Mystery

I first became interested in Belfast after reading McKinty’s Troubles Trilogy. Those books sparked a curiosity about this bloody, complicated landscape, a curiosity more than sated by the excellent Belfast Noir. These stories look at Belfast from every possible facet, and each one is better than the last. I can’t remember a story collection this satisfying. 

Reviewed by: 
Kat
By Adrian McKinty (Editor), Stuart Neville (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781617752919
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Published: Akashic Books - November 4th, 2014

If you haven’t read Penny’s stellar Inspector Gamache series, please go buy the first, Still Life, right now. Why? Because her writing is beautiful, her detective is a modern-day Poirot, and in How the Light Gets In, she concludes a plotline that has been building over eight books with incredible skill. All of her books are great, but this one completely blew me away.

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250047274
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Published: Minotaur Books - July 29th, 2014

Winters’s Last Policeman trilogy is one of the most original series I’ve ever read, and World of Trouble brings it to a stellar close. The premise seems dark (the world is ending!), but these books are funny and wise. I love how Winters considers what people would do knowing the end is nigh, and how the stakes are raised as the day of reckoning approaches.

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Flannery
$14.95
ISBN: 9781594746857
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Published: Quirk Books - July 15th, 2014
When I started this mystery about a magician (think Houdini) turned FBI agent I thought: fast, fun read. It is, but I hadn’t expected it to also be clever, funny, and well written. Our heroine, the resourceful Jessica Blackwood, is interesting and likeable, and the magician angle is refreshingly different. Light on gore while rife with illusionist tricks, this intriguing mystery is great for anyone. I can’t wait for book two!
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Flannery
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062348876
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Published: Bourbon Street Books - September 23rd, 2014
I love Kathy Reichs’ heroine, Temperance Brennan, a tough, brilliant forensic anthropologist who will stop at nothing to catch killers. Although I’d only ever read the first book in the series before this, I was able to slip into the story easily and enjoy every page. As an actual forensic anthropologist, Reichs knows her subject well, and is quite a good writer. This is a tense thriller that kept me guessing till the very end.
Reviewed by: 
Flannery
$27.00
ISBN: 9780345544018
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Published: Bantam - September 23rd, 2014

For the first time ever, the guardians of Agatha Christie’s legacy have approved a brand-new novel featuring her most beloved creation, Hercule Poirot.

“Equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging….I was thrilled to see Poirot in such very, very good hands. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favorite room of a long-lost home.” —Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

$25.99
ISBN: 9780062297211
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 9th, 2014
There are very few books that come as perfectly packaged as this one: Queer history, San Francisco, and a blackmail scam that goes all the way to the top are all wrapped around our genderfluid protagonist, Josie. Gilmartin leads us on a walking tour of queer SF, from the Castro to Fulton Street. If you love noir, Bay Area history (Santa Cruz gets a nod, too), and queers bashing back against police brutality, take a peek inside.
Reviewed by: 
Louise
$16.95
ISBN: 9781627780643
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Published: Cleis Press - November 18th, 2014
Craig Johnson’s books about Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire are my favorite ongoing mystery series. In this new collection of short stories, Johnson highlights part of the reason his sparse, well-crafted mysteries are so good: his dry sense of humor and his endlessly interesting, complex characters. I loved this collection, as will other fans. And if you haven’t discovered the superb Longmire books yet, start with his first, The Cold Dish—you won’t regret it!
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Flannery
$22.00
ISBN: 9780525427919
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Published: Viking Books - October 21st, 2014
I am not exaggerating when I say that Belfast Noir is the best book of short stories I’ve read in years. My single complaint is that I desperately wanted every one of these stories to be a novel. This collection explores Belfast’s confusing, illogical landscape of loyalties, feuds, and blood-soaked landmarks. If you are among the ranks of Adrian McKinty fans in Santa Cruz, you must have this book.
Reviewed by: 
Kat
By Adrian McKinty (Editor), Stuart Neville (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781617752919
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Published: Akashic Books - November 4th, 2014
If you’ve never branched out from Laurie King’s beloved Mary Russell series, I heartily recommend her Stuyvesant & Grey books, set in the interwar years. The second in this sequence follows a U.S. Bureau of Investigation agent and his search for a missing woman among a dangerous crowd of artists obsessed with horror and death. King’s deftly woven words will transport you to the summery streets of Paris—and to all the darkness that lies beneath them.
Reviewed by: 
Andrea
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345531780
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Published: Bantam - October 7th, 2014

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