Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

The Moth Catcher by Ann Cleeves

This atmospheric police procedural takes place in the surroundings of a big country house, where the house sitter has been found dead. As detectives learn more about the retired couples living seemingly serene lives nearby, another victim is found, secrets are uncovered and multiple motives come to light. Recommended for fans of Deborah Crombie and Louise Penny. ~Meghan, HH

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

In the 1920s, a string of unsolved murders rocked the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma.  Made rich by oil rights, the Osage were already victimized by unscrupulous businessmen and societal prejudice, but these murders were so egregious, the newly formed FBI was brought in to investigate. Immensely readable, this book brings a shameful part of U.S. history alive and will keep readers thinking long after they have finished the book. ~Jenna, CCL

Reservations by Gwen Florio

Lola Wicks had a brilliant career as a foreign correspondent covering the world’s most dangerous war zones, but she barely survived a violent encounter that shattered her confidence and caused her to take a safe job at a small-town newspaper in Montana. Newly married to police officer and Blackfeet tribe member Charlie Laurendeau, Lola just wants to stay close to home and family, but her husband convinces her to take a honeymoon to the Navajo reservation to visit his brother Edgar and his wife Naomi-both highly placed lawyers in the Navajo nation. An expanding coal mine is poisoning the water - stirring up tension and violent acts of eco-terrorism on the reservation. Lola begins to suspect her in-laws know more than they are saying about the violence, and her journalistic curiosity compels her deep into the heart of the story – and straight into harm’s way. Twists and surprises abound, along with well-drawn characters and beautiful descriptions of magical desert scenery and Navajo culture. ~Mary, HH

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Starr's life has always felt divided. She lives in "the bad" part of the area and her dad was a former gang member. But she also attends an exclusive private school outside her neighborhood and her dad now owns a neighborhood store. Starr has never felt like she could be fully herself in either place, and when she becomes the sole witness to a police shooting of childhood friend, her struggle to be true to who she really is becomes even harder. This novel is timely and gives voice to a young person that is rarely heard in real life or fiction, the black female. I found the novel reflects the black culture, especially the complexity of being yourself and yet a part of the larger world which holds deep bias about that same culture. Essential reading for anyone who wishes to engage in dialog around the issue of police violence in the Black community and the larger issues of race and implicit bias. ~Danielle, CCL

A Deadly Business by Lis Wiehl

Mia Quinn prosecutes violent criminals. Raising two children after her husband’s death, she is just trying to keep ahead of the bills left by her husband.  When Charlie, a friend and detective, begins asking questions about her husband’s fatal car accident, Mia’s world is turned upside down.  Was it an accident, or murder?  If murder, why?  The author’s first hand knowledge of prosecution brings authenticity to the story. A decent read. ~Beverly, HH