These traditional mysteries follow the style of Agatha Christie and refrain from excessive violence, sex and gore.

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Bury Your Dead (Inspector Gamache series)
Louise Penny

MYS PENNY

Best Novel – 2010. It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong.


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The Brutal Telling (Inspector Gamache series)
Louise Penny

MYS PENNY

Best Novel – 2009. Everybody goes to Olivier’s Bistro—including a stranger whose murdered body is found on the floor. When Chief Inspector Gamache is called to investigate, he is dismayed to discover that Olivier’s story is full of holes. What other secrets and layers of lies are buried in the seemingly idyllic village?


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The Cruelest Month (Inspector Gamache series)
Louise Penny

MYS PENNY

Best Novel – 2008. When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil
until one of their party dies of fright.  Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along?
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A Fatal Grace (Inspector Gamache series)
Louise Penny

MYS PENNY

Best Novel – 2007. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache’s latest investigation seems like an impossible murder: the woman was electrocuted on a frozen lake, in front of the entire town, during the annual curling tournament. With compassion and courage, Gamache digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life to find long buried secrets.


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The Virgin of Small Plains
Nancy Pickard

MYS PICKARD

Best Novel – 2006. In the midst of a blizzard, Rex Shellenberger makes a shocking discovery: the frozen body of a teenage girl. The mysterious dead girl inspires local reverence. In the two decades following her death, strange miracles visit those who faithfully tend to her grave. Slowly, word of the legend spreads. But what really happened in that snow-covered field?


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The Body in the Snowdrift (Faith Fairchild series)
Katherine Hall Page

MYS PAGE

Best Novel – 2005. Faith has a bad feeling about her father-in-law’s decision to celebrate his seventieth birthday with a family reunion ski week. At first her unease seems unfounded—until she comes across a corpse on one of the cross-country trails, the apparent victim of a heart attack. Suddenly one catastrophe follows another until Faith’s life is in jeopardy.


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Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs series)
Jacqueline Winspear

MYS WINSPEAR

Best Novel – 2004. It is the spring of 1930, and Maisie has been hired to find a runaway heiress. But what seems a simple case at the outset soon becomes increasingly complicated when three of the heiress’s friends are found dead. Who would want to kill three respectable young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers lie in the unforgettable agony of the Great War.


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Letter From Home
Carolyn G. Hart

World-renowned journalist G.G. Gilman does her best not to think of the past. But one day she gets a letter—sent from the small Oklahoma town where she grew up—that brings it all back. Memories of people she had once known and loved dearly—and of the sultry summer when her life changed forever.


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You've Got Murder (Turing Hopper, No 1)
Donna Andrews

Turing Hopper is an Artificial Intelligence Personality, a mainframe computer with a mind like Miss Marple. And when her creator, Zack, begins missing work, the sentient Turing senses foul play…


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Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries)
Rhys Bowen

After Molly Murphy commits murder in self-defense, she flees for America. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime. Using her Irish charm and sharp wit, Molly escapes Ellis Island and sets out to find the wily killer on her own.


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Storm Track
Margaret Maron

Judge Deborah Knott blows the lid off a murder investigation with gale force winds in this newest entry in the award-winning series. As Hurricane Fran strikes the North Carolina coast, Judge Knott seeks clues to a motel murder and a determined killer finds a perfect time to strike again.


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Butchers Hill (Tess Monaghan Mysteries)
Laura Lippman

Tess Monaghan is finally a p.i.-for-hire. Her first client is
a notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalizing his car. Just out of prison, he wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime, so he needs Tess to find them. But suddenly, the witnesses start dying. Is the “Butcher of Butchers Hill” at it again?


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