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Staff Favorites: Mystery

Staff Favorites: Mystery

From light and funny to dark and stormy, these mysteries are our most oft-recommended for those looking for an engrossing thrill.

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The Cuckoo's Calling

A Cormoran Strike Novel: Book #1

By Robert Galbraith
Narrated by: Robert Glenister
Length: 15 hours 54 minutes

The Cuckoo's Calling

“The literary world received quite a shock in 2013 when it was revealed that Robert Galbraith, who recently published a well-reviewed mystery novel entitled The Cuckoo's Calling, was none other than J.K. Rowling - author of the Harry Potter series - writing under a pseudonym. Sales skyrocketed, and Potter fans who picked up the book entered a world very different from Harry's, but filled nonetheless with rich characters and storytelling. The Cuckoo's Calling focuses on Cormoran Strike, a private investigator and disabled war veteran who takes up the case of a supermodel who fell to her death in an apparent suicide. Urged by her adopted brother to take a closer look, Strike and his new - but surprisingly adept - temporary secretary Robin delve into the glamorous, high-pressure world of fashion to uncover a darker truth. Cormoran's world is more adult and less magical than Harry's, but I felt the same intrigue and thrill while reading his story. After all, Rowling wove great mysteries into the Potter novels. I recommend this book to all Harry Potter fans who grew up, but still feel the urge to get lost in a world of words.”

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Case Histories

A Novel
Jackson Brodie: Book #1

By Kate Atkinson
Narrated by: Susan Jameson
Length: 10 hours 41 minutes

The first book in Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie Mysteries series, called "The best mystery of the decade" by Stephen King, finds private investigator Jackson Brodie following three seemingly unconnected family mysteries in Edinburg.

Case one: A little girl goes missing in the night.

Case two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a... Read more »

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The Beekeeper's Apprentice

or, On the Segregation of the Queen
A Mary Russell Mystery: Book #1

By Laurie R. King
Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
Length: 13 hours 20 minutes

The Twentieth-Anniversary Edition of the First Novel of the Acclaimed Mary Russell Series by Edgar Award–Winning Author Laurie R. King.

An Agatha Award Best Novel Nominee • Named One of the Century's Best 100 Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association

In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of...

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Still Life

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Chief Inspector Gamache Novel: Book #1

By Louise Penny
Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
Length: 9 hours 35 minutes

In Still Life, bestselling author Louise Penny introduces Monsieur L'Inspecteur Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec, a modern Poirot who anchors this beloved traditional mystery series

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of...

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