Stephen's Picks

Stephen's parents used to put books in his crib to keep him quiet when he woke up early in the morning, thus starting him on a lifetime of loving literature.  At home, he enjoys reading mysteries and poetry, with occasional forays into horror and fantasy.  A displaced Vermonter, he has lived in southwest Michigan since the mid-'90s. 

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It's Always the Husband Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250081803
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 16th, 2017

Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny were roommates and friends in college, sticking together through thick and thin. Twenty years later, one of them is dead, and the police are convinced her husband is responsible. But secrets abound, the past will not remain hidden, and the reader is forced to ask whether it is always the husband.  A fine debut mystery.


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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250080547
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 16th, 2017

Marzano-Lesnevich has written an intriguing combination of a true crime story and a memoir. Startled by her reaction to a murder case in Louisiana, she starts to examine the secrets of her own childhood while simultaneously trying to learn as much as she can about the murderer and his history. A fascinating read.


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The Lake and the Lost Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492642466
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 6th, 2017

Kalamazoo author Vincenta's new novel tells the story of Mary Stone Walker, a Michigan poet who disappears in 1939, and of Frank Carroll, a scholar who fifty years later becomes obsessed with Walker, risking his reputation and family to solve the mystery of her disappearance.  An intense and fascinating book.


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If We Were Villains Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250095282
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 11th, 2017

Life begins to imitate art as a prestigious arts college, which is not good, because the theater students are putting on a performance of Julius Caesar. An outstanding debut novel, filled with suspense and mystery, and showing the author’s command of the works of William Shakespeare.


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Lincoln in the Bardo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

The Lincoln of the title is Willie, Abraham Lincoln’s young son who died shortly after the civil war started.  The Bardo, in Tibetan Buddhism, is the state where souls dwell between this world and whatever comes after. From a graveyard full of eccentric ghosts to the corridors of the White House in mourning, Saunders’s first novel displays the inventiveness familiar from his short stories while spinning an astounding tale of life, death, love, and loss. Simply brilliant.


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Different Class Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501155512
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Published: Touchstone Books - January 3rd, 2017

All is not well at the Saint Oswald’s School for Boys, at least according to Latin master Roy Straitley, the narrator of this psychological thriller from the author of Chocolat. Past scandals—and murders—are rearing their ugly heads again, and a new administration is making changes that—in Straitley’s views—go too far. Suspenseful, twisting, and full of surprises.


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Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250072245
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 3rd, 2017

The true story of Mary Grace Humiston, who started out as one of the few female lawyers in the United States, made a name for herself as an activist on behalf of immigrants and workers, and eventually found fame in a nationally-reported case of a missing New York City girl. Humiston is a fascinating but essentially forgotten person, and Ricca does her justice in this exciting biography.


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Behind Her Eyes: A Suspenseful Psychological Thriller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250111173
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 31st, 2017

What seems on the surface an ordinary love triangle—husband, wife, and other woman—hides strange and deadly secrets.  An intriguing paranormal romantic thriller with a truly twisted ending.


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The Dry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250105608
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 10th, 2017

Twenty years ago, Aaron Falk was driven out of town under suspicion of having killed a girl his age.  Now, his best friend—and alibi—Luke Hadler is dead, apparently at his own hand and after killing his family. Aaron returns home and finds himself swept up in the case, but not everyone in town is happy to see him. And small towns have a way of keeping secrets. An outstanding debut mystery.


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Arrowood: Sherlock Holmes Has Met His Match Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778330943
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Published: Mira Books - July 18th, 2017

The upper class and the government seek help from Sherlock Holmes; those more down on their luck come to Arrowood. When a French woman’s brother disappears in London, Arrowood takes the case and stays with it, even when it leads to murder, terrorism, and other complications. A great historical mystery.


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Two Days Gone Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492639732
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 10th, 2017

A famous author has gone missing, leaving behind an unfinished manuscript and a murdered family. Needless to say, the police would like a word with him. But not all is as it appears to be, as Sergeant Ryan DeMarco discovers as he dives into the case.  The first of what promises to be an exciting new series.


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Reputations Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735216860
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 19th, 2017

Javier Mallarino is a political cartoonist in Columbia, riding high on a wave of popularity and influence. But then he is visited by a young woman out of his past, whose presence causes him to reconsider his work and his place in the world. Don’t let the thinness of the book fool you—there’s a lot of meat on these bones.


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A Gambler's Anatomy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101873670
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Published: Vintage - September 5th, 2017

Alexander Bruno is a sophisticated world traveler, a backgammon shark who fleeces rich men across the globe, but now he has a tumor in his skull and is forced to return to the San Francisco of his youth for treatment.  He’s in the last place he wants to be and is forced to unearth a past he’d been fleeing for decades. And that’s just the beginning. A sometimes bizarre but very engaging novel.


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Don't You Cry: A Gripping Psychological Thriller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778330516
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Published: Mira Books - January 10th, 2017

A young woman disappears from her Chicago apartment in the middle of a winter night, leaving behind her confused roommate.  Meanwhile, a mysterious woman appears in a southwest Michigan lakefront town (!), captivating a young man with an uncertain future. Yes, the two are connected, but the mystery runs deeper than that. Twists and turn make for a satisfying thriller.


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Redemption Road Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250132116
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Published: Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - May 16th, 2017

After five years away, John Hart is back, and Redemption Road is well worth the wait. Hart introduces us to an unforgettable group of characters: Gideon, a teenage boy determined to avenge his mother’s murder; Elizabeth, a veteran police officer under fire for shooting a pair of kidnappers eighteen times; and Adrian, a former policeman fresh out of prison on parole, having been convicted of murdering a young woman and leaving her body on the altar of an abandoned church. When another corpse appears in the same abandoned church, Adrian is the prime suspect and is forced to go underground to prove his innocence. As these three characters’s lives become intertwined, and as the bodies keep piling up, the question arises: what hope of redemption is there for these broken souls.


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Closed Casket Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062458834
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 6th, 2017

In Hannah’s second outing with Agatha Christie’s detective, Hercule Poirot, she provides us with a classic English country house mystery, complete with a family gathering, a changed will, a sudden death, and an embarrassment of motives. Even better than The Monogram Murders.


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A Great Reckoning Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250022110
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 2nd, 2017

In the newest of Penny’s Three Pines mysteries, Chief Inspector Gamache comes out of retirement to clean up the troubled and corruption-ridden Quebec Police Academy. When one of the most corrupt instructors is murdered, Gamache finds himself both investigator and suspect. A taut, well-crafted mystery.


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