A well-respected surgeon at a Tel Aviv hospital. Arab-Israeli Dr. Amin Jaafari has provided a comfortable life style for himself and his beautiful wife Sihem. However, his world is ripped apart when Sihem is killed in a suicide bombing in the marketplace. The nightmare continues as evidence suggests that Sihem may have been responsible for the catastrophe which killed or maimed so many people. The novel follows Jaafari’s agonizing journey to find the truth.
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (any edition)
This collection will appeal to a lover of any subgenre of mystery stories: thrillers, police investigations, espionage, and the class detective story.
Brave New Worldby Aldous Huxley
This novel looks at a fictional future society where everything is orderly and planned; anything unplanned or undesirable is destroyed or removed from sight. It examines what happens when someone outside this ordered world is brought in and forced to live in a stagnant, inhuman existence void of feelings and friendships.
Chromosome 6 by Robin Cook
Dr. Jack Stapleton becomes involved in the medical examiner’s office in identifying the body from a mob-hit mutilation. This leads to an adventure in equatorial Africa.
The intricate plot centers on a ship captain who is betrayed by those he trusts and sent to prison on a remote island. Watch how he plans his escape and carries out his revenge.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Ex Libris Selection)
Christopher is a young autistic boy with multiple talents. He ends up discovering a murdered dog and through searching for its killer, he finds secrets to his mother’s murder. See howChristopher tries to solve crimes and learns to overcome his disability.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Ex Libris Selection)
See why everyone is buzzing about this controversial contemporary best seller.
Death on the Nile by AgathaChristie
A honeymoon cruise turns deadly when a jilted bride stalks two young newlyweds. This story is classic Christie.
A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines
This novel begins with a murder: A Cajun farmer, Beau Bouton, is found shot in the backwoods of a Louisiana plantation. The white plantation owner, seeking to protect her black workers, immediately implicates herself as the murderer. But before the sheriff even arrives, more than a dozen aging black men with just-fired guns step forward, each claiming he shot Beau Bouton. Why? Who is being protected?
The Good Thief by Hanna Tinti
A young boy who wants more than anything to find a family is initially excited when his presumed long-lost brother arrives at the orphanage to claim him. The “brother,” however, is a small-time crook and scam artist who takes the young boy on a series of harrowing misadventures. In this tale, which is a little bit Dickens and a little bit Twain, you will be cheering on the young protagonist as he finds out the secret of his true identity.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Ex Libris Selection)
The setting is a futuristic dystopia, a nation called Panem that is obsessed with a sadistic survival game that pits young people of its twelve districts against each other. Can Katniss, a young woman of intellect and superior athleticism but also of exceptional compassion, prevail over her wily, cut-throat competition?
A Lost Lady by Willa Cather (Ex LibrisSelection)
A mysterious and beautiful woman sparks the imagination of a dusty frontier town on the plains of Nebraska. Seen through the eyes of a love-struck adolescent and adult, Mrs. Forrester belies description. Is she a femme fatale, or is she simply using her instincts to survive?
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Greed and ambition are the focus of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. The action centers on “a glorious falcon encrusted from head to foot with the finest jewels.” The mysterious statuette falls into the hands of detective Samuel Spade; as a result, Miss O’ Shaughnessy and Joel Cairo, working under the cruel leader of the operation, Mr. Gutman, display persistence in their effort to retrieve the bird.
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (Ex Libris Selection)
When his wife gives birth to a healthy baby boy and a girl with Down’s Syndrome, David, a doctor, asks his nurse to keep the girl’s birth a secret and to deliver the child to an institution. In a wave of compassion, the nurse claims the baby for her own and raises her secretly in another city. Watch the unfolding of the parallel lives of the twins and discover something about the meaning of unconditional love.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
This novel is one of Christie’s most ingenious mysteries. Psychological twists add complexity and intrigue to this story.
Old School by Tobias Wolfe (Ex Libris Selection)
Tobias Wolff's Old School is at once a celebration of literature and a delicate hymn to a lost innocence of American life and art. Set in a New England prep school in the early 1960s, the novel imagines a final, pastoral moment before the explosion of the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the suicide of Ernest Hemingway.
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
In 1948, when he is fifteen, Trond spends a summer in the country with his father. The events — the accidental death of a child, his best friend’s feelings of guilt and eventual disappearance, his father’s decision to leave the family for another woman — will change his life forever. An early morning adventure out stealing horses leaves Trond bruised and puzzled by his friend Jon’s sudden breakdown. The tragedy that lies behind this scene becomes the catalyst for the two boys’ families to gradually fall apart. (Publisher’s synopsis)
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
Moving between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history – the Salem witch trials, this book focuses on Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin, who plans to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie’s grandmother’s abandoned home near Salem, she can’t refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest—to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge. (Publisher’s synopsis)
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
If you are a lover of the mystery novel, then make tracks to your favorite bookstore. The famous first line, “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly,” invites the reader to enter the life of a young woman who marries the handsome Maxim DeWinter and moves to his lavish country estate. The spectacular ending will not disappoint you!
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
When a rare-book expert is given the commission to conserve an ancient Hebrew manuscript, she discovers a series of revealing artifacts buried in its pages and binding: an insect wing fragment, a hair, wine stains, and salt crystals--all keys that help to unlock the past.
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay (Ex Libris Selection)
During World War II, ten-year-old Sarah is arrested by the French police in a round-up of Jewish men, women, and children but not before she tries to protect her younger brother by locking him in a closet in their home. Sixty years later a journalist assigned to cover a story on the round-up becomes intrigued with the story of Sarah and her brother. At first drawn to the poignancy of the story, the journalist soon finds that the history of her own family is intertwined with that of Sarah.
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Once one of the most fascinating women in County Sligo, Ireland, Roseanne has been locked in a mental institution for many years. Now approaching the age of one hundred, she finally gains the sympathy and interest of Dr. McNulty, a psychiatrist who tries to unlock her past and bring justice and truth to light.
The Standby Stephen King
Yes, most people associate King with horror, but The Stand is a great novel that challenges the reader to think about what could happen when there is an apocalyptic destruction of most of the world and how good can triumph over evil. In addition, it is a very exciting read with some traditional King horror thrown in.
Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse
Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine. The tale of the Steppenwolf culminates in the surreal Magic Theater—for mad men only. (Publisher’s synopsis)
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (Ex Libris Selection)
Lovers of mystery stories will be charmed by the precocious, fearless, and witty sleuth Flavia De Luce, who, despite the fact that she is an eleven-year-old girl living a rather sheltered life in a manor outside a small English visitor, manages to immerse herself in solving a shocking murder.
Talking God by Tony Hillerman
A best-selling mystery writer, Tony Hillerman has produced a series of Southwestern novels that combine suspense and Navajo culture. Two agents of the tribal police begin a routine murder investigation on Navajo property but soon discover links to the Smithsonian Institute and international terrorism.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (Ex Libris Selection)
The narrator’s rather sedate life in a book store is upended when she meets the eccentric owner of a strange old house and is swept up in the mysterious world of ghosts and family secrets.
Whiteout by Ken Follett
This thriller involves a snowstorm, a stolen ebola-type virus, and an evil plan.