Mystery & Suspense from the 2015 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2015 Summer Newsletter.

 

Craig Johnson is one of my absolute favorite mystery writers. His characters are realistic and lovable, and the Wyoming setting is as much a character as they are. His mysteries are always deftly plotted, and his sparse writing style is infused with dry humor. I’ve read every book in this series, and they just keep getting better, as evidenced with Dry Bones. I love these books!

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780525426936
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Viking - May 12th, 2015

Pleasantville is an engrossing combination of intrigue, action, and personal drama that put me in mind of an early John Grisham novel, but with far more heart. The story begins with a missing woman, a community mobilizing for a search that is all too familiar, and a lawyer who is unwillingly pulled from his personal grief into a public role. Locke weaves together the complicated lives of a powerful political family and the ongoing conflict between corporate greed and community welfare. I really enjoyed that the political intrigue initially felt outdated but Locke pulled twists and turns at the end to reveal its contemporary national implications.

Reviewed by: 
Nici
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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062259400
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - April 21st, 2015

Kick is a survivor. Rescued from child pornography at the age of 12, she struggles through her PTSD until a detective suggests she learn to fight. When a mysterious figure asks for her help in a case, Kick finds herself roped into all-too-familiar territory and must use her background and knowledge to save two children. I could not put down this exciting, emotional thriller. Kick makes a kick-ass female protagonist, one we could all root for.

Reviewed by: 
Sara
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One Kick: A Kick Lannigan Novel Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781476749877
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Published: Pocket Books - May 26th, 2015

I discovered Alafair Burke (daughter of the famed James Lee Burke) last year and enjoyed her so much, I began reading everything she’d written. All Day and a Night is a part of her Ellie Kemper series. Kemper is a dogged, bright New York detective whose tenacity and drive make her an excellent detective and character. This was a smart, fast mystery filled with twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end.                                        

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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All Day and a Night: A Novel of Suspense (Ellie Hatcher) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062208392
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 16th, 2015

After the Lady Gaga-esque Molly Metropolis disappears, devoted fans set out to find her and end up in the freezing waters of Lake Michigan. In this very well done found-manuscript-style book (don’t skip the editor’s note), Disabato creates an alternate history with philosophy, history, larger-than-life characters, mysterious happenings, and pop music. Be prepared: Once you become immersed in the world, you won’t want to put the book down.

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781612194349
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Published: Melville House Publishing - May 5th, 2015

Paddy Buckley, charming Irish undertaker, finds himself on the wrong side of a beautiful, elderly Dublin widow, two severe gang leaders (one dead) and, to sweeten it all, one very unfortunate crematorium mishap. Watching Buckley’s professionalism and decision-making deteriorate spectacularly over the course of his last four days is, at all times, a delight. Funny, uncomfortable, smart and engaging, this is a winning debut mystery novel from Jeremy Massey. —a.c.

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781594633447
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - May 12th, 2015

The first of a popular British series now being brought to the United States. Fans of Ian Rankin or of chilly, rain-drenched mysteries will love this book. David Raker is still a bit shell-shocked from recent experiences when he’s pulled into a missing family case that takes him from small-town coastal England to Las Vegas. Be prepared for twists and turns you’ll never see coming. I enjoyed this and will definitely read its sequel!

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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Never Coming Back: A David Raker Mystery Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780147516244
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Published: Penguin Books - June 9th, 2015

Hell has changed. No longer punished by fire and torture, humans are assigned miserable, thankless jobs overseen by a demon bureaucracy. Thomas Fool is Hell’s detective, tasked with solving crimes curious even by Hell’s standards. Navigating a dystopia echoing Orwell’s 1984, Thomas delves deep into the machinations of a world he will never understand, confronting ancient, powerful demons. His quest for the truth imbues him with something forbidden in Hell: hope.                                                      

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Dillon
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$25.95
ISBN: 9780385539340
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Published: Doubleday Books - March 3rd, 2015

 

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