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

Death Comes to Pemberley

Thursday, April 26, 2012
P.D. James
Death Comes to Pemberley

     If you are a Jane Austen fan, and wonder what happens to Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy after their marriage, this is the book for you. Written by P.D. James, a well-known author of mysteries, the story is told in the style of Jane Austen.  The book begins 6 years after Elizabeth and Darcy embark on their life together at Pemberley.  On the eve of an annual ball held at their estate, a coach tears up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth's disgraced sister, who with her husband, Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley.  Lydia stumbles out of the carriage, screaming that Wickham has been murdered. And so begins the mystery, combining the proper world of Jane Austen with the intrigue and suspense of P. D. James, for a story that will satisfy fans of both authors. Check our catalog.

Catherine T., Reference

Her Royal Spyness

Friday, April 20, 2012
Rhys Bowen

I found this book while browsing the available e-books.  Thirty-fourth in line for the English throne, Georgie (Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie), has been educated to curtsey, host lavish fetes and marry well. When her brother cuts off her pitiful allowance, Georgie leaves the family castle in Scotland for London, determined to become a liberated woman. Unfortunately for Georgie, there's a depression on.  Lasting only a few hours as a saleswoman in Harrods, Georgie starts a maid service, but she turns detective after finding a drowned man in her bathtub. When her brother is accused of the murder, she must try to clear him and the family name. Quirky characters like her lovable cockney grandfather; her estranged, oft-wed mother; and an incorrigible, sexy Irishman add to the fun. Living in London in the 30's was a challenge - even if you were a royal!  Diane 

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Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

Monday, April 2, 2012
John Feinstein
Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

Unabridged Audio, Read by the Author

Grades 6-10 - This action-packed mystery is set at the NCAA Final Four men's basketball tournament. Eighth-graders Steven Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are aspiring journalists and winners of the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association 14-and-under writing contest. Their prize is a trip, with press credentials and reporting responsibilities, to the Final Four in New Orleans. While exploring the Superdome, they overhear a blackmail threat leveled at Minnesota State University's star player. Threatened with a falsified transcript that would disqualify him and his team, Chip Graber is pressured to deliberately lose the final game against Duke. Stevie and Susan Carol become resourceful sleuths determined to save Chip and to expose the scandal. Throughout the story, famous basketball personalities make memorable guest appearances, including spirited sports analyst Tony Kornheiser and irrepressible commentator Dick Vitale. References to real players and coaches mingle, almost eerily, with the fictitious characters. Feinstein shares his extensive sports expertise, smoothly weaving into the tale a wealth of background information about NCAA regulations, tournament traditions, recruitment and eligibility issues, and gambling. Although the action on the court is vividly described, this story also breaks new ground for teens, focusing primarily on the influential role of media in promoting college basketball. Readers will enjoy the rivalry and chemistry between outspoken but insecure Stevie and savvy-beyond-her-years Susan Carol, and their spunky determination to get the scoop. Mystery fans will find enough suspense in this fast-paced narrative to keep them hooked.

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Diane M., Administration


The Rope

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Nevada Barr
The Rope

Nevada Barr is BAAACK and at the TOP of her game.  The Rope is one of the, if not the, best books in her collection. The Rope is a prequel to the Anna Pigeon series of mal-adventures.  We find out why she is who she is, what happened in New York to her husband and what drove her to the National Parks -  Dangling Rope, Colorado in particular, where of course, she falls into the murderous clutches of . . . well .. you'll have to read the book to find out. Check our catalog.

Donna O., Reference

Chet & Bernie Mystery Series

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Spencer Quinn
The Dog Who Knew Too Much

If you have been avoiding these mysteries because there is a dog in it - DON’T.  Chet is not smarter than his human partner.  Chet does not herd his partner, P.I. Bernie Little, to an obvious conclusion of the mystery.  Chet may be the narrator of these mysteries, but Chet is a dog.  He is a K9 Police School drop-out and is easily sidetracked by squirrels, food within reach, fountains, or anything interesting.  Chet is uninterested in most long conversations unless the word “treat” is in it and remembers “perps” by smell and taste.  Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency is a divorced, ex-policeman who is perpetually broke because of bad investments (Hawaiian pants, really?)   Sometimes work comes knocking on the door and sometimes work follows you home.  So if you are looking for a humorous, hard-boiled, kibbled detective duo, try Chet and Bernie. Check our catalog.

Jerilee, Reference

The Water's Lovely

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Ruth Rendell
The Water's Lovely

 Nine years after the supposedly accidental drowning of their stepfather, sisters Ismay and Heather still live in the family house in London where the drowning occurred.  Ismay is haunted by the suspicion that her sister was responsible for their stepfather's death and feels that her repressed memories can no longer be ignored. She records her account of the incident on a tape, which goes missing when her purse is stolen. The person who finds the tape attempts to blackmail Ismay, with resulting plot twists and turns. The story is one of suspense and psychological intrigue with a mix of eccentric British characters to keep the story moving quickly.  Highly recommended. Check our catalog

Catherine, Reference