Mystery

An intriguing thriller with lots of twists and turns, Pleasantville is a dark political drama. A missing girl, a reluctant lawyer, a community struggling with economic downturns, and potentially dirty politicians all come together in this engrossing mystery that put me in mind of early John Grisham and Dennis Lehane.  —Nici

 

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ISBN: 9780062259349
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 12th, 2016

When two families do a cross-Atlantic house swap, they are both hoping for fun, relaxing vacations that will help repair their struggling relationships. That plan crashes and burns when New Yorker Oscar Harvey finds a body in the driveway of the Stokes’ Irish home. This fast, fun summer read took twists and turns that I never saw coming, with a unique and intriguing premise that I thoroughly enjoyed.  —Flannery

 

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ISBN: 9780143108436
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Published: Penguin Books - March 22nd, 2016

A story of men who are not yet men, of boys pretending, of a city that doesn’t care. Bill Beverly’s debut novel of an LA gang thrusts us into the lives of four teenage up-and-comers. Hotheaded, with everything to lose and everything to prove, the boys’ inevitable reckoning unfolds in gritty, rhythmic prose, even as one of them slowly questions their impulsive violence.  —Dillon

 

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ISBN: 9781101903735
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 5th, 2016

Detective Casey Duncan has a secret that has finally caught up to her. To save her life, she flees to a town where people go to disappear. But Rockton has secrets of its own, and Casey is about to be in the middle of them. I loved Kelly Armstrong’s fantasy novels, and her first foray into the mystery genre was a welcome surprise. The town and characters were particularly compelling, and I hope for a sequel!  —Flannery

 

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ISBN: 9781250092144
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 3rd, 2016

Witty, yet down to earth. Tough as nails, yet vulnerable somewhere on the inside. Somewhere untouchable. Elouise Norton is a shot of adrenaline for the detective genre. Sure, she ruffles feathers and deals in sarcasm like every detective since Marlowe, but she’s a rogue in a man’s world, an underdog with dimension and gravitas. When investigating a young girl’s apparent suicide, only Lou sees the killer under the crime, and only she can stop him.   —Dillon

 

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ISBN: 9780765336385
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Published: Forge - April 19th, 2016

Complex in both style and content, Nguyen’s The Sympathizer offers an original and wholly rewarding reading experience. Our narrator chronicles Saigon’s fall and the political and personal fallout that ensues. A U.S.-educated Viet Cong mole, he undermines the country that has molded him to serve the country of his birth. As his external life collapses so too does his internal, evoking a heartbreaking, darkly comic view of what nationalism truly means.  —Dillon

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ISBN: 9780802123459
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Published: Grove Press - April 7th, 2015

The Passenger is a breathless thrill ride filled with secrets and deception. Our heroine is on the run, swapping identities as she flees from city to city, trying to escape her past. Along the way, she makes allies and enemies, while the details of her past are slowly parceled out, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very end. This book kept me guessing the whole way through. I thoroughly enjoyed it.  —Flannery

 

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ISBN: 9781451686630
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 1st, 2016

The latest in the Hap and Leonard series is raunchy, twisted good fun. The two PIs are good ol’ boys with a penchant for vanilla cookies and Dr. Pepper. They’re sly, and apt to erupt into violence at the slightest (and I mean slightest) hint of injustice. Their “cases” aren’t so much jobs as digging themselves out of their own graves. Smart chemistry between leads centers a rollicking mystery that ain’t for the squeamish.  —Dillon

 

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ISBN: 9780316329408
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Published: Mulholland Books - February 2nd, 2016

Murder mystery in 1990’s San Francisco? Tough and capable female newbie, with no-nonsense veteran detective? Art, psychology, and a commune in the mountains? Laurie R. King paints a world you can drive right up to, with characters you feel you could have a conversation with on the street—while creating an intricate, wonderfully plotted mystery.                      -Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781250046550
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Published: Picador USA - January 7th, 2014

Carolyn is a librarian under the tutelage of a mysterious man known only as Father. She was orphaned at a young age along with several other children. Father adopted them and trained each as a librarian with different specialties--things such as Language, War, or Futures That Might Have Been. The Library at Mount Char is the best book I have read this year, possibly in quite some time. It takes all the elements of a fantasy novel and turns them on their head. Wherever you think this story is going, you're wrong.

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ISBN: 9780553418606
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 16th, 2015

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