Multcolib Staff Picks: Best mysteries, 2013
Annotation:Detective Patrik Hedström tackles his toughest investigation yet when a string of suspicious deaths points to a potential serial killer who has turned his eye toward Fjallbacka and her dark forests, where two children vanished decades before.
Annotation:On a rainy November day police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed.
Annotation:An in-depth and fascinating study of the way that the Victorian obsession with murder, which was relatively rare in the 19th century, was transformed into novels, special edition newspapers and ballads.
Annotation:Sarah Avery's reckless behavior has cost her job, boyfriend, and the independence she craves. Home for the holidays in the Bay of Fires, a tiny seaside town on the Tasmanian coast, she hopes for time to reflect on all that's gone wrong. Those hopes are crushed when she discovers the body of a young female backpacker washed up on the shore.
Annotation:Surviving a near-fatal car wreck and cruising the streets of the Sunset Strip during the heyday of the late 1960s, Easy Rawlins investigates the disappearance of a young African-American, a case that is complicated by Rawlins's changing perspectives.
Annotation:Two murders- a young girl and a high-ranking Commissar-are they related? When Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov is sent to Siberia to investigate, he is instructed to ignore the clues and do as he is told. Under the watchful eye of the KGB, he wonders what is the real truth and who can he trust with it?
Annotation:Shocked by the sudden death of their parents, Jack and Lula set out with their grandfather to be delivered to their aunt; when they are ambushed, their grandfather killed, and Lula abducted. Then it's up to Jack to assemble a posse and track Lula down, in True Grit fashion.
Annotation:Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir, 'Confessions of an English Opium-Eater', is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier.
Annotation:When the brilliant and fearless young reporter Tatiana Petrovna--based on the real-life journalist Anna Politkovskaya--falls to her death from a sixth-floor window in Moscow in the same week that notorious mob billionaire Grisha Grigorenko is shot in the back of the head, Renko finds himself on the trail of a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia itself.
Annotation:When the tomb of St. Tancred is opened at a village church in Bishop's Lacey, its shocking contents lead to another case for Flavia de Luce, where greed, pride and murder result in old secrets coming to light, along with a forgotten flower that hasn't been seen for half a thousand years.
Annotation:A mysterious ornithologist staying at Mrs. Lattimore's Victorian home and doing research on Southern vultures seems familiar to Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, especially after a murderer strikes.
Annotation:In Red Hook, Brooklyn, a blue-collar dockside neighborhood, June and Val, two fifteen-year-olds, take a raft out onto the bay at night to see what they can see. And then they disappear.
Annotation:Struggling with the loss of her parents, who helped haunted souls find peace, Sylvie Mason pursues the mystery, moving closer to the truth of what happened that night as she comes to terms with her family's past.
Annotation:When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-thirties and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with.