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Mystery Picks from Susan
Susan is the Mystery Book Group volunteer coordinator and the new Eagle Harbor Reader's Circle coordinator. She is well-versed in many different genres, specifically mystery, thriller, suspense, classic literature, and modern fiction books. If you are interested in learning more about our store book groups, visit: Mystery Book Group or Eagle Harbor Reader's Circle.
Sanctuary is a mountaintop lodge and home to a canine stray and rescue training and rehab center run by a handful of nuns. Evie, a bit of a stray herself, is fresh out of rehab and determined to start a new life when she signs up for the Sanctuary’s program, but it’s the dogs who teach her most. Evie finds the second chance she so desperately craves in the reciprocity of love between humans and canines. This is both a joyful romp and a thoughtful meditation. ~ Susan, leader of the Eagle Harbor Reader's Circle and the Mystery Book Group
In this PEN Faulkner Award-winning novel, a prominent painter has died in NYC. His obituary notes that he is survived by his wife Abigail, their son, and his sister Maxine. What the obituary doesn’t note is that he is also survived by Teddy, his longtime mistress. As two biographers begin interviewing the women, the open secret of the affair hits the papers. Skeletons leap out of closets, revealing much about all three women and their relationships with the painter. As secrets are revealed, the women come together in unexpected ways. Witty and hugely entertaining, with superb storytelling, this is catnip to any woman who has fallen in love after the age of fifty! ~ Susan, Coordinator of the Eagle Harbor Readers Circle and the Mystery Book Discussion Group
Red Cameron’s most recent pick on the online dating circuit—rich, charming Bryce Laurent— is too good to be true. As their relationship blossoms, disturbing patterns of anger and obsession are revealed. Red evicts Bryce from her flat and begins life anew. Refusing to accept her rejection, he begins to destroy everything and everyone close to her. It’s up to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team to apprehend Bryce before Red becomes his ultimate victim. This is thriller writing at its best! James has nine Roy Grace stories to his credit and this latest will leave his audience begging for more. ~ Susan, Coordinator of the Eagle Harbor Reader’s Circle and our Mystery Book Group
Andy Hicks and his partner Laura Fellowes are detectives in a British town with a serial killer on the loose. The brazen killer strikes at will, terrorizing the town and mocking Andy by sending him letters. As Andy probes the grisly cases, he finds himself battling his own demons as well, becoming more detached from his pregnant wife Rachel, and jeopardizing their marriage. Aided by his partner, Andy’s determination pays off, but not without a string of murders, lots of tension, and a bit of marriage counseling. Highly acclaimed in the UK, Mosby is a master of the character driven thriller. ~ Susan, Coordinator of the Eagle Harbor Reader’s Circle and our Mystery Book Group
From the author of The Senator’s Wife comes the story of a summer in Pomeroy, an eastern beach town where an arsonist has torched six summer homes. The fire and police departments are stretched to their limits as conflicts mount between permanent and summer families. This is also the story of Frankie, who returns to her family home from a job in East Africa hoping for tranquility, but finds her father suffering from Alzheimer’s and her mother unraveling. As she struggles with her parents, Frankie also longs for something bigger in life. This is pure Sue Miller, with great characters, a plot that propels you, and deep, sensitively drawn emotions. This will be a great book group pick! ~ Susan, Coordinator of the Eagle Harbor Reader’s Circle and our Mystery Book Group
Belfast, Ireland of the 1980s is a violent city of religious, political and economic contrast and Sean Duffy is the only Catholic Royal Ulster Constabulary detective. When he catches a case involving the gang-style murders of two gay men, he enters a firestorm of political and ideological controversy. No one on either side of the Troubles wants to talk about the case. This is book one of a trilogy starring RUC detective Duffy, a likable character who deftly navigates the turbulent waters of suburban Belfast. Where has this smart, articulate and highly readable writer been? He should be much better known!
In a novel with more twists, turns and red herrings than Colin Dexter, Pavone has crafted a superb thriller about a mysterious manuscript purported to be a tell-all memoir by an anonymous media mogul. Isabel Reed, senior editor for a major publishing house, receives the manuscript and quickly realizes its potentially explosive impact upon the media, the government and the intelligence community. Then bodies begin to drop as surreptitious copies begin circulating, rumors spread, and Isabel must run for her life. Pavone’s Expats was a great read, but this is even better!
Andy Hicks and his partner Laura Fellowes are detectives in a British town with a serial killer on the loose. The brazen killer strikes at will, terrorizing the town and mocking Andy by sending him letters. As Andy probes the grisly cases, he finds himself battling his own demons as well, becoming more detached from his pregnant wife Rachel, and jeopardizing their marriage. Aided by his partner, Andy’s determination pays off, but not without a string of murders, lots of tension, and a bit of marriage counseling. Highly acclaimed in the UK, Mosby is a master of the character driven thriller.
Thirteenth in the popular Aimee Leduc detective series finds Aimee searching for a stolen Modigliani among the Russian and Serbian expats in a scruffy Paris neighborhood. Her sidekick Rene has left her for a six figure job in Silicon Valley and she has only an intern and a few boyfriends to help her navigate the dark alleys and homes for the aged in search of the portrait of Lenin as a young man. Twists and turns abound and Aimee’s life takes a surprising turn as well! A delicious, tantalizing mystery starring the ever-fascinating City of Light!
Cathy begins to have ghostly dreams after her best friend Eloise dies from breast cancer. In these dreams Eloise says she was murdered and that her two daughters are at risk from her unstable husband. Despite nearly destroying her own family, Cathy lurches forward to learn the truth and help her friend rest in peace. Set along the romantic, rain-lashed coast of Cornwall, this debut novel has all the mystery, menace and intrigue of Daphne du Maurier, with a contemporary twist. Moreover, it’s a thoughtful meditation on grief, motherhood, family and friendship, and should be devoured by fans of gothic mystery and fiction. ~ Susan
This debut novel is not to be missed! Josephine Bell, a house slave in Virginia in 1852, is a talented artist whose work had been attributed to her owner, LuAnne Bell. In the present, Lina Sparrow, a newly minted New York attorney, is tapped to work on a class action suit to recover trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of slaves. After viewing Josephine’s paintings, she sets out to find a descendant. Told in alternating chapters, the lives of Josephine and Lina weave increasingly complex tales of art, history, love and mystery. Exceptionally well-written, this book asks penetrating questions about righting past injustices and carving paths toward truth. ~ Susan,
A serial killer is targeting the residents of a senior housing project. His “signature” is distinctive, but his identity baffles DCI Simon Serrailler and his team. A workman in the housing project had been acquitted of an earlier series of murders on a legal technicality and was given a new identity. His retraining as an electrician and plumber has been particularly handy for stalking his elderly targets. This seventh in Man Booker Prize nominee Hill’s highly successful series is a tricky case for her talented DCI. It’s filled with twists and turns and, of course, romantic complexities and just the right touch of darkness Hill’s fans love. ~ Susan,
Meticulously detailed, intensely suspenseful, and breathlessly exciting, this debut thriller by a young Oregonian is sure to give Lee Child and Michael Connelly serious competition!” ~ Susan
Maggie Silver, a rising star in a high powered Southern California PR firm, must play spin doctor for a senator, the father of a high school chum. The senator’s young female aide has been found strangled and it is up to Maggie to prevent a possible scandal that could kill the senator’s run for vice president. This is another highly suspenseful and thoroughly enjoyable read from Hamilton, whose acclaimed Eve Diamond series established her as a master of LA Noir. Her characters and story, drawing on conflicts of class and identity and the less than glamorous side of Southern California, are timely and compelling.
Trying to help a young woman in distress, WWI nurse and accidental sleuth Bess Crawford is pulled into a family conflict involving infidelity, illegitimacy, and murder. She returns to France to search for an orphan, believed to be the illegitimate daughter of a British soldier whose wife she found huddled on her London doorstep. She soon finds that no good deed really does go unpunished. Third in the Bess Crawford series, this is an intelligent, thoughtful, and highly entertaining mystery set among the struggles of WWI Britain and France. Todd has done it again with this great read!
This engrossing mystery takes place shortly after the end of WWI, when veteran Laurence Bertram is contacted by the sister of a school chum, who has apparently committed suicide. Ostensibly a victim of post traumatic stress, Captain John Emmett escaped from a sanatorium outside London and was found dead of a bullet wound in the nearby woods. Laurence agrees to help Mary piece together the circumstances of Emmet’s demise and sets off to interview the beneficiaries of Emmett’s estate. The truth is not always what it seems, and a complex series of events leads Laurence confront the horrors of his war experiences, as well as possible murders
Released to coincide with the movie version of Savages, this is another rollercoaster thriller. Set against the lush backdrop of Laguna Beach, it depicts the ferocious SoCal drug trade and shows the reader how Ben, Chon, and O came to be the darkly engrossing twenty-somethings of Savages. Caught between crooked cops, a publicity-seeking DEA agent, and the Mexican drug cartels, these characters become modern-day versions of Bonnie and Clyde as they fight to escape the crossfire. Friends over family is the clear choice for the trio in this adrenaline-infused collision of generations. ~ Recommended by Susan
What a page turner! When Amy Dunne disappears without a trace on her fifth wedding anniversary, her husband Nick becomes the prime suspect. This seemingly typical story, told in alternating chapters by husband and wife, is anything but typical. In a series of breakneck twists and turns, the real truth about Nick’s and Amy’s marriage is revealed against a backdrop of media frenzy. It’s a new twist on an old question, “How well does anyone really know his/her spouse?” This is an ingeniously plotted thriller that grips you from beginning to end. ~ Recommended by Susan
In the first of Adler-Olsen’s wildly popular thriller/mysteries to be translated into English, Detective Carl Morck and his assistant Assad tackle the cold case of the disappearance of a Health Minister from a ferry en route to Germany. Lovers of Stieg Larsson will devour the adventures of Morck and Assad and be eager to see more of Adler-Olsen’s books translated. ~ Recommended by Susan
Based on two discrete factual events, this mystery weaves the history of a remote North Carolina barrier island. Parker spins a yarn of slavery, treason, terror, passion and greed. A thoroughly captivating story, full of action, hilarity and heartbreak. Recommended by Susan