Book Genre: Mystery

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Jasper Fforde
Bailey
2

When I first read the synopsis of this book I was overly excited as it sounded like a novel I would love - my favorite literary characters come to life in this thrilling, alternate reality, mystery. It was the perfect mix of fantasy and reality. However, I struggled to finish the story. The main...

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Jacqueline Winspear
Lauren
2

I've been trying to branch out into the mystery genre and I loved Harriet the Spy as a child. After disliking Kerry Greenwood's first installment of the Phryne Fisher mystery series, I decided to see if Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear was more my style. This is...

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Kerry Greenwood
Lauren
2

Phryne Fisher is an independently wealthy, liberated flapper-type who solves mysteries in Australia in the 1920s. I should have loved this book, but it was just badly written and un-engaging. Phryne was a little too much of a Mary Sue (perhaps in the vein of Sherlock Holmes?), and somehow a plot...

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Ian Fleming
Bailey
3

Welcome to the world of espionage in Fleming’s first novel about James Bond, 007. In order to stop Le Chiffre, the paymaster of the terrorist group SMERSH, Bond must best him at a high stakes poker game. Explosions, love, torture, car chases, and the unexpected await you, dear reader.

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Carolyn Baugh
Becker
3

A solid start to a new mystery series featuring Nora Khalil, a Philadelphia police officer assigned to work with the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force. Khalil brings many skills to the table, including her background as a track star and her knowledge of Arabic languages and Islamic culture. She...

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J. S Law
Becker
3

This debut submarine thriller will have you feeling the confinement and pressure of doing a murder investigation in a confined space under the ocean. Special Investigator Dan Lewis has a past and a reputation that lead to her being requested to investigate a suicide onboard the Royal Navy...

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Cassandra Rose Clarke
Becker
4

A noir mystery combines with steampunk and science fiction elements to build an intriguing world populated with interesting characters. Our Lady of the Ice follows four denizens of Hope City, Antarctica--the domed city used to be built around tourism to the amusement park run by andriods, now...

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Hannah Kent
Beckyr
4

The wheels of justice turned slowly in 19th century Iceland. Agnes is convicted of the murder of her former employer and sentenced to death. The family of an official is asked to shelter her until approval for the execution comes from Denmark. Agnes requests a young minister named Toti to be her...

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Greg Rucka
Becker
4

Dex Parios is deep in gambling debt, and when the owner of the casino she owes 18K to offers to forgive the debt in return for finding her missing granddaughter, Dex can't say no. Rucka always creates interesting, well-rounded characters, and Dex is no exception. She's trying to figure her own...

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S. J Bolton
Kerry
5

Eerie contemporary mystery set in the English countryside. Has all of the ingredients of a spooky thriller - a lonely village on the moors, a nearby graveyard, creepy local customs, relatable characters and the unsolved disappearance of a young girl. Add to that, repeated sightings of a...

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Lev AC Rosen
Becker
4

Noir mystery in a totally unique setting makes Depth better than your average private eye adventure. Simone Pierce inherited her detective agency from her father, and has been tracking down stolen goods and photographing cheating spouses all her life. She's doing this in a future, flooded, New...

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Jennifer Latham
extra medium
4

17 year old Muslim American Scarlett is too smart for her own good: after graduating from high school at age 15, she started a private detective agency and has been getting into trouble (and solving cases!) ever since. Her latest case: a 9 year old girl is worried that her older brother is...

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Nova Ren Suma
KristinR
5

Wow...WOW. This is so. good. And dark, and twisted, and creepy...and strange. I loved the characters--their voices, and secrets. Even the characters who were liars, or existed only in the background. I loved the simultaneous tension and emptiness of the settings, both of them: the prison and the...

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Tess. author Sharpe
Becker
3

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 Sophie--that it...

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Laura Childs
lisab
3

If you like cozy mysteries, you can’t go wrong with Laura Childs and her various series. Gossamer Ghost, part of the Scrapbook series, is set in New Orleans.  Carmela, the main character hears a noise in the shop next door and ends up getting involved with solving the murder of the...

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Raymond Chandler
Zac
5

I wake up dazed and disoriented after reading Raymond Chandler, feeling much like I do after a night of drinking. Consciousness creeps up on me before I can get out of the way. I feel a bit wicked, my body too heavy to move, my mouth too dry to speak. There’s always a dusty and empty thudding in...

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R. L. Stine
CoCo Supreme23
1

I grew up reading R.L. Stine and loved his books, so when I came across A Midsummer Night’s Scream I was excited to read this for two reasons:  R.L. Stine was the author and it was a spin on A Midnight Summer Night’s Dream.  Needless to say, I was disappointed beyond belief by this...

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Jonathan Stroud
April
5

The audio book version was terrifically performed!  Imagine an England with a Problem: it's over-flowing with "Visitors," otherwise known as ghosts, wraiths, ghouls and the like.  Agencies have been developed to deal with the Problem, mainly employing children and young adults because...

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Stephanie Barron
lisab
3

In number 12 of the Jane Austen mystery series, Jane has gone to visit friends and family for the 12 days of Christmas. Murder and intrigue mar the festive proceedings and Jane assists the various investigators which include Raphael West, son of famed artist Benjamin West.  Barron has...

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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...