And now she’s gone : a novel / Rachel Howzell Hall
Isabel Lincoln is gone. But is she missing? It’s up to Grayson Sykes to find her. Although she is reluctant to track down a woman who may not want to be found, Gray’s search for Isabel Lincoln becomes more complicated and dangerous with every new revelation about the woman’s secrets and the truth she’s hidden from her friends and family. Featuring two complicated women in a dangerous cat and mouse game, And Now She’s Gone explores the nature of secrets–and how violence and fear can lead you to abandon everything in order to survive.
This follow-up to Read and Buried features a huge cast of librarians, and sometimes it’s difficult to keep everybody straight. Series fans will be excited to catch up with Lucy, her romantic partner, the mayor, and Lucy’s friends.
Deception by gaslight / Kate Belli
Stumbling on a murder victim while investigating a jewel thief on New York’s Lower East Side, reporter Genevieve Stewart is rescued by a neighborhood tough who she discovers is a society scion, and her chief suspect. This first in a promising series drops readers right into the dirty, cutthroat streets of a bygone Gotham and introduces a couple whose fortunes they’ll wish to follow.
Mortmain Hall / Martin Edwards
Set in 1930s England, Edgar winner Edwards’s sequel to 2019’s Gallows Court is a triumph, from its tantalizing opening, in which an unnamed dying man begins to explain an unspecified perfect crime, through its scrupulously fair final reveal. Journalist Jacob Flint finds himself framed for murder after a surprise witness helps a man accused of a “blazing car” killing escape the gallows. To save himself, Jacob needs to discover what links these strange events to a remote estate on a northern coast, Mortmain Hall. But the house party culminates in tragedy when a body is found beneath the crumbling cliffs. Rachel Savernake, who’s been invited to the party, proposes an intricate-and dangerous-solution to the assembled guests. Will her relentless quest for the truth bring down the British establishment?
Murder on Cold Street / Sherry Thomas
Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, is back solving new cases in the bestselling series set in Victorian England. When her friend refuses to defend himself after being found in a locked room with two murder victims, Charlotte Holmes navigates baffling evidence and rumors in a case that is further complicated by Lord Ingram’s long-anticipated offer. She eventually cracks the case, while still finding time to resurrect her budding romance with Lord Ingram Ashburton and avoid the long arm of her deadly enemy, Moriarty.
The nightworkers : a novel / Brian Selfon
Inspired by a career that has included corruption cases and wiretaps as an investigative analyst for New York law enforcement, Brian Selfon unspools a tale of crime and consequence through shifting perspectives across the streets, alleys, bodegas, and art studios of Brooklyn.
The sentinel / Lee Child and Andrew Child
A latest entry in the best-selling series, co-written with the author’s brother, finds Jack Reacher following his lizard-brain instincts on a seemingly uneventful night in Nashville, where a recently fired man nurses an increasingly violent grudge. Brutal action mixes with keen-eyed detective work as Reacher metes out his own brand of justice.
Shakeup / Stuart Woods
Looking forward to relaxing with his girlfriend after returning from a dangerous coastal adventure, Stone Barrington finds his plans thwarted by the arrival of a grisly crime on his doorstep, along with some suspicious new clients eager for his help.
The Sicilian method / Andrea Camilleri
Inspector Montalbano combs through an unpopular director’s scrupulously detailed notebooks, plays, dossiers and actor critiques to find a connection between two murders in Sicily’s theater district. The late Camilleri’s antepenultimate novel again combines divinely deadpan drollery with a clever puzzle.
Sister / Kjell Ola Dahl
Early in Dahl’s outstanding seventh ensemble procedural (after The Ice Swimmer), failing Oslo PI Frank becomes entangled in a possible insurance fraud case involving the ferry fire. A murder raises the ante. A dark, chilling and up-to-the-minute Nordic Noir thriller, Sister is also a tense and well-plotted murder mystery with a moving tragedy at its heart.
A song for the dark times : an Inspector Rebus novel / Ian Rankin
Edgar winner Rankin’s excellent 23rd outing for John Rebus (after 2019’s In a House of Lies) takes the retired police inspector from Edinburgh to a remote part of northern Scotland, where his daughter Samantha’s partner, Keith Grant, the father of his school-age granddaughter, has vanished. As Tartan Noir grows in popularity, Rankin continues to lead the charge.
Still life / Val McDermid
DCI Karen Pirie is drawn into a murder investigation involving a historic disappearance, art forgery and secret identities, while dealing with the release of the man responsible for the death of the love of her life from prison. McDermid expertly balances the book’s multiple mysteries, giving none short shrift. Vividly sketched characters, a colorful narrative, and myriad twists keep the pages turning.