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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Things in Jars: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982121280
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Published: Atria Books - February 4th, 2020

Birdie Divine, a private investigator in Victorian London, is hired to find the kidnapped child of a baronet, a child who has certain peculiar traits that would make her valuable to collectors of oddities and natural wonders. Accompanied by the ghost of a boxer and her seven-foot housemaid, Birdie pursues the case through all levels of London society. An astounding book, rich in detail and full of memorable characters.


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The Tenant Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982127589
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 1st, 2020

When a young woman is discovered brutally murdered in her own apartment, Copenhagen police detectives establish a link between the victim, and her landlady, who's a bit too fond of drink and the host of raucous dinner parties with her artist friends. 


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American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525539551
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 11th, 2020

Dawson unearths the career of forensic science pioneer Edward Oscar Heinrich, once a major figure in the criminal justice field but now largely forgotten. Perfect for true crime aficionados and fans of TV shows like CSI: Las Vegas and its spin-offs.


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The Body: A Guide for Occupants Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385539302
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Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019

Bryson's latest book discusses the major human systems and organs and discusses how they function, what they do, and how they can go wrong, all in Bryson's inimitable style. Highly recommended! 


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A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735225251
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Published: Penguin Books - June 16th, 2020

Facing a crisis of faith, Timothy Egan decided to reconnect with his Catholic roots by making a pilgrimage along the Via Francigena—a medieval route from Canterbury to Rome. Along the way, he encounters believers of various types and asks some of the hard questions of belief. A complicated and insightful book.
 


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Imaginary Friend Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538731352
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 6th, 2020

A young woman and her seven-year-old son, on the run from an abusive relationship, settle in a small, Pennsylvania town. Life is hard for the two, but generally good, until the son disappears for six days and comes back with a voice in his head that only he can hear. The voice tells him to build a tree house in the forest or else the whole town will suffer, and things spiral out of control from there. A rich, nuanced novel of horror on an epic scale. 


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The Chestnut Man: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062895370
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 8th, 2020

A brutal serial killer is terrorizing Copenhagen, leaving behind little dolls made of chestnuts as a calling card. Two detectives must put aside their differences and overcome internal police politics and government pressure to solve the case. This may sound like a typical, by-the-numbers police procedural, but Sveistrup ratchets up the tension and adds enough unexpected twists to raise this mystery to a level way above the average thriller.
 


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Westside: A Novel (A Gilda Carr Tiny Mystery) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062854025
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Published: Harper Voyager - February 18th, 2020

In an alternate 1921 New York, a wall running the length of Broadway divides Manhattan into the normal, although overcrowded, Eastside and the strange, magical, dangerous, feral Westside. Westsider Gilda Carr works as a private detective solving “small mysteries.” But one of her cases—finding a missing glove—drags her into the very large mystery of why the Westside is the way it is and who is profiting from it. A stunningly imaginative debut novel.


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If She Wakes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316293976
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Published: Back Bay Books - March 24th, 2020

After a brutal car accident, college student Tara Beckley finds herself in a “locked in” coma: aware of everything happening around her but unable to move. Meanwhile, insurance investigator Abby Kaplan discovers the accident may not have been all that it initially seemed. Her discovery, and what follows, put both women in the sights of a ruthless young hit man. Excellent suspense from a master of the genre.


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Melmoth: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062856401
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Published: Custom House - October 1st, 2019

Helen Franklin is a reclusive Englishwoman living in Prague. Her friend Karel tells her about a letter he found that speaks of a mysterious figure known as Melmoth, an immortal woman who is doomed to wander the earth forever and who tries to trap others into joining her. Helen is skeptical, but when Karel disappears and unexplained events start piling up, she begins to wonder if there is some truth behind the legends.  An atmospheric novel in the Gothic tradition, marked by beautiful writing.


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Vox Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780440000815
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Published: Berkley - July 16th, 2019

In a near-future America, women have been reduced to second-class citizens, limited (among other things) to speaking only 100 words a day, a limit enforced with electric-shock cuffs. But that’s only the beginning of this story of family sorrow, political oppression, and eventual redemption. Bears comparison to A Handmaid’s Tale.


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What Should Be Wild: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062684141
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 7th, 2019

A girl whose touch can kill or resurrect. A house on the edge of a haunted forest. Mysterious disappearances. Handsome heroes and scheming villains. What Should Be Wild reads like a classic fairy tale with unique modern twists. A stunning debut novel.


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Force of Nature: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250105653
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 8th, 2019

Five women on a corporate team-building exercise hike off into the Australian bush; only four come out. Federal Agent Aaron Falk becomes involved because the missing woman is a whistle-blower in case of corporate money laundering. Another excellent mystery from Harper, whose debut, The Dry, also featured Falk.


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The Chalk Man: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524760991
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ballantine Books - December 31st, 2018

In the mid-80’s, Eddie and his friends made a game of communicating with little chalk drawings, until a set of chalk figures led them to a dismembered body.  Now, thirty years later, the past is intruding on Eddie’s comfortable life. Old mysteries will be revisited and old secrets will be revealed before it all ends. A gripping thriller with truly startling twists and turns.


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The Woman in the Window: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062678423
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 5th, 2019

Anna is agoraphobic, spending her days communicating online with fellow sufferers, watching old movies, spying on her neighbors, and mixing psychiatric medications and Merlot. When she sees one of her neighbors being murdered, she has trouble convincing anyone of the fact, and she finds herself in middle of a ever deeper mystery. Fans of The Girl on the Train will definitely enjoy this gripping novel.


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