Recommended Reads: Librarian looks for a murderer in this page turner

Murder Between The Pages – The Nina Foster Mystery Series, by Linda Hope Lee Librarian Nina Foster cannot quiet her suspicions and theories when her hometown is shocked by murder. Nina’s concerns prompt her to get her nose out of the books and onto a hot trail of clues. Not so fast though — author Linda…

Recommended Reads: ‘Islands’ a hot mystery set in Caribbean

Islands, by Sara Stamey “Just a touch of turbulence, folks. Buckle up.” Maybe archeologist Susan Dunne should have heard the pilot’s voice over the speaker as a larger warning, about what lay ahead of her on the Islands of the Caribbean. Curl up with a hot mystery that’s set in a sunny, tourist mecca. Join this…

Recommended Reads: Set in Anchorage, Hemlock Needle an icy thriller

Hemlock Needle by Keenan Powell The most recent book in the Maeve Malloy Legal Thriller series finds the adroit attorney under investigation herself in Anchorage, Alaska. She’s been advised not to take on any cases until her own is settled. And depending on how it’s settled, she may not be allowed to take on cases…

Recommended Reads: Detective thriller doesn’t disappoint

Dead If You Don’t, by Peter James The most recent book in the DS Roy Grace series, the Detective Superintendent is thrown into the midst of the kidnapping of a teenager, but this turns very complex in the investigation. All is not as it seemed at the start of the case. In the meantime, the…

Recommended Reads: History and mystery combined in World War II novel

Solemn Graves — A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, by James R. Benn Solemn Graves is the newest of the outstanding Billy Boyle World War II mystery series, set within the Allied High Command in Europe. The focus on the characters’ stories is surrounded with a brilliantly researched, historic time and place. It’s illustrated…

Recommended reads: Forgotten Rage by local author thrills

Here’s a thought-provoking thriller about how people react to the events and influences in their lives, even years later. It shows how the impact of incidents on people can vary depending on their age and circumstances. As people carry on, and try to forget elements of their past, local author Melodie Hernandez analyzes in her…

Recommended Reads: Solar Reboot is intriguing, fun science fiction

Solar Reboot, by Matthew D. Hunt Alex Robinson, Park Ranger, has spent his adult life preparing for the unexpected. But the unexpected can hit at most inconvenient times. After traveling across the country from Seattle to New York City with his pre-teen daughter to her out-of-state swim meet, he hears on the radio — “scientists…

Recommended Reads: ‘Living in a Foreign Language’ a delicious love story

Living in a Foreign Language by Michael Tucker Indulge in the full sensory story of American expats who impulsively buy a rustico, a cottage home in Northern Italy, and literally move into la bella vita. In this full-bodied memoir, the author vividly shares the warmth, fun, humor, romance and spirited aspects of this joyful life…

Recommended Reads: ‘Seasons of Sacrifice’ an engaging mystery set in Seattle

Season of Sacrifice, by Bharti Kirchner Maya Mallick is the private investigator of the Detectives Unlimited of Kolkata, Seattle branch. She is energetic, smart, tough and feisty as she solves mysteries. Unlike the classic PI stories where the investigator is mostly a loner seeming to have no interest other than in his cases, this contemporary…

Recommended reads: Join electric hunt for killer in ‘Spark of Death’

A Spark of Death, by Bernadette Pajer The hunt for a killer in this mystery is electric. Take a trip back in history to a vividly described Seattle of the early 1900s. Here’s an opportunity for you to join University of Washington Professor Benjamin Bradshaw as he discovers clues and analyzes motives and opportunity in…

Recommended Reads: Salish Sea celebrates vibrant local water body

The Salish Sea, by Audrey DeLella Benedict & Joseph K. Gaydos You’re invited to meet the author at The Edmonds Bookshop, located at 111 5th Ave. S. in Edmonds, on July 19 from 5 to 8 pm. What a wonderful celebration of the history, biology, beauty and vibrancy of The Salish Sea. This book makes…

Recommended Reads: ‘Elusive Exlixir’ a mystery laced with supernatural components

Elusive Elixir, by Gigi Pandian Centuries-old protagonist Zoe Faust, the accidental alchemist, is traveling between Portland, Ore. and Paris, France in search of an Elusive Elixir that can help her friend and sidekick, Dorian the 3-foot-tall gargoyle chef. He is facing a dire dilemma as he is slowly turning into stone. As you can imagine,…

Recommended Reads: Enjoy a fast-paced mystery set in 1908 Los Angeles

The Woman in the Camphor Trunk by Jennifer Kincheloe The intrigue and danger of 1908 Los Angeles propels the pages of this well-researched, fast-paced fictional mystery by author Jennifer Kincheloe. This is the second in her Anna Blanc mystery series, a protagonist who is one of the first women working on the police force. Her…

Recommended reads: Tragedy in Appalachian town focus of enthralling mystery

Fast Falls the Night, by Julia Keller Prosecutor Bell Elkins soon realizes that her Appalachian hometown is facing a tragically fatal challenge — fighting a single day’s record number of heroin overdoses from a batch tainted with a lethal tranquilizer — as Fast Falls the Night. This is the most recent in the enthralling mystery…

Recommended Reads: ‘Dead Soon Enough’ an action-packed mystery

Dead Soon Enough, By Steph Cha The Juniper Song book series is written with a contemporary twist that adds dimension to the shadows inherent in a noir mystery story, while still paying homage to the great authors who created a masterful body of works in the genre’s beginnings. This newest book has a case that…

Recommended Reads: ‘The Freedom Broker’ a kidnap-and-ransom thriller

The Freedom Broker, by K. J. Howe Thea Paris is The Freedom Broker in K.J. Howe’s new kidnap-and-ransom thriller novel. Ripped from the headlines, this evil crime of kidnapping has become a dark, international financial exploitation. The protagonist in this fast-paced, forceful novel is one of the good guys who fight for captured victims. In…

Recommended Reads: ‘Deadly Solution’ a thought-provoking legal thriller

Deadly Solution, A Maeve Malloy Mystery, by Keenan Powell The reading jury has spoken resoundingly in favor of Legal Thriller Deadly Solution and its Alaskan attorney Maeve Malloy. Author Keenan Powell has created a stunning force in her Maeve Malloy character. Danger is ever present as Malloy uncovers powerful players’ secrets and the sinister someone…

Recommended Reads: Young authors share their favorite mysteries

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Spy Story by Stuart Gibbs The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin Swindle by Gordon Korman At the prompting of a book recommendation shared at the Friends of the Edmonds Library Kindle Raffle last fall, I discovered a wonderful kids’ mystery author — Stuart Gibbs….

Recommended Reads: ‘Cold Betrayal’ a tale of revenge from J.A. Jance

Cold Betrayal by J. A. Jance Any novel by J. A. Jance that you choose to read is one of the best mystery books. Each of her several successful is each filled with thought-provoking characters, entertaining mystery and fast-paced plotting. A New York Times bestseller over and over again, she is one of those authors…

Recommended Reads: Buzz about this new psychological thriller well-deserved

The Last Mrs. Parrish, by Liv Constantine There’s been an excited hum about this new psychological thriller, The Last Mrs. Parrish, and it’s well-deserved. This book is co-authored by sisters Lynne and Valerie, using the pen name Liv Constantine, and their collaboration will have you gasping and hanging on through twists and turns. This one…