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Mystery and True Crime

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

Perfect for whodunnit aficionados, the newest Swanson novel is a fast-paced, gripping meta-thriller with a great premise: a mystery bookseller's list of perfect literary murders is being executed book by book, and now the FBI comes a-knocking. But how exactly would one recreate The ABC Murders or The Secret History—and to what end? And what is it about the quiet, lonely protagonist Malcolm that makes someone want to dedicate a half dozen killings to him? — Ksenia

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ISBN: 9780062838193
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 26th, 2021

The Conjure-Man Dies: A Harlem Mystery—The first ever African American crime novel by Rudolph Fisher

Promoted as the first African-American detective novel, Conjure-Man is a trip back in time to 1930s Harlem. We begin with the mysterious murder of Frombo, an African transplant, a brilliant philosopher and conjure-man, offering wisdom and hexes to the denizens of Harlem. My favorite parts of this twisting and turning tale are the dialogue which dances off the page with the vernacular of the era and the cast of characters stuck in Frombo’s waiting room during the investigation. — Celeste

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By Rudolph Fisher, Stanley Ellin (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780008216474
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Published: Collins Crime Club - January 7th, 2021

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

This #OwnVoices debut takes the tropes and beats of classic noir and crime and brings them to new life on the South Dakota Rosebud Reservation. Virgil Wounded Horse, with rage in his heart and a teenager at home, metes out brutal justice for crimes the broken system won’t touch. Pulled into an investigation of drugs and conspiracy, this is an engrossing mystery and thriller and a look into the modern-day Sicangu Lakota that is especially vivid for those not of the Nation. — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780062968944
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Published: Ecco - August 25th, 2020

One by One by Ruth Ware

In this latest offering, Ware employs her winning formula: an isolated setting, a diverse cast of characters, and a narrator with a secret. A company retreat goes horribly awry when an avalanche traps the vacationers in their chalet. Cut off from the rest of the world, their predicament quickly worsens as people start to turn up murdered. It becomes clear that one of the people trapped in the chalet is the killer, and with no clear suspect, the vacationers don’t know who to trust. Ware’s engaging writing and clever plot twists had me on the edge of my seat once again. — Jade

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ISBN: 9781501188817
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 8th, 2020

The Kingdom by Jo Nesbø

Jo Nesbø knows how to write a good mystery. His reputation as the master of Norwegian crime is upheld in this standalone novel about the reunion of two brothers. What I enjoyed about this book is that each character has a unique weakness—what the Greeks would call hamartia—that defines their fate. While older brother Roy is responsible yet unsociable, younger, more personable Carl is reckless in a way that is both heartrending and endearing. Despite the brothers’ determination to create a promising future for themselves and their town, their flaws and murky past render their dreams all but impossible. The tension is palpable, with secrets and lies in this tale that is both clever and dark. — K.L.

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By Jo Nesbo, Robert Ferguson (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780525655411
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Published: Knopf - November 10th, 2020

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is a dark, country-noir eco-thriller, written by a Nobel Prize winner and set in a village on the border between Poland and Czech Republic. The protagonist, a retired teacher and an amateur astrologer, has a theory that the deaths of local hunters are caused by animals keen to enact revenge on those who abuse and murder them. But is her theory too far-fetched to be true? Gorgeous, haunting, and unputdownable, I highly recommend it for fans of quieter, stranger mysteries. — Ksenia

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By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780525541349
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 11th, 2020

The Searcher by Tana French

A slow-burning, tense, character-driven thriller from one of the most brilliant writers of our time. French is fantastic at setting the claustrophobic, surveillant atmosphere of rural Ireland, where everyone knows one another and seemingly nothing ever happens. Through her words, we see the world from the perspective of retired cop Cal, who immigrated from Chicago to look for peace only to find trouble knocking on the door of his dilapidated cottage. A must-read for lovers of literary mysteries and small-town secrets. — Ksenia

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ISBN: 9780735224650
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Published: Viking - October 6th, 2020

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Sydney Green’s vibrant childhood brownstone Brooklyn neighborhood comes to life, threatened as it is by rising rents, predatory developers, and new white residents threatening to call the cops on neighbors. Sydney begins to realize she’s not just being paranoid as people, and even the bodega, start disappearing overnight, while she herself is threatened at every turn—and not just to sell her mother’s home. Alyssa Cole’s debut mystery is a genuinely bone-chilling thriller with real, relatable characters facing an almost unbelievable conspiracy whose dangers are all too real. — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780062982650
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 1st, 2020

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper

In January 1969, Harvard graduate student Jane Britton was found murdered in her apartment. Despite several leads, the case was still unsolved when Becky Cooper happened upon it 50 years later. Though she had no training or special connections to speak of, Cooper dedicated the next decade of her life to finding Britton’s killer. Extraordinarily well researched and thoughtfully told, this book has all the thrill and suspense that characterize true crime while managing to steer clear of the sensationalism and insensitivity that often cheapen the genre. — Jade

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ISBN: 9781538746837
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 10th, 2020

Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Novel, 30th Anniversary Edition by Walter Mosley

Thirty years ago, Walter Mosley busted open the LA noir crime novel, taking us to the backroom gin joints that Chandler never could. His laid-off worker turned detective, Easy Rawlins, has to navigate the racist seamier underside of the seamy underside of Los Angeles that most fictional gumshoes tread. It's a smoke-filled, bourbon-soaked, jazz-fueled and intensely atmospheric trek through the Harlem of the West Coast, expanding the idea of what LA noir could mean. Still one of the best detective novels I’ve read. — Dave

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ISBN: 9781982150341
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Published: Washington Square Press - October 6th, 2020


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