Reviews and Blog Posts: mysteries

Niche and Cozy: DIY Your Own Mystery Title

A wall of cozy mysteries: where sweet and sinister collide.

When you look at a bunch of mystery books grouped together (say, at your local library), you probably notice that alongside those edgy-looking covers from Gillian Flynn or Scandinavia is more than a little pastel. These are what is known as "cozy mysteries." Last week, I wrote for the Movies Blog about British crime dramas with a non-London setting. Most of those I mentioned are people who deal with crime as part of their jobs: police officers, journalists, private investigators.

Far from you

by Tess. author Sharpe

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Sophie has almost died twice. The first time was in a car crash that left her in chronic pain--and with an addiction to painkillers. The second time was after she's gotten clean, and her friend Mina was murdered in front of her. Everyone believes that Mina was murdered because of...

Did You Miss This?

Did You Miss This?

If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark. With so many books to choose from, these flagged titles may be the next read you're looking for. So go ahead, browse and take a title home today. You might even discover a new, favorite read!

Note: The Library's online catalog provides enhanced title and summary/review information when available. Discover these features by clicking the hyperlinks below.

Vertigo 42 : a Richard Jury mystery

by Martha Grimes

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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. ...

Things Are Heating Up!

Mambo in Chinatown

Here at the library, we're not just thinking about a Summer of Reading for kids and teens--summer is a great time for EVERYONE to read, and we're already looking ahead to the hot books that you'll be craving. Whether you're a mystery buff, want to get lost in the world of science fiction or fantasy, can't get enough of compelling memoirs and biographies, or like a little bit of everything, we've got a summer book on order for you! Get on the holds list for your favorite author's new book today--or try something new!

Young Miss Holmes. Casebook 1-2

by Kaoru Shintani

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This manga offers a new take on the classic Sherlock Holmes tales. Ten-year-old Christie Holmes is the niece of the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and she can solve a mystery just as quick as he can!  She is an especially brilliant child, and loves using logic to get to the...

November is Thrilling!

Death of a Nightingale

If you're fan of thrillers and mysteries, November is going to be a great month for you! Place your holds on these hot books now! (and don't worry, we have other great stuff coming, too!)

Mysteries & Thrillers:

Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol

Dust by Patricia Cornwell

King & Maxwell by David Baldacci

Mirage by Clive Cussler

Feeling the Heat? Think About These Fall Books!

Fallen Women

Did you know that the library has many books on order 3-4 months ahead of their publication? Wish that you knew about things earlier so that you don't have to wait so long?

Here are some of the recently ordered October titles. Let us know which one you're the most excited about!


Dirty Love, Andre Dubus

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt

The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert

The Best in Mystery--Edgar and Agatha Winners

The Expats

The winners of both the Edgar Awards and the Agatha Awards were recently announced, so if you're looking to add a bit of mystery to your summer reading, look no further!

The Edgars, named after Edgar Allan Poe, honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television. The Agathas, named after Agatha Christie, honor the "traditional" mystery as exemplified by Christie's works. This is the award for you if you're looking for mysteries with no explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or gore. No "hard boiled" mysteries here. Check out these lists, and maybe discover a new favorite mystery author!

The Edgar winners:

Talking to the dead : a novel

by Harry Bingham

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The first novel in a series focusing on Welsh Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, this is both a good procedural mystery and an interesting character study. Prostitutes are being murdered, and DC Griffiths is the only one who sees the connection between them a shipping millionaire who died in a plane...

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