Book Genre: Mystery

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J. K Rowling
Jennifer B.
4

After really enjoying the first three Harry Potter books, I got a little burned out after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire -- ugh, so much Quidditch!! -- and had kind of given up on the...

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Caleb Carr
Zac
4

A top notch mystery – one of the best and most complete I’ve ever read. Set in New York City in 1896, the novel unfolds through the eyes of a New York Times journalist who has connections in all the right places. As a series of murders begin to show signs of similarity, a carefully crafted team...

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C. J Box
Cori Jackamore
5

The author writes an excellent mysteries series featuring Wyoming game warden, Joe Pickett; however, this is one of his few stand-alone titles. It’s loosely tied to a prior stand-alone novel and follows Cody Hoyt, disgraced police investigator, as he frantically searches for his son’s girlfriend...

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Carolyn Keene
Cori Jackamore
2

Being a huge Nancy Drew fan when I was a kid, I was curious if the antics of Nancy and her friends Bess and George held up for young kids today. I read the first title in the new series geared to younger readers, the Nancy Drew Diaries, and can report that I still don’t know. The amateur sleuths...

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Julie Berry
Melody
4

In a small Puritan village, two girls disappeared mysteriously. Two years later, one of the girls returns alive but unable to speak of what happened. Shunned and shamed by her family and the village, Julie must stand silently by as the boy she loves marries another. An attack on the village...

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Kathryn Burak
Angelita
4

The book was a bit slow for me in the beginning, but if you have enough patience to get through the story starts unfolding wonderfully.  Claire, who is just trying to get through senior year feels like the it will never happen for her because her past will always haunt her. So does she...

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Patrickia Cornwall
Melody
2

State investigator Win “Geronimo” Garano has a feeling he’s being taken for a ride by the powerhouse DA, Monique Lamont. He’s been sent to Kentucky to study advanced forensics, until he is abruptly called back to Boston to take on a cold case. Lamont has every intention of riding this new...

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C. Alan Bradley
Em
5

The last Flavia de Luce novel ended with one of the best cliffhangers I’ve ever read, and picking up from that moment, this new installment did not disappoint. When I started tearing up just in the first chapter, I knew I was in for a great read. When I almost started bawling during a scene not...

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Julia Stuart
Colleen
3

This is a charming cozy mystery set in Victorian England among the "grace and favour" set.  While reading I learned many interesting facts about arsenic, and India, how to avoid bill collectors, and how to bicycle in the 1890s. Princess Mink and her maid Pooki are a wonderful comic duo,...

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Steven Kellogg
Mary P
3

This is the story of a little girl who loses her mitten while playing in the snow with her friends.  She and her dog, Oscar, search everywhere for the mitten but can't seem to find it.  Can you figure out where the mitten might be?

There are questions interspersed throughout...

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Charlie Mac
mbrandstetter
2

Giving a new twist to an old story. In his first book, the author, Charlie Mac finds a way to bring home Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. After allowing people to think they had died in a ferocious gun battle with lawmen in Bolivia, with the assistance of Ms. Etta Place, they return to the U....

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Douglas J Preston
lisab
4

The latest of the FBI Agent Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child in which the authors take on an old mining story and combine it with current crimes being committed in Roaring Fork, Colorado, a very wealthy ski resort.  The authors are not very subtle in their description...

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Patrick Carman
Hope H
1

The Dark Hills Divide, the first in the Land of Elyon trilogy, is told from the point of view of Alexa Daley, the twelve year old daughter of a prominent politician. Each year the pair traverse the walled-in roads to the fortress city of Bridewell, where Alexa does everything she can to...

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Chelsea Cain
Colleen
3

In Let Me Go serial killer Gretchen does anything but to detective Archie Sheridan. And Archie must choose between going after the elusive Gretchen or saving intrepid girl-reporter Susan Ward while attending a Halloween party hosted by a twisted mob boss. The longer the series goes...

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Lyndsay Faye
Jennifer
3

I suspect this book might gain in popularity since the release of the film 12 Years a Slave. This thriller/mystery is set in New York City during the infancy of the NYPD. A young copper finds himself enmeshed in the...

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S. J. Parris
Jennifer
3

An engaging historical thriller. I thought the drama was a bit over the top, at times, but an enjoyable read, nonetheless. I'm not much for thrillers in general, but the historical aspect definitely drew me in. This novel follows heretical priest, Giordano Bruno, as he flees the inquisition in...

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Tom Piccirilli
Laurie.
3

True confession: The cover made me read this book. I am a fan of Find a Grave and I can't resist a good headstone cover especially with the tagline "Where the dying come to live."

Johnny Donatello, Dane for short, has been wrongly imprisoned for...

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C. Alan Bradley
KateM
4

I picked up this book because it was highly recommended by a coworker when she found out I have an aversion to mysteries and because my brother had recommended the book to me nearly four years ago. I figured two people who knew my tastes couldn’t be wrong, and they were spot on. The main...

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Lucy Christopher
KristinR
2

Hmm...I wanted to like this thriller more than I did.  Emily's father is suffering from severe PTSD and has regular flashbacks that provoke violent tendencies.  So when he emerges from the woods behind their house carrying the dead body of a teenage girl, the case against him seems...

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Sarah Waters
Brianna
4

The Little Stranger was a fun, fairly creepy Victorian ghost story. It's the story of a country doctor in post-WWII England who becomes close with the family of a dying estate. As one by one, the family and their maid become convinced something sinister lurks in their stately home, the doctor...

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Martin Walker
Lisa B.
3

Black Diamond is the third installment in a mystery series set in the South of France.  Penned by Martin Walker, the U.S bureau chief for The Guardian, the series revolves around the exploits of Benoit "Bruno" Courreges -- gourmand, amateur truffle hunter, and...

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Terry Pratchett
Thane
3

Terry Pratchett leaves behind the usual fantasy trappings that have been the hallmark of his prolific body of work to venture into something new with Dodger. This book is essentially a piece of historical fiction set in streets (and sewers) of London in the early 1800's. Fictional liberties are...

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Anne Perry
Hope H
2

In the 21st installment of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, Superintendent Pitt gives testimony of circumstantial evidence which helps convict a respected soldier to hang for the murder of a republican scholar. This sets off a chain of events which uncovers not one, but two...

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Morag Joss
KristinR
3

This grim and disturbing mystery takes place entirely in the mind of the authoritative narrator...but which of the two narrators is that?  The dueling perspectives of this cold, isolated household describe the exact same set of events as they transpire.  One perspective is that of a...

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Alexander McCall Smith
Dana F
5

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is the first book in a series (that currently has 14 books in it). These books are gentle mystery reads that are engrossing, touching, and funny.

Precious Ramotswe is a native Batswana who opens a detective agency with money left to her from her...