Mystery

Plugged

Monday, September 12, 2016
Eoin Colfer
Plugged

The author of the beloved Artemis Fowl children's books has branched out with a few adult novels.

This crime caper is outlandish and wickedly funny! Daniel McEvoy is an Irish ex-pat in New Jersey working as a bouncer in a seedy casino and trying to stay out of trouble. Then his girlfriend is murdered in the parking lot and before you know it, lots of people start dying, the mob and dirty cops are after McEvoy, and his new hair plugs are driving him crazy. If you like Elmore Leonard, you might like this!

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Sue A2, Reference

Deal Breaker

Friday, July 22, 2016
Harlan Coben
Deal Breaker

This is the first Myron Bolitar novel. Myron is a sports agent about to sign his #1 client, quarterback Christian Steele, with the Titans and make a hefty commission when things start to go sour. It starts when Christian receives a mysterious phone call from his missing/presumed-dead girlfriend Cassie Culver. Myron starts to investigate and uncovers all kinds of lies and secrets. I found Myron to be funny with all his wisecrack remarks. The story was  interesting and kept you guessing “who done it” until the end.

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Jan H., Tech Services

A Murder in Time

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Julie McElwain
A Murder in Time

A time traveling mystery

 

If you love mysteries I think you’ll love this book! A superstar FBI agent from modern times accidentally time travels to the 19th century and stumbles across a serial killer’s work. The two biggest twists to your regular mystery story are: how Kendra tries to disguise the fact that she’s from the future while profiling a serial killer in the 1800s and how she has to explain which class she’s in and learn the duties of household staff during this time period. This book was selected as the Big Library Read this summer.

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Janice H., Youth Services

The Light in the Ruins (Audiobook)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Chris Bohjalian
The Light in the Ruins (Audiobook)

Set in the Florence and Tuscany areas where the Rosati family’s ancient villa is located, this story moves back and forth between WWII and 1955. In 1955 two members of the Rosati family are murdered and their hearts are cut out. This provides the mystery and suspense that tie the two decades together. The setting and characters hold your attention until the end.

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Kathleen Z., Administration

Dead Meat: A Brady Coyne Mystery

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
William G. Tapply
Dead Meat: A Brady Coyne Mystery

My husband found this author when hunting through the stacks at a library and found a book about fishing. Tapply was an avid angler, and so is his attorney protagonist Brady Coyne. Coyne lives in Boston but, in this book, is in Maine at a resort for, you guessed it, fishing. This series makes for fun reading. Much talk about fishing and cooking, and always some love interest, but, as my husband says, nothing like a romance novel--not that he has ever read one. Unfortunately, William Tapply passed away a few years ago, so I savor the 25 books in the series.

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Jeanne S., Youth Services

Killing Trail: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

Monday, June 20, 2016
Margaret Mizushima
Killing Trail: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

This is the first book in a new series by an author that is also new to me. Sheriff Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo serve the town of Timber Creek, Colorado. Mattie is a lifelong resident of Timber Creek and has become aware of the drug trade’s increasing presence in their small town. After the murders of two young people and evidence linking these to drug activity, Mattie and Robo have the perfect opportunity to utilize their extensive training. The characters and setting were interesting and appealing and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’m very much looking forward to more in this series!

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Laura P., Circulation

The Botticelli Secret

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Marina Fiorato
The Botticelli Secret

This historical thriller set in 15th century Italy revolves around the painting La Primavera by Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli. In the novel, two characters, prostitute Luciana and monk Guido, find themselves in possession of the painting and discover it contains a code. While fleeing from assassins desperate to retrieve the painting, the two are chased across Italy to cities like Milan, Venice, and Pisa where they learn dark secrets about their families, their cities, and the conspiracy surrounding La Primavera. Reminiscent of novels like The Da Vinci Code, The Botticelli Secret is a fast-paced adventure full of romance and intrigue with lovable and original characters.

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Rachel C., Circulation

Mrs. Jeffries Series

Friday, June 3, 2016
Emily Brightwell
The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries

In this Victorian cozy mystery series, the kind-hearted, well-meaning, and oblivious Scotland Yard Inspector Gerald Witherspoon owes his success at solving murders to his housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries, a whip-smart lady who could give Miss Marple a run for her money. Along with the rest of the household's servants, the policeman’s widow with superior sleuthing skills of her own helps her unwitting employer in his homicide investigations. In the first book of the series, The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries, the sudden death of an unlikable doctor sets Inspector Witherspoon and his servants on the path of the culprit.

I listen to the books on audio. The audiobooks are well read by Lindy Nettleton. The first eight of the series are available as downloadable audiobooks through the library.

I love cozy mysteries and these books hit the spot. With 34 books in this series (the most recent of which was published this year, in 2016), this series-junkie shall be kept quite happy for a good while!

 

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Brandi T., Reference

Hollow Man

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Mark Pryor
Hollow Man

“Dominic is a prosecutor, a musician, and an Englishman living in Texas. He is also a psychopath.” And he is having a really bad day. He gets a call from England that his parents have died and the estate is in debt, he is demoted at work, and he is accused of stealing another musician’s song. So timing is everything when he is presented with the opportunity to commit a robbery that should be easy to pull off. He enlists his computer geek roommate and a down-and-out former cop to help him out. But of course, the plan goes all wrong and two people are accidently killed. His partners naturally begin to freak out – but as a prosecutor, Dominic knows what evidence the detectives will be looking for, what behaviors they will expect from the suspects, and as a psychopath – Dominic knows how to lie.

I enjoyed this book right down to the twisty little end, slightly reminiscent of Gone Girl, and The Girl on the Train. Englishman Mark Pryor lives in Austin, Texas and is also the author of the excellent Hugo Marsten mysteries -  about a Texan living in Paris. Check the catalog.

Sue A., Reference

Hannah Swenson Series

Monday, May 23, 2016
Joanne Fluke
Hannah Swenson Series

This cozy mystery series takes place in the small town of Lake Eden, Minnesota. Hannah has returned to her home town and opened a bakery. Quite like Jessica Fletcher of Murder She Wrote, Hannah seems to stumble across dead bodies with amazing regularity! With the help of her sisters, her indomitable mother, two men who are in love with her, and all the quirky small town folks, Hannah manages to solve the mystery. Each book is filled with tempting recipes. A few of the books were adapted for the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel as Murder She Baked.

There are 18 books in the series, from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder to Double Fudge Brownie Murder.

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Sue A2, Reference

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