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New AV at Steele – November 2016 December 15, 2016

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warcraftNEW DVD:

  • Nerve
  • Warcraft
  • Air Buddies
  • Air Bud: World Pup
  • Central Intelligence
  • Sundown
  • Roots
  • Starcrossed
  • All The Way
  • The People vs O.J. Simpson
  • Nina
  • Breaking The Bank
  • Batman Unlimited – Mechs vs Mutants
  • The American Side
  • Misconduct
  • Conjuring 2
  • Night Of The Living Deb
  • Beyond The Mask
  • Forever Strong
  • Fishes`n Loaves: Heaven Sent
  • Chosen
  • Barbie Starlight Adventure
  • Limitless-TV Series
  • Criminal Minds Beyond Borders-TV Series
  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow-TV Series
  • Chicago Med-TV Series
  • Honey 3 Dare to Dance
  • Air Bud – Special Edition
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness Meditation
  • beyondStar Trek Beyond
  • Eden Lake
  • Tai Chi Zero
  • Legendary Amazons
  • Barbershop 2-Back In Business
  • New Jack City
  • Gypsy
  • Papa Hemingway In Cuba
  • The Purge-Election Year
  • The Rifleman-TV Series
  • Indignation
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Sausage Party
  • Dear Secret Santa
  • Finding Dory
  • Beauty and The Beast The Enchanted Christmas
  • Paw Patrol: Pups Save Christmas
  • The Magic Snowflake
  • Bob The Builder: Bob’s Winter Build
  • Nine Lives
  • The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
  • Pulse 2
  • Feast II – Sloppy Seconds
  • Jesse Stone: Lost In Paradise
  • Everybody Wants Some
  • Forsaken
  • 8 Action Movies
  • Orphan Black-TV Series
  • Grace and Frankie-TV Series
  • Greatest Classic Films Collection
  • Greatest Classic Legends Collection
  • westerns.jpgClassic Westerns-10 Movie Collection
  • Once Upon A Forest
  • The Swan Princess
  • 150 Cartoon Classics
  • Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave
  • Kurt Russell 4 Movie Collection
  • Herbie Fully Loaded
  • Monster Mutt
  • Who Killed Doc Robbin
  • The Borrowers
  • Greatest Classic Films-Best Picture Winners
  • Greatest Classic Films-Classic Moms
  • Star Trek Enterprise-TV Series


  • Tedeschi Trucks Band Let Me Get By
  • Dee Snider We Are The Ones
  • Kenny Chesney Cosmic Hallelujah
  • Casting Crowns The Very Next Thing
  • Gavin Degraw Something Worth Saving
  • Aaron Lewis Sinner
  • Paul & The Broken Bones Sea of Noise
  • dollypartonDolly Parton Pure & Simple
  • Meat Loaf Braver Than We Are
  • Tamela Mann One Way
  • Sia This Is Acting
  • Kansas The Prelude Implicit
  • Billy Ray Cyrus Thin Line
  • Prophets of Rage The Party’s Over
  • Elvis Presley Way Down In The Jungle Room
  • Jerry Garcia Band Garcia Live vol. 7
  • Freddie Mercury Messenger of The Gods
  • All Time Low Future Hearts
  • The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl
  • Willie Nelson For the Good Times
  • Van Morrison Keep Me Singing
  • WOW Hits 2017 36 Top Christian Artists & Hits


  • Baldacci, David No Man’s Land
  • Boyle, T.C. The Terranauts
  • Child, Lee Night School
  • Clark, Mary Higgins Sleeping Beauty Killer
  • Connelly, Michael The Wrong Side of Goodbye
  • turbotwentythreeEvanovich, Janet Turbo Twenty-Three
  • Fountain, Ben Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
  • Francis, Felix Triple Crown
  • French, Tana The Trespasser
  • Grisham, John The Whistler
  • Macomber, Debbie Twelve Days of Christmas
  • McCall Smith, Alexander Precious and Grace
  • Patterson, James Filthy Rich
  • Patterson, James Missing: A Private Novel
  • Richman, Alyson The Velvet Hours
  • Riggs, Ransom Tales of The Peculiar
  • Steel, Danielle The Award
  • Tanabaum, Robert K Infamy
  • White, Randy Wayne Seduced
  • Woods, Stuart Sex, Lies & Serious Money

What Kind of Mystery Do You Like? December 14, 2016

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There are numerous kinds of mystery stories available to read and enjoy. Many concepts have developed since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie penned their famous tomes, that broaden the appeal and hook more mystery fans.

The following list is courtesy of the Seattle Mystery Bookshop. This list of types has expanded to include about a dozen styles of mysteries, with many crossover hybrids added for spice.

The Caper Novel

This is one of the newer forms, centered on the commission of some type of crime or scam, usually outrageous and frequently humorous. Will it succeed, and will the scoundrels get away with it? Gives us an opportunity to root for characters we might not root for in real life.

The Classic Mystery Novel

A work of fiction which should meet all the requirements of any novel, and is additionally expected to include four essential elements:

~Crime (usually, but not necessarily, murder)

~Detective(s), whether professional (police or private) or amateur

~An investigative process and

~The identification of the culprit(s)

The Crime Novel

“Mysteries” and more; less dependence on the four essential elements. Often in a crime novel, the “good guys” and the “bad guys” share equal time – you know whodunit – but you don’t know how the story will be resolved.

The Whodunit

Although basically a synonym for mystery, the term whodunit is generally used to describe works such as many of the “traditional” or “classic” mysteries of the 1920’s and 30’s, which contain significant elements of a puzzle.

The Pastische

Is a technique where an author imitates another author’s style (and/or characters), in a respectful way. The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr is a pastische; he is imitation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s style and character, Sherlock Holmes.

The Urban Fantasy

Is a genre defined by geography; it is a mystery which has supernatural or fantasy elements (read vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and possessions for example), but it must take place in an urban (i.e. city, generally speaking the larger the better) environment somewhere on earth (usually). It can be set during any time period, however a good portion are set in the present or future time periods.

The Steampunk

Takes an alternate view of history; what would the world look like today if steam power had never been replaced? Often features anachronistic technologies or innovations which could only have been dreamed of during the early 19th century. The fashions, culture, architecture and style are most often modeled after Victorian Britain.

The Cozy

Think Agatha Christie. Think cats. Think culinary. The cozy is a mystery in which a murder, perhaps violent, is committed offstage. In her entertaining 1977 book, Murder Ink, Dilys Winn described the cozy as “a small village setting, a hero[ine] with faintly aristocratic family connections, a plethora of red herrings, and a tendency to commit homicide with sterling silver letter openers and poisons imported from Paraguay.”

The Agatha Award nominees and winners are either cozies or on the cozier side.

The Hard-Boiled/Noir

Murder taken out of the drawing room and into the streets; read realism. Chandler wrote about authors who “gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reason, not just to provide a corpse.” Generally, but not always, featuring a private detective; usually, but not always, pervaded by pessimism. The humor, if any, will be dark. Lawrence Block’s Matt Scudder novels are excellent examples. This style has been made into movies for decades (The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, Out of the Past) and can also be characterized by the same term, noir. Like crime novels, hardboiled stories tend to be urban.

The Soft-Boiled

The realism of the hard-boiled but tempered with optimism, and humor that is light. Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr (“Burglar”) novels exemplify this type, and provide a clear contrast to the hard-boiled Scudder.

The Police Procedural

A novel which attempts to describe all the activities the police undertake in solving a crime. These novels often have several seemingly unrelated crimes under investigation in one novel. They often employ forensics, autopsies, search warrants, interrogations and interviews to gather the evidence needed for an arrest. The perpetrator of the crime may or may not be known at the beginning of the book.

The Suspense

Similar to thrillers, the danger is more likely to be psychological than physical, based more on expectation or fear of harm than on frankly hazardous situations. In this type of story, the main character is normally an innocent caught up in danger – think of North by Northwest. This is an area that may get blended with a touch or horror, which comes under the term “Gothic”.

The Thrillers

Plenty of action, accent on plot. Tension. Emphasis on placing the protagonist in dangerous circumstances – usually physically dangerous. James Bond. Lawyers/defendants in the courtroom. Spies everywhere. Derring-do anywhere. Rather than solving a crime, the object may be to prevent one from happening to our hero or heroine. In this type of book, the main character is active, a professional.

The True Crime

This is a type of novel which deals with a real crime, with or without a murder, examining the motives of real people and events. These novels can run the gambit of from being highly speculative in nature to sticking the basic facts of the case, ultimately allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions. The crimes which are written about can be pulled from current headlines or examine cases from the past, such as; JFK’s assassination, the Ripper murders, Marilyn Monroe’s death or the Gardner heist.

All these types of fiction can be found on our shelves or on Overdrive’s ebook selections.

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
Steele Memorial Library


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