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  • Mysteries & Detective Fiction: recommendations 

    Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little

    Marissa Dahl, a shy but successful film editor, travels to a small island off the coast of Delaware to work with the legendary–and legendarily demanding–director Tony Rees on a feature film with a familiar logline.

    Some girl dies.

    It’s not much to go on, but the specifics don’t concern Marissa. Whatever the script is, her job is the same. She’ll spend her days in the editing room, doing what she does best: turning pictures into stories.

    But she soon discovers that on this set, nothing is as it’s supposed to be–or as it seems. There are rumors of accidents and indiscretions, of burgeoning scandals and perilous schemes. Half the crew has been fired. The other half wants to quit. Even the actors have figured out something is wrong. And no one seems to know what happened to the editor she was hired to replace.

    Then she meets the intrepid and incorrigible teenage girls who are determined to solve the real-life murder that is the movie’s central subject, and before long, Marissa is drawn into the investigation herself.

    The only problem is, the killer may still be on the loose. And he might not be finished.

    The Holdout by Graham Moore

    In this twisty tale from Moore (The Sherlockian), the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game, young juror Maya Seale is convinced that African American high school teacher Bobby Nock is innocent of killing the wealthy white female student with whom he appears to have been involved and persuades her fellow jurors likewise. Ten years later, a true-crime docuseries reassembles the jurors, and Maya, now a defense attorney, must prove her own innocence when one of them is found dead in Maya’s room.

    Death in Focus by Anne Perry

    In the start of an all-new mystery series set in pre-World War II Europe, an intrepid young photographer carries her dead lover’s final, world-shattering message into the heart of Berlin as Hitler ascends to power.

    On vacation from London on the beautiful Italian coast, twenty-eight-year-old Elena Standish and her older sister, Margot, have finally been able to move on from the lasting trauma of the Great War, in which the newly married Margot lost her husband and the sisters their beloved brother. Touring with her camera in hand, Elena has found new inspiration in the striking Italian landscape, and she’s met an equally striking man named Ian. When Ian has to leave unexpectedly, Elena–usually the more practical of the sisters–finds she’s not ready to part from him, and the two share a spontaneous train trip home to England. But a shocking sequence of events disrupts their itinerary, forcing Elena to personally deliver a message to Berlin on Ian’s behalf, one that could change the fate of Europe.

    Back home, Elena’s diplomat father and her secretive grandfather–once head of MI6, unbeknownst to his family–are involved in their own international machinations. Worried when Elena still hasn’t returned from Italy, her grandfather starts to connect the dots between her change in plans and an incident in Berlin, where Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich are on the rise. It seems the message Elena delivered has forced her into a dangerous predicament, and her grandfather’s old contacts from MI6 may be the only people who can get her out alive–if Elena can tell the difference between her allies and her enemies.

    Village of the Lost Girls by Agustín Martínez

    A breath-taking missing persons thriller set under the menacing peaks of the Pyrenees

    Five years after their disappearance, the village of Monteperdido still mourns the loss of Ana and Lucia, two eleven-year-old friends who left school one afternoon and were never seen again. Now, Ana reappears unexpectedly inside a crashed car, wounded but alive.

    The case reopens and a race against time begins to discover who was behind the girls’ kidnapping. Most importantly, where is Lucia and is she still alive?

    Inspector Sara Campos and her boss Santiago Bain, from Madrid’s head office, are forced to work with the local police. Five years ago fatal mistakes were made in the investigation conducted after the girls first vanished, and this mustn’t happen again. But Monteperdido has rules of its own.

    Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh

    A novel of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds a cryptic note on a walk in the woods that ultimately makes her question everything about her new home.

    While on her normal daily walk with her dog in the forest woods, our protagonist comes across a note, handwritten and carefully pinned to the ground with a frame of stones. “Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn’t me. Here is her dead body”. Our narrator is deeply shaken; she has no idea what to make of this. She is new to area, having moved her from her longtime home after the death of her husband, and she knows very few people. And she’s a little shaky even on best days. Her brooding about this note quickly grows into a full-blown obsession, and she begins to devote herself to exploring the possibilities of her conjectures about who this woman was and how she met her fate. Her suppositions begin to find echoes in the real world, and with mounting excitement and dread, the fog of mystery starts to form into a concrete and menacing shape. But as we follow her in her investigation, strange dissonances start to accrue, and our faith in her grip on reality weakens, until finally, just as she seems be facing some of the darkness in her own past with her late husband, we are forced to face the prospect that there is either a more innocent explanation for all this or a much more sinister one - one that strikes closer to home.

    They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

    A murder mystery set against the backdrop of an exclusive prep school on Long Island.

    In Gold Coast, Long Island, everything from the expensive downtown shops to the manicured beaches, to the pressed uniforms of Jill Newman and her friends, looks perfect. But as Jill found out three years ago, nothing is as it seems.

    Freshman year Jill’s best friend, the brilliant, dazzling Shaila Arnold, was killed by her boyfriend. After that dark night on the beach, Graham confessed, the case was closed, and Jill tried to move on.

    Now, it’s Jill’s senior year and she’s determined to make it her best yet. After all, she’s a senior and a Player–a member of Gold Coast Prep’s exclusive, not-so-secret secret society. Senior Players have the best parties, highest grades and the admiration of the entire school. This is going to be Jill’s year. She’s sure of it.

    But when Jill starts getting texts proclaiming Graham’s innocence, her dreams of the perfect senior year start to crumble. If Graham didn’t kill Shaila, who did? Jill is vows to find out, but digging deeper could mean putting her friendships, and her future, in jeopardy.

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  • children’s books about wool

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    My current stack of unread library loans (aka, someone please take my library card away from me until I’ve finished everything I’ve already borrowed)

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  • Pile of Good Things: Library Books

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    Kiddo and Grandmummy discovered a mutual special interest this fall, so we did a deep dive into butterflies, specifically Monarchs.

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    “The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” - Eleventh Doctor, “Vincent and the Doctor”

    Keep reading

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  • A satisfying conclusion to a fun series! I think I’m going to take a night or two to not read something though, because I’m starting to feel like I’m ODing a bit.

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  • If I had the power to change one small thing about the world it would be to normalize leaving small sticky notes (non-spoilery, don’t be an asshole) in library books for the next reader. Just next to passages you vibed with or that impacted you. I think that would make the world much better. In fact it should probably be allowed to write directly in library books but idk if y’all are ready for that

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    Every now and then I remember the public library gets good books and I can borrow them, for free!

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  • Library Haul

    #library haul#library books #books read 2020
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    Currently reading The Library of the Unwritten, featuring Hell’s Librarian and an escaped Unwritten book in disguise as its own Hero; I’m only a little way in but so far I’m enjoying it!

    #books #the library of the unwritten #a.j. hackwith #book photography#library books#mine
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  • Mama supposed get library books today but them close cause air conditioner in library break to hot them so them go home early person go fix it but say can get tomorrow hopefully but sad sad want books but sad to cause lot books friends say not got my library and sad sad but still get lot books mama let look pick some on her iPad go library website

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    Des livres à la bibliothèque. De plus, certains de mes travaux de ces derniers temps. Mon journal, qui fait partie de mon analyse de l’Odyssée, et la calligraphie d’une citation “Kill your darlings.”

    Some books I got at the library, also some of my recent work. Including my journal, part of my analysis of the Odyssey, and calligraphy of a “Kill Your Darlings” quote.

    #agatha christie #murder on the orient express #lord of the flies #library#library books#books#des livres#bibliothèque#dark academia#academia aesthetic#academia #dark academia aesthetic
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    My November TBR list thanks to my local library 📚💞

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    I love using my schools library to read nonfiction from my major!

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    Happy Halloween!

    From our stacks: Illustration from A Catland Companion. Classic cats by Louis Wain and many others. John Sylvester & Anne Mobbs. New York: Summit Books, 1991.

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