Book Genre: Mystery

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Paul Doiron
Janet Q
5

This is the fourth entry in the Mike Bowditch Game Warden series, which is a fascinating look at the Maine woods area that Mike patrols. In this episode, a series of increasingly violent events occurs when a wealthy woman buys up thousands of acres in the area and wants to turn it into a...

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Caroline Alexander
ShellyB
5

This book tells the incredible story of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated voyage to Antarctica.  When their ship, the Endurance, becomes locked in the ice, Shackleton and his crew begin their desperate attempt to survive the harsh, unforgiving landscape of Antarctica and find some way to escape...

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Arthur Conan Doyle
Bobby
3

Wanting to read a classic mystery, I decided that the obvious place to start would be with Sherlock Holmes and his most famous case, The Hound of the Baskervilles​.  I'd never read Doyle before and have somehow managed to avoid seeing any film adaptations of his work so my...

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Gyles Daubeney Brandreth
Hope
3

Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol is the 6th of a series of Oscar Wilde based mystery books written by Gyles Brandreth.  While sentenced to two years of prison and hard labor after being found guilty of gross indecency, Wilde is called upon to solve several murders.  Using...

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Gillian Flynn
Georgia
4

The story centers on, Camille Preaker, a reporter who is sent back to her hometown on assignment after a young girl goes missing and another turns up dead. Returning to her hometown is less that pleasant for Camille who must face her mother and half sister.  Her relationship with her family...

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Thomas Harris
Rebecca
4

I have hinted at this in other reviews, but I will say it now directly: horror and I do not get along. When I was a kid, if I saw a horror movie by accident, I wouldn't sleep for weeks. Thankfully, as an adult,...

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Magnus Flyte
KristenA
5

City of Dark Magic takes an amazingly unlikely cast of characters and events and rolls them all into a fun, fantastical-historical-music-murder mystery. The book opens with a bizarre mass death and missing chihuahua in Venice. That's followed by the very strange seeming suicide of a...

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1961- Arnaldur Indriðason
CarolE
3

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland is the setting for Insp. Sigurdur Óle’s handling of a murder inquiry that connects all too closely with his own network of friends. Typically, Indridason writes of Inspector Erlendur, but he is off on vacation and Óle handles the role of protagonist providing a...

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Louise Penny
lisab
4

I’ve enjoyed Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series not only because the characters are well-developed but you want to visit Three Pines and hang out by the hearth with them on a snowy Canadian evening. In this tale the mystery continues with Gamache, Inspector in the Montreal Sûreté...

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Patricia Highsmith
Charles
3

Ripley Under Ground is the second book in a five part series written by Patricia Highsmith.  That being said, it is not a requirement to have read the first one as the author quickly recaps the important events.  The main character, Thomas Ripley, is a dark, maniacal man who gets...

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Charles Todd
Janet Q
4

This is book number 5 in the excellent Bess Crawford mystery series. Each book in this series combines well-researched World War I era historical fiction with a cracking good mystery. When Bess, a battlefield nurse, and her friend Simon delve into a number of pre-war murders supposedly...

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Robert B. Parker
Emily
3

In this late in the series Spenser we get a peek at Spenser as a young adult. Framed by an afternoon in the park with Susan who "knows him so well but knows nothing about him" (shouldnt quote as that's a paraphrase), Spenser tells her some stories as they while away the afternoon. Parker...

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Manuel Ramos
Josh
3

       Set in Denver's North Side, Manuel Ramos noir centers around Gus Corral, a recently divorced second hand store manager who is down in the dumps. A chance meeting with an old high school acquaintance sets off a train of events with repercussions that stretch all the way...

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Mariah Fredericks
Shanna
4

Rain and Wendy used to be best friends.  To Rain, Wendy was more than a party girl intent on sleeping with everyone's boyfriend.  She was the one with the huge heart and offbeat sense of humor, the girl who wasn't above faking a fainting spell in H&M and who didn't care what others...

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John Grisham
Nikki
2

When I heard there was going to be a sequel to A Time to Kill by John Grisham, I was pretty excited.  I haven’t read too many of Grisham’s books the past decade, but I remember really enjoying A Time to Kill.  I have to say I was pretty disappointed with this book.  I felt it...

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Marisha Pessl
Nikki
5

I loved this book!  Night Film is about the death of a famous horror movie director’s daughter and the mystery surrounding how she died.  A reporter with a bone to pick with the elusive director, a young woman new to New York, and a man with possible connections with the deceased race...

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Ruta Sepetys
CarolE
4

Working mornings as the clean-up girl at a bordello in New Orleans is not as near and dear to Josie’s heart as her other job at Marlowe’s Bookstore in 1950.   Surrounding her are Willie, the tough madam who knows how to run things, Cokie, the chauffeur, Patrick and Charlie Marlowe who...

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Michael Ennis
ShellyB
4

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!  Centered around the infamous Borgias of the Italian Renaissance, Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) and his two illegitimate sons Juan and Cesare, this tale is told by two narrators, Niccolo Machiavelli and a courtesan (the mother of Juan's son).  She...

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Anne Hillerman
KristenA
3

Tony Hillerman's famous Navajo Nation Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Sergeant Jim Chee are back in this new novel, Spider Woman's Daughter. In it, his own daughter Anne takes up the series after her father's death. Like many long-time fans, I was thrilled to hear the series would continue...

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Tarquin Hall
Josh
4

I came across this book quite by accident but was glad that I gave it a chance. I am sometimes wary of reading books written by expatriates but Tarquin Hall has a good grasp of the intricacies of Indian society and adequately conveys the various class distinctions as well as  the...

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David Carnoy
lcole
3

Rick Forman recently got out of prison.  He’s been away for seven years, serving time for vehicular homicide.  He always claimed he wasn’t the one driving.  He says his best friend, Mark MacGregor, was behind the wheel.  While Rick was in prison, Mark married the woman who...

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Carol O'Connell
Michelle
3

Brilliant but misfit NYC Detective Kathy Mallory returns in the 11th in this mystery series. Dark, confusing, weird.

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Agatha Christie
Michelle
4

This is still a fun read, despite having read it and seen film adaptations several times. Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's Belgian detective, is delightful and oh so clever in his investigation of the mysterious death on the Orient Express between Turkey and France. Classic.

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Tim Seeley
Laurie.
4

Cooper, one of the young characters sums up volume 2 best: "Life isn't a video game. Sometimes people have to die." And they do. I am squeamish and while I made lots of faces and uttered some words out loud, the art and storyline kept me turning the pages. Each new chapter is kicked off with a...

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Simone St. James
KristenA
5

Jillian Leigh's life is about to become even more unconventional. She already challenges social norms in 1920's England as she studies at Oxford and drives her own car. But when her estranged uncle Toby, a professional ghost hunter, falls from a cliff while alone on a job, Jillian is drawn into...