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Mystery of the Day December 21, 2016

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Time of Death by Lucy Kerr is a debut mystery with a hospital setting. For fans of Jayne Anne Krentz and Julia Keller.                    ~Ann

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MENU December 15, 2016

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MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2016

Tasty Appetizers

Descent by Tim Johnston

Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

Cruel, Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt

Hearty Entrees

The Widow by Fiona Barton

Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore

To Cleanse the Palate

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Dessert (the best for last!)

The Trespasser by Tana French

*With your Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate

Oliver, the Cat Who Saved Christmas by Sheila Norton    >’.'<

 

            ~Enjoy! Ann

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THE TRESPASSER- TANA FRENCH October 4, 2016

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trespasserIt’s here-TODAY, October 4th!!

The new book by Tana French!

And if you haven’t read her previous books they are available in the Mystery section here at Rocky River Public Library.

IN THE WOODS

THE LIKENESS

FAITHFUL PLACE

BROKEN HARBOUR

THE SECRET PLACE


~Ann

2015: It’s a Mystery December 18, 2015

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“Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it’s a letdown, they won’t buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book.”                        MICKEY SPILLANE

My 2015 list this year includes Mystery, Suspense, and Thrillers!

Thereby Hangs a Tail by Spencer Quinn. Chet the Dog is so famous he has his own website- http://www.chetthedog.com/

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. The “good girl” runs into a bundle of trouble.

Last Words by Michael Koryta. He didn’t know it at the time, but they were the last words he spoke to her.

Little Black Lies by Sandra Block. Black lies are definitely worse than white lies.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. No doubt this will be on many best lists!

The Night Ferry by Michael Robotham. This ferry will take you on a wild ride.

Orient by Christopher Bollen. Strange things are occuring in the town of Orient on Long Island.

The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo. Some parts of this book are “unbearably grizzly”!

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis. A twisty, psychological thriller debut novel.

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain. Another winner from author Chamberlain.

~Ann

Scents and Sensibility by Spencer Quinn -Book Review! July 17, 2015

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... Chet and Bernie Mystery Series) by Spencer Quinn – free [PDF] [EPUBWhen private investigator Bernie Little and his partner Chet return home from their trip to Washington, D.C., they find a hole in the wall where Bernie’s safe used to be. And, Chet’s nose tells him his best friend Iggy, the dog next door, has been in the house. Then Mr. Parson, Iggy’s owner is in trouble for having a stolen Saguaro cactus planted in his front yard. To top things off, the ranger investigating the stolen cactus has a puppy that looks just like a Chet mini-me!

In Scents and Sensibility, the seventh adventure for Chet and Bernie, Chet’s point of view is spot on, and, despite his doggie ramblings, he is Bernie’s partner first and foremost. How could you not love Chet?

-by Evelyn Janoch

Solving the Mystery …of the Mystery Genre! July 2, 2015

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Did you find something to read in which a crime was committed? And after the crime occurred, did you witness an amateur or professional detective find the bad guy -or gal? Then you read a mystery book, just like us! If you want to know what we read and enjoyed, then check out these books:

Chris: Sharp Shooter by Nadia Gordon introduces Sunny McCoskey, an independent chef/owner of the organic Wildside café who can’t help but start doing a little investing of her own when one of her Napa Valley customers, Jack Beroni, is found dead. Jack was the heir apparent to the Beroni Vineyard and someone wanted him dead. Was it one of the two Campaglia brothers who worked the estate and named to inherit it? His longtime girlfriend who he wouldn’t marry? His long-ago high school girlfriend with whom he was having an affair? A competing vineyard owner of which there are plenty? Or one of his many, many enemies? Won’t say. Will add there are two sharp shooters present in the book—one, the actual murderer, and then there’s the glassy-winged sharpshooter, an insect that threatens to destroy every organic vineyard in Napa Valley if the estate owners don’t approve using a toxic chemical to kill it.

Maureen: In local author D.M. Pulley’s debut novel The Dead Key, we meet young architect Iris on her first “real” assignment for her firm to survey and sketch the floors of the old, long abandoned First Bank of Cleveland building. As Iris works, she begins to find clues to mysterious things that went on at the bank before its sudden closure in the middle of the night in 1978. Flashbacks in the book simultaneously reveal the story of 17-year old Beatrice, who has moved in with her aunt to pursue a new life on her own in Cleveland. It turns out being a banking secretary can get you into some pretty interesting predicaments at First Bank of Cleveland and Beatrice is determined to uncover the truth of what is going on with missing safe deposit boxes as well as right some wrongs. Fun mentions of local neighborhoods and landmarks add to the story. Pulley is currently working on her second novel.

That’s right -we had another double read! Here’s another take on the same book:

Ann: The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley is a mystery reaching across two decades in a grand old bank in Cleveland. In 1978 the First Bank of Cleveland mysteriously closed, locking out customers and employees. Twenty years later, in 1998 a young engineer, Iris, stumbles upon documents, keys, and safe deposit boxes left as they were decades before. As Iris gets sidetracked from her surveying work in the bank, we also learn the backstory of Beatrice, a clerical worker at the bank in 1978. She discovered many irregularities at the bank at the time and has left clues behind that Iris has discovered. Iris is determined to figure out the mystery of the keys and safe deposit boxes, even if it means she is putting herself in danger. The author, who lives in Cleveland and is a structural engineer, won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 for this mystery.

Beth: The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty is set during the Troubles of Northern Ireland. This entertaining, gritty novel focuses on Detective Sean Duffy who is assigned to be the lead investigator in a string of murders in the small village of Carrickfergus outside of Belfast. The murders seem to be independent of the territorial conflicts, but are things ever really what they seem?

Steve: The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler, is the granddaddy of hardboiled mysteries. It was written in 1939, and features main character Philip Marlowe, a Private Investigator, hired by a rich, ailing father to investigate a blackmail scheme involving his wild daughter. It’s set in gritty 1930’s Hollywood, and that and the old school dialogue are worth the read alone, with the twisting plot being the icing on the cake.

Emma: In The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain, when Laure is mugged, she ends up in the hospital in a coma. Bookseller Laurent finds her expensive handbag on top of a trash can minus the wallet and cell phone. He is determined to find the owner and uses items from the bag including a red notebook, a dry-cleaning ticket, and a book signed by Patrick Modiano to assist in the search. While Laure is still in the hospital, Laurent ends up at her apartment posing as a friend and offers to take care of the cat. Laure’s co-worker had been feeding the cat. When Laure wakes up and hears about the mystery man from her co-worker, she decides to track him down. Lighthearted, fun, and a little creepy.

Carol: In The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell, Adrian Wolf thinks he’s a lucky man to have such great relationships with his two ex-wives and five children. In fact, they appear get on so well, they all vacation along with his latest wife, Maya, and himself. All is not what it seems, however, and after Maya is killed in an apparent accident, Adrian sets out to find who might have wanted to force her out of their “blissful” extended family. This psychological mystery grabbed me from its first page.

Lauren: The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths is the first mystery in a series of books featuring Ruth Galloway. Ruth is an archaeologist who gets caught up in a murder investigation as an expert witness for the police and the detective on the case. In the salt marshes of Norfolk near Ruth’s home, human bones have been discovered and Ruth is called in to determine if they are those of either of two missing girls or remnants of an ancient burial site. The bones turn out to be ancient, but Ruth is quickly drawn into the into the hunt for the recently disappeared Scarlet Henderson and for young Lucy Downey who has been missing for ten years.

Megan: Lock In by Jon Scalzi is a thrilling science fiction mystery. In the near future a virus sweeps through the world population. For a small percentage the result of the disease is a condition known as lock in. They are fully awake and aware, but unable to move their bodies. With 1.7 million Americans affected, new medical technologies emerge, including systems that allow the locked in to use the bodies of the healthy. Things get really tricky when an Integrator (a healthy person hosting a lock in) is found at the scene of a murder. Who is the guilty party-the person who’s body committed the crime or the person who was using the body?

Dori: Judith Flanders’ debut mystery A Murder of Magpies stars Samantha Clair, a London book editor who works all the time and has no time for nonsense. She’s busily editing two books: the first is written by her reliable women’s fiction author but is not up to par – how will she tell her author how horrible it is? The other is a gossipy look at impropriety in the fashion industry by her friend Kit – will she be able to publish it without legal implications? When Kit goes missing and a courier delivering his manuscript is murdered, Inspector Field comes calling and they join forces to try to find Kit and why someone does not want his book published. Funny, with a myriad of characters and a plot that gets a little too convoluted.

Stacey: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella isn’t a straightforward, typical kind of mystery. Readers slowly get to know Audrey and her family in the present but very little is said about the criminal incident that took place before the book begins. Whatever it was -it happened at school and it was very, very bad. Aimed at the teen audience, this book will appeal to anyone looking for an unique and suspenseful mystery.

Next time, we’ll be talking about …Beach Reads! A beach read can be any thing that you’d like to take to the beach (as long as you don’t get the Library’s copy all sandy and wet) or you might like to read on the porch during a lazy summer afternoon! -You can think of this category as a big ol’ freebie!- A pretty sweet deal for a pretty sweet time of year!

Enjoy!
Stacey

2014 The Twelve Books of Christmas December 10, 2014

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The Twelve Books of Christmas

On the first Day of Christmas my library gave to me big little lies BIG LITTLE LIES

On the 2nd Day of Christmas my library gave to meyou should have known YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN

On the 3rd Day of Christmas my library gave to meoutcast THE OUTCAST DEAD

On the 4th Day of Christmas my library gave to me north of boston NORTH OF BOSTON

On the 5th Day of Christmas my library gave to mehusbands THE HUSBAND’S SECRET

On the 6th Day of Christmas mylibrary gave to meall birds ALL THE BIRDS SINGING

On the 7th Day of Christmas my library gave to me Dr. sleep DOCTOR SLEEP

On the 8th Day of Christmas mylibrary gave to metraveling light TRAVELING LIGHT

On the 9th Day of Christmas mylibrary gave to me martian THE MARTIAN

On the 10th Day of Christmas my library gave to meI see you I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE

On the 11thTH Day of Christmas mylibrary gave to me secret THE SECRET PLACE

On the 12th Day of Christmas mylibrary gave to me my soul MY SOUL TO TAKE

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY READING!

~Ann

Fourteen Fantastic Reads of 2014 December 8, 2014

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This annual post combines two of my favorite things: making lists and talking about amazing books. Of course, it is always a challenge to winnow the list down. A quick look at my first draft of my list (yes, there are multiple drafts), tells me that I read and enjoyed a lot of mysteries and memoirs and a TON of YA. That being said, my final draft has more variety. In no particular order, here are some of my favorite reads of 2014:

1. The Secret Place by Tana French. I think this is the third year in a row that Tana French has made it onto my end of the year Top Reads list. She is amazing.

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2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Last year my list included The Husband’s Secret, which was full of family drama, hidden secrets, suspense, with a touch of romance and humor. That pretty much describes this latest offering. The audio is fantastic.

 

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3. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. Are you looking to feel better about your own quirky family? Check out the hilariously dysfunctional Foxmans!

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4. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. If someone forced me to pick only one favorite of 2014, I think this would the one.

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5. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Nonfiction always surprises me. Who knew a book about rowing would be a favorite?!

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6. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. Quirky characters and an unlikely friendship!

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7. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker. This French import is a book about a book…and a murder. Plenty of twists and turns. Read the book before it hits the big screen!

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8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Humor and heart! This is another one that is fabulous on audio.

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9. Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Superpowers and moral ambiguity abound in this dark and dangerous read.

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10. Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys. New Orleans in the 1950. A murder threatens to derail a young girls dreams of a better life. Heartbreaking and lovely.

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11. The Storied Life of A.J. Fickery by Gabrielle Zevin.  A love letter to book lovers.

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12. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. The prolific Mr. King takes a stab at a cat-and-mouse police procedural.

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13. 10% Happier by Dan Harris. A non-intimidating, practical look at meditation.

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14. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. A new-to-me series full of wizards and magic and good vs evil. And a skeleton detective. LOVE.

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I can’t wait to see what all of my coworkers put on their lists. Be sure to check back all week for more fun lists!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Bonus: Memorable Memoirs of 2014

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Lucky 13: Top Ten (plus three) Reads of 2013 December 19, 2013

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This year I made an effort to expand my reading horizons and in the process I discovered some amazing books! I read or listened to 200 books in 2013 and picking 13 favorites was nearly impossible, but after much fretting, I am finally satisfied with my 2013 “Best Of” list.

1. Favorite Nonfiction:

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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I found this book fascinating. The case studies and anecdotes are compelling (and in some cases a little creepy). I found the suggestions and techniques for changing habits to be useful in my own ongoing quest to make healthier choices.

2. Favorite Picture Book:

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The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. My nephews, ages 7, 8, and 9, think that they are getting too old for picture books, but I say you’re never too old for a charming and hilarious story! The letters from Yellow and Orange are my favorite!

3. Favorite Audio:

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Don’t let the gorgeous cover fool you, this is not fluff. This story has it all: family drama, hidden secrets, suspense, and even a touch of romance and humor. It was this book, more than anything else, that motivated me to walk the dogs in the recent blizzard-y weather.

4. Favorite YA:

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Reality Boy by A.S. King. Considering that the majority of my reading is YA, picking just one book for this list was a little painful. I must admit that I have become slightly obsessed with A.S. King’s books. Her books are full of heart-breakingly dysfunctional characters and the their struggles to have better lives. Her stories are powerful and empowering, and not just for teens.

5. Favorite Middle Grade:

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The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy. This is the hilarious sequel to The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. The League of Princes is off on another (mis)adventure and once again their leading ladies are there to save the day. Fans of fairy tales, fractured or otherwise, won’t want to miss this series.

6. Favorite Debut:

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In the Shadow of the Blackbird by Cat Winters. I had to sneak another YA book on the list, but I think it will appeal to a wide range of readers. Fans of historical fiction will appreciate the old photographs and vivid descriptions of life during the great Influenza Pandemic of 1918. Readers looking for fright will find a devilishly delightful ghost story!

7. Favorite Historical Fiction:

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The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. This book covers the life of one woman, Dorothy, from her youth in pre-WWII England, through the war and into the present day. As she lay dying her daughter makes a startling discovery about her mother’s past. Full of twists and turns, I was guessing right up until the surprising end!

8. Favorite Graphic Novel:

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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley. Not sure about the whole graphic novel thing? Ease into them with the delicious memoir! Give this to your favorite foodie (but be sure to read it before you wrap it)!

9. Favorite Science Fiction:

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. 80’s pop culture collides with future dystopian America. Virtual reality is the new reality and gamers are battling out for chance to win billions. This book was so much fun and the audio was narrated by Wil Weaton!

10. Favorite Book Recommended by Fellow Librarians at RRPL:

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When She Woke by Hillary Jordan. This is a modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter with a futuristic science fiction twist. Fascinating!

11. Favorite Mystery:

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Broken Harbor by Tana French. This is the fourth book in the Dublin Murder Squad series. I love everything about French’s police procedural novels. The setting is vivid, the characters are well-developed and perfectly flawed, and the mysteries are suspenseful without being gruesome.

12. Favorite Funny Book:

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The Last Word by Lisa Lutz. This is the last book in the Spellman Files series and I suggest you start at the beginning. The series stars a highly dysfunctional family of private investigators. Hilarity ensues.

13. Favorite Fiction:

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This is my current favorite book. It is a charming coming-of-age story with lots of family drama, humor, and a sweet romance. This book is like a cozy blanket on a chilly day: you want to dive in and not come out. I realize that sounds cheesy, but I found this book to be so comforting. I have lots of love for Rainbow Rowell.

….and a last minute addition for luck! I promise, no more.

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. This is superhero science fiction. With a twist. Imagine living in a world with only super villains. In Steelheart, ordinary humans develop superhuman talents and use them to enslave and terrorize ordinary people. All but a small handful of people submit. The resistors call themselves The Reckoners and their only goal is to rid the world of Epics. This series opener is amazing!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Suspect November 12, 2013

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Recently I discovered an author I had never read before, Robert Crais, when I read Suspect. Maggie is a wounded war dog. Scott is a wounded police officer. When the two team up it’s unclear whether either one can survive in the real world.

This is an excellent mystery-thriller that you won’t want to put down! If you like Michael Connelly’s books or Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow try Suspect.

~Ann