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Genre Spotlight: Mystery & Thriller

Genre Spotlight: Mystery & Thriller

The Scariest Adult Books for a Creepy Night In

From murder and mental breakdowns to paranormal villains, these books promise to keep you up at night.

If You Liked Gone Girl

Did you enjoy the twisted, intricately plotted, fast paced, suspenseful writing of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl? Find similar reads now!

Sherlock Holmes: The Original Stories and Beyond

Step into a world of mystery and espionage with these titles inspired by adventures of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes.

Explore more mysteries & thrillers in the catalog

What Kind of Reader Are You?

Explore librarian-recommended reads based on plot, place, prose, and people.

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PLOT

I wanted to make it grip people on the first page… Construct the whole thing like a roller coaster ride.

- Mark Haddon

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PROSE

He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music.

- James Joyce

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PEOPLE

I’m always writing about character first. Plot, such as it is, comes from the characters.

- Daniel Woodrell

An author knows his landscape best; he can stand around, smell the wind, get a feel for his place.  

- Tony Hillerman

If You Liked...

If You Liked...

If you liked Dune...

Did Arrakis, the Padishah Empire and sandworms set the bar for your literary exploration? We think these are worthy of the crown of Herbert.

The Hate U Give

the way they deal with young people and their struggle with race relations will make you stop, think and feel about the world around you

Afrofuturism

If you enjoyed "Black Panther" you might be interested in these Afrofuturist titles.

If You Liked...Crazy Rich Asians

If you’re hungry for even more stories about family heritage, cultural expectations, and social climbing, dig into these crazy good books.

Explore New Non-Fiction

Non-Fiction Reads

Like Reading With Others?

Here are 3 ways we've got you covered.

1. Register for one of our library book clubs

Our Book Discussion Groups are great ways to connect with book lovers and find fantastic new reads.

Book Clubs

2. Gather your friends, select your own title, and book one of our meeting rooms

3. Borrow a Book-Club-in-a-Bag kit!

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Explore Indigenous Reads

Indigenous e-books

MEET OUR

INFLUENCERS

MAYOR NAHEED NENSHI

CALGARY MAYOR

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Naheed Nenshi Recommendations

Influencer picks from Mayor Naheed Nenshi

More Influencer Lists

Craig Dykers Recommendations

Influencer series recommendations from local architect Craig Dykers

Jennifer Keesmaat's Recommendations

Influencer recommendations from renowned city planner Jennifer Keesmaat

Marcello Di Cintio's Recommendations

Influencer recommendations from author in residence Marcello Di Cintio

Got a Book Confession?

You’re not alone! Read through the confessions that people have tweeted, don’t be afraid to share your own.

#yolo

The book I'm embarrassed about reading, but secretly loved.

#yolo Tweets

MamaCath on Twitter: ""An Abundance of Katherines" by John Green…" | 593296

"An Abundance of Katherines" by John Green (I'm a Katherine/Catherine myself, so I couldn't resist checking it out and ended up really loving it!) #CPLbookconfession #yolo

bookfiend on Twitter: "when i was a stressed-out grad student…" | 593082

when i was a stressed-out grad student i DEVOURED all of my teen cousin's Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books. literary escapism! #CPLbookconfession #yolo

LibraryPatron on Twitter: "Um, The Da Vinci Code. It was fast-paced…" | 592858

Um, The Da Vinci Code. It was fast-paced and the conspiracy aspect grabbed me! #CPLbookconfession #yolo
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