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New Mysteries!

Here are some new mysteries that you might be interested in:
Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus
The body of a 16 year old girl is found on a German river bank. Who is she?

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Lasso Some Mysteries!

Every year the Texas Library Association chooses the best adult fiction for their Lariat Reading List. There are some interesting mysteries on the list this year. Check them out!

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites

 

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Gabraith

The Cuckoo's Calling

 

 

Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell

Murder As A Fine Art

 

The Fate of Katherine Carr

On the way to a family event, I took along the audio version of The Fate of Katherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook. I recently acquired a copy of his book, The Crime of Julian Wells, and have become interested in his work. In The Fate of Katherine Carr, the narrator, George Gates, is traveling on a boat and he’s sharing his story with the boat captain. George’s son was tragically kidnapped and murdered some years before. George had been a travel writer but now he writes light pieces for the local paper. Every day he grieves for his murdered child. Then a retired detective gives him a story written by Katherine Carr, a young woman who disappeared years ago. George is captivated by the story and starts to investigate on his own. I enjoyed this book because it was well written, and it had a supernatural element. The ending was clever.  

The Fate of Katherine Carr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Silence of Our Friends

The Aldine teens will be meeting and discussing The Silence of Our Friends on Friday, Feb. 21st at 3 pm. There will be pizza and lively conversation. Come and join us!

cover of The Silence of Our Friends

 

Compound Fractures

I’d been reading Stephen White’s series about Boulder, CO. psychologist Alan Gregory right from the beginning. I always like the working relationship Alan had with his friend Sam, a Boulder cop. And I enjoyed the ethical quandaries Alan would find himself him regarding the confidentiality of his patient’s information when there was a murder or other crime.  In Compound Fractures, the final book in the series, White ties up a lot of loose ends regarding Sam, Alan and their respective families. Sam and Alan have a tragedy to deal with and a secret to hide and a lot of the plot involves their attempts to avoid being caught. It’s a bit strange to see our heroes on the wrong side of the law, but it is suspenseful. Some fans didn’t like this finale but I found it interesting and entertaining. If you haven’t read the series, I recommend starting with
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compound fractures

Love Stephanie Plum? Here's some other funny mysteries!

I’ve just finished reading the latest Janet Evanovich title, Takedown Twenty, and I really enjoyed the silliness, as usual. However, I had to wait my turn to get it and there are still over 200 requests for this title. While you’re waiting for your copy to come in, you can read the previous Stephanie Plum novels, or you can read these mystery series that feature humor and sassy female detectives.

 

cover of Bubbles Unbound


Bubbles Yablonsky
mysteries by Sarah Strohmeyer

cover of Louisiana Hotshot


Baroness Pontalba
mysteries by Julie Smith

You can also try these!


The Spellman Files
by Lisa Lutz
 Wollie Shelley
mysteries by Harley Jane Kozak
Heather Wells
mysteries by Meg Cabot

Enjoy!

Deadly Stakes

I was out of town and suddenly found myself in need of another book to read while traveling. My local drug store had a limited selection of mysteries, but I picked up J.A. Jances’ Deadly Stakes as my best prospect. This is her 8th book featuring Ali Reynolds, former newscaster. She, her boyfriend B. Simpson and their employee Stuart Ramey take on a complicated case. A woman was killed and nearby a man was killed. There seems to be no connection between the two at first. Ali takes on the investigation when an acquaintance is arrested for the murder. I found this to be a fun read. Ali seems to have no lack for money, she has a helpful butler, and a rich boyfriend. This must make crime solving somewhat easier!

 

 

Welcome, Julio!

You'll be seeing this nice gentleman around the library a lot. His name is Julio and he is our new computer instructor. If you need help with computer issues, Julio is the man. And he will be offering computer classes in our computer lab starting on Monday, Jan. 13th. Ask at the desk for a complete schedule of the classes.

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How the Light Gets In

The Inspector Gamache novels are some of my favorite mysteries. I must not be the only admirer as the last one, The Beautiful Mystery, won an Agatha Award. So I was looking forward to reading the newest, How The Light Gets In. In this story, his corrupt supervisor is plotting something horrible and pushing Gamache towards retirement. His protégé, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, isn’t speaking to him and is deep in the depths of addiction. All of his staff have been transferred and replaced with lazy, impudent thugs. In the midst of all this, he is called to the village of Three Pines to deal with a missing person case. It turns out that the missing person has been murdered and her identity is a big surprise to everyone. These mysteries are wonderful as Louise Penny has created wonderful characters and great plots. I recommend them highly

cover of How the Light Gets In

 

The Man Who Smiled

An older lawyer is driving home after meeting with a client. He is scared and worried. Suddenly in the middle of the road ahead he sees a chair with a human figure sitting in it. He stops the car and gets out to investigate. An assailant hits him from behind and he is instantly dead. At the same time, Detective Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander has been on sick leave for more than a year and he is thinking of resigning. The lawyer’s son, a friend, comes to see him, thinking that his father’s death can’t be an accident. Two weeks later, the son is shot. This upsets Wallander and he decides to go back to work and solve the murder. The dark and moody Kurt Wallander novels present a chance to see the country of Sweden through a native’s eyes. The Man Who Smiled is the fourth in the Wallander series and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

 

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