The Abington Community Library will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Regular hours will be in effect Friday, July 5, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on the weekend, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“The Mannequin House: a Silas Quinn Mystery,” by R. N. Morris. The setting is London, 1914 and Detective Inspector Quinn of Scotland Yard finds himself investigating one of the most bizarre cases of his career. One of the fashion models employed by an upscale Kensington department store has been found dead on her bed, strangled with a red silk scarf. The room is locked from the inside. Besides the victim, the other occupant is a monkey. Quinn remains skeptical of the theory that the monkey is the killer, but he suspects it holds the key to the mystery.
“Deadly Harvest: a Detective Kubu Mystery,” by Michael Stanley. Detective David “Kubu” Bengu is assigned to investigate the ongoing disappearance of girls in Botswana and he is joined by the police force’s newest detective, Samantha Khama. They must track down the rumor that the girls’ apparent deaths and a witch doctor’s potion are somehow connected. Kubu and Samantha are thrust into a harrowing race to stop a serial killer or killers.
“Requiem Mass,” by Elizabeth Corley. Inspector Andrew Fenwick is the first to acknowledge that a routine missing person case is actually a suspected abduction, but by then it is already too late for Deborah Fearnside, a young wife and mother. Fenwick is soon caught in a race against time and a rising death toll as he pursues a predator out for revenge twenty years after the tragic death of another young woman.
“Murder as a Fine Art,” by David Morrell. Forty-three years after the Ratcliffe Highway murders, writer Thomas De Quincey is the major suspect in a series of copycat murders that are terrorizing Victorian London. Desperate to clear his name, but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey, author of the memoir, “Confessions of an English Opium-Eater,” is aided by his devoted daughter, Emily, and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives who ultimately realize that the lives of the literary star and a brilliant murderer are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.