Mystery

This is Kelsey Patterson with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out. Probably best known for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series (which is one of my personal favorites), Alexander McCall Smith dives into a new mystery series set in Sweden in The Department of Sensitive Crimes. Dubbed “Scandi-Lite” by his publisher, this book doesn’t have the bleakness of Scandinavian noir, but it isn’t quite a cozy mystery either.

This is Barb Gross with the Sioux City Public Library and you're listening to Check It Out.  Today I'm recommending Ordinary Grace, the 2014 Edgar Award-winning novel by Minnesota writer William Kent Krueger. Although Krueger is primarily known for his mystery writing, Ordinary Grace is a compelling blend of mystery and literary fiction. The prose is clean and soaring in passages and the story digs deep into themes of love and loss, redemption and grace. A middle-aged Frank Drum who serves as the book's narrator looks back on the Summer of 1961 in New Bremen, Minnesota.

The story goes that a man named John H. MacColl suffered mountain fever after coming west to Nebraska for, of all things, his health. Wasn't just a setback either; inside of a day or two MacColl was unable to move from the waist down.

Somehow, he made it to Fort McPherson, forty miles away, to visit the post surgeon, who, after a long visit and checkup, simply told Mr. MacColl that there was nothing he could do. 

Today, I’m recommending And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander, the first installment in the Lady Emily Ashton mystery series.

First published in the early 2000s, this memorable debut paved the way for nine additional titles in the series, the latest being 2015’s The Adventuress.

Geared towards fans of both cozy and historical mysteries this suspenseful first book in the series will not disappoint.

Check It Out: The Life We Bury

Jul 7, 2015

A good mystery thriller unravels thread by thread, making it impossible to put the book down. The plot grips you as tension builds, and you wait for the inevitable... sure you know what will happen next!

But a great mystery thriller leaves you doubting even what you were so certain of, and makes you question what you thought you knew about the characters. As I eagerly turned the pages of Allen Eskens's debut novel The Life We Bury by the light of my bedside lamb at 2 a.m., I knew I had found the latter.