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Mystery & Suspense from the 2016 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2016 Summer Newsletter.


Redemption Road by John Hart

This book had me completely hooked by the end of the first chapter. Filled with morally ambiguous, damaged people fighting the various forces trying to bury them, plus some creepy bad guys and a serial killer on the loose, it had me totally engrossed in its blood-spattered pages. I can be a tough one to surprise, but I never saw the ending coming and I was left shocked and completely satisfied.  —Flannery


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ISBN: 9780312380366
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - May 3rd, 2016

The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King

Yes, friends, it’s here—the greatly anticipated new Laurie King book! I know the question you’re all asking: Is she going to kill off Mary Russell? I’m not going to tell you, but I will say that this is yet another wonderful book from our beloved local author. Not only are her books great mysteries, but each one is like a special visit with beloved friends, and The Murder of Mary Russell is no different.  —Flannery

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ISBN: 9780804177900
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Published: Bantam - April 5th, 2016

The Cartel by Don Winslow

The always-entertaining Don Winslow has written a sprawling tale of the drug war that is relayed in unflinching transmissions from multiple characters, each person but a cog in the machine. The characters take part in a cross-border drama of futile necessity, all sides wounded physicallyand psychologically by the violence, by loss. The stakes rise to nauseating heights: losing means not a forfeit of life, but of humanity.  —Dillon


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ISBN: 9781101873748
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - May 31st, 2016

Pleasantville by Attica Locke

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

Twisted River by Siobhan MacDonald

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

Dodgers by Bill Beverly

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 - April 5th, 2016

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

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

Skies of Ash by Rachel Howzell Hall

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 Books - April 19th, 2016

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