Mystery

Fever Dream, Samanta Schweblin

Translated into English, January 2017–(originally Distancia de rescate), Fever Dream is shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. With virtuoso skill, well served in Megan McDowell’s finely textured translation, Ms Schweblin fuses a study in maternal anxiety with an ecological horror story. –The Economist Fever Dream is a nightmare […]

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Alaska Highway Two-Step, Caroline Woodward

I’m speaking with the author and part-time lighthouse keeper just after the re-publication of her book Alaska Highway Two-Step. First published in 1993, the unusual mystery novel is set in part along the legendary route and the release of its new edition coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Highway’s […]

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All the Birds, Singing–Evie Wyld

From one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists, a stunningly insightful, emotionally powerful new novel about an outsider haunted by an inescapable past: a story of loneliness and survival, guilt and loss, and the power of forgiveness. Goodreads Reviews Back to Goodreads

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Birder Murder Mystery Series, Steve Burrows

Steve Burrows has travelled the world on birdwatching adventures. He’s turned his passion into an award-winning crime series. His latest, A Shimmer of Hummingbirds, takes police inspector Domenic Jejeune on a birding trip to the rainforest, where he hopes to uncover clues about his fugitive brother’s manslaughter case. –CBC Books […]

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The Risen, Ron Rash

During our conversation on the eve of Rash’s trip to France for an Eco-Literature convention, where the theme was “Enchantment,” he tells me that “One thing that’s important for me in my work is to remind people that there is a natural world. It’s very easy to think we are […]

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Who Pooped in Central Park, Gary D. Robson

Join four intrepid kids as they discover the surprising variety of wildlife that lives in New York City’s premier park. The animals themselves are sometimes hard to find, but their poop is everywhere! Follow Tony, Lily, Emma, and Jackson as they explore Central Park, investigating poop (scat) and footprints (tracks) […]

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Marrow Island, Alexis M. Smith

Twenty years ago Lucie Bowen left Marrow Island; along with her mother, she fled the aftermath of an earthquake that compromised the local refinery, killing her father and ravaging the island’s environment. Now, Lucie’s childhood friend Kate is living within a mysterious group called Marrow Colony—a community that claims to […]

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A Cast of Falcons, Steve Burrows

In the case of bird-loving Dominic Jejeune – formerly of Canada, now of Norfolk, Britain – it’s to more birding. There’s murder in this book, but it’s really about the illicit trade in birds of prey. Burrows introduces Jejeune’s brother, who is on the run from a felony charge; Jejeune’s […]

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Leaphorn & Chee Series, Anne Hillerman & Tony Hillerman

Leaphorn & Chee is a series started by Tony Hillerman. When he died, his daughter, author Anne Hillerman, took over the series. A moderator at our Google newsgroup, Charlene D’Avanzo, calls this an environmental mystery series. According to Charlene: I call them environmental mysteries – novels in which the natural […]

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The Marshlanders Series, Annis Pratt

The Marshlanders is about the conflict between self-sustaining communities and their enemies, who are determined to drain their wetlands for agricultural development. Clare and William are adopted by marsh dwellers and coastal farmers after William’s father, a pharmacist, has been murdered and Clare has barely escaped with her life from […]

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The World Without Us, Mireille Juchau

The World Without Us is a beautifully told story of secrets and survival, family and community, loss and renewal. -Goodreads Part of Juchau’s success emerges from the delicacy of her evocations of the natural world. Another part arises from her wry observations of the way people behave and interact. But […]

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Mengele Zoo, Gert Nygårdshaug

Fattiggutten Mino er født i regnskogen. Han er sommerfuglfanger og elsker jungelens mangfold av liv. Samtidig som Mino samler sommerfugler, ser han at jungelen ødelegges av multinasjonale selskaper. En dag rammer katastrofen også hans landsby, og Mino er plutselig i sentrum av de store regnskogenes tragedie. Etter dette forvandles Mino […]

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City of the Beasts, Isabel Allende

Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America, on a mission to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast. But there are many secrets […]

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The Shark Rider, Ellen Prager

After thwarting the dastardly plans of JP Rickerton, Tristan Hunt is having trouble keeping his newfound talents a secret. And if undercover spies and a mysterious illness threatening to expose the secrets of camp weren’t enough, reports of dying fish and disappearing sponge in the Caribbean call Tristan and his […]

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Stormteller, David Thorpe

This bewitching drama for young adults set in the very near future entwines Celtic myth and climate-changed destinies to answer the fundamental question: can we escape our apparent fate? If our lives are governed by forces outside our control, where can we find hope? Goodreads Reviews Back to GoodReads

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