Book Genre: Mystery

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Sue Grafton
Elaine
5

This is one of my favorites, #13 in the alphabetical list of Sue Grafton novels.  Always cleverly crafted, with witty metaphor and vivid description, "M" is for Malice brings a warmth and tenderness not always found in a murder mystery.  I have enjoyed following the adventures of...

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Nick Harkaway
extra medium
4

I tried to read this, but for some reason I couldn’t get in to it. I listened to it instead and I’m really glad I gave the book a second chance. Brilliantly read by Daniel Weyman, Angelmaker is about a thingamabob created in the heat of World War II by a scientist who is more interested in...

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Twan Eng Tan
Beckyr
4

This is a wonderful book - part historic novel, part mystery, part romance. A highlands Malaysia tea plantation is the setting. The time period is post World War II. Characters include a gifted Japanese landscape designer, a former concentration camp prisoner, a European landowner. Very...

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Rachel Hartman
mbrandstetter
3

Like many other governments, the kingdom of Goredd entered into a peace agreement with another very powerful dynasty in hopes of putting a stop to the senseless death and destruction brought on by war. It's provided four decades of peace between the two, but it's frail.  There are...

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Gillian Flynn
mbrandstetter
3

Nick and Amy Dunn are a young married couple.  Passionately in love when everything in their lives was peaches and cream, but when Nick loses his job, Amy's parents spend beyond their means and have to borrow her trust fund, Nick's mother becomes terminal with cancer and they move to...

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Pierre Lemaître
Jennifer B.
4

Set in France, Alex begins as the story of a woman who is kidnapped off the street and taken to an empty warehouse, where she's held in a small cage.  Alternating chapters tell the story of Detective Camille Verhoeven, the police officer in charge of finding Alex before it's too...

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Edward Bloor
mbrandstetter
4

Martin is a 7th grade student attending a private, Catholic school and he's just been struck across the face by the school's bully for sticking up for his friend.  It's the last day before summer break, but the thought of ever returning is less desirable than a root canal.  Martin's...

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Gillian Flynn
Monica
3

"Gone Girl" shares the story of Nick and Amy, married for five years, when Amy disappears.  This story is fast paced and loaded with twists and turns.  While character-driven, I must say that I couldn't pick sides and that  I gravely disliked both main characters.  The story...

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Trina Robbins
Mandy M.
4

Growing up, I always loved a good mystery and this is no exception. I really appreciated how The Drained Brains Caper was set up like an old school noir film. A dame walks in and... well I won't give anything away, but anyone who is a fan of noir will love this book. Kids from ages 7 up should...

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Sue Grafton
mbrandstetter
3

SPOILER INNUENDO!

Coming to the middle of the alphabet, Sue Grafton brings us L is for Lawless. Our clever detective, Kinsey Millhone, accidentally stumbles into an unbelievable mystery involving one recently deceased, chintzy grandfather and missing military benefits which leads to...

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Nicholas Sparks
Kristen M
5

True Believer is about Jeremy March, a born skeptic and science journalist who specializes in debunking the supernatural. When he hears about ghostly apparitions in a cemetery in Boone Creek, North Carolina, he leaves his beloved New York City for this small, rural town-and what his instincts...

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Charles De Lint
Angelita
4

John tries to figure out the mystery of Grace after meeting her and she literally vanishes into thin air. In this book, I enjoyed the characters because they are flawed and real, even though this is considered a fantasy book. Most of the characters have suffered from some sort of loss and...

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Anna Lee Huber
April
4

Kiera, Lady Darby, is a woman shunned and reviled by London’s polite society.  After the sudden death of her anatomist husband, it is discovered that she is the illustrator behind her husband’s textbook on anatomy and the knowledge sends shockwaves of horror and disgust rippling through...

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Raymond Chandler
Rebecca
4

"It is not a very fragrant world, but it is the world you live in, and certain writers with tough minds and a cool spirit of detachment can make very interesting and even amusing patterns out of it." --Raymond Chandler, "The Simple Art of Murder"

 

Another building block in my...

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Seanan McGuire
Nancy
5

Oh, how sweet it is to read the first book of a series and love it.  Rosemary and Rue is the first book in the October Daye fantasy mystery books and it's great.  The main character, "Toby" is a half human and half fairy private investigator in San Francisco (definitely in the grittier...

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Jenn McKinlay
IAmGenesis
2

As the first book of the Library Lover's Mysteries, this book was a charming, quick read. The story was a well rounded mystery, with a homespun feel. The characters were amusing and witty, and the story was engaging. All in all, it was cute, but not amazing. This would be a great read for those...

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James Patterson
Shanna
3

This installment of James Patterson's Women's Murder Club features an eccentric professor, who is convinced he is clairvoyant.  He has detailed dreams of murders; no one believes him until the first shooting happens exactly as he described in his dream.  At the same time, a celebrated...

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Spencer Quinn
vstrong
5

Spencer Quinn's main characters Chet (a police dog who flunked out in the dog police academy) and Bernie (a financially challenged private investigator), are hilarious in this mystery novel that is first in a series. This Chet and Bernie novel, is fast paced and will keep you on the edge of your...

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Pierre Lemaître
Becker
3

A young woman named Alex is kidnapped from the street in Paris, held in a wooden crate in an abandoned warehouse, is waiting to die. Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven reluctantly takes the case--his wife was kidnapped and murdered, and his boss needs him to focus on new cases, not dwell on the...

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Elizabeth George
Janet Q
3

I admire Elizabeth George for being so committed to character development and plot detail, but this book would have been more enjoyable to me had it been more closely edited. I also feel it does a disservice to Barbara Havers, who has become by far the most interesting character...

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Kieran Shields
Ken
3

Overall a very enjoyable book. One of the main characters who is supposed to be some amazing detective, and a master of disguise. The master of disguise bit serves no purpose in the story other than to show how awesome the character is.  The murders that are being solved are tied to the...

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Paul Doiron
Janet Q
5

This is the fourth entry in the Mike Bowditch Game Warden series, which is a fascinating look at the Maine woods area that Mike patrols. In this episode, a series of increasingly violent events occurs when a wealthy woman buys up thousands of acres in the area and wants to turn it into a...

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Caroline Alexander
ShellyB
5

This book tells the incredible story of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated voyage to Antarctica.  When their ship, the Endurance, becomes locked in the ice, Shackleton and his crew begin their desperate attempt to survive the harsh, unforgiving landscape of Antarctica and find some way to escape...

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Arthur Conan Doyle
Bobby
3

Wanting to read a classic mystery, I decided that the obvious place to start would be with Sherlock Holmes and his most famous case, The Hound of the Baskervilles​.  I'd never read Doyle before and have somehow managed to avoid seeing any film adaptations of his work so my...

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Gyles Daubeney Brandreth
Hope
3

Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol is the 6th of a series of Oscar Wilde based mystery books written by Gyles Brandreth.  While sentenced to two years of prison and hard labor after being found guilty of gross indecency, Wilde is called upon to solve several murders.  Using...