Mystery

Iron Lake

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A customer was checking out some books the other day by William Kent Krueger and she was telling me that she loves his books. She had been eagerly awaiting his newest work and she encouraged me to read them. So I started to investigate him. He writes novels set in rural Minnesota and the stories often involve regional history and the local Native American tribes. The first in the series is Iron Lake. Have any of you read his books? If so, what did you think?

 

Watch and Read!


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I’ve been spending time watching Masterpiece Mystery on PBS. First they were doing Agatha Christie mysteries and that was great of course. Then they started the Inspector Lewis mysteries, which are inspired by Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse series. Next they’re running Death comes to Pemberly. So you can watch and then get the book from us, or you can read the books, and then watch the series on demand or DVD. Either way, check these out as they’re all good. 

 

The Complaints

I just finished reading Ian Rankin, a brand new author for me. His book, The Complaints, is set in Scotland and the hero, Malcolm Fox, is an officer who investigates other police officers. In the US, such departments are called Internal Affairs, but in Scotland, they’re called Complaints. Just like in the US, they are not popular with their fellow officers. Malcolm is asked to start investigating an officer named Jamie Breck, who is supposed to be involved in child pornography. However, Jamie doesn’t seem the type.

Reading Harry Bosch

I've been continuing with the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly. I've made my way through Darkness More Than Night, City of Bones, Lost Light, The Narrows and finally The Closers. I've enjoyed each one. In The Closers, Harry comes out of retirement to join the Open-Unsolved unity. Basically, they take on cold cases. There's a new chief of police and he's cleaning up the department. He wants Harry on the team, but he won't stand for any nonsense. Of course, you know Harry's bound to get into some trouble! He's working with this old partner, Kiz Rider. They start working on the case of Rebecca Verloren, murdered at age 16 in the year 1988. New DNA evidence has provided a lead and they're off to solve the case. Along the way Harry finds some departmental corruption and as I said, he gets in trouble. 

 

The Long Way Home

This is one of my favorite mystery series, partly because of the beautiful Canadian settings, but also because of the personality of Armand Gamache and the other characters.

The Accident

I wanted to read The Accident after reading Pavone’s best seller, The Expats. This story isn’t as compelling as The Expats but it was entertaining. Isabel Reed, a New York literary agent, receives a manuscript from an anonymous author. It is sure to be a best seller, but since it reveals secrets kept by powerful people, she is afraid that it will be dangerous to publish the book. Sure enough, her assistant is murdered and soon Isabel and her associate Jeff are running for their lives.

Sidetracked

Swedish inspector Kurt Wallander is called out to a farm where a young girl has been seen hiding in the field. He is stunned when she sets herself on fire. While he is dealing with the aftermath of that, a former justice minister is found murdered and scalped. Soon he and his team are searching for a serial killer who has murdered four men, seemingly unconnected with each other.

A Pedigree to Die For

I picked this up as it’s featured on our e-book page as a Big Read. This means that the library has been provided with unlimited copies of this e-book. If you like to download your books, A Pedigree to Die For is a quick, fun read.  It all starts when show dog owner Max Turnbull dies, leaving his wife and seven pedigreed poodles. His wife, Peg, suspects murder and the only clue is that one of the dogs, Beau, is missing.

Edgar Nominees

Here are the Edgar nominees for the Best Paperback Original:

The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne

 

Guilty One

 

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