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Adult Reading Program at Elk Grove Village Library

Only Murders in the Library

January 14 - March 10, 2024

For ages 14 years and older

It's cold outside so get cozy with our collection of murder mysteries. Of course, you can't have a good mystery without a good detective. They come in all shapes and sizes. They can be found in all corners of the world. Some are old, some are young. Some wear badges, some wear buns. Some work with a partner, some work alone. They might be police officers, private eyes, pastry chefs, or pet owners. This winter, snuggle up with three different types of detectives and help them solve their mysteries. Happy Sleuthing!


How to Participate

  • Register in person at the Adult Reference Desk or online on Beanstack starting January 14.
  • Receive a reading log and a booklet with suggested titles.
  • Use our nine reading categories as a guide to choose books this winter.
  • Read three mysteries from three different categories. Choose from our suggested reading lists or displays, or choose titles that fits the category descriptions.
  • Log the titles and authors on your log sheet.
  • Upon completion, request your detective badge to be entered in our prize drawing.
  • Prize winners will be announced after March 17.

Categories

  • Classic Coppers

    They carry a badge and work for the city, the county, the state. Many wear uniforms and drive squad cars while others work undercover solving crimes from burglary to murder. They are all here to serve and protect.

    Author Character/Series First in Series
    Atkin, Ace
    Quinn Colson
    The Ranger
    Bannister, Jo
    Gabriel Ash/Hazel Best
    Deadly Virtues
    Bowen, Peter
    Gabriel Du Pre
    Coyote Wind
    Box, C.J.
    Game Warden Joe Pickett
    Open Season
    Castillo, Linda
    Kate Burkholder
    Sworn to Silence
    Cooper, Susan Rogers Milt Kovak The Man in the Green Chevy
    Crider, Bill Dan Rhodes Too Late to Die
    Dexter, Colin Inspector Morse Last Bus to Woodstock
    Dugoni, Robert Tracy Crosswhite My Sister's Grave
    French, Tana Rob Ryan/Cassie Maddox In the Woods
    Hart, Carolyn G. Bailey Ruth Ghost at Work
    James, P D Adam Dalgliesh Cover Her Face
    Johnson, Craig Walt Longmire The Cold Dish
    Kappes, Tonya Kenni Lowry Fixin' to Die
    Krueger, William Kent Cork O'Connor Iron Lake
    La Salle, Eriq Quincy Cavanaugh/Phee Freeman Laws of Depravity
    Lackey, Kris Bill Maytubby/Hannah Bond Nail's Crossing
    Land, Jon Caitlin Strong Strong Enough to Die
    Lawson, Mike John DeMarco The Inside Ring
    McBain, Ed 87th Precinct Cop Hater
    McGarrity, Michael Kevin Kerney Tularosa
    McManus, Patrick Bo Tully The Bright Way
    Patterson, James Alex Cross Along Came a Spider
    Pearson, Ridley Walt Fleming Killer Weekend
    Robb, J D Eve Dallas Naked in Death
    Skalka, Patricia
    Dave Cubiak Death Stalks Door County
  • Dynamic Duos

    They are a team and work in tandem, using their combined skills and experiences to solve the latest crime wave. While they may not see eye to eye, it does not deter them from working through the details and finding a solution.

    Author Character/Series First in Series
    Allen, Conrad
    Masefield/Dillman
    Murder on the Lusitania
    Bebris, Carrie
    Bennet/Darcy
    Pride and Prescience
    Christie, Agatha
    Tommy/Tuppence
    The Secret Adversary
    Crais, Robert
    Elvis Cole/Joe Pike
    The Monkey's Raincoat
    Dazieri, Sandrone
    Colombia Caselli/Dante Torre
    Kill the Father
    French, Tana
    Antoinette Conway/Stephen Moran
    The Trespasser
    Granger, Ann
    Meredith Mitchell/Alan Markby
    Say it with Poison
    Havill, Steven
    Bill Gastner/Estelle Reyes-Guzman
    Easy Errors
    Hillerman, Tony
    Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee
    The Blessing Way
    Kava, Alex
    Maggie O'Dell/Ryder Creed
    A Perfect Evil
    Kellerman, Faye
    Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus
    The Ritual Bath
    Khan, Ausma
    Rachel Ghetty/Esa Kattak
    The Unquiet Dead
    King, Laurie
    Russell/Holmes
    The Murder of Mary Russell
    Laukkanen, Owen
    Kirk Stevens/Carla Windermere
    The Professionals
    McCafferty, Keith
    Sheriff Ettinger/Stranahan
    The Royal Wulff Murders
    McDermid, Val
    Tony Hill/Carol Jordan
    The Mermaids Singing
    Paige, Robin
    Kate/Charles
    Death at Bishop's Keep
    Perry, Anne
    Thomas Pitt/Charlotte Pitt
    The Cater Street Hangman
    Runcie, James
    Sidney/Gordie
    The Shadow of Death
    Simpson, Rosemary
    Mackenzie/Hunter
    What the Dead Leave Behind
  • Female Flatfoots

    They are not afraid to go toe-to-toe with the bad guys. Often using their soft side and intuition, they are more than capable of running down perps even when wearing high heels.

    Author Character/Series First in Series
    Clark, Tracy
    Cass Raines
    Broken Places
    Evanovich, Janet
    Stephanie Plum
    One for the Money
    Grafton, Sue
    Kinsey Millhone
    A is for Alibi
    Haines, Carolyn
    Sarah Booth Delaney
    Bones to Pick
    Hess, Joan
    Arly Hanks
    Malice in Maggody
    Hollis, Lee
    Poppy Harmon
    Poppy Harmon Investigates
    Jance, J A
    Ali Reynolds
    Edge of Evil
    Jance, J A
    Joanna Brady
    Desert Heat
    Jones, Darynda
    Charley Davidson
    First Grave on the Right
    Jones, Darynda
    Sunshine Vicram
    A Bad Day for Sunshine
    Leigh, Melinda
    Bree Taggert
    Cross Her Heart
    Lippman, Laura
    Tess Monaghan
    Baltimore Blues
    Maron, Margaret
    Judge Deborah Knott
    Bootlegger's Daughter
    Muller, Marcia
    Sharon McCone
    Ask the Cards a Question
    Paretsky, Sara
    V.I. Warshawski
    Indemnity Only
    Parker, Robert B.
    Sunny Randall
    Family Honor
    Raybourn, Deanna
    Veronica Speedwell
    A Curious Beginning
    Spencer-Fleming, Julia
    Fergusson/Van Alstyne
    In the Bleak Midwinter
    Stabenow, Dana
    Kate Shugak
    A Cold Day for Murder
    Stuart, A M
    Harriet Gordon
    Singapore Sapphire
    Thomas, Sherry
    Lady Sherlock
    A Study in Scarlet Women
    Wegert, Tessa
    Shana Merchant
    Dead Wind
    Winspear, Jacqueline
    Maisie Dobbs
    Maisie Dobbs
  • Geriatric Gumshoes

    They are not afraid to go toe-to-toe with the bad guys. Often using their soft side and intuition, they are more than capable of running down perps even when wearing high heels.

    Author Character/Series First in Series
    Clark, Tracy
    Cass Raines
    Broken Places
    Evanovich, Janet
    Stephanie Plum
    One for the Money
    Grafton, Sue
    Kinsey Millhone
    A is for Alibi
    Haines, Carolyn
    Sarah Booth Delaney
    Bones to Pick
    Hess, Joan
    Arly Hanks
    Malice in Maggody
    Hollis, Lee
    Poppy Harmon
    Poppy Harmon Investigates
    Jance, J A
    Ali Reynolds
    Edge of Evil
    Jance, J A
    Joanna Brady
    Desert Heat
    Jones, Darynda
    Charley Davidson
    First Grave on the Right
    Jones, Darynda
    Sunshine Vicram
    A Bad Day for Sunshine
    Leigh, Melinda
    Bree Taggert
    Cross Her Heart
    Lippman, Laura
    Tess Monaghan
    Baltimore Blues
    Maron, Margaret
    Judge Deborah Knott
    Bootlegger's Daughter
    Muller, Marcia
    Sharon McCone
    Ask the Cards a Question
    Paretsky, Sara
    V.I. Warshawski
    Indemnity Only
    Parker, Robert B.
    Sunny Randall
    Family Honor
    Raybourn, Deanna
    Veronica Speedwell
    A Curious Beginning
    Spencer-Fleming, Julia
    Fergusson/Van Alstyne
    In the Bleak Midwinter
    Stabenow, Dana
    Kate Shugak
    A Cold Day for Murder
    Stuart, A M
    Harriet Gordon
    Singapore Sapphire
    Thomas, Sherry
    Lady Sherlock
    A Study in Scarlet Women
    Wegert, Tessa
    Shana Merchant
    Dead Wind
    Winspear, Jacqueline
    Maisie Dobbs
    Maisie Dobbs
  • International Investigators

    They live in different countries and speak different languages yet solve the crimes that have been plaguing the world for many centuries.

    Author Character/Series First in Series
    Adler-Olson, Jussi
    Carl Morck
    The Keeper of Lost Causes
    Bannalec, Jean-Luc
    Kommissaire Georges Dupin
    Death in Brittany
    Black, Cara
    Aimee Leduc
    Murder in Marais
    Blaedel, Sara
    Louise Rick
    The Midnight Witness
    Camilleri, Andrea
    Detective Montalbano
    The Shape of Water
    Cleeves, Ann
    Vera Stanhope
    The Cow Trap
    Engberg, Katrine
    Jeppe Korner/Anette Werner
    The Tenant
    Higashino, Keigo
    Detective Galileo
    The Devotion of Suspect X
    Jonasson, Ragnar
    Ari Thor Arason
    Snowblind
    Kayode, Femi
    Philip Taiwo
    Lightseekers
    Kepler, Lars
    Joona Linna
    The Hypnotist
    Kerr, Philip
    Bernie Gunther
    March Violets
    Larsson, Asa
    Rebecka Martinsson
    Sun Storm
    Leon, Donna
    Commissario Guido Brunetti
    Death at La Fenice
    Mankell, Henning
    Kurt Wallander
    Faceless Killers
    Massey, Sujata
    Perveen Mistry
    The Widows of Malabar Hill
    McCall Smith, Alexander
    Mma Ramotswe
    The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
    McCall Smith, Alexander Ulf Varg
    The Department of Sensitive Crimes
    Nesbo, Jo
    Harry Hole
    The Bat
    Pattison, Eliot
    Inspector Shan Tao Yun
    The Skull Mantra
    Penny, Louise
    Armand Gamache
    Still Life
    Pryor, Mark
    Hugo Marston
    The Bookseller
    Smith, Martin Cruz
    Arkady Renko
    Gorky Park
    Trinchieri, Camilla Nico Doyle Murder in Chianti
    Tursten, Helene Irene Huss Detective Inspector Huss
    Walker, Martin Bruno Bruno, Chief of Police
  • Lifelike Lawmen

    They carry a badge and work for the city, the county, the state. Many wear uniforms and drive squad cars while others work undercover solving crimes from burglary to murder. They are all here to serve and protect.

    Call Number Title Author
    327.127291 POP
    Code Name Blue Wren Popkin, Jim
    363.259523 BUS Murder at Teal's Pond Bushman, David
    364 EVI Evidence of Things Seen Weinmann et al.
    364.106 BOW Life Sentence Bowden, Mark
    364.152 OLS American Mother Olsen, Gregg
    364.1523 ASG We Were Once a Family Asgarian, Roxanna
    364.1523 EUS Covered with Night Eustace, Nicole
    364.1523 GLA Tangled Vines Glatt, John
    364.1523 LYO Widow's Web Lyons, Gene
    364.1523 MAR Seventy Times Seven Mar, Alex
    364.1523 OCO A Thread of Violence O'Connell, Mark
    364.1523 REN Little, Crazy Children Renner, James
    364.1523 SEX The Lost Sons of Omaha Sexton, Joe
    364.1523 SUL Dead Wrong Sullivan, Randall
    364.1523082 MCC The Angel Makers McCracken, Patti
    364.15230897 GAB Searching for Savanna Gable, Mona
    364.152309 TAN Coal Country Killing Tanenbaum, Robert
    364.15232 LAU Behold the Monster Lauren, Jillian
    364.15232 RAE I Know Who You Are Rae-Venter, Barbara
    364.163 JOH The Con Queen of Hollywood Johnson, Scott C.
    614.1092 BUT What the Dead Know Butcher, Barabara
  • Old-Time Operatives

    They solve crimes the old-fashioned way, using their wits and wiles across the ages to find justice without the use of 'modern' technology.

    Author Character/Series First in Series
    Armstrong, Kelley
    Mallory
    A Rip Through Time
    Belli, Kate
    Genevieve Stewart
    Deception by Gaslight
    Benn, James R.
    Billy Boyle
    Billy Boyle
    Collins, Max Allan
    Nathan Heller
    True Detective
    Connally, Celeste
    Lady Forsyth
    Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Lord
    Davis, Lindsay
    Flavia Albia
    The Ides of April
    Davis, Lindsay Marcus Didius Falco
    The Silver Pigs
    Doherty, Paul
    Amerotke
    The Mask of Ra
    Flower, Amanda
    Emily Dickinson
    Because I Could Not Stop for Death
    Goldberg, Leonard
    Joanna Blalock
    The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes
    Hambly, Barbara
    Benjamin January
    A Free Man of Color
    Harrison, Cora
    Inspector Field/Charles Dickens
    Season of Darkness
    Jennings, Maureen
    William Murdoch
    Except the Dying
    Keyse-Walker, John
    PI Henry Gore
    Havana Highwire
    Kuhns, Eleanor
    Will Rees
    A Simple Murder
    March, Nev
    Captain Jim Agnihotri
    Murder in Old Bombay
    Mukherjee, Abir
    Wyndham/Bannerjee
    A Rising Man
    Parry, Ambrose
    Will Raven/Sarah Fisher
    The Way of All Flesh
    Pattison, Eliot
    Duncan McCallum
    Bone Rattler
    Perry, Anne
    William Monk
    Death of a Stranger
    Peters, Elizabeth
    Amelia Peabody
    Crocodile on the Sandbank
    Peters, Ellis
    Brother Caedfel
    A Morbid Taste for Bones
    Rosen, Lev AC
    Evander (Andy) Mills
    Lavender House
    Rowland, Laura Joh
    Sano Ichiro
    Shinju
    Saylor, Steven
    Gordianus the Finder
    Roman Blood
    Scarrow, Simon
    Marco/Cato
    Under the Eagle
    Simpson, Rosemary Prudence MacKenzie What the Dead Leave Behind
    Solomon, Burt John Hay The Murder of Willie Lincoln
    Upson, Nicola Josephine Tey An Expert in Murder
    Wilde, Darcie Rosalind Thorne A Useful Woman
  • Pet P.I.s

    They sniff out offenders with ease and doggedly pursue their prey, all while solving the purrfect crime.

    Author Character/Series First in Series
    Abbey, Sparkle
    Pampered Pets
    Desperate Housedogs
    Andrews, Donna
    Meg Langslow
    Murder with Peacocks
    Benjamin, Carole Lea
    Rachel Alexander/Dash
    This Dog for Hire
    Berenson, Laurien
    Melanie Travis
    A Pedigree to Die For
    Cass, Laurie
    Minnie Hamilton/Eddie Lending a Paw
    Chow, Jennifer
    Mimi Lee/Marshmallow
    Mimi Gets a Clue
    Conte, Cate
    Maddie James
    Cat About Town
    Davis, Krista
    Paws and Claws
    Murder, She Barked
    Driscoll, Sara
    Meg Jennings/Hawk
    Lone Wolf
    Francis, Felix
    Horse Racing
    Gamble
    Hill, Suzette A.
    Reverend Oughterard/Bouncer
    A Load of Old Bones
    James, Miranda
    Charlie Harris/Diesel
    Murder Past Due
    Kelly, Sofie
    Magical Cats
    Curiosity Thrilled the Cat
    LoTempio, T C
    Sydney McCall/Kat/Toby
    Purr M for Murder
    McKinlay, Jenn
    Lindsey Norris/Heathcliff
    Books Can Be Deceiving
    Mizushima, Margaret
    Mattie Cobb/Robo
    Killing Trail
    Mugavero, Liz
    Pawsitively Organic Mysteries
    Kneading to Die
    Munier, Paula
    Mercy Carr/Elvis
    A Borrowing of Bones
    Nickless, Barbara
    Sydney Parnell/Clyde
    Blood on the Tracks
    Rosenfelt, David
    Andy Carpenter
    Open and Shut
    Ryan, Sofie
    Sarah Grayson/Elvis
    The Whole Cat and Caboodle
    Webb, Betty
    Gunn Zoo
    The Anteater of Death
  • Shameless Snoops

    They carry a badge and work for the city, the county, the state. Many wear uniforms and drive squad cars while others work undercover solving crimes from burglary to murder. They are all here to serve and protect.

    Author Character/Series First in Series
    Albert, Susan Wittig China Bayles Rosemary Remembered
    Bessette, Alicia Callie Padget Smile Beach Murder
    Blackwell, Juliet Mel Turner If Walls Could Talk
    Bowen, Rhys Georgie Rannoch Her Royal Spyness
    Byron, Ellen Maggie Crozat Plantation Shudders
    Cahoon, Lynn Angie Turner Who Moved My Goat Cheese?
    Canadeo, Anne Black Sheep Knitting Club While My Pretty One Knits
    Childs, Laura Theodosia Browning Death by Darjeeling
    Cleland, Jane K. Josie Prescott Consigned to Death
    Craig, Philip R. Jeff Jackson A Beautiful Place to Die
    Crawford, Isis Bernie/Libby Simmons A Catered Murder
    Davidson, Diane Mott Goldy Bear Catering to Nobody
    Ehrhart, Peggy Pamela Paterson Murder, She Knit
    Elliott, Lauren Addie Greyborne Murder by the Book
    Flower, Amanda Violet Waverly Crime and Poetry
    Fluke, Joanne Hannah Swensen Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
    Gates, Eva Lucy Richardson By Book or By Crook
    Gilbert, Victoria Amy Webber/Muir A Murder for the Books
    Goldenbaum, Sally Seaside Knitters Murder Wears Mittens
    Greenlaw, Linda Jane Bunker Slipknot
    Hollis, Lee Hayley Powell Death of a Kitchen Diva
    Karst, Leslie Sally Solari Dying for a Taste
    MacInerney, Karen Natalie Barnes Murder on the Rocks
    Malliet, G M Father Max Tudor Wicked Autumn
    Maxwell, Alyssa Emma Cross Murder at the Breakers
    Myers, Tamar Magdalena Yoder Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth
    Oliver, Katie Phaedra Brighton Pride, Prejudice and Peril
    Perry, Carol J. Lee Barrett Caught Dead Handed
    Reilly, Linda S. Carly Hale Up to No Gouda
    Reyes, Raquel Miriam Quinones-Smith Mango, Mambo and Murder
    Ross, Barbara Julia Snowden Clammed Up
    Smith, Karen Rose Daisy Swanson Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes
    Swanson, Denise Dani Tart of Darkness