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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 Cathleen, 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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 Sparrow Hill Road book cover

     –  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

Murder on Bamboo Lane book coverStolen Remains book coverThe Dog Killer of Utica book cover

     –  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 Bees book cover

 Hunt the Jackal book cover

     –  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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Cover of Snow book cover

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 Cathleen, 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

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line book coverThe Rich and the Dead book coverDead People book cover

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

The Intern's Handbook book coverEverything to Lose book coverThe Troop book cover

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 Cathleen, 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