Book Genre: Mystery

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Robert B. Parker
Emily
3

In this late in the series Spenser we get a peek at Spenser as a young adult. Framed by an afternoon in the park with Susan who "knows him so well but knows nothing about him" (shouldnt quote as that's a paraphrase), Spenser tells her some stories as they while away the afternoon. Parker...

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Manuel Ramos
Josh
3

       Set in Denver's North Side, Manuel Ramos noir centers around Gus Corral, a recently divorced second hand store manager who is down in the dumps. A chance meeting with an old high school acquaintance sets off a train of events with repercussions that stretch all the way...

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Mariah Fredericks
Shanna
4

Rain and Wendy used to be best friends.  To Rain, Wendy was more than a party girl intent on sleeping with everyone's boyfriend.  She was the one with the huge heart and offbeat sense of humor, the girl who wasn't above faking a fainting spell in H&M and who didn't care what others...

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John Grisham
Nikki
2

When I heard there was going to be a sequel to A Time to Kill by John Grisham, I was pretty excited.  I haven’t read too many of Grisham’s books the past decade, but I remember really enjoying A Time to Kill.  I have to say I was pretty disappointed with this book.  I felt it...

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Marisha Pessl
Nikki
5

I loved this book!  Night Film is about the death of a famous horror movie director’s daughter and the mystery surrounding how she died.  A reporter with a bone to pick with the elusive director, a young woman new to New York, and a man with possible connections with the deceased race...

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Ruta Sepetys
CarolE
4

Working mornings as the clean-up girl at a bordello in New Orleans is not as near and dear to Josie’s heart as her other job at Marlowe’s Bookstore in 1950.   Surrounding her are Willie, the tough madam who knows how to run things, Cokie, the chauffeur, Patrick and Charlie Marlowe who...

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Michael Ennis
ShellyB
4

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!  Centered around the infamous Borgias of the Italian Renaissance, Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) and his two illegitimate sons Juan and Cesare, this tale is told by two narrators, Niccolo Machiavelli and a courtesan (the mother of Juan's son).  She...

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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...