Staff Picks: Murder She (or He) Wrote

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Rather serendipitously, everyone in Library Administration has been reading mysteries and thrillers. If you’re up for a little excitement, consider one of the books reviewed here.

I wanted to try a new author, so I chose a new book to the library’s collection: The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan. Once the story got moving, I thoroughly enjoyed the multi-layered psychological suspense about the various secrets, lies and hidden moments that make up the lives of the characters. Multiple narrators show each character’s particular view of events, including some of what actually happened to cause Zoe to crash that car. Why did her blood alcohol test high when she didn’t recall drinking anything? And how did the bullies’ testimony  seal her fate? (Only downside for me was that the bullies pretty much got away with their awful behavior and the main character’s life was forever changed as a result.)

This was a book that made me think about family dynamics and the issues that can lead to wrong choice, as well as, what must happen to turn things right again. A good read for certain, so much so that I plan to read more of this author’s books. It kept me guessing to the end.

∼Terri, Administrative Specialist

Never, Never by James Patterson and Candice Fox is an excellent collaboration of two wonderful authors. It is a thriller to the end. The story follows Detective, Harriet “Harry” Blue to western Australia on a missing person’s case. Harry is sent on this case to get away from the distraction of her brother’s shocking arrest for the brutal murder of three women. The case, of course, turns out to be more than originally thought and leads Harry into some very tight spots and causes her to doubt even her best instincts. If you enjoy suspense and a strong female lead you will love this book!

∼Kim, Accounting Clerk

Anyone who likes reading mysteries set in a foreign country with a lot of history mixed in will enjoy Murder Most Unfortunate by David P. Wagner the third title in the Rick Montoya Italian Mystery series. In this installment, Montoya, the main character,  is working as a translator and living in Italy. Taking a break from work, he decides to explore the town of Bassano del Grappa to the north of Venice and all it has to offer, including delicious cuisine and picturesque views. What he finds instead is a decades old mystery of missing paintings and murder.

∼Linda, Support Services Manager

I recently enjoyed the audiobook Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo. Although it is part of the popular Alex Cross series, it is set in 1906 Eudora, Mississippi, unlike the earlier volumes in the series.

The story features one of Alex Cross’s ancestors, Abraham Cross, however, the main character is Ben Corbett, a lawyer who is sent to his hometown in Mississippi to face the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan. Corbett has built his career on tough cases, fighting against racism and oppression. When he returns to his hometown to investigate rumors that lynchings at the hands of the Klan have returned, he will face old friends and chilling prejudices. Filled with mystery, murder and even romance, Alex Cross fans will not be disappointed.  The scenes depicting the lynching and treatment of the black community, however, are not for the faint-of heart.

∼Lisa, Public Information Coordinator

I’ve always been drawn to Southern literature and having read Wiley Cash’s emotionally charged first novel, “A Land More Kind Than Home,” I opted to read his next work,  “This Dark Road to Mercy.” It promised to be just as moving a story; I was not disappointed.

After the untimely death of their mother, 12-year old Easter and 6-year old Ruby enter the foster care system, only to be kidnapped by their father, Wade, a washed up minor league baseball pitcher who signed away his rights to his children years before. On the run from both the authorities and a dangerous man with whom he has had some shady dealings, Wade has to figure out the best way he can protect his daughters.

In this work, Cash creates a vivid  picture of poverty, addiction, love and atonement in the American South….with a little baseball thrown in.

∼Dawn, Public Services Manager

Book listsreviews from our book clubs and favorites from library staff are great resources when searching for your next book. Or stop by the reference desk at your local library.


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