommended. Check the catalog.

Sue A., Reference

Through the Grinder

Friday, September 29, 2017
Cleo Coyle
Through the Grinder

In honor of National Coffee Day, I'm posting a recent blog on Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle.  I recently went to Costa Rica and decided a cozy mystery about coffee seemed like the perfect reading material.  I started Ms. Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery series with book 1, On What Grounds which I personally owned. (The library does not currently have a copy but it can be requested through MeL).  It was fairly well done and I decided to continue on with Through the Grinder which is in the HCDL collection.  The second book continues with the story of Clare Cosi who has recently moved back to New York City to manage the Village Blend Coffee Shop in SoHo.  When her nineteen-year old daughter decides to try some dating sites, Clare, who is divorced, decides she will register too in order to screen some of the applicants.  Clare meets a number of people associated with the sites and finds that many of them have some quirky traits.  Clare makes a personal romantic connection with one special man and is dismayed when he is identified as a prominent suspect in the deaths of several women. The deaths have been ruled suicides but seem suspicious. She is determined to prove that he isn't a heartless killer and enlists the help of her ex-husband to track down potential suspects.  The ending comes together at a frantic pace as they race to find their daughter who seems to be directly in the killer's sights.  Ms. Coyle does an admirable job in casting red herrings and providing multiple suspects.

There are many coffee tips sprinkled throughout the book and some tasty sounding recipes included at the end.  I certainly found myself craving coffee!  Ms. Coyle's series continues with Latte Trouble which is available at HCDL on audiobook. Check our catalog

Dana A., Admin

Death of a Ghost

Friday, September 1, 2017
M. C. Beaton

I love a good cozy mystery, and one of my favorite cozy little towns I keep coming back to is M.C. Beaton’s charming village of Lochdubh, nestled in the Scottish Highlands.  It’s the home of police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, the wiliest crime-solver in that remote part of Scotland.  Hamish used to be the town’s only police officer, until he was saddled with tall, clumsy Constable Charlie Carter.  In Death of a Ghost, Hamish is called to investigate ghostly noises heard at night coming from Castle Drim, a run-down ruin of a place recently purchased by newcomer, Handy Ebrington.  Hamish thinks the local troublemakers are trying to spook Handy.  Out to prove his point Hamish and Charlie spend the night at the castle in an attempt to witness the spooky goings on for themselves.  Sure enough, at midnight the haunting begins, but when Hamish and Charlie run to investigate they don’t find a ghost. Instead Charlie, true to his clumsy nature, falls through the old floor and lands in the cellar where he discovers a dead body.  While waiting for backup to retrieve the body, Charlie and Hamish, who are starving after a long cold night of ghost-hunting, pop into a local shop to eat some bacon baps.  However, when they return to the castle they discover that the body has mysteriously vanished.  Clearly something spooky is going on and Hamish and Charlie must get to the bottom of it before the ghostly killer can strike again!  Check our catalog.

Death of a Ghost is the thirty-third installment in M.C. Beaton’s very popular Hamish Macbeth mystery series. 

Darci, Reference

N or M? A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery

Friday, August 4, 2017
Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie never disapoints!  Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, former "Bright Young Things" in the roaring 20's" offer their services to His Majesty's Government at the beginning of the war, but are turned down because they are middle-aged, and "past it."

Then, almost incidentally, they are asked to find a traitor, believed to be living at a rural guesthouse on the south coast - ever-so close to Germany.. But the place is full of harmless eccentrics: elderly ladies, retired military men, a hypochondriac and his colorless wife, a young mother, and a German refugee - who just happens to be a research chemist and the love interest of the landlady's teenage daughter..

Christie excells at red herrings, but her characters are so very enjoyable.  Tommy always believes Tuppence is capable and never "the little woman,"  even if others see her as "only able to knit and wait."

Diane, Administration

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Off the Grid

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
C. J. Box
Off the Grid by C.J. Box

I enjoyed this book like all the other C.J. Box books I have read.  They read quick and have a fast paced plot.  I enjoyed how the author allowed the reader to get to know Nate Romanowski more in this book.  The book starts with Nate being off the grid, healing from wounds and trying deal with past crimes.  He is found by a small team of elite special operators who offer to wipe his criminal record clean for his help in dealing with a domestic terror cell in Wyoming's Red Desert.  Joe Pickett also ends up in the Red Desert on a special operation given to him by Wyoming's governor.  I would recommend this book.

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Jeremy, Administration

A Curious Beginning

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Deanna Raybourn
A Curious Beginning

I simply loved this historical mystery set in Victorian England right at the time of the Queen's golden jubilee. It is a well-paced, engaging story with snappy dialogue and great main characters: the intrepid, intelligent adventuress Veronica Speedwell and the intriguing, ill-tempered recluse Stoker. Murder, intrigue, and mystery abound in this tale of mysterious origins, thwarted abductions, and secrets which could bring the British Empire to its knees and the world to war. A quick, fun read and great start to a series!

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The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery

Friday, January 27, 2017
Patrick F. McManus
The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery

Bo Tully is the sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, a family tradition that goes way back. The sometime unorthodox methods of the family business are know as The Blight Way, and everyone in the county knows Bo. The 6 books in this series will introduce you to all the quirky local town folks as well as the fine upstanding ones. On the 75th birthday of his father, "Pap", a dead body turns up on a local ranch. Bo decides a murder investigation would be the perfect present! Patrick McManus is an American humor writer who writes primarily about the outdoors.  Check our catalog

Sue A., Reference