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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 Cathleen, 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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Dead in Their Arches book coverRide the Man Down book cover

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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

Lists: If You Like Janet Evanovich

One for the Money book coverJanet Evanovich is best known for her character Stephanie Plum, a smart-mouthed, side-job, bumbling bounty hunter. Evanovich writes funny, upbeat mysteries with a dash of romance. If you’re looking for more feisty heroines and villains that are more incompetent than evil, the Library has you covered.

If you like Janet Evanovich and are searching for similar authors, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on November 29, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Nonfiction: The Borden Tragedy by Rick Geary

Borden Tragedy graphic novel coverNow that the first photo of Christina Ricci as Lizzie Borden has been released, you will want to read about the legendary crime for yourself. The final days of Graphic Novels Month is an opportune time to delve into The Borden Tragedy: A Memoir of the Infamous Double Murder. The 21st Century has no monopoly on sensationalized true crime stories, and this volume of the Victorian Murder series illustrates the facts and questions as they are known. The heavy black frames and recurring use of patterned lines add to both the ominous tone and the historic feel. We may never know for certain who got away with murder that fateful day, but Rick Geary presents the case with startling clarity.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on November 25, 2013 Categories: Books, Horror, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction

A Book That Feels Like a Bruce Willis Movie

The Return book coverLast year, Michael Gruber’s The Good Son made it onto Stephen King’s Entertainment Weekly column, “The Best Books I Read in 2012”. Gruber’s back with another action-packed standalone, The Return. Richard Marder has an inoperable brain tumor that could kill him at any time. He wants to get his life in order and that means punishing the drug lord he blames for his wife’s suicide. Marder goes to Mexico to bury his wife’s ashes and take vengeance. With the help of an old army buddy and a gang of squatters on his property, Marder goes to war with two drug cartels. If you like movies like Red, The Expendables, and Die Hard, try Michael Gruber’s novel The Return.

By Readers' Advisor on October 24, 2013 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

My Name is Kinsey Millhone

G is for Grafton book coverKeeping readers interested in a single character for twenty-three books is no small feat, but Sue Grafton has led mystery fans through the alphabet to great success. From A is for Alibi (1982) to this month’s W is for Wasted, Grafton keeps fans coming back with fresh takes on new themes, varied structure, and intriguing stories. None of that would matter without a well-developed main character, one we feel we know well but who can still surprise us. Between letter releases, review the fascinating world of Kinsey Millhone in G is for Grafton by Natalie Hevener Kaufman and Carol McGinnis Kay. Investigate for yourself Kinsey’s history, habits, dilemmas, and cases, and deduce how Grafton’s skill with characterization and subtle world-building contribute to a groundbreaking and beloved series.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on September 30, 2013 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction

LISTS: If You Like Tom Clancy

Threat Vector book coverTom Clancy’s high-speed page-turners star military-trained heroes battling larger-than-life enemies. International plots, terrorists, dangerous alliances, and weapons of mass destruction abound — but Clancy isn’t the only one to have conquered the military adventure genre.

Click here if you want action and tech-heavy fiction similar to Tom Clancy.

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