Mysteries of Note | Audio in Advance January 2017 | Stephanie’s Picks

28016509__1478802374_36237Delaney, JP. The Girl Before. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780735286559. Read by Emilia Fox, Finty Williams & Lise Aagaard Knudsen.
Emma is reeling from a traumatic break-in and wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece, but there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does. After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.

Harper, Jane. The Dry. Macmillan Audio. ISBN 9781250117601. Reader TBA.
After getting a note demanding his presence, federal agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface.

51_wk_s2o0l__1478802436_17196Ho-Kei, Chan. The Borrowed. Blackstone. ISBN 9781441736642. Read by P.J. Ochlan.
A deductive powerhouse, detective Kwan Chun-dok becomes a legend in the Hong Kong Police Force. Divided into six sections—each of which covers an important case in Kwan’s career and takes place at a pivotal moment in Hong Kong history—this work follows Kwan from his experiences during the Leftist riot in 1967, when a bombing plot threatens many lives; the conflict between the Hong Kong police and Independent Commission against Corruption in 1977; and the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989 to the Handover in 1997 and the present day of 2013, when Kwan is called on to solve his final case, the murder of a local billionaire. Along the way listeners meet communist rioters, gangsters, stallholders at the city’s many covered markets, pop singers enmeshed in the high-stakes machinery of star-making, and people always caught in the shifting balance of political power, whether in London or Beijing.

Molay, Frédérique. Looking to the Woods. Brilliance. ISBN 9781531877613. Read by David de Vries.
When a ten-year-old girl’s mutilated body is found in a public park in Paris, chief of police Nico Sirsky takes action. But his elite team of homicide detectives isn’t on the case for even 24 hours before a second child is found murdered and left to rot inside a middle-school classroom. With the City of Light on edge awaiting another gruesome discovery, the clock starts ticking for Sirsky to catch the elusive killer. As the pressure mounts, Sirsky is also confronted with a conundrum in his personal life, but he mustput his own problems aside when the investigation turns up nothing but taunts from the killer.

Pinborough, Sarah. Behind Her Eyes. Macmillan Audio. ISBN 9781427282279. Read by Anna Bentinck, Bea Holland, Huw Parmenter, & Josie Dunn.
David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He’s a successful psychiatrist, she is his picture-perfect wife who adores him. But why is he so controlling? And why is she keeping things hidden? Louise, David’s new secretary, is intrigued and drawn into their orbit. But as Louise gets closer to each of them, instead of finding answers she uncovers more puzzling questions. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong—or how far a person might go to protect a marriage’s secrets.

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