Mystery

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The ninth grave : a Fabian Risk novel

Stefan Ahnhem

MYSTERY Ahnhem Stefan
Mystery

""An atmospheric and complicated saga of crimes that criss-cross the narrow strait between Sweden and Denmark ... great cop characters ... and some imaginatively grisly perps."--Sunday Times Would you kill for the one you love? That's the question that international bestseller Stefan Ahnhem's The Ninth Grave: A Fabian Risk Novel seeks to answer in this spine-tingling thriller set six months before the events in Victim Without a Face. On a cold winter evening, the Swedish minister of justice disappears without a trace from the short walk between the house of Parliament and his car. At the same time the wife of a famous Danish TV-star is found brutally murdered in her luxury home north of Copenhagen. Soon more bodies are discovered, all missing different body parts. As criminal investigator Fabian Risk and Danish counterpart Dunja Hougaard race to put the pieces together, they are dragged into a conspiracy worse than anyone could imagine."

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Police procedural involving a cannibalistic serial killer so not for the faint of heart. Alternates beteen police officials in Denmark and Sweden. -Susan C

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The pyramid of mud

Andrea Camilleri

MYSTERY Camiller Andrea
Mystery

On a gloomy morning in Vigàta, a call from Fazio rouses Inspector Montalbano from a nightmare. A man called Giugiù Nicotra has been found dead in the skeletal workings of a construction site--a place now entombed by a sea of mud from recent days of rain and floods. Shot in the back, he had fled into a water supply system tunnel. The investigation gets off to a slow start, but all the evidence points to the world of construction and public contracts, a world just as slimy and impenetrable as mud. As he wades through a world in which construction firms and public officials thrive, Montalbano is obsessed by one thought: that by going to die in the tunnel, Nicotra had been trying to communicate something.

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Most recent in a long series (not critical that you start at the beginning) featuring Inspector Montalbano, many red herrings and twists and turns. -Susan C

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The shadow district : a thriller

1961- author Arnaldur Indriðason

MYSTERY Arnaldur Indridason
Mystery

"A deeply compassionate story of old crimes and their consequences, The Shadow District is the first in a thrilling new series by internationally bestselling author Arnaldur Indridason. THE PAST In wartime Reykjavik, a young woman is found strangled in 'the shadow district', a rough and dangerous area of the city. An Icelandic detective and a member of the American military police are on the trail of a brutal killer. THE PRESENT A 90-year-old man is discovered dead on his bed, smothered with his own pillow. Konrad, a former detective now bored with retirement, finds newspaper cuttings reporting the WWII shadow district murder the dead man's home. It's a crime that Konrad remembers, having grown up in the same neighborhood. A MISSING LINK Why, after all this time, would an old crime resurface? Did the police arrest the wrong man? Will Konrad's link to the past help him solve the case and finally lay the ghosts of WWII Reykjavik to rest?"--

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First in a series-- music to the ears of a mystery reader-- this book jumps between WWII and present day. -Susan C

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Jane Steele : a confession

Lyndsay Faye

FICTION Faye Lyndsay
Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Mystery

"A reimagining of Jane Eyre as a gutsy, heroic serial killer, from the author whose work The New York Times described as "riveting" and The Wall Street Journal called "thrilling.""--

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Jane Eyre is one of my absolute favorite books, and this retelling didn't disappoint! The prose reads like a 19th-century novel without being too archaic, and I loved the characters so much. I also enjoyed learning more about the Anglo-Sikh Wars and the Sikh religion. If you love classics, and especially if Jane Eyre is your jam, you will LOVE this! -Amanda

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore

Robin Sloan

FICTION Sloan Robin
Mystery

After a few days at his new job at Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour bookstore, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything; instead, they "check out" large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele's behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends, but when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore's secrets extend far beyond its walls.

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I listened to this on a 15 hour drive to Texas. I was hooked after the first few minutes! -Beth

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The last policeman

Ben H Winters

FICTION Winters Ben
Mystery

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If you enjoy both sci-fi and mysteries, investigate the Last Policemen Series. -Brent

Murder in Mesopotamia : a Hercule Poirot mystery book cover

Murder in Mesopotamia : a Hercule Poirot mystery

Agatha Christie

MYSTERY Christie, Agatha
Fiction, Mystery

The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense--creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters--brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. Suspicious events at a Middle Eastern archaeological excavation site intrigue the great Poirot as he investigates Murder in Mesopotamia.

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I have been reading my way through the Poirot mysteries, and this one was the first where the identity of the murderer was both my first guess and a total surprise as I had completely discounted my first theory as the story went on. Agatha Christie hasn't disappointed me yet. -Morgan

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith

MYSTERY McCall Smith, Alexander
Mystery

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The moving target

Ross Macdonald

MYSTERY Macdonald, Ross
Mystery

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Lew Archer series. Hard boiled detective, baby. -Brent

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The twenty days of Turin

Giorgio De Maria

FICTION Demaria Giorgio
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

In the spare wing of a church-run sanatorium, some zealous youths create "the Library," a space where lonely citizens can read one anothers personal diaries and connect with like-minded souls in "dialogues across the ether." But when their scribblings devolve into the ugliest confessions of the macabre, the Librarys users learn too late that a malicious force has consumed their privacy and their sanity. As the city of Turin suffers a twenty-day "phenomenon of collective psychosis" culminating in nightly massacres that hundreds of witnesses cannot explain, the Library is shut down and erased from history. That is, until a lonely salaryman decides to investigate these mysterious events, which the citizenry of Turin fear to mention. Inevitably drawn into the citys occult netherworld, he unearths the stuff of modern nightmares: whats shared can never be unshared.

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In this short work, our unnamed hero investigates a decades-old mystery, when the people of Turin experienced twenty nights of collective sleepwalking and inexplicable murders. Do the murders have something to do with the creation of the Library, where people can write down and share their most important thoughts and secrets? This book is a little bit “The Social Network” and a little bit “Stranger Things.” -Anne M