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First Book in a Great Mystery Series?

The secrets of Shakespeare's grave by Deron R. Hicks ; illustrated by Mark Edward Geyer has action, humor, suspense, and family intrigue.  An unscrupulous, greedy relative theatens to take control of the family publishing business from Colophon and Case's father. Enter Julian, an eccentric cousin. He and Colophon join forces to solve a centuries' old mystery about a hidden family fortune that dates back to Shakespeare's time. She is even able to enlist the help of her obtuse older brother Case in a valiant attempt to save their father from financial ruin. Puzzles, hidden clues, creepy graves, slapstick chases, and diverse family dynamics keep readers riveted. A open ending ensures at least one more gripping epsisode in The Letterford Mysteries.

Murder Will Out: Mystery Novels Survey

The Canton Public Library is asking readers of Mystery novels to complete our online Mystery Novels Survey.  The purpose of the survey is to gather information about the library's Mystery collection in order to better serve our patrons.  All participants will have an opportunity to be entered into a gift card drawing by filling out the entry form at the end of the survey. 

If you prefer paper, the Mystery Novel Survey ballot is available near the Mystery stacks.  You can pick up an entry for the gift card drawing at the Adult Help Desk (across from the Check Out Desk).  The survey will run October 22 through November 5.

Happy Anniversary, Aunt Agatha's Bookstore

Hey, mystery lovers! Aunt Agatha's Bookstore, featuring new and used mysteries, detective and true crime, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on Wednesday, October 3 from 4:00-7:00 PM. Mystery lovers attending their open house will have an opportunity to meet well-known authors such as Steve Hamilton, Louise Penny, Sara Zettel, Deborah Morgan, Loren D. Estleman and more. Aunt Agatha's is in Ann Arbor at 213 S. Fourth Avenue. For more information call 734-769-1114.

Winning Mystery Series

Last chance by Norah McClintock is the first book in the Robyn Hunter Mystery series. While working in an animal shelter for the summer, Robyn if forced to confront her fear of dogs as well as Nick, a boy from her past she had hoped never to see again. Nick is one of the juvenile offenders volunteering at the shelter.  He is accused of hitting a pedestrian while joyriding and pleads guilty.  Robyn senses something strange about his plea, begins snooping around, and once convinced of his innocence, sets out to prove it. Dog lovers and mystery fans will enjoy this book.  Danger, clever detective work, and current teen/tween issues will keep even reluctant readers coming back for other titles in this series.

Murder Will Out, September 2012

Did you miss these recent Mysteries?

Blues in the night by Dick Lochte

The cold room by Robert Knightly

Never play another man's game by Mike Knowles

Murder in the 11th house: a Starlight Detective Agency mystery by Mitchell Scott Lewis

The Ely testament by Philip Gooden

Astride a pink horse by Robert Greer

The house at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths

Look What's In Large Print: August 2012

If you are a fan of James Patterson's Alex Cross novels or enjoy the humor in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum stories you might like these...

Cinnamon roll murder [large print] by Joanne Fluke



Beyond suspicion [large print] by James Grippando

Capitol betrayal [Large print] by William Bernhardt

Capture [Large print] by Robert K. Tanenbaum

Three-day town [large print] by Margaret Maron

Limitations [Large print] by Scott Turow

Come home [large print] by Lisa Scottoline

August Bookstore Specials

The Secondhand Prose used bookstore (brought to you by the Friends of the Canton Public Library) is happy to offer August buys where you can get a great deal on gifts for the whole family, including yourself!

Buy two get one free

Hard back mystery, romance and novels

Bag Sale

Fill a bag and purchase the lot for just $5 (some restrictions may apply):
  • Friday, August 24, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 25, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
  • Monday, August 27, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Murder Will Out

Have you ever read a book, loved it, and can't understand why no one else has read this wonderful author? Here are some of my unknowns, or little knowns, you really should try: Deborah Grabien's JP Kincaid Chronicles, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza's Brazilian Inspector Espinoza, Margaret Frazer's Joliffe series is a spin-off of the Sister Frevisse stories, and fans of Stieg Larsson's books should try Ake Edwardson's Inspector Erik Winter.

Rock & roll never forgets by Deborah Grabien

The silence of the rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

Spine-tingling Sherlock Case

The dragon turn by Shane Peacock will captivate readers, even if they have not read the first four cases in the award winnning The Boy Sherlock Holmes series. Actually, Sherlock is an astute teen, not boy, in these books and in addition to solving crimes Scotland Yard cannot, he is dealing with male teen coming-of-age issues. Malicious magicians, affairs d'amour gone awry, a missing body, terrifying creatures, and hidden identities keep Sherlock and readers searching for clues that will illuminate what is really going on behind the scenes of The Egyptian Hall. Adding to Sherlock's agony, is his conviction that a female's guiles has spurred him to win the freedom of a wizard who really is the murderer.

Sleuth It! Ophelia and Abby mysteries

Hi! I'm Anne from the Sleuth It! team. Are you looking for a mystery series with a little something special? The Ophelia and Abby mysteries have it: not only is Ophelia the town's resident librarian, she's also the youngest in a line of women with special powers. She uses her psychic abilities to solve mysteries with a little help from her grandmother, Abby, who also has hidden talents. I've been reading these mysteries all summer!

Author Donald J. Sobol Dies

Beloved author of the Encyclopedia Brown series, Donald J. Sobol, passed away July 11, 2012. He was 87 years old. His Encyclopedia Brown series debuted in 1963 and has delighted children for decades. Sobol's son has said his father died of natural causes. Mr. Sobol is survived by his wife, sister, three children, and four grandchildren.

Great Mystery Book

The great cake mystery: Precious Ramotswe's very first case by Alexander McCall Smith ; illustrations by Iain McIntosh is a delightful read and a quick way to claim the Sleuth It badge in the CYS program. It is written by the bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (an adult series) and introduces readers to Precious Ramotswe as a child. When treats start disappearing from the kids' school lunches, a chubby boy named Poloko becomes the likely suspect. Precious believes he is innocent and sets out to find the real culprit. Set in a vividly realistic setting of Botswana with magnificent black and red illustrations and featuring compelling characters, this mystery will have readers of all ages clammering for a sequel.

Book Talks Around Town July 2012

Criminal: a novel by Karin Slaughter — Award winning author, Karin Slaughter will talk about her new book on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00PM at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor.  Copies of Criminal will be available for purchase and signing.



The great escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips — Susan Elizabeth Phillips, 4 time Romance Writers of America's Favorite Book of the Year will introduce her new book at Nicola's Books on Thursday, July 12 at 7:00PM

If You Liked the Mysterious Benedict Society

If you liked the Mysterious Benedict Society, then try one of these books:

The mysterious case of the Allbright Academy by Diane Stanley


Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett ; with artwork by Brett Helquist






The name of this book is secret by Pseudonymous Bosch ; illustrations by Gilbert Ford

Murder Will Out: From Book to Screen

Are you a fan of A&E's Longmire and/or FX's Justified?  These two popular television dramas are based on books by Craig Johnson and Leonard Chang

The cold dish by Craig Johnson — the first book in the Walt Longmire's series.

Over the shoulder: a novel of intrigue by Leonard Chang — Leonard Chang is a staff writer on FX's Justified and the author of several books including an award winning noir trilogy featuring Allen Choice, a Korean-American investigator.

Murder Will Out July 2012

Try something new, an author you haven't read or a genre you haven't tried.

Kill switch by Neal Baer, Jonathan Greene

50% off murder by Josie Belle

Death drops by Chrystle Fiedler

File M for murder by Miranda James