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Murder and Mischief

A curated list of mystery fiction to explore in October






The Name of the Rose 

Umberto Eco

The year is 1327. Benedictines in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon—all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. Available on Hoopla. 
  Maisie Dobbs  Jacqueline Winspear Maisie Dobbs isn’t just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence, she works her way into college at Cambridge. When World War I breaks out, Maisie goes to the front as a nurse. It is there that she learns that coincidences are meaningful and the truth elusive. After the War, Maisie sets up on her own as a private investigator. A 15-book series available on Hoopla and Overdrive. 
  Crocodile on the Sandbank  Elizabeth Peters Set in 1884, strong-willed Amelia Peabody, a self-proclaimed spinster, decides to use her ample inheritance to indulge her passion, Egyptology. Along the way she finds mystery and an equally strong-willed archaeologist named Radcliffe.  A 20-book series available on Hoopla and Overdrive.
  Murder at the Vicarage  Agatha Christie Meet Agatha Christie’s unflappable and much beloved female detective, Miss Jane Marple. With her gift for sniffing out the malevolent side of human nature, Miss Marple is led on her first case to a crime scene at the local vicarage. A 13-book series available on Hoopla.
  Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore  Robin Sloan Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore is odd. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything; instead, they "check out" large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, new employee Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele's behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends, but they soon discover the bookstore's secrets extend far beyond its walls. Available on Overdrive.
  Snow Falling on Cedars  David Guterson San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man's guilt. Available on Hoopla.
   Bluebird, Bluebird  Attica Locke When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules--a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. When two murders rock his hometown, he must solve the crime before the town falls apart. Part of a 2-book series available on Overdrive.
   The Dinner  Herman Koch Two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act—an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As their friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love. Available on Hoopla and Overdrive.
  Death Overdue  Allison Brook Librarian Carrie Singleton first library program isn’t going well when a visiting detective keels over and dies. With the help of the resident library ghost, she sets out to solve his murder and another murder from 15 years in the past. Part of a 3-book series available on Hoopla and Overdrive.
  The Shadow of the Wind  Carlos Ruiz Zafón Eleven-year-old Daniel is initiated into the world of Barcelona’s guild of rare-book dealers, where they tend the secret Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Here he discovers author Julian Carax – but someone is working to destroy all of Carax’s books. Before Daniel knows it, he is neck deep in a conspiracy of murder, magic, madness and doomed love. Part of a 4-book series.
  The Beekeeper's Apprentice  Laurie R. King Content in his retirement, Sherlock Holmes never imagines he would encounter anyone whose intellect matched his own, much less an audacious teenage girl with a penchant for detection. Miss Mary Russell becomes Holmes' pupil and quickly hones her talent for deduction, disguises and danger.  Part of a 15-book series available on Overdrive.
  Rebecca  Daphne Du Maurier A young woman working as a lady's maid is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives--presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
  Her Royal Spyness  Rhys Bowen Cousin to the King of England, penniless Georgie is asked to spy for the Queen. Everything seems to be going swimmingly until she finds a body in her bathtub...and someone is definitely trying to kill her. Part of a 13-book series.
  Homicide in Hardcover  Kate Carlisle Book expert Brooklyn Wainwright knows she’s in trouble when she’s discovered kneeling beside the body of her mentor. Now she has to read the clues left behind by her mentor if she is going to restore justice. Part of a 13-book series available on Hoopla.
  The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse  Leann Sweeney Jill's quiet life is shattered when her house is broken into and her Abyssinian, Syrah, goes missing. Jill's convinced her kitty's been catnapped. But when her cat-crime-solving leads her to a murdered body, suddenly all paws are pointing to Jill. Part of an 8-book series.
  A Veiled Deception  Annette Blair At Maddie’s sister’s engagement party, the ‘Jezebel’ trying to steal the groom-to-be is found strangled with a bridal veil, making the bride-to-be the prime suspect. Besides seeking the real killer, Maddie alters her sister’s vintage wedding gown, worn by generations of the groom’s family, and something odd happens. The gown gives Maddie visions, clues to the past and the murder. Part of a 6-book series.
  City of Windows  Robert Pobi During the worst blizzard in memory, an FBI agent in a moving SUV in New York City is killed by a nearly impossible sniper shot. Unable to pinpoint where the shot came from, as the storm rapidly wipes out evidence, the agent-in-charge Brett Kehoe turns to the one man who might be able to help them--former FBI agent Lucas Page. To identify and hunt down this ruthless, seemingly unstoppable killer, Page must discover what hidden past connects the victims before he himself loses all that is dear to him. Part of an upcoming series.
  On What Grounds  Cleo Coyle When Clare finds the assistant manager of her coffee shop dead on the floor, police deem the death an accident. After the police leave, Clare can't help wondering...If this was an act of murder, is she in danger? Part of an 18-book series available on Hoopla.
  The Gone World  Tom Sweterlitsch Time travel is an essential tool for a secret division of NCIS. Agent Shannon Moss must solve the murder of a family in the past, while traveling to the future to collect more insight into the crime. But she winds up discovering much more than the fate of a family.
  Keepsake Crimes  Laura Childs Business is booming and life is cozy for Carmela at her scrapbooking shop, Memory Mine. But when one of the city's elite dies during Mardi Gras, the police name Carmela's estranged husband as their number one suspect. Although Carmela hasn't forgotten how he scrapped their marriage, she doesn't think he is cut out to be a killer. Part of a 16-book series.
  The Club Dumas  Arturo Perez-Reverte Lucas Corso is a book detective, a middle-aged mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well-known bibliophile is found dead, leaving behind part of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment. He is soon drawn into a swirling plot involving devil worship, occult practices, and swashbuckling derring-do among a memorable cast of characters. Available on Hoopla and Overdrive.
  Murder Simply Brewed  Vannetta Chapman  After a body turns up in the coffeehouse of an Amish artisan shop, manager Amber Wright sets out to prove it wasn’t a simple heart attack that felled him. With Amish friend Hannah, she sets out to prove it was murder. Part of a 3-book series available on Hoopla.
  The Unquiet Dead  Ausma Zehanat Khan After a man falls to his death from a cliff, Detective Rachel Getty isn’t sure why she’s been assigned to the case. She and her partner soon discover that the victim may have been a wanted war criminal responsible for the death of thousands. With lots of people wanting him dead, could it be murder, or simply an accident? Part of a 5-book series available on Hoopla.
  The Last Place You Look  Kristen Lepionka PI Roxane Weary is asked to look into the case of a man sitting on death row for killing his girlfriend and her family – but he maintains his innocence. With only weeks to go before his execution, Roxane finds there may be more to this story. But can she prove it in time? Part of a 3-book series.