Book Genre: Mystery

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Anne Hillerman
KristenA
3

Tony Hillerman's famous Navajo Nation Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Sergeant Jim Chee are back in this new novel, Spider Woman's Daughter. In it, his own daughter Anne takes up the series after her father's death. Like many long-time fans, I was thrilled to hear the series would continue...

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Tarquin Hall
Josh
4

I came across this book quite by accident but was glad that I gave it a chance. I am sometimes wary of reading books written by expatriates but Tarquin Hall has a good grasp of the intricacies of Indian society and adequately conveys the various class distinctions as well as  the...

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David Carnoy
lcole
3

Rick Forman recently got out of prison.  He’s been away for seven years, serving time for vehicular homicide.  He always claimed he wasn’t the one driving.  He says his best friend, Mark MacGregor, was behind the wheel.  While Rick was in prison, Mark married the woman who...

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Carol O'Connell
Michelle
3

Brilliant but misfit NYC Detective Kathy Mallory returns in the 11th in this mystery series. Dark, confusing, weird.

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Agatha Christie
Michelle
4

This is still a fun read, despite having read it and seen film adaptations several times. Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's Belgian detective, is delightful and oh so clever in his investigation of the mysterious death on the Orient Express between Turkey and France. Classic.

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Tim Seeley
Laurie.
4

Cooper, one of the young characters sums up volume 2 best: "Life isn't a video game. Sometimes people have to die." And they do. I am squeamish and while I made lots of faces and uttered some words out loud, the art and storyline kept me turning the pages. Each new chapter is kicked off with a...

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Simone St. James
KristenA
5

Jillian Leigh's life is about to become even more unconventional. She already challenges social norms in 1920's England as she studies at Oxford and drives her own car. But when her estranged uncle Toby, a professional ghost hunter, falls from a cliff while alone on a job, Jillian is drawn into...

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Tim Seeley
Becker
3

Welcome to Wausau, Wisconsin, the world of Revival, billed as a "rural noir." This graphic format book is a contains mystery, the supernatural, an interesting spin on zombies, small town secrets, and interesting characters. The story opens on a day when 23 previously dead folks wake up and are...

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Lisa Gardner
mmcgowan
4

State police trooper Tess Leoni was accused of killing her husband and her daughter Sophie is missing.  Tess is arrested for the murder of her husband but she escapes and she is doing everything in her power to find her daughter.  Was she the real killer of her husband?  ...

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Sara Paretsky
Janet Q
4

Wise-cracking, super tough Chicago P.I. and fighter for truth and justice V.I. Warshawski returns! This is a multi-layered story that starts in Chicago, with Vic searching for a young math/physics/programming genius who has disappeared. The story then moves back and...

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Kaoru Shintani
Shanna
4

This manga offers a new take on the classic Sherlock Holmes tales. Ten-year-old Christie Holmes is the niece of the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and she can solve a mystery just as quick as he can!  She is an especially brilliant child, and loves using logic to get to the bottom of...

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Charlaine Harris
Manon
3

The HBO series, True Blood​, based on the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, has been a very popular show for the last several seasons.  After having watched the first few seasons of True Blood, I wondered what Charlaine Harris's series would be like....

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Ann Granger
Janet Q
4

I chose this e-book almost at random. It is the 14th entry in the Meredith and Markby series.  Despite being a longtime mystery buff, I have never read Ann Granger. I was pleasantly surprised to find a well-written, atmospheric novel that is nicely devoid of the extreme,...

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Simon Brett
ShellyB
3

Blotto and Twinks are siblings in a wealthy, snobby British family.  The names, just one of the many ridiculous (but in a good way) elements of this story, are not their real names - it is de rigeur for aristocratic youths to have meaningless, absurd nicknames in this pre-WWII setting....

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Lisa Lutz
Manon
5

Heads You Lose begins as a concept: two writers, Lisa Lutz and David Hayward, will write a book together.  They tried to write together before, but they face this project with a sense that this time it might work out.  Lutz and Hayward alternate chapters, attempting to...

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Jim Butcher
Rebecca
3

Storm Front is one of those novels that navigates a couple of genres at once, namely, fantasy (Harry Dresden, the main character, is a wizard) and crime noir (he's also a private investigator who contracts sometimes with the Chicago PD). This is not, however, a slightly-parallel world...

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Meg Rosoff
Kristi
3

Londoner Mila is traveling to upstate NY with her translator father Gil to visit his old friend Matt. But two days before they arrive, Matt disappears. He leaves behind his unhappy wife, toddler son, and beloved dog. What happened to him? Mila soon finds out that Matt has a complicated life. He...

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C. J Box
Becker
3

This is an early entry into Box's popular Joe Pickett series. Pickett is a Wyoming game warden who, in this mystery/thriller, gets caught up in a war between environmental activists and extreme ranchers. I liked the shifting perspectives, and the descriptions of the Wyoming landscape, the plot...

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Deborah Howe
KristenA
4

Bunnicula tells the story of the drama that unfolds when a boy finds a small bunny on his seat in the movie theater showing Dracula. His family brings it home as a new pet. But the family cat Chester is less than thrilled, and the dog Harold feels a bit overshadowed. Chester immediately begins...

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Keigo Higashino
L.F.
4

“Which is harder: devising an unsolvable problem, or solving that problem?”   This question posed by main character Manabu Yukawa becomes a theme in The Devotion of Suspect X, written by one of Japan’s most celebrated crime novelists, Keigo Higashino.  It won the...

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Louise Penny
KristenA
4

​In her newest book, How the Light Gets In, Louise Penny brings us back into the lives of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the renowned Quebec homicide​ force, his former assistant Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and the alluring village of Three Pines. Numerous plotlines combine the murder of a...

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Julie Berry
Kristi
4

Judith is shunned in her closed, religious community, even by her mother. She doesn’t talk after she was kidnapped and had her tongue cut out. Where was she for two years and what unspeakable things were done to her? Now she’s tainted. Her best friend disappeared at the same time and was found...

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Kathy Reichs
Becky
3

As the eighth book in Kathy Reichs's Temperance Brennan series, Cross Bones follows a very familiar format.  My struggle in reviewing the book is how much to let that bother me...or how much does it distract from the writing and the story?

First things first, the Tempe...

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Eleanor Kuhns
CarolE
4

An itinerant weaver during colonial times has developed a reputation for solving crimes. In this case, William Rees becomes involved in a murder at a Shaker community which allows readers to see the surface and underside of that particular life style. Throughout there is a contrast between...

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Gillian Flynn
Lauren
2

Gone Girl feels like it's been the book of the summer. Nick Dunne's wife, Amy, goes missing on the morning of their fifth anniversary. All signs point to Nick (especially Amy's interspersed diary entries), but the story of what really happened is not as neat a solution as the...