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Things that Go Bump: Paranormal Mysteries

By Shari Randall

With its earlier sunsets, cooler temperatures, and pumpkin spice everything, autumn is the perfect time to curl up with a good mystery―especially a mystery with shades of the supernatural. Whether you’re in the mood for a lighthearted ghost story or a leave-the-lights-on tale of suspense, these books will cast a spell on your book club.

The Evening Spider

by Emily Arsenault

A gripping blend of psychological suspense and historical true crime, this riveting novel—inspired by a sensational real-life murder from the 1800s—by critically acclaimed author Emily Arsenault delivers a heart-stopping mystery linking two young mothers from different centuries.

William Morrow, 2016.

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Adrift

by Micki Browning

In this breathtaking mystery debut, a marine biologist turned divemaster stands accused of a chilling crime after a dive gone wrong. But do the murky circumstances point to an accident, a murder, or a supernatural encounter?

In addition to being an action-packed mystery, Adrift, a 2018 Agatha Award finalist for Best First Novel, explores the chasm that exists between science and the paranormal.

Alibi, 2017.

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The Widow's House

by Carol Goodman

This chilling novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Lake of Dead Languages blends the gothic allure of Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca and the crazed undertones of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper with the twisty, contemporary edge of A.S.A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife—a harrowing tale of psychological suspense set in New York’s Hudson Valley.

William Morrow, 2017.

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Occult and Battery

by Lena Gregory

A murder mystery weekend becomes a little too real in the latest Bay Island Psychic Mystery from the author of Death at First Sight.

Cass Donovan uses her skills as a former psychiatrist to get away with pretending to be psychic, but she’s not about to let anyone get away with murder . . . Occult and Battery offers fun opportunities for discussion about whether or not ghosts are real, and if they are, is Cass truly tapping into them?

Berkley, 2017.

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Beyond the Grave

by Judy Clemens

Casey Maldonado’s life is over―at least as she knows it. In one brief moment of fire and wrenching metal, her family was gone. So she packs up and leaves town. Her only companion―Death, who won’t take her, but won’t leave her alone. Casey and Death land in a small Idaho town, where danger and cruelty simmer beneath the calm surface of the community. Can Casey keep the town’s truth from exploding in violent revenge?

Poisoned Pen Press, 2018.

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Tail of the Dragon

by Connie di Marco

San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought murder would be part of her practice, but now Julia’s client has asked for help. He has serious problems at his law firm. Two attorneys and a paralegal have received death threats and the only common denominator among all three is a case long settled―the highly publicized Bank of San Francisco fire. Julia’s convinced a woman is behind the threats, perhaps even the widow of the man who died in that same fire, but no one wants to listen―they can’t believe astrology could provide a clue. Before Julia can help her client, two lawyers are dead and her own life is threatened. Can she unmask the killer before he (or she) takes another life?

Midnight Ink, 2018.

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The Unseen

by Alexandra Sokoloff

After experiencing a precognitive dream that shatters her engagement and changes her life forever, young California psychology professor Laurel MacDonald decides to get a fresh start by taking a job at Duke University in North Carolina. She soon becomes obsessed with the long-buried files from the world-famous Rhine parapsychology experiments, which attempted to prove if ESP really exists. Along with another charismatic professor, she uncovers disturbing reports, including a mysterious case of a house supposedly haunted by a poltergeist, investigated by another research team in 1965. The two professors and two exceptionally gifted Duke students move into the grand, abandoned mansion to replicate the investigation, unaware that the entire original team ended up insane . . . or dead.

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Stolen Hearts

by Jane Tesh

David Randall’s perfect family life came derailed when his little daughter Lindsey died in a car crash. Thrown out by his second wife and wanting to leave a dead-end detective agency to start his own, he reluctantly accepts his psychic friend Camden’s invitation to stay in Camden’s boarding house in Parkland, North Carolina. But things become more complicated when a spirit parks itself in Camden . . . and refuses to leave until Randall proves its innocence.

Poisoned Pen Press, 2011.

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Barking Mad at Murder

by Jacqueline Vick

Frankie Chandler is a fake. Though she bills herself as a pet psychic, her abilities are based on a library of animal behavior books. When a golden retriever who witnessed a murder breaks through Frankie's psychic barrier and shows her an image she'll never forget, she must use her new-found talent to discover the killer before she and the dog wind up the murderer's next victims. Many pet parents wonder what it would be like to "talk" to their animals. Frankie's frustrating (and often embarrassing) journey shows the challenges that come with animal communication, especially when lives are on the line.

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Native New Englander Shari Randall is the author of the Lobster Shack mystery series coming from St. Martin's Press in 2018. She loves being the Sister in Crime's Library Liaison because the role combines two of her favorite things: writing and libraries.

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