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Fiction: The Left Coast Crime Awards

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.

This week we invite you to check out the winners of the 2014 Left Coast Crime Awards. Each year this mystery fan convention selects a clever theme and then honors the most appealing in several wonderfully specific categories. Here are your Calamari Crime Winners: 

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The Lefty:  Best Humorous Mystery NovelThe Good Cop by Brad Parks

The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award:  Best Historical Mystery Novel Covering Events Before 1960Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses by Catriona McPherson

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The Squid:  Best Mystery Set within the United StatesOrdinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

The Calamari:  Best Mystery Set Anywhere Else in the WorldHow the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

 

By Readers' Advisor on April 4, 2014 Categories: Awards, Books, Humor, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Fiction: The 2014 Reading List Awards

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.

Get your reading glasses on, because here we go!

This week we invite you to check out The Reading List, which honors outstanding titles in the most popular categories. Here are the featured winners, and you can follow the link for the other finalists and readalikes.

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     -  AdrenalineRed Sparrow by Jason Matthews
     -  FantasyVicious by V.E. Schwab
     -  Historical FictionThe Outcasts by Kathleen Kent

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     -  Horror Last Days by Adam Nevill
     -  MysteryMurder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
     -  RomanceAny Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

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     -  Science FictionLove Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh
     -  Women’s FictionMe Before You by Jojo Moyes

By Readers' Advisor on March 14, 2014 Categories: Awards, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Horror, Lists, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Romance

Movies and TV: The Returned

Returned DVD coverA teenage girl clambers up a steep embankment and pulls herself over the guardrail of a twisty mountain road. She has awoken from a blackout, and the last thing she remembers is being on a school trip — a trip that ended in a tragic bus crash a full four years earlier. The Returned, a French series which emerges as a masterwork in eerie storytelling, purposely uncoils the accounts of those who mysteriously appear as if they have never been away. Inspired by the film Les Revenants, this fits easily in the current trend of stories which explore the dead returning, but none other does so with the same lyrical melancholy, the effect of which is enhanced by expert framing of tableaus and a haunting Mogwai score.

By Readers' Advisor on March 10, 2014 Categories: Horror, Movies and Television, Music, 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.

Get your reading glasses on, because here we go!

New: Mystery Books

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     -  Dead to Me by Cath Staincliffe

     -  The Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian

     -  The Last Dead Girl by Harry Dolan

     -  NYPD Puzzle by Parnell Hall

     -  After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman

     -  The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

     -  Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons

     -  Scandal at Six by Ann Purser

     -  The Blood Promise by Mark Pryor

     -  The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

New: Thrillers and Suspense

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     -  A Darker Shade of Sweden, edited by John-Henri Holmberg

     -  Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

     -  Buzz by Anders de la Motte

     -  Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse

     -  Runner by Patrick Lee

     -  Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh

     -  Counterfeit Agent by Alex Berenson

     -  Urban Renewal by Andrew Vachss

     -  Before I Burn by Gaute Heivoll

     -  The Contractors by Harry Hunsicker

By Readers' Advisor on March 7, 2014 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, New Arrivals

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.

Get your reading glasses on, because here we go!

New: Mystery Books

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1. The Kill Order by Robin Burcell

2. That Old Black Magic by Mary Jane Clark

3. The Last Dead Girl by Harry Dolan

4. Rituals by Mary Anna Evans

5. The Devil’s Breath by Tessa Harris

6. Killing Cupid by Laura Levine

7. Dead Man’s Fancy by Keith McCafferty

8. Rebellion by James McGee

9. The Blood Promise by Mark Pryor

10. Snapshot by Lis Wiehl

New: Thriller and Suspense Books

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1. The Secret History of Las Vegas by Christopher Abani

2. North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo

3. Red 1-2-3 by John Katzenbach

4. River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz

5. Worthy Brown’s Daughter by Phillip Margolin

6. Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates

7. Innocent Blood by James Rollins

8. Pandemic by Scott Sigler

9. The Polaris Protocol by Brad Taylor

10. Before we Met by Lucie Whitehouse

By Readers' Advisor on January 31, 2014 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, New Arrivals

Audiobook: Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin

Dangerous Women Playaway coverDanger can be alluring, frightening, and exciting all at once, and you won’t find a better illustration than in Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Whether your taste runs to female desperadoes, Scottish highlanders, warrior queens, femmes fatales, or modern magicians, you will be wowed by a carnival of choices offered by the best fan favorite writers of today. Diana Gabaldon, Jim Butcher, Lev Grossman, Sherilynn Kenyon, Carrie Vaughn, and Brandon Sanderson are among the standout contributors, and fans of Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series won’t want to miss the creator’s featured novella “The Princess and the Queen”. Intensify your thrills by listening to Dangerous Women in Playaway format, an easy-to-use portable player that holds an entire audiobook. Skip to the stories and narrators that tempt you most, but don’t be surprised if you devour them all.

Curious about Playaway and what the format has to offer?  Join us for Playaway Day on Saturday, February 1, 1-4 p.m., for giveaways and more information.

By Readers' Advisor on January 27, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Fiction: The Dinosaur Feather by S.J. Gazan

The Dinosaur Feather book coverAnna is two weeks away from defending her thesis when her academic supervisor – the highly respected, though universally despised – Dr. Lars Helland, drops dead in his office at the University of Copenhagen. As if being a PhD hopeful and a single mom wasn’t hard enough, Anna’s thesis was on Helland’s bloody lap when he died. Police Superintendent Søren Marhauge has to unravel whodunit, but every scientist around Helland, every student, and even his ex-wife have a grudge or something to hide. Picked as one of the best mysteries of 2013 by NPR, The Dinosaur Feather by S.J. Gazan is perfect for those who like Scandinavian or academic thrillers.

By Readers' Advisor on January 23, 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.

Get your reading glasses on, because here we go!

New: Mystery Books

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New: Thriller and Suspense Books

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By Readers' Advisor on January 3, 2014 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, New Arrivals

Lists: Cozy Mysteries

Something Borrowed, Something Dead book coverCozy mysteries are considered “gentle reads.” Usually, a female sleuth – who’s not actually a detective – solves a crime in a small town. There’s little-to-no sex, violence, or harsh language on the page. M.C. Beaton, Carolyn Hart, and Leslie Meier are fine examples of this genre.

For more cozy mystery authors, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on December 20, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Fiction: Countdown City by Ben Winters

Countdown City book coverLast year, the must-have, but little-known mystery was The Last Policeman by Ben Winters. It depicted a detective who didn’t quit his job even though the end of the world was imminent. Detective Hank Palace is back in Countdown City, book two in the Last Policeman Trilogy. Hank has 77 days left to do his job before an asteroid obliterates Earth. This time around, a woman from Hank’s past needs help finding her husband. But how can Hank do his job when half the world has gone crazy and the other half is checking off their bucket lists? If you enjoy intricately-plotted, offbeat mysteries or mainstream dystopian fiction (like Hunger Games or World War Z), try Countdown City.

By Readers' Advisor on December 5, 2013 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense