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  • Rizzoli & Isles. The Complete Fourth Season - Boston\'s worst bad guys bring out the best in Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles, who use their expert skills and instincts to analyze cadavers, nail criminals and crack the case. In Season Four, the pair\'s personal lives are as complicated as their professional ones. Smart, sophisticated Maura struggles to cope with issues involving her biological family as she learns more about its gangster past. And brash, down-to-earth Jane reconsiders an ongoing long-distance romance when a handsome new boss sets her pulse pounding. Sixteen murderous, memorable episodes put these best friends to the ultimate test as they face life changes and heartbreaking decisions with their signature humor and humanity- all while solving Boston\'s toughest crimes.
  • Bob\'s Burgers. The Complete 3rd Season - The animated comedy, Bob\'s Burgers returns for a third season. The series follows the ups and downs of Bob (H. Jon Benjamin), who runs Bob\'s Burgers with the help of his wife and their three kids.
  • Pretty Little Liars. The Complete Fourth Season - In the aftermath of the mysterious lodge fire, Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer turn to a surprising new ally to help them discover what happened that night, and to figure out Red Coat\'s next move. The girls are drawn into yet another murder investigation, one that puts a cloud of suspicion around them and their closest friends and family. With Red Coat lurking in the shadows and the truth about Alison closer than ever, finishing high school has never been more dangerous!
  • Non-Stop - During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every twenty minutes.
  • Masters of Sex. Season 0ne - Chronicles the lives of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Masters, a successful OB/GYN, is conducting a secret study of human sexuality. Soon, he meets Virginia Johnson, a former nightclub singer who is now part of the hospital secretarial staff. He enlists her help with his study, and she quickly proves to be an asset to Masters\' work. Together, they delve deeper than anyone before them into the science of sex and later become participants in their own research.
  • Chinese Zodiac - Asian Hawk is a master adventurer tasked with retrieving lost bronze heads, originally a part of an ancient Chinese collection of zodiac busts. While wealthy entrepreneur Lawrence dangles an enormous reward for such a find, Hawk deploys his array of high tech devices as he travels the world to help unearth the missing relics. Caught between a monster payday and the restoration of China\'s past, Hawk jumps into battle, using his death-defying skills to help thwart Lawrence\'s destructive plans.
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel - The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune.
  • Redwood Highway - Living in a comfortable retirement community in Southern Oregon, estranged from her family and generally not happy about life, Marie decides to journey 80 miles on foot to the coast and revisit the ocean of her past for the first time in 45 years. Once reluctant to attend her granddaughter\'s wedding, she now arrives as an unexpected guest. Along the way, she meets an extraordinary cast of characters and discovers that she\'s never too old to learn something about life and about herself.
  • Son of God - The story of Jesus\' life brought to audiences through compelling cinematic storytelling that is both powerful and inspirational. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays the role of Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.
  • New Tricks. Season 10 - The old dogs of the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad are about to welcome a few new faces, but first, Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman and her loyal team, Gerry Standing, Brian Lane, and Steve McAndrew, will solve their final cases together, bringing justice to decades-old murders that stumped London\'s Metropolitan Police.
  • What\'s in a Name? - Vincent, a successful forty-something, is about to become a father for the first time. He is invited to dinner at the apartment of his sister, Elisabeth, and brother-in-law, Pierre, where he catches up with his childhood friend, Claude. Whilst waiting for Anna, his younger spouse, his fellow guests happily bombard him with questions on his fast approaching fatherhood, but when his hosts ask Vincent what name he has chosen for his future offspring, his response plunges the family into chaos.
  • House of Cards. The Complete Second Season - Frank prepares for his promotion to Vice President. Doug tries to erase all leads leading him back to him and Frank. Claire fights back against Gillian. Zoe considers working with Frank again.
  • Faust - An updated take on the famous play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Alexander Sokurov directs Johannes Zeiler as Faust, a man who sells his soul to the devil.
  • Miss Fisher\'s Murder Mysteries. Series 2 - Armed with a razor-sharp wit, Miss. Fisher investigates crimes in opulent 1920s Australia. Sharply written and gorgeously costumed, these episodes are sure to charm fans of costume dramas and mysteries alike.
  • Rob the Mob - A thrilling and poignant crime-thriller about two lovers whose daring heists of Mafia social clubs result in a discovery that could forever change the face of organized crime in America. The film is based on the true story of Thomas and Rosemarie Uva.
  • Joe - A hard-living ex-con who is the unlikeliest of role models, but when he meets a troubled fifteen-year-old homeless boy in need of help from a violent and destitute father, Joe is faced with the heartbreaking choice of redemption or ruin.
  • Awkward. Season 3, Part 2 - The second half of the third season of the series that looks at specific incidents in our formative years and how they define us, for better or worst.
  • Teen Wolf. Season 3, Part 2 - While Scott struggles to find his place as an Alpha, he, Allison, and Stiles begin to experience strange side effects as a result of reigniting the power within Beacon Hills. They soon discover that the answer to their problems may be found in a new student named Kira, a girl with remarkable powers of her own.
  • 300. Rise of an Empire - Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. He\'s pitted against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal turned god Xerxes, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
  • True Blood. The Complete Sixth Season - Season six introduces several jarring storylines. As \"Billith\" comes to terms with his newfound powers after emerging from a pool of blood at the end of season five, Louisiana governor Truman Burrell declares open season on vampires, replete with novel anti-vamp weapons and high-tech internment camp. Sookie and Jason steel themselves for an encounter with the killer of their parents; the mysterious and ancient Warlow.
  • The Escape Artist - Will Burton is a junior barrister of peerless intellect and winning charm, who specializes in spiriting people out of tight legal corners. Much to the aggravation of his courtroom rival, Maggie Gardner, Will has never lost a case. His talents acquit serial killer Liam Foyle of murder, and it is only a matter of time until Foyle kills again.
  • Major crimes. The Complete Second Season - As the second season opens, the team immediately dives into some of the most challenging and fascinating crimes yet, including the murder of a big-time film producer\'s wife, an apparent murder-suicide, and a high-speed car chase that leads to a triple homicide. Just as the squad seems to be adjusting to last year\'s leadership change, Deputy D.A. Emma Rios arrives to challenge Raydor\'s intentions and shake up the department.
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - A global action thriller set in the present day. This original story follows a young Jack as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot. When Ryan believes he\'s uncovered a Russian plot to collapse the United States economy, he goes from being an analyst to becoming a spy and must fight to save his own life and those of countless others, while also trying to protect the thing that\'s more important to him than anything, his relationship with his fiancé Cathy.
  • Journey to the West : Conquering the Demons - In a world plagued by demons, a young demon hunter risks everything to conquer three demons; embracing them as his disciples. But in order save the common people, the four of them must embark on a journey to the West that\'s full of challenges.
  • Four - Joe, a man who works hard and travels a lot, leaves his family behind for the holiday, citing a business trip. Abigayle, his daughter, is left to tend to her ill mother and manage the house on her own, yet again. Seeking just enough attention to get her through another night, she turns to Dexter, a former high school basketball star. And while Abigayle is out with Dexter, Joe is quietly spending time around town with June, a young man he met online who\'s struggling to accept himself.
  • Omar - Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardize his longtime trust with his childhood friends, but it\'s soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia.
  • Death in Paradise. Season One - Quintessentially British cop Richard Poole is a fish out of water when he is sent to the tiny island of Sainte Marie to solve a mysterious murder. Awaiting Richard is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing.
  • Enemy - Adam Bell, a glum, disheveled history professor who seems disinterested even in his beautiful girlfriend Mary. Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double; a bit-part actor named Anthony St. Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined.
  • Devil\'s Knot - In a gripping, heart-wrenching true story that shocked the nation. May 5, 1993. West Memphis, Arkansas. Three young boys playing in the nearby woods never come home for dinner. In the rush to find and convict the killers, police focus on a trio of teenagers suspected of devil worship. It is only when an investigator reveals that the evidence doesn\'t all add up, that the community is forced to face the reality that the true killer might still be out there.
  • Scott and Bailey. Season One - Scott & Bailey is a thrilling investigative drama series exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives. Despite their differences, impulsive, funny and single Rachel and reflective, married mother-of-two Janet, have a great partnership. Thrown together in the toughest of murder cases, they have become the best of friends, ready to support each other both in and away from the incident room. Each episode sees Rachel and Janet face a serious crime that is both challenging and emotionally difficult, whilst coping with their complex personal lives. Scott and Bailey is an honest and powerful crime drama series.
  • Robocop - The year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. When Alex Murphy, a loving husband, father, and good cop, is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing. There is still a man inside the machine, pursuing justice.
  • Lone Survivor - The story of four Navy SEALs sent on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative. They are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on The New York Times bestseller.
  • Winter\'s Tale - Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, follow a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil.
  • An Adventure in Space and Time - Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of tough-guy roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry\'s glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday afternoon drama, time travel and monsters! Allied with a brilliant creative team, they went on to introduce the world to the longest running science fiction series ever, currently in its 50th year and counting.
  • The Bridge = Bron = Broen. Series 1 - A woman is found murdered in the middle of the Oresund Bridge, on the border between Sweden and Denmark. Police from both countries are called to the scene, and what looks like one murder turns out to be two. It\'s a spectacular double murder: the bodies have been brutally cut in half at the waist and put together to form a single corpse. It\'s also just the beginning of a wave of violence the likes of which no one has ever seen before.
  • Alan Partridge - Alan Partridge, the famous local radio DJ and TV host, finds himself at the center of a siege, when a disgruntled fellow DJ decides to hold their station hostage after learning that he\'s getting fired when the new owners decide to convert the station to talk radio.
  • Jack Taylor. Set 2 - Jack Taylor is a former cop turned private investigator with little to show for his time in the Irish Guards. Few of his former colleagues have any regard for Taylor. The exception is his friend Garda Kate Noonan, though even she has to walk a fine line. Six months sober, Taylor takes on cases with the help of his young assistant, Cody, even while he worries about his elderly mother. Try as he might, the ex-cop from Galway finds that in his hometown, his past is always just a mistake away.
  • The Boondocks. The Complete Fourth Season - When his new album tanks, Thugnificent is faced with the horror of getting a real job, and Ruckus finds his musical soulmate in famed racist country-western singer Jimmy Rebel. After a checkup, Granddad meets a young black woman who asks him out on a date, but the only person who can spoil Granddad\'s new romance is Granddad, and more. Special features include: deleted scenes, music videos, photo gallery, and more.
  • 2 Autumns, 3 Winters - Arman is 33 and ready to make a change, starting with a run in the park. When he literally bumps into Amélie--slightly cynical but nevertheless lovely--on the jogging path, he\'s dead-set on making a connection with her. As a bit of contrived fate brings them together, Arman\'s best friend Benjamin suffers an unexpected stroke, relegating him to the hospital for weeks where he falls for his doting young physical therapist. Over the course of two autumns and three winters, Arman, Amélie and Benjamin share the incidental moments, unexpected accidents, unconventional love stories and unforgettable memories that will define who they are.
  • Adult World - Fresh out of college, Amy is convinced she\'s going to be a famous poet; she just needs someone to acknowledge her greatness. But being unemployed and in debt, her prospects for literary fame look grim. She takes a job at a local adult bookstore where she juggles her responsibilities with pursuing a mentorship under a reclusive, crusty and alcoholic poet. As Amy tries to make her voice heard, she discovers that a little humility may be just what she needs to achieve her success.
  • DCI Banks. Season One - Based on the bestselling Inspector Banks novels by Peter Robinson, DCI Banks follows the tenacious Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his headstrong partner Annie Cabbott as they attempt to solve three gruesome crimes. Fire engulfs two canal boats in a deliberate act of arson over a million-dollar painting; a woman is found dead on the moors with her throat slashed in a case eerily close to the murder of a young girl in the center of town.
  • True Detective - In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart are brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked in 1995. As the inquiry unfolds in present day through separate interrogations, the two former detectives narrate the story of their investigation, reopening unhealed wounds, and drawing into question their supposed solving of a bizarre ritualistic murder in 1995.
  • What Richard Did - The world is bright and everything seems possible for Richard Karlsen, the golden boy of his privileged set of Dublin teens, until he does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him.
  • Blood Ties - New York, 1974: Chris is released from prison. Reluctantly waiting for him on the outside is his younger brother Frank, a cop with an aspiring future. After trying to stay on the straight path without any success, Chris inevitably descends back into a life of crime and puts Frank in a tough predicament. Should he cover for his brother and salvage the only family he has? Or should he do the right thing and risk destroying everything he loves?

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MPPL's staff blog about books, movies, music and the talent behind them.

Fiction: The Outsmarting of Criminals by Steven Rigolosi

Outsmarting of CriminalsMiss Felicity Prim, an old-fashioned girl in contemporary Manhattan, decides after having her arm broken during a mugging that she needs to make some changes. “This will never happen again,” she vows. She enrolls in a self-defense class, buys a taser gun, and moves to Connecticut. One of her favorite pastimes is losing herself in crime novels, and she decides that a lifetime of reading mysteries has given her all the skills she needs to become an amateur sleuth. In The Outsmarting of Criminals, the first of a new series by Steven Rigolosi, Miss Prim’s resolve is quickly put to the test, because while moving into her quiet cottage, she discovers a secret passage leading to a secret basement, and in the center of the floor…a secret dead body.

Staff Pick: Vivian Maier

Cynthia staff picks photoVivian Maier was an area nanny whose ubiquitous camera captured life in Chicago in the mid-century. Her rich, evocative work remained unnoticed until 2007 when thousands of negatives were purchased at a storage unit auction. Curiosity in the woman and appreciation for her work have since skyrocketed. Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows offers a glimpse at her talent, and the new DVD Finding Vivian Maier attempts to shed light on the artist.

Fiction: An Accomplished Woman by Jude Morgan

An Accomplished Woman book coverAs a young woman, clever, self-reliant Lydia Templeton scandalized Regency society by rejecting the county’s most eligible bachelor. Ten years later, she is the rare lady who values knowledge and accomplishment over marriage. When asked to accompany a relative to Bath in pursuit of a marriage match, she is outspoken about the young suitors’ failings, but then she herself is confronted with the man she declined so long ago. Is her heart the closed book she thinks it is? In An Accomplished Woman, a light comedy of manners, author Jude Morgan captures the tone and style of Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer with a heroine who is fun, independent, and who says what is on her mind.

New: Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Mystery Books

Hidden Child book cover

Children of the Revolution book cover

Hollow Girl book cover

The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg
Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson
The Hollow Girl by Reed Farrel Coleman

Invisible City book cover

Bone Dust White book cover

Murder in Murray Hill book cover

Invisible City by Julia Dahl
Bone Dust White by Karen Salvalaggio
Murder in Murray Hill by Victoria Thompson

New: Thrillers and Suspense

Directive book cover

FaceOff book cover

I Am Pilgrim book cover

The Directive by Matthew Quirk
FaceOff,
edited by David Baldacci
I Am Pilgrim
 by Terry Hayes

Night Heron book cover

Moving Day book cover

The Catch book cover

Night Heron by Adam Brookes
Moving Day by Jonathan Stone
The Catch
 by Taylor Stevens

Movies and Television: Two for the Road

Two for the Road DVD coverFor a Hollywood love story about a marriage on the rocks, Two for the Road is structurally complex: throughout the film, the story seamlessly cuts back and forth across four different time periods. These sometimes-abrupt shifts follow Joanna and Mark Wallace (Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney) during four road trips through the south of France spanning a twelve-year period. Frederic Raphael’s clever script uses this device to place the banter of early courtship alongside the pointed barbs of a troubled later marriage, and what emerges is a refreshingly multifaceted portrait of how both people and relationships can change over time. Supported by Raphael’s incisive dialogue and a novel editing scheme, Stanley Donen’s surehanded direction reveals an engaging chemistry between Hepburn and Finney in moments both comedic and dramatic.

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