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06/04/2015 - 1:45pm
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What if Sherlock Holmes could see dead people? Well, not just ghosts, but also banshees, trolls, and other creatures of the dark? In William Ritter's Jackaby R.F. Jackaby is a detective who specializes in the unexplained because he claims he can see these paranormal phenomena. With a nod to Dr. Who (he sports a long scarf along with his own eccentrically ugly hat), Jackaby’s quirkiness means that the townsfolk in his 1892 New England seaport town find him either unbearably odd or unexplainably useful.

05/15/2015 - 2:34pm
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: First, there were ten-a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal-and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

Bloodhounds by Peter Lovesey
A rare stamp and a corpse are discovered in Bath within hours of each other. As he investigates, Inspector Peter Diamond discovers that both the person who found the stamp and the victim belong to the Bloodhounds, an elite group of mystery lovers.

 

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
Private detective Jackson Brodie finds himself entangled in three distinctly different cases only to thread the needle time and again and come across remarkable connections between them.

 

07/23/2015 - 12:34pm
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman

When the Bunny family finds an abandoned wolf pup on their doorstep, they raise it as their own. Only big sister Dot is skeptical of little Wolfie the Bunny.

06/04/2015 - 1:53pm
The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos
Eustacia “Taisy” Cleary loves like a tiger and a hurricane in The Precious One. Years ago, her family suffered “the combustion” as they call it, separation not being a strong enough word. Her father Wilson traded his old family for a new, improved one: Caro the glass artist and the precious daughter Willow. He also destroys Taisy’s relationship with her childhood sweetheart Ben.

05/12/2015 - 1:29am
Pines by Blake Crouch

Wayward Pines, Idaho: population 416. Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke arrives in the sleepy mountain town with one mission: to recover his fellow agents who went mysteriously missing two months earlier.

05/08/2015 - 8:50am
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

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The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson: "Casually amoral until he is horribly burned in an accident, a man plans suicide but encounters a beautiful but possibly crazy sculptress of gargoyles who says she has rescued him before--in medieval Germany." (Library Journal) 

If you liked The Gargoyle, you may also like these titles:

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her.  (Catalog summary)

The Glimmer Palace by Beatrice Colin
A literary historical novel about an orphan girl's journey from poverty to film stardom, set against the grand backdrop of World War I Berlin, the cabaret era, the run-up to World War II, and the innovations in art and industry that accompanied it all.  (Catalog summary)

 

07/23/2015 - 12:34pm
Bluffton by Matt Phelan

When the vaudevillians came to summer in Bluffton, they brought with them an elephant, a zebra, and a young actor named Buster Keaton. Henry Harrison is a regular kid from the nearby town. Upon meeting the showbiz folks, Henry is entranced by their world of gags and tricks.

05/01/2015 - 5:08pm
If you like The Passage by Justin Cronin

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The Passage by Justin Cronin: A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment that only six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte can stop.

If you enjoyed this book's mixture of suspense and characterization within a horror novel, here are some other titles you may enjoy:

 

Cell by Stephen King
Civilization doesn't end with a bang or a whimper. It ends with a call on your cell phone. What happens on the afternoon of October 1 came to be known as the Pulse, a signal sent though every operating cell phone that turns its user into something...well, something less than human. Savage, murderous, unthinking-and on a wanton rampage. Terrorist act? Cyber prank gone haywire? It really doesn't matter, not to the people who avoided the technological attack. What matters to them is surviving the aftermath. Before long a band of them-"normies" is how they think of themselves-have gathered on the grounds of Gaiten Academy, where the headmaster and one remaining student have something awesome and terrifying to show them on the school's moonlit soccer field. Clearly there can be no escape. The only option is to take them on. (worldcat.org)
 

Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
Injected by a prison doctor with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake after death, a condemned serial killer experiences unforeseen, contagious side effects and emerges from his grave to begin a murderous rampage that is combated by two small-town cops. (worldcat.org)

07/23/2015 - 12:34pm
I'm a Shark by Bob Shea

I'm a Shark is a hilarious book about fear by madcap master Bob Shea. We meet an awesome shark who declares himself unafraid of anything. Shots, scary movies, and dinosaurs are nothing to this undersea predator. That's when a tiny crab and fish happen to mention spiders.

"Creepy spider! Yuck! Is it on me? EWWW! EWWW! EWWW!"

07/22/2015 - 12:22pm
The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

Handsome, rich Percy smiled at Olivia from his seat above her in the theatre. She is sure of it. Feeling bold on this, the night of her birthday AND Halloween, she goes up on stage where his eyes must follow her—to be hypnotized by the mysteriously dashing Henri Reveri. What follows in Cat Winters’ The Cure for Dreaming is something a bit scandalous and very eye-opening as she is told to "see the world the way it truly is."

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