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  Kelly is our resident bestselling author! She and her sister write under the pen name PJ Parrish, and are frequent members of mystery author conventions. Kelly herself does a bit of everything around here, from desk work to cafe work, and is sure to bring a smile to employees and customers alike.  



The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062305206
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 8th, 2016


What really goes on behind the scenes in the White House? How about Nixon bowling and swilling gin with a butler at 2 am? How about LBJ ranting he needed shower water hot enough to turn his skin red? Or the night Hillary threw a lamp at Bill? These are just a few of the juicy stories from the tell-all book THE RESIDENCE, a story of the devoted staff that ha served a half century in the White House. In this crazy election year, it's fun to take a break and enjoy these funny, historical and touching testimonials of the nameless men and women who have served the First Families.

The Michigan Murders Cover Image
By Edward Keyes, Laura James (Epilogue by), Mardi Link (Prologue by)
ISBN: 9780472034468
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Michigan Press - September 2nd, 2010

JULY 2016

True Crime lovers will relish this terrifying and realistic account of the hunt for Michigan's most notorious serial killer.
The year is 1967. Young women are disappearing from the campuses of Eastern Michigan and University of Michigan. Their bodies are later found scattered across multiple counties an jurisdictions, resulting in an intense, complicated, and sometimes confusing investigation. Baby boomers will remember this case well - read now the details of the investigation and how they caught the killer. 

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Concussion Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812987577
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Published: Random House Trade - November 24th, 2015

MARCH 2016

An obscure African born medical examiner in Pennsylvania receives the body of a former NFL player for autopsy. He knows nothing of this famous athlete, and nothing about the billion-dollar industry we call the National Football League. But what he does know is "brains" and "brain trauma" and what he discovers in the brain of Iron Mike Webster will not only turn his life upside down, but set the stage for a decades long fight that the NFL is determined to win. Part personal story of a determined doctor and part made-for-Hollywood drama, this story will warm your heart and forever change the way you view the game we all enjoy.

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Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143122913
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2013


We have all heard on TV or in the newspapers of the suffering and brutality that is said to exist under the repressive regime in North Korea. Though we might empathize, most times we just store that information away in the brain's filing cabinet under "things that do not directly affect us" and move on. Escape From Camp 14 is a story of an incredible journey to freedom, a vivid illustration of the power of the human spirit and a reading experience you will remember for a long time.

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Darker Than Night: The True Story of a Brutal Double Homicide and an 18-Year Long Quest for Justice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312936761
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Published: St. Martin's True Crime - October 3rd, 2006


Falling leaves, cloudless blue skies and the echo of rifle shots fracturing the crisp air of the northern Michigan woods. Two friends from downstate set off on an annual trip, expecting a weekend of beer, pool, and hunting. Instead, they cross paths with a pair of monsters… This is a true story by one of Michigan’s top True Crime writers. It will scare you out of the woods for a long time to come.

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Leelanau: An Insider's Guide to Michigan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780472030897
Availability: Out of Print
Published: University of Michigan Press - June 2005

JULY 2015

Whether you are new to the area or on your 100th visit, there is always something to see. Discover those hard to find places like Pierce Stocking Drive, Fishtown, Whaleback Trail and more. This handy little guide will help you explore beautiful Northwest Michigan like a native.


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All You Need Is a Pencil: The Rainy Day Activity Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623540098
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Published: Imagine Publishing - April 8th, 2014

JUNE 2015

You wanted to see it all: the dunes, the lighthouses, the windmills, the Mackinac Bridge, the Irish Hills, and each and every beautiful lake. But the kids are ... restless. Enjoy your drive and keep the mentertained with an "all you need is a pencil" activity book. It's a life-saver.

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Guide to Troubled Birds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399170911
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Published: Blue Rider Press - June 12th, 2014


I don't normally like humor books - very often they lose something from the spoken word on the stage of a comedy club to the dry paper page of a book that is "guaranteed to belaugh out loud funny."

But I laughed out loud with this one.

Who would think birds could be this wierd? Calculating? Or just plain conniving? I think I had a bird like this once... Funny, funny, funny. A must have for the bathroom at your cottage for your guests! Check out the matching magnets!

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Michigan Crosswords Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780979924026
Availability: Special Order
Published: Blue River Press - May 2008


Need a gift for a Secret Santa event? Need a stocking stuffer for Grandma? Know someone flying homeafter the holidays who needs a time passer? Want to appreciate your postal carrier? Your favorite bartender? That smiling food server? That super fast cashier? THIS IS THE PERFECT GIFT FOR ANY MICHIGANDER WHO LOVES CROSSWORDS.

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A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307388551
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 8th, 2008


Love her or hate her, Red or Blue or Purple in your politics... Hillary Clinton is a woman who makes news. She's written multiple times about herself - but this famous biography by renown journalist Carl Bernstein (of Watergate fame) delves deeply into the personal ambitions and family demons harbored by one of the most recognized and controversial women of our time. It's the best Clinton bio out there!

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439156810
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 6th, 2010


They say everyone has a story inside them worth telling.And there are a thousand experts out there who want to tell you how to write it. Save time and start with the best. You don't need to be a horror fan to appreciate the valuable advice offered in this book. You don't need to aspire to fiction to grasp the concepts outlined here.

Learn Stephen King's story. Learn to write. All from the master. 

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A Cold Day in Paradise Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250012685
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 22nd, 2012


From its eerie and poignant first lines to its heart-stopping conclusion, this Michigan mystery by Edgar Award
winning author Steve Hamilton is sure
to hook you on the series.
I absolutely loved it.

“There is a bullet in my chest, less than a
centimeter from my heart.. I don’t think about it much anymore. It’s just kind of a
part of me now. But every once in a while, on a certain kind of night, I remember that
Bullet. I can feel its weight inside me.
I can  feel its metallic hardness.”
—Steve Hamilton


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In the Bleak Midwinter: A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250006516
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 3rd, 2012


“It was a helluva night to
throw away a baby.”

From its stunning opening line to its
suspenseful conclusion, this award winning
debut novel by Julia Spencer-Fleming is a
must read for anyone who loves to curl up
with a really good book.

Spencer’s highly acclaimed series spotlights
the feisty Rev. Claire Fergussion, who would rather solve a crime than minister her flock
and the attractive,  but often ornery sheriff
Russ Van Alstyne. The two are made for each other and they know it. But something stands
in their way — something neither a sheriff
or a minister could ever ignore.

He is married.

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Mystic River Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062068408
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Published: Harper - June 28th, 2011

MAY 2014

This remarkable breakthrough book for Edgar Award winning author Dennis Lehane
is an unforgettable, psychological thriller that will draw you deep into the lives of three boys growing up  in the hard-scrabble  New England town of Mystic River,  a place so vividly described by the author it will become as real your own home town. 

But better, is the story Lehane weaves —
a haunting tale of tragedy, broken friendships
and murder.

This  book — the basis for an Oscar winning best picture award for Clint Eastwood, — is guaranteed to make you a Dennis Lehane fan for life.

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Not Without My Daughter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312925888
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 15th, 1991

APRIL 2014

A trusting wife accompanies her Iranian husband back to his Middle-Eastern homeland, believing it to be just another visit to the family. But once there, she finds herself prisoner in her in-laws home, virtually alone in a hostile land where Americans are despised. She is free to return to America, her husband tells her, but if she does, she will have to leave her daughter behind. This harrowing, compelling, heartwrenching true story of courage, hope, and a mothers love will leave you filled with new admiration for the human spirit.

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Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393322231
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 17th, 2001


Forty five years after his infamous crimes and conviction, Charles Manson continues to haunt the minds and hearts of true crime buffs of all ages.

Written by the only man who could properly tell it - the LA County prosecutor - Helter Skelter is the up close and personal account of one of the country's longest running and most notorious criminal trials.

Manson is still incarserated at San Quinten, and continues to be a source of curiousity for readers and journalists alike.

Helter Skelter won the Edgar Allen Poe award for best true crime.

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Detroit Noir Cover Image
By E. J. Olsen (Editor), John C. Hocking (Editor)
ISBN: 9781933354392
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Published: Akashic Books - November 2007

DECEMBER 2013 old and wounded city.

But it is not dead.

For in its splintered neighborhoods there is a unique spirit rooted in a colorful spirit and hardy people. In "Detroit Noir" some of the top crime writers working today capture Detroit's shadowed, powerful, and striving heart. Joyce Carol Oates, Loren Estleman, P.J. Parrish, Megan Abbott and twelve others tell gripping short stories about driven cops, tarot card readers, waitresses, caretakers, and criminals.

A moment awaits each of them.

A moment of truth or violence, epiphany or change.

A noir moment...


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Anatomy of a Murder Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312033569
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 15th, 1983

This timeless courtroom drama takes the reader to the harsh, rugged corners of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where an easy-going, piano-playing attorney matches wits with a powerhouse prosecutor over the murder of a local tavern owner.

Lured into taking the case by the sexy wife of the accused army sergeant, and aided by his alcoholic partner and a snarky secretary, reluctant lawyer Paul Beigler faces the  impossible task of defending an arrogant and cruel man who says has no memory of pulling the trigger on his wife’s rapist.

Immortalized in film with Jimmy Stewart and Lee Remick, this classic mystery never loses its charm or authenticity. 

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