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Friday, June 3, 2011

Around the World in 80 Murders: Eastern US and Canda

To kick off Novel Destinations-- our Adult Summer Reading Program-- which begins today, I will be posting the "Around the World in 80 Murders" lists Betty and I compiled.  There are 8 lists with 10 books each.  All are owned by the BPL and were picked both for their quality and their sense of place.

Our goal is to literally take you around the world beginning on the Eastern shores of North America and traveling west.  Enjoy.

Sleuth your way around the world, explore novel destinations, and help catch a killer as you go…Around the World in 80 Murders

Eastern US and Canada

Barrington Street Blues by Anne Emery
Monty Collins, an attorney in Halifax Nova Scotia, solves mysteries with the help of his friend, Father Burke. Here, Collins represents the families in a murder suicide case but soon comes to find that it is more likely a case of double murder, and he is the prime suspect!

The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and homicide detective Jane Rizzoli are on the case again. This time, two nuns are found brutally beaten, one fatally. The case is complicated by Isles and Rizzoli’s status as lapsed Catholics and their problematic love lives. This is a satisfying addition to the popular, gritty series.

The Purrfect Murder by Rita Mae Brown
Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and her feline sleuthing partners, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter solve mysteries in the small-town of Crozet, Virginia. In their 16th cozy outing, they investigate their friend when he is implicated in the murder of his most annoying client.

The Highly Effective Detective by Richard Yancey
After his mother’s death, Teddy Ruzak fulfills his life-long dream to open his own PI business in his hometown of Knoxville, TN.  He begins with a simple case: who ran down a flock of baby geese with their SUV? But he soon learns he may have bitten off more than he can chew.  This novel is both suspenseful and humorous; a winning combination.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Dexter is a splatter analyst for the Miami-Dade police department, but he is also an antisocial, sociopathic serial killer who kills serial killers.  Dexter himself is surprisingly engaging and charming.  He is what makes this book, and the entire series, stand out.

The Julius House by Charlaine Harris
Not all of Harris’ novels are filled with vampires. In the Aurora Teagarden mystery series, our heroine, a librarian turned real estate agent in Georgia, moves into a new home with her new husband—a house formerly inhabited by a family who disappeared into thin air.  While trying to solve the mystery, she also uncovers some not so great facts about her new husband.  This is a fun and suspenseful read,

Green Grown the Victims  by Jeanne M. Dams
Hilda Johansson is a full time housekeeper and part-time sleuth in early 1900s South Bend, Indiana.  In this outing, Hilda is entangled in the case of a murdered politician. This series has much to offer for both mystery and historical fiction fans.

American Detective by Loren D. Estleman
Amos Walker is a hard boiled PI in Detroit, Michigan. In this outing, Amos is hired by a retired Tigers pitcher to help keep his money safe, but when the ball player’s daughter is found dead things get complicated for everyone. This gritty mystery is a must read for noir fans.

Dead Time by Eleanor Taylor Bland
Marti MacAliste is a black female detective in a fictional town outside of Chicago.  In this series debut, Marti is called to investigate the murder of a mentally ill woman. Along with trying to find out who killed the young woman and why, Marti and her new white, male partner are also learning how to work together.  Join this excellent mystery series at its start.

Wolf Pass by Steve Thayer
It is 1962 in Kickapoo County, Wisconsin and Deputy Sheriff P.A. Pennington, a Catholic, is running for Sheriff in a mostly Protestant community.  They don’t trust him, so when a double murder involving one of Pennington’s former lovers, is committed, Pennington becomes the prime suspect. Pennington’s past in WWII comes under scrutiny, until a sexy, Scotland Yard detective with ties to his past comes to his rescue.

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