100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime: Readers' Picks!

Back in April, the editors over at Amazon complied a list of Mystery and Thriller books, and asked readers to vote for their favorites on Goodreads. The votes are in and the list of 100 Mysteries and Thrillers to read in a lifetime has been created! 

The top 10 books are listed below, and all available at the Community Library. 

The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown


Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle




Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson
Forty years after the disappearance of Harriet Vanger from the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family, her octogenarian uncle hires journalist Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, an unconventional young hacker, to investigate. (Publisher Summary)

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
When ten people arrive on private Indian Island off England's southwest coast, lured to a mansion by invitations from a mysterious host, terror mounts as one guest after another is murdered, in a classic whodunit that is an elaboration of the famous children's rhyme "Ten Little Indians. (Publisher Summary)

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and French cryptologist Sophie Neveu work to solve the murder of an elderly curator of the Louvre, a case which leads to clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci and a centuries-old secret society. (Publisher Summary)

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Just after midnight, a snowstorm stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks in the middle of Yugoslavia. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for this time of year. But by morning there is one passenger less. A "respectable American gentleman" lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. (Publisher Summary) 

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
For months after her death, the memory of Rebecca de Winter continues to dominate everyone at her former home, Manderley, one of the most famous English country houses. (Publisher Summary)

Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle 
Here, collected in one volume, are all four full-length novels and 56 short stories chronicling the colorful adventures of Sherlock Holmes--every word Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ever wrote about Baker Street's most famous resident. (Publisher Summary)

When the reporters to a sex-trafficking exposâe are murdered and computer hacker Lisbeth Salander is targeted as the killer, Mikael Blomkvist, the publisher of the exposâe, investigates to clear Lisbeth's name. (Publisher Summary)

While recovering in the hospital, Lisbeth Salander enlists the aid of journalist Mikael Blomkvist to prove her innocent of three murders and identify the corrupt politicians who have allowed her to suffer. (Publisher Summary)

Still Life by Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the SpuretGe du QuGebec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. (Publisher Summary)

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. (Publisher Summary)

Click here to view the complete list of winners.

'Tis the Season for a Thriller

Winner of the 2014 Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Fiction (as announced by the International Thriller Writers in July), The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper is a psychological fiction novel sure to provide a big thrill...

Winning acclaim for his expertise in demonic literature including Milton's Paradise Lost, Columbia professor David Ullman travels to Italy and witnesses a startling phenomenon that challenges his skepticism before his 12-year-old daughter is targeted by a demonic enemy that would claim him as a messenger. (Publisher Summary)

By the award-winning author of Lost Girls.


Fall Into a Good Mystery

There's always plenty of new mysteries to choose from at the Community Library, including the following:

Coldsleep Lullaby by Andrew Brown

Hanging by a Hair by Nancy J. Cohen

Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison

Bordeaux: the Bitter Finish by Janet Hubbard

Coldsleep Lullaby by Andrew Brown
A U.S. release of a prize-winning series from South Africa follows Detective Eberard Februarie's investigation of the murder of a young woman in the underworld of an old university town that is fraught with prejudice and sexual hedonism. (Publisher Summary)

Hanging by a Hair by Nancy J. Cohen
After beauty salon owner Marla Shore and her detective husband Dalton move into a new community, Dalton get into an argument with a neighbor who later turns up dead and Marla discovers disturbing secrets about the community and a possible motive for the murder. (Publisher Summary)

Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
When her reckless mother reveals that she has been writing steamy best-selling romances, former television host Kat Stanford is targeted with suspicion at her mother's carriage house, a situation that is complicated by a housekeeper's murder. (Publisher Summary)

Bordeaux: the Bitter Finish by Janet Hubbard
Assigned to protect a famous wine critic who is traveling to Bordeaux to taste some of the most expensive wines in the world, NYPD detective Max Maguire must team up with her ex-lover, a French magistrate, when their trip takes a tragic turn. (Publisher Summary)

Need help finding the perfect mystery novel? Ask a librarian, we love to help!

Ahoy, Matey!

Sail over to our display located on the lower level of the library that features sea stories this month. Listed below are a sample of what the Community Library has available: 

The Bomb Vessel by Richard Woodman


Sea Change by Jeremy Page

Beyond the Reef by Alexander Kent

The Bomb Vessel by Richard Woodman 
Captain Nathaniel Drinkwater is caught up in the complex bloody Battle of Copenhagen, and must save his ship and help his brother escape the gallows. (Publisher Summary)

Ramage by Dudley Pope 
In a daring foray, under the very nose of the French Mediterranean fleet, Lieutenant Lord Nicholas Ramage is to sail his tiny cutter close in to the Italian shore and rescue a party of stranded aristocrats from Napoleon's fast-advancing army. Book #1 of the Lord Ramage series. (Publisher Summary)

Sea Change by Jeremy Page
Five years after a devastating tragedy that changed his life, Guy travels on a Dutch barge that has become his home and records in his diary the family life he imagines, a voyage transformed by the realities of the North Sea and a relationship with a mother and daughter. (Publisher Summary)

Beyond the Reef by Alexander Kent
March 1806: Napoleon holds Portugal and threatens his old ally Spain. Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho is dispatched once more to the Cape of Good Hope to establish a permanent naval force. (Publisher Summary)