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Mystery and True Crime

The Adventures of Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Poe may be the father of the detective novel, but it was Conan Doyle who perfected the craft with the invention of the brilliant, eccentric detective Sherlock Holmes. With the trusty Dr. Watson, Holmes solves mysterious goings on with observation and wit. If you’ve never read Conan Doyle, this collection, containing such ingenious stories as “The Speckled Band” and “The Blue Carbuncle”, is a great place to start, and if you have, read it again!
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ISBN: 9780143117025
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 2009

The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly

If you’re a fan of Tana French or Kate Atkinson, then you need to know about Erin Kelly. Her debut mystery, The Poison Tree, is a character-driven story with high psychological stakes, the kind of book that lures you in with its moody setting and atmosphere, and then chooses just the right moment to pounce. Compelling, literary, and very surprising—you may think you have it figured out, but trust me, you don’t.

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ISBN: 9780143120414
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Published: Penguin Books - January 31st, 2012

The 500 by Matthew Quirk

Wowzers, can Quirk write an intense thriller! Mike Ford is a reformed confidence man—which makes him perfectly suited to be a junior member of a Washington strategic consulting firm. Perfectly suited until his conscience gets the best of him and his bosses try to set him up to take a fall. Quirk knows just how to build the story up with the right mix of insider knowledge, procedural description, and school-of-hard-knocks action, letting us root for the anti–Boy Scout to take down the big dogs.

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ISBN: 9780316198622
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - June 5th, 2012

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran

Six months after Hurricane Katrina, detective Claire deWitt arrives in New Orleans to investigate the disappearance of a well-known prosecutor. DeWitt is not your usual detective—her methods include divination, dreams, and omens, as well as a battered copy of Détection by French detective Jacques Silette, and to say she’s an unreliable narrator is to put it lightly. But the best part of this novel is New Orleans itself, reeling and wounded from Katrina and its aftermath. Dark, richly atmospheric, and highly recommended.

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ISBN: 9780547747613
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Published: Mariner Books - May 1st, 2012

Edge of Dark Water by Joe Lansdale

Reminiscent of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Lansdale’s main character, Sue Ellen, leads a diverse crew on a desperate but exhilarating adventure downriver, trying to stay one step ahead of pursuit and sorting through the big mysteries of life on the way. Her narrative voice is authentic, precocious, honest, and a true treat to listen to. Lansdale sets a tone that is beautiful and suspenseful, building up his story and fleshing out his characters into a profound masterpiece.
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ISBN: 9780316188432
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Published: Mulholland Books - March 27th, 2012

Pirate King by Laurie R. King

Everyone loves a new Mary Russell mystery (at least, everyone I know). But a new Mary Russell mystery featuring pirates? Rejoice! Freshly out in paperback, the latest adventure of Russell and Holmes takes us to Lisbon, where Mary is investigating a film production company with a shadowy reputation. The movie they are shooting? The Pirates of Penzance, but of course. All seems well and whimsical until those prop knives suddenly turn real.
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ISBN: 9780553386752
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Published: Bantam - April 17th, 2012

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

Nesbø is becoming the king of Scandanavian mystery, and he more than delivers in the lastest Harry Hole installment. A serial killer is murdering women and leaving behind nothing but snowmen. As gruff, stubborn Harry battles his own demons, he finds himself pulled further into the killer’s tangled web, and the case becomes increasingly complex and personal. This taut, psychological thriller exudes a wintery chill while keeping you on the edge of your seat.
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ISBN: 9780307742995
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - April 17th, 2012

Murder in Passy by Cara Black

Full of French political intrigue, Cara Black’s atmospheric eleventh Aimée Leduc investigation finds the Paris PI’s world turned upside down with the arrest of her godfather and long-time mentor, Commissaire Morbier, for murder. “Another fun, absorbing, well-plotted Aimée Leduc mystery, more brisk in the telling than ever; your passport to Paris.” —Library Journal. Don’t miss the next book in the series, Murder at the Lantern Rouge, now in hardcover.

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ISBN: 9781616950637
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Published: Soho Crime - March 6th, 2012

The Preacher by Camilla Läckberg

This may be book #2 from the internationally bestselling author Camilla Läckberg, but I jumped right into it without reading her first (The Ice Princess) and I was wonderfully thrilled. The suspense builds for detective Patrik Hedström as fresh victims revive a series of unsolved murders from the previous generation. There’s intense family drama—a twisted mesh of relation, resentment, and secrets—as well as a wonderfully fleshed-out cast of supporting characters. Evil lurks in the Scandinavian summer heat. Will Patrik solve the murders and locate the missing girl, or will a killer’s legacy claim another victim?   

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ISBN: 9781451621792
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Published: Pocket Star - March 27th, 2012

The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith

Fans of Dexter will love this thriller featuring an "information retrieval" expert (read that as torturer) whose personal code of conduct leads him to betray his clients and champion a 12-year-old boy. It's fast-paced and exciting, with a great balance of action and psychological twists. You'll never love Geiger, but you'll respect him, fear him, and whole-heartedly root for him.

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ISBN: 9780805094268
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - April 10th, 2012

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