2018-04-01 / BookBag

New and Notable Mysteries

Maria Burchill | Schlow Centre Region Library

While you’re tending your garden, don’t forget to take breaks to enjoy it. This spring, there will be plenty of new books out to capture your attention. After all, April is one of the biggest months in publishing. Bestselling authors like Iris Johansen, Lisa Scottoline and John Sandford all have titles coming out. And while print books are great when you have time to sit and read one, audiobooks are perfect for busy hands. Schlow patrons love them. With more than 6,000 titles, they are among our highest circulating media. Audiobooks can make the time we spend in the car, exercising or working in our gardens more enjoyable. In fact, people who listen to audiobooks tend to read more books in a year than those who don’t! Schlow will have these titles and more in both physical and downloadable format. Reserve a copy today!

Lisa Scottoline is a prolific novelist. She’s also super-active on Twitter. We’re particularly fond of her because she not only visited State College during BookFest 2009, but has said she would like to come back! Her new novel, After Anna, is a page-turning read according to reviews in BookList, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. Telling the story of the murder of a mother’s only daughter, the print edition is bound to have a longer waitlist. I recommend picking up the audiobook instead. This one will have you waiting in the driveway for the end of a chapter.

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan returns in Iris Johansen’s Shattered Mirror, the 23rd installment of a fan-favorite series. Part action, part parapsychological thriller, the audiobook will again feature narrator Elisabeth Rodgers, whose credits include books by Nora Roberts and Terry Goodkind. After reconstructing a damaged skull delivered to her home, Eve encounters the murdered woman’s twin, alive and well. The question is, is the twin’s life at risk too? Fans of Eve and her family will be happy with this new installment.

Finally, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Sandford’s Twisted Prey is due out at the end of April and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Lucas Davenport will face old nemesis Taryn Grant, who is now a U.S. senator. Responding to a plea to investigate a car crash that took the life of Cecily Whitehead, Lucas arrives in D.C. only to be attacked. He must call in reinforcements in order to tackle the mystery. Former lawyer and actor Richard Ferrone once again brings life to Lucas and the other characters in the audio version. •SCM

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