Book Genre: Mystery

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Sharon Flake
Josh
4

I am continuing my look at jFIC books with a female protagonist.  Set in Kansas in Jim Crow 1950s during the Korean War Octobia May lives with her aunt Shuma who runs a boarding house. Octobia has a vivid imagination and aong with her best friend (a boy) is on a crusade of sorts against one...

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Louise Penny
lisab
4

I thought that there might be a possibility that once Inspector Gamache retired, Louise Penny would also retire her series. Not so, Long Way Home takes place after Gamache has retired from the Sûreté. He is asked by Clara Morrow (one of the Three Pines residents readers may be familiar with) to...

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Elizabeth Canning Blackwell
Allie
4

This is a read for any of those who like their fairytales reimagined, updated, and filled out. In an interesting twist, this story focuses very little on the figure that is Sleeping Beauty. Instead, Blackwell brings an unknown and seemingly insignificant character to the forefront--the...

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Franck Thilliez
Becker
3

The first of Thilliez's novels to be translated into English, this mystery encompasses neuroscience, 2 loner detectives, and horrifying incidents all over the world. An unsettling film and several murders set detective Lucie Henebelle and Inspector Franck Sharko to investigating a series of...

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John Scalzi
Becker
4

A science fiction novel for mystery fans? A mystery novel for science fiction fans? How about just a great read with interesting characters, detailed and thoughtful world-buidling, and plenty of twists and turns? Millions of people have been affected by "lock in," the third stage of Haden's...

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James Thompson
Emily
3

Decent Nordic Noir, American author who transplanted and married a Finn writing about a Finnish detective who married an American... action happens during the long dark days of the winter season, and the cold and the isolation become characters in this tale, Kaamos as it is called. A beautiful...

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Merrie Haskell
Hope H
4

The adults in Sand's life have always told him to ignore the broken castle he could see in the distance, but when he awakens inside the castle one morning with no explanation, there's no more ignoring it. Everything in the castle has been broken in two, from the dried but strangely still edible...

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Chelsea Cain
Colleen
4

A wonderfully pulpy thriller that I couldn't help but read in one sitting. Kick was abducted as a child and spent five years with a "family" of pedophiles. Her return to her family at the age of 11 was a national sensation.  Since then, she has spent the last 10 years trying to forget her...

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón
lisab
4

Oscar Drai is a 15 year old boarding school student in Barcelona in the early 1980s. He disappears for a week and this is the tale of where he went beginning with his meeting of the mysterious Marina and her father.  Dark and suspenseful, the book is a classic horror story that begins in a...

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Jaime Lee Moyer
Hope H
3

Delia Martin has always seen ghosts. She tried to run from her cursed gift after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 killed both her parents and new ghosts swelled her city's streets, but a very persistent ghost has started to follow her everywhere, including her dreams, and Delia needs to know...

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Katrina Leno
KristinR
4

Okay: a very intriguing, mysterious plot here.  Molly Pierce regularly loses hours of her life.  She will wake up in places she does not remember going to with no memory of how she arrived there.  More startlingly, no one who knows her appears concerned about these memory lapses....

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Cara Black
Laurie.
4

Aimée Leduc is a young and hungry private investigator living in Paris. Still mourning the loss of her detective father whose death she witnessed, Aimée is more determined than ever to stay away from criminal cases. But when taxes need to be paid, she accepts a job against her better...

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Leah Cypess
Hope H
3

Ileni used to be the most powerful and promising sorceress of her people, but when her magic begins to fade, the Elders give her a task tantamount to a death sentence: enter the Assassins' Caves as the sect's new magic tutor and find out how the last two tutors were murdered. Resigned to her...

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Harry Bingham
Becker
4

This follow up to Talking to the Dead finds Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths dealing with two murders that may be related, negotiating her relationship with her father's illegal activities, and becoming more curious about...

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Martha Grimes
lisab
2

Martha Grimes hasn’t had a Richard Jury mystery since 2010 so it was good to see a new one.  In this mystery, Jury is asked to investigate an old death that was labeled a suicide and while digging into that a new murder occurs and then a second one happens.  All of these murders are...

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Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
KristinR
4

Here is the problem I have with this novel: the ending is much too neat for all the suspense and horror the narrative creates. I wanted to start with this statement, because it is the only negative comment I have to say about it.

Bittersweet is the name of a cottage on the Winslow family...

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Kathleen Tierney
Laurie.
4

This sequel to Blood Oranges does not disappoint! Quinn (don't ever call her Siobhan) is still the same in-your-face cantankerous werewolf/vampire who can't seem to untangle herself from Mean Mr. B's dirty...

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Jørgen Brekke
lisab
5

This is the ultimate in crossover mystery and thriller. There’s history, international travel, murder in locked rooms, romance, you name it, it’s here.  That said, I got caught up in this book.  This mystery thriller alternates between the life of Brother Johannes in the 1500s and a...

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China Miéville
Lisa B.
4

I was instantly intrigued by the Central conceit of China Mieville’s novel The City and the City.  In it, two cities – Ul Qoma and Besźel – with distinct cultural, religious, and socio-economic identities occupy the same spatial location.  While such a state of affairs is...

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Samantha Hayes
KristinR
5

Honestly, I could not put this book down. And when I did, I couldn't get it out of my head!

Claudia, desperate for a baby of her own, finally finds herself pregnant and nearing her due date just as her husband, James, is about to leave for a top-secret military mission. Being exhausted...

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Alice LaPlante
KristinR
4

One man, three wives, who meet each other at their husband's funeral.  Alice LaPlante (Turn of Mind) crafts a taunt, abrupt exploration of the lives of the three wives as Detective Samantha Adams races to discover who murdered their husband, the prominent doctor John Taylor.

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Elle Cosimano
KristinR
4

Nearly Boswell is a high school senior currently in the running for a very competitive chemistry scholarship. And we hope she gets it, because for Nearly there frankly aren't any other options for getting out of her trailer park and away from her hopeless surroundings.

Nearly has few...

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Terry Pratchett
Adelina
5

I love the Tiffany Aching Adventures by Terry Pratchett. This book is excellent example of Terry Pratchett’s unique combination of humor, insight into the nature of humanity and compelling characters.

I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth book in this series. Tiffany Aching has spent...

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Jesse Ball
Porscha
4

Jesse Ball seems to be to be a writer’s writer. He’s a good read for anyone with a love of language and semantics. This story is kind of a nonsensical, suspenseful spy-mystery story with a heavy feel of the surreal. Reading other reviews of his writing, Jesse Ball has been compared to David...

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Jennifer McMahon
KristinR
3

A mysterious wintry ghost story, centering on a creepy residence with a long history of equally creepy inhabitants. Overall, plot felt a bit hollow, and did not entirely hold together in the end--in that the novel, which is a mystery with potential supernatural explanations, provided an...