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Help for the Haunted
Help for the Haunted by John Searles (1980s)
An atmospheric mystery about a family whose secrets are even more haunting than the creepy Raggedy Ann doll caged in their basement, this title won a 2014 Alex Award as an adult book with teen appeal. An eighth grader is the only witness to the double homicide of her parents who were experts in the paranormal. At first, she is convinced the murderer is a former client, but as clues slowly unfold through flashbacks, she becomes less certain of what she saw in that church on that snowy night in February 1989. -- Added by Nimble Novice on 02/15/2014

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Sycamore Row
Sycamore Row by John Grisham (1980s)
A little slow at the beginning, but Grisham's storytelling skills still prevail. -- Added by Alzfighter on 02/09/2014

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Deeper Than the Dead
Deeper Than the Dead by Tami Hoag (1980s)
Tami Hoag is one of the greatest authors. Her characters are wonderful and very lifelike. The story is quite interesting. Her reading on children becoming serial killers is something. She brings the book to an interesting end. judy -- Added by on 02/06/2014

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Half a Heart
Half a Heart by Rosellen Brown (1980s)
Set in 1980's Houston; a wealthy, white, suburban housewife reconnects with her teenage daughter, fathered and raised by an African American man with whom she had taught at an all-black college in the 1960's. The reunion results in an examination of racial tensions, both blatant and subtle. -- Added by Zivah on 02/06/2014

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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg (1980s)
I didn't know which decade to put this in since it covers almost a century! As it was written in the 1980's, I chose that one. This book is a lot more in-depth than the movie. There were some surprises but I think I will let you find out for yourself. Keep in mind that the book was written about a different time and in many respects, a different world. -- Added by Roundaboutgirl on 02/03/2014

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Paradise Valley
Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr (1980s)
I would recommend any of Robyn Carr's books. Wonderful stories and people you would love to know. -- Added by ljchouinard on 02/02/2014

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W is for Wasted
W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton (1980s)
This latest installment of the Kinsey Milhone series is a very serious one. It touches on homelessness, addiction, clinical drug trials, and Kinsey's always touchy relationships with her family. It is one of her longest books, but I found the way she wove several plot lines together very interesting. A few things happen which are bound to affect how Kinsey leads her life in the future, so I am looking forward to the next books. I always enjoy Grafton's portrayal of California and Kinsey's wry outlook on life. -- Added by ElizabethR on 02/02/2014

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City of Glass
City of Glass by Paul Auster (1980s)
Not my favorite book. I didn't like the characters or plot. It was nominated for an Edgar, but I just couldn't get into the book. -- Added by l3bond on 01/28/2014

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Die Trying
Die Trying by Lee Child (1980s)
Reacher pauses to help a young woman on a Chicago street and is inadvertently kidnapped along with her. Who is the woman, and why was she targeted? Where are they being taken? Can they escape their kidnappers, or will they die trying? -- Added by Peter on 01/28/2014

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The Curse of the Pharaohs
The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters (1980s)
It's a fun Egyptology mystery novel, not a whole lot of action but pretty good read :) The second in a series -- Added by madeline on 01/28/2014

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A Light in the Attic
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein (1980s)
Just like my last book I put on. But new poems. Love it. -- Added by RileyC on 01/28/2014

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Hero at Large
Hero at Large by Janet Evanovich (1980s)
This book is a funny, romantic book. It was written by Janet Evanovich at the beginning of her career. -- Added by campbellh on 01/25/2014

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The Marine Corpse
The Marine Corpse by William G. Tapply (1980s)
Boston lawyer Brady Coyne solves a case for one of his clients. -- Added by JudyK on 01/22/2014

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The Left-handed Dollar
The Left-handed Dollar by Loren D. Estleman (1980s)
Recommend. Part of the " Amos walker" series. Enjoy reading about this Detroit detective. Estleman writes like they used to talk in those old 30-40's gangster movies. Great phrasing, as in all of his books, if some times just a bit too much. But, better a little too much than none at all! -- Added by Ecseitziii on 01/20/2014

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The Name of the Rose
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (1980s)
This now-classic of mystery fiction was brand new in 1980, and only available in English in 1983 (before the movie of the same name was made). Its sprawling description and attention to a period of history that I didn't know much about, along with its references to other detective fiction, made it a quick read in spite of the length! -- Added by EmilyS on 01/20/2014

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