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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

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 Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
The Rich and the Dead by Liv Spector
Dead People by Ewart Hutton
Spirits Revived by Alice Duncan
Social Death by Tatiana Boncampagni
Baudelaire’s Revenge by Bob van Laerhoven
Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt
Murder at the Breakers by Alyssa Maxwell
Deal Killer by Vicki Doudera
The Color of Light by Wendy Hornsby

New: Thriller and Suspense

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The Intern’s Handbook by Shane Kuhn
Everything to Lose by Andrew Gross
The Troop by Nick Cutter
She Can Hide by Melinda Leigh
The Cold Nowhere by Brian Freeman
Warriors by Ted Bell
Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman
Wanted Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey
No Way Back by Matthew Klein
The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley

By MPPL on April 25, 2014 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, New Arrivals

Fiction and Nonfiction: Awards Spotlight

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.  This week we invite you to check out a winner!

Are you drawn to the adventure and panorama of the West?  Try one or more of the Spur Awards honorees:

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Best Western Contemporary NovelLight of the World by James Lee Burke

Best Western Traditional NovelCrossing Purgatory by Gary Schanbacher

Best First NovelSpider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman

 

Have a taste for distinguished American writing?  Read a newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner:

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FictionThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

General NonfictionToms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin

Biography or AutobiographyMargaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall

 

Which titles have the respect of their peers?  The Los Angeles Times Book Awards are chosen by working writers to celebrate how reading is an essential way of connecting with and understanding the world in which we live:

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FictionA Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Mystery/ThrillerThe Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Art Seidenbaum Award for First FictionWe Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

 

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.

By Readers' Advisor on April 18, 2014 Categories: Awards, Books, Lists, Literary, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction

Fiction: Before I Burn by Gaute Heivoll

Before I Burn book coverIn 1978 an arsonist started a fire spree in a small town in southern Norway. Ten buildings were sent to cinders – some empty, some not, though luckily no one died. The arsonist’s last fire was set the day after a baby boy was christened in a local church. Thirty-years later, this boy, narrator Gaute Heivoll, seeks to find who the arsonist was through interviewing remaining townspeople. Before I Burn is an atmospheric autobiographical mystery where the question of who is somewhat simply solved, but the question of why creates compelling reading. Somewhat bleak and strangely energetic, Before I Burn is a mystery for people who don’t normally read mysteries.

By Readers' Advisor on April 17, 2014 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

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 TV, 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

Darker Shade of Sweden

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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