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Murder with Your Cuppa

Food and Drink Themed Cozy Mysteries

Has the pandemic made you obsessed with the perfect cup of tea? Think baking is the perfect hobby? Love to throw outdoor dinner parties for your friends to show off your latest recipe? These food and drink themed mysteries might be the perfect accompaniment to your cuppa, slice of cake, or hottest appetizer!

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Agatha and Clive

Classic Literary Anniversaries

This month, Agatha Christie and Clive S. (C.S.) Lewis published two of their best known novels. Both of their respective novels introduced classic characters and their later novels were adapted as movies or a television series. You can check out and download these two titles from the library system.

The Turn of the Key

I Lied

The Unreliable Narrator

Thrillers span several genres that include horror, mystery, gothic and psychological thrillers. When told from the narrator's point of view, thrillers become that much more compelling, enthralling, tense and scary. The imperfect storyteller pulls the reader deeper into the story world albeit with a less than truthful if not entirely imagined portrayal. Read why the thriller with an unreliable narrator is so enduringly popular with these five novels:

The Terror

Mysteries From the Depths

Seafaring historical fiction

“My course is set for an uncharted sea.” - Dante Alighieri  The ocean has been an infinite and undeniable source of fascination. This hypnotic collection of maritime mysteries reflects some of the most perilous and tragic periods in history; readers will encounter yarns of legendary shipwrecks, bloodshed and possession, and the hope of redemption. Chart a course for lands unknown and grab your investigator’s cap, you’ve got some sleuthing to do!

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A Smattering of Mysteries

Welcome audio distractions for uncertain times

There's something about mysteries. Perhaps it's the process of puzzle solving that takes us out of our day-to-day. Perhaps it's the certainty that regardless of the circumstances, at the end of the book the mystery will have been solved. In any case, they are certainly a pleasure to listen to whether or not you want a book that you have to think about. Here are a few audio selections in DC Public Library's OverDrive collection to suit varied tastes.

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Staff Pick: "Capturing the Devil" by Kerri Maniscalo

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth prefers working in her uncle's laboratory than high society. Thomas Cresswell is an assistant in her uncle's laboratory, providing forensic evidence to the London police. Together they have solved difficult and dangerous cases. 

Blackout

Problems You Will Never Have

Escape the worries of real life with these titles

Everyone copes with the stress of living through a global pandemic in different ways.

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Staff Pick: "The Art of Dying" by Ambrose Parry

Edinburgh, 1849. Will Raven, a young doctor, returns home from studying abroad on the European continent. Sarah Banks, a former housemaid, is assisting the noted Dr. James Simpson in his practice. In The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry, the two reunite to clear Dr.

Blueberry Muffin Murder

Wintery Cozy Mysteries

Curl up at the Fireplace with These Frosty Capers

Have you been pining for snowy drifts with all the warmer weather reports coming our way lately? The only thing to do is turn for a book. So, I’ve assembled a list of snowy, cozy mysteries to keep you company by the fire, even if the weather outside refuses to cooperate. Set in a variety of different places, these mysteries will take you to Cleveland, Ireland, Massachusetts, Minnesota and England—all during crisp winter weather.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Bite-Size Classics

Classics with 200 pages or fewer

There are many classics that we are often told we must read in order to be considered “well-read” but it can be difficult to fit them all into our reading life. However, there are many that are much shorter than we may realize and can be read relatively quickly. Here are a few of those classics that come in at around 200 pages or fewer that can be crossed off our to-be-read lists much sooner than others.

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