Motel of the Mysteries

Motel of the Mysteries
Author: David Macaulay
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 96
Release: 1979-10-11
ISBN 10: 0547348622
ISBN 13: 9780547348629
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Motel of the Mysteries Book Review:

A future archeologist finds the remnants of a mysterious ancient people—us—in a wry satire that is “a marvel of imagination and . . . wonderfully illustrated” (The New York Times). It is the year 4022, and the entire ancient country of Usa has been buried under many feet of detritus from a catastrophe that occurred back in 1985. Howard Carson, an amateur archeologist, is crossing the perimeter of an abandoned excavation site when he feels the ground give way beneath him. Suddenly, he finds himself at the bottom of a shaft, which, judging from the DO NOT DISTURB sign hanging from an archaic doorknob, is clearly the entrance to a still-sealed burial chamber. Carson's incredible discoveries, including the remains of two bodies, one laid to rest on a ceremonial bed facing an altar that appeared to be a means of communicating with the Gods and the other lying in a porcelain sarcophagus in the Inner Chamber. These dramatic discoveries give Carson all the clues he needs to piece together the entire civilization—which he gets utterly wrong. The acclaimed author and illustrator of Castle and Pyramid, David Macaulay presents a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek satire of both historical presumption and American self-importance.

The Old Motel Mystery

The Old Motel Mystery
Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 121
Release: 2008-11-03
ISBN 10: 9781439567258
ISBN 13: 1439567255
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Old Motel Mystery Book Review:

Someone is trying to put Aunt Jane's motel out of business, but the Alden children aren't going to let that happen.

The Sun Down Motel

The Sun Down Motel
Author: Simone St. James
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2020-02-18
ISBN 10: 0440000181
ISBN 13: 9780440000181
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sun Down Motel Book Review:

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Something hasn’t been right at the roadside Sun Down Motel for a very long time, and Carly Kirk is about to find out why in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls. Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary. Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.

Murder at Mabel s Motel

Murder at Mabel s Motel
Author: G. A. McKevett
Publsiher: Kensington Cozies
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2021-01-26
ISBN 10: 1496729080
ISBN 13: 9781496729088
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Murder at Mabel s Motel Book Review:

Stella “Granny” Reid’s youth wasn’t the only thing changed by time in tiny, nondescript McGill, Georgia. Except even back in the 1980s, the Southern town still had a way of attracting downright dubious characters—some with a talent for murder. As quirky as McGill’s residents can be, they usually welcome society’s oddballs and outcasts into the community with open arms. But the three members of the Lone White Wolf Pack are a different story. Townsfolk aren’t feeling the least bit neighborly toward the gang widely believed to have orchestrated several hate crimes in the area. When the group’s leader Billy Ray Sonner is found dead in an abandoned motel, most assume it was the result of an accidental overdose. An unfortunate yet predictable end for a man who lived the way Billy did. Only Stella and the sheriff have witnessed the crime scene in person, and suspect something more disturbing happened in that ramshackle room . . . While Stella wades through a flood of potential culprits, one thing becomes clear—this wasn’t an impulsive act of revenge. There’s a sophisticated killer on the loose, and Stella must expose deep-rooted fears and dark pasts if she wants to crack a carefully planned murder and stop McGill from descending into chaos.

Motel of the Mysteries

Motel of the Mysteries
Author: David Macaulay
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 96
Release: 1993
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: OCLC:1054386237
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Motel of the Mysteries Book Review:

Heartache Motel

Heartache Motel
Author: Terri L. Austin,Larissa Reinhart,Lyndee Walker
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2013-12-10
ISBN 10: 9781941962008
ISBN 13: 1941962009
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Heartache Motel Book Review:

THREE TIMES THE FUN AND MYSTERY... Elvis has left the building, but he's forever memorialized at the Heartache Motel. Filled with drag queens, Rock-a-Hula cocktails, and a vibrating velveteen bed, these three novellas tell the tales of three amateur sleuths who spend their holidays at the King's beloved home. DINERS KEEPERS, LOSERS WEEPERS by Terri L. Austin A Rose Strickland Mystery Novella (follows DINER IMPOSSIBLE) When Rose and the gang head to Graceland right before Christmas, they get all shook up: the motel is a seedy dump and an Elvis impersonator turns up dead. Rose discovers missing jewels tie into the death and her suspicious mind flips into overdrive, questioning her fellow guests, the staff, and even a cute impersonator who keeps popping up. Will Rose be able to find the murderer and get home by Christmas day? It's now or never. QUICK SKETCH by Larissa Reinhart A Cherry Tucker Mystery Novella (prequel to PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY) Sassy Southern artist Cherry Tucker and her poker-loving boyfriend, Todd, pop into Memphis to help Todd's cousin who's been hustled out of his savings, right before Christmas. Staying at the shady Heartache Motel, Cherry can't tell a shill from a mark and fears everyone is playing them for chumps. Cherry and Todd quickly find themselves in a dangerous sting that could send them to the slammer or mark them as pigeons from cons looking for an even bigger score. DATELINE MEMPHIS by LynDee Walker A Nichelle Clarke Headline in Heels Mystery Novella (follows BURIED LEADS) Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke thinks she's going home for Christmas. But a quick stop at Graceland proves news breaks in the strangest places. When the King's home gets locked down with Nichelle inside, she chases this headline into the national spotlight-and the thief's crosshairs. Christmas dreams of blue suede Manolos fade, and all Nichelle wants from Santa is to land the story before the thief cuts off her news feed for good. Praise for HEARTACHE MOTEL: "I was laughing out loud and couldn't stop turning the pages as I read the adventures of amateur sleuths Rose Strickland, Cherry Tucker, and Nichelle Clarke, who find themselves at the Heartache Motel in Memphis, just in time for Christmas." - Gigi Pandian, Author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series "Heartache Motel, written by three talented storytellers, is three times the fun and mystery...It is the perfect rainy day, sunny day, I don't feel like getting out of bed book. Have your Happy Holidays with a 5-star humorous set-of-three mysteries " - Heather Haven, Author of the Humorous Alvarez Family and Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries "For a fun, Elvis-loving mystery treat, no place is better than the Heartache Motel. Sit back and let Man-Margret check you in to follow the clues to Christmas filled with cozy mystery at its best." - Nancy J Parra, Author of the Baker's Treat Mysteries and the Perfect Proposal Mysteries "I loved all three stories. They are fast paced, great reads and I predict will inspire you to read more of these author's books. Five stars " - Lynn Farris, Mystery Books Examiner for Examiner.com "Easy to read and quite enjoyable...If you're a fan of cozy mysteries, you'll want to read Heartache Motel. Fans of Austin, Reinhart, and Walker won't be disappointed and this is a great way to dip your toes if you're interested in reading a new author or genre." - Literary, etc. Books in the Henery Press Mystery Novella Series: OTHER PEOPLE'S BAGGAGE HEARTACHE MOTEL Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all....

The Last Chance Hotel

The Last Chance Hotel
Author: Nicki Thornton
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2019-05-28
ISBN 10: 1338323725
ISBN 13: 9781338323726
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Chance Hotel Book Review:

Readers looking for an enchanting read, a story of overcoming the odds, or a tale of suspense will love this traditional Agatha Christie, who-dun-it mystery, matched and raised by a hint of magic.

Murder at the Mena House

Murder at the Mena House
Author: Erica Ruth Neubauer
Publsiher: Kensington Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-03-31
ISBN 10: 1496725875
ISBN 13: 9781496725875
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Murder at the Mena House Book Review:

Well-heeled travelers from around the world flock to the Mena House Hotel—an exotic gem in the heart of Cairo where cocktails flow, adventure dispels the aftershocks of World War I, and deadly dangers wait in the shadows . . . WINNER OF THE 2021 AGATHA AWARD Egypt, 1926.Fiercely independent American Jane Wunderly has made up her mind: she won’t be swept off her feet on a trip abroad. Despite her Aunt Millie’s best efforts, the young widow would rather gaze at the Great Pyramids of Giza than into the eyes of a dashing stranger. Yet Jane’s plans to remain cool and indifferent become ancient history in the company of Mr. Redvers, a roguish banker she can’t quite figure out . . . While the Mena House has its share of charming guests, Anna Stainton isn’t one of them. The beautiful socialite makes it clear that she won’t share the spotlight with anyone—especially Jane. But Jane soon becomes the center of attention when she’s the one standing over her unintentional rival’s dead body. Now, with her innocence at stake in a foreign country, Jane must excavate an elusive killer before her future falls to ruin in Cairo, and the body count rises like the desert heat . . . “Stunning revelations, romance, adventure, and intrigue abound in this multilayered, delightfully entertaining whodunit. Neubauer’s debut dazzles, with a smart plot, remarkable scenery, and skilled execution.” —Library Journal (Starred Review)

An Unwanted Guest

An Unwanted Guest
Author: Shari Lapena
Publsiher: Doubleday Canada
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-08-07
ISBN 10: 0385690800
ISBN 13: 9780385690805
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Unwanted Guest Book Review:

A remote lodge in upstate New York is the perfect winter wonderland getaway . . . until the bodies start piling up. It's winter in the Catskills and the weather outside is frightful, but Mitchell's Inn is so delightful! The cozy lodge nestled deep in the woods is perfect for a relaxing--maybe even romantic--weekend away. The Inn boasts spacious old rooms with huge wood-burning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or just curling up with a book and someone you love. So when the weather takes a turn for the worse and a blizzard cuts off the electricity--and all contact with the outside world--the guests settle in for the long haul. The power's down but they've got candles, blankets and firewood--a genuine rustic experience! Soon, though, a body turns up--surely an accident. When a second body appears, they start to panic. Then they find a third body. Within the snowed-in paradise, something--or someone--is picking off the guests one by one. They can't leave, and with no cell service, there's no prospect of getting the police in until the weather loosens its icy grip. The weekend getaway has turned deadly. For some couples, it's their first time away. For others, it will be their last. And there's nothing they can do about it but huddle in and hope they can survive the storm.

Scot Free

Scot Free
Author: Catriona McPherson
Publsiher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2020-07-15
ISBN 10: 1448304628
ISBN 13: 9781448304622
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Scot Free Book Review:

Lexy Campbell fights to prove the innocence of a client she's been providing marriage guidance to after she is accused of murdering her husband. It's the Fourth of July in California and Lexy Campbell is headed home to Scotland. But first she must deliver her final dose of marriage guidance to the elderly Bombarros. They don't turn up for the session, but the cops do. Turns out Mr Bombarro is in the morgue and Mrs Bombarro is in the jail, arrested for murder. Certain of the old lady's innocence, Lexy decides to stay and clear her name. But after her own recent whirlwind divorce, she's got no money and no place to stay. So she checks into the Last Ditch Motel. As the plucky little band of motel guests start to take over Lexy's life, and the shady Bombarro relations come to town, one thing is for sure . . . the fireworks have only just begun.

Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

Midnight at the Barclay Hotel
Author: Fleur Bradley
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-08-25
ISBN 10: 0593202929
ISBN 13: 9780593202920
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Midnight at the Barclay Hotel Book Review:

Hunting ghosts and solving the case before checkout? All in a weekend's work. Read the novel that New York Times bestselling author, Chris Grabenstein calls, "My kind of mystery!" When JJ Jacobson convinced his mom to accept a surprise invitation to an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway at the illustrious Barclay Hotel, he never imagined that he'd find himself in the midst of a murder mystery. He thought he was in for a run-of-the-mill weekend ghost hunting at the most haunted spot in town, but when he arrives at the Barclay Hotel and his mother is blamed for the hotel owner's death, he realizes his weekend is going to be anything but ordinary. Now, with the help of his new friends, Penny and Emma, JJ has to track down a killer, clear his mother's name, and maybe even meet a ghost or two along the way.

Home Sweet Motel

Home Sweet Motel
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Publsiher: Yearling
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-04-03
ISBN 10: 9781536436365
ISBN 13: 1536436364
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Home Sweet Motel Book Review:

Loving everything about his life at the Wonderland Motel, where he enjoys concession foods, the pool and more, enthusiastic storyteller P. T. Wilkie teams up with his clever friend, Gloria, to save the motel from being shut down due to lack of busine

Murder at the Seaside Hotel

Murder at the Seaside Hotel
Author: Sonia Parin
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2019-09-26
ISBN 10: 9781695696426
ISBN 13: 1695696425
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Murder at the Seaside Hotel Book Review:

1920's lighthearted cozy mysteryAn invitation from a hotel owner to stay at his new seaside hotel provides Evie, Countess of Woodridge, with the perfect opportunity to fulfill her maid's dream of vacationing by the seaside.However, the prospect of spending an entire week strolling along the pier makes Evie realize she is no longer cut out for a life of leisure. Clearly, she is missing the exhilaration she experienced during the last few murder cases she had become involved in. When a young woman dies right outside their hotel, Evie finds the perfect opportunity to distract herself. The local police think it is suicide. Evie has other ideas...Assisted by her bodyguard, Tom Winchester, and her maid, Caro, Evie works her way from one clue to the next until she is able to prove there is a case worth looking into.Squeaky clean lighthearted cozy mystery set in the 1920s

The Girl in the Motel

The Girl in the Motel
Author: Chris Culver
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 396
Release: 2018
ISBN 10: 9781730885495
ISBN 13: 1730885497
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Girl in the Motel Book Review:

Detective Mary Joe Court sleeps with a shotgun beside her bed and a lovable bullmastiff at her feet. For the past twelve years, she's hidden from a nightmarish past, but with every passing day, her scars fade and her heart grows lighter. Now, for the first time in her life, she looks forward to her future. She's happy. Then she finds the body. Someone shot the victim in her chest and left her to die in a cheap motel. Joe knew her well. She grew up with her. They were sisters, of a sort. Twelve years ago, the victim put a gangster in prison. Now that gangster's out and he's looking to settle scores--Joe included. Joe has fought to leave her past behind. Now she has to face it or lose everything she cares about. Because the killer hunting her will tear apart her carefully constructed life piece by piece until there's nothing left. Unless Joe gets him first...

No Vacancy

No Vacancy
Author: Tziporah Cohen
Publsiher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2020-09-01
ISBN 10: 1773064118
ISBN 13: 9781773064116
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

No Vacancy Book Review:

With the help of her Catholic friend, an eleven-year-old Jewish girl creates a provocative local tourist attraction to save her family’s failing motel. Buying and moving into the run-down Jewel Motor Inn in upstate New York wasn’t eleven-year-old Miriam Brockman’s dream, but at least it’s an adventure. Miriam befriends Kate, whose grandmother owns the diner next door, and finds comfort in the company of Maria, the motel’s housekeeper, and her Uncle Mordy, who comes to help out for the summer. She spends her free time helping Kate’s grandmother make her famous grape pies and begins to face her fears by taking swimming lessons in the motel’s pool. But when it becomes clear that only a miracle is going to save the Jewel from bankruptcy, Jewish Miriam and Catholic Kate decide to create their own. Otherwise, the No Vacancy sign will come down for good, and Miriam will lose the life she’s worked so hard to build. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.6 Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.3 Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact). CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.6 Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3 Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6 Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

The Pink Motel

The Pink Motel
Author: Carol Ryrie Brink
Publsiher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Total Pages: 214
Release: 1993-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780689716775
ISBN 13: 068971677X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pink Motel Book Review:

When Kirby, Bitsy, and their parents inherit an unusual and very pink motel in Florida, they find it filled with eccentric characters, mystery, and adventure.

Scot Mist

Scot Mist
Author: Catriona McPherson
Publsiher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2022-01-01
ISBN 10: 1448307341
ISBN 13: 9781448307340
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Scot Mist Book Review:

Despite efforts to create a safe environment to see out the pandemic, the residents of the Last Ditch Motel face more dangers than they imagined possible in this hilarious yet claustrophobic mystery. March 2020 and Operation Cocker is a go! The owners of the Last Ditch Motel, with a little help from their friend Lexy Campbell, are preparing to support one another through the oncoming lockdown, offering the motel's spare rooms to a select few from the local area in need of sanctuary. While the newbies are settling in, an ambiguous banner appears demanding one of them return home. But who is it for? Lexy and her friends put a plan into action to ward off the perpetrator, but the very next night, a resident disappears and a message scrawled in human blood is found. As California shuts down, the Last Ditchers make another gruesome discovery. They tried to create a haven but now it seems as if everyone's in danger. Is the motel under attack from someone on the outside? Scary as that is, the alternative is worse by far.

The Haunting of Maddy Clare

The Haunting of Maddy Clare
Author: Simone St. James
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2012-03-06
ISBN 10: 1101577231
ISBN 13: 9781101577233
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Haunting of Maddy Clare Book Review:

A woman of limited means and even less experience must confront a vengeful spirit in this haunting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Broken Girls and The Sun Down Motel. 1920s England. Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist an obsessed ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis—rich, handsome, and scarred by World War I—has been summoned to investigate the spirit of the nineteen-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who is said to haunt the barn where she committed suicide. Maddy hated men in life, and she will not speak to them in death. But Sarah is unprepared to confront an angry ghost—real or imagined—on her own. She’s even less prepared for the arrival of Alistair’s associate, rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, also a veteran of the trenches, whose scars go deeper than Sarah can reach. Soon, Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle. For Maddy’s ghost is no hoax—she’s real, she’s angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Now, Sarah and Matthew must discover who Maddy was, where she came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance—before she destroys them all....

Beyond the Pale Motel

Beyond the Pale Motel
Author: Francesca Lia Block
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2014-09-16
ISBN 10: 125003311X
ISBN 13: 9781250033116
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beyond the Pale Motel Book Review:

Maternal, sexy Catt and her beautiful, daring best friend Bree are hairdressers at an L.A. salon called Head Hunter, and work out at a gym called Body Farm. They have over a decade of sobriety behind them and are getting close to living the lives they've always wanted. But when Catt's husband, Dash, leaves her, and then her neighbor is brutally murdered, possibly by a man being called the Hollywood Serial Killer, Catt's world begins to come crashing down. The murdered victims all seem to bear a chilling resemblance to Bree. Catt suspects that Bree is the next target of the Hollywood Serial Killer...is she losing touch with reality or simply coming to terms with the truth? In Beyond the Pale Motel, a terrifying and intensely erotic novel, Francesca Lia Block explores the dangers of modern living, loving and dying with lyrical edge and sensational attitude.

Snow

Snow
Author: John Banville
Publsiher: Harlequin
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-10-06
ISBN 10: 1488077193
ISBN 13: 9781488077197
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Snow Book Review:

LOOK FOR BANVILLE'S NEXT GREAT CRIME NOVEL, "APRIL IN SPAIN," COMING FALL 2021 *NATIONAL BESTSELLER* *SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA HISTORICAL DAGGER AWARD* A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year A New York Times Editors’ Choice Pick “Banville sets up and then deftly demolishes the Agatha Christie format…superbly rich and sophisticated.”—New York Times Book Review The incomparable Booker Prize winner’s next great crime novel—the story of a family whose secrets resurface when a parish priest is found murdered in their ancestral home Detective Inspector St. John Strafford has been summoned to County Wexford to investigate a murder. A parish priest has been found dead in Ballyglass House, the family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family. The year is 1957 and the Catholic Church rules Ireland with an iron fist. Strafford—flinty, visibly Protestant and determined to identify the murderer—faces obstruction at every turn, from the heavily accumulating snow to the culture of silence in the tight-knit community he begins to investigate. As he delves further, he learns the Osbornes are not at all what they seem. And when his own deputy goes missing, Strafford must work to unravel the ever-expanding mystery before the community’s secrets, like the snowfall itself, threaten to obliterate everything. Beautifully crafted, darkly evocative and pulsing with suspense, Snow is “the Irish master” (New Yorker) John Banville at his page-turning best. Don't miss John Banville's next novel, April in Spain!