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Mystery

We have the perfect books for Halloween here for adults! Our Mystery section includes many spooky murder mystery books to keep you at the edge of your seat!

Here are some popular mysteries:

HIDE AWAY

by Iris Johansen

Iris Johansen’s beloved forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is back, in a life-and-death adventure that begins in a well-guarded hospital room in Carmel, California, and ends explosively on a remote mountaintop in the Scottish highlands. Change is on the horizon for Eve and her beloved Joe Quinn, intensifying the danger that surrounds them and the young girl they’ve sworn to protect, Cara Delaney. With Cara’s enemies on the move, Eve can’t stay in the hospital, no matter what the doctors say. Her protective instincts in full gear, she decides that their best chance of survival is to get out of the country, and she turns to her daughter Jane McGuire for a creative solution.

For years Jane has been avoiding an inevitable quest–to find a treasure thought to be buried in Scotland–but she has finally succumbed to the pressure of John MacDuff to track it down. Eve and Cara join her in the remote mountains, but soon realize that nowhere is far enough away from the ruthless enemies who are in pursuit.

An emotionally intense story of greed and power, of mothers and daughters and the bonds–of blood and of honor–that tie them together and keep them apart, Hide Away is a high-octane thrill ride for fans old and new.

AMONG THE WICKED

by Linda Castillo

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff’s department in rural upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and “English” communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community.

Kate’s longtime love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she’ll have limited communication–and even less in the way of backup. But Kate can’t turn her back, especially when the rumor mill grinds with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York, where she’s briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life.

Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep undercover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets and a series of shocking crimes and finds herself alone… and trapped in a fight for her life.

END OF WATCH

by Stephen King

In room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possesion of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

Retired police detective, Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney-the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield’s head that put him on the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend, Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge, not just on Hodges and his friend, but on an entire city.

With the End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his best selling trademark. The result is an unnerving book at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.

The Girl on the Train

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Come get your copy of the Girl On The Train today and read it in time before the movie comes out in just two weeks! 

girl on the train

New in Mystery

Here are just a couple of the many new arrivals in our Mystery section:

Friction by Sandra Brown

A Texas Ranger, relegated to desk work due to past recklessness, petitions to regain custody of his five-year-old daughter, and his case is assigned to a family court judge who is as attractive as she is ambitious. When a masked gunman barges in during the custody hearing with his sights on the judge, the Ranger reacts instinctually and goes after him. Will this take-charge lawman jeopardize his chances of custody by going after the would-be assassin?

Friction will keep you on the edge of your seat with breathtaking plot twists and the unforgettable characters. It is an extraordinary novel about the powerful ties that bind us to the ones we love and the secrets we keep to protect them.

X by Sue Grafton

X:  The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss.

X:
 The shortest entry in Webster’s Unabridged. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly found in science, medicine, and religion. The most graphically dramatic letter. Notoriously tricky to pronounce: think xylophone.

X: 
The twenty-fourth letter in the English alphabet.

Sue Grafton’s X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.

Corridors of the Night by Anne Perry

Nurse Hester Monk and her husband, William, commander of the Thames River Police, do desperate battle with two obsessed scientists who in the name of healing have turned to homicide.

The monomaniacal Rand brothers—Magnus, a cunning doctor, and Hamilton, a genius chemist—are ruthless in their pursuit of a cure for what was then known as the fatal “white-blood disease.” In London’s Royal Naval Hospital annex, Hester is tending one of the brothers’ dying patients—wealthy Bryson Radnor—when she stumbles upon three weak, terrified young children, and learns to her horror that they’ve been secretly purchased and imprisoned by the Rands for experimental purposes.

But the Rand brothers are too close to a miracle cure to allow their experiments to be exposed. Before Hester can reveal the truth, she too becomes a prisoner. As Monk and his faithful friends—distinguished lawyer Oliver Rathbone and reformed brothel keeper Squeaky Robinson among them—scour London’s grimy streets and the beautiful English countryside searching for her, Hester’s time, as well as the children’s, is quickly draining away.

New in General Books

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen

Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal—but now she’s off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene

My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once again—which is why she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno. To offer my moral support, and since all expenses are paid by her new hubby-to-be, Max, I agree to make the voyage with her.

Crossing the Atlantic, with adventure in the air and wealthy men aboard, Mother all but forgets about Max and matrimony—especially when movie mogul Cy Goldman insists on casting her in his next picture.

Meanwhile, I find myself caught up in the secret investigation of a suspected jewel thief. Lucky for me, the lead investigator happens to be my dashing beau, Darcy!

Mother’s movie and Darcy’s larceny lead everyone to Cy’s Hollywood home, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging about and there’s enough romantic intrigue to fill a double feature. But we hardly get a chance to work out the sleeping arrangements before Cy turns up dead—as if there wasn’t enough drama already…

The Lost Island by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Gideon Crew–brilliant scientist, master thief–is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon’s task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security.

Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment–only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. As they ponder the strange map, they realize that the treasure it leads to is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon’s life.

Together with his new partner, Amy, Gideon follows a trail of cryptic clues to an unknown island in a remote corner of the Caribbean Sea. There, off the hostile and desolate Mosquito Coast, the pair realize the extraordinary treasure they are hunting conceals an even greater shock-a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race . . . if Gideon and Amy can survive.

Top Secret by W.E.B. Griffin 

In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: the Soviet Union.

The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronley’s job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can. His recruiter thinks he has the potential to become an asset—though, of course, he could also screw up spectacularly. And in his first assignment, it looks like that’s exactly what might happen. He’s got seven days to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent, but Cronley’s managed to rile up his superior officers (he seems to have a talent for it), and if he fails, it could be one of the shortest intelligence careers in history.

There are enemies everywhere—and, as Cronley is about to find out, some of them even wear the same uniform he does.

New From Your Favorite LDS Authors

Rocky Road by Josi S. Kilpack

It was supposed to be a girls’ weekend in scenic St. George, Utah that would include shopping, trying out the local cuisine, and participating in a breast cancer fundraiser. The fact that one of the organizers of the fundraising event, a local doctor, disappeared two months ago was not supposed to be Sadie’s problem. In fact, she refuses to participate in the grassroots investigation her friend Caro, and Caro’s cousin, Tess, have put together prior to her arrival. But then she meets the ex-wife of the missing doctor. How could she not ask a few questions . . . that lead to a few more questions . . . that lead to a small town and yet even more questions. Before she knows it, Sadie is in the middle of yet another murder investigation and trying to piece together a convoluted trail of good intentions, hidden motivations, and philanthropy turned big business.

Checking Out by Clair M. Poulson

Keene Tempest was born to be a cop. After years spent preparing for a career in law enforcement, hes finally working his dream job with the LAPD, and his criminal justice degree is almost within reach. The last thing he wants to do is return to his sleepy Wyoming hometown to run the family hotel after the death of his mother. But at the insistence of his older siblings that he honor his late mothers wishes, what choice does he have? When Keene arrives at the Tempest Hotel, it quickly becomes clear that all is not as it seems. Hes shocked to learn that his mother s death was anything but natural foul play was almost certainly involved. As he becomes embroiled in the investigation and in his budding relationship with lovely local law enforcement Officer Chaille Donovan the body count rises: another murder victim is discovered, and there is no doubt that this bizarre string of crimes is somehow tied to the hotel and to him. Against a chilling backdrop of family feuds, shootings, and armed robbery, Keene must draw upon his years of training to unearth a killer. And in a town this small, no one is above suspicion.

The Garden Path by Anita Stansfield

Whit Eden has come full circle: growing up in a world of gangs and violence, he found redemption in the gospel and in the love of a good woman. But in a devastating turn of events, Whit s world was rocked when he was falsely accused of murdering his father-in-law. Though he was innocent, it seemed as if all hope was lost . . . For Whit and Mary Eden, the path toward happily ever after has been strewn with opposition. But now, with a verdict of not guilty, it seems as if they ll finally have a reprieve from the troubles that have beset them. Their joy is made complete with the stunning news that Mary is expecting their first child together, a sibling for their adopted daughter. Yet, even as the young family finds its footing, things begin to crumble for those around them. As they reach out to the struggling families, Whit and Mary must rely on one another more than ever as they embark on a journey of selfless love and second chances.

The Cuckoo’s Calling

After J.K. Rowling was revealed to be the true author of The Cuckoo’s Calling, printers couldn’t churn copies of this book out fast enough. Almost no bookstore could keep it in stock, and it was almost impossible to order in. Finally, our fantastic General Books manager was able to pull it in, and the Book Table now carries this New York Times #1 best seller! 

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

***Please keep in mind that The Cuckoo’s Calling was not written for children; it is a novel written for adults, and as such may contain language and sensitive material unsuitable for young readers.***

2013 Logan Sidewalk Sale Authors

Every July for the Downtown Logan Sidewalk Sale, the Book Table brings in some superb authors to do a signing of their work. These authors will be here Saturday July 13th  from 10-1 only, so make sure to drop by and get a book or two signed!

  • Doug Cloward, will be signing his book Securing Your Family’s Legacy, a great book all about changing your attitude toward your heritage.
  • Greg Ford will be signing his book No Girls Allowed: Cookbook for Men which is full of great manly meal ideas such as “Too Hungry to Cook Chili”, “Meatballs… Bold and Unafraid”, and “Spontaneous Combustion Soup”.
  • Suzie Roberts will be signing her book Busy Moms on the Go, a great cookbook for moms who need an easier solution to having dinner on the table every night.
  • Christina Dymock will be signing her book Young Chefs, a fantastic cookbook geared towards children with the slightest amount of adult-required help.
  • Cindy C. Bennett, who has nailed the clean YA genre, will be signing her books Rapunzel Untangled, a modern retelling of the classic Rapunzel story, and Geek Girl.
  • Cami Checketts, romantic suspense novelist extraordinaire, will be signing her new books Broken Path and Poison Me.
  • Bill Jensen will be signing his book Adder in the Path, a historical novel about the Mormon War in Missouri.
  • Heather Frost will be signing her new book Guardians, which is the highly-anticipated finale in the Seers trilogy.

This year we are also proud to present singer/songwriter Lorisa Pulotu at the sidewalk sale. Make sure to stop by and see her!

Hope to see you there 🙂

New Mystery Books in General Fiction

June has been a great month for mystery books. We’ve highlighted a few of our newest ones below:

The Ninth Girl by Tami Hoag

#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag brings back her fan-favorite Minneapolis investigators Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska in the haunting new thriller The 9th Girl

“Kovac had seen more dead bodies than he could count: Men, women, children; victims of shootings, stabbings, strangulations, beatings; fresh corpses and bodies that had been left for days in the trunks of cars in the dead of summer. But he had never seen anything quite like this . . . “
On a frigid New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis a young woman’s brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is, but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal, or could it just have been a crime of opportunity? Their greatest fear is that not only is she their ninth Jane Doe of the year, but that she may be the ninth victim of a vicious transient serial killer they have come to call Doc Holiday.

Crisscrossing America’s heartland, Doc Holiday chooses his victims at random, snatching them in one city and leaving them in another, always on a holiday. If Zombie Doe is one of his, he has brought his gruesome game to a new and more terrifying level. But as Kovac and Liska begin to uncover the truth, they will find that the monsters in their ninth girl’s life may have lived closer to home. And even as another young woman disappears, they have to ask the question: which is the greater evil–the devil you know or the devil you don’t?

Lexicon by Max Barry

At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren’t taught history, geography, or mathematics–at least not in the usual sense. They are taught to persuade, to use language to manipulate minds, to wield words as weapons. The very best graduate as “poets” and enter a nameless organization of unknown purpose.

Whip-smart runaway Emily Ruff is making a living from three-card monte on the streets of San Francisco when she attracts the attention of the organization’s recruiters. Drawn into their strange world, which is populated by people with names like Bronte and Eliot, she learns their key rule: that every person can be classified by an extremely specific personality type, his mind segmented and ultimately controlled by the skillful application of words. For this reason she must never allow another person to truly know her, lest she herself be coerced. Adapting quickly, Emily becomes the school’s most talented prodigy, until she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love.

Meanwhile, a seemingly innocent man named Wil Parke is brutally ambushed by two men in an airport bathroom. They claim he is the key to a secret war he knows nothing about, that he is an “outlier”, immune to segmentation. Attempting to stay one step ahead of the organization and its mind-bending poets, Wil and his captors seek salvation in the toxically decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, which, if stories are true, sits above an ancient glyph of frightening power.

A brilliant thriller that connects very modern questions of privacy, identity, and the rising obsession of data collection to centuries-old ideas about the power of language and coercion, Lexicon is Max Barry’s most ambitious and spellbinding novel yet.

Crime of Privilege by Walter Walker

In the tradition of Scott Turow, William Landay, and Nelson DeMille, Crime of Privilege is a stunning thriller about power, corruption, and the law in America—and the dangerous ways they come together.

A murder on Cape Cod. A rape in Palm Beach.

All they have in common is the presence of one of America’s most beloved and influential families. But nobody is asking questions. Not the police. Not the prosecutors. And certainly not George Becket, a young lawyer toiling away in the basement of the Cape & Islands district attorney’s office. George has always lived at the edge of power. He wasn’t born to privilege, but he understands how it works and has benefitted from it in ways he doesn’t like to admit. Now, an investigation brings him deep inside the world of the truly wealthy—and shows him what a perilous place it is.

Years have passed since a young woman was found brutally slain at an exclusive Cape Cod golf club, and no one has ever been charged. Cornered by the victim’s father, George can’t explain why certain leads were never explored—leads that point in the direction of a single family—and he agrees to look into it.

What begins as a search through the highly stratified layers of Cape Cod society, soon has George racing from Idaho to Hawaii, Costa Rica to France to New York City. But everywhere he goes he discovers people like himself: people with more secrets than answers, people haunted by a decision years past to trade silence for protection from life’s sharp edges. George finds his friends are not necessarily still friends and a spouse can be unfaithful in more ways than one. And despite threats at every turn, he is driven to reconstruct the victim’s last hours while searching not only for a killer but for his own redemption.

Our mystery section is bursting with great thrillers and books that will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat until the very last page. Call or come in today and check them out!

Nano By Robin Cook

Nano Robin Cook

Looking for a fast-paced, adventurous mystery that delves into the field of medical research? Try Nano by Robin Cook:

After a tumultuous year in which her mentor is murdered and her estranged father comes back into her life, Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria.

But the corporate campus is a place of secrets. She’s warned by her boss not to investigate the other work being done at the gigantic facility, nor to ask questions about the source of the seemingly endless capital that funds the institute’s research. And when Pia encounters a fellow employee on a corporate jogging path, suffering the effects of a seizure, she soon realizes she may have literally stumbled upon Nano LLC’s human guinea pigs. Is the tech giant on the cusp of one of the biggest medical discoveries of the twenty-first century—a treatment option for millions—or have they already sold out to the highest bidder?

Like Miss Marple? Try Sadie Hoffmiller

We’re excited for Josi S. Kilpack’s newest book, Pumpkin Roll, which came in today. Deseret Book sent us an advance reader’s copy (One of the best parts about working at a bookstore is you get to read a lot of the books before they even come out), and… it’s pretty good. Really good, in fact.

I’m not going to spoil it or anything, but I will tell you that if you are looking for a good ghost story to read this fall, try Pumpkin Roll.

Josie Kilpack has excellent writing and she weaves a great story. She knows how to take suspense to the perfect level, and still make you giggle when her heroine does something so completely human. I wouldn’t say that Sade Hoffmiller, the leading lady of Josi Kilpack’s culinary mysteries, is Miss Marple exactly, but if you like that genre you’ll definitely get a kick out of it.

Josi Kilpack’s journey to becoming a writer is neat to me by the fact that she never really intended to become an author until she started writing a story just to pass the time and it turned into a 300-page novel.

You can read more about Josi Kilpack and her books at her website by clicking here.

-Lis