Posted by Jen B.
The 2014 spring/summer edition of Staff Favorites is now available in library branches near you! We’ve included a few tantalizing titles to whet your appetite for more. Here, in their own words, Library staff members share some great mysteries to add to your summer reading list.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Flavia de Luce is a force of nature. Quirky, intelligent and wildly funny, she is undaunted by pretty much anything life throws at her, and when you are an 11-year-old chemistry buff and amateur detective, that says something. Set in the English countryside in 1950, this book is for mystery lovers, Anglophiles and science fans, but also for anyone who likes a riveting story and a glorious character. And, there are sequels! –Ann, Central
The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill
Siri Palboun is a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor who is “encouraged” to become the National Coroner of Laos during the early 1970s. The new government gives him little support, and he must often rely on other resources such as the helpful ghosts in his dreams. Later, during bizarre events in a Hmong village, Palboun discovers his own latent shamanistic powers, which help him solve three puzzling deaths. The first book in an ongoing series.
The Yard by Alex Grecian
A detective from Scotland Yard’s famed Murder Squad is found stabbed to deah and stuffed in a trunk. The task of finding the killer falls to the squad’s newest member, Detective Day. With the help of a doctor and a headstrong constable, Day must ensure that justice prevails before the whole squad ends up dead. This atmospheric mystery will transport you to the cold and rain of post-Ripper Victorian London. –Selby, Central
Murder Strikes a Pose by Tracy Weber
Seattle, yoga, a devoted dog and a good mystery –this book has it all for me. Yoga teacher Kate finds herself taking in a German Shepherd named Bella and taking on solving the question of who killed Bella’s owner. First in the Downward Dog series, this is a charmer on the cozy side written by the owner of a Seattle yoga studio. –Linda, Central