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Multcolib Staff Picks: Best mysteries, 2013

Tuesday's Gone
Tuesday's Gone By French, Nicci (Book - 2013 ) MYSTERY FRENCH 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Psychotherapist Frieda Klein takes on a case involving the murder of conman Robert Poole who was found in the flat of a mentally disturbed woman.

The Stranger
The Stranger By Läckberg, Camilla (Book - 2013 ) FICTION LACKBERG 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 6 copies

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.

Snow White Must Die
Snow White Must Die By Neuhaus, Nele (Book - 2013 ) MYSTERY NEUHAUS 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

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.

The Invention of Murder
The Invention of Murder How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime By Flanders, Judith (Book - 2013 ) 364.152 F584i 2013 Available in some locations

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.

Bay of Fires
Bay of Fires A Novel By Gee, Poppy (Book - 2013 ) MYSTERY GEE 2013 Available in some locations

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.

Little Green
Little Green An Easy Rawlins Mystery By Mosley, Walter (Book - 2013 ) MYSTERY MOSLEY 2013 Available in some locations

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.

A Cold Red Sunrise
A Cold Red Sunrise An Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov Mystery By Kaminsky, Stuart M. (Book - 2013 ) MYSTERY KAMINSKY 2013 Available in some locations

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?

The Thicket
The Thicket By Lansdale, Joe R. (Book - 2013 ) FICTION LANSDALE 2013 Available in some locations

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.

Murder as A Fine Art
Murder as A Fine Art By Morrell, David (Book - 2013 ) MYSTERY MORRELL 2013 Available in some locations

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.

The Luminaries
The Luminaries A Novel By Catton, Eleanor (Book - 2013 ) FICTION CATTON 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 13 on 60 copies

Annotation:Arriving in New Zealand in 1866 to seek his fortune in the goldfields, Walter Moody finds himself drawn into a series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries.

Tatiana
Tatiana An Arkady Renko Novel By Smith, Martin Cruz (Book - 2013 ) FICTION SMITH 2013 Available in some locations

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.

Speaking From Among the Bones
Speaking From Among the Bones A Flavia De Luce Novel By Bradley, C. Alan (Book - 2013 ) MYSTERY BRADLEY 2013 Available in some locations

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.

The Buzzard Table
The Buzzard Table By Maron, Margaret (Book - 2012 ) MYSTERY MARON 2012 Available in some locations

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.

Visitation Street
Visitation Street A Novel By Pochoda, Ivy (Book - 2013 ) FICTION POCHODA 2013 Available in some locations

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.

Help for the Haunted
Help for the Haunted By Searles, John (Book - 2013 ) FICTION SEARLES 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 12 copies

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.

The Shining Girls
The Shining Girls By Beukes, Lauren (Book - 2013 ) MYSTERY BEUKES 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:A time-traveling serial killer is impossible to trace--until one of his victims survives.

Ghostman
Ghostman [a Novel] By Hobbs, Roger (Book - 2013 ) FICTION HOBBS 2013 Available in some locations

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.

Dante's Wood
Dante's Wood A Mark Angelotti Novel By Raimondo, Lynne (Book - 2013 ) MYSTERY RAIMONDO 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:A troubled, newly blind psychiatrist investigates when a young patient confesses to murder. Raimondo's debut novel reads like it was written by an old pro.

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