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The art of violence / S. J. Rozan
In the latest mystery from S. J. Rozan, Bill Smith and Lydia Chin must track down a serial killer stalking women in New York’s contemporary art scene. Their client Sam Tabor is a well-known artist who is often described as “tormented,” the flavor of the month in the fickle Manhattan art milieu. A blackout alcoholic, he doesn’t remember killing anyone, but the crime scene “signature” is eerily evocative of his first crime.
Bone canyon / Lee Goldberg
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detective Eve Ronin investigates the cold-case disappearance and death of a woman whose remains are found in the aftermath of a Santa Monica Mountains fire.
Cold wind : a mystery / Paige Shelton
Second in a new series set in Alaska from beloved cozy author Paige Shelton, Cold Wind will chill your bones. When a body is found nearby, and two girls who never talk knock at journalist Beth River’s door, Beth and the close-knit locals look into the town’s past to find answers.
A deadly edition : a Blue Ridge Library mystery / Victoria Gilbert
Investigating an art dealer’s murder to help clear a friend’s name while juggling the demands of her approaching nuptials, librarian Amy Webber is thwarted by her aunt Lydia’s boyfriend, who believes the chief suspect is guilty.
Eddie’s boy : a novel / Thomas Perry
Perry’s latest novel, opens with not one but four would-be assassins trying—and failing miserably—to take out the Butcher’s Boy. Retired, and known these days as Michael Shaeffer, he is still savvy enough to know that if someone sent four trained killers, there will be more in the wings waiting for their turn. There’s a lot more backstory and a lot more innovative executions along the way as Michael tries to stop the attempts on his life.
Heather and homicide / Molly MacRae
Macrae’s delightful fourth Highland Bookshop mystery (after Thistles and Thieves) opens with the arrival of true crime writer Heather Kilbride in Inversgail, Scotland, where she plans to research the recent Murray murder case, which American expat Janet Marsh, Janet’s daughter, and Janet’s two friends and business partners had a hand in solving. Appealing local color, including a dash of Scottish dialect, buoys this easygoing mystery, which is heavy on pleasant conversation and deductive rumination if light on action. Cozy fans are in for a treat.
Hot to trot / M.C. Beaton
Jealously investigating an ex’s intended, Agatha Raisin crashes the wedding only to become implicated in the bride’s murder, a situation that immerses Agatha in the cutthroat equestrian world.
Moonflower murders / Anthony Horowitz
Horowitz, who matches a baffling puzzle with a sympathetic, flawed lead, has never been better at surprising the reader and playing fair. This is a flawless update of classic golden age whodunits.
The night of the fire : a mystery / Kjell Eriksson
A pair of arsons and a handful of murders lead investigators into the dark world of young Swedish neo-Nazis. A pivotal series entry, blending procedural details with nuanced character development and insightful social commentary. This artful blend of mystery and psychology is sure to please Scandinavian noir fans.
One of our own/ Jane Haddam
Ready to retire, former FBI agent and police consultant Gregor Demarkian takes on his last case in Haddam’s One of Our Own, trying to figure out how elderly Marta Warkowski ended up in a coma—and in a big plastic garbage bag—and why her dead super is locked in her apartment. Haddam cleverly integrates political issues such as illegal immigration and affordable housing into an intricate and gripping plot.
THE OUTCAST GIRLS /Alys Clare
In this next mystery in the 1880s London-set series starring private investigators Lily Raynor and Felix Wilbraham, Lily is called on to impersonate an assistant matron at the Shardlowes School. Her aim is to discover what happened to several vanished pupils. Mystery and social commentary combine in a heartbreaking and sadly relevant tale.
Silent bite / David Rosenfelt
Rosenfelt’s entertaining 22nd mystery featuring semiretired defense attorney Andy Carpenter finds Andy and his family returning home to Paterson, N.J., after a Caribbean cruise, which he didn’t particularly enjoy, when he gets a call from Willie Miller, his friend and partner in the Tara Foundation, a dog-rescue operation. Loads of dog lore and Andy’s gripes about things that get under his skin add to the fun.
The silver shooter / Erin Lindsey
Pinkerton agents who specialize in the paranormal have a rousing adventure in the Wild West of the 1880s. Lindsey keeps the suspense at a high pitch throughout.
The turning tide / Catriona McPherson
MacPherson’s vivid 14th Dandy Gilver mystery opens in the summer of 1936, when Dandy Gilver and her inquiry agent colleague, Alec Osborne, receive a series of letters from a Scottish minister begging for their help. MacPherson does a masterly job capturing the feel of rural Scotland and the mores of pre-WWII Britain.
This first Chatty Corgi mystery features all the elements of a good cozy. Leaving London and her life of high finance behind, Emma and her talking corgi Oliver move to an idyllic village in Cornwall where she hopes to open a tea shop but instead finds herself steeped in a mystery when her disagreeable landlord winds up dead.