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Sell Me On: Daniel Silva
Cover Art You've seen the name, you know he writes mysteries that sell. But who is Daniel Silva? Is he worth checking out? Here's the scoop:

Name: Daniel Silva
Genres: Thrillers/Espionage
Popular series written by Silva: the best-selling of Silva's books relate to Gabriel Allon, an Israeli art restorer who also serves as a spy and hired assassin. The first of the series was published in 2000 and the Allon novels have since picked up in popularity with the publication of 13 total novels, the latest of which is The English Girl.
What makes him stand out: Silva's novels have the unique perspective of a character who lives in and understands the Middle East, where most of the books are set. His books feature the quick pace and action-packed plot readers enjoy about the genre, but also deeper revelations about the war on terror and the complexities of the times we live in.
Where to start: The Kill Artist, the first in the Allon series
 
posted Nov 6, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Gearing up for Halloween
Cover Art While there may not be a literal chill in the air, you can always feel a stirring of something creepy come October. As the leaves blow in the wind and darkness settles in earlier and earlier, we know that Halloween is coming soon and tis the season for horror, whether your tastes run toward the classic or contemporary. If you've missed out on the Poes and Gaimans up until now, what better time of year to treat yourself?
 
posted Oct 9, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Farewell, Elmore Leonard
Cover Art Elmore Leonard, the hugely successful writer behind such modern-day classics as Get Shorty and Out of Sight, passed away on August 20 at the age of 87. Leonard was known as a crime writer with a keen sense of humor and his style made a lasting imprint not just on the literary world, but on the movie world, where adaptations of his work gained widespread popularity and recognition.

If you're unfamiliar with Leonard's work, but enjoy a gripping caper, check out his myriad titles in our catalog. And be sure to check out Bookspace to find other great reads in a wide range of genres.
 
posted Aug 26, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Awards for mysteries
Cover Art Looking for the right mystery for summer? Consider an award winner! The Edgar and Agatha Awards, both of which honor the year's finest mysteries, were presented in May. Among the winners were:

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer
Live By Night by Dennis Lehane
The Expats by Chris Pavone

And don't forget to check out Bookspace for librarian recommendations, readers' lists and updates on the latest mystery novels available at your library.
 
posted Jun 5, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Sell Me On: Tana French
Cover Art You've seen the name, you've heard the hype, you have a vague sense that she writes creepy psychological thrillers. But who is Tana French? Is she an author you'd enjoy? Here's the scoop:

Name: Tana French
Genres: Mystery stories/police procedurals/psychological suspense
Popular series written by French: French has written a total of four books, only two of which follow the same characters. But her most well-known book to-date is In the Woods, a thriller set in Dublin. French won numerous awards and widespread critical praise for her atmospheric detective story.
What makes her stand out: French creates vivid characters, nonformulaic plot twists and truly creepy stories that are perfect for those with a taste for the psychological, similar to Val McDermid.
Where to Start: In the Woods (2007)
 
posted May 15, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Sell Me On: Vince Flynn
Cover Art You've seen the name, you know his latest book has a million holds, you have a vague sense that he writes fast-paced thrillers. But who is Vince Flynn? Is he worth checking out? Here's the scoop:

Name: Vince Flynn
Genres: Political/suspense/anti-terrorism thrillers
Popular series written by Flynn: the Mitch Rapp chronicles, which follow an undercover CIA operative fighting terrorist plots
What makes him stand out: in the words of Publisher's Weekly, "Flynn knows his politicians and pits his characters against impossible odds with nonstop action and suspense."
Where to Start: American Assassin (2010)
 
posted Apr 10, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Hardboiled in Scotland
If you've read and enjoyed authors such as John Sandford, Dennis Lehane, and Michael Connelly, you're reading a genre lovingly referred to as "hardboiled." These gritty narratives with a street smart protagonist are popular in the United States, with many authors from which to choose. However, Scotland seems to lend itself well to this genre, too. You might want to try authors such as Denise Mina, Ian Rankin, Quintin Jardine, Val MacDermid, and a favorite of mine, Stuart MacBride.
 
posted Mar 26, 2013 by Jean B. Category: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Sell Me On: David Baldacci
Cover Art If you're an avid reader, David Baldacci is a name you may have heard a few times. You know he's written a lot of books (about 35, according the Hennepin County library catalog), that people who read him seem to be obsessed with getting his latest title and maybe even that his first bestseller, Absolute Power, was made into a hit movie with Clint Eastwood. But if you don't know much more than that and aren't sure if this superstar author is right for you, here's the breakdown:

Name: David Baldacci
Genres: Suspense, political/legal, thrillers
Popular series written by Baldacci: Camel Club, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell
What makes him stand out: as Newsweek writes,"In these stressful times, Baldacci offers a break—and people who care about books should care about him."
Where to start: Baldacci offers many titles that stand-alone, including Total Control, The Winner and The Simple Truth. If you'd like to get into one of his five series, ask your local librarian for help finding the first title.
 
posted Feb 6, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

2013 Edgar Awards
The Mystery Writers of America released the Edgar Nominations for best mystery writing on January 16th. How many have you read?
 
posted Jan 18, 2013 by Jean B. Category: Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

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