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The Word Is Murder: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062676788
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Published: Harper - June 5th, 2018

Anthony Horowitz is the best-selling author of the Alex Rider children's novels. He is also the man chosen by the estates of both Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming to continue the iconic Sherlock Holmes and James Bond series. Additionally, he is the author of my favorite book of 2017, The Magpie Murders, an homage to the great Agatha Christie. But in The Word is Murder, Anthony Horowitz is more than just an author of popular fiction; he is a character in his own book. Approached by disgraced detective inspector Daniel Hawthorne to write a true crime book detailing the murder investigation of Diana Cowper, Anthony finds himself visiting the scene of the crime, interviewing suspects, sparring with Hawthorne and possibly even solving the case himself. Delightfully inventive, the word is entertaining!


Review by Deborah

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An Unwanted Guest Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525557623
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - August 7th, 2018

The first death could have been an accident, a fall down unfamiliar stairs on a dark night, but there's no mistaking the following deaths are murder. In this contemporary take on Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None," a dozen visitors and their hosts find themselves stranded by a blizzard at a picture-perfect Catskills' inn with a most unwanted guest - murder. 


Review by Deborah

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She Rides Shotgun: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062394415
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Published: Ecco - March 13th, 2018

It was getting late and I promised myself that I would just read a few more chapters. The next thing I knew, I was burning through the rest of She Rides Shotgun without pause. I just couldn’t stop. Jordan Harper’s debut novel lives up to the promise he showed in his short story collection, Love and Other Wounds. This thriller is rife with bad guys, but the main character is eleven-year old Polly, whose dad has just been released from prison and is already on the run, with Polly, riding shotgun.


Review by Mark B.

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Land of Shadows (Detective Elouise Norton #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765336378
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Published: Forge Books - April 28th, 2015

I'm on a mystery kick these days and it's going swimmingly because, well, there's loads of great books out there I haven't read. You may be familiar with the feeling! Rachel Howzell Hall's Detective Elouise Norton series began in 2014 and now there's four books in the series, each an exciting addition to the pantheon of southern California noir. In Land of Shadows, the first book, Lou is paired with a new partner and begins investigating the murder of a young black girl that may be tied to the disappearance of her sister. Hall's books combine twisted plots, crisp social commentary, and a fully realized main character (with humor, actual friends, and real family commitments!)


Review by Christina

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Dragonfish Cover Image
By Vu Tran
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393352870
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 2nd, 2016

Robert's ex-wife Suzy left him abruptly two years ago. He doesn't know why, or why they married at all, only that he misses her like a lost tooth. When she goes missing and her new husband blackmails him into searching for her, Robert thinks he might finally get some answers. The path of his investigation, signposted with uneasy allies and glittering Vegas casinos, reveals that their shared past is thick with ghosts and roars with the echo of the Vietnam War. Dragonfish matches any of the best in the ranks of noir novels, and it's a spellbinding meditation on migration, loss, and love.


Review by Christina

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Truly Devious: A Mystery Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062338051
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 16th, 2018

The first in a trilogy of mysteries featuring Stevie Bell, the crime fanatic and new student at a quirky, yet prestigious New England boarding school. Without telling you everything that is on the inside flap, let me just say this book is dark, gripping, funny - and will leave you howling for the next one. I loved it.


Review by Kitri

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Jackaby Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781616205461
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 25th, 2015

Sherlock meets Doctor Who but from the point of view of an awesome female lead. Add in some cool mythology, sharp wit, and a lot of adventure and follow up with a dose of the macabre. A great start to a wonderfulf series! (I've bought several copies to hand out as gifts)


Review by Lish

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Bluebird, Bluebird Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316363297
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 12th, 2017

One of my favorite mystery writers,Walter Mosley, says this "Small-town murder investigation reveals what lies at the heart of America's confusion over race." So if you like mysteries, and you're ready for one with a large side of social justice and race issues (and if East Texas has any place in your heart), this is the book for you. I loved black Texas Ranger Darren Matthews. He conflicted, he's tough, and he's got a heart the size of Texas. The issues he's dealing with are real and pressing, and it's a privilege to be entertained and to learn at the same time.


Review by Dana

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The House at Baker Street: A Mrs. Hudson and Mary Watson Investigation Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062680198
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper Perennial - October 24th, 2017

In this twist on the classic Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Holmes' intrepid housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson, joins forces with Mary Watson (wife of the good doctor) to solve a case the Great Detective has turned away. With appearances by your favorite supporting characters and a clever and compelling plot, you'll be hoping this is a start of a promising series. 


Review by Deborah

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Maestra Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184277
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 4th, 2017

Saucy and flossy, flossy. Entirely shocking, brazenly lush, and on a whole 'nother level of sociopathic behavior that still managed to catch me off guard when I was thoroughly expecting it. This definitely isn't a book for everyone - it's ruthless, ambitious, and erotic in a way that will inspire and disgust you... but in the best way, as only books can do.


Review by Avery

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