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Reader's Link - Book Kits (Mystery/Suspense)


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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
by Alan Bradley
Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is propelled into a mystery when a man is murdered on the grounds of her family's decaying English mansion and Flavia's father becomes the main suspect.
Approximate number of books in kit: 7


The Round House

The Round House
by Louise Erdrich
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.
Approximate number of books in kit: 12


Gone Girl

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.
Approximate number of books in kit: 12


Learning To Swim

Learning To Swim
by Sara J. Henry
Witnessing a small boy being thrown into the middle of Lake Champlain, Troy Chance rescues the child only to discover that he had been kidnapped and is at the center of a bizarre and violent plot.
Approximate number of books in kit: 12


Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to Pemberley
by P. D. James
A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen's beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem.
Approximate number of books in kit: 10


Burial Rites

Burial Rites
by Hannah Kent
Based on a true story, tells the tale of a young woman in Iceland in 1829 who was accused of murder and sent to an isolated farm to await execution and tells the farmer's family her side of the story.
Approximate number of books in kit: 12


Ordinary Grace

Ordinary Grace
by William Kent Krueger
New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson's Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.
Approximate number of books in kit: 12


The Beekeeper's Apprentice

The Beekeeper's Apprentice
by Laurie R. King
Chance meeting with a Sussex beekeeper turns into a pivotal, personal transformation when fifteen-year-old Mary Russell discovers that the beekeeper is the reclusive, retired detective Sherlock Holmes, who soon takes on the role of mentor and teacher.
Approximate number of books in kit: 11


A Grave Talent

A Grave Talent
by Laurie R. King
Assigned, along with her new partner, to investigate the murders of three little girls, homicide detective Casey Martinelli closes in on a colony of mismatched people living in the wooded hills near San Francisco
Approximate number of books in kit: 10


Pirate King

Pirate King
by Laurie R. King
Sent to Lisbon and Morocco, where a British studio is creating a silent film version of "The Pirates of Penzance," Mary Russell investigates a series of crimes targeting the production and confronts a high-stakes situation when actual pirates orchestrate a hostage situation.
Approximate number of books in kit: 9


The Art of Detection

The Art of Detection
by Laurie R. King
San Francisco detective Kate Martinelli receives a lesson in detection from the master sleuth himself when she investigates the murder of a Sherlock Holmes aficionado, who may have been killed for a century-old manuscript purportedly penned by Holmes.
Approximate number of books in kit: 8


The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door
by Ruth Rendell
When bones are discovered in a tin box inside the tunnel a group of long-time friends played in as children, they reunite to recall their adventures in the tunnel for the detective investigating the case.
Approximate number of books in kit: 12


Roseanna

Roseanna
by Maj Sjowall
The discovery of the body of an unknown rape and murder victim sends Detective Inspector Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad on a six-month search to determine the identity of the victim and her killer from among dozens of suspects.
Approximate number of books in kit: 10


Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs
by Jacqueline Winspear
Private detective Maisie Dobbs must investigate the reappearance of a dead man who turns up at a cooperative farm called the Retreat that caters to men who are recovering their health after World War I.
Approximate number of books in kit: 10


Elegy For Eddie

Elegy For Eddie
by Jacqueline Winspear
When Eddie Pettit's death is ruled an accident by the police, many believe that this gentle soul was murdered and Maisy Dobbs, determined to do right by Eddie, searches for the truth amid the working-class of Lambeth.
Approximate number of books in kit: 10


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