Book Genre: Mystery

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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...

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Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Tara
4

Nate the Great and his faithful companion Sludge catch a case of missing pages at Rosamund's book club. A school librarian plays a key role in helping solve the case. Fun to read together or alone to build confidence, Nate the Great mysteries continue to delight young readers.

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Sheila Turnage
Becker
3

The Desperado Detective Agency (Mo and Dale) has a lot to deal with in this sequel to Three Times Lucky. Mo's guardian Miss Lana has accidentally bid on (and won) a haunted inn, Mo and Dale have volunteered to interview the inn's ghost for their history assignment, the inn might be repossessed,...

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Gyles Daubeney Brandreth
Tara
4

The incomparable genius Oscar Wilde teams up with Arthur Conan Doyle and writer Robert Sherard to solve the mysterious murder of Billy Wood. Richly detailed with an intricate plot, this literary mystery is cozy while also being intellectually stimulating.

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Stephen King
Brett
5

This engaging ghost story marked a return to top form for Stephen King in 2013. The gruesome killing at the heart of this story is not emphasized throughout most of the book. Instead, King focuses on telling a heartfelt, nostalgic story about coming-of-age in the 1970’s. 21-year-old Devin comes...

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Agatha Christie
Brett
4

The plot has been borrowed countless times, but Christie’s story is still one of the best. Ten strangers are gathered at a spooky mansion on a small island under various sets of false pretenses. Cut off from the mainland by a storm, they quickly realize they are being stalked, and soon begin to...

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Brett
2

I’m pretty sure that somewhere in the orientation paperwork it was stated that, as a librarian, I am required to love this book. Same goes for booksellers or, really, anybody who loves books. Well, I am bucking that trend. I just didn’t like it.

Now, don’t get me wrong: the descriptions...

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Maryrose Wood
Colleen
5

15 year old Miss Penelope Lumley, orphan and recent graduate of Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, takes on an almost impossible job as governess for three children raised by wolves. But she won't let the tough job stop her: she will civilize them in time for the Christmas Ball....

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Douglas J Preston
Brett
3

This fast-paced thriller is the first in Preston & Child’s wildly successful Agent Pendergast series. A museum expedition is wiped out by something monstrous in the jungle, but not before sending crates of relics back to the U.S. The story moves on to the Museum of Natural History in New...

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Sandra Dallas
Joan
3

Beret Osmundsen’s little sister, Lillie, who was born into a New York upper class family is found murdered in a brothel in Denver in 1885. Beret travels across the United States to help investigate how her sister came to be a prostitute and murdered in cold blood. While Beret is in Denver she...

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Jonathan Stroud
Kristi
4

Lucy Carlyle has joined Lockwood & Co. It's a ghost hunting agency run by tweeners in turn of the century London. They are trying to deal with "the problem".  In their world ghosts are more present and dangerous and most people don't go out after dark because getting touched by a ghost...

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Gail Carriger
Adelina
5

Humorous Steampunk. The main character, Alexia Tarabotti has a sharp tongue and quick wit. I gobbled up The Parasol Protectorate series up like candy.

This is the first installment where we meet Alexia Tarabotti. She doesn’t fit the ideal of Victorian English womanhood. She is a...

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J. K Rowling
Jennifer B.
4

After really enjoying the first three Harry Potter books, I got a little burned out after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire -- ugh, so much Quidditch!! -- and had kind of given up on the...

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Caleb Carr
Zac
4

A top notch mystery – one of the best and most complete I’ve ever read. Set in New York City in 1896, the novel unfolds through the eyes of a New York Times journalist who has connections in all the right places. As a series of murders begin to show signs of similarity, a carefully crafted team...

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C. J Box
Cori Jackamore
5

The author writes an excellent mysteries series featuring Wyoming game warden, Joe Pickett; however, this is one of his few stand-alone titles. It’s loosely tied to a prior stand-alone novel and follows Cody Hoyt, disgraced police investigator, as he frantically searches for his son’s girlfriend...

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Carolyn Keene
Cori Jackamore
2

Being a huge Nancy Drew fan when I was a kid, I was curious if the antics of Nancy and her friends Bess and George held up for young kids today. I read the first title in the new series geared to younger readers, the Nancy Drew Diaries, and can report that I still don’t know. The amateur sleuths...

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Julie Berry
Melody
4

In a small Puritan village, two girls disappeared mysteriously. Two years later, one of the girls returns alive but unable to speak of what happened. Shunned and shamed by her family and the village, Julie must stand silently by as the boy she loves marries another. An attack on the village...

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Kathryn Burak
Angelita
4

The book was a bit slow for me in the beginning, but if you have enough patience to get through the story starts unfolding wonderfully.  Claire, who is just trying to get through senior year feels like the it will never happen for her because her past will always haunt her. So does she...

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Patrickia Cornwall
Melody
2

State investigator Win “Geronimo” Garano has a feeling he’s being taken for a ride by the powerhouse DA, Monique Lamont. He’s been sent to Kentucky to study advanced forensics, until he is abruptly called back to Boston to take on a cold case. Lamont has every intention of riding this new...