Mystery

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

 

Look Again

Saturday, August 6, 2011
Lisa Scottoline

Ellen Gleeson sees her adopted son's face on a "Have you seen this child?" postcard. As an investigative journalist, she can't let it go, she has to find out if her son is the boy that was kidnapped. It is an emotional story, about doing what is right for your child even if it means you may have to let that child go. There was nothing predictable about the plot and the characters were well written. An emotional, but very good read.

Cindy A. Circulation

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Proof

Saturday, August 6, 2011
Dick Francis

Wine merchant and young widower Tony Beach has expertly catered his latest society soiree, but the fun's over when a team of hit men crash the party...literally. The event leaves Tony with a bitter aftertaste of suspicion--and sets off a story that's an intoxicating blend of deception, intrigue, and murder. Tony finds himself caught in the middle of a terrifying mystery that begins with counterfeit wine, diluted whiskey and truck hijackers and continues on to murder – involving papier-mâché! It’s a pretty horrific way to go.

Diane, Administration

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Come to Grief

Saturday, August 6, 2011
Dick Francis

Sid Halley, the one-handed, ex-champion jockey turned investigator who appears in Odds Against and Whip Hand, is back. In Come to Grief he faces new dangers, new deeply demanding decisions. He takes on a case of multiple mutilations of thoroughbreds; unnervingly, the amputation of the animals' front left hooves mirrors Sid's own injury. The investigator soon realizes that the man behind the crimes is his old friend Ellis Quint, ex-gentleman jockey and now a beloved TV host.
 Sick at heart, Sid builds a strong case; but, when Quint is charged, British law bars any public discussion of the case, rendering Sid mute at the huge public backlash against him. Particularly vicious and unrelenting is The Pump, a garish tabloid. When another mutilation occurs and Ellis has a seemingly unbreakable alibi, Sid finds some odd connections between a business tycoon, The Pump's noble owner and Ellis. Finally, the honorable, brave and thoroughly decent Sid faces his worst nightmare- the loss of his good hand -while doing what he must. A subplot about a little girl with leukemia offers some touching sentiment, and there are flashes of dry wit throughout as Francis, who turns 75 later this year, proves himself still at the top of his game.

Diane, Administration

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Fatal Error

Thursday, July 21, 2011
J.A. Jance
This was a really good but complicated mystery. I had a bit of trouble keeping all the characters straight but probably because I had to put it up and down a lot. It was worth reading and Jance does write a good story. There is a man who has several 'fiancés' on line, the main character who is in the police academy, one person murdered and a missing friend. Hmmm, lots going on but fun.
 
Sue N., Youth Services
 

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