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Scandinavian Chills

Scandinavian Chills book list

Winter’s cold chill is right around the corner, and Scandinavian mysteries and thrillers are bound to give you a different kind of icy sensation. Grisly murders, dark settings, and daring detectives connect these tales to make your blood run cold.

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The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup 

When a serial killer begins leaving handmade dolls at his murder scenes, two detectives struggle to put aside their differences and follow forensic clues linking the case to a politician’s kidnapped daughter.

Bleak; Gruesome

 

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The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund 
Series: Victoria Bergman novels, 1

Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg investigates a serial killer who is targeting children.

Disturbing; Suspenseful

 

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The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg 
Series: Patrik Hedstrom mysteries, 1

After she returns to her hometown to learn that her friend, Alex, was found in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed, biographer Erica Falck researches her friend’s past in hopes of writing a book and joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who has his own suspicions about the case.

Leisurely-paced; Compelling

 

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The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Series: Department Q, 1

Chief detective Carl Morck, recovering from what he thought was a career-destroying gunshot wound, is relegated to cold cases and becomes immersed in the five-year disappearance of a politician.

Atmospheric; Suspenseful

 

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Unseen by Mari Jungstedt
Series: Detective Anders Knutas mysteries, 1

In the midst of preparing for the midsummer tourist season, the island of Gotland is rocked by the brutal killings of a young woman and her dog, a crime that becomes only the first as a serial killer terrorizes tourists and locals alike and brings Inspector Anders Knutas into an alliance with journalist Johan Berg to find the murderer before more women die.

Intricately Plotted; Fast-paced

 

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Call Me Princess by Sara Blaedel 
Series: Louise Rick and Camilla Lind novels, 1

Copenhagen Detective Inspector Louise Rick searches for an online predator who has brutally attacked a young woman in her home, a crime that prompts Louise to set up an online profile on the dating site where the predator is soliciting women.

Suspenseful; Gritty

New Fiction in October

NEW FICTION IN OCTOBER

Don’t be scared! New books in October aren’t all about thrills and chills. Below is a selection of titles from our larger list of October new fiction releases. Included are tempting stories for every reader. For personalized reading suggestions, feel free to email us at readers@mppl.org.

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Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Sheltering in a New York beach house with a couple that has taken refuge during a massive blackout, a family struggles for information about the power failure while wondering if the cut-off property is actually safe.

Psychological Suspense

 

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Simmer Down by Sarah Smith

Nikki quit her job to help her mom with her food truck, but she didn’t expect the Maui food truck scene to be so competitive and for the competition to be so attractive. Nikki doesn’t care how delectable food truck owner Callum is–he set up shop next to her coveted parking spot! The solution? Let the upcoming Food Festival decide. But the longer their rivalry simmers, the more Nikki starts to see a different side of Callum…

Romance; Humorous

 

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The Searcher by Tana French

Looking to start a new life in a small Irish village, former Chicago police officer Cal Hooper comes out of retirement to help find a missing kid and uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat.

Mystery

 

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The Wonder Boy of Whistle Shop by Fannie Flagg

Taking a final visit to the ghost town where his mother Ruth’s Whistle Stop Cafe made its famous fried green tomatoes, Bud Threadgoode discovers new friends and surprises about the community’s women while triggering unexpected changes in his daughters’ lives.

Humorous; Heartwarming

 

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Memorial by Bryan Washington

A Japanese-American chef and a Black daycare teacher begin reevaluating their stale relationship in the wake of a father’s death and the arrival of an acerbic mother-in-law who becomes an unconventional roommate.

Reflective; Love on the Rocks

 

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The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Sailing back to Amsterdam in 1634 as a prisoner accused of an unknown crime, Detective Pipps relies on his faithful sidekick to help solve an onboard mystery in the new novel from the author of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

Mystery

Horror For Those Who Don’t Scare Easily

horror for those who don't scare easily

Need something a little extra spooky this season to scare your socks off? You are not alone! Some of us need more truly nightmarish tales to really send us running and screaming off into the woods. With these titles you might run into cannibals, a serial killer, a clown, or other dark scenes…

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Off Season by Jack Ketchum

Five friends from New York City escape to the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River for some rest and relaxation, only to be terrorized by a cannibalistic family with an unquenchable hunger for human flesh.

 

 

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Journalist Kazayuki Asakawa’s investigation into the sudden deaths of four teenagers from heart failure leads to an isolated cabin containing a videotape warning of death in seven days unless certain, now missing, instructions are not followed.

 

 

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Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

Three elderly friends with the power feed off emotions generated during murders meet every year to discuss their game–an ongoing competition of mass murder and vampirism.

 

 

 

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The Between by Tananarive Due

The effect on an a black family of racist death threats. They are sent to the mother, a judge in Miami, but it is the husband who is most affected. Already unstable because of a near-drowning in childhood, the threats provoke in him nightmares and anger which he takes out on his family.

 

 

 

The Handyman book coverThe Handyman by Bentley Little

Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood and acted as if he didn’t know how to respond in a human manner. Young Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy, but eventually learned the terrifying truth about Frank. And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of THEM out there…

 

 

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul TremblayThe Cabin at the End of the World book cover

A family vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake faces a home invasion by four strangers carrying menacing but unidentifiable objects who claim to be acting to save the world.

 

 

 

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The Troop by Nick Cutter

During a camping trip, on an uninhabited island off the coast of Prince Edward Island, Tim and his boy scout troop encounter an unexpected intruder whose bioengineered body spreads horror faster than fear.

New In Creepy Books

new in creepy books

Just in time for pumpkin spice and spine-chilling season: seriously creepy and disturbing books! Heed the warnings why these titles might really creep you out, tempt you to read them, or spur an itching to run to the hills. If you end up doing the latter though, beware of what goes bump in the night….

 

The Only Good Indians book coverThe Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.

An entity bent on revenge after a forbidden elk hunt

 

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Moving to a rural farmhouse in far upstate New York, Orla, a retired dancer, must protect her family from an unknown entity that is calling to them from the land, in the earth, beneath the trees — and in their minds.

Another unknown entity wanting to trap this family in a rural farmhouse

 

 

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The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

A supernatural thriller set in South Carolina in the ’90s about a women’s book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious stranger who turns out to be a real monster.

A new, disturbing kind of vampire…and community

 

 

 

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Lakewood by Megan Giddings

Forced to drop out of school to help support her family, Lena takes a lucrative job as a secret laboratory subject before devastating side effects make her question how much she can sacrifice.

Terrifying human experimentation

 

 

The Twisted Ones book coverThe Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher

When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods.

Strange found journal, horrific creatures

National Reading Group Month

National Reading Group Month

Rally round, readers and book group enthusiasts! October is National Reading Group Month and we have book discussion resources for you as well as your book club. Our resources include: Books to Go bags (Book Discussion Kits), Book Club How-To’s, Discussion Questions, and more!

Books To Go Bags!

 

Books-To-Go Bags

Each Books-To-Go kit may be checked out for six weeks and includes ten copies of a title, as well as a binder containing information about the book, biographical information on the author, and questions for discussion.

For more information, including how to reserve at kit for your group, you may visit our Books-To-Go webpage.

 

Book Discussion Questions

Staff Created Book Discussion Questions are available online. Can’t find the title your group is discussing? Email us at readers@mppl.org for book discussion questions and anything else book discussion-related or below are a few discussion guide websites.

Lit Lovers
An excellent hub for resources, including: reading guides, book club help, book reviews, and more.

Reading Group Guides
Hundreds of guides from many different publishers are available through the site-a great place to start.

Reading Group Choices
A comprehensive site containing a directory of hundreds of reading guides from a variety of publishers.

 

Completely Booked

Last, but not least, we have a upcoming library-led discussion on October 20th for readers in their 20s & 30s called Completely Booked!

 

Completely Booked book discussion group, Tuesday October 20th from 6 to 7 p.m. Calling all readers in your 20s and 30s, join us for a social book group where we will discuss a variety of genresMeet up with other book enthusiasts every third Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Registering for the discussion is required to receive the login information.

 

 

 

 

Happy Reading!