Mystery

The Job (Fox and O'Hare #3)

Friday, December 5, 2014
Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
The Job

Fox and O’Hare are at it again! When Special Agent Kate O’Hare finally captured charming con man Nick Fox she thought he’d be locked up for good. But her bosses at the FBI decided to turn the tables and team them up to bring down the world’s most notorious felons. In their third caper, they are on the trail of a dangerous drug lord who has completely changed his appearance through plastic surgery and assumed a new identity. When they finally track him down, they assemble their oddball crew of assistants to pull off the grand con that will reel him in.   I really enjoy this series – the action is combined with humor, and the chemistry and banter between Kate and Nick is great – but without the excessive wackiness that seems to plague the Stephanie Plum series lately. If you’ve grown tired of Steph and the gang, give this series a try – Evanovich and Goldberg make a good team! Check our catalog.

Sue A., Referemce

Arctic Drift

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Clive Cussler

I listened to this audiobook, which begins with the ill-fated 19th century Franklin expedition, just as it was announced that Franklin's ship had been found.  Cussler and son Dirk imagine the U.S. and Canada on the brink of war in their latest collaberation. In 2011, as the price of gas hits $10 a gallon, President Garner Ward must contend with a corrupt Canadian cabal that's subverting efforts to solve America's energy problems. Pitt barely escapes serious injury when a bomb destroys a D.C. lab along with records of research into an artificial photosynthesis process that could, almost immediately, eliminate the threat of global warming. That discovery may be connected with a legendary failed 19th-century sailing expedition to the Arctic as well as a series of deaths due to the phenomena that the Native Americans of British Columbia know as the Devil's Breath.  Cussler's book are good fun, with lots of adventure.  Check our catalog.

Diane, Admin.

 

Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes

Monday, September 22, 2014
Joanne Fluke
Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes

I will be commenting on the recipes more than the mystery as I haven’t finished reading this book yet.  I have, however, tried a few of the tasty recipes and they are some of the best I’ve ever had.  The carrot cake was delicious, moist, and hands-down, the absolute BEST carrot cake I’ve ever had.  I also made and enjoyed the Viking Cookies, the pound of butter was worth it!  And it was a very easy recipe to make, not that many ingredients and it made A LOT of cookies!  Thank you author Joanne Fluke for the wonderful books – again, cannot comment on the mystery but the book is well worth it for merely the wonderful recipes!  Joanne Fluke if you read this, please consider writing mystery books with a fitness theme next to counteract the wonderful recipes I’m enjoying.  

My next book/recipe to try is the Razzle Dazzle Brownies from the Red Velvet Cupcake Murder book.  I’ve been talking about this recipe for about a month now, let me know if you make the recipe before I do!  Sounds delicious! Check our Catalog

Kate D. Youth Services

The Bridesmaid

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Ruth Rendell
The Bridesmaid
 The Bridesmaid is one of many novels of suspense by British mystery writer, Ruth Rendell.  
Philip Wardman, the main character of the novel, is an ordinary and unassuming young man.
His ideal of beauty is the statue of a Greek goddess, Flora, which stands in his mother's garden. When his mother gives the statue away, Philip is so distraught, he steals it from its new home.
     At his sister's wedding, Philip meets a young woman who is the image of Flora.  Senta is an actress who has no regard for conventional morality.  They begin a passionate affair, but soon Senta tells Philip that he must prove his love for her by committing murder.  What follows is a story of weirdness and terror as Senta draws Philip into her web of  deceit.    
     Ruth Rendell is a master of psychological suspense and this is one of her best.  If you run out of Rendell books to read, she also writes under the name Barbara Vine.
 
Catherine T., Reference

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

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