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Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem, Oh My!

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In today's episode we are talking all things Mystery! From cozy mysteries to suspense thrillers to everything in between, the Mystery genre features a multitude of sub-genres and the OverDrive staff librarians all have their favorite titles. Like our Romance episode, we also discuss clever punny titles that come out of this genre.

Our intro includes some emails in response to our recent Science Fiction and Fantasy episode with additional recommendations for our listeners. Email us at feedback@overdrive.com with your own comments and recommendations.

Featured OverDrive Staff

Jill, Emma, Meghan, and Kristin

Intro (0:00-6:14)

Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Red Mars, Blue Mars, and Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Warlord of the Air by Michael Moorcock

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross, Book 1 of the The Steampunk Chronicles

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason, Book 1 of the The Stoker and Holmes series

Recent Reads (6:15-15:49)

The Siren by Kiera Cass

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilverio

Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

A Doubter's Almanac by Ethan Canin

What Remains of Me by Ann Marie Lee

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed by Bruce Coville

Cozy Mysteries and Favorite Punny Titles (15:50-25:50)

Murder She Wrote by Jessica Fletcher

Purl Up and Die by Maggie Sefton

Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith

Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander

Gourdfellas by Maggie Bruce

A Killer in the Rye by Delia Rosen

Fry Me a Liver by Delia Rosen

From Herring to Eternity by Delia Rosen

As Gouda as Dead by Avery Aames

For Chedder or Worse by Avery Aames

To Brie or Not to Brie by Avery Aames

Clobbered by Camembert by Avery Aames

The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames

The Diva Runs out of Thyme by Krista Davis

One Bad Apple by Sheila Connolly

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun

Wish You Were Here by Rita May Brown

Suspense and Thrillers (25:51-32:34)

The Likeness by Tana French

In the Woods by Tana French

The Secret Place by Tana French

Blood on the Snow by Jo Nesbo

Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, Book 1 in the Millennium series

The Bat by Jo Nesbo, Book 1 in the Harry Hole series

Unreliable Narrators (32:35-40:55)

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, Book 1 of Cormoran Strike series

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith, Book 3 of Cormoran Strike series

Books Coming Soon (40:56-End)

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

The Girls by Emma Cline

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund

End of Watch by Stephen King

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