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Summer Reads

Making and discovering history, here in DC and abroad. Returning characters have mysteries to solve and new adventures. Below are a selection of titles I enjoyed reading over the summer months. Copies are available to check out and download from the library. Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini

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Road Trip Reads with The Washington Mystics

Make the miles fly by with these great audiobooks that have come out this year!

This summer, as a part of Discover Summer, DC Public Library is hitting the road with the Washington Mystics with some great audiobooks that you can check out with your library card! Each month we will be posting Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. July's theme is Road Trip Reads. We have selected some fabulous audiobooks for adults that have come out this year that will help make the miles fly by. Happy Listening!

Nobody Knows but You by Anica Mrose Rissi

Something Evil Lurking in the Dark

Chilling Young Adult mystery thrillers

Mysteries and thrillers are exciting for any age. After Karen McManus’s One of Us Is Lying was published in 2017, the often-paired genres took on increased interest and enthusiasm especially with teen audiences. Now, old mystery-thrillers are seeing new life and new ones are enjoying energy fueled by readers hungry for more heart-pounding puzzles in their books.

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January Staff Picks

Follow amateur sleuths as they investigate disappearances, illegal operations, and murder in the 19th century. One thing in common: the sleuths are near the ocean at some point during their search! These historical mystery series titles can be checked out or downloaded from the library. Betrayal on the Bowery by Kate Belli

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Daughters of Mary Shelley

A Monthly Book Club Discussing Speculative Fiction by Women Writers

This will be our second series of yearlong celebrations of women authors and their influence: in 2021 we read and discussed works by Jane Austen and other writers who examined issues of family, male-female relationships, the institutions that enforce gender roles, and the ability of individuals to bend or break the rules of those institutions.

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September Staff Picks

Retracing George Washington's travels in the modern day. A lady's maid with connections to a dangerous enemy. Here are two adult titles I enjoyed reading this month. Copies are available to check out and download from the library system. Murder Most Fair by Anna Lee Huber

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Sci-fi Mysteries

Two great genres combined

I love “genre fiction”. Specifically, I love mystery, romance, fantasy, and sci-fi. I would estimate that about 98% of my reading in the past year has been in one of those genres, so it’s safe to say that I really love genre fiction. So much so that sometimes I like to add a little more genre to my genre fiction - I’m talking about sci-fi mysteries. That’s right, there’s nothing better than putting two of my favorite genres together in one delicious package.

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August Staff Picks

Encountering Russian royalty. Suffragists arrive in the District to be heard. Uncovering a plot. What makes readers do strange and amusing things with books. Below are titles I enjoyed. Copies can be checked out and downloaded from the library system. The Women's March by Jennifer Chiaverini

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Diverse Cozy Mysteries

Do you like cozy mysteries but are tired of the seemingly endless small town settings? Do you wish cozy mysteries had more diverse characters? You are in luck! Below are five cozy mysteries featuring a diverse cast of characters and settings ranging from small towns to big cities. 

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Book Review: Let Me Hear a Rhyme

Selam Weimer shares her thoughts on this mystery novel that's also an ode to the origins of hiphop

by Selam Weimer, Teen Council member at Tenley-Friendship Library

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