Locked Room Mysteries


Our Mystery Month celebration continues with Locked Room Mysteries.  This sub-genre was popular in the Golden Age of mysteries (1920s & 1930s). Simply defined, it is “any crime committed in such a way that it seems impossible to determine how it was done.”

As Sherlock Holmes said, “The game is afoot.” Can you figure it out?


Even the Wicked by Lawrence Block

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe   (considered the original locked room mystery)

The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle; also: The Sign of Four, Adventure of the Empty House and The Valley of Fear

The Vanished Man by Jeffery Deaver

Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers

Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie;  also And Then There Were None, They Do It With Mirrors, Murder of Roger AckroydSeven Dials Mystery

Bryant and May Off the Rails by Christopher  Fowler

Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Cover her Face and Shroud for a Nightingale by P.D. James

The Locked Room by Maj Sjöwall

Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh


Doylestown Delayed Opening


On Tuesday May 21st the Doylestown Branch Library will be open 3pm-9pm.  The book drops will be available while the library is closed.

All other locations will be open as usual.


Bucks County Free Library Board Meeting


Wednesday, May 15, 5:30

Levittown Branch

7311 New Falls Road, Levittown

Celebrate Mystery Month at the Library


Cozy Mystery– /’kōzē ‘mist(ə)rē/ (noun)

Cozy mysteries are considered “gentle” books… no graphic violence, no profanity, and no explicit sex. Most often, the crime takes place “off stage” and death is usually very quick. Prolonged torture is not a staple in cozy mysteries! The victim is usually a character who had terrible vices or who treated others very badly. Dare I say…. the victim “deserved to die?” And, there are usually connections between the victims (if indeed there are multiple victims… which usually, in a cozy mystery, there are!), even though the reader is not aware of the obvious connections until the amateur sleuth solves the crimes.

from Cozy-Mystery.com

Janet Evanovich

Stephanie Plum series

Alexander McCall Smith

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series

Elizabeth Peters

Vicky Bliss series, Amelia Peabody series

Joanne Fluke

Hannah Swensen series

Diane Mott Davidson

Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries

Lilian Jackson Braun

The Cat Who ***** series

Donna Andrews

Meg Langslow series

Dorothy Gilman

Mrs. Pollifax series

Alan Bradley

Flavia de Luce Mystery series

M.C . Beaton

Hamish Macbeth series

Agatha Christie

Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot

Ellis Peters

Brother Cadfael series

Cleo Coyle

Coffeehouse Mystery series

Laura Childs

Tea Shop Mystery series, Scrapbooking Mystery series, Cackleberry Club Mystery series

Nancy Atherton

Aunt Dimity series

Susan Wittig Albert

The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series, China Bayles series

Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series

Earlene Fowler

Benni Harper series

Jasper Fforde

Thursday Next series

Lisa Lutz

Izzy Spellman Mystery series

New Fiction for April

Take a look at the titles hitting our shelves this month:


General Fiction

Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley

Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg

This Magnificent Desolation by Thomas O’Malley



The Famous and the Dead by T. Jefferson Parker

The Other Child by Charlotte Link

The Perfect Ghost by Linda Barnes



A Man Without Breath by Phillip Kerr

Pale Horses by Jassy Mackenzie

Tuesday’s Gone by Nicci French



And the Miss Ran Away With the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle

The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick

Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie Bowman


Bucks County Free Library Board Meeting


Tuesday, April 16, 5:30 pm

Bensalem Branch

3700 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem

Legal Forms at the Library


Your Bucks County Library card now gives you access to thousands of customizable legal forms online through our BCFL LawDepot page.  Log in from home or from one of the library’s computers to create an account and get started.


Choose from thousands of forms, including:

  • Power of Attorney
  • Last Will and Testament
  • Prenuptial Agreement
  • Promissory Note
  • Bill of Sale
  • Purchase Agreement
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Employment Contract
  • Residential Rental/Lease
  • Commercial Lease
  • Landlord/Tenant Notices


Access your LawDepot library account at any time to view, edit, create, and print your legal documents.  All LawDepot forms, contracts, and agreements are created by a full-time team of lawyers and are updated often in accordance with changes in the law.  Forms are also customized by state or region, so you can choose the form that best suits your needs.

Sign up on the BCFL LawDepot page and get started today.

New Fiction for March

Looking for something to help you while away these rainy days?  Take a look at the new fiction titles hitting library shelves this month.


General Fiction

Benediction by Kent Haruf

The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

Middle C : A Novel by William H. Gass



Breaking Point by C.J. Box

The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne

Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman


Historical Fiction

Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick

The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates

The Conquest of Lady Cassandra by Madeline Hunter



The Striker : An Isaac Bell Adventure by Clive Cussler

Dark Tide : A Novel by Elizabeth Haynes

The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Söderberg

Bucks County Free Library Board Meeting


Tuesday, March 19, 5:30 pm

Doylestown District Library Center

150 South Pine Street, Doylestown

The Next Generation of Library eBooks

Get ready for a new way to enjoy OverDrive eBooks from the library! Check out this video to see some of the new features:



Some of the key features include:

  • One-Step Checkout™: Once you’ve logged in with your library card number, it just takes one click to borrow a title.
  • OverDrive Read™: Read eBooks online or offline.  You can download the title–as you’ve always been able to–or you can choose to start reading right away in your web browser. Using OverDrive Read, your place will be saved no matter what device you pick up.
  • Find your next book fast with filtered search, personalized title recommendations and more.