Best Mysteries - as voted by GRRL patrons!

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Sue Grafton
Description: The wife of a hated divorce lawyer becomes the main suspect in his murder and hires private detective Kinsey Millhone to find the real killer.
Call Number: FIC Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 3, 2018
Peter Tremayne
Description: In A.D. 664, when someone murders the Abbess Etain during the synod between the Roman and Celtic churches, Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church and Brother Eadulf of the Roman must find the killer and prevent civil war.
Call Number: FIC Tre
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 3, 2018
M. C Beaton
Description: Agatha has moved to a picture-book English village and wants to get in the swing. So she buys herself a quiche for the village quiche-making contest and is more than alarmed when it kills a judge. Hot on the trail of the poisoner, Agatha is fearless, all the while unaware, that she's become the next victim.
Call Number: FIC Bea
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 2, 2018
Kerry Greenwood
Call Number: FIC Gre
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 2, 2018
Sofie Kelly
Description: "When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life. Owen is a tabby with a catnip addiction and Hercules is a stocky tuxedo cat who shares Kathleen's fondness for Barry Manilow. But beyond all the fur and purrs, there's something more to these felines. When murder interrupts Mayville's Music Festival, Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect. More stunning is her realization that Owen and Hercules are magical-and she's relying on their skills to solve a purr-fect murder."--FantasticFiction.com.
Call Number: LP FIC Kel
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Oct 3, 2018
John T Lescroart
Description: When the boss of ex-cop Dismas Hardy begins an investigation into the alleged suicide of his brother-in-law, also a friend of Hardy, Hardy steps in to help and becomes privy to the lives of the victim's family.
Call Number: FIC Les
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 3, 2018
Henning Mankell, Steven T. Murray
Description: The murder of a farming couple in Sweden unleashes a wave of xenophobia when it is learned that the woman's dying words were "foreigner." The case is given to Inspector Kurt Wallender, a lover of opera and booze. Part crime story, part look at the attitude of Swedes to immigrants.
Call Number: FIC Man
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 5, 2018
Brian Freeman
Call Number: FIC Fre
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 3, 2018
William Kent Krueger, David Chandler, LLC Recorded Books
Description: Cork O'Connor loses his job as sheriff in small town Aurora, Minnesota, after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide--and no one but O'Connor suspects foul play.
Call Number: FIC Kru
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 3, 2018
Jacqueline Winspear, Rita Barrington, BBC Audiobooks America
Description: Maisie Dobbs entered domestic service in 1910 at thirteen, working for Lady Rowan Compton. When her remarkable intelligence is discovered by her employer, Maisie becomes the pupil of Maurice Blanche, a learned friend of the Comptons. In 1929, following an apprenticeship with Blanche, Maisie hangs out her shingle: "M. Dobbs, trade and personal investigations." She soon becomes enmeshed in a mystery surrounding The Retreat, a reclusive community of wounded WWI veterans. At first, Maisie only suspects foul play, but she must act quickly when Lady Rowan's son decides to sign away his fortune and take refuge there. Maisie hurriedly investigates, uncovering a disturbing mystery, which, in an astonishing denouement, gives Maisie the courage to confront a ghost that has haunted her for years.
Call Number: FIC Win
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 2, 2018
David Rosenfelt
Description: Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-D.A., drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium. The shocks pile on as he discovers his dad left him with two unexpected legacies: a fortune of $22 million that Andy never knew existed ... and a murder case with enough racial tinder to burn down City Hall. Struggling to serve justice and bring honor to his father, Andy must dig up some explosive political skeletons, and an astonishing family secret that can close his case (and his mouth) for good.
Call Number: FIC Ros
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 3, 2018
John Sandford
Description: The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. .. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport ... is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.
Call Number: FIC San
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 3, 2018
Louise Penny
Description: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.
Call Number: LP FIC Pen
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Oct 2, 2018
Jeffery Deaver
Description: A handicapped ex-forensic investigator is drawn into a New York murder investigation.
Call Number: FIC Dea
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 2, 2018
Craig Johnson
Description: Two years earlier, four high school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.
Call Number: FIC Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 5, 2018
Robert Galbraith
Description: After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man."--Dust jacket.
Call Number: FIC Gal
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 5, 2018
Jane Harper
Description: "After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there's more to Luke's death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets. "-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 2, 2018
Camilla Läckberg, Steven T Murray
Description: After she returns to her hometown to learn that her friend, Alex, was found in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed, biographer Erica Falck researches her friend's past in hopes of writing a book and joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who has his own suspicions about the case.
Call Number: FIC Lac
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 23, 2018
Allen Eskens
Description: College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer, medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. Unable to reconcile Carl's valor in Vietnam with the despicable acts of the convict, Joe throws himself into uncovering the truth.
Call Number: FIC Esk
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
Agatha Christie
Description: There has been a murder at Styles Court. Detective Poirot comes out of retirement to solve who would want the rich heiress Inglethorp dead, and would have the impudence to poison her. The jagged plot turns keep Poirot--and the reader--guessing as suspicion shifts from one peculiar character to the next. In Agatha Christie's first published work, the reader meets Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, destined to become the central detective of her mystery novels.
Call Number: FIC Chr
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 2, 2018
Sujata Massey
Call Number: FIC Mas
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 3, 2018
Dean R. Koontz
Description: ""I very much need to be dead." These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for--but took his own life. In the void that remains stands his widow, Jane, surrounded by questions destined to go unanswered . . . unless she does what all the grief, fear, confusion, and fury inside of her demands: find the truth, no matter what"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Koo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 3, 2018
Lindsey Davis
Call Number: FIC Dav
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 3, 2018
Lawrence Block
Description: A private detective who was a cop for fifteen years, investigates the savage murder of a Greenwich Village hooker supposedly killed by her homosexual roommate.
Call Number: FIC Blo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 2, 2018
Ausma Zehanat Khan
Description: "Detective Esa Khattak is in the midst of his evening prayers when he receives a phone call asking that he and his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, look into the death of a local man who has fallen off a cliff. At first Christopher Drayton's death doesn't seem to warrant a police investigation, especially not from Khattak and Rachel's team, which handles minority-sensitive cases. But it soon comes to light that Drayton might have been living under an assumed name, and he may not have been the upstanding Canadian citizen he appeared to be. In fact, he may have been a Bosnian war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kha
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 3, 2018
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"A" Is For Alibi
Sue Grafton
FIC Gra
The Bone Collector
Jeffery Deaver
FIC Dea
Absolution By Murder
Peter Tremayne
FIC Tre
The Cold Dish
Craig Johnson
FIC Joh
Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death
M. C Beaton
FIC Bea
The Cuckoo's Calling
Robert Galbraith
FIC Gal
Cocaine Blues
Kerry Greenwood
FIC Gre
The Dry
Jane Harper
FIC Har
Curiosity Thrilled The Cat: A Magical Cats Mystery [Large Print]
Sofie Kelly
LP FIC Kel
The Ice Princess
Camilla Läckberg, Steven T Murray
FIC Lac
Dead Irish
John T Lescroart
FIC Les
The Life We Bury : A Novel
Allen Eskens
FIC Esk
Faceless Killers
Henning Mankell, Steven T. Murray
FIC Man
The Mysterious Affair At Styles
Agatha Christie
FIC Chr
Immoral [Audiobook]
Brian Freeman
FIC Fre
The Salaryman's Wife
Sujata Massey
FIC Mas
Iron Lake [Audiobook]
William Kent Krueger, David Chandler, LLC Recorded Books
FIC Kru
The Silent Corner: A Novel
Dean R. Koontz
FIC Koo
Maisie Dobbs [Audiobook]
Jacqueline Winspear, Rita Barrington, BBC Audiobooks America
FIC Win
The Silver Pigs
Lindsey Davis
FIC Dav
Open And Shut
David Rosenfelt
FIC Ros
The Sins Of The Fathers
Lawrence Block
FIC Blo
Rules Of Prey
John Sandford
FIC San
The Unquiet Dead
Ausma Zehanat Khan
FIC Kha
Still Life [Large Print]
Louise Penny
LP FIC Pen