5-Star Book Reviews: Mysteries

We continue our series of posts featuring some of the best books in the CA Library collection — today’s featured titles are all Mysteries. Follow the links for each book to learn more from the CA Library catalog!


Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti (2020) — While spending a summer with her famous mother and her criminal boyfriend, 15-year-old Sydney Reilly finds love with Nicco, but her premonition of something bad coming proves dreadfully accurate. “Ultimately hopeful, this is one for fans of realistic contemporary dramas, with a side of mystery, and excellent writing throughout” (School Library Journal). Get the eBook (Sora login required)

Hidden Pieces: A Novel by [Paula Stokes]Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes (2018) — After saving a man’s life, 17-year-old Embry Woods is considered a hero — but someone begins blackmailing her for causing his near-death, forcing her to make choices that endanger her loved ones. “With overtones of Lois Duncan’s I Know What You Did Last Summer, this has the OMG quality that makes you afraid to wonder what will happen next” (Booklist).

I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall (2018) — Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded. Jess will survive. She has to; she knows who killed her father…and she wants revenge. “A gripping tale of endurance and discovery of inner strength” (School Library Journal). Get the Audiobook (Sora login required)

A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller (2018) — Arthur Louis Pullman, III has been stripped of his college scholarship, is losing his grip on reality, and has been sent away to live with his aunt and uncle. It’s there that Arthur discovers a journal written by his grandfather, an iconic Salinger-esque author who went missing the last week of his life and died hundreds of miles away from their family home. In the journal: a final sentence containing a train route and a destination. So Arthur embarks on a cross-country ride to relive his grandfather’s last week, guided only by the clues left behind in the dementia-fueled journal. “This fresh incarnation of the great American road trip novel is bursting with big ideas, enigmas, poetry, and flashes of humor” (Kirkus Reviews). Get the eBook (Sora login required)

Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee (2019) — The first of three novels from bestselling author Mackenzi Lee featuring characters in the Marvel Universe. After the banishment of his only friend, the sorceress Amora, to Earth, a young Loki travels to nineteenth-century London to investigate a string of murders but finds much more than he expects. “This gender-fluid antihero in nineteenth-century London will draw in diverse readership… and this mischievous origin story is sure to satisfy fans of this popular character” (Booklist). Get the eBook (Sora login required)

The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston (2018) — Owen Foster is pulled from his elite New Orleans boarding school when his father’s assets are seized and, back in his small town, begins to piece together his father’s past despite mounting danger. “Family secrets and forgiveness drive this gorgeously plotted mystery” (Booklist).

Monday's Not Coming by [Tiffany D. Jackson]Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson (2018) — Monday Charles is missing from school, and only her best friend Claudia seems to notice. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. As she digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone? “Jackson’s characters and their heart-wrenching story linger long after the final page, urging readers to advocate for those who are disenfranchised and forgotten by society and the system” (Publishers Weekly). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook (Sora login required)

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand (2018) — You may think you know the story of Jane Eyre — a penniless orphan begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester — and, Reader, she marries him. Or does she? Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights. “Marvelously self-aware and almost too clever for its own good, this twisted version of Jane Eyre that will have teens and English teachers alike in stitches” (Booklist). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook (Sora login required)

The Ruinous Sweep by Tim Wynne-Jones (2018) — On the night Donovan Turner is thrown out of a car on a highway in the middle of nowhere, he can barely remember his own name, let alone the past twenty-four hours. In an attempt to flag down the next passing car, he startles the driver, causing a fatal accident. With sirens in the distance and the lingering feeling that he’s running from something — or someone — Donovan grabs the dead driver’s briefcase and flees. “The believably quirky characters and genuinely terrifying moments will keep readers enthralled until the bittersweet finale” (Publishers Weekly).

Sadie by Courtney Summers (2018) — A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. Growing up on her own, Sadies’s been raising her sister Mattie, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, and after a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice. “It’s impossible to not be drawn into this haunting thriller of a book. A heartrending must-have” (School Library Journal). Get the Audiobook (Sora login required)

Spin by L.R. Giles (2019) — When DJ ParSec (Paris Secord), rising star of the local music scene, is found dead over her turntables, the two girls who found her, Kya (her pre-fame best friend) and Fuse (her current chief groupie) are torn between grief for Paris and hatred for each other. But when the lack of obvious suspects stalls the investigation, and the police seem to lose interest, the two girls unite, determined to find out who murdered their friend. “Spin delivers everything you could want in a book: lush, complex characters; a spine-chilling plot; a vividly drawn world; and, best of all, hip-hop” (Booklist).

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus (2019) — While true-crime afficionado Ellery and her twin brother are staying with their grandmother in a Vermont community known for murder, a new friend goes missing and Ellery may be next. “With complex characters and intricate plotting, McManus (One of Us Is Lying) delivers a fast-paced, twisty whodunit” (Publishers Weekly). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook (Sora login required)


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