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Mystery and True Crime

The Extinction Club by Jeffrey Moore

What can I say, they had me at David Lynch…anyone who can appreciate that sentiment will find themselves rapidly drawn into to this bizarre literary thriller that involves poachers, activists, an abandoned church and a violent abduction.  Short-listed for Canada’s Edgar award, this quirky, dark tale is not to be missed. 

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Laura
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ISBN: 9781611458374
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Published: Arcade - May 7th, 2013

The Asylum by John Harwood

I was immediately intrigued by the premise of this book, which begins with everyone’s worst nightmare: waking up in a mental institution where everyone thinks you’re someone else and you have absolutely no evidence to prove otherwise.  Once the story begins to take its course, it offers something for everyone, from lovers of historical fiction, to those who just want a great psychological thriller to sink their teeth into.

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Laura
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ISBN: 9780544003477
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 21st, 2013

Over Tumbled Graves by Jess Walter

Before Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter wrote mysteries. His first book, Over Tumbled Graves, is a riveting, cerebral thriller that uses the chilled drizzle of Spokane to capture the mood as two troubled detectives search for a serial killer while struggling with the confusion and uncertainty of a high profile police investigation and their own issues. This is a well-crafted, tense and thought provoking mystery by an incredibly talented writer. 

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780061712838
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 18th, 2009

The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel

I was swallowed up by this atmospheric, gradual tragedy of a mystery. The writing dances between suggestive and precise, dropping the reader right into a sticky summer day in Florida or into a thrumming evening jazz concert in the quartet's high school halcyon days. I was both dreading and relishing seeing the past catch up with Gavin and his friends, and watching the consequences of their choices play out against each other. 

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Andrea
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ISBN: 9781609530990
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Published: Unbridled Books - April 30th, 2013

Broken Harbor by Tana French

Tana French’s latest mystery is one of her best yet. It takes place around a “ghost estate” in Ireland, a crumbling, creepy housing development that went bust along with the Irish economy. A heinous triple murder has taken place, and the question of “whodunit” is complicated by issues of economic misfortune, mental illness, and fragile family ties. A suspenseful, thoughtful mystery, eloquently written, that reminds us how close we all live to ruin.

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780143123309
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Published: Penguin Books - April 30th, 2013

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead is one of my favorite crime novels, and ever since I finished its last page I’ve been eager for another book from Sara Gran. Claire DeWitt is a private detective who has much in common with Sherlock Holmes, such as unorthodox methods, a prickly demeanor, and the occasional substance abuse issue. Her latest mystery takes place in California, including a stop at the famed Bohemian Grove. How can you resist?

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780544227781
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Published: Mariner Books - May 20th, 2014

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Now that we’re through with that pesky cluviel dor, we can get down to the business of murder, mystery, and my undying love of Eric. It’s been a rough decade in not-so-sleepy Bon Temps, Louisiana, and while I long for the naïve Sookie of the past, this hardened, post-torture version is somehow still the everywoman I want her to be--even when the whole parish seems to turn against her. If she can stand up to lost loves, lost loved ones, and lost innocence, so can I. What an exhausting yet satisfying journey we have been on, Sookie and I. I’m sad to see the series end, but as with any good friend, I am glad to put Sookie’s troubles to rest.

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Kimberly
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ISBN: 9781937007881
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Published: Ace Books - May 7th, 2013

I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty

My long campaign to improve Western civilization by getting everyone to read McKinty continues. This is the second Inspector Sean Duffy book in the Troubles trilogy, or if that bums you out, the Tom Waits song title trilogy. This chapter takes place in 1982, when everyone thought the DeLorean factory was going to be the new hope of Northern Ireland. We all know how well that worked out. Duffy has to solve the case of a headless torso found in a trash bin. If this sounds bleak, don’t worry. The dry Northern Irish humor here will keep you afloat.

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Seana
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ISBN: 9781616147877
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Published: Seventh Street Books - May 14th, 2013

The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen

In his debut novel, The Keeper of Lost Causes, Adler-Olsen introduced Copenhagen detective Carl Morck, who was newly assigned to the cold case unit. Back from vacation with one case under his belt, Morck is ready to tackle a new one. Alternating between Morck’s investigation, those involved in the crime, and the homeless woman who may be the key to the case, this is a tense, twisty thriller that fans of Scandinavian mysteries will love.

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780142196830
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Published: Dutton - May 7th, 2013

A Delicate Truth by John Le Carré

The distinguished chronicler of Cold War espionage and its costs casts his cold eye on the fog of war and its legacy in his newest book. “[A Delicate Truth] hooks readers from the beginning with the tense stakeout of an arms buyer for terrorists in Gibraltar. Though the operation appears to succeed, there may have been a cover-up. Can a young diplomat uncover what really transpired? And if he does, will it matter? In Le Carré, everything, and everyone, is compromised.” -National Post

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ISBN: 9780670014897
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Published: Viking - May 7th, 2013

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