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Inside a locked room

Locked room mysteries are based on crimes that seem impossible to solve.  They might involve a body found alone in a room with all the windows and doors locked from the inside or they might take place outside in the snow with no footprints leading to or from the body.  Follow the clues in these stories to help the detectives solve these difficult crimes.

True Crime at the Library

Are you a fan TV shows such as Dateline NBC, 48 Hours Mystery, or America’s Most Wanted?  Then check-out our True Crime section for some of the hottest new titles dealing with some of today's biggest headlines.  You’ll find most of the collection in the nonfiction section beginning at the call number 364.1

Read the whole series

Currently, in the library, we're displaying the first books in series. If you like SF or fantasy, here are some complete series available for checkout. Most are in print, although we may have digital download copies of some titles.

Cold Days

The Dresden Files

Jim Butcher's wildly popular stories of Chicago private investigator and wizard, Harry Dresden. Start with Storm Front. The latest book in the series is Cold Days.

Chronicles of the Black Company

The Black Company

The story of some 40 years in the life of an elite military company. The library owns the 10 books in this epic dark fantasy series complete in 4 omnibus volumes.

Red Mars

The Mars Trilogy

A classic of hard science fiction, Kim Stanley Robinson's trilogy combines superbly believable science and great storytelling to chronicle the first human settlements and terraforming of Mars.

Dreaming Void

The Void Trilogy

A far future space opera, set in Hamilton's Commonwealth universe. A compelling story of advanced humanity and its all too familiar need to find meaning in existence.

Crippled God

Malazan Book of the Fallen

Gritty, superb dark fantasy by Steven Erikson. Book 1 is Gardens of the Moon. The 10th and final volume is The Crippled God. For a quick entry into the Malazan landscape, try the non-series novel Crack'd Pot Trail.

 

Rock of Pages

On this day in Rock History (January 29th):  In 1967, Jimi Hendrix and The Who appeared at The Saville Theatre, London, England. 20 year-old future Queen guitarist Brian May was in the audience.  Also, in 1977, Aerosmith's “Walk This Way” becomes a Top 10 single.  (The song is inspired by a line in Mel Brooks’ comedy Young Frankenstein.)  Our Rocker Biographies have some pretty wild stories to tell.....

Great mysteries

Are you looking for a great mystery?  Every year the Mystery Writers of America honors the best mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television with its Edgar Allan Poe Awards.  The 2013 nominees for Best Novel are:

The Intercept by Dick Wolf

From the creator of Law & Order, The Intercept is the first in a series following Jeremy Fisk, a detective in NYPD’s Intelligence Division tasked with fighting terrorism in the Big Apple.  A few days before the Fourth of July dedication of One World Trade Center at 9/11’s Ground Zero, an attempted flight hijacking is foiled by passengers who become heroes and honorees at the weekend’s patriotic festivities. As Fisk and his fellow cop/secret love interest Krina Gerston follow up all the leads of the investigation, they become convinced that the hijacking was just the beginning. Multiple points of view bring the reader into the heads of both good guys and bad. Wolf develops most characters pretty well, but hopefully we will get to know leading man Fisk a bit better in the next entry. Quickly paced with lots of surprises, this book will appeal to fans of adrenaline fiction and spy thrillers.

 

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