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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. Precocious almost-eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce finds herself in the midst of a most perplexing mystery, involving a dead man in the cucumber patch, a dead bird with a stamp on its beak, and a missing piece of the most dreadful custard pie. Flavia de Luce is one of the most endearing and likeable sleuths the mystery world has seen in ages. Evil doers (and big sisters) beware!
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. Bernadette Fox is a notorious woman with many faces. When her teenage daughter, Bee, aces her report card and claims her promised reward (a trip to Antarctica), the agoraphobic Bernadette disappears. To find her mother, Bee compiles a collection of e-mails and secret documents - creating a compulsively readable and slightly absurd novel. This was one of the most talked-about books in 2012!
Just One Look by Harlan Coben. When her set of developed photos from a family outing mysteriously includes a 20-year old picture of her husband and some other college students, Grace is thrown into a dangerous situation. Her husband disappears, and the search for him involves both of their pasts and a serial killer. Full of suspense and twists, this is a quick read for fans of Coben and other action-packed thrillers.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Cecilia finds a letter her husband wrote, to be opened after his death, while he is still alive. The deep, dark secret contained in this letter will change everything, not only for accomplished Cecilia, but also for two other women, Rachel and Tess.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. A young boy struggling with the sudden loss of his mother becomes entranced with a small painting that draws him into the mysterious underworld of the art industry. Selected as one of Kirkus's Best General Fiction Books of 2013.