Book Genre: Mystery

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Richard Castle
seanamo
4

This fourth book in the meta-fictional Nikki Heat series, based on the Castle television show, is the best so far. Written in the same tone as the show, and paralleling key plot points and character arcs, these books within the TV show are perfect companion pieces. Johnny Heller's reading fits...

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C. Alan Bradley
Michael
4

Speaking from Among the Bones is the fifth novel in the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. Flavia, a young preteen girl intensely interested in chemistry (specifically poisons), aims at finding the truth behind the local church organist's murder.

Set in 1951 English...

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Georges Perec
Lily
3

53 Days is a mystery about mysteries. Fictional novels are referenced and play a central role in solving the multifaceted crime. The author himself died in the midst of writing this novel, which is mysterious in and of itself. The plot of the novel is actually about a mystery novelist...

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Janet Evanovich
Adelina
5

Janet Evanovich is back to her fun, fast paced and laugh-out loud antics in the latest Stephanie Plum novel.

I am happy to say I enjoyed Takedown Twenty. It has a fresher take on my favorite characters. I love hanging out with the gang from Trenton once a year when her newest adventures...

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Scott Snyder
kmcfall
3

"The Black Mirror" is made up of two three part storylines. "The Black Mirror" and "Hungry City". "The Black Mirror" is about a series of murders that pushes Batman's detective skills, for being home to face one of Gothams oldest villains. Helpless and trapped in the deadly Mirror...

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Craig Johnson
ShellyB
4

The strong sense of place in this book's Wyoming setting reminds me of Tony Hillerman's mystery series set on the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners area - both bring the landscape to life and make me feel I am actually there with the characters, really seeing what they are seeing and...

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Marisha Pessl
Georgia
5

The daughter of a famous film director is found dead of an apparent suicide. Though all signs point to this conclusion, investigative journalist Scott McGrath thinks there is more to it. This book is the story of the investigation done by McGrath and the two assistants he acquires along the way...

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Joe Hill
Mandy M.
4

Locke and Key has been a series that has been getting a lot of acclaim over the past few months so I knew I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I finally got the chance to check it out and it does not disappoint. I've always had a strange fascination with keys and so the first time I saw...

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Niall Leonard
Mandy M.
4

 Being an avid book lover, I was hesitant to try to read this book in ebook format. I can't say that I particularly enjoyed reading it in a ebook format, but the ebook format is very user friendly which I can appreciate. 

All that aside, this is one of the best thrillers I...

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Benjamin Black
Nancy
4

I started reading the "Quirke mysteries" as I love the beautiful, elegant writing of John Banville (the Man Booker prize winning author whose pen name is Benjamin Black).  Quirke is, in many ways, a stereotypical Irishman - given to feeling too much, drinking way too much.  I always...

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Alan Bradley
April
5

This latest installment of the Flavia de Luce mystery series does not disappoint.   For those who don’t know the series, Flavia is a precocious almost-twelve-year-old girl with a penchant for chemistry (especially the making of poisons) and solving murders.  She lives at Buckshaw...

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Sue Grafton
Elaine
5

This is one of my favorites, #13 in the alphabetical list of Sue Grafton novels.  Always cleverly crafted, with witty metaphor and vivid description, "M" is for Malice brings a warmth and tenderness not always found in a murder mystery.  I have enjoyed following the adventures of...

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Nick Harkaway
extra medium
4

I tried to read this, but for some reason I couldn’t get in to it. I listened to it instead and I’m really glad I gave the book a second chance. Brilliantly read by Daniel Weyman, Angelmaker is about a thingamabob created in the heat of World War II by a scientist who is more interested in...

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Twan Eng Tan
Beckyr
4

This is a wonderful book - part historic novel, part mystery, part romance. A highlands Malaysia tea plantation is the setting. The time period is post World War II. Characters include a gifted Japanese landscape designer, a former concentration camp prisoner, a European landowner. Very...

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Rachel Hartman
mbrandstetter
3

Like many other governments, the kingdom of Goredd entered into a peace agreement with another very powerful dynasty in hopes of putting a stop to the senseless death and destruction brought on by war. It's provided four decades of peace between the two, but it's frail.  There are...

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Gillian Flynn
mbrandstetter
3

Nick and Amy Dunn are a young married couple.  Passionately in love when everything in their lives was peaches and cream, but when Nick loses his job, Amy's parents spend beyond their means and have to borrow her trust fund, Nick's mother becomes terminal with cancer and they move to...

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Pierre Lemaître
Jennifer B.
4

Set in France, Alex begins as the story of a woman who is kidnapped off the street and taken to an empty warehouse, where she's held in a small cage.  Alternating chapters tell the story of Detective Camille Verhoeven, the police officer in charge of finding Alex before it's too...

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Edward Bloor
mbrandstetter
4

Martin is a 7th grade student attending a private, Catholic school and he's just been struck across the face by the school's bully for sticking up for his friend.  It's the last day before summer break, but the thought of ever returning is less desirable than a root canal.  Martin's...

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Gillian Flynn
Monica
3

"Gone Girl" shares the story of Nick and Amy, married for five years, when Amy disappears.  This story is fast paced and loaded with twists and turns.  While character-driven, I must say that I couldn't pick sides and that  I gravely disliked both main characters.  The story...

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Trina Robbins
Mandy M.
4

Growing up, I always loved a good mystery and this is no exception. I really appreciated how The Drained Brains Caper was set up like an old school noir film. A dame walks in and... well I won't give anything away, but anyone who is a fan of noir will love this book. Kids from ages 7 up should...

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Sue Grafton
mbrandstetter
3

SPOILER INNUENDO!

Coming to the middle of the alphabet, Sue Grafton brings us L is for Lawless. Our clever detective, Kinsey Millhone, accidentally stumbles into an unbelievable mystery involving one recently deceased, chintzy grandfather and missing military benefits which leads to...

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Nicholas Sparks
kmcfall
5

True Believer is about Jeremy March, a born skeptic and science journalist who specializes in debunking the supernatural. When he hears about ghostly apparitions in a cemetery in Boone Creek, North Carolina, he leaves his beloved New York City for this small, rural town-and what his instincts...

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Charles De Lint
Angelita
4

John tries to figure out the mystery of Grace after meeting her and she literally vanishes into thin air. In this book, I enjoyed the characters because they are flawed and real, even though this is considered a fantasy book. Most of the characters have suffered from some sort of loss and...

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Anna Lee Huber
April
4

Kiera, Lady Darby, is a woman shunned and reviled by London’s polite society.  After the sudden death of her anatomist husband, it is discovered that she is the illustrator behind her husband’s textbook on anatomy and the knowledge sends shockwaves of horror and disgust rippling through...

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Raymond Chandler
Rebecca
4

"It is not a very fragrant world, but it is the world you live in, and certain writers with tough minds and a cool spirit of detachment can make very interesting and even amusing patterns out of it." --Raymond Chandler, "The Simple Art of Murder"

 

Another building block in my...