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Staff recommendations and reviews from the Plainfield Public Library


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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Nicolette Farrell has returned home to help sell the house she grew up in. While there a local woman goes missing. This brings back the memories from when Nic’s best friend, Corinne, went missing ten years ago. As she is packing up the house, memories and new clues about Corinne come up. Could her dad have had something to do with the disappearance?

This is a short review because I don’t want to give anything away! I listened to this book and the way it is written it was a little confusing to follow. The author starts in the present but then goes to day fifteen of Nicolette’s visit and then goes backwards. It is a neat concept but it is probably better to read then to listen! This was a good mystery and one I recommend.


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Manhattan Night

Porter Wren (Adrien Brody) is a newspaper man. He is stilling riding the high of finding a missing girl. With newspaper a dying art, he needs to stay relevant. He meets Caroline Crawley (Yvonne Strahovski), a wealthy, beautiful widow, who wants Wren to investigate her husband’s death. Wren becomes intrigued, not with just the case but also Caroline. He is soon sucked into the bizarre mystery that not only affects Caroline but soon is affecting Wren’s home life. Will he be able to solve this crime before he meets the same fate?

This was actually a pretty good mystery. You never really knew what was going to happen but when you do it was a little shocking.  Also starring, Campbell Scott and Jennifer Beals. Rated R


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Celine by Peter Heller

Celine, a successful artist living in Brooklyn Heights, also has a side job. She works as a private investigator who specializes in reuniting families. When she is approached by Gabriela, whose father went missing 20 years ago, Celine is immediately intrigued by the case. Gabriela’s father was a famous photographer for National Geographic whose career took him to places all over the world. When he went missing, he was working on the border of Wyoming and Montana, and was assumed to have been the victim of a bear attack. Celine and her partner Pete head off to Yellowstone National Park, following a very cold trail. It soon becomes apparent that they’re being followed, and as they get closer to finding answers, more questions arise, along with the level of danger they’re facing.

Celine is one of the best P.I. characters to come along for awhile. She’s smart and elegant, and something of a mystery herself. At 68, she takes no nonsense from anyone, and she’s definitely a bit dangerous if you underestimate her. Peter Heller just keeps getting better. I don’t know if he intends to write more about Celine, but I sure hope he does! If you’re looking for something a bit different for your book club, give this one a try.


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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

On the surface, the small village of Beckford is just a sleepy little town beside a river. But the river has always held some secrets, and has long been the source of a strange fascination for Nel Abbott. Nel is a single mom who grew up in the village, and she’s been working on a book about the river and its sordid past – the drowning of witches, the Drowning Pool, the suicides. When Nel herself is found in the river,  her estranged sister Jules returns to the village to care for Lena, Nel’s teenage daughter, whose best friend was also recently found in the river.  Jules finds herself caught between her duty to Lena and her memories of the past, as the mysteries of the two women’s deaths are unraveled.

In Beckford, Ms. Hawkins has created a creepily atmospheric little village where virtually everyone could have “done it”.  Although uneven in spots, there’s enough intrigue in the story to keep you reading. You might need a character chart though. There are a lot of people in the story – all of them unreliable, and it gets tricky at times to keep track. Definitely well worth reading if you enjoy the psychological genre.


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Murder on the Orient Express

Daisy Armstrong was kidnapped and murdered in 1930. Of the two kidnappers only one was brought to justice. Five years later, Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) finds himself on the train, Orient Express. He is headed back to England for a case and was able to secure last minute passage on the train. While on the train a fellow passage, Ratchett (Richard Widmark), asks Poirot to be his bodyguard. Poirot declines and the next day Ratchett is found dead in his cabin. Now it is up to Poirot to solve the murder before the train arrives and the murderer gets away.

I am a big fan of Agatha Christie and this is a great movie to go along with the book. It is fun trying to guess who did it and even more fun when you find out. This one is being remade with Johnny Depp, Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, and Penelope Cruz. It will be out this November.

Also starring, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins, and Michael York. Rated PG


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Wedding Planner Mystery

Carnegie Kincaid (Erica Durance) is a struggling wedding planner. She is trying to keep the business afloat,  and knows that pulling off her friend’s wedding will go a long way in helping her business. Unfortunately, during the rehearsal, after an argument, one of her bridesmaids gets into her cousin’s car and has a fatal crash.  What started out as a simple accident turns out to be an attempted murder.

With the cops looking at her and her business on the line, Carnegie decides to start looking into the murder. With many unanswered question about some family business, Carnegie is having trouble adding it all up.  To top it off,  Aaron Gold (Andrew Walker), an annoying investigative reporter keeps showing up. On the other hand, the families handsome lawyer is taking an interest in her. With so much on the line can Carnegie solve the murder and give her friend the wedding of her dreams?

I loved the characters in this movie, and even though I always feel that they could build up the characters more, I feel they did a wonderful job.  If you are looking for a family fun mystery, this is the movie for you.  Rated TV-PG, Hallmark Movie Original.

 


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Elle

Michèle is at home letting her cat in when a masked man pushes his way into her house and assaults and rapes her. Michèle doesn’t report the attack and carries on with her life as though nothing has happened. She slowly starts suspecting her co-worker might be her attacker but doesn’t have proof. Then she starts to receive texts from the intruder. Now more suspicion, Michèle turns to her married neighbor for comfort. But when the intruder comes back, will Michèle get her revenge?

This was a very intense, keep you guessing kind of movie. I can see why Isabelle Huppert won the Golden Globe for Best Actress. I think I liked this movie. I am still trying to decide! And I am not sure I even liked Michèle. But if you like a good thriller and don’t mind reading subtitles, then I would recommend this one. Rated R