The blood spatter covered the hotel desk, unbroken save for a single smudged fingerprint, which caught the detective's … Just kidding, this is a story about library books.
If the top ten most borrowed books lists from local libraries are any indication, though, Tampa Bay loves mystery novels. So hopefully that first sentence hooked you.
Thrillers? Yes, please. Give us drama, suspense, supermarket paperbacks stacked high at the checkout counter. James Patterson, Danielle Steel and John Grisham could all move here and probably never pay for a meal again.
Fiction not your fancy? The most-borrowed non-fiction titles are a bit more varied, but perhaps you ought to try J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy, which was popular among the non-escapist crowd. Tampa Bay was fond of Bill O'Reilly, too.
Here are the Top 10 books checked out from Pasco County public libraries last year:
1. The Fix by David Baldacci
2. Golden Prey by John Sandford
3. 16th Seduction by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
4. Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
5. All By Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark
6. Fast & Loose by Stuart Woods
7. Camino Island by John Grisham
8. Against All Odds by Danielle Steel
9. No Middle Name: the Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories by Lee Child
10. No Easy Target by Iris Johansen
1. Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue
2. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
3. Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him and All the Justice that Money Can Buy — The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein by James Patterson, John Connolly, and Tim Malloy
4. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
5. The World Book Encyclopedia 
6. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
7. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O'Reilly
8. Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
9. Old School: Life in the Sane Lane by Bill O'Reilly and Bruce Feirstein
10. The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman