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Posted by JaneM on Friday, Oct 7, 2011 - 8:57 AM

New mysteries on their way to our shelves

The caper

Posted by JaneM on Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 - 10:14 AM

headhunters coverJo Nesbo’s most recent thriller, The Snowman, received glowing reviews. My favorite was the Library Journal person who wrote “This is simply the best detective novel this reviewer has read in years.”

The first novel in his Inspector Harry Hole series was published in Norway in 1997, an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic crime novel--an accolade shared with Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell.

In an interesting turn his latest book, The Headhunters, is a crime caper.read more


Posted by JaneM on Friday, Sep 30, 2011 - 9:56 AM

Readers who would ordinarily pull up their noses at the usual canine and feline mysteries find much to enjoy in Spencer Quinn’s NY Times best-selling Chet & Bernie mysteries.

Chet (a dog) and Bernie Little (a P.I.) have been called “the coolest human/pooch duo this side of Wallace and Gromit.”read more

In the High Arctic

Posted by JaneM on Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 - 9:45 AM

If you like your mysteries set in the colder reaches of the planet try White Heat by M. J. McGrath, which is set amidst a landscape of unforgiving landscape of ice and rock—on Canada’s remote Ellesmere Island.  A fellow librarian stopped me recently to tell me how much she enjoyed this book.

After the murder of an adventurist under her watch and the suicide of a local boy, half-Inuit Arctic guide Edie Kiglatuk teams up with police sergeant Derek Palliser.

Though these events are seemingly unrelated, Edie's Inuit hunter sensibility tells her otherwise. With or without the doubtful Derek's help, she is determined to find the key to this connection, a search that will take her into the far reaches of the tundra.read more

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Posted by JaneM on Friday, Sep 23, 2011 - 10:21 AM

New mysteries "on order" for the Library's collection

Cultural hunger

Posted by JaneM on Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 - 10:39 AM

ghost hero cover“What crime writers are doing connects deeper into a cultural hunger.  Crime is important. When you  open up a book that has a body that’s dead, that’s important.  It matters more than a certain level of suburban angst, it really does.”—S. J. Rozan

Rozan is truly in a class by herself among crime fiction writers.

Her forthcoming book, Ghost Hero, is the 11th in the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series. The PI partners are hired by an art collector to get to the bottom of rumors that new works by the late Chau Chun (aka Ghost Hero Chau) who died 20 years earlier during the Tiananmen Square uprising have somehow surfaced. read more

Ferry Cross the Mersey

Posted by JaneM on Friday, Sep 16, 2011 - 10:16 AM

Dead Beat coverCelebrity detecives are all the rage these days. I have often wondered why no one has come up with a Beatle detective.  I suppose that when enough time has passed and they are perceived as historical personages rather than living icons – including the two who are no longer with us! – this will become the case.

In the meantime, I was happy to come across a review for Dead Beat by Patricia Hall, a mystery set in the London and Liverpool of the swinging 1960s with – what could be more fab than this?  – a female photographer as the protagonist.read more

The Puzzle Master

Posted by JaneM on Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011 - 10:17 AM

The career of maverick Detective Inspector Rebus began with Knots & Crosses in 1987 and ended with Exit Music in 2007.

For Rebus, Edinburgh is just one big crime scene just waiting to happen.

Rankin’s writing is greatly influenced by the stories of Robert Louis Stevenson and he used the Jekyll and Hyde story as a template with Edinburgh itself being as much of a character as Rebus.read more

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Posted by JaneM on Thursday, Sep 8, 2011 - 11:05 AM

New mysteries "on order" for the Library's collection

TNT dynamite

Posted by JaneM on Friday, Sep 2, 2011 - 8:36 AM

good morning killer coverTNT network has scheduled a new series, set to premiere in November, called The TNT Tuesday Night Mystery that will feature six contemporary crime drama movies adapted from fictional novels.

The line-up will include Scott Turow’s Innocent, Richard North Patterson's Silent Witness, Sandra Brown's Ricochet, Lisa Gardner's Hide, April Smith's Good Morning Killer, and Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark's Deck the Halls.   read more