Book Genre: Mystery

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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...

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J. K Rowling
Mary P
4

Harry Potter and his friends return for their second year of school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in this second novel in J.K. Rowling's beloved series.  Before they even arrive, Ron and Harry go on an exciting (and illegal) adventure, which sets the stage for the events in...

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Ingrid Thoft
Emily
2

Meh,... uh let's see, this chick is supposed to be hard boiled or something but I found her to be ridiculous... Immature, angsty, slutty, uneven... The story was absurd... I have no idea how she has all these people that are so loyal to her; she's just a crappy person... Uhm, there were so many...

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Catherine Jinks
Ken
4

This book was about a girl named Birdie McAdam, who is an apprentice to a Bogler named Alfred Bunce. It is set in London during the Victorian era. Alfred, as a Bogler, is paid to lure out and kill Bogles, which are different types of monsters that eat children. Bogles live in chimneys, sewer...

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Sophie McKenzie
KristinR
3

Geniver Loxley lost her baby at birth eight years ago, and her life seemed to have stopped that day.  She goes through the motions--being married to a successful husband, teaching part-time at a nearby college, and still trying to get pregnant again--but normal life has lost its meaning...

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Dan Brown
Chuckie
4

I know I don't need to promote the current Dan Brown book, Inferno, Dan Brown has plenty of fans and followers. What I am promoting is reading Dan Brown's books in the format of an eBook. First I want to say I did enjoy the Inferno Book. It's about a topic that I can get preachy about! So thanks...

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Nina Milton
Janet Q
2

This novel started out promisingly. The protagonist, Sabbie Dare, is British, female, and a working shaman. She is an engaging, unusual character, and the details of her life and the work that pulls her into a police investigation are quite fascinating. Unfortunately, the last third of the novel...

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Gillian Flynn
Jennifer D
3

On the day of his 5th wedding anniversary, Nick is shocked when his wife Amy disappears. Their front door is open, the cat is out on the porch, a kettle is boiling on the stove, and there are signs of a struggle in their living room. As the story takes you back and forth between Nick’s bizarre...

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Gillian Flynn
Lauren
2

I read all three of Gillian Flynn's novels this summer. I, for one, didn't like Gone Girl, but I had to check out her other novels to see if she was worth the hype. I completed my journey with Dark Places, which tells the story of Libby Day, who at age seven put her teenage...

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Louise Penny
KristenA
4

The Hangman is a special release novella from bestselling author Louise Penny. It features Chief Inspector Gamache of the Quebec Surete and many of the other characters  from her beloved Inspector Gamache mystery series. This time a body has been found hanging in the woods outside...

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Geoffrey Girard
Josh
4

     Author Geoffrey Girard's protagonist Shawn Castillo is as flawed as they come. You can't help but root for him though especially when you realize who...and what he is up against.  Girard skillfully combines philosophy,  bio-ethics, history, psychology and political...

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1937- Avi
Jennifer H
4

Horace wants to be photographer. He is an apprentice to a photographer and is fulfilling his dream. They are commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Von Macht to take a photograph, but when the photo is developed, there is a girl in the picture. Horace discovers that the girl is the daughter of the...

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Martin Walker
KristenA
5

When a much more recently killed body, its hands tied behind its back, turns up at an archaeological dig near St. Denis, France, the sole local police officer is called to the scene. Lucky for us, it’s Bruno Courrèges, star of Martin Walker’s Bruno, Chief of Police series. In this fourth novel...

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Marisha Pessl
Kristi
5

Sam McGrath is a disgraced journalist out running late one night when he sees a menacing, seemingly supernatural, woman in a memorable red coat.  The next day he learns about her suicide and realizes it was Ashley Cordova, the daughter of the reclusive, avant -garde filmmaker, Cordova,...

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Jamie Delano
Ken
3

The biggest problem with this graphic novel is it's unevenness. The first story arc is good with John Constantine gaining the help of Papa Midnight to stop a hunger demon that possesses people and causes them to gorge themselves while still starving to death. Then there is a stand alone issue...

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Edited by Dave Eggers
ShellyB
4

A mix of short stories, essays, magazine articles, and online resources, the 2012 edition also includes meeting minutes from various Occupy movements across the country.  Some of the more familiar authors in this edition are Sherman Alexie, Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich, Jon Ronson, and Jess...