Mystery

Off the Grid

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
C. J. Box
Off the Grid by C.J. Box

I enjoyed this book like all the other C.J. Box books I have read.  They read quick and have a fast paced plot.  I enjoyed how the author allowed the reader to get to know Nate Romanowski more in this book.  The book starts with Nate being off the grid, healing from wounds and trying deal with past crimes.  He is found by a small team of elite special operators who offer to wipe his criminal record clean for his help in dealing with a domestic terror cell in Wyoming's Red Desert.  Joe Pickett also ends up in the Red Desert on a special operation given to him by Wyoming's governor.  I would recommend this book.

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Jeremy, Administration

A Curious Beginning

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Deanna Raybourn
A Curious Beginning

I simply loved this historical mystery set in Victorian England right at the time of the Queen's golden jubilee. It is a well-paced, engaging story with snappy dialogue and great main characters: the intrepid, intelligent adventuress Veronica Speedwell and the intriguing, ill-tempered recluse Stoker. Murder, intrigue, and mystery abound in this tale of mysterious origins, thwarted abductions, and secrets which could bring the British Empire to its knees and the world to war. A quick, fun read and great start to a series!

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Brandi T., Reference

The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery

Friday, January 27, 2017
Patrick F. McManus
The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery

Bo Tully is the sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, a family tradition that goes way back. The sometime unorthodox methods of the family business are know as The Blight Way, and everyone in the county knows Bo. The 6 books in this series will introduce you to all the quirky local town folks as well as the fine upstanding ones. On the 75th birthday of his father, "Pap", a dead body turns up on a local ranch. Bo decides a murder investigation would be the perfect present! Patrick McManus is an American humor writer who writes primarily about the outdoors.  Check our catalog

Sue A., Reference

The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
W. Bruce Cameron
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

This book caught my eye because it is set in the Michigan’s upper peninsula.  It’s humorous, has an interesting protagonist and is a good mystery!  Ruddy McCann is an ex-con repo man who gets drawn into solving a murder.

One night Ruddy has a dream that he is being chased through the woods and murdered.  When he wakes up the next day, he has a voice in his head of the actual victim of the murder he dreamed about.  This voice in his head will not let Ruddy rest until the murder is solved!

I really enjoyed getting to know Ruddy and his friends and acquaintances.  If you like this one, Bruce Cameron has written a sequel called “Repo Madness”.  Check our catalog

Peggy G., Circulation

The Woman in Cabin 10

Monday, October 31, 2016
Ruth Ware
The Woman in Cabin 10

I’m a sucker for a great mystery and this one reeled me right in from the start with that great spray-speckled portal on the front cover overlooking the North Sea and those enigmatic words: The Woman in Cabin 10. Brilliant!

This is the story of Lo Blacklock, an anxiety-riddled, alcohol-loving thirty-something Brit who works as a journalist for a travel magazine. She’s just landed the assignment of a lifetime: a week-long Scandinavian cruise on the maiden voyage of the Aurora, an über-luxurious mini cruise ship that caters to the wealthy.  It’s her chance to rise to the next level and Lo heads aboard ready to work. There are only ten cabins on the Aurora, and the guest list for this first run is very selective. Lo finds herself mingling with other notable travel journalists, including ex-boyfriend Ben, the ladder-climbing Tina, hot Lars, power couple Cole and Chloe, obese food critic Archer, and the suave billionaire Richard Lord Bullmer, owner of the Aurora, and his wife Anne Bullmer, the ailing Norwegian heiress. As Lo mingles her way through the crowd, heartily indulging in the exotic cuisine and expensive wine, she searches for the woman she met earlier from cabin 10, the cabin next to hers. The woman isn’t there and Lo brushes it off…until she’s awoken in the middle of the night by a woman’s scream. Next she hears a splash and, when she races out to her balcony, she thinks she can see someone sinking in the cold, dark water. She’s certain she’s witnessed a murder! After fighting a panic attack, she immediately reports the incident to the ship’s security guard, only to find him looking at her strangely. She answers his many questions: Yes, she’d been drinking! Yes, she’s on antidepressants! Yes, she heard a woman scream! Yes, she’s freaking out! Yet it’s only when she’s told that no one was ever in cabin 10 that the real terror takes hold. Lo has six days to prove she’s not crazy and find the identity of the woman in cabin 10.

Sound exciting? To be honest I thought this was going to be a much better read than it was. The main character complains too much to be likable and, unfortunately, the twisty-turny mystery was anticlimactic and far-fetched. Part of the problem for me was that once our heroine figured out what was going on, she never bothered to confront the bad guy. And then I feel obligated to mention the one glaring issue I had with this book, which is the fact that no one on this little cruise ship had cell service, or an internet connection, or a way to contact shore. At the very least every ship at sea these days has a satellite phone. Unfortunately the entire plot of this book relied on the fact that this one didn’t. That being said, if you’re able to overlook these little flaws then you just might enjoy The Woman in Cabin 10.

For a great premise, and the fact that this is a New York Times bestseller (quite a feat in itself!), I give this book three out of five stars.

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Darci H., Reference

Pall in the Family

Friday, October 28, 2016
Dawn Eastman
Pall in the Family

I’m always excited to find a new cozy mystery series and this one takes place in MICHIGAN!! Clyde, a female police officer in Ann Arbor, is originally from Crystal Haven on the west coast of Michigan. When something goes terribly wrong in Ann Arbor, she comes home to family--a family full of psychics and tarot readers. Clyde denies she has any talent in that arena but when a psychic is killed, can she deny it anymore? A fast paced book with some great secondary characters.

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Jeanne S., Youth Services

 

Manitou Canyon

Thursday, October 27, 2016
William Kent Krueger
Manitou Canyon

This is the 15th book in a series that is a "can’t miss" for me. When a man goes missing without a trace while on a fishing trip in the vast wilderness of  Minnesota’s Boundary Waters,  his grandchildren ask Cork O’Connor to continue the search after local law enforcement agencies give up. Despite the fact that his daughter Jenny is to be married in a few short days Cork feels compelled to help. Putting aside the sense of foreboding that November always brings he packs up his canoe and his gear and heads out to the lake where the man was last seen. When days go by without a word, Cork’s worried family heads out on a search of their own. What they find, is an empty campsite – and a lot of blood.  With an early winter storm approaching, Cork’s loved ones struggle to piece together the only clues they have to the mysterious disappearances, uncover the plot that could endanger an entire community, and save both men before it's too late.

Lee Child calls this series “One of today's automatic buy-today-read-tonight series...thoughtful but suspenseful, fast but lasting, contemporary but strangely timeless.”  Krueger delivers with the Northwoods  setting  and the interplay of the Ojibwe culture, and then wraps it all up in great stories filled with suspense and rooted in humanity.
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Sue A., Reference

Plugged

Monday, September 12, 2016
Eoin Colfer
Plugged

The author of the beloved Artemis Fowl children's books has branched out with a few adult novels.

This crime caper is outlandish and wickedly funny! Daniel McEvoy is an Irish ex-pat in New Jersey working as a bouncer in a seedy casino and trying to stay out of trouble. Then his girlfriend is murdered in the parking lot and before you know it, lots of people start dying, the mob and dirty cops are after McEvoy, and his new hair plugs are driving him crazy. If you like Elmore Leonard, you might like this!

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Sue A2, Reference

Deal Breaker

Friday, July 22, 2016
Harlan Coben
Deal Breaker

This is the first Myron Bolitar novel. Myron is a sports agent about to sign his #1 client, quarterback Christian Steele, with the Titans and make a hefty commission when things start to go sour. It starts when Christian receives a mysterious phone call from his missing/presumed-dead girlfriend Cassie Culver. Myron starts to investigate and uncovers all kinds of lies and secrets. I found Myron to be funny with all his wisecrack remarks. The story was  interesting and kept you guessing “who done it” until the end.

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Jan H., Tech Services

A Murder in Time

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Julie McElwain
A Murder in Time

A time traveling mystery

 

If you love mysteries I think you’ll love this book! A superstar FBI agent from modern times accidentally time travels to the 19th century and stumbles across a serial killer’s work. The two biggest twists to your regular mystery story are: how Kendra tries to disguise the fact that she’s from the future while profiling a serial killer in the 1800s and how she has to explain which class she’s in and learn the duties of household staff during this time period. This book was selected as the Big Library Read this summer.

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Janice H., Youth Services

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