Category Archives: Mystery

BEAR TOWN

Title: Bear Town

Author: Fredrik Backman

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest,it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the workingmen who founded this town. And that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage. boys.

A victory would send star player Kevin on to a brilliant professional future In the NHL. It would mean everything to Amat, a scrawny fifteen-year-old treated like an outcast everywhere but on the ice. And it would justify the choice that Peter, the team’s general manager, and his wife, Kira, made to return to his hometown and raise their children in this beautiful but isolated place.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semifinal match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Hers is a story no one wants to believe, since doing so would mean the end of the dream. Accusations are made, and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

MISSISSIPPI BLOOD

Title: Mississippi Blood

Author: Greg Iles

Shattered by grief and dreaming of vengeance, Peen Cage sees his world collapsing around him. The woman he loves is gone, his principles have been irrevocably compromised, and his father, Dr. Tom Cage, once a pillar of the community, is about to be tried for the murder of a former lover. Most terrifying of all, Dr. Cage seems bent on self-destruction and has frozen Penn out of the trial, preferring to risk dying in prison to revealing the truth to his son.

For decades Dr. Tom Cage has had a second son known to almost no one, the product of an affair with his African-American nurse, Viola Turner. It is this bitter son–Penn’s half brother–who set in notion the case against Dr. Cage. But a murder charge may be the least of Ton’s worries. In the 1960’s South, Viola Turner became a nexus point between Penn’s father and the Double Eagle group, a savage splinter cell of the KKK. Now, led by psychopath Snake Knox, the surviving Double Eagles will stop at nothing to keep their past deeds buried, and they mean to ensure that Dr. Cage either takes the fall for them or takes his secrets to an early grave.

Unable to trust anyone–not even his own mother–Penn joins forces with Serenity Butler, a writer investigating his father’s case. Together, Penn and Serenity, a former soldier, desperately battle to crack the Double Eagle group and discover the secret history of both the Cage family and the South itself, risking the only thing they have left to gamble: their lives.

Ruller Of The Night

Title: Ruler Of The Night

Author: David Morrell

1855. The railway has irrevocably altered English society effectively changing geography and fueling the industrial revolution by shortening distances between cities: a whole day’s journey can now be covered in a matter of hours. People marvel at their new freedom.

But train travel beings dangers as well, with England’s first death by train recorded on the very day railway operations began in 1830. Twenty-five years later, England’s first train murder paralyzes London when a gentleman is stabbed to death in a safely locked first-class passenger compartment.

In the next compartment, the brilliant Opium-Eater Thomas De Quincey and his quick-witted daughter, Emily, discover the homicide in a most gruesome manner. Key witness and also resourceful sleuths, they join forces with their allies in Scotland Yard, Detective Inspector Ryan and his partner-in-training, Becker, to pursue the killer back into the fogbound streets of London, where other baffling murders occur. Ultimately, De Quincey must confront two ruthless adversaries: This terrifying enemy, and his own opium addiction, which endangers his life and his tormented soul.

Ruler Of The Night is a riveting blend of fact and fiction that, like master storyteller David Morrell’s previous De Quincey novels, “evokes Victorian London with such finesse that you’ll hear the hooves clattering on cobblestones, he racket of dustmen, and the shrill calls of vendors”.

Chaos

Title: Author

Title: Patricia Cornwell

On a hot late summer evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kay Scarpertta and her investigative partner, Pete Marino responded to a call about a dead bicyclist near the Kennedy School of Government. It appears that a young woman has been attacked with almost superhuman force.

Even before Scarpetta’s headquarters, the Cambridge Forensic Center, has been officially notified about the case, Marino and Scarpetta’s FBI agent husband, Benton Wesley, receive suspicious calls, allegedly from someone at Interpol. But it makes no sense. Why would the elite international police agency know about the case and even be interested? With breathing speed it becomes apparent that an onslaught of interference and harassment might be the work of an anonymous cyberbully Tailend Charlie, who has been sending cryptic communications to Scarpetta for over a week.

Stunningly, even her brilliant tech-savvy niece, Lucy, can’t trace who it is or how this person could have access to intimate information few outside their family would have. When a second death, hundreds of miles south shocks Scarpetta to her core, she and those close to her are confronted with something far bigger and more dangerous than they’d ever imangined. Then analysis of a mysterious residue recovered from a wound is identified as a material that doesn’t exist on earth.

In this latest installment in the bestselling series featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell shows us once again why she is the world’s number one bestselling crime writer, mistress of the shocking turns, delicious thrills, and state-of-the-art forensic details that all fans of suspense have come to love.

Presumption Of Guilt

Title: Presumption Of Guilt

Author: Archer Mayor

A skeleton is found encased in a concrete slab at a recently decommissioned nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vermont–a discovery that solves a forty-year-old missing person case. but a body doesn’t end un buried in concrete by accident. Hoe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of investigation (VBI) are given the assignment because this very cold case has now been reclassified as murder and they’re the only ones with the resources and ability to investigate.

The victim was Hank Mitchell, and Gunther must chase down old rumors and speculations to try to find answers for the essential questions: Who benefited from his death and by making his body disappear? Could his death be tied somehow to New York City Mafia money that was being laundered through the construction project?

But what seems the coldest of cold cases roars back to life when one of the central figures in this mystery is shot to death right after speaking with Gunther. And when a young police officer–the son of VBI investigator Lester Spinney–is kidnapped, is that meant to be a warning to the VBI team to drop the case?

After all these many years, the truth behind the murder still has the power to kill, and it’s up to Gunther and his team to protect the innocent, track down the living, and finally put the dead to rest.

The Wonder

Title: The Wonder

Author: Emma Donoghue

Lib Wright a young English nurse trained by the legendary Florence Nightingale, arrives in an impoverished Irish village with a strange mission. Eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell is said to have eaten nothing for four months. With tourist thronging to see the child, and the press sowing doubt, the baffled community looks to an outsider to bring the truth to light. Lib’s job is simple: to stay in the girl’s bare room at all hours, watching her.

An educated skeptic repelled by what she sees as ignorance and superstition, Lib expects to expose the first as a hoax within days. But the long hours she spend
s with Anna begin to erode all her assumptions about the child, the Irish, and herself. Is Anna a fraud or a “living wonder”? Or is something more sinister unfolding right before Lib’s eyes?

Haunting, spare, and written with all the propulsive tension that transported readers of Room, The Wonder is at once a psychological thriller about love petted against evil, and an unforgettable portrait of intimacy between people from different worlds.

Outfoxed

Title: Outfoxed

Author: David Rosenfelt

New Jersey defense lawyer Andy Carpenter spends as little time as possible working as a lawyer and as much time as he can working on his true passion, The Tara Foundation, the dog-rescue organization he runs with his friend Willie Miller. Lately Andy has been especially involved in a county program in which prison inmates help train rescue dogs to make them more adoptable, benefiting both the dogs and the prisoners. One of the prisoners Andy has been working with is his client Brian Atkins, who is serving a five-year term for fraud but has just four months left until he’s up for a parole hearing. Brian has been helping to train Boomer, an adorable fox terrier the Tara-Foundation rescued from a neglectful owner. Brian and Boomer are clearly a terrific match. In fact, Andy hopes that Brian will adopt Boomer himself once his sentence is up.

But one day, Andy is shocked to discover that Brian has used Boomer to make an ingenious escape, and man and dog are both long gone. The next day, Brian’s wife and the man whose testimony helped convict Brian are both found murdered. Brian himself is caught and arrested for the crime, though he forcefully protests his innocence. Suddenly Andy finds himself with a client in desperate need of defense and a new dog in Boomer. And as he starts in dig deeper into the murder and the events leading up to it, Andy realizes that he may be putting them all in far more danger than anyone knew.

Sleeping Giants

Title: Sleeping Giants

Author: Sylvain Neuvel

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls though the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an i9nstrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

Flawless

Title:  Flawless

Author:  Heather Graham

There’s a pub in New York City that’s been in the Finnegan family for generations.  Now Kieran and her three brothers own it.  Kieran Finnegan is also, as it happens, a criminal psychologist–a fitting reaction, perhaps, to her less-than-lawful teenage past.

Meanwhile, New York’s Diamond District has been hit by a rash of thefts.  No one’s been killed–until now.  FBI agent Craig Frasier is brought in to investigate; he and Kieran meet at a jewelry store in the middle of a heist.  She’s there to “unsteal” a flawless stone taken by her light-fingered youngest brother as an act of vengeance.  Craig’s there to stop the gang.

But the police and FBI begin to wonder if there are two gangs of diamond thieves, the original and a copycat group of killers–who seem to think their scheme is as flawless as the stones they steal.

Thrown together by circumstances, drawn together by attraction, Kieran and Craig are both assigned to the case.  But to Kieran’s horror, there’s more and more evidence that, somehow, the pub is involved.  Because everyone goes to Finnegan’s….