Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood is the stunning fictionalized account of the real-life 1843 double murder of Thomas Kinnear and his mistress, Nancy Montgomery. Accused in the murders are two of Kinnear’s servants, James McDermott, a stable hand, and sixteen year old Grace Marks, a maid.
Anna Westerby’s diaries, written in Danish over seventy years ago, are published to great acclaim by her daughter Swanny after Anna’s death. But, do the diaries also contain the revelations of a double mystery within their pages: the true identity of a lost child and an unsolved gruesome murder? “Anna’s Book” by Barbara Vine is a compelling novel that will keep you guessing until its final pages.
In rural Mississippi, Larry lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion when his date went missing over 20 years ago. Silas, who was once a friend of Larry’s, is the town constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they’ve buried and ignored for decades.
A mesmerizing young Irish seanchaí (storyteller) on a red 1950 Vincent Comet motorcycle pulls into town and into the lives of young school teacher, Fiona Walsh, her twin sisters, Aiofe and Róisín, and Aunt Moira. With riveting tales of long ago kingdoms, mighty battles, princes, princesses and wolves, Jim charms and seduces his listeners. But let the games begin when a jealousy-driven Fiona follows Jim and discovers a very dark secret.
Frank Mackey grew up in a tenement house and loved a girl named Rosie. Frank and Rosie were going to run away and start a new life in London, but on their scheduled night of departure, Rosie did not show up. Frank, heartbroken, left Faithful Place, supposedly for good, and became a detective in Dublin. Twenty two years later, he gets a call that the suitcase belonging to Rosie, who had never been seen again after that night, had been found in an abandoned house. Frank returns to Faithful Place and the family he felt did their best to ruin his life to solve the mystery of what happened to Rosie.
Marriage can be a real killer.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River.
A 4 year old arrives alone on a dock in Australia with only a few belongings in a small white suitcase. When the man who found and cared for her dies, an older Nell is given the suitcase. Within it is a book of fairy tales written by the woman who put her on the boat. Join Nell, and then her granddaughter Cassandra, on a journey to England and a cottage on a cliff to unravel the mystery of her past.
The third book in the Millennium series begins with Lisbeth Salander in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to the head as she prepares for her upcoming trial with the help of her computer-savvy friends and the oversexed journalist Blomkvist. In The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Lisbeth again nails it to those who have done her wrong, particularly the men who hate women.
Pour yourself some Glogg as you read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a story about a misfit girl with a photographic memory and a promiscuous journalist who eventually team up to solve the mystery of a murder that occurred almost 40 years ago. In this first installment of the Millenium series, you get an introduction to Lisbeth Salander, one of the most intriguing characters I have ever read about.
The Moses Expedition by Juan Gómez-Jurado is an action-packed thriller loaded with intrigue, retribution and fanaticism, as a secret is uncovered that points to the location of The Ark of the Covenant. Father Fowler, a CIA operative and Catholic priest, is a fascinating character and he alone makes this novel worth the read!
Books are hidden away in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books and protected in this mysterious place until their rediscovery. Young Daniel is drawn to a particular book. “The Shadow of the Wind’ by Julian Carax.
Daniel chooses this book, or does this book choose Daniel?
The Story of Edgar Sawtelleby David Wroblewski is set in Northern Wisconsin in The Chequamegon National Forest and surrounding area. Remote and heavily wooded, teeming with wildlife and lakes, The Chequamegon National Forest is the ideal wilderness hideaway for a boy not wanting to be found.
The Thirteenth Tale is the story of Vida Winter, a prolific writer with a mysterious past. She commissions a young writer named Margaret to pen her story, the “Thirteenth Tale”. Mrs. Winter tells the story of Angelfield, an avoided house that was home to spooky twin girls that terrorized the village. The manor was run by their father, a recluse that never got over the unconventional love he had for his sister. Mrs. Winter’s tale, along with Diane Setterfield’s intriguing writing, will draw you in as you are told the stories of Angelfield and its inhabitants.
Young Iris and her parents have moved to a new town to help Iris recover from the tragic loss of her best friend. But Iris is struggling and finds comfort in her ruminations with her imaginary friend and mentor Edward R. Murrow, the famed broadcast journalist.
On the first day of school at Mariana Academy, Iris and the other new students, receive a blank copy of The Devil’s Advocate, the paper distributed by the secretive Prisom’s Party, and a threatening message.