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Mystery and True Crime

Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach

Kiss Me First reminds me a bit of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and a bit of The Circle by Dave Eggers. When Tess decides to end her life without hurting friends and family, Leila, our sheltered, unreliable narrator, agrees to assume her online presence and update as though she were still alive. At first she relishes the chance to live this sparkling new life but complications slowly emerge. A smart, inventive thriller by a talented new writer.
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ISBN: 9780345805423
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Published: Anchor - April 8th, 2014

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

You may read the summary of this book and think it sounds depressing, but I swear it’s not! This drily funny, thought-provoking mystery is one of the most inventive books I’ve ever read. Winters created an utterly fascinating pre-apocalyptic world with all kinds of interesting goings on, plus a great protagonist and mystery. I absolutely love this book. If you like it, read Book Two, because the third and final book is out in July! 
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Flannery
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ISBN: 9781594746741
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Published: Quirk Books - May 13th, 2013

Still Life by Louise Penny

The tiny town of Three Pines, Quebec is unprepared for murder, so when a beloved citizen is killed, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called in to investigate. Gamache is a gentlemanly detective, quiet and thoughtful, who detects using his considerable powers of observation and deduction. Penny is a great writer, and Still Life, the first in the series, is an excellent mystery that will keep you guessing until the grand reveal. 
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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780312948559
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 1st, 2007

Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleave

If you are looking for a dark and dirty roller coaster ride of a book, I highly recommend Cleave. Theodore Tate—this mystery’s protagonist—is no hero; his is a broken and flawed man full of secrets and guilt. He grasps at redemption through justice but uses unorthodox methods and makes lots of bad decisions. Cleave leads the reader through plot twist after plot twist in a breathtaking and fast-paced thriller.
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Nici
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ISBN: 9781451677836
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Published: Atria Books - June 18th, 2013

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

From the author of Gone Girl, Dark Places is fascinating, complex thoroughly engaging story. It’s full of characters that are so broken and bizarre you can’t help but feel for them. Every time you think you have it figured out, believe me...you don’t! After the murder of her mother and sisters Libby Day testifies against her teenage brother, but did he do it? Or was he framed in the “satanic panic” frenzy of the 80’s? You won’t want to put this book down.
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Jill
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ISBN: 9780307341570
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Published: Broadway Books - May 4th, 2010

A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters

Monks in the Middle Ages solving murder mysteries? Sign me up! Not only is this series full of fascinating and accurate details about life in a Benedictine Abbey, Brother Cadfael’s use of early forensics and skilled observation are intellectually engaging while the characters and dramas are emotionally arresting. I’ve long loved these incredible immersive and atmospheric books.
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ISBN: 9780446400152
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 1st, 1994

The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

The Cold Dish is the first book in the witty, well-plotted, character-driven, completely fantastic Longmire series, my favorite ongoing mystery series. Set on the edge of a Cheyenne reservation, Johnson’s stark prose brings the wide, sprawling Wyoming wilds to crackling life while world-weary Sheriff Walt Longmire investigates a revenge killing. I cannot overstate how much I love these characters and books. 
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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780143036425
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2006

Visitation Street

One night, two teenage girls in the Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn venture onto the river on an inflatable raft, but the next morning, only one is found, unconscious, with no memory of what happened. As the mystery unfolds, Pochoda focuses on how the disappearance affects the neighborhood and its various residents, elevating what could have been a simple whodunit into a deep, complex, and literary mystery that lingered in my mind for days after finishing it.    

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ISBN: 9780062249906
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Published: Dennis Lehane Books/Ecco - April 15th, 2014

In the Morning I'll Be Gone: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel

There is a group of mystery readers out there who fervently believe that Irish crime fiction will soon be as hot as Scandinavian crime fiction. Count me among them. I am obsessed with Adrian McKinty’s smart, atmospheric, and darkly witty mysteries, particularly his Sean Duffy trilogy, which takes place in Belfast during the Irish Troubles. In the Morning I’ll Be Gone is the concluding volume of that trilogy, and it features a locked-room mystery. I can’t wait. 

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Kat
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ISBN: 9781616148775
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Published: Seventh Street Books - March 4th, 2014

Under a Silent Moon

This is a fascinating British police procedural that sheds light on many aspects of the system that were unfamiliar to this American. The suspenseful plot feels somewhere between a Sara Paretsky novel and an episode of Luther, with a little bit of Kathy Reichs thrown in. Her protagonist, Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith, is very compelling, the villainy is unsettlingly realistic, and the plot is page-turning. Plus, there’s a bit of sexy fun thrown in.    

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Nici
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ISBN: 9780062276025
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Published: Harper - April 15th, 2014

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