Nov. 27-28 - All libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving.
New Arrivals - Mystery
When the local veterinarian is charged with murdering his wife, Sam is convinced the police have arrested the wrong person, and he sets out to find the real killer with the help of his friends Phyllis and Carolyn and his new pet dog, Buck.
Telepathic Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life. When one of her coworkers checks out, she decides that maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.
Investigating the death of a Vietnam veteran whose PTSD culminated in a hoarding disorder, Joe Gunther learns that the victim's collection of combat photos contains information that a sinister adversary desperately wants to keep hidden.
In the wanting months of the second World War, a group of children discover an earthen tunnel in their neighborhood. Throughout the summer of 1944--until one father forbids it--the subterranean space becomes their "secret garden," where the friends play games and tell stories. Six decades later, beneath a house on the same land, construction workers uncover a tin box containing two skeletal hands, one male and one female. As the discovery makes national news, the friends come together once again, to recall their days in the tunnel for the detective investigating the case. Is the truth buried among these aging friends and memories?
Prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins's sister has been living with her since she got out of jail three months ago. When Bell gets a call in the middle of the night to pick Shirley up from a bar fight, she's livid. But on arriving at the bar, Bell discovers a man has been killed. Nineteen-year-old Lindy Crabtree's father's health is declining, and her job at the gas station is boring. But the rash of violent crimes in Acker's Gap has her worried, as someone seems to be paying her too much attention. Yet when Bell and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong investigate, they find themselves stymied by a murderer who seems to come and go like smoke on the mountain.
"Master ninja Hiro Hattori is trying to sleep when he has an unexpected visit from his friend Kazu, a fellow shinobi and member of the same ninja clan working undercover at the shogunate. Kazu says that Saburo, the Shogun's cousin, has been stabbed to death within the walls of the Shogun's palace with Kazu's dagger, and that though he is innocent, he fears he will be blamed for the murder. He begs Hiro's help in escaping the city. But before he can flee, Hiro and Father Mateo, the Jesuit priest under Hiro's protection, are summoned to the palace to aid in the investigation. There they learn of a plot to assassinate the Shogun and overthrow the ruling Ashikaga clan. With Lord Oda, a rival warlord, scheduled to arrive in Kyoto soon and the murderer poised to strike again, Hiro must use his assassin's skills to reveal the killer's identity and protect the Shogun. Kazu, trapped in the city, still will not admit where he was at the time of the murder, and this makes Hiro doubt his innocence. Other suspects include the maid who found the body, Saburo's wife, and the stable master. Unfortunately, the Shogun demands the murder solved before Lord Oda arrives, and if the murderer can't be brought to justice, Hiro and Father Mateo may have to die in his place"--Provided by publisher.
After a shocking archaeological find at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello home sparks controversy, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen goes hunting for the truth. Her friends Mrs. Murphy the tiger cat and Tee Tucker the corgi go hunting too--for a killer out to keep Harry quiet.
Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus have relocated to upstate New York to be closer to their four adult children. Now working for the Greenbury Police Department, Peter must draw from his years of experience as a homicide cop when a break-in at the local cemetery leads him into a world of art forgery and murder that is linked to cold case crimes, international intrigue and ruthless people who kill for sport.
A rich cast of characters that are enveloped in an ever-tightening web of conspiracies, secrets, and mortal passions that threatens to destroy their friendship, and leave one, or both, dead.
"Three days after Christmas, a lonely bartender looking for a reason to live rescues an abused puppy from a trash can and meets a damaged woman looking for something to believe in. As their relationship grows, they cross paths with the Chechen mafia; a man grown dangerous with age and thwarted hopes; two hapless stick-up artists; a very curious cop; and the original owner of the puppy, who wants his dog back"--From publisher description.
At first enjoying a peaceful retirement, former Quebec homicide detective Armand Gamache reluctantly agrees to help a neighbor search for her missing estranged husband and teams up with two former colleagues on a search that reveals the workings of a psychologically damaged mind.
As the leaves begin to fall in idyllic Dappled Hills, someone puts too fine a point on a local ladies? man. Fortunately, the detective skills of quilter Beatrice Coleman are a cut above the rest... The Village Quilters of Dappled Hills, North Carolina, are desperate to finish their quilts before an upcoming show. To help, fellow member Posy has opened the back room of her shop, the Patchwork Cottage, for everyone to use. But the ladies are less than thrilled when Phyllis Stitt and Martha Helmsley?members of their rival quilting guild, the Cut-Ups?ask to join them. Phyllis is hoping to leave the Cut-Ups and join up with the Village Quilters now that Martha?s dating her ex-fiancé, Jason Gore. She?s not pleased when he visits the shop and even more upset when her new shears disappear. After offering to search for them, Beatrice discovers Jason with the shears buried in his unfaithful heart. Now she must sharpen her sleuthing skills to find a killer before someone else?s life is cut short... INCLUDES QUILTING TIPS!
"Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving. But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the valuable book he won as his prize is missing, Jane realizes one of her guests is an actual murderer. Amid a resort full of fake detectives, Jane is bound and determined to find a real-life killer. There's no room for error as Jane tries to unlock this mystery before another vacancy opens up"--From publisher description.
You can leave the army, but the army doesn't leave you. Not always. Not completely, notes Jack Reacher and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA when someone shots at the president of France, from sniper range, using an American bullet. Joining him is Casey Nice, a rookie analyst, making Reacher recall the woman he once failed to save. But he won't let that happen again. Not this time. Not Nice.
"The Second World War has ended, leaving a bruised and fragile peace. But this tranquility is threatened when a shocking murder takes place in the Sussex countryside. Before long, police experts discover a link to another, earlier, killing hundreds of miles away ...While Scotland Yard detective Billy Styles struggles to find a link between these two murders, a strange twist of fate brings former Detective Inspector John Madden into the investigations. As the victim count rises it becomes clear that to catch this serial killer Madden, Styles and young policewoman Detective-Constable Lily Poole must act quickly. But Madden remains haunted by the mysteries at the heart of the case. Why was his name in a letter the second target had been penning, just before he died? Could the real clue to these perplexing murders lie within the victims' pasts? And within his own? With this stunning, atmospheric crime novel teeming with twists and moving between the 1950s, the First and Second World Wars, Rennie Airth, the author of River of Darkness, The Blood-Dimmed Tide and The Dead of Winter presents his greatest and most compelling novel yet"-- Provided by publisher.
It is June 1940 and Hitler's army has conquered France and is turning on England. While the United States is only now waking up to the war, it has been gnawing at Miranda Corbie ever since she was a nurse in Spanish Civil War. Working in San Francisco as a PI years later, the war should seem a world away, but it might as well be on her doorstep now that she's learned that her mother is trapped in England. There isn't much she can do until the State Department asks her to keep an eye on a chemistry professor who they suspect is a Nazi spy trafficking in information on allied forces armaments.
"All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body-proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent. Forever. Meanwhile, the last thing Detective Carl Morck needs is for his assistants, Assad and Rose, to pick up a missing persons case on a whim: Carl's nemesis is his new boss, and he's saddled Department Q with an unwelcome addition. But when they learn that a mysterious teen named Marco may have as much insight into the case as he has fear of the police, Carl is determined to solve the mystery and save the boy. Carl's actions propel the trio into a case that extends from Denmark to Africa, from embezzlers to child soldiers, from seemingly petty crime rings to the very darkest of cover-ups"-- Provided by publisher.
"Halloween is approaching, and the co-owners of Zydeco Cakes, Rita Lucero and her former mother-in-law, Miss Frankie, have scored a sweet treat--a fantastic catering opportunity that could lead to a rich future for their bakery. But their good news is quickly rattled by a bump in the night when Miss Frankie's neighbor, Bernice, barrels into her kitchen toting a Bible and a gun, and serves up a story about a ghost at her window. Bernice swears she just saw the ghost of her moonshiner uncle who disappeared in the swamp fifteen years ago. When her cousin goes missing in the same swamp, Bernice is certain someone is playing a nasty trick, and convinces Rita and Miss Frankie to help her investigate. They'll just need to watch their steps, as these ladies are liable to get mired in a very swampy mystery."--Page  of cover.
"Kenan Khoury's wife went out grocery shopping and never came home. Alive, anyway. But because Kenan Khoury buys and sells drugs for a living he can't go to the police for help. He goes to Matthew Scudder instead--an alcoholic ex-cop and unlicensed private eye who will stop at nothing to bring the brutal killers to justice before another innocent woman falls beneath their knives"--Page  of cover.
Deacon's sister Melanie calls him terrified so he goes to help her. He finds a scared young woman gripped by what she insists is a paranormal nightmare and murder. Two men have been killed and Melanie is the prime suspect. Trinity Nichols and the town are on edge, especially because of how bizarrely the men died. Her investigation is yielding more than she bargained for, including a group of strangers who have abilities Trinity finds hard to believe. Things are growing stranger by the minute.
"The local community college and an antique dealer team up to have a workshop for artists. One local man, Burt Collins, isn't fond of the art, and he isn't fond of having the artists in town. Sheriff Dan Rhodes is called to the antique store because Collins has been accused of vandalizing some paintings. When Rhodes arrives, two men are restraining Collins. But before Rhodes can take Collins into custody, a near riot breaks out. Rhodes gets the situation under control with the help of college math instructor and wannabe cop Seepy Benton. Later that day Rhodes has to help the county animal control officer round up some runaway donkeys, and that evening there's a robbery at a local convenience store. After looking into the robbery, Rhodes goes by to see Collins and talk to him about the vandalism. Collins isn't talking because he's been killed, his head bashed in with a bust of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Rhodes is faced with other problems, too: a naked woman in a roadside park and a gang of meth-cookers. It seems as if a Sheriff's work is never done"-- Provided by publisher.
As Thanksgiving approaches, Jordan Bingham is grateful for her job researching rare books for Vera Van Alst, but after Vera is paid a visit by Muriel Delgado, Jordan's position is terminated. Then Jordan learns that Muriel has designs on Vera's collection of Nero Wolfe first editions and discovers a deadly connection between Muriel and the Van Alst family.
"It's been a long time since Jesse Stone left L.A., and longer still since the tragic injury that ruined his chances for a professional baseball career. When Jesse is invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team, he is forced to grapple with his memories and his regrets over what might have been. But his time at the reunion is cut short when a young woman is found murdered and her boyfriend, a son of one of Paradise's most prominent families, is missing and presumed kidnapped. Though seemingly unrelated, there is a connection between the reunion and the crimes as Jesse discovers that one of his former teammates may in fact be his main suspect. Sometimes, danger comes not from where you expect it, but from your blind spots"-- Provided by publisher.
When her aunt's dog-whispering protégé is found dead, Melanie Travis must help sort through the growing list of suspects to find the killer, all while juggling motherhood, marriage, and her six beloved poodles.