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Mystery and True Crime

Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs

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.
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Flannery
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780345544018
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Published: Bantam - September 23rd, 2014

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

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

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ISBN: 9780062297211
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Published: William Morrow - September 9th, 2014

Blackmail, My Love by Katie Gilmartin

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.
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Louise
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ISBN: 9781627780643
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Published: Cleis Press - November 18th, 2014

Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson

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
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ISBN: 9780525427919
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Published: Viking - October 21st, 2014

Belfast Noir edited by Adrian McKinty

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.
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Kat
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By Adrian McKinty (Editor), Stuart Neville (Editor), Lee Child (Contribution by)
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ISBN: 9781617752919
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Published: Akashic Books - November 4th, 2014

The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King

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.
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Andrea
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ISBN: 9780345531780
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Published: Bantam - October 7th, 2014

Malice by Keigo Higashino

Keigo Higashino surprised me with his last two books, and here he continues to impress. Malice, a twisting mystery that deftly switches viewpoints, is the first book in Higashino’s longest-running and most acclaimed series, which is finally being brought to the United States. Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga investigates when a best-selling novelist is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he’s planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. This is an author worth watching.
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Flannery
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By Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781250035608
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Published: Minotaur Books - October 7th, 2014

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

In the latest in Penny’s deservedly acclaimed mystery series, Inspector Gamache has retired to the tiny town of Three Pines, Quebec when a request from a friend sends him searching for a missing person. As always, Penny has turned out a thoughtful, gracefully written, and deftly plotted mystery filled with insight and multifaceted characters. Her books are consistently excellent, and if you haven’t read them, you should give them a try, starting with Still Life.
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Flannery
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ISBN: 9781250022066
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 26th, 2014

The Sun is God by Adrian McKinty

It is a rare, sweet thing to find an author you adore and then discover how very prolific they’ve been. Adrian McKinty has written fourteen books, and The Sun is God is his newest, and perhaps his biggest departure. Set on a far-flung island in New Guinea in 1906, the site of a nudist colony who worships the sun, The Sun is God promises to be the kind of cracking historical crime novel that only McKinty can deliver. I can’t wait!

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Kat
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$15.95
ISBN: 9781616140687
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Published: Seventh Street Books - September 9th, 2014

I Will Have Vengeance by Maurizio De Giovanni

I’m a bit addicted to Europa’s World Noir series. I Will Have Vengeance is the first book in a quartet starring Commissario Ricciardi, a detective known for his aloof attitude and high solve rate. His secret? He sees the ghosts of victims, acting out their final moments in an endless, macabre loop. I Will Have Vengeance is a satisfying and intelligent summer read. 

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Kat
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ISBN: 9781609450946
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Published: Europa Editions - December 31st, 2012

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