Suspense, Thrillers, and Mysteries, Oh My!

Do you enjoy a good page turner? Books that keeping you guessing until the end? Or maybe a book with a great surprise twist? Check out these staff picks.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, recommended by Dawn:
If you like a book with many twists and turns that lead to unexpected surprises, this book is for you!
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Golden in Death by J.D. Robb, recommended by Lauren:
For fans of the series, this is yet another solid entry. For people who are jumping into these books for the first time, I would suggest you start with book one. The victims of the murders are the kinds of people you just can’t help but like, which makes the tragedies they suffer all the more horrible. The resulting chase between the killer and Eve is super satisfying, especially in the closing pages.
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Guardians by John Grisham, recommended by Roseann:
Grisham’s ability to tell a compelling story within a legal framework is very much in evidence here. As he wrote at the conclusion, the real life conviction of a man imprisoned for years for the murder of his wife which relied heavily on a blood spattered flashlight inspired Grisham to write this his latest.
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How the Light Gets in by Louise Penny, recommended by Roseann:
Louise Penny’s mysteries are all top notch but this may be her masterpiece (I have read it twice and may go back yet again). Inspector Gamache tries to solve multiple problems: the disappearance of a celebrity, trouble on the force and approaching destruction. The plot is tightly woven and will not disappoint the reader. As is true with all Louise Penny mysteries, don’t read them on an empty stomach. The description of food offerings at the Bistro will send you racing to the refrigerator for Brie and wine.
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The Mystery of the Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah (writing as Agatha Christie), recommended by Roseann:
Sophie Hannah takes Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and adds her own distinct touch. Poirot who is usually approached by others in peril now finds the shoe on the other foot as several irate people berate him for accusing them of Barnabas Pandy. Does the man exist, is he dead, who has used Poirot’s name and reputation in vain are just some of the Belgian’s dilemmas.
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The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James, recommended by Selena:
A supernatural mystery involving a motel in upstate NY. A young woman in the present investigates the mysterious disappearance of her aunt in the 1970s and encounters some ghosts along the way.
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The Murder Room by P.D. James, recommended by Roseann:
P.D. James often said that she started writing mysteries to get herself in shape to write novels. But thankfully for her readers, she discovered that she could deliver much needed insight about the human psyche within the confines of a mystery. As always James, prizes the setting. This one is a winner, the Dupayne Museum, on the edge of London, and its stellar attraction: the Murder Room which highlights grisly crimes committed during the interwar period of 1919-39. Adam Dalgliesh is called to the scene when the brother in the dysfunctional owner family perishes in his flaming car. Both this and the next murder bear uncanny resemblance to crimes from the Murder Room. Stay with this one–it is a winner. Equally worthwhile is the PBS version with Martin Shaw’s fine interpretation of Dalgliesh not only dealing with the crime but also with the romantic complications posed by Emma Lavenham who poses a serious threat to his bachelor existence.
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Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich, recommended by Dawn:
I really enjoy Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. This was a hoot because Grandma got remarried! That in itself should tell you you will be laughing most of the way through the book.
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The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths, recommended by Holly:
The best mystery series let the reader learn something while enjoying the whodunit. Crossing Places is the first of a series featuring Ruth, a forensic archaeologist living at the edge of a remote ocean-side English marsh. As you may imagine, bones show up in the marsh, Ruth checks them out, and somehow ends up in the role of mystery-solver. Everything about this book is done well; the all too human characters are colored in just a few sentences and there’s a deep sense of place. Even the salt sprayed wind whipping through the marsh lashes the reader. You will feel as if you’re there, and as a bonus, you’ll learn a bit about archaeology! Readers who enjoy the Louise Penney and Julia Spencer-Fleming mysteries will happily delve into this unique series.
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Other Mystery/Thriller Titles You May Enjoy:

The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan
Recommended by Selena
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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Recommended by Catherine
Available on Overdrive Ebook, Overdrive Audiobook

Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline
Recommended by Chrissy
Available on Overdrive Ebook, Overdrive Audiobook

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Recommended by Selena
Available on Overdrive Ebook, Overdrive Audiobook