Kim’s March Recommendation

Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto

galvestonKim says:  “Last winter I was riveted to the screen watching True Detective on HBO.  I am still waiting for the re-tooling of the series with a whole new cast of characters.  In the meantime, I found creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto’s first novel, Galveston.  Set in New Orleans and East Texas, the novel is populated with criminals and other broken characters.  Like he did in True Detective, the author pulls you into a dark world where goodness and compassion struggle to find a footing.  I read it in one long night.”

3 Similar Reads

Breaking the Rules by Barbara Taylor Bradford – “When a psychopath with deadly intent vows to shatter M’s world forever, the muse and star model to France’s iconic designer Jean-Louis Tremont will break the rules to protect her family and her life.” – Summary from catalog

Echo Burning by Lee Child – “Carmen Greer wants out of a bad marriage, but it’s going to be tricky. Her abusive husband, Sloop, is in prison on an IRS beef; he’s due out soon, and he knows it was Carmen who turned him in to the feds. Faced with losing her daughter to Sloop and his full-pockets Texas family, Carmen takes to auditioning hitchhikers for the job of killing her husband. She winds up with ex-military cop Jack Reacher.” – Booklist

The Confession by John Grisham – “When Travis Boyette is paroled because of inoperable brain tumor, for the first time in his life, he decides to do the right thing and tell police about a crime he committed and another man is about to be executed for.” – Summary from catalog


Victoria’s September Recommendation

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain 

heartsickI love the series! It is so hard to put them down.- Victoria

Summary from publisher: “Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer. In the end, she was the one who caught him… and tortured him… and then let him go. Why did Gretchen spare Archie’s life and then turn herself in? This is the question that keeps him up all night – and the reason why he has visited Gretchen in prison every week since.

Meanwhile, another series of murders is tearing up the Portland streets. Archie seems to be getting closer to solving this high-profile case… until he finds himself in a fatal collision course with the killer – one that inevitably leads him back to his former captor. Gretchen may be the only one who can help do justice. The only thing she can’t do, this time, is save Archie’s life.”

3 Similar Titles:

Bloodman by Robert Pobi

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Shadow Man by Cody McFayden




Victoria’s December Recommendation

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Victoria is recommending this summer’s runaway hit Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn for the gone girlmonth of December.  She says that she “loved the twisted end” to this novel.  Here is a short description pulled from the library catalog: “On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy suddenly disappears.  The police immediately suspect Nick.  Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him.  He swears it isn’t true.  A police examination of his computers shows strange searches.  He says they aren’t his.  And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.  So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?”.

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A few months ago, I created an extensive read-a-like list for Gone Girl Click here to link to that list for recommendations to keep you busy reading while you wait for Flynn’s novel!  Joanna also recommended this book back in September.

Julia’s July Recommendation

Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton

This psychological thriller provided just what I was looking for in a summer read: a page turner until the very end! The twists keep coming throughout the book, which is set in London and features DC Lacey Flint investigating a Jack-the-Ripper copycat killer.

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1)  The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi (Access to library catalog here)

2) The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen (Access to library catalog here)

3) Breakdown by Sara Paretsky (Access to library catalog here)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston (Access to library catalog here)

2) Journey Into Darkness by John Douglas (Access to library catalog here)

3) The Killer of Little Shepherds by Douglas Starr (Access to library catalog here)

Mary Ann’s January Recommendation

Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch

“This mystery is set in Victorian England.  It’s the third in a series with gentleman detective Charles Lenox. Interesting minor characters like his butler and his fiance appear in all of the books; others are  A Beautiful Blue Death and The September Society.   If you like Anne Perry mysteries and Victorian details , try Finch’s books.”

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 You can find this book in the library at Call # MYSTERY FINCH

Hadley’s October Recommendation


Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain

“In honor of Halloween and our Big Read featuring Edgar Allan Poe, I went with something scary this month. I really enjoy this series, which is set in Portland, and centers on a female serial killer, a male detective, and a female reporter. I won’t reveal much, but this series is fast paced and has featured some great twists and turns along the way. I’d recommend it for anyone who likes thrillers or psychological suspense…but not for the faint of heart as there are some graphically described crime scenes. Evil at Heart is the third book in the series, after Heartsick and Sweetheart.

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Megan’s October Recommendation

The Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

“I recommend The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The book is set in Sweden and follows a journalist as he tries to solve the mystery of a woman who disappeared 40 years ago.  Along the way, he gets help from a genius hacker. The book follows many twists and turns and is very hard to put down.”

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You can find this book in the library at Call # FICTION LARSSON