Mystery

Badlands

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
C.J. Box
Badlands

The main character Cassie just recently moved to Grimstad, North Dakota for a new job with the police force.  The area is a booming area with newly found oil and a quickly growing community.  Soon after starting her new job she finds herself in a major investigation.  I enjoyed this book because it had a fast paced plot and the characters were interesting as well  Check our Catalog

Jeremy E., Reference

Murder at the Brightwell

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Ashley Weaver
Murder at the Brightwell

The Brightwell is a luxury resort hotel on the coast of Britain. It’s 1932 and Amory Ames is a wealthy young woman having serious doubts about her marriage to her notoriously charming playboy husband, Milo. Feeling at a crossroads and looking for a change, Amory agrees to help her former fiancé Gil Trent, prevent his sister’s impending marriage to a man much like Milo. She agrees to accompany Gil to the Brightwell Hotel where the engaged couple and a small group of friends are going for a holiday. The holiday by the sea quickly turns grim when the playboy fiancé is found dead and Gil is arrested for the murder. Amory sets out to find the real killer and prove her friend’s innocence. Matters become more complicated when Milo shows up on the scene, and Amory must sort out her own feelings for Milo and Gil, as well as solve the crime – before the murderer strikes again. I really enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the time period in this first book of a new mystery series. If you’ve enjoyed the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear, you’ll like the Amory Ames mysteries as well. Check our catalog.

Sue A., Reference

The Chase

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Clive Cussler
The Chase

This is the first book in Clive Cussler's series about Isaac Bell, a detective with the Van Dorn Agency. There are eight books in this series. If you like mystery and suspense with an all out "good guy" solving the case these books are for you! Set in the western states this story takes place in 1906. It's fasinating to think about solving crimes with train travel-very few cars and no airplanes. They also rely on telegraph-no cells phones or computers-to correspond with each other about the case. We would be very impatient today with things moving so slowly. I liked the story and characters. I am on the third book in the series. 

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Jan K., Youth Services

How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #9

Friday, November 6, 2015
Louise Penny
How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #9

   Chief Inspector Gamache works for the Surete du Quebec or the Provincial Police Force of Quebec.  This is the 9th novel in this mystery series.  

   Complex characters and sophisticated plots keep the reader guessing and eager to find out about an unusual murder case as well as corruption within

the Surete itself.   The title comes from a quote by Leonard Cohen, “There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.” Check our Catalog

Also available through Mel Cat as an audiobook

Kathleen Z., Administration

Still Life

Monday, October 5, 2015
Louise Penny
Still Life

I've just discovered a new, to me, author, Louise Penny. Still Life is the first in the series of mysteries about Inspector Armand Gamache and a small town, Three Pines near Montreal in Canada. I'm now reading book number three in the series, they are rather addicting! Still Life is about Jane Neal, a local resident of Three Pines, discovered dead in the woods. At first it is assumed to be a hunting accident but soon becomes a murder investigation. Inspector Gamache and his team of investigators work to solve the murder and apprehend their "man". Great who-done-it mysteries with main characters that return in each book in the series.   Check our Catalog

Jan K., Youth Services

Coyote

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Colin Winnette

Don’t be fooled by the length of this book about a missing child or its title. It’s packed with story, character development, mystery, and angst. And though a coyote is mentioned, it is the symbolism and mythology associated with the animal that the title reflects. Every word counts, revealing bit by bit the child’s parents and their reaction to her disappearance, and deepening the mystery surrounding what happened to her.  The novella won the 2013 NOS Book Contest. Check our catalog

Doris, Reference

Silent Murders

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Mary Miley
Silent Murders

Vaudeville performer, Leah Randal, moves to Hollywood and reinvents herself as Jessi Carr, script girl and temporary assistant to Douglas Fairbanks.  Jessi is thrilled to be invited to director Bruno Heilmann’s party where she meets a friend of her deceased  mother.  The next day Heilmann and her mother’s friend are dead.  Asked to retrieve things from one crime scene by Douglas Fairbanks, Jessi  uses her acting skills and Fairbanks’ resources to uncover the killer - or is it killers?  This audiobook was a hoot!  I loved the description of Hollywood during the silent picture era.  Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, a young Myrna Loy and other stars populate the story.  Everyone is film crazy and you will be too!

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Jerilee C., Reference

 

 

The Life We Bury

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Allen Eskens
The Life We Bury

A Mystery that holds the reader until the last page. College student Joe is writing a biography of a stranger for an English assignment.  He meets a Vietnam veteran in a nursing home who was in prison for murder but has been released because he is dying of cancer.  Joe and his friend Lila get involved in trying to clear his name before he dies.Other themes are his responsibility for his autistic younger brother, a mother who is totally a mess, and the danger he is in from the real killer.   Very compelling story. Check our Catalog

Sue N., Youth Services

The Iris Fan: A Novel of Feudal Japan

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Laura Joh Rowland
The Iris Fan

The 18th and final Sano Ichiru novel takes place in the year 1709. Sano has been demoted from the position of chamberlain to that of lowly patrol detective. To the detriment of his marriage to Reiko and the relationship with his children, he is obsessed with finding the proof he needs to prove that his enemy, Lord Ienobu, is guilty of killing the shogun’s heir.

In a bizarre turn of events, someone creeps into the shogun’s sleeping chamber and stabs him with a painted silk fan with dagger-like iron ribs. The critically wounded shogun restores Sano to the position of chief investigator and he is duty-bound to find the perpetrator before the shogun dies and his true heir can be determined.  Sano finds himself in the midst of the most serious and dangerous investigation of his career. The safety of his own family is at risk, and his success or failure will have grave consequences for the future of Japan. As warring factions prepare for battle and time is running out, Sano must find the answers that will save both.

If you like historical novels and good mysteries, the Sano Ichiru series delivers on both counts. The sense of time and place is excellent, the mysteries are well-plotted, and the characters are engaging. I’m sad to see the series come to a close, but it ends on just the right note.

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Sue A., Reference

The Life We Bury

Saturday, December 27, 2014
Allen Askens

Joe Talbert has a dream of going to college. Standing in his way are an alcoholic mother with a tenuous grip on reality and an autistic brother whom he loves and feels responsible for. Still, once he has saved enough money, he drives off to start a new life as a student, thinking he can leave his old life behind. However, that proves impossible. He finds himself entangled not only in the detritus of his mother’s poor decisions but also in a decades old mystery involving Carl Iverson. Carl is a Vietnam veteran recently released from prison because he’s dying. And he is the biography subject of Joe’s class assignment. As Joe, with the help of neighbor Lila, delves into the reason for Carl’s incarceration, it becomes clear how unspeakable secrets can haunt and affect one until they are shared with someone. This intricate tale is worth reading. Check our catalog

Doris, Reference

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