Featured favorites: Mystery & horror

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“The Devil’s Steps” by Arthur Upfield (1946) – A nice volume for fans of Detective-Inspector Napoleon “Bony” Bonaparte who is on the case in Melbourne, Australia, and not in the outback, which he prefers ($20).

“The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with illustrations by Barry Moser (1992 edition) – The timeless favorite of fans of the detective genre, which belongs in every collection ($10).

“The Amber Witch” by W. Meinhold and translated from German by Lady Duff Gordon (1844) – A gothic novel set in Coserow, in the Island of Usedom; quarter-leather and marbled paper craft binding ($100).

“Bag of Bones” by Stephen King (1998) – The master of horror tells us a tale of love and the dark places in us all ($20).

“Dracula” by Bram Stoker (1901) – A very early edition of the classic vampire tale ($250).

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“Night Watch” by Linda Fairstein – The bookstore’s favorite mystery writer. Thanks to her extensive experience as a New York City prosecutor, she creates situations that are stunning for both their compulsive readability and their authenticity. Taking Alexandra Cooper into the fascinating world of New York City’s most beloved and storied restaurants, “Night Watch” continues her tradition of breathtaking suspense storytelling.

“The Sins of the Father” by Jeffrey Archer – What appears at the outset to be a straightforward coming-of-age tale becomes, by the end, a saga of power, betrayal, and bitter hatred. An outstanding effort from a reliable veteran.

“Defending Jacob” by William Landay – A fast, compelling, and compulsively readable courtroom drama. In the end, Landay pulls off a clever plot device that doesn’t reveal itself until the final pages.

“Phantom” by Jo Nesbo – World-class crime writing. “Phantom” is a crime novel that pleases on every level.

“A Wanted Man: A Reacher Novel” by Lee Child – Reacher is back. “A Wanted Man” is a masterpiece of suspense. Lee Child is a master storyteller and his latest book does not disappoint!

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“Phantom” by Jo Nesbo – Harry Hole returns to Oslo from Hong Kong to help his former girlfriend’s son who has fallen into trouble. As Harry delves into the murder the Oleg is accused of, he discovers the corruption the young man has become mired in.

“The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel” by Louise Penny – Chief Inspector Gamache travels to an isolated monastery that has suprisingly made a lucrative CD of chants to investigate the murder of the choirmaster. He discovers serious divisions among what he had thought to be a unified, placid group.

“Creole Belle” by James Lee Burke – Dave Robicheaux, recovering from gunshot wounds, awakens from a drug induced sleep to discover a Cajun singer at his bedside, claiming she has fallen in with a bad man and fears for her life. The plot thickens when her sister is found dead in a block of ice with a note in her mouth.

“Say You’re Sorry” by Michael Robotham – Clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin plumbs the depths of depravity that sociopaths inflict on young girls. Three years after two young girls go missing, one shows up frozen in a lake by a farmhouse where two others have been savagely murdered.

“Salvation of a Saint” by Keigo Higashino – A man tells his wife he wants a divorce because she has not become pregnant. She decides he must die, and leaves town. When his mistress discovers him dead, the question is, how did she accomplish the murder when she was away? More of a howdunit than a whodunit.