Archive for the ‘Mystery’ Category

Little Comfort, by Edwin Hill

January 31, 2019

[Lesley] As a first book by this author there was some unevenness in writing, but I really enjoyed it. Hester is a great character – a mix of warmth, chaos, curiosity (not always a good thing), and toughness. Of course I couldn’t help but like the setting – Boston and NH. I’m not usually a mystery reader, but liked the pacing here and some of the unconventional clues and the strangeness of those who-done-it. I will definitely read #2.

A few other books set in NH or NE to try:
The Last Policeman by Ben Winters
The Fireman by Joe Hill
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
The Arsonist by Sue Miller
The Penny Poet of Portsmouth by Katie Towler
Red House by Sarah Messer
Dogtown by Elyssa East


The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

August 22, 2018


I couldn’t stop listening to this book– the characters had great dynamics, and the setting and description was so vivid that I felt kind of like the house was one of the characters. I can’t get enough of this narrator, Imogen Church; since finishing this book I have continued to borrow more audiobooks of hers from the library on my Overdrive account.

The only drawback for me was that IT WAS SO GROSS! The description was so vivid it often made me wince or gag. But despite this, I couldn’t put it down. Worth the read if you like a good thriller.

Available in Wiggin’s OverDrive collection

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

February 12, 2018

Bird BoxI had never heard of this author, but when a customer recommended this book wholeheartedly I thought I’d give it a chance. I’m glad I did! Very good audiobook– it was terrifying to be trapped in a sightless world with these characters. They are stuck indoors, afraid to look outside, afraid of the unknown. Malerman paints a picture of terror, capturing well the feelings and interactions of characters caught in a new era they know little about. I felt he even did a good job giving voice to a female main character and mother, not always an easy feat for a male author.

I saw today that Netflix has a film adaptation in the works- I’m skeptical and curious because I feel like there is something innately off when it comes to “viewing” this story. I’m kind of excited, though, to see what the director does with it when it comes to portraying the absence of sight. Audio was obviously a great format for this sensation.

I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

Bird Box on Overdrive
Bird Box on Hoopla

The Spellman Files and Curse of the Spellmans, by Lisa Lutz

July 28, 2016

[Lesley] These books are so fun! I love the voice of the main character, the quirky lives of the Spellman family (who embody the PI life on the job and off), and the not-really-a-mystery nature of the story. I took the first book on vacation and it was perfect — light and funny but well written and engaging. You can’t help but like the hapless Isabel Spellman and her family. I am definitely going to read the rest of these!!

The Ex by Alafair Burke

March 1, 2016


A great courtroom thriller/mystery.  I read a review of this book and was intrigued and plunged in.  This book is inhabited by some very interesting characters and not many of them are that likable!  Even so,  the story is so well told and fast paced, you just can’t put it down.  This was the first novel I read by this author and will definitely be back for more.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

May 3, 2013


Reconstructing Amelia is smart, suspenseful and thought provoking. I could not put this book down. The story of Amelia’s death unfolds through Amelia and her mom, Kate’s perspectives and various forms of social media. I was captivated by the complexity and depth of their story. There were so many twists and turns in this novel about friendship, bullying, motherhood, urban private schools, law firm culture that it will keep you guessing until the very end. This is the first novel for this author and I look forward to hearing from her in the future.


One of Our Thursdays is Missing, by Jasper Fforde

April 7, 2011

[Lesley]           It’s very hard for an author, especially when his stories are very unusual to begin with, to reinvent a character or series in the sixth book but Fforde does it very well in this one. It’s fun to get to know the “remade” Bookworld and the different cultural climates in its different areas. This device also allows Fforde to start to make comments on modern book issues like ebooks and vanity publishing. The “written” Thursday Next is a great character and fun-house mirror of the Thursday we’ve come to know and love. Good intrigue and some sweet scenes with Landen and Tuesday. I do hope that Sprockett appears in the future in the Bookworld as well.