October Good Month For Mysteries

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October is the month of ghosts and ghoulies, Halloween and all those things that go bump in the night. What better time to review a few new mysteries?

"Mourning Dove" by Aimee and David Thurlo. What seems to be a carjacking gone wrong leads to the death of Jimmy Blacksheep. Ella Clah, a Navajo Police Special Investigator, begins to suspect foul play when she receives a mysterious package in the mail. When the FBI experts are unable to figure out the dead man's message, Ella realizes she must use Navajo lore to decode it.

"The Night Gardener" by George Pelecanos. When the body of a local teenager is found in a community garden, homicide detective Gus Ramone relives intense memories of a case he worked 20 years earlier. The killer dubbed "The Night Gardener" was never caught. Could the Night Gardener be on the prowl again? This is the haunting story of three cops -- one good, one broken and one bad, and the murderer who reunites them.

"An Unquiet Grave" by P. J. Parrish. In a remote corner of the Michigan woods lies one of the country's most notorious sanitariums and its forgotten cemetery.

The bulldozers have come to raze it, but as they do, the body in Claudia Olsen's grave is that of a stranger who died horribly. That's as much as Louis Kincaid knows. But what happened to the woman who should be buried there?

"Rusty Nail" by J. A. Konrath -- a Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels mystery. Once again, Jack is up to her Armani in murder. Someone is sending her snuff videos, the victims are people she knows and they share a common trail -- each was involved in one of her previous cases. During the chase, Jack comes to a startling realization -- serial killers have families and blood runs thick. "Rusty Nail" features more of the laugh-out-loud humor that saturated the author's previous books, "Whiskey Sour" and "Bloody Mary," without sacrificing the nail-biting thrills.

"Special Topics in Calamity Physics" by Marisha Pessl. Blue van Meer is a brainy deadpan erudite girl who, after traveling from one remote academic outpost to another with her professor father, has a head crammed full of literary and scientific knowledge.

When she is 16, due to certain nuclear events, her previously dull life is forever transformed.

Miss Emily's young adult book review

"Artemis Fowl" by Eoin Colfer. Artemis Fowl: Boy genius, criminal mastermind and millionaire. Can it get any better than this? Artemis thinks so and he knows exactly how to do it. Watch as Artemis kidnaps a fairy, obtains amazing technology, learns the ways of an unknown people, tricks his way into acquiring a ton of gold (literally) and finally, he learns that it is not all about money or fame. I won't tell you the ending, so read this book to find what the most important thing to Artemis really is. "Artemis Fowl" is an awesome adventure that you won't be able to put down.

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