Category Archives: Mystery

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….