Mystery

Dark of the Moon

Monday, August 4, 2014
John Sandford
Dark of the Moon

Sandford is known for his series of 'Prey' mysteries with the leading character Police Detective Lucas Davenport.  This book is the first of a series with a different lead character - Virgil Flowers. Virgil works for Lucas, so the stories are still gritty crimes in Minnesota - I know, Minnesota doesn't seem like a rough place, but the crimes ARE gritty - and Virgil is a little more irreverent than Lucas. Well, maybe a LOT more. I usually do not like blood and gore suspense novels, but Sandford's writing and especially his characters draw me in every time. Check our Catalog

Sue A., Reference

Sycamore Row

Friday, November 8, 2013
John Grisham
Sycamore Row

Twenty five years after the release of his popular A Time To Kill John Grisham is back with a continuing story of the main character, lawyer Jake Brigance. This story takes place three years after the famous civil rights trial in A Time To Kill. The setting is the same Clanton Mississippi courthouse where the first trial took place. Seth Hubbard, an extremely wealthy business man, hangs himself from a sycamore tree after writing a hand-written will leaving 90% of his estate to his maid and leaving his estranged children and grandchildren out of the will. Why would he do that?  There are many twists and turns as the story and Seth's past is unfolded. Grisham, as always, tells a great story. I would recommend re-reading A Time To Kill before reading the new one or, as I did, watch the DVD to refresh your memory.  Check our catalog.

Jan K. Youth Services

Leaving Everything Most Loved

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Jacqueline Winspear
Leaving Everything Most Loved

The Maisie Dobbs mystery series is one of my favorites. In her 10th adventure, Maisie is called in by Scotland Yard to investigate the deaths of two young Indian women. By all accounts, both are well regarded in the community, so unraveling the threads of both past and present events proves to be a challenge. Maisie handles all in her usual fashion, while at the same time sorting out personal issues that weigh heavily upon her.  Some questions are successfully resolved while others open to new possibilities for Maisie and those around her. Winspear’s writing is layered and thoughtful, her characters are touching, and the London setting between the First and Second World Wars is intriguing. I highly recommend this series to anyone who reads mysteries, particularly if you like English settings and historical context. Check the catalog.

Sue A., Reference

As the World Churns

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Tamar Myers
As the World Churns

As the World Churns, Mystery

Tamar Myers

This is a very humorous book about a cow competition in which the biggest udder gets the prize.  Of course some of the cows have had 'cosmetic surgery'. People come from all over to stay at the bed and break fast of Madeline Yoder.  There is a murder and a romance and this is a quick read but a lot of fun. 

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Sue Neff, Youth Services

WHAT COMES NEXT

Sunday, February 3, 2013
John Katzenbach
What Comes Next

WHAT COMES NEXT

John Katzenbach

 A 24 hour don't put down thriller.  The main characters are Jennifer, a 16 year old girl who is kidnapped, a retired professor who is diagnosed with an Alzheimer like disease, a pornographer  and the two kidnappers.  The professor is determined to help solve the crime through the internet and the whole book is one big challenge for him and the pornographer who is helping him.  This was an amazing convoluted plot and I loved it! Check our Catalog

Sue Neff, Youth Services

  

The Bookseller

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Mark Pryor
The Bookseller

Hugo Marsten, the head of security at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, helplessly witnesses the abduction of his friend Max from the bookseller's stall on the banks of the Seine. When it seems that the Paris police are not giving the crime proper attention, Hugo takes matters into his own hands to investigate with the help of a semiretired CIA agent/buddy and an attractive local crime reporter. As more bouquinistes turn up dead, Hugo begins to unravel the mysterious connections between historical events and current day violence - at his own peril. This is an excellent first novel by Mark Pryor and I, for one, hope we haven't seen the last of Hugo Marsten. Check our catalog.

Sue A., Reference

Holmes on the Range Mystery Series

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Steve Hockensmith
World's Greates Sleuth

In the 1890’s, couple of cowboys, Otto and Gustav Amlingmeyer a.k.a. Big Red and Old Red, decide they want try their hands at deducifyin’ and become detectives like their hero, Sherlock Holmes. Their detecting adventures take them through murder, mayhem, riots, explosions, a near lynchin’, and the Chicago World Fair. Recommended for those that like their mysteries with a side helping of humor. Check our catalog.

Jerilee, Reference.

Paradise Falls

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Jonnie Jacobs
Paradise Falls

15 year old Caitlin never makes it home from school and a suspected serial killer is on the loose but her stepbrother is also  a suspect.  Other themes are the blended family and the detective's love interest. The detective Rayna Godwin also had a daughter abducted and murdered so this case is special to her.  The book is a real page turner with suspense in every chapter.  I highly recommend this mystery book.  Check our catalog

Sue N., Youth Services

The Stonecutter

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Camilla Lackberg
The Stonecutter

The third novel from the bestselling Swedish author follows Erica and her partner Detective Patrik Hedstrom.  On the homefront, the young couple are new parents.  Parenthood is nothing like they expected and have a difficult time adjusting.  Then a child is pulled up from the depths of the sea by a fisherman's net.  The drowning is not what it appears. Erica and Patrik know this child.  But no one knows the tribulation generations have endured until Patrik gets to the bottom of it.  It's a good read.  Two thumbs up!  Check out catalog.

Donna O., Reference

Force of Blood

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Joseph Heywood
Force of Blood

I have always loved the Woods Cop Mysteries set primarily in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and really expected this one to follow suit - especially since most of the action takes place in and around the area where my husband and I own property, and which was, in fact, evacuated when the 2007 Sleeper Lake Fire that plays a part in the book actually occurred. Unfortunately, that was also where the fascination left off for me. The plot, which supposedly centered on the discovery of a Native American archeological site and the illegal dealing of artifacts rambled all over the place. The author's attempt to insert himself into the plot in the fashion of Clive Cussler (in the Dirk Pitt novels) was self-serving at best. I was hugely disappointed in this one. Check our catalog.

Sue A., Reference

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