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Do you like a good mystery? Do you like to try to solve them before the solution is explained? If so, then register for our upcoming murder mystery program, Darkest Evening Murder Mystery: A Country House Mystery. Staff from across the library system will present this program virtually on April 21 from 6 pm to 7 pm. Four suspects will give their interview statements, and you can guess the who, where, when, and why of the murder.

The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves book coverAnn Cleeves wrote the short role-playing mystery to celebrate her newest Vera Stanhope book, also called The Darkest Evening. In the book, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope discovers a toddler in an abandoned vehicle near the run-down home where her estranged father grew up. She approaches the property during a boisterous Christmas party before finding the body of a woman outside.

“This fair-play mystery brims with fully developed suspects and motives that are hidden in plain sight. Skillful misdirection masks the killer’s identity. This page-turner is must reading for fans as well as newcomers.” – Publishers Weekly

The Vera Stanhope series is available in print, ebook, eaudiobook, and DVD. Use this link to browse and reserve a copy from the library.

Shetland Island by Ann CleevesFor those unfamiliar with Ann Cleeves, she is a popular and prolific writer of police procedural novels set in remote parts of the British Isles. Her work often draws on the contrast between natural beauty and human nature's darkness. Lucid writing highlights acute portraits of both places and people, particularly her police officer protagonists, as they untangle puzzling crimes. Shetland Island mystery series, featuring Detective Jimmy Perez, is another one of Cleeves’ available in print, ebook, eaudiobook, and DVD.

If you have already read all of Cleeves and are looking for your next favorite mystery book, check out our new service Your Next 5 Reads! Fill out a form and get reading recommendations from our librarians.

Are you running a mystery book club? Check out our convenient grab-and-go Book Club To Go service for patrons in book clubs. Each BCTG canvas bag contains ten paperback copies of a book, with titles selected specifically for book clubs because of their discussion-provoking settings, plots, and characters. Since most of the books are reading club editions, patrons can take advantage of the discussion starters to keep their book club meetings lively.


Deb Papa,
Librarian, Culture & AV