Advent 2017

What are Advent books? Every year we pick 24 different titles (one to represent each day of Advent) to feature. This year, we each went through the list of Edgar Award winners and nominees and picked titles.  

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Strangers on a Train Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393321982
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 2001

It's safe to say that without Highsmith there would none of today's “Girl books” (Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train). She was a master of psychological suspense, and Strangers on a Train is a shining example. The source for Hitchcock's classic masterpiece, this is the story of two men, a tennis star and a psychopath, who meet by chance on a train and "swap" murders. - McKenna


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The Long Goodbye (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780394757681
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - August 12th, 1988

Phillip Marlowe is asked by a shambolic veteran to find out what happened to his wife. As he follows the missing woman's trail, things get darker and more twisted than even Marlowe was expecting. Oozing with atmosphere, drink, and dead bodies The Long Goodbye is Raymond Chandler at the height of his powers. A must-read for any fan of books, not just mysteries. - Sam


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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (George Smiley Novels) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143124757
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Published: Penguin Books - September 3rd, 2013

Alec Leamas watches the Berlin Wall go up. Under orders from the ever-mysterious George Smiley, Leamas goes about executing the most daring operation ever carried out by the Berlin Station. Graeme Greene wrote that this is "the best spy novel I have ever read." High praise coming from Greene and I can't help but agree. The book that launched Le Carre's career has not diminished at all since its first publication. This is the real deal. - Sam


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This Rough Magic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781613744505
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Published: Chicago Review Press - April 1st, 2013

In this rich, atmospheric tale Lucy Waring, a young actress, arrives in Corfu with her married sister for a pleasant holiday. Of course, Lucy quickly learns that all is not as idyllic as it appears and mystery lurks behind every corner. Full of dolphins, Shakespeare, and an appropriately noxious villain. This Rough Magic proves why Mary Stewart is the master of romantic suspense. Also highly recommended by Dean! - McKenna


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Gypsy in Amber (Roman Grey Novels) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476795881
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 18th, 2016

It's hard to believe Martin Cruz Smith's first two novels (both Edgar nominees) have been out of print until recently. Before he created Arkady Renko, Martin Cruz Smith wrote two books featuring Roman Gray, an antique dealer in New York City. Gypsy In Amber a classic crime whodunit with a shocking twist. - McKenna


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An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (Cordelia Gray Mysteries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743219556
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Published: Touchstone Books - April 17th, 2001

Cordelia Gray, a young but determined PI, is hired by the father of a loutish Cambridge dropout to investigate his apparent suicide. Found hanging with just a trace of lipstick, the father is convinced there is more to the story. The deeper Gray digs, however, the darker and nastier things become. PD James is one of England's finest crime writers and this book sparkles with clever delight. British crime writing at its finest! - McKenna


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The Summons (Detective Peter Diamond Mystery #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781569473603
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Published: Soho Crime - June 1st, 2004

John Mountjoy, an escaped murderer with a hostage in tow, summons a meeting with Peter Diamond, the policeman who arrested him. With new evidence, Peter realizes Mountjoy is innocent... but who is the real murderer? Time is ticking for Peter to find the killer before Mountjoy kills his hostage. Lovesey is the consummate British wit and this is him at his best!

- Brenda


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The Skull Mantra (Inspector Shan Tao Yun Novels) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780312385392
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 30th, 2008

Set in Tibet, this first-in-series introduces Inspector Shan: a veteran detective turned political dissident, who we meet serving time in prison for being anti-Chinese. Faced with a puzzling murder, a beheaded Tibetan priest, and an impending visit from some very rich Americans, Shan is released on the condition that he solve the case quickly. Infused with an intoxicating sense of place, a clever crime, strong characters, and surprising wit, this book is an unexpected page-turner. - Sam


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Savannah Blues: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060519131
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - July 10th, 2012

Weezie, an antiques picker, has just gone through a bitter divorce. After stumbling across her ex's new fiance's body while waiting for an estate sale to start, she needs to beat a murder rap, track down some missing antiques, save a historical mansion from being razed, and deal with her crazy Southern family. Full of laugh out loud moments, and a lot of heart, this is Southern mystery at its best. - John


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Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs Mysteries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616954079
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Published: Soho Crime - June 3rd, 2014

Within my first few weeks at MBTB, I quickly realized that Maisie Dobbs is one of the store's most beloved characters, both among our staff and our customers. Maisie, a nurse during WWI has returned home to London to open up her own Private Investigation firm. Winspear said the idea of Maisie came to her when she saw her step out of the subway, pick up a copy and find out why Maisie Dobbs is so beloved at the store. - John


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The Janissary Tree (Investigator Yashim #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312426132
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Published: Picador USA - May 15th, 2007

Set in mid-1800's, the Ottoman Empire is about to undergo changes as Europe and the surrounding world modernize. When several murders occur, the Sultan calls on his near-invisible investigator, Yashim, to solve the cases. Eunuch Yashim has access to all areas of the Palace and the streets of Istanbul. Perfect for fans of Barbara Cleverly or Barbara Nadel. - Brenda


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In the Woods Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143113492
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2008

Looking for something Irish? Read Tana French. In The Woods is both a cold case and new case and how they might be connected. One of the detectives was involved in the cold case as a child; three friends went playing in the woods, he is the only one to return. In the new case, a body is found at the site where his friends go missing. These excellent police procedurals can be read in any order as each book is different case with a different detective from the Dublin Murder Squad. - Sally


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The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780007149834
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 29th, 2008

The mean streets of Sitka come vibrantly alive in this hard-boiled novel with a soft heart. When Detective Meyer finds the body of a chess prodigy in the tenement he calls home, Meyer and his half Tinglit sidekick Berko can't leave well enough alone. Set in a world where Alaska has became the Jewish homeland after WW2, Chabon's novel is both noir and western, thrilling procedural and literary adventure. - Sam


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The Last Child Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312642365
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 9th, 2010

When 12-year-old Johnny Merrimon's twin sister, Alyssa is abducted off a lonely city street, police and the Merrimon family search for a year to find her. Refusing to accept that she may be dead, Johnny sets out to find her. When a second girl is abducted, Detective Clyde Hunt, who put his job on the line trying to find Alyssa, becomes more determined to find both girls. It isn't long before Johnny and Clyde team up. Watch for the the sequel to The Last Child, due to be released Feb 2018. - Brenda


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Galveston Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439166666
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 14th, 2011

After being diagnosed with lung cancer, Roy Cady kills the men hired by his loan shark boss to kill him, and flees to Galveston, Texas, with a prostitute and her young sister, where they face more problems. Galveston is dark, seedy, and not to be missed! Nic Pizzolatto was the creator, writer and executive producer of True Detective on HBO. - McKenna


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I'd Know You Anywhere: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062070753
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 3rd, 2011

Eliza was kidnapped when she was 15, and the only survivor of Walter Bowman's crime spree. On death row for the murder of his last victim, Bowman reaches out to Eliza, “There was your photo, in a magazine. I'd know you anywhere.” Having always wondered why he allowed her to live, she cautiously contacts him. Walter wants more than forgiveness, and as he draws her back into his world, she must face the facts regarding that summer day in 1985. - Brenda


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The Gods of Gotham (Timothy Wilde Novel #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425261255
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 5th, 2013

1845, The Irish are flocking to NYC, and the city has just created its first police force. After a fire destroys his livelihood, former bartender Timothy Wilde joins the newly formed NYPD, and when he tries to not just prevent crimes, but actually solve them he becomes one of their first detectives. Faye's attention to historical detail and impeccable sense of place made this my favorite book of 2012 (Sally's too). Perfect for Caleb Carr fans. - John


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Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Mystery (Maggie Hope Mysteries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553593617
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Published: Bantam - April 3rd, 2012

Fans of Jacqueline Winspear and Charles Todd will find plenty to love with this WWII series. Maggie Hope is an American living in London in 1940. Her skills are well above a typist, but it's the only job she can get. Not satisfied, she fights the social rules of the day that hold women back, and finds herself thrown into a family mystery as well as an IRA plot. After finishing the first book in the series I binge read the rest in a few weeks! - John


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The Wicked Girls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143123866
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Published: Penguin Books - July 30th, 2013

Alex Marwood (a favorite of mine) writes excellent British psychological thrillers. The Wicked Girls is the story of two girls who meet for the first time and by the end of the day, they're charged with murder. Twenty-five years later they're released from prison and given new names. A series of murders throws them together again. Told in two parts- present day and an account of the murder day. "The Wicked Girls" is full of twists and turns! - Sally


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Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476754475
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Published: Gallery Books - January 6th, 2015

The first of the Bill Hodges trilogy. Mr. Mercedes is a straight-up detective novel in Stephen King's voice. Bill Hodges is a retired detective haunted by an unsolved case. The man who committed the crime sends Hodges a letter, he is going to kill again. Hodges, along with a wonderful and delightful cast of characters, is determined to track down the killer. A straightforward, tightly plotted novel with more than a nod to noir. - Sally


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Murder at the Brightwell: A Mystery (Amory Ames Mystery #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250074621
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Published: Minotaur Books - October 6th, 2015

A delightful read for Rhys Bowen and Agatha Christie fans! Amory Ames married a playboy, and her ex-fiance Gil wants her help to keep his sister from making the same mistake. Amory leaves her rakish husband behind and sets off for The Brightwell Hotel. When Gil is accused of murdering his sister's fiance, Amory decides to clear his name. Intriguing characters, playful banter, and an engaging mystery make this book a real treat. - John


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Under the Harrow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143108573
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Published: Penguin Books - June 14th, 2016

Nora is heading from London to Oxford for a weekend visit with her sister Rachel. When Rachel doesn't show up at the train station, Nora decides to walk to the house. Upon entering, Nora finds Rachel murdered. Can the death be somehow related the a secret Nora and Rachel share? Overcome with grief, Nora will not return to London until she discovers who's responsible for Rachel's death. A taut, psychological thriller! - Brenda


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The Drifter (Peter Ash Novel #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425283257
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 9th, 2016

Looking for a new thriller series? The Drifter is the first in Petrie's series about a veteran home from Afghanistan suffering from PTSD in the form of claustrophobia. When a Marine friend commits suicide he goes to help the widow and find out happened. He comes across a suitcase full of cash and explosives. Why did his friend have it? What does it have to do with his death? I'm a big fan of Petrie's Peter Ash. His story just gets better and better. For fans of Lee Child! - Sally


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IQ (IQ Novel #1) Cover Image
By Joe Ide
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316267731
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 19th, 2017

Think Sherlock Holmes set in the gangland of East Long Beach and you have IQ. Isiah Quintabe is IQ: a high school dropout, savant, and private investigator. Hired to find out who is trying to kill a famous rapper with a vicious dog (winks to Conan Doyle abound), IQ is also struggling with his own demons, mainly the death of his beloved brother. Although it lost the Edgar for best debut, it won just about every other mystery award and also a place in my heart. - Sam