If You Like Mysteries Why Not Try
Love mysteries? Why not try one of these brand new books to the Oamaru Library
Dead Man’s Mistress by David Housewright (Adult Fiction Rental, HOU)
Louise Wykoff is arguably the most recognizable woman living in Minnesota, known for her presence in over one hundred paintings by the late and brilliant Randolph McInnis. All of McInnis's paintings are in museums or known private collections, until Louise confesses to having three more that no one has ever heard of—and now they've been stolen. Rushmore McKenzie, an occasional unlicensed private investigator, agrees to look into the theft.
Contains: art theft, private investigators, muses
Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke (Adult Fiction Rental, FLU)
When The Cookie Jar becomes the setting of a star-studded TV special about movies filmed in Minnesota, Hannah hopes to shine the spotlight on her bakery—not the unsavory scandal swirling around her personal life. But that’s practically impossible with a disturbing visit from the shifty character she once believed was her one and only love, a group of bodyguards following her every move, and a murder victim in her bedroom
Contains: murder, bakers, women sleuths
Invitation to Die by Barbara Cleverly (Adult Fiction Rental, CLE)
1923: Five Cambridge college dons host a monthly dinner club in secret. Their sixth man, always a stranger, is destined to make only one appearance. He is carefully selected the day of each party as the dons scour the streets to find their next target. He is handed a formal invitation, then appears at dinner only to be psychologically tormented for the evening by the dons’ cutting wit. The man with the highest number of killing shots is awarded a cup at the end of the night.
Then the dons’ most recent guest, a former officer in the turn-of-the-century Boer War, is found strangled with hints of a sumptuous last meal in his stomach.
Contains: revenge, secret societies, history
The Boy in the Headlights by Samuel Bjork (Adult Fiction Rental, BJO)
A body is found in a mountain lake. Within weeks, three people have died. Each time, the killer has left a clue, inviting Special Investigations Detectives Munch and Krüger to play a deadly game – a game they cannot possibly win. Against the most dangerous and terrifying kind of serial killer. One who chooses their victims completely at random.
Contains: serial murders, police, personal pasts
The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor (Adult Fiction Rental, TUD)
One night, Annie went missing. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst. And then, miraculously, after forty-eight hours, she came back. But she couldn't, or wouldn't, say what had happened to her. Something happened to my sister. I can't explain what. I just know that when she came back, she wasn't the same. She wasn't my Annie. I didn't want to admit, even to myself, that sometimes I was scared to death of my own little sister.
Contains: missing persons, siblings, mystery
The Listeners by Anthony J. Quinn (Adult Fiction Rental, QUI)
Detective Sergeant Carla Herron is about to be tested to breaking point. She's been called to Deepwell psychiatric hospital to interview a patient who has confessed to the murder of one of the hospital's psychotherapists. The confession is vividly detailed, but for a man locked in a secure ward and under 24-hour surveillance, it is also utterly impossible.
Contains: police, false confessions, secrets
The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair (Adult Fiction Rental, MON)
In a London slowly recovering from World War II, two very different women join forces to launch a business venture in the heart of Mayfair--The Right Sort Marriage Bureau. But the promising start to their marriage bureau is threatened when their newest client, Tillie La Salle, is found murdered and the man arrested for the crime is the prospective husband they matched her with
Contains: amateur detectives, history, dating services
The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman (Adult Fiction Rental, HIL)
Joe’s been hired to find a missing biil, a traditional dress that had been donated to the Navajo Nation. His investigation takes a sinister turn when the leading suspect dies under mysterious circumstances and Leaphorn himself receives anonymous warnings to beware—witchcraft is afoot.
Contains: theft, police, death
The Forbidden Place by Susanne Jansson (Adult Fiction Rental, JAN)
In the remote Swedish wetlands lies Mossmarken: the village on the edge of the mire where, once upon a time, people came to leave offerings to the gods.
Biologist Nathalie came in order to study the peat bogs. But she has a secret: Mossmarken was once her home, a place where terrible things happened. She has returned at last, determined to confront her childhood trauma and find out the truth.
Contains: childhood trauma, superstition, murder
Stolen by Paul Finch (Adult Fiction Rental, FIN)
DC Lucy Clayburn is having a tough time of it. Not only is her estranged father one of the North West’s toughest gangsters, but she is in the midst of one of the biggest police operations of her life. Members of the public have started to disappear, taken from the streets as they’re going about their everyday lives. But no bodies are appearing – it’s almost as if the victims never existed
Contains: missing persons, police, mystery
Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox (Adult Fiction Rental, FOX)
On the fifth floor of the White Caps Hotel, four young boys are left alone while their parents dine downstairs. But when one of the parents checks on the children at midnight, they discover one of them is missing. The boys swear they stayed in their room. CCTV confirms that none of them left the building. No trace of the child is found.
Contains: private investigators, missing child, mystery
Severed by Peter Laws (Adult Fiction Rental, LAW)
The teenage son of a vicar brutally attacks his father while the horrified congregation watch helplessly. A frantic police search for the boy follows and rumours circulate that he was involved in devil worship. Atheist ex-minister Professor Matt Hunter is brought in to advise, yet he quickly suspects the church attack may have had a far more complex cause.
Elsewhere Ever, grows up in a small cult who believe they are the only true humans left and that the world is filled with demons. Harnessing the powers of a bizarre ritual they hope to bring peace and paradise to the world. Soon the worlds of Matt and Ever will collide in one terrifying and murderous night
Contains: cults, murder, ex clergy
The Playground Murders by Lesley Thomson (Adult Fiction Rental, THO)
Stella Darnell is a cleaner. But when she isn't restoring order to chaos, Stella solves murders. Her latest case concerns a man convicted of killing his mistress. His daughter thinks he's innocent, and needs Stella to prove it. As Stella sifts through piles of evidence and interview suspects, she discovers a link between the recent murder and a famous case from forty years ago: the shocking death of six-year-old Sarah Ferris, killed in the shadows of an empty playground.
Contains: cold cases, murder, amateur detectives
The Absolution by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Adult Fiction Rental, SIG)
The police find out about the crime the way everyone does: on Snapchat. The video shows the terrified victim begging for forgiveness. When her body is found, it is marked with a number 2.
Detective Huldar joins the investigation, bringing child psychologist Freyja on board to help question the murdered teenager's friends. Then another teenager goes missing, and more clips are sent.
Contains: serial killers, social media, investigations
Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline (Adult Fiction Rental, SCO)
20 years ago four teenagers spent a summer as closest friends. When a new boy looked to join them, they decided to pull a prank, convincing him to play a dangerous initiation game. But none of them could have predicted what came next. Now three of the four reunite for the first time since that horrible summer. But after one of the group apparently commits suicide, their old secrets come roaring back.
Contains: pranks, secrets, reunions