Djinn patrol on the purple line / Deepa Anappara
Set in a sprawling Indian slum, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line centers on a trio of kids who venture out to look for a missing classmate. (Also available as an ebook and downloadable audiobook on Libby/OverDrive.)
Take it back / Kia Abdullah
Racial and gender divides in contemporary Britain are cross-examined in this intelligent courtroom thriller by Kia Abdullah. When Jodie, a sixteen-year-old girl with facial deformities, accuses four boys in her class of an unthinkable crime, the community is torn apart. After all, these four teenage defendants are from hard-working immigrant families, and they all have proven alibis. Even Jodie’s best friend does not believe her. (Also available as an ebook and downloadable audiobook on Libby/OverDrive.)
Snow / John Banville
Investigating the murder of a County Wexford priest in 1957, Detective Inspector St. John Strafford navigates harsh winter weather and the community’s culture of silence to expose an aristocratic family’s dangerous secrets. (Also available as a downloadable audiobook on Libby/OverDrive.)
Northern Spy / Flynn Berry
A taut and compassionate thriller about a young mother who is drawn into working as a double agent in the Irish Republican Army to protect her sister. It’s been years since the Good Friday Agreement was signed, but tensions in Northern Ireland remain at a constant simmer. The police believe Marian, Tessa’s sister, has joined the IRA, but Tessa knows this is impossible. They were raised to oppose Republicanism, and the violence enacted in its name. And besides, Marian is vacationing by the sea. Tessa just spoke to her yesterday. When the truth of what has happened to Marian reveals itself, Tessa will be forced to choose: between her ideals and her family, between bystanderism and action. Walking an increasingly perilous road, she fears nothing more than endangering the one person she loves more fiercely than her sister: her infant son. (Also available as a downloadable audiobook on Libby/OverDrive.)
The harbor: a novel / Katrine Engberg; translated by Tara Chace
When fifteen-year-old Oscar Dreyer-Hoff disappears…the police assume he’s simply a runaway—a typically overlooked middle child doing what teenagers do all around the world. But his frantic family is certain that something terrible has happened. After all, what runaway would leave behind a note that reads: He looked around and saw the knife that had stabbed Basil Hallward. He had cleaned it many times, till there was no stain left upon it. It was bright and glistened. As it had killed the painter, so it would kill the painter’s work, and all that that meant. It would kill the past, and when that was dead, he would be free. It’s not much to go on, but it’s all that detectives Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner have. And with every passing hour, as the odds of finding a missing person grow dimmer, it will have to be enough. Series: Kørner and Werner #3.
The Searcher / Tana French
Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets. (Also available in large print, as an audiobook CD, and as an ebook and downloadable audiobook on Libby/OverDrive.)
56 days: a thriller / Catherine Ryan Howard
No one knew they had moved in together. Now one of them is dead. Could this be the perfect murder? 56 DAYS AGO, Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin the same week Covid-19 reaches Irish shores. 35 DAYS AGO, when lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests that Ciara move in with him. She sees a unique opportunity for a new relationship to flourish without the pressure of scrutiny of family and friends. He sees it as an opportunity to hide who – and what – he really is. TODAY Detectives arrive at Oliver’s apartment to discover a decomposing body inside. Will they be able to determine what really happened, or has lockdown provided someone with the opportunity to commit the perfect crime?
A Line to Kill / Anthony Horowitz
When Ex-Detective Inspector Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, are invited to an exclusive literary festival on Alderney, an idyllic island off the south coast of England, they don’t expect to find themselves in the middle of murder investigation–or to be trapped with a cold-blooded killer in a remote place with a murky, haunted past. Series: Daniel Hawthorne novels #3.
(Also available as an audiobook CD, ebook and downloadable audiobook on Libby/OverDrive.)
The golden cage / Camilla Läckberg
An exhilarating new novel from a global superstar–a sexy, over-the-top psychological thriller that tells the story of the scorned wife of a billionaire, and her delicious plot to get her revenge and bring him to his knees. Series: Faye Adelheim #1. (Also available as an ebook on Libby/OverDrive.)
Silverview / John Le Carré
Julian Lawndsley has renounced his high-flying job in the city for a simpler life running a bookshop in a small English seaside town. But only a couple of months into his new career, Julian’s evening is disrupted by a visitor. Edward, a Polish émigré living in Silverview, the big house on the edge of town, seems to know a lot about Julian’s family and is too interested in the inner workings of his modest new enterprise. When a letter turns up at the door of a spy chief in London warning him of a dangerous leak, the investigations lead him to this quiet town by the sea . . . (Also available in large print, as an audiobook CD, and ebook and downloadable audiobook on Libby/OverDrive.)
The night singer / Johanna Mo; translation by Alice Menzies
Police detective Hannah Duncker didn’t expect to return to her native Öland. She fled after her father’s murder conviction and returns to make peace with her shame. She has a new job with the local police and a nosy new partner. A fifteen-year-old’s death catapults her into a murder investigation that resurrects ghosts from her previous life. As she hunts for the truth, she must confront the people she abandoned. Not all are pleased to see her back home, and she soon learns that digging through the past comes with consequences. Series: Island murders #1.
The man who died twice / Richard Osman
Richard Osman is back with everyone’s favorite mystery-solving quartet, and the second installment of The Thursday Murder Club series is just as clever and warm as the first-an unputdownable, laugh-out-loud pleasure of a read. Series: Thursday murder club #2. (Also available in large print, as an audiobook CD, and as an ebook on Libby/OverDrive.)
The half life of Valery K / Natasha Pulley
In 1963, in a Siberian prison, former nuclear specialist Valery Kolkhanov has mastered what it takes to survive: the right connections to the guards for access to food and cigarettes, the right pair of warm boots, and the right attitude toward the small pleasures of life so he won’t go insane. But one day, all that changes: Valery’s university mentor steps in and sweeps him from the frozen camp to a mysterious unnamed city. In City 40, Valery is Dr. Kolkhanov once more, and he’s expected to serve out his prison term studying the effect of radiation on local animals. But as Valery begins his work, he is struck by the questions his research raises. Why is there so much radiation in this area? What, exactly, is being hidden from the thousands who live in the town? And if he keeps looking for answers, will he live to serve out his sentence?
Hold your breath, China / Qiu Xiaolong
Chief Inspector Chen and Detective Yu Guangming are brought into a serial murder case when the Homicide squad proves incapable of solving it. But before Chen can make a start, he is called away by a high-ranking Party member for a special assignment: to infiltrate a group of environmental activists meeting to discuss the pollution levels in the country and how to prompt the government into action. Chen knows it will be a far from simple task, especially when he discovers the leader of the group is a woman from his past. Meanwhile, Yu is left to investigate a serial murder case on his own. Both Chen and Yu face pressure from those above to resolve the cases in a satisfactory way . . . even if that means innocents face the punishment. Series: Inspector Chen Cao mysteries #10.
Death at Greenway / Lori Rader-Day
Bridey Kelly has come to Greenway House, the beloved holiday home of Agatha Christie, in disgrace. Her only chance for redemption is a position in the countryside caring for children evacuated to safety from the Blitz. The biggest mystery might be the other nurse, Gigi, who is like no one Bridey has ever met. When a body washes ashore near the estate, Bridey is horrified to realize this is not a victim of war, but of a brutal killing. With a mystery writer’s home as their unsettling backdrop, the young women must unravel the truth before their safe haven becomes a place of death…
The witch hunter / Max Seeck; translation by Kristian London
A shocking murder in an affluent Helsinki suburb has ties to the occult. A bestselling author’s wife has been found dead in a gorgeous black evening gown, sitting at the head of a formally set dinner table. Her most chilling feature – her face is frozen in a ghastly smile. At first it seems as though a deranged psychopath is reenacting the gruesome murders from the victim’s husband’s bestseller, The Witch Hunter. But investigator Jessica Niemi soon realizes she’s not looking for a single killer but rather dozens of believers in a sinister form of witchcraft. They know her every move and are always one step ahead. Series: Detective Jessica Niemi novels #1.
Devil and the Dark Water / Stuart Turton
A detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist. It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Traveling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend’s innocence. (Also available in large print, as an ebook and downloadable audiobook on Libby/OverDrive.)
The coldest case / Martin Walker
An anonymous skull, an unsolved murder, sinister rumors from the Cold War era of espionage—Bruno’s investigation into a long-standing cold case finds him caught between an enigmatic winegrower and a menacing Communist organization from the past. Series: Bruno Courreges mysteries #14. (Also available in large print and downloadable audiobook on Libby/OverDrive.)
LP: August 2022