Mara

Our resident mystery expert, Mara also discovers great uplifting reads and travel literature that takes you away. A flair for adventure and the exotic runs through many of her favorites. 

 

 

 

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The Labyrinth of the Spirits: A Novel Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9780062668691
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Published: Harper - September 18th, 2018

 

I love getting in lost in Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s worlds and he does not let us down in the last of the cycle of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.  Beautiful, dark and haunting, Zafon weaves a tale of the past, the love of books, and revenge. I loved this book!


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An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good Cover Image
By Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (Translated by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781641290111
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Published: Soho Crime - November 6th, 2018

 

I thoroughly enjoyed all the wicked things this elderly lady got up to, a fun little read from mystery writer Helene Tursten (author of the Inspector Irene Huss Investigation series). A great little treat for a mystery reader.


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The Witch Elm: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735224629
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Published: Viking - October 9th, 2018

 

A fantastic standalone from the author of the Murder Squad series Tana French. A story of privilege, family dynamics, and murder with richly detailed settings. I loved this book, could not put it down! Great for the mystery lover.

A fantastic standalone novel from the author of the Murder Squad series, Tana French. A story of privilege, family dynamics, and murder with richly detailed settings.

I loved this book, could not put it down!


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Pond Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399575907
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 11th, 2017

A collection of moments in the solitary life of a woman living on the west coast of Ireland.

Pond is beautiful, unusual, and poignant.


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Foundryside: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524760366
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Published: Crown - August 21st, 2018

From the author of "City of Stairs" comes a new trilogy. Sancia Grado survives and scrapes by as a thief in a poverty-ridden city that runs on industrialized magic. When she is hired for a job to steal an unknown object from the docks things get suddenly a lot more complicated and people seem to want her dead. I loved this!


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Sara Berman's Closet Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062846402
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Published: Harper Design - October 30th, 2018

 

This is such a beautiful and touching book. A loving tribute to the life of Sara Berman, her personal expression, and her simple dedication to her childhood and the women in it. I found this book inspiring on many levels. Maira and Alex Kalman (Berman’s daughter and grandson) recreated her closet and it was on display at the Met.


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Tin Man: A Novel Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780735218727
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 15th, 2018

 

A beautifully written book about love, grief, and friendship. Memories of friendships and first love intertwines with a man grieving.

This book follows a man processing, grieving the loss of his wife, and remembering. Remembering his first love, his childhood, the love and friendship of three people.


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The Ghosts of Belfast Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781616952419
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Soho Crime - July 3rd, 2012

Irish crime thriller at its best, Stuart Neville is a fantastic writer. Careful, this will grab you and not let go. The Ghosts of Belfast is the first in the Jack Lennon series but this is one of those series that is loosley connected so reading out of order is not a problem.

Highly recommend any of his books!


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The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library Novel #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101988640
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Published: Ace - June 14th, 2016

 

If you love books about mysterious libraries, professional spies in search of dangerous books, alternate London, magic,  fae, dragons, and vampires then this is the book for you! This was a great action packed start to the Invisible Library series and look forward to continuing to read the rest of the series.


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Murderous Mistral: A Provence Mystery (Roger Blanc #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250198044
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Published: Minotaur Books - October 23rd, 2018

A wonderful new series set in the South of France with Capitaine Roger Blanc, recently reassigned from Paris and making a reluctant fresh start.

I reallly enjoyed this and look forward to reading the next in the series, "Deadly Camargue".


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A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781452156200
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 3rd, 2017

 

The glory of growing older and the freedom to be more ourselves. This book is inspiring and empowering for all women especially those  of a certain age. It includes interviews, essays, and profiles peppered with Congdon’s beautiful hand lettering and illustrations. All sorts of amazing women are in this book, some famous some not-- from Stephanie Young, who decided to go to medical school to become a doctor at the age of 53, to artist Beatrice Wood.


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The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525533337
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Published: Portfolio - October 23rd, 2018

This is so much more than a book about planning and journaling. Ryder Carroll is the creator of the Bullet Journal method and while he does include the how-to’s he also delves much deeper into the why’s and how to figure out the why’s. Highly recommend.


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Miss Buncle's Book Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781402270826
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - September 2012

A funny and charming book about the goings on in a small English village. Originally published in 1936, so a bit old fashioned, and a great comfort read. I loved it.

P.S. This is a first in a series of four.


Alex: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy Cover Image
By Pierre Lemaitre, Frank Wynne (Translated by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781623651244
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Published: MacLehose Press - August 5th, 2014

Detective Inspector Huss (An Irene Huss Investigation #1) Cover Image
By Helene Tursten, Steven T. Murray (Translated by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781616951115
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Published: Soho Crime - January 24th, 2012

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The Rook: A Novel (The Rook Files #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316098809
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 16th, 2012

A fantastic fast-paced supernatural thriller with witty humor and Her Majesty's Supernatural Secret Service no less! 

P.S. I also enjoyed the follow-up to this,"Stiletto".


In a Dark, Dark Wood Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501112317
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - August 4th, 2015

The Peripheral Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425276235
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Published: Berkley - October 6th, 2015

The Twistrose Key Cover Image
By Tone Almhjell, Ian Schoenherr (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142423455
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Published: Puffin Books - September 2nd, 2014

The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72 Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781608196975
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 2012

The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780525423591
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 14th, 2010

Among Others Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765331724
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Published: Tor Books - January 3rd, 2012

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The Lost Book of the Grail: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399562532
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Published: Penguin Books - February 27th, 2018

Arthur Prescott is happiest when tucked away in the Barchester Cathedral Library. Sitting amongst its ancient books and manuscripts, writing his never finished guidebook to the medieval cathedral. It's also where he researches and searches for his secret obsession, the Holy Grail.

I love a story that blends the history of the area the book is set in, a bit of mystery ( a missing manuscript no less), a grumpy bibliophile, and a dash of romance.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you like this you might also like "The Bookmans Tale" also by Charlie Lovett.


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The Blackhouse: The Lewis Trilogy Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781623659998
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Published: Quercus - August 5th, 2014

Arthur Prescott is happiest when tucked away in the Barchester Cathedral Library. Sitting amongst its ancient books and manuscripts, writing his never finished guidebook to the medieval cathedral. It's also where he researches and searches for his secret obsession, the Holy Grail.

I love a story that blends the history of the area the book is set in, a bit of mystery ( a missing manuscript no less), a grumpy bibliophile, and a dash of romance.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you like this you might also like "The Bookmans Tale" also by Charlie Lovett.


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A Banquet of Consequences: A Lynley Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780451467850
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Published: Penguin Books - July 5th, 2016

Arthur Prescott is happiest when tucked away in the Barchester Cathedral Library. Sitting amongst its ancient books and manuscripts, writing his never finished guidebook to the medieval cathedral. It's also where he researches and searches for his secret obsession, the Holy Grail.

I love a story that blends the history of the area the book is set in, a bit of mystery ( a missing manuscript no less), a grumpy bibliophile, and a dash of romance.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you like this you might also like "The Bookmans Tale" also by Charlie Lovett.