The Library Lowdown

The Elm Grove Public Library, established and supported by the citizens of Elm Grove, provides access to library facilities, resources, and services necessary to meet the informational, educational, and leisure needs of all the people in the community. It assembles, preserves, and administers an organized collection of print and non-print materials to fill those needs. It places special emphasis on stimulating interest and life-long appreciation for reading and learning among children and adults alike

If you love Agatha Christie…try these chilling mysteries, available at the Elm Grove Library. And don’t forget to see “Murder on the Nile” running Jan. 23-Feb. 9 at Sunset Playhouse.

Who doesn’t love a riveting mystery to heat you up on a cold winter’s night? Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove has just the ticket over the coming weeks, as it brings Agatha Christie’s timeless classic “Death on the Nile” to the stage. “Murder on the Nile” opens this Thursday, January 23, and runs through February 9. The play weaves a tale of suspense and intrigue around a honeymooning couple aboard a steamer cruising under the Egyptian sun. When their peace and relaxation is suddenly interrupted as a body is discovered on board, the couple is drawn into a mystery where everyone’s a suspect and nothing is as it seems. This production, directed by Carol Dolphin, and is sure to leave you entertained and on the edge of your seat.

Even better, Sunset Playhouse has partnered with the Friends of the Elm Grove Library for a special offer. Stop into the library or visit our website at to print out your special ticket voucher, which ensures that $5 of your $20 ticket is donated to the Friends of the Elm Grove Library. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a fantastic show and support the library.

When it comes to reading mysteries, it certainly gets no better than the original ‘Queen of Crime,’ Agatha Christie, and her masterful whodunits. But perhaps you’ve read everything by Christie, and you're looking for something else? With “Murder on the Nile” taking center stage in Elm Grove over the next few weeks at the Playhouse, it’s time to consider other mystery writers of a similar bent that you may not have tried yet. The following titles are all first books in classic British-set mystery series’, and they are available for checkout at the Elm Grove Library, along with many other titles in their respective series’. Stop in and discover a new favorite today! If you have any questions, call the library at (262) 782-6717.  

“The Crime at Black Dudley” (Albert Campion #1) by Margery Allingham

The crime at Black Dudley

Albert Campion's first appearance, and his only supporting role: consummate, compulsively quipping, a tad peculiar, Gentleman Sleuth. A glittering guest-list at an imposing country estate with endless shadowy staircases and unused rooms. The breathless period between two world wars. Love affairs, a curious dagger ritual, and deadly game of hide-and-seek.

“The Case of the Gilded Fly” (Gervase Fen #1) by Edmund Crispin

The case of the gilded fly

Theater companies are notorious hotbeds of intrigue, and few are more intriguing than the company currently in residence at Oxford University. Center-stage is the beautiful, malicious Yseut, a mediocre actress with a stellar talent for destroying men. Rounding out the cast are more than a few of her past and present conquests, and the women who love them. And watching from the wings is Professor Gervase Fen: scholar, wit, and fop extraordinaire, who would rather solve crimes than expound on English literature. When Yseut is murdered, Fen finally gets his wish.

“The Man in the Queue” (Inspector Alan Grant #1) by Josephine Tey

The man in the queue

The first of the author's novels starring the popular Inspector Alan Grant traces the mysterious slaying of a man waiting to see a London musical, whose neighbors in line insist they saw nothing.

“A Man Lay Dead” (Roderick Alleyn #1) by Ngaio Marsh

A man lay dead

At Sir Hubert Handesley's country house party, five guests have gathered for the uproarious parlor game of "Murder." Yet no one is laughing when the lights come up on an actual corpse, the good-looking and mysterious Charles Rankin. Scotland Yard's Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives to find a complete collection of alibis, a missing butler, and an intricate puzzle of betrayal and sedition in the search for the key player in this deadly game.

“Whose Body?” (Lord Peter Wimsey #1) by Dorothy Sayers

Whose body?

The stark naked body was lying in the tub. Not unusual for a proper bath, but highly irregular for murder -- especially with a pair of gold pince-nez deliberately perched before the sightless eyes. What's more, the face appeared to have been shaved after death. The police assumed that the victim was a prominent financier, but Lord Peter Wimsey, who dabbled in mystery detection as a hobby, knew better. In this, his first murder case, Lord Peter untangles the ghastly mystery of the corpse in the bath.

“A Great Deliverance” (Inspector Lynley #1) by Elizabeth George

To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders.


Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And I'm not sorry."

Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale's dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley—and in their own lives as well.

“Cover Her Face” (Adam Dalgliesh #1) by P.D. James

Cover her face

Headstrong and beautiful, the young housemaid Sally Jupp is put rudely in her place, strangled in her bed behind a bolted door. Coolly brilliant policeman Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must find her killer among a houseful of suspects, most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill.

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