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Murder Will Out: April 2014

This month's selections span the continent...

The devil's interval by Linda Lee Peterson

Foal play by Kathryn O'Sullivan

Detroit shuffle by D.E. Johnson

Crooked numbers by Tim O'Mara







Enigma of China by Qiu Xiaolong

If You Like Faye Kellerman

Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus balance jobs and family while solving crimes. Authors such as J. A. Jance, Mary Logue, Iris Johansen, J. D. Robb and Catherine Coulter couples trying to find balance in their lives between their relationship and their jobs.

Judgment call by J.A. Jance

Blood country: a Claire Watkins mystery by Mary Logue

The face of deception by Iris Johansen

Naked in death by J.D. Robb

The cove by Catherine Coulter

Great Graphic Novels

Comics aren't just for kids! These graphic novels tell great stories (with and without superheroes) fit for adults.  Some stand alone, some are part of a series.  They all feature excellent characters and beautiful images. 

Fables. Vol. 1. Legends in exile by Bill Willingham, writer ; Lan Medina, penciler ; Steve Leialoha, Craig Hamilton, inkers ; Sherilyn van Valkenburgh, colorist ; Todd Klein, letterer ; Fables created by Bill Willingham

Blacksad by written by Juan Diaz Canales ; illustrated by Juanjo Guarnido ; lettering by Studio Cutie

Y: the last man. Vol. 1. Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan, writer ; Pia Guerra, penciller ; Jose Marzan, inker ; Pamela Rambo, colorist ; Clem Robins, letterer ; J.G. Jones, original series covers ; Y: the last man created by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra

Mysteries We Love

Whose body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

A murder is announced: a Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie

Death comes as epiphany by Sharan Newman

Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

A cold day in paradise by Steve Hamilton

Crocodile on the sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger

Blood alone by James R. Benn

Sleuth It: Dead and Done VII

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean

Pride and prescience, or, A truth universally acknowledged by Carrie Bebris

Mute witness by Charles O'Brien

A beautiful blue death by Charles Finch

A conspiracy of paper by David Liss

Meta-Geek: Fiction Soaked in Geek Culture

Do you geek out about technology, fantasy and science fiction? Each of these books features a healthy dose of nerd-culture reference and hidden humor for readers in-the-know.

Ready player one by Ernest Cline

Geektastic: stories from the nerd herd by edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

The magicians: a novel by Lev Grossman (If you like this, be sure to catch the sequel - The Magician King)

Soon I will be invincible by Austin Grossman

The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

JPod: a novel by Douglas Coupland

Fiction about Technology

Obsessed with your smartphone? In love with your tablet? These novels explore the dark side of placing too much trust in technology.

Extinction by Mark Alpert

Ready player one by Ernest Cline

Super sad true love story: a novel by Gary Shteyngart

C by Tom McCarthy

For the win by Cory Doctorow

The chemistry of tears by Peter Carey

Utopia: a novel by Lincoln Child

If You Like Legal Thrillers

Prime witness by Steve Martini

The Lincoln lawyer: a novel by Michael Connelly

Running from the law by Lisa Scottoline

The fifth assassin by Brad Meltzer

The cheater by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

Suggestions for Traveling "Around the World" with CYS

If exotic locales do not fit your summer travel plans, here are some suggestions for reading and listening. Remember "travel" can be in your own backyard as well as "around the world."

Broaden children's listening horizons with:

The rough guide to world playtime [sound recording]

Mariachi fiesta! [sound recording]: sing-along

The rough guide to African music for children [sound recording]

Putumayo kids presents Asian dreamland [sound recording]

Sing-along travel songs [sound recording]

The rough guide to African lullabies [sound recording]

Swing around the world [sound recording]

Beyond our comprehensive selection in travel guides, these choices might catch adult interests:

Video Games Unplugged

From Pac-Man to the Xbox One, video games have kept our minds entertained and our thumbs (if not the rest of our body) moving. Check out these great reads on the history of digital gaming.

Sleuth It: Dead and Done VIII

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

Sweet poison by David Roberts

Christine Falls: a novel by Benjamin Black

The day the music died: a mystery by Ed Gorman

The hell screen by I.J. Parker

Shadow trade by Alan Furst

Learn about Weird, Gross and Awesome Animals

Not all animals are cute cuddly. Some of them are gross or downright weird.

Weird sea creatures by Erich Hoyt

Odd animal helpers by Gabrielle Reyes

Animal grossapedia by Melissa Stewart

Ack! icky, sticky, gross stuff underground by Pam Rosenberg ; illustrated by: Beatriz Helena Ramos

Animal grossology: the science of creatures gross and disgusting by Sylvia Branzei ; illustrated by Jack Keely

Book Bundles

Looking for a book (or audiobook or movie) to complete a badge? Come into the library and grab a bundle. Bundles are two or three similar items which we've bundled together. Maybe they are read-alikes for a popular author, or perhaps they all share a theme.  Convenient and fun--pick one up today!

Foodie Fiction

Delicious!: a novel by Ruth Reichl

The recipe box by Sandra Lee

The girls' guide to love and supper clubs by Dana Bate

John Saturnall's feast by Lawrence Norfolk

How to eat a cupcake: a novel by Meg Donohue

A place at the table by Susan Rebecca White

Wacky Food Books

Around the World with Teen Fiction

Looking for a way to earn your Around the World Badge? Here are some great Teen titles to get you on your way!

A bride's story. Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori ; [translation, William Flanagan ; lettering, Abigail Blackman]


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


The evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly


Ruby red by Kerstin Gier ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell


Chains [sound recording] by Lauri Halse Anderson


Rules of the road by Joan Bauer


Son of fortune by Victoria McKernan

Michigan Biographies For Kids

Young Jerry Ford: athlete and citizen by Hendrik Booraem, V


Little Stevie Wonder by Quincy Troupe ; illustrated by Lisa Cohen


Henry Ford by Steven Roberts ; [illustrations, Planman Technologies]


Rosa Parks by Gillian Gosman




Animal Friendships

Two Bobbies: a true story of Hurricane Katrina, friendship, and survival by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery ; illustrated by Jean Cassels

A mama for Owen by Marion Dane Bauer ; illustrated by John Butler

Looking for Miza: the true story of the mountain gorilla family who rescued one of their own by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu ; photographs by Peter Greste

Animal Characters for Beginning Readers

Spark by Kallie George ; illustrated by Genevèive Côté

Poppy the pirate dog by Liz Kessler ; illustrated by Mike Phillips

The Loopy Coop hens by Janet Morgan Stoeke

A pet named Sneaker by Joan Heilbroner ; illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre

Dodsworth in Tokyo by written and illustrated by Tim Egan

Boris on the move by Andrew Joyner

Penny and her marble by Kevin Henkes

Outdoor Adventures for Beginning Readers

Olivia helps Mother Nature by adapted by Lauren Forte ; illustrated by Jared Osterhold

Digger and Daisy go on a picnic by Judy Young ; illustrated by Dana Sullivan

Rocky and Daisy go camping by Melinda Melton Crow ; illustrated by Mike Brownlow

Frog and friends: outdoor surprises by written by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Josée Masse

Flat Stanley goes camping by created by Jeff Brown ; by Lori Haskins Houran ; pictures by Macky Pamintuan