Bats, Cats and Crows Bring Spooky Reading!

We’re getting into that time of year when the days are shorter and cooler. The stores are stocking up on apple cider and pumpkins. Children are getting excited to go trick-or-treating. People are decorating for Halloween…and there’s a stray black cat hanging around the neighborhood. The only thing that’s missing is a spooky story! So I polled the CCPL staff and in this post we are sharing some of our favorite reads that are a bit mysterious, thrilling, chilling, scary or spooky.

Kate (PR) likes:
Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
Flavia is up to her old tricks. This time her investigations take her inside a 500 year-old crypt.

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Black Cat…what more can I say?

Acceptable Risk by Robin Cook
Under pressure from his backers to complete research on an anti-depressant drug, Dr. Edward Armstrong experiments on himself with disastrous effects.

Spooky Books 1

Helga (Circulation) likes:
Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
Jane Hudson went to school in the Adirondacks and left after a tragedy took place. She returns years later as a Latin teacher. The past comes back to haunt her as girls start dying again.

Pam (Park) likes:
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The story starts out slowly and the main character is annoying at first. It builds and gradually gets your attention and keeps it. Then the ending takes you by surprise.

Spooky Books 2

Allison (PR) likes:
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Filled with over 50 eerily creepy (and real) vintage photos culled from flea markets and yard sales – the story centers around a grandson’s search to fill in mysteries from his grandfather’s past – and the spooky island that seems to hold the key to all of it.

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell
Author Cornwell takes a break from the fictional world of crime to focus on the real-world search for the true identity of Jack the Ripper.

Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie
Ancient Egypt is the setting for this often (and I feel) overlooked work by the master of mystery. There’s no Poirot or Miss Marple here, but rather Renisenb – an Egyptian priest’s daughter at the center of the crime solving.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Way before we had Psycho and Norman Bates – there was Raskolnikov.  If you’ve ever wanted to get inside the mind of a killer – this classic nails it.

Spooky Books 3

Lisa (Enon) likes:
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
It is a spooky, historical mystery set in the basement of the Biltmore Estate and surrounding grounds. Makes me want to visit!

Spooky Books 4

Lisa (Village) likes:
Perfect Nightmare by John Saul
It could really happen. I thought it was creepy and suspenseful. It also had a twist at the end.

Sonya (Lenski) likes:
Mary the Summoning & Mary Unleashed, both YA books, by Hillary Monahan
They are good, scary stories even for adults, based around the whole mirror Bloody Mary game.

We’re always looking for more to read, so please share your fall favorites with us.



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