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Fiction: Hiding the Past by Nathan Dylan Goodwin

Hiding the Past book coverGenealogists are, by definition, detectives. They start with one or more clues, apply patience and a great deal of detail work, and follow the threads wherever they lead, hoping for a satisfying conclusion. Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s Hiding the Past plays those similarities to great effect by creating an original genealogical mystery novel. A British man with no family history calls on expert Morton Farrier to trace his roots but is dead by apparent suicide the day after they meet. As Farrier doggedly investigates, others are determined to keep past events from seeing the light of the present, including a possible WWII conspiracy. However, even mounting danger won’t keep a dedicated researcher from his answers, and his adventures are worth scaling this particular family tree.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on April 20, 2015 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Fiction: The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith

Cover of The Sunday Philosophy ClubAfter witnessing a young man fall to his death at a symphony and with a tendency toward nosiness, Isabel accidentally ends up in the middle of a mystery in the first of Alexander McCall Smith’s Isabel Dalhousie series. Between editing philosophy articles, advising her niece on her love life, and attending art shows Isabel happens upon information leading her to believe the fall may not have been an accident. Although Isabel is a relaxed detective, focusing often on the engaging characters in her life and questions of morality, she is still determined to find the truth no matter what it takes. The Sunday Philosophy Club is just the beginning of a series sprinkled with humor and life’s bigger questions.

 

 

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on April 9, 2015 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

New Arrivals: 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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Whiskers of the Lion by P.L. Gaus
Lethal Beauty by Lis Wiehl
Tattered Legacy by Shannon Baker

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Asylum by Jeannette De Beauvoir
Stiff Penalty by Annelise Ryan
Blue Avenue by Michael Wiley

New: Thrillers and Suspense

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The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry
The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford
Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway

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The Devil’s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth
As Good As Dead by Elizabeth Evans
Werewolf Cop by Andrew Klavan

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on April 3, 2015 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, New Arrivals

Fiction: Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A.L. Herbert

Cover of Murder with Fried Chicken and WafflesA.L. Herbert has packed Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles with comfort food and the entertaining antics of Halia Watkins and her family. Along with running her restaurant Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, Halia looks out for her boisterous cousin Wavonne and grudgingly answers to the whims of Marcus, the primary investor of the restaurant and a schemer doused in cologne. Halia’s plate is filled even fuller when she finds a dead body in her kitchen and moves the body into the alley to “fix” the situation. As a result, Wavonne is named a primary suspect and it’s up to Halia to clear her cousin’s name, all the while running a restaurant with the most delicious corn bread in town.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on March 19, 2015 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Fiction: Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson

Unwanted book coverHenry, a conductor for Swedish National Railways, was enjoying a fairly uneventful journey until a signaling problem stopped the train for a spell. He thought it odd when he saw a woman step onto the platform without the little girl he’d seen with her earlier, but it wasn’t until the train was again on its way that everything went wrong. When alerted that the frantic mother had been left behind, Henry was relieved to discover the girl sleeping unaware. A ruckus forced him to step away for only a few moments, but when he returned, the only sign she’d been there were her shoes arranged neatly by the seat. Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson is a tense thriller that will captivate fans of Scandinavian crime fiction, especially those who are waiting for next books from Jo Nesbø, Anne Holt, or Camilla Läckberg.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on March 2, 2015 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Fiction: The Panic Zone by Rick Mofina

Cover of The Panic ZoneReporter Jack Gannon is on the hunt for truth in the gripping international thriller The Panic Zone. Through the fiery wreckage of a devastating car accident in Wyoming, Emma Lane swears her one-year-old son is not dead and she saw someone take him. A bomb goes off in a Rio de Janeiro café, killing ten people including two reporters. On a cruise ship headed toward Florida a passenger dies, bleeding from every pore of his body. Three seemingly unrelated incidents are more connected than anyone could imagine, and only Jack seems to be putting the pieces together. As the stubborn journalist refuses to let go of these twisted stories, Rick Mofina keeps his readers at the edge of their seat.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on February 19, 2015 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

New Arrivals: 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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Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves
Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman
Five by Ursula (Archer) Poznanski

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Murder at the Book Group by Maggie King
Puzzled Indemnity by Parnell Hall
Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen

New: Thriller and Suspense

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The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Breaking Creed by Alex Kava
Saint Odd by Dean Koontz

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One Step Too Far by Tina Seski
Her by Harriet Lane
Fifty Mice by Daniel Pyne

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on February 6, 2015 Categories: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, New Arrivals

Fiction: Cut to the Bone by Shane Gericke

Cover of Cut to the BoneThe governor has a new electric chamber he wants used, detectives Emily Thompson and Martin Benedetti have a serial killer on the loose they want to find, and a person called the Executioner is out to kill. Set in Naperville, Illinois, Shane Gericke darts between time and characters as he unravels a deadly mystery through the eyes of key players. The story is largely driven by Detective Thompson, who will stop at nothing to catch the killer even though she is still injured from a previous case and her own life is on the line. Cut to the Bone is a suspenseful page-turner where no one is safe.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on January 29, 2015 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Fiction: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

The Silent WifeJodi is a therapist in a long-term committed relationship with Todd even though Todd is a serial cheater. While not a particularly traditional relationship, as long as they don’t talk about how unfaithful he is, their relationship works. “Men aren’t perfect, ” Jodi tells herself, and life continues to go on: Jodi immerses herself in her own routines, Todd immerses himself in other women, and everything is okay.

Except everything is not okay.

At the beginning of the book Jodi admits she is going to kill Todd. And she does. Alternating between Todd and Jodi as unreliable narrators, A.S.A. Harrison details the slow decent of a woman reaching her snapping point in The Silent Wife.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on January 8, 2015 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Audiobook: Joyland by Stephen King

Joyland audiobook coverStephen King can spin tales like few others.  He may be known for horror, but keep in mind he is also responsible for more emotive works such as The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, and Stand by Me.  In Joyland, a college student takes seasonal work with an amusement park and sets aside heartbreak to grow a friendship with a frail boy and his overprotective young mother.  Lighthearted adventures at the park are offset by rumors of a vicious murder that once happened on one of the rides. Those with an appetite for the unexplained will still be satisfied, but there is an underlying sweetness as well.  Narrator Michael Kelly wisely gives a soft-spoken, earnest reading that juggles the wonder of coming into one’s own with a carnival ride of great storytelling.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on January 5, 2015 Categories: Audiobooks, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense