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The Man with a Load of Mischief by Marth Grimes (Mystery/Suspense)
This is an Agatha Christie type of mystery. The plot kept moving with a new murder sprinkled in every once in a while. The list of suspects fluctuates with each new murder. This was a good book that kept my interest. -- Added by thewritejim on 02/25/2017

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California Girl
California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker (Mystery/Suspense)
Bought this book a couple of years ago at the Carmel Library Friends Bookstore and finally got around to reading it. Good story and certainly held my interest, enough that I might try another of Parker's. Considering that I got it on "sale" for $1.00 it was a great purchase -- Added by stephaniephillips on 02/25/2017

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A Divided Spy
A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming (Mystery/Suspense)
recommend. one of the better writers in the "spy" genre. -- Added by edger on 02/24/2017

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The Silver Bear
The Silver Bear by Derek Haas (Mystery/Suspense)
Columbus was trained as an assassin after being orphaned, placed in terrible foster homes, and serving a term in juvenile detention. Recruited as a teenager, he is expert in many methods of killing and is at the top of his profession--a Silver Bear. He now faces a more challenging assignment, to kill a U.S. Senator on the campaign trail for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Unusual complications arise, and Columbus discovers surprising things about himself and those around him as he follows the senator's trail. This is the 1st in a series of 3 books. It is a page-turner and a quick read. -- Added by ERobinson on 02/24/2017

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Sworn to Silence
Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo (Mystery/Suspense)
Chief Kate Burkholder is a capable law enforcement officer for the small town of Painters Mill, Ohio. But, when a serial killer starts stalking her town she reluctantly calls on outside agencies. The first agency is Holmes County Sheriff's Departmnent, Sheriff Nathan Detrick. The next agency is forced upon her by the town council Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, BCI, along with field agent John Tomasetti. As the gruesome murders start to multiply the resemblance to the "Slaughterhouse Killer" who killed and slaughtered young girls sixteen years prior is emerging . Has the "Slaugherhouse Killer" returned? These and other questions are what Chief Kate Burkholder and her small staff of Glock, Pickles, Skid, T.j., Mona, and Lori will answer. The writing sytle was easy and enjoyable to read. It is a page turner that will keep you captivated until the very end. The killer will surprise you. I know for a fact I was shocked. Quote: Snow glitters beneath a brillant January sky. Around me, the citizens of Painters Mill emerge from their homes and business like cautious animals after a long hibernation. "Kate, did he....." -- Added by LTJOR14 on 02/22/2017

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Nemesis by Jo Nesbo (Mystery/Suspense)
Detective Harry Hole solves several bank robberies in Oslo. -- Added by Judy on 02/22/2017

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Sworn to Silence
Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo (Mystery/Suspense)
Good twist. Left a little bit unfinished, but it's a series so I expect to see the thread picked up in the next book. I found this to be chilling. -- Added by Lcarolb on 02/22/2017

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Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (Mystery/Suspense)
Stephen King finally digs his teeth fully into the run down crime fighter/retired detective genre. This book is centered around Bill Hodges, the brilliant, "ret-det" as he calls himself, all around good guy who is stalked by the seemingly harmless, but actually wants nothing more than to see the world burn, as he writes in his letter to our hero the ex-cop, Mr. Mercedes. This book brings to bare all of Mr. King's considerable talent and experience in building a believable world and filling it with wonderfully creative characters. This tight, nail-biting, adventure into the perverted psyche of someone with a calling to kill will keep you turning the page well into the night. I know I did! -- Added by jgurecki002 on 02/22/2017

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The September Society
The September Society by Charles Finch (Mystery/Suspense)
Detective Charles Lenox must help a desperate widow find her son who has unaccountably disappeared from his rooms at Oxford University. Soon after starting his investigation, a student dies under mysterious circumstances and Lenox fears the worst for the distraught mother. He struggles to disentangle cryptic clues, unmask a secret society, and ferret out shadowy characters. Set in 1866 London and Oxford among the privileged classes, this is the 2nd of about 11 in the series. The author also challenges his protagonist to overcome his hesitation about proposing marriage to Lady Jane Grey, who he has known and secretly loved for years. A well-written and intriguing plot kept me turning the pages. -- Added by ERobinson on 02/21/2017

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The Anatomist's Wife
The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber (Mystery/Suspense)
Lady Kiera Darby, a talented portrait artist, has been recently widowed. She caused a scandal in London society when it was discovered that her surgeon husband performed dissections of human cadavers and forced her to create illustrations of human anatomy. After narrowly avoiding a trial, Lady Darby has been peacefully living in self-imposed exile at her brother-in-law's estate in Scotland when a woman is murdered on the estate. She must use her knowledge of anatomy to help solve the murder before she is accused of the crime herself. I found this book to be rather slow-moving at times and I felt that the characters acted as if they belonged in the 20th or 21st centuries even though the book was set in the 19th century. However, I found the characters intriguing enough that I think I will try reading the next book in the series. -- Added by labennet on 02/21/2017

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The Neighbor
The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner (Mystery/Suspense)
Lisa Gardner is one of the masters of suspense. Can't put it down and a new turn of the story with each turn of the page. -- Added by billsass on 02/20/2017

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Alone by Lisa Gardner (Mystery/Suspense)
I have discovered a new writer who keeps you wanting to read it without putting it down. -- Added by billsass on 02/20/2017

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fool me once
fool me once by Harlen Coben (Mystery/Suspense)
Harlen Coben keeps you guessing every step of the way. Hard to put the book down. -- Added by billsass on 02/20/2017

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Cross the Line
Cross the Line by James Patterson (Mystery/Suspense)
love alex cross dective books -- Added by lesliecarothers on 02/20/2017

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The Whistler
The Whistler by John Grisham (Mystery/Suspense)
fast pace, exciting reading enjoy -- Added by lesliecarothers on 02/20/2017

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