Staff Picks - Detective

Created on April 23, 2021, 12:33 pm

Last Updated May 31, 2021, 9:18 am

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Mikael is found wandering after 13 years thought dead. Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Joona Linna races against time to save Mikael's sister and Saga Bauer goes undercover in a top security psychiatric ward to pry secrets from a convicted madman before he can *** again. - Sarah C
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Intertwining plot lines, family secrets, and an abundance of historical detail combine for a page-turning read set in the early days of WWII. With a whip-smart heroine, excellent supporting cast, compelling action, and more than a few twists, it's a strong series opener. - Jennie R
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A dentist with a bad reputation winds up dead and the whole town has a motive for his murder. This Hamish Macbeth Mystery has plenty of plot twists and a cast of characters--from the dental assistant to a pair of local moonshiners--that will keep you guessing until the very last page. - Arabeth B.
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Sadly, Kate Ross died before completing more Julian Kestrel mysteries, but this one -- the fourth and latest -- takes readers out of London to Italy and the world of 19th century opera, and deepens her detective's character in unexpected ways. -Charlotte M.
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This sheep's eye tale of a flock investigating their shepherd's mysterious death is much more than a detective story. Adorable, hilarious, and philosophical. -Charlotte M.
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Short stories illuminate the seamy underbellies of the world’s cities in this exciting series. Introduce yourself to a range of authors not often available in English and get a whole new perspective on places such as Paris, Helsinki, Singapore, Tel Aviv, San Diego, and even DC. - Jennifer R.
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Dave Gurney is a brilliant “retired” NYPD detective who is drawn back into a baffling crime. Gurney is clever, intense, and sees the big picture. Great characters, including Dave’s wife, who pushes him to stay retired. First in a series. - Laurie V.
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Literary detective Thursday Next travels though time, entering works of classic literature to solve crimes, in this witty first installment of the acclaimed series set in alternate-reality England. A must read for lovers of literature and wordplay! - Michelle F.
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This mystery series featuring Russ, a small town police chief and Clare, a military helicopter pilot turned minister, is set in the Adirondacks and seems destined for PBS Masterpiece. Local gossip and politics mixed with murder make for addictive reading. - Nico P.
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What if Sherlock Holmes was a woman scorned by society for her scandalous behavior? What if Dr. Watson also had a storied past? Together, this team thwarts everyday criminals as well as criminal masterminds in this Sherlock retelling. - Sarah C.
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In this dark mystery, a boy investigates the disappearance of his twin sister, whom hardly anyone still believes is alive. When a second child goes missing, the stakes are even higher. This is a story you can't put down. - Tracy K.
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