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.

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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.

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When Good Characters Die (spoiler alert)

MasterharperPernHave you ever been reading a series of books that were so good, you felt the characters were like old friends? You get to know them, you like their wit, you get invested in their fictional lives and then WHAM…the author kills them off! Most readers realize that in a long running series there can be some collateral damage, like the red shirt guys from the old Star Trek TV series. It’s just that you expect it to be a character you are acquainted with, not someone you have become emotionally invested in as the series progressed.

If you are anything like me when a favorite character dies, it hits you hard. I actually cried when Masterharper Robinton, from Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon Riders of Pern series, died. He was so wise and kind.… And while my friend and I discussed this topic, she had a slight quaver to her voice as she talked about one of Agatha Christie’s characters, Detective Poirot, dying. Continue reading