Once upon a Crime: Mystery

Who doesn’t love a good mystery novel? I’ll be the first to admit that I tend to favor mysterious fiction with content others may deem dark or disturbing, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth reading. In fact, that might be the exact reason literature of this sort is worth seeing through to the end. After all, what one reader considers dark or disturbing, another might find beautiful, hopeful, and moving.

Here’s a couple that are joining my book self:

  1. Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water (5/2/2017)
by Paula Hawkins

“With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.” – Goodreads

2. Little Deaths by Emma Flint

Little Deaths (1/17/17)
by Emma Flint

“Inspired by a true story, Little Deaths, like celebrated novels by Sarah Waters and Megan Abbot, is compelling literary crime fiction that explores the capacity for good and evil in us all.” – Goodreads

3. See What I have Done by Sarah Schmidt

See What I Have Done(8/1/17)
by Sarah Schmidt

“In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.” – Goodreads

4. Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil


“This dark and disturbing psychological novel will appeal to fans of The Widow and The Butterfly Garden.” – Goodreads

Don’t miss out on these great crime reads! Visit Fountaindale.org and place a copy on hold!






Upcoming Books for the Chills and Thrills Book Club

The Chills and Thrills Book Club has some great new mystery titles coming up for the new year! Here are some of the upcoming titles:


Februrary 4th – Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters


March 4th – Dog On It by Spencer Quinn


April 1 – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

and then

May 6 – Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah


The Chills and Thrills Book Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm in our second floor board room. If you are interested in attending, please call 630-685-4176 for information. No registration is required.

— Christine


Enjoy A Good Mystery With The Chills and Thrills Book Club

 If you like mysteries maybe you would like to join The Chills and Thrills Book Club? The book club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm in our board room. Everyone is welcome!

Here are some of the upcoming titles that will be discussed in the upcoming months.

May 7th

sudoku_Murder2Mathematician and Sudoku whiz Katie McDonald,  a self-professed geek who works for a hush-hush government think tank, returns to her hometown of Granville, N.H., at the behest of her former mentor, P.T. Avondale. Katie is shocked to find him frail and preoccupied, his beloved puzzle museum in serious disrepair and dire financial straits. Before Katie can make sense of the situation, she discovers Avondale murdered in his office—slumped over an unfinished Sudoku puzzle that may provide a clue to the killer’s identity. She tops the brash new police chief’s suspect list and decides to solve the case on her own, not only to clear her name but to save the Avondale museum from the wrecking ball.

June 4th

Death AngelWhen the body of a young woman is discovered in Central Park, the clock begins ticking for Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace to find the killer who has breached this haven in the middle of New York City. Is the body found in the lake, under the unseeing gaze of the Bethesda angel, the first victim of a deranged psychopath, or is the case connected to other missing girls and women in years past whose remains have never been found? Just as the trio gets their first lead, the investigation is almost derailed when Mike and Alex become embroiled in a scandal.

July 2nd

knockJacobia “Jake” Tiptree is deep in her latest home improvement project—repainting the porch of her lovingly restored house in Eastport, Maine—when she notices the man repeatedly biking past her house. His face is unsettlingly familiar, but his chilling message seems inexplicable: Blood shows up again. Murder will out. Then there’s the anonymous email warning her to beware the Fourth of July—just two days away. Jake remembers some shady characters from her days as a hotshot financial manager, but she’s baffled as to the identity of her nemesis—until she receives a photo of a murdered man. From home invasion to kidnapping, this twisted killer is slowly but surely plotting a knockdown, not just for Jake but for the entire town of Eastport.

August 6th

killineteen-year-old Jace Damon has had a hard life. His mother died when he was just 13, and since then he has been struggling to raise his younger brother, all while staying beneath the radar of Child Protective Services. With the help of an understanding Chinese benefactress, Madam Chan, the two have been living in L.A.’s Chinatown, where Jace works as a bike messenger. One dark and rainy night, Jace agrees to do a last delivery. He picks up a package from a shady lawyer, but when he gets to the delivery address, he finds an empty lot; suddenly, someone attacks him and tries to grab the package. The bike messenger takes off, but the attacker pursues him, nearly runs him over with a car, and takes a couple of shots at him. Injured and frightened, Jace returns to Lowell’s office only to find the place swarming with cops and the attorney murdered. The plot thickens as Jace attempts to elude both homicide detective Ken Parker, who wants some answers, and a menacing, shadowy figure, who is trying to get that package.

If you would like a copy of any of these books, please stop by our third floor Information Desk or call us at 630-685-4176. Hope to see you there!


Chills and Thrills Book Club

Please don’t forget about our Chills and Thrills Book Club which meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm in our boardroom. Join us for some “mysterious” talk and have some fun. Titles coming up are:

September 4- The Drop by Michael Connelly
October2 – Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron
November 6 – Learning to Swim by Sara Henry
December 4 – Last Child by John Hart

Copies can be requested or picked up at our third floor information desk.


Warm Up From The Cold With A Mystery!

Has the freezing chill of winter got you down?  How about getting a chill (and warming up) with a good mystery? The Fountaindale Public Library District has a great book club if you do, the Chills and Thrills Book Club. This book club meets the first Wednesday of every month in our second floor board room at 7pm for some “chilling and thrilling” book discussion.

Upcoming titles are:

March 6 – Guilt By Association by Marcia Clark

April 3 – Now You See Me by S. J. Bolton

May 1 – Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

June 5 – City of Whispers by Marcia Muller

If you are interested, please call us at 630-685-4176 or stop at our third floor reference desk for more information or if you would like a copy of the book.


Get Chilled, Get Thrilled at the Fountaindale Public Library!

Do you like a good mystery? Do you like book clubs? The Fountaindale Public Library District is pleased to announce a fantastic new book club, the Chills and Thrills Book Club. The book club meets the first Wednesday of each month, with July meeting the second Wednesday, at 7pm in our Board Room. Titles coming up for the next few months are:

April 4 Money, Money, Money- Ed McBain

May 2 Smoke – Donald Westlake

June 6 Anatomy of Fear – Jonathan Santlofer

There is no formal sign up and new members are always welcome. If you are interested please call us at 630-685-4176. We will be happy to assist you.