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The Weight of Blood

The Weight of Blood

Laura McHugh‘s debut novel is set in rural, small-town Missouri, deep in the Ozarks. This dark coming-of-age mystery follows a 17-year-old girl determined to investigate the murder of a friend from school, a search which leads to the earlier murder of her own mother. Told from multiple perspectives, the novel’s strengths include its setting (the [...]

That Old Black Magic

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A little more than a year ago, I posted an Omnibus Mystery Review Post, featuring six mysteries, many entries in series and/or by prolific mystery authors. So I expected sometime around now to have a new crop of reviews of many of the same authors, but so far I’ve been striking out. Jacqueline Winspear is [...]

Victorian Violence

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Robert Louis Stevenson published The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1886, and the next year Arthur Conan Doyle published A Study in Scarlet, the first novel to feature Sherlock Holmes–both works set in the heart of London. And in September of 1888, the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper began [...]

Night of the Wolf

night of the wolf

Probably the most successful program I have ever held at my library was a “minute mystery” program–where I simply posted a short mystery and invited teens to solve it.  Today, I’m have a review of a collection of short stories by French novelist Paul Halter.  You may remember that a little more than a month [...]

Serious Business

save yourself

Gah! The end of the year approaches, and we still have several 2013 titles to recommend, so forgive me if today’s novels are a bit less thematically similar than usual. With that said, all three of today’s novels take us to some very dark corners of teen life. In Save Yourself, we are introduced to [...]

Paul Halter

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Two things I’m always on the look out for (both in my personal reading and for this blog) are books in translation and books published by small presses. It’s hard enough to keep up with all of the English language books coming out of major houses, but the extra work is worth the effort when you [...]

A Trio of Thrillers

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Three great suspenseful reads today. Joyce Maynard bases her latest on a true crime spree that took place in the 1970s, the “Trailside Killings”. Her young teen narrator and her even younger sister decide to help their detective father catch the serial killer. The father-daughter relationship is a highlight of this one. Maynard created a [...]

Rustication

rustication

I had planned on writing a  post today on Publisher’s Weekly‘s  Best of 2013 list, but when I started looking through it, I realized that many of the titles on their list that I’d like to talk about are either currently out with our reviewers, or haven’t been posted yet. So, instead I’m going to [...]

The Recent Past

Songs of Willow Frost

Three novels set in the recent past all center on adolescents betrayed or abandoned by the adults in their lives. Jamie Ford‘s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, was a hugely successful debut. At the time of publication it was recommended for teen readers, and justifiably so. More recently, it was [...]

The Cuckoo’s Calling

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You may have heard that JK Rowling has a new book out this year.  Or perhaps, Robert Galbraith has a debut novel out, except that Galbraith is a pseudonym for Rowling.  Rowling has explained on her website that she choose to write this new mystery series under a pseudonym because: I was yearning to go [...]