Ghettoside by Jill Leovy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jill Leovy, a journalist for the L.A. Times, presents the story of the quintessential American murder and a crew of investigators working to pursue justice. It provides a fast-paced narrative of a look inside our criminal justice system, using one murder to explore why murder occurs and how we can stop it.

Private Vegas by James Patterson with Maxine Paetro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A hunt for two criminals leads Private Jack Morgan to Las Vegas to investigate a murder ring more threatening than anything he has witnessed before.

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A cellist catches the attention of Sir Richard Kenworthy and he becomes determined to marry her. The cellist can’t help but resist her charm but things take a turn when she finds out that Richard is keeping a secret.

The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac by Sharma Shields

 

 

 

 

 

 

A young boy grows up obsessed with bigfoots – and he goes on to raise a very unique family. The story follows all of his family members as they go through pain. It is a real portrait of the demons we face as humans.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Was Here is marketed as a Young Adult novel but has tremendous crossover appeal for adults. Meg commits suicide in a motel room and her best friend Cody is determined to find a reason for the death. As Cody follows in Meg’s footsteps, how can she know when she’s gone too far? Forman presents a powerful story about losing people we love and figuring out how to move on.

The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hector is trapped inside a tanker trunk during an illegal border crossing. In his friends’ phone he finds an American number and his only hope is to reach the person it belongs to. Over four days Hector tells his story, taking us from Mexico to the dangers of the border, giving us a tale about the power of hope.

The 2015 Edgar Award Nominees were announced recently, and there are some good ones up for the award. The awards, put on by the Mystery Writers of America, honor the best in mystery, both fiction and non-fiction, in a number of categories. Below are the nominees. If you are ever wondering what next great mystery to read, these award nominees are a great place to start.

Best Novel:

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

Wolf by Mo Hayder

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

The Final Silence by Stuart Neville

Saints of the Shadow Bible – Ian Rankin

Coptown – Karin Slaughter

Best First Novel:

Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

Invisible City by Julia Dahl

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

Bad Country by C.B. McKenzie

Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh

Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver

Best Paperback Original:

The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani

Stay with Me by Alison Gaylin

The Barkeep by WIlliam Lashner

The Day She Died by Catriona McPherson

The Gone Dead Train by Lisa Turner

World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters

Best Fact Crime:

Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime that Changed America by Kevin Cook

The Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman

The Other Side: A Memoir by Lacy M. Johnson

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William Mann

The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, The Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation by Harold Schechter

Best Critical/Biographical:

The Figure of the Detective: A Literary History and Analysis by Charles Brownson

James Ellroy: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction by Jim Mancall

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands: Classic Film Noir by Robert Miklitsch

Judges & Justice & Lawyers & Law: Exploring the Legal Dimensions of Fiction and Film by Francis M. Nevins

Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allen Poe by J.W. Ocker

Best Juvenile:

Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Nick and Tesla’s Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith

Saving Kabul Corner by N.H. Senzai

Eddie Red, Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells

Best Young Adult:

The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Fake ID by Lamar Giles

The Art of Secrets by James Klise

The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

The highly anticipated release of The Girl on the Train occurred earlier this month, and library hold lists are long. Touted as this year’s Gone Girl, the book follows Rachel, a thirty-something who creates a fantasy about the seemingly perfect couple she sees during her daily train ride. When the woman goes missing, Rachel inserts herself into the investigation. Told from multiple perspectives, this is a fast paced psychological thriller.

While you are on the hold list for this new novel, try a few other the books listed below for a similar read.

The Other Woman’s House by Sophie Hannah

Where Serpents Lie by T. Jefferson Parker

Under the Lake by Stuart Woods

Audiobooks – most people either love them or hate them. For those that enjoy them, they believe the reader brings the story to life, captivating the reader/listener. Audiobooks are wonderful for getting some “reading” in while you are in the car or at the gym. I usually have a book or two going that I’m reading in print plus an audiobook to listen to while I cook, do the dishes, etc. Audiobook enthusiasts often have favorite narrators. What about the author reading the book themselves? This can add to the experience, knowing that the person who wrote the book is bringing the book to life how they imagined the words to sound to the reader. They have a special insight that no one reading the book will ever be able to share. For some, this works. Other times, authors reading their own books just doesn’t work because they are writers, not trained in audio storytelling.

 

Below are a few audiobooks read by the authors themselves that fans seem to have enjoyed. Check out these and more at the library! And don’t forget that we have Audiobooks available online via OverDrive, so you can take your audiobook on your selected device wherever you go.

 1776 by David McCullough

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

This is a big week for new books, as publishers look to start the new year off with a bang. Check out these 10 new titles, where there is sure to be something for every reader.

Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this memoir, Fuller reveals how after spending a lifetime waiting for someone to show up, she discovered the only one who could save her was herself. She writes about the decisions she had to make and the impact on her life various decisions had, leaving readers with an touching and unforgettable story.

Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman

 

 

 

 

 

 

A local teenager dies in a drowning accident and ex-FBI agent Brigid thinks she can help console the family. A few more accidental deaths and strange occurrences at home appear, and Brigid tries to get to the bottom of what is going on in the community and in her own home. Sometimes, death is closer than you think.

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Foner, a Pulitzer Prize winning historian, is back with the story of American slavery and freedom. He makes use of new evidence to tell this inspiring and never before heard story about the iconic Underground Railroad.

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Etta’s greatest wish is to see the sea. One day, the eighty-two-year-old begins walking the more than 2,000 miles to the water. Meanwhile, her husband Otto waits at home while their neighbor waits at the same time, still in love with Etta after 50 years of knowing her.

See How Small by Scott Blackwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

See How Small is a novel about the aftermath of a brutal murder of three teens, telling the stories of the families, witnesses and suspects. This work of fiction provides insight into the affects on a community that an act of violence can have.

The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought by David Adam

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this captivating memoir, David Adam explores his life thus far with OCD, providing readers with an honest, real life account of this often misunderstood disorder.

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Frost is Allen’s second book about the Waverly family. When a stranger shows up and challenges the heart of their family, each member must make tough decisions and somehow find the strength to hold their family together. This book proves that happily ever after isn’t the end by rather the beginning.

Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the small town of Silver Bay, everyone knows and is haunted by a 1991 murder in which Ramsey Miller murdered his wife and three-year-old daughter. The daughter actually lived. Now 18 and part of the witness protection program, she decides to return to Silver Bay in hopes of finding her father before he finds her.

Migratory Animals by Mary Helen Specht

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flannery, a young scientist, is forced to return to Austin after spending five years in Africa conducting research. Her sister meanwhile begins to show signs of a crippling genetic disease and through it all, Flannery and her close knit group of friends struggle with defining the future. Told from shifting viewpoints, Migratory Animals explores the meaning of home and what we owe to each other and ourselves.

Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace lives in Paris as Julie, a girl from California when in reality she is from Tennessee. Back home, she planned a crime down to every detail yet she let two others take the blame. Back in Paris, she waits for her web of deception and lies to unravel and reveal who she really is.

Did you know that our library has Book Club Kits available for checkout? Book Club Kits contain multiple copies of the book as well as a user guide to help aid in discussion. Book Club Kits are a great way to get multiple copies of the book for every book club member at one time. Right now, the following titles are in our system. Every 6 months or so the titles available will change. Click on the title to be brought to the catalog for ease in requesting these kits!

Not in a book club but would like to join one? Check out the library’s book clubs at our website. New members are always welcome!

Titles Available:

1.  My Life with Deth: Discovering Meaning in a Life of Rock & Roll – David Ellefson

2. The Round House – Louise Erdrich

3. The Lighthouse Road – Peter Geye

4. The Keeper of Dawn – J.B. Hickman

5. Ordinary Grace – William Kent Krueger

6. Mayor of the Universe - Lorna Landvick

7. Abercrombie Trail – Candice Simar

8. Rez Life – David Treuer

9. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

10. Shadow on the Mountain – Margi Preus

11. The Help – Kathryn Stockett

12. Main Street – Sinclair Lewis

13. Lake Wobegon Days – Garrison Keillor

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel takes the same train every day and knows the route by heart. One day, she sees something so shocking, she tells the police and suddenly becomes mixed in with everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Fans of Gone Girl and Before I Go will love this debut psychological thriller, picked to be one of the best books of the new year.

Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dana had a promising year ahead of her until a serial killer tried to add her to his list of victims. She returns to her hometown to try and put her life back together but her return renews interest in the unsolved case of her childhood friend who disappeared without a trace. Dana begins to question everything she knows and tries to uncover a truth too terrible to believe.

The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Magician’s Lie is a debut novel in which the country’s most notorious female illusionist is on trial for her husband’s murder. Telling her story, she reveals unbelievable information and the young policeman who saw it all must decide her fate.

West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan

 

 

 

 

 

 

O’Nan brings to life F. Scott Fitzgerald’s rise to fame in this fictionalized account of a man who never gave up. The focus is on Fitzgerald’s last 3 years of life, in which he tried to become a screenwriter in Hollywood once his literary success was over.

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheryl, an interesting woman who lives alone, is asked by her bosses if their twenty-one-year-old daughter can move in with her. Clee bullies Cheryl into reality and provides her the love of a lifetime.

The Work by Wes Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wes Moore continues his quest for a meaningful life that he first introduced to readers in The Other Wes Moore. The book traces the path through the world Moore took, sharing lessons he learned along the way. Moore also introduces readers to other change makers who have inspired him.

NPR’s hit podcast Serial, a story told week by week about a murder case, is over and the second season won’t start for a while. Are you missing your weekly dose of true crime action? Look no further! There are plenty of true crime books to help you get your crime fix until the second season starts. Check out these books available at our library, or ask us for other recommendations if none of these sound interesting.


Getting Life: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey From Prison to Peace - Michael Morton

Michael Morton was sentenced to life in prison for supposedly killing his wife, despite a total lack of evidence. After 25 years, DNA evidence set him free. He recounts his own tale in this eye opening book.

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town - John Grisham

John Grisham tells the story of Ron Williamson, a small town hero convicted of a crime he did not commit. This book reads like a thriller, terrifying anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence.

The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World’s Most Perplexing Cold Cases - Michael Capuzzo

The Murder Room is the tale of the Vidocq Society, a team of forensic investigators who meet to solve cold cases. This book draws you in to the world of cold cases and those dedicated individuals working to solve these cold cases.

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders - Vincent Bugliosi

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi had an insider position into the Tata-LaBianca murders that horrified the nation. This book presents the story of this crime from on the men who knew it all.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America - Erik Larson

During the time Chicago was preparing for the 1893 World’s Fair, serial killer H.H. Holmes was well into his killing spree. Larson details the two events, focusing on what was happening simultaneously in the city at the time.

Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA - Tim Junkin

Kirk Bloodsworth was charged and sentenced to death in 1984 for the rape and murder of a nine-year-old. After 2 convictions, he persuaded a lawyer to petition for DNA testing and was vindicated. He is now a spokesperson against capital punishment. This is his story.

Last year saw an explosion of movies based off of books, and 2015 looks to be no different. Below is a list of movies being released this year that are based on books. Don’t wait to read the book as hold lists become long close to the release of the movie. Click on the title to see our catalog listing for the book.

The World Made Straight – January 9

A young man gets wrapped up in the drug dealings of his town after stumbling upon a marijuana farm in 1970s North Carolina.

The Mortdecai Trilogy – January 23

Charlie Mortdecai is a sophisticated art dealer who finds himself caught up in a web of mystery.

Fifty Shades of Grey – February 13

College student Anastasia meets Christian Grey, a handsome billionaire who turns her world upside down when he approaches her about a sexual relationship.

In the Heart of the Sea – March 13

The story of the Essex, a ship that was sunk by a whale in 1819, leaving the crew at sea for more than 90 days.

Insurgent – March 20

Insurgent in the follow up to Divergent. Tris and Four leave the dauntless and seek help to get to the bottom of what’s going on in their dystopian society.

Serena – March 20

Newlyweds George and Serena move from Boston to North Carolina to start a timber business; when Serena finds out she can’t have children, she sets out to kill George’s illegitimate son.

The Moon and the Sun – April 10

Louis XIV seeks immortality by trying to steal the life force of a sea monster.

The Longest Ride – April 10

 The love stories of two couples are intertwined in a North Carolina setting.

Far from the Madding Crowd – May 1

A young woman, Bathsheba Everdene, has to deal with the difficult, sometimes tragic consequences of being in relationships with three different suitors at the same time.

Paper Towns – June 19

The story of Q and Margo, childhood friends united by a mystery.

Me Before You – August 21

In this love story, Louisa forms a bond with Will, the paralyzed man she is employed to help.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – September 18

The 2nd part of the Maze Runner series continues as the gladers and Thomas have escaped the maze but find themselves in their next test.

Black Mass – September 18

True story of infamous mobster Whitney Bulger, the head of the irish mob in the 1970s, and his relationship with childhood friend John Connolly, who grew up to work for the FBI.

Mockingjay Part II – November 20

 Katniss fights against the corrupt Capitol from within District 13.

The Martian – November 25

Astronaut Mark Watney gets stranded on Mars and must survive alone with NASA tries to rescue him.

The Revenant – December 25

After a 19th century fur trapper gets mauled by a bear and then left for dead, he embarks on a journey for revenge.

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

This story follows a young boy after he suffers a near-fatal fall on his ninth birthday.

The Secret Scripture 

 A 100-year-old mental patient, Roseanne McNulty, investigates her past and unearths some troubling memories.

The Light Between Oceans 

 A lighthouse keeper and his wife discover a baby and a dead body near their home off the coast of Australia after World War II.

Frankenstein 

 The classic story of Victor Frankenstein as he discovers the secret of life and puts together a body using a corpse. Horrified by the monster, he flees until the monster returns to him.

The Choice 

 A confirmed bachelor falls for the girl next door.

The Zookeeper’s Wife

The true story of the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save hundreds of people from the Nazis in WWII by smuggling them into empty cages.

Into the Forest

Two sisters live alone in a crumbling house and try to survive in the near future.

Dark Places

The story of Libby Day, whose mother and sisters were murdered at the family’s farmhouse when she was 7. Her testimony sent her older brother to prison for life. Twenty five years later, Libby decides to meet with the Kill Club, a group of crime enthusiasts who investigate the case and force her to rethink what really happened.

A Walk in the Woods

A true story following an Iowa-born man who returns to America after 20 years in England to walk the Appalachian Trail.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 

A teen named Jacob explores the ruins of a strange house on an island near Wales.

Room

A 5-year-old boy grows up in a small shed, which becomes the only world he knows because his mother hides the truth – they’re being held captive.

 True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa

As a New York Times writer was about to be fired for fabricating details on a big story, he learned that a mass murderer named Christian Longo had posed as him while on the run.

Agenda 21: Into the Shadows by Glenn Beck

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glenn Beck is back with the sequel to Agenda 21. Following the worldwide implementation of a United Nations led program called Agenda 21, former Americans have become obedient residents who live in compounds and serve authorities. When a girl named Emmeline begins to question the authorities, she tries to escape to find freedom. Read this second novel of Beck’s series to find out if Emmeline finds freedom.

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

 

 

 

 

 

 

For her indiscretions, Flavia is banished from her home and is shipped across the ocean to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Toronto. When she arrives, a body is found in the chimney in her room, leading to a series of investigations into the mysterious disappearances of girls from the school.

America’s Bitter Pill: How Obamacare Proves that Our System is Broken by Steven Brill

 

 

 

 

 

 

America’s Bitter Pill provides a fascinating account of the Affordable Care Act from its inception to its implementation and beyond.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Son continues the saga of Darrow, first introduced in Brown’s book Red Rising. Darrow, now fully embedded among the gold ruling class, continues his mission of bringing down society from within. Golden Son is a life-or-death tale of vengeance that science fiction fans are sure to love.

 Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves

 

 

 

 

 

 

This new crime series by Graces features police chief Lizzie Snow, a big-city cop now taking on a small town. A string of accidents and suicides has left a number of dead men, all of whom are former local cops. Lizzie investigates the killer, and prepares for a showdown where she will risk her safety to bring justice to the town.

Driving the King by Ravi Howard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driving the King is a powerful new novel that explores race and class in 1950s America. Nat King Cole is back in Montgomery for a performance, of which a special song will be performed for his soon to be engaged friend Nat. When Cole is attacked, Nat leaps to defend him and earns a 10 year prison term as a result. Cole offers Nat a job as his bodyguard when he is released, and soon finds himself among discrimination, mistrust and intolerance in LA.

Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stone Barrington returns in his next thrilling adventure. Stone is faced with an underhanded foe who will stop at nothing to wreak havoc. Meanwhile, he has a few other things he must deal with. When ambitions collide with criminal inclinations, the results may be deadly.

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton

 

 

 

 

 

 

After seeing the death of his brother, 14 year-old Kevin and his mother are sent to live with Kevin’s grandfather in Kentucky. The events that take place there, of which Kevin is involved, affect the entire town, leading to an epic struggle for survival in the Kentucky mountains. Kevin tells this remarkable story as an adult looking back on the summer when he was forced to grow up.

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Oakley’s debut novel, focusing on a woman with breast cancer who tries to find a new wife for her husband before she dies. Daisy’s cancer is back three years after being declared cancer free. Told she has as little as 4 months to live, she sets out on her mission and soon faces a tough question – is her husband’s happiness more important than her own?