Mystery, Romance, Series, YA Fiction

Uncovering Officer Smith by Sheena Hutchinson

Grades 9-12

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John Smith has had his heart broken by a leggy blonde and has sworn off women because of it. Enter Becca Swanson, a nerdy conservative girl whose life plan is to study law and take on the world. Their two paths cross and suddenly John isn’t so sure he should stay away from women any longer. This sequel to Discovering April is mysterious and romantic and completely satisfying.

Adult Fiction, Mystery

The Black Book by James Patterson

Ages 18+

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Billy Harney is the son of Chicago’s Chief of Detectives, and he followed in his father’s footsteps. His twin sister Patty is also a cop. Billy is involved in a shootout and left for dead, but amazingly survives. Now he’s charged with a double homicide and desperately wants to clear his good name. The problem is, he has no recollection of what went down in the hours preceding the events. He puts his detective work to good use, and finds a little black book that everyone in Chicago wants to get their hands on. He is happy he found the book because it will help him solve the case, but at the same time he is afraid that the truth might not set him free.

Middle Grade Fiction, Mystery

The Real McCoys by Matthew Swanson

Grades 3-5

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Fourth grader Moxie McCoy is a confident detective who is determined to catch whoever stole her school mascot, Eddie the Owl. Usually, she works together with her best friend who has recently moved away. She calls on her little brother Milton instead, and together the two of them interview Moxie’s classmates, who are all potential suspects. Can the two rival siblings come together and solve the case?

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Mystery, Series, YA Fiction

Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Grades 9-12

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The first book in the Once Upon a Crime Family series, this story about organized crime is a must read! Penelope Landlow is the daughter of one of the three crime families who buy and sell body parts and control the black market for organ transplants. She feels safe within the walls of her own home, but she knows that no one in this business is safe forever. She is suddenly caught in between two of the families who are fighting for control over one another, and doesn’t know what to do to stop it.