Auckland Libraries: Mystery reads for bibliophiles

Mystery reads for bibliophiles

These selected mystery reads are perfect for those bibliophiles who love reading literary-themed crime novels.

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The plot is murder

V. M. Burns

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The town of North Harbour on the shores of Lake Michigan is about to have a new mystery bookstore. But before it opens, the owner is suspected of a murder plot. Aided by friends, Samantha is determined to close the case before she opens her store.

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A murder for the books

Victoria Gilbert

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Amy Webber moves in with her aunt and busies herself with managing a charming public library that requires all her attention, with its lack of funds and surplus of eccentric patrons. This book starts the first of the Blue Ridge Library mysteries.

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Death overdue

Allison Brook

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Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she's offered a job as the head of programmes and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost.

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Elementary, she read

Vicki Delany

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Gemma Doyle has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur's bookshop. Fans of Sherlock Holmes will delight in the sleuthing duo of Gemma and Jayne in this series debut by Vicki Delany.

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Murder in the locked library

Ellery Adams

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Welcome to Storyton Hall, Virginia, where book lovers travel from near and far to enjoy the singular comforts of the Agatha Christie Tea Room, where they can discuss the merits of their favourite authors no matter how deadly the topic.

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By book or by crook

Eva Gates

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Lucy is thrilled to land a librarian job in her favourite place in the world. But when a priceless first edition Jane Austen novel is stolen, and the chair of the library board is murdered, Lucy suddenly finds herself ensnared in a real-life mystery.

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Lost books and old bones

Paige Shelton

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Delaney Nichols works at the Cracked Spine in the heart of town. The shop is a place filled with curiosities tucked into every shelf, and it's Delaney's job to research the rare tomes and obscure artefacts that people come to buy and sell.

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No cats allowed

Miranda James

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It's springtime in Athena, Mississippi, and the College Library has a new director. Elwyn Dillard is a brash Yankee whose forceful style causes ripples throughout the library. When he ends up dead, it’s up to Charlie and Diesel to solve the case.

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Death in the stacks

Jenn McKinlay

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Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library's annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. In the latest Library Lover's Mystery, the library's big fund-raiser leaves director Lindsey Norris booked for trouble.

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A fatal chapter

Lorna Barrett

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Lorna Barrett presents another chapter in her Booktown Mystery series. This time mystery bookshop owner, Tricia Miles, is about to find out murder is no walk in the park.

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The book stops here

Kate Carlisle

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Brooklyn is thrilled to be appearing on a TV show as a rare-book expert and appraiser. Her first subject is a first-edition copy of the children's classic, The Secret Garden. Brooklyn discovers that some treasures are worth killing for in this novel.

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Crime and poetry

Amanda Flower

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Violet Waverly’s grandma wants Violet back home and working in her magical store, Charming Books. A dead man is then discovered clutching a volume of Emily Dickinson's poems from Grandma Daisy's shop.

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Played by the book

Lucy Arlington

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Lila Wilkins is thrilled when Damian York returns home to launch his new gardening book. After discovering a skull in her garden, a body is found slumped over her prized roses. She must unearth a murderer before someone else is targeted.

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Book fair and foul

Erika Chase

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Molly Mathews prepares the first annual Mystery Book Fair. Club member, Lizzie Turner, is surprised to see publicist Ashley Dixon turn up. But when Ashley is found dead, Lizzie becomes the prime suspect in a murder mystery she can't put down.

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