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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

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

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

New: Thrillers and Suspense

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

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

By Readers' Advisor on July 25, 2014 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, New Arrivals

Nonfiction: Little Demon in the City of Light by Steven Levingston

Little Demon in the City of Light book coverIf you were fascinated by The Devil in the White City, allow us to suggest a new true crime book that spotlights a gruesome reality during a celebrated time in history:  Steven Levingston’s  Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris. The “Little Demon” in question is 20-year-old Gabrielle Bompard, who lured a wealthy Parisian to her rooms where he was then strangled by her lover. When all was exposed, Gabrielle’s defense was that she had been under a hypnotist’s suggestion and so couldn’t be held responsible for her actions. The resulting scientific and legal debates became a story in themselves. History, science, justice, passion — take your pick! You’ll find it in this meticulously researched but surprisingly easy-to-read true tale.

By Readers' Advisor on July 21, 2014 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction

Audiobooks: Audie Award Winners

Listen up! This year’s winners of the Audie Awards have been announced, celebrating the best audiobooks to bring giggles, sighs, knowledge, and excitement. Treat yourself to one of the top titles pictured below, and make the most of the fun by adding it to your Summer Reading Program log.

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Audiobook of the Year: Still Foolin’ ‘Em, written and read by Billy Crystal
** also winner for Humor and for Narration by the Author
Biography/Memoir: The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony, read by Simon Vance
Literary Fiction: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, read by David Pittu
** also winner for Solo Narration (Male)


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Nonfiction:
David and Goliath, written and read by Malcolm Gladwell
Fiction: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, read by Will Patton
Mystery: Unleashed  by David Rosenfelt, read by Grover Gardner

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Science Fiction: Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold, read by Grover Gardner
Romance: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks, read by Ron McLarty and January LaVoy
Thriller/Suspense: The Hit by David Baldacci, read by Ron McLarty with Orlagh Cassidy

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Distinguished Achievement in Production: The Storm King, written and read by Pete Seeger; presented by Jeff Haynes
Children’s:
Hooray for Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke, read by Mutiyat Ade-Salu

By Readers' Advisor on July 11, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Awards, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Literary, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction

Staff Pick: Bron / Broen (The Bridge)

Cathleen staff picks photoA body is discovered lying across the border of Sweden and Denmark, and it’s only the first in a series of violent crimes designed to draw attention to social ills. A fascinating achievement of international television, Bron / Broen (The Bridge) straddles intersecting character arcs in a tension-filled series that examines the boundaries we cross.

By Readers' Advisor on July 8, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Picks by Cathleen, Staff Picks

New: Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense

Every Friday the Library will bring you two 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

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     -  Murder on the Hoof by Kathryn O’Sullivan

     -  Hop Alley by Scott Phillips

     -  The Ways of Evil Men by Leighton Gage

     -  The Body in Bodega Bay by Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden

     -  Catnapped! by Elaine Viets

     -  The Hollow Girl by Reed Farrel Coleman

     -  Evil in the 1st House by Mitchell Scott Lewis

     -  Red Man Down by Elizabeth Gunn

New: Thrillers and Suspense

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     -  Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

     -  Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

     -  Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire

     -  Jack of Spies by David Downing

     -  The Preservationist by Justin Kramon

     -  Command Authority by Tom Clancy

     -  Deadliest of Sins by Sallie Bissell

     -  The Corsican Caper by Peter Mayle

 

By MPPL on June 20, 2014 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, New Arrivals

Audiobook: Still Life by Louise Penny

Still Life book coverLouise Penny’s mysteries are intricate and clever, unfolding slowly for the patient listener, and brimming with characters drawn thoughtfully and humanely. Still Life is no exception to her fine form. It explores the suspicious death (by bow and arrow!) of a seemingly well-loved elderly woman on the eve of her debut at a juried art show. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is on the case (this is the first entry in Penny’s series featuring Gamache), delving into the lives of the residents of a small Quebec village—friends, family, and maybe enemies of the deceased. There are lots of twists and turns, with questions leading to more questions, and the absolutely delightful Ralph Cosham’s smooth, English-accented narration will keep you rapt.

By MPPL on June 16, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Fiction: Still Waters by Nigel McCrery

Still Waters book coverIf you’re looking for a lesser-known mystery series to dive into, you might try Still Waters, the first installment by English writer Nigel McCrery to feature detective duo Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie and his Sergeant Emma Bradbury. The novel begins with a bloody bang, as a bewildering act of horrific violence takes place at a girls’ garden party. Decades later, and somehow connected, Lapslie (who, interestingly, suffers from synesthesia—causing him to taste sounds, for instance) is called to investigate the bizarre death of an elderly woman found dead when her burial place under a tree is unearthed during a car crash. It’s a fast-moving read, but beware: it’s creepy and relentlessly sinister.

By MPPL on June 12, 2014 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

New: Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense

Every Friday the Library will bring you two 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

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     -  Murder on Bamboo Lane by Naomi Hirahara

     -  Stolen Remains by Christine Trent

     -  The Dog Killer of Utica by Frank Lentricchia

     -  Invisible City by Julia Dahl

     -  The Son by Jo Nesbø

     -  Wolf by Mo Hader

     -  Any Other Name by Craig Johnson

     -  Murder at Mullings by Dorothy Cannell

New: Thrillers and Suspense

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     -  The Forbidden by F.R. Tallis

     -  The Bees by Laline Paull

     -  Hunt the Jackal by Don Mann

     -  Bird Box by Josh Malerman

     -  Starfire by Dale Brown

     -  Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes

     -  The Broken by Shelley Coriell

     -  In the Morning I’ll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty

 

By MPPL on May 23, 2014 Categories: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, New Arrivals

Audiobook: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film audiobook coverHere’s a fun treat for cinephiles. Night Film is dark, labyrinthine, and titillating. The beautiful daughter of reclusive director Stanislas Cordova–a man worshiped by his fans, who call themselves “Cordovites”—is found dead, an alleged suicide. Longtime Cordova naysayer Scott McGrath investigates the mysterious death, which leads him to run-ins with black magic, underground sex clubs, and secret Internet message boards. You know, that old story. Interspersed throughout the traditional narrative are magazine articles, police reports, and even message board posts—which makes this a really interesting listen. Actor Jake Weber narrates, deftly performing the voices of a multigender, multiethnic, all-ages cast.

By MPPL on May 21, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2014

The winners of the 2014 Edgar Awards have been announced, and thrills and chills fill these top picks from the Mystery Writers of America, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2013.

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Best NovelOrdinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Best First Novel by an American AuthorRed Sparrow by Jason Matthews
Best Paperback Original:  The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

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Best Fact Crime: 
The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower
Best Juvenile:  One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Best Young Adult: Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

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Best Television Episode Teleplay:  The Fall, “Episode 1” – teleplay by Allan Cubitt
Simon & Schuster – Mary Higgins Clark Award:  Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman

By Readers' Advisor on May 7, 2014 Categories: Awards, Books, Movies and TV, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction