Imagine this: unexplained deaths, mysterious suspects, murky alibis and suspenseful prose, all happening in — Ann Arbor, Michigan? Author Harry Dolan has written two books (below) featuring the mystery magazine editor, David Loogan, and his detective sidekick, Elizabeth Waishkey, set in the famous college town. As an extra, Stephen King has recommended them. Be forewarned: reading books set in local communities may lead to murder mystery roadtrips.
Bad things happen by Harry Dolan
Very bad men by Harry Dolan
The Babe and the Baron [Large print] by Carola Dunn
Cutting for Stone [Large print] by Abraham Verghese
Dreams of Joy [Large print]: a novel by Lisa See
Eve [Large print] by Iris Johansen
When the Spanish Conquistadors first came to America, they found the Native Americans performed a ritual that seemed to mock death. Skulls were displayed as trophies and used to honor the dead during a month long ceremony. Today, in Mexico and the Southwest U.S., people don wooden skull masks called calacas and dance in honor of their deceased relatives. The wooden skulls are also placed on altars that are dedicated to the dead. Sugar skulls, made with the names of the dead person on the forehead, are eaten by a relative or friend. For books about this holiday, see:
Books and DVDs on this topic can also be found in our Youth Department as well.
The Canton Public Library staff is reading:
The dovekeepers: a novel by Alice Hoffman
The marriage plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Motor City shakedown by D.E. Johnson
Room: a novel by Emma Donoghue
The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown by Paul Malmont
Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick
Fadeaway Girl : a novel by Martha Grimes
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Lucifer's Tears by James Thompson
Ashes of the earth: a mystery of post-apocalyptic America by Eliot Pattison
The cradle in the grave by Sophie Hannah
Sentenced to death by Lorna Barrett
Skating around the law: a mystery by Joelle Charbonneau
The billionaire's vinegar: the mystery of the world's most expensive bottle of wine by Benjamin Wallace — Come join us for a discussion this book, which concerns the fraudulent auction of an extremely expensive bottle of wine reputed to belong to Thomas Jefferson. Learn a lot about the history of wine in Europe and America as well! Our discussion runs from 7:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 15th. Register online, and don't forget to ask for the book at Adult Reference.
Willard Library in Battle Creek is pleased to present An Evening with Carol Higgins Clark, Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM) at the Burnham Brook Community Center.
Mobbed: a Regan Reilly Mystery by Carol Higgins Clark — Best-selling mystery author Carol Higgins Clark will talk about her Regan Reilly detective series, take questions, and sign books. The program is free of charge and all are welcome! Burhnam Brook Community Center is located at 200 W. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017. Please call 269-968-8166 with any questions.
Northwest Angle: a novel by William Kent Krueger — Meet William Kent Krueger, author of the Cork O'Connor mystery series on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 PM at Aunt Agatha's in Ann Arbor. Mr. Krueger will discuss and sign his new Cork O'Connor novel, Northwest Angle.
Register and join us for wine and a mystery book discussion on Tuesday, October 18th from 7:00-8:00 PM at Vintners Canton Winery. Drop by the Main Reference Desk to pick up a copy of this month's book:
The night inspector : a novel by Frederick Busch — William Bartholomew, a maimed veteran of the Civil War, returns from the battlefields to New York City a hardened man, bent on reversing his fortunes. This is a gripping portrait of a nation trying to heal from the ravages of war, of the desolation of a people searching for hope in a new age, and of one man's attempts at recapturing a lust for his own life.
Want action? Want mystery? Try these books out:
Sure fire by Jack Higgins; with Justin Richards
The last thing I remember by Andrew Klavan
Fake ID by Walter Sorrells
Evil genius by Catherine Jinks
"Murderers are not monsters, they're men. And that's the most frightening thing about them."
The stranger you seek: a novel by Amanda Kyle Williams
Where the shadows lie by Michael Ridpath
World War Two will not take place by Bill James
The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will not meet in December. Copies of the January 25, 2012 selection, Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon will be available after November 16, 2011. Request a copy at the Adult Reference Desk.
Tell no one [sound recording] by Harlan Coben
Prey [sound recording] by Michael Crichton
Crisis [sound recording] by Robin Cook
Also try the titles listed on the Cozy Mystery Authors audiobooks blog post.
Register to join us for a glass of wine and book discussion from 7:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, September 20th at Vintner's in Canton when we'll discuss The old wine shades: a Richard Jury mystery. The "Old Wine Shades" is the name of a pub where Inspector Richard Jury is told an intriguing tale. This story leads him to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a woman and her autistic son while house hunting in the English countryside. The only clue he has is Mungo, the clever family dog, who disappeared with them and now has returned. Copies of this book are available if you ask!:
The old wine shades: a Richard Jury mystery by Martha Grimes
Libby Fischer Hellmann, a Chicago-based author of crime novels will be conducting two fee-based workshops this Fall on how to write a crime novel. Ms. Hellmann has been twice-nominated for an Anthony Award and once for an Agatha.
For more information and/or to register go to Libby Fischer Hellmann's Writing Workshops.
Easy innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann
Ever noticed how often food is mentioned in a mystery story?