West Slope Library Booklist – January 2015


The world is a harsh, complicated place–just look at the news! It can be a relief to disappear into a mystery, where all the bad people are made up and where the terrible things that happen aren’t real. You can be thrilled, shocked, amused, puzzled, scared, and at the end of it all, you’re still safe!

If you think that mysteries are not for you, think again. There are so many mystery sub-genres that there is something for every taste. Take a look at the variety that is available just within the categories of hard case, cozy, and historical mysteries!

Hard Case Mysteries

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

By Chandler, Raymond
1988-07 – Vintage Books USA
0394758285



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When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.
"Chandler [writes] like a slumming angel and invest[s] the sun-blinded streets of Los Angelos with a romantic


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The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

By Hammett, Dashiell
1989-07 – Vintage Books USA
0679722645



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A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three

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House Dick

House Dick

By Hunt, E. Howard
2011-04 – Hard Case Crime
9780857683687



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A hotel detective in D.C. becomes entangled in a complex web of lies, burglary, and murder after a mysterious woman checks in. Available for the first time in more than 30 years, this classic novel was written by one of the masterminds behind the Watergate break-ins during the 1970s.

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The Killer Is Mine

The Killer Is Mine

By Powell, Talmage
2012-10 – Prologue Books
9781440556005



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The dirtiest killer of the year was the man private investigator Ed Rivers had to save from the chair.

Wally Tulman, Florida socialite, had been convicted of molesting and murdering a young girl.

Tulman’s lovely wife begged Rivers to take his case – to prove him innocent.

Rivers wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole.

Then somebody tapped him over the head, just to make sure.

Ed

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A Drink Before the War

A Drink Before the War

By Lehane, Dennis
1994-11 – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
015100093X



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Taking on a seemingly simple assignment to pinpoint the whereabouts of a cleaning woman who has allegedly stolen confidential State House documents, private investigators Patrick and Angela uncover a ring of extortion, assassination, and child prostitution.

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One Lonely Night/The Big Kill/Kiss Me Deadly

One Lonely Night/The Big Kill/Kiss Me Deadly

By Spillane, Mickey
Introduction by Block, Lawrence
2001-09 – New American Library
0451204255



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Featuring a special Introduction by Lawrence Block, this trade anthology features three complete Mike Hammer novels: "One Lonely Night, The Big Kill", and "Kiss Me Deadly".

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Free Fall in Crimson

Free Fall in Crimson

By MacDonald, John D.
1981-03 – HarperCollins
0060148330



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Cozy Mysteries

A Slaying in Savannah

A Slaying in Savannah

By Fletcher, Jessica
Author Bain, Donald
2008-09 – New American Library
9780451225054



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Jessica Fletcher digs up a home-grown murder mystery down South in this brand-new installment in the "USA Today" bestselling series.
Jessica is saddened when her eccentric old friend Tillie Mortelaine passes awayaand surprised to learn that Tillie has left her a million dollars. But there are strings attached. Jessica must use the money to help the literacy fund she and Tillie established


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Blood Orange Brewing

Blood Orange Brewing

By Childs, Laura
2007-03 – Berkley Prime Crime
9780425210574



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Cozy fun and clever plotting are the highlights of this new mystery in the bestselling series from the author of "Chamomile Mourning."

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The Deadly Dance

The Deadly Dance

By Beaton, M. C.
2005-12 – St. Martin’s Press
031298474X



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"She’s outclassed, outmatched, and outgunned…"
Infuriated that her holiday was ruined by a mugging, Agatha Raisin decides to open up her own detective agency. The romance-minded sleuth is thrilled by visions of handsome fellow gumshoes and headline-making crimes–but soon finds the only cases she can get are a non-glamorous lot of lost cats and an errant teenager. But when a wealthy divorcee


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Lemon Meringue Pie Murder

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder

By Fluke, Joanne
2003-03 – Kensington Publishing Corporation
0758201508



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The acclaimed author of "Blueberry Muffin Murder" entices readers with another delicious slice of small-town ilife, laughs, love, and murder, starring bakery-owner and sleuth extraordinaire Hannah Swensen.

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Needled to Death

Needled to Death

By Sefton, Maggie
2005-12 – Berkley Prime Crime
0425207064



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Taking a troop of tourists to Vickie Claymore’s alpaca farm doesn’t earn knitter Kelly Flynn a warm welcome. Instead she finds Vickie splayed out on her original hand-woven rug, her blood seeping into the design.

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Murder Past Due

Murder Past Due

By James, Miranda
2010-08 – Berkley Books
042523603X



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The first in a brand-new series inspired by Dewey the Library Cat. [A] kindhearted librarian hero, family secrets in a sleepy Southern town, and a gentle giant of a cat that will steal your heart.–"New York Times"-bestselling author Lorna Barrett. Original.

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Dying for Chocolate

Dying for Chocolate

By Davidson, Diane Mott
1993-10 – Crimeline
0553560247



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The Caterer
Meet Goldy Bear: a bright, opinionated, wildly inventive caterer whose personal life has become a recipe for disaster. She’s got an abusive ex-husband who’s into making tasteless threats, a rash of mounting bills that are taking a huge bite out of her budget, and two enticing men knocking on her door.
The Dish
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Historical Mysteries

Callander Square

Callander Square

By Perry, Anne
2009-05 – Ballantine Books
0345513959



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Murders just don’t happen in fashionable areas like Callander Square-but these two have. The police are totally baffled. Pretty, young Charlotte Ellison Pitt, however, is curious.
Inspector Pitt’s well-bred wife doesn’t often meddle in her husband’s business, but something about this case intrigues her-to the point that staid Charlotte Pitt is suddenly rattling the closets of the very rich,


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A Morbid Taste for Bones: The First Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

A Morbid Taste for Bones: The First Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

By Peters, Ellis
1994-01 – Grand Central Publishing
0446400157



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The ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey wants to acquire Saint Winifred’s sacred remains for his Benedictine order. And when the ensuing controversy leads to murder, Brother Cadfael investigates.

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Locked Rooms

Locked Rooms

By King, Laurie R.
2005-06 – Bantam Books
055380197X



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The Serpent on the Crown

The Serpent on the Crown

By Peters, Elizabeth
2006-03 – Avon Books
9780060591793



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Archaeologist Amelia Peabody returns in the "New York Times" Bestseller–a tale as exciting, mysterious, and powerful as ancient Egypt. Available in this premium "slim-trim" edition.

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Murder on Bank Street

Murder on Bank Street

By Thompson, Victoria
2008-06 – Berkley Publishing Group
9780425221518



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The bestselling author of "Murder in Chinatown" returns with another entry in her Edgar Award-nominated Gaslight mystery series featuring midwife Sarah Brandt.

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Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

By Winspear, Jacqueline
2004-06 – Soho Press
1569473684



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2004 Agatha Award for Best Novel
Maisie Dobbs is back and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate’s missing daughter. The case is complicated by the violent deaths of three of the heiress’ friends. Maisie discovers that the answers lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.


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