Category Archives: Mysteries & Thrillers

Popular Titles For June

What your friends and neighbors are reading this month:

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME  by Laura Dave

“Dave pulls off something that feels both new and familiar: a novel of domestic suspense that unnerves, then reassures. This is the antithesis of the way novels like Gone Girl or My Lovely Wife are constructed; in The Last Thing He Told Me, the surface is ugly, the situation disturbing, but almost everyone involved is basically good underneath it all. Dave has given readers what many people crave right now—a thoroughly engrossing yet comforting distraction.”~  BookPage

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GOLDEN GIRL by Elin Hilderbrand

“This sweeping love story is Hilderbrand’s best ever. . . Her stories are relatable in an aspirational way, but her attention to detail is what makes her characters feel like living, breathing people you want to know. They would never skimp on citronella candles; they would save the least creaky rocking chair for you.”~ Elisabeth EganNew York Times Book Review

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MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“It’s 1983 in Malibu, and the famous Riva siblings are hosting their annual end-of-summer party—a legendary affair. By morning, the house is in flames, a blaze fueled by smoldering secrets and long-simmering drama. [Taylor Jenkins] Reid has once again crafted a fast-paced, engaging novel that smoothly transports readers between decades and story lines.” ~The Washington Post

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HOUR OF THE WITCH by Chris Bohjalian

“Bohjalian blends historical fiction with a thrilling courtroom drama. . . A fascinating and immersive read… What makes this novel remarkable and compulsively readable is Bohjalian’s uncanny ability to capture the Puritan perspective… Hour of the Witch is at once brilliantly idiosyncratic while also recognizable. This genre-defying thriller is sure to become a staple of book clubs and a favorite of historical mystery fans.
~BookPage

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Settle In With These Digital Thrillers

Looking for some thrillers to read or listen to while you’re staying home and staying safe? Here are a few suggestions that you can download from Overdrive with your Fairfield Public Library card.

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PLEASE SEE US
By Caitlin Mullen

“At last, a “woman in peril” thriller that doesn’t involve a handsome, psychopathic husband or a seemingly sympathetic but ultimately homicidal neighborhood kid. What Mullen’s debut gives readers is a wrenchingly detailed, utterly credible story of women whose peril comes from poverty, either a slow slide or a sudden slip.” ~Booklist

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JUST WATCH ME
By Jeff Lindsay

“This terrific series launch from bestseller Lindsay (Darkly Dreaming Dexter) opens with master thief Riley Wolfe, an antihero Dexter fans will relish, using a helicopter to steal a 12-ton statue in broad daylight during its installation ceremony in Chicago.” ~Publisher’s Weekly

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DARLING ROSE GOLD
By Stephanie Wrobel

“Propulsive pacing, a claustrophobic setting, and vividly sketched characters who are equal parts victim and villain conspire to create an anxious, unsettling narrative. Psychological suspense fans will be well satisfied.” ~Publisher’s Weekly

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THE WHISPER MAN
By Alex North

“North’s first novel explores the life of a father raising his young son after the tragic death of his wife mixed with a town in turmoil owing to kidnappings in the area… The terrifying villain and characters who seem authentic only add to the horror. Lyrical writing also helps make the story truly haunting.” ~Library Journal

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THE SUN DOWN MOTEL
By Simone St. James

“In this engrossing supernatural thriller from St. James (The Broken Girls), 20-year-old Carly Kirk sets out from her Illinois hometown determined to find some answers 35 years after her aunt Viv Delaney vanished while working the night shift at a seedy upstate New York motel.” ~Publisher’s Weekly

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THE POACHER’S SON
By Paul Doiron

“Doiron’s debut crime novel is set on the coast and in the North Woods of Maine, the home of rookie game warden Mike Bowditch. As tensions rise across the state with the impending sale of huge tracts of paper-company forest land to an out-of-state developer, Mike receives a strange message from his father, left on the same night the paper company rep and a state trooper are shot and killed after a heated town meeting… One hopes this fine novel is the first in a series starring Warden Bowditch, who could quickly become the East Coast version of C. J. Box’s game-warden hero Joe Pickett, who patrols the range in Wyoming.” ~Booklist
*This is the first in a staff favorite series. Sure to please mystery, suspense and thriller lovers.

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THOSE PEOPLE
By Louise Candlish

“This fiendishly twisty and suspenseful tale of secrets, lies, jealousy, and intrigue keeps readers guessing until the very end. Fans of Celeste Ng and Leila Slimani will be pleased with this contemporary take on families and violence.” ~Booklist

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DECEPTION COVE
By Owen Laukkanen

“Deception Cove, Wash., “a rainy-day kind of place” that’s the atmospheric setting of this superior standalone from Thriller Award finalist Laukkanen…
a crackerjack plot enhances the moving portrayals of the leads’ inner lives. Laukkanen has never been better.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly

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“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
~C.S. Lewis

 

Cozy Mysteries-Digital Downloads

Looking for a cozy mystery to read or listen to while you’re staying home and staying safe? Here are a few suggestions that you can download from Overdrive with your Fairfield Public Library card.

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MURDER CUTS THE MUSTARD
By Jessica Ellicott

“Witty prose, distinctive characters, and an enchanting setting all make for a winner.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly

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A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS
By Victoria Gilbert

“Gilbert’s series kickoff offers an intricate mystery, an interesting look at the past, and a clever and determined heroine.” ~Kirkus

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THE CRACKED SPINE
By Paige Shelton

“This spotlessly clean, fun-filled read takes plenty of twists and turns on the way to the satisfying ending.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly

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MURDER IN MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS
By Victoria Thompson

“A fantastic historical with a wonderfully plucky amateur female sleuth.” ~Library Journal

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GRACE UNDER PRESSURE
By Julie Hyzy

“Launching the Manor of Murder series with plenty of thrills and laughs, Hyzy creates the well-researched and believable estate of Marshfield Manor, part mansion and part museum.” ~Publisher’s Weekly

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“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
~Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Check Out These Mystery Series!

Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series by Paige Shelton

For fans of contemporary or cozy mysteries, this series features Delaney Nichols, an American who has left home for a job in Edinburgh, Scotland at The Cracked Spine. So much more than just a bookshop, the Cracked Spine has a secret room full of antique treasures that her boss, Edwin, has been collecting for years. Murder and intrigue are never very far from Delaney and the mysterious Cracked Spine.
A great cast of characters and a terrific setting make this a mystery series not to be missed.

  1. THE CRACKED SPINE please click here.
  2. OF BOOKS AND BAGPIPES please click here.
  3. LOST BOOKS AND OLD BONES please click here.
  4. THE LOCH NESS PAPERS please click here.

 

Wrexford & Sloane Mystery Series by Andrea Penrose

For fans of historical mysteries, this series features the Earl of Wrexford, a wealthy lord, and Charlotte Sloane, a political cartoonist who writes under the pseudonym A.J. Quill. Charlotte and Wrexford move in different social circles so each has their own web of informants and spies. This makes them a formidable team when it comes to solving murders. Regency London has never seemed as dark and sinister as in this riveting series.

  1. MURDER ON BLACK SWAN LANE please click here.
  2. MURDER AT HALF MOON GATE please click here.
  3. MURDER AT KENSINGTON PALACE please click here.

International Mysteries

 

MURDER IN AN IRISH PUB
By Carlene O’Connor
“Fourth in the series, this is a delightful combination of Irish village life, family dynamics, and romance.” ~Booklist

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AUNTIE POLDI AND THE VINEYARDS OF ETNA
By Mario Giordano
“…Munich-born Giordano continues the story of the Prosecco-guzzling Auntie Poldi, who has retired to Sicily from Germany only to find mayhem amid the gaudy melon-flowers. Here, a dog’s poisoning and a neighbor’s disrupted water supply presage trouble from the Mafia, and soon there’s a corpse in the vineyard.” ~Library Journal

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DEVIL’S FJORD
By David Hewson
“As grim as the bleakest of Nordic noir. If you think the solution to the crime will produce a happy ending, just wait till the chilling final pages.” ~Kirkus

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THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE
By Sujata Massey
“Perveen Mistry is tasked with planning the education of a young crown prince after the sudden deaths of his father and older brother. Unfortunately, she finds the Satapur palace full of icy-cold intrigue.” ~Library Journal

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Political and International Thrillers

 

THE KILLER COLLECTIVE
By Barry Eisler
“In this crackling-good thriller from bestseller Eisler, Seattle PD sex crimes detective Livia Lone, assassin John Rain, and former Marine sniper Dox form a testy alliance to combat a vile conspiracy involving corrupt and toxic government agencies.” ~PW

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THE KREMLIN CONSPIRACY
By Joel Rosenberg
“The nonstop action will keep readers turning the pages. Rosenberg is known for basing his novels on tomorrow’s news, and readers will likely recognize some fictionalized characters inspired by public figures.” ~LJ

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KEEP YOU CLOSE
By Karen Cleveland
“This fast-paced tale makes a great recommendation for fans of high-stakes poltical thrillers. Cleveland is a former CIA analyst whose debut novel, Need to Know (2018), was a New York Times best-seller, with rights sold to Universal Pictures for Charlize Theron.” ~Booklist

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THEIR LITTLE SECRET
By Mark Billingham
“This is a fantastic thriller, combining a gripping plot and lead characters of remarkable depth. Billingham is a multiple-award winner, and his books have sold more than six million copies. Readers who grab this one but aren’t familiar with its predecessors will be seeking them out. A series to savor.” ~Booklist

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FINDING KATARINA M.
By Elisabeth Elo
“Fascinating historical details encompass uranium mining, the gulags, and cultural life in the Soviet era. Natalie’s tense and illuminating journey will enthrall readers.” ~PW

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Psychological Thrillers and the Adult Summer Reading Code!

The Adult Summer Reading Code is: Penny
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MY LOVELY WIFE
By Samantha Downing
“Happily married to the love of your life but, yeah, after 15 years getting a little bored? Here’s a solution from the couple at the heart of Downing’s debut: getting away with murder.” ~Library Journal
A Staff Favorite!

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GONE TOO LONG
By Lori Roy
“Seven years after ten-year-old Beth vanishes from her Georgia home, Imogene Coulter is burying the Klan leader father she has tried to deny. On the day of the funeral, she finds a child locked in the basement of his hideout, a discovery that links her to the long-gone Beth.” ~Library Journal
Another Staff Favorite!

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BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM
By Peter Swanson
“Her bipolar disorder under control, illustrator Henrietta and her husband enjoy a new house outside Boston with a nice little studio for her out back. But she’s a bit obsessed with unsolved crimes, and she can’t help but notice that a sports trophy perched on a shelf at the neighbors’ house looks just like one that vanished from the home of a young man killed two years earlier…” ~Library Journal

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IF SHE WAKES
By Michael Koryta
“Slowly emerging from the coma she’s been in since a black cargo van rammed the car she was using to transport a visiting professor, killing him, Maine college senior Tara Beckley is targeted by a ruthless young hit man.” ~Kirkus

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The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient
by Alex Michaelides
Artist Alicia Berenson is accused of brutally shooting her husband, however, she will not speak, not even to defend herself. Her only voice is through her last painting which holds the key to this mystery and reveals a deep psychological connection to the murder. ~SR

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This is also an excellent audiobook choice. If you would like more information about the audio version of this title, please click here.

Spotlight on Author Louise Penny

Louise Penny’s series, featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is a perennial favorite among library staff and patrons. Set in the fictional village of Three Pines in the province of Quebec, this series will entertain and enthrall readers with a quirky cast of characters, as well as transport them to a quaint Canadian village with no shortage of secrets and murder. The titles in this series are listed below, in order, for your convenience. Happy reading!

STILL LIFE
“This is a real gem of a book that slowly draws the reader into a beautifully told, lyrically written story of love, life, friendship, and tragedy. And it’s a pretty darn good mystery too.” ~Booklist

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A FATAL GRACE
“Penny is a careful writer, taking time to establish character and scene, playing around with a large cast, distracting us so we won’t see the final twists coming until they’re upon us. This is a fine mystery in the classic Agatha Christie style, and it is sure to leave mainstream fans wanting more.” ~Booklist

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THE CRUELEST MONTH
“Penny is an award-winning writer whose cozies go beyond traditional boundaries, providing entertaining characters, a picturesque locale, and thought-provoking plots. Highly recommended.” ~Library Journal

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A RULE AGAINST MURDER
“Murder interrupts Chief Insp. Armand Gamache and his wife’s annual summer holiday at Quebec’s isolated, lake-front Manoir Bellechasse in Agatha-winner Penny’s intriguing, well-crafted fourth mystery.” ~Publisher’s Weekly

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THE BRUTAL TELLING
“Having won numerous mystery prizes, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis and Anthony awards for her debut, Still Life, Canadian author Penny has only gotten better with each succeeding novel. Her fifth in the series is the finest of all.” ~Library Journal

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BURY YOUR DEAD
“Penny’s first five crime novels in her Armand Gamache series have all been outstanding, but her latest is the best yet, a true tour de force of storytelling.” ~Booklist

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A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
“Readers who love literary mystery writers such as Donna Leon will enjoy Penny’s latest excellent series entry.” ~Library Journal

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THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
“This heart-rending tale is a marvelous addition to Penny’s acclaimed series. Fans won’t be disappointed.” ~Library Journal

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HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
“Another bravura performance from an author who has reinvented the village mystery as profoundly as Dashiell Hammett transformed the detective novel.” ~Booklist

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THE LONG WAY HOME
“Another gem from the endlessly astonishing Penny.” ~Booklist

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THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
” A strong sense of place, a multilayered plot, and well-crafted (and for Penny’s fans, familiar) characters combine for a thoughtful, intriguing tale.” ~Library Journal

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A GREAT RECKONING
“This riveting read, with characters of incredible depth who only add to the strength of the plot, will keep readers guessing until the last page.” Library Journal

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GLASS HOUSES
“The familiar, sometimes eccentric, denizens of Three Pines and Gamache’s loyal investigative team help propel the plot to an exciting, high-stakes climax.” ~Publisher’s Weekly

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KINGDOM OF THE BLIND                                                                                                               “Insightful, well-plotted… Penny offers intriguing commentary on the willful blindness that can keep people from acknowledging the secrets and lies in their own lives. Penny wraps up some continuing story lines and sends recurring characters in surprising directions.” ~Publishers Weekly

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Spotlight on Author Paul Doiron

If you haven’t read the Mike Bowditch series by author Paul Doiron, you’re missing out on some great thrillers. This series is a favorite among staff and patrons alike. If you would like to take a look, we’ve provided a list of the titles in the series, in order, below. Happy reading!

THE POACHER’S SON
“Doiron’s strong debut features Mike Bowditch, a newbie game warden, who hears that his estranged father, a hard-living poacher, has been accused of murdering two men and has escaped into a wilderness area. Ignoring the orders of both his superior and the police, Bowditch sets out to find his father and prove his innocence.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly

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TRESPASSER
“Doiron serves up a tense thriller that stars a memorable main character and brings the rugged Maine landscape vividly to life.” ~Library Journal

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BAD LITTLE FALLS
“Doiron’s third Bowditch entry is riveting and honest, with full-depth characters and a landscape that isn’t cutting any slack. Readers of Nevada Barr and C. J. Box will enjoy this similar tale, with the added surprise of a refreshing hero whose youth and inexperience Doiron skillfully twists into an asset.” ~Booklist

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MASSACRE POND
“This series follows Bowditch from the start of his warden career, and his evolution creates a constantly fresh perspective, nicely paired with solid procedural details and an outdoors education. Massacre Pond, arguably the best yet, boasts fair-minded exploration of Maine’s conflicting environmental and economic interests and marks a turning point for Bowditch, who questions his fit with a career that constantly requires suppressing his instincts.” ~Booklist

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THE BONE ORCHARD
“Thoughtful plotting and strong characters raise this above the crime novel pack.”         ~Publisher’s Weekly

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THE PRECIPICE
“This is one of the finest entries in a uniformly strong series that has quietly taken its place among the very best outdoors-based crime dramas.” ~Booklist

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WIDOWMAKER
“The seventh Mike Bowditch novel (after The Precipice) continues to deliver vivid descriptions of rural Maine, a satisfying mystery (this one with tantalizing loose ends), and a conflicted main character.” ~Library Journal

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KNIFE CREEK
“This solid eighth entry in the Mike Bowditch series, following Widowmaker (2016), is full of strong characters, great dialogue, and Doiron’s signature command of the rugged and natural Maine setting.” ~Booklist

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STAY HIDDEN
“The extraordinary sense of place makes this Doiron’s strongest novel yet. This is not Jessica Fletcher’s Maine. It is a much darker place, more like C. J. Box’s Wyoming. With foghorns.” ~Booklist

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