mystery and detective stories

What We're Reading: November, 2014

An event in autumn by Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson.  Fans of Mankell's Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander, will enjoy this story set just before Wallander's final case. 

The teacher wars: a history of America's most embattled profession by Dana Goldstein.  Everyone has an opinion about America's public schools and the responsibility of its' teachers. Would you be surprised to learn teachers have been similarly embattled for nearly two centuries?

A share in death by Deborah Crombie. This is the first in Crombie's long running Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series.  It's been on my To Read list for awhile and I thought it's time had come. Nominated for an Agatha Award.

Sleuth It! Mystery Lovers Meet Up

Are you a fan of Sara Paretsky, Jeff Lindsay, Charlaine Harris or John LeCarre? Willing to share some of your favorite authors with other Mystery fans? Maybe it’s time to try a new mystery writer and you're looking for suggestions? Join us as we talk books on Saturday, July 27 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library’s Purple Room.

Book Club Choices March 2013

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), think about reading an Irish author or about Irish history.

American skin: a novel by Ken Bruen

Skippy dies by Paul Murray

Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy

I'll know it when I see it: a daughter's search for home in Ireland by Alice Carey

Anybody out there? by Marian Keyes

Christmas Mysteries

Curl up by the fire, sip some eggnog, and read a Christmas mystery novel. We have a variety of Christmas mysteries to help you ring in the holiday season.

Visions of sugar plums by Janet Evanovich — Christmas is right around the corner and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on a mission to track down Sandy Claws, a toymaker in trouble with the law. There is also a strange and handsome man in her kitchen. Can he help her find Sandy Claws and a Christmas tree before Christmas? Fans of the humorous Stephanie Plum series will enjoy this special Christmas treat.

Santa clawed: a Mrs. Murphy mystery by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown — When a body is found under the Christmas tree that Harry Harristeen is about to buy, she and her cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter and dog Tucker embark on the case. Those who like a cozy murder puzzle with the clever perspectives of pets will be sure to find this the purr-fect Christmas mystery.

Look What's In Large Print November 2012

Deadly Desperados

The case of the deadly desperados by Caroline Lawrence — The setting of this new historical fiction mystery is the Wild West, where desperados, gamblers and gunmen abound. In this western, P.K. Pinkerton is on the run from a ruthless gang, determined to hold on to his families last priceless possession. Relying on disguises, P.K. must outwit the outlaws in this fast-paced, fun adventure.

Murder Will Out: March 2012

Are you looking for something new? Short Story collections are the perfect way for Mystery fans to try new authors.

A study in Sherlock: stories inspired by the Holmes Canon edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger

The best American mystery stories 2011 edited and with an introduction by Harlan Coben

Hook, line & sinister edited by T. Jefferson Parker

Original sins: a Crime Writers' Association anthology edited by Martin Edwards

The Black Lizard big book of Black Mask stories edited and with a foreword by Otto Penzler

Murder Will Out: The 2011 Agatha Awards Announced

A complete list of the Agatha Christie Awards 2011 winners and nominees is available at Malice Domestic.

Best Novel: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
Best First Novel: The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
Best Non-fiction: Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: 50 Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran
Best Short Story: “So Much in Common,” by Mary Jane Maffini, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine — Sept./Oct. 2010
Best Children’s/Young Adult: The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith

Vintner's Wine & Mysteries Book Discussion — Winter, 2011

Come join us for Wine & Mysteries on the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:00PM for our book discussion at Vintner's Winery. Space is limited and registration is required.   Particpants can pick up the book selection at the meeting or at the Canton Public Library after registrering.

Murder Uncorked by Michele Scott — January 18

The Chardonnay Charade: a Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby — February 15

Death of a Wine Merchant by David Dickinson — March 15

Killer Summer by Ridley Pearson — April 19

2010 Nero Award Nominees Announced

The Wolfe Pack, a New York-based fan organization, has announced its nominees for the 2010 Nero Award, "presented each year to an author for the best mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe stories." The contenders are:

The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch

The Crack in the Lens by Steve Hockensmith

Faces of the Gone by Brad Parks

The winner will be named during the Black Orchid Banquet, which is will be held December 3, 4, and 5 in New York. Reservations are now being taken; the registration form and Calendar of Events is available.

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