Here’s a selection of recent books in our Mystery collection.
The bounty / Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton
With roots in the Vatican Bank priesthood that served Hitler during World War II, the mysterious organization known only as the Brotherhood is hunting for a lost train loaded with $30 billion in Nazi gold. And back as a team, straight-arrow FBI agent Kate O’Hare and con-man charmer Nick Fox are hunting the Brotherhood.
The consequences of fear : a Maisie Dobbs novel / Jacqueline Winspear
In 1941 London, Freddie Hackett, a young message runner for the government, hides in a bombed-out house as he witnesses a murder and is then shocked to encounter the killer when he does his next delivery. The police don’t believe him, so he seeks out to Maisie Dobbs to whom he once delivered a message.
The dark heart of Florence / Tasha Alexander
In 1903, Lady Emily and her husband, Colin Hargreaves, an agent of the Crown, travel to Florence to follow up burglaries at his daughter’s palazzo. Upon arrival, they are greeted by a violent death and soon dig up dark secrets dating back to the Medicis that have bearing on contemporary politics.
Dark sky : a Joe Pickett novel / C.J. Box
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett must accompany a Silicon Valley CEO on a hunting trip, but soon learns that he himself may be the hunted. Finding himself without a weapon, a horse, or a way to communicate, Joe must rely on his wits and his knowledge of the outdoors to protect himself and his charge
Death with a double edge : a Daniel Pitt novel / Anne Perry.
The fatal stabbing of one of his colleagues in chambers leads Daniel Pitt on a trail of murder that stretches backward and forward in 1911 London. When two more murders and a kidnapping occur, Daniel and his father must work together to find justice for the victims even if their chief suspect appears untouchable.
Double jeopardy / Stuart Woods
The superrich New York lawyer Stone Barrington launches an investigation in coastal Maine, where he confronts high-connected and well-funded family enemies hiding in plain sight among the region’s stately houses and private clubs.
The foreign girls / Sergio Olguín
Two foreign girls are murdered after a high society party in Yacanto del Valle, northern Argentina. Their bodies are found in a field near sacrificial offerings, apparently from a black magic ritual. Verónica Rosenthal, an audacious, headstrong Buenos Aires journalist with a proclivity for sexual adventure, could never have imagined that her holiday would end with her two friends dead. Not trusting the local police, she decides to investigate for herself.
Haunted hibiscus / Laura Childs
In this latest “Tea Shop Mystery,” queen-of-teas Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier Drayton are attending a fundraiser at the Bouchard Mansion—now gussied up as a literary- and historically-themed haunted house for Halloween—when the body of a young author signing at the event is seen dangling from a tower window. Theodosia gets involved when her detective boyfriend is shot in hot pursuit of a suspect.
Murder in an Irish bookshop / Carlene O’Connor
Overwhelmed by her duties training the new town guard while planning her wedding, Siobhán visits a discriminating new bookshop in town before becoming embroiled in the murder of a visiting author who had infamously insulted the work of another writer.
Nighthawking / Russ Thomas
The title of Russ Thomas’ Nighthawking, refers to a practice not dissimilar to grave-robbing—clandestine late-night metal detecting and potential plundering at archaeological sites, cemeteries or other locations of historical interest.When the nighthawker on the hunt for antiquities instead uncovers the body of a foreign student, Detective Adam Tyler is pulled into a serpentine mystery of dangerous secrets, precious finds, and illegal dealings.
Not dark yet : a DCI Banks novel / Peter Robinson
In between “murdering” pints of ale, Banks and his team are investigating the gruesome death of crooked property developer Connor Clive Blaydon, found disemboweled in his pool. Someone seems to have really hated this guy. When a videotape of a brutal rape committed during one of Blaydon’s wild parties surfaces, the investigation broadens, and Banks’ friend Zelda, a former sex slave now devoted to stopping trafficking, gets involved. Both Banks and Zelda come up against two old enemies, both of whom are now working together, and find themselves sharing a harrowing ordeal.
Ocean prey / John Sandford
The murders of three Coast Guard officers chasing a suspicious boat in Florida waters by crooks who set fire to the boat moments after abandoning it send shock waves through the DEA, the FBI, and eventually the U.S. Marshals Service. The locals call in Lucas, who in turn enlists Virgil and U.S. Marshal Rae Givens. Lucas does the house-to-house while Virgil and Rae infiltrate the drug-smuggling mob suspected of the killings.
Old sins : a Henry Johnstone 1920s mystery / Jane A. Adams
Complex characters and an intricate plot lift Adams’s mystery featuring Scotland Yard’s Det. Chief Insp. Henry Johnstone , which centers on the murders of two retired policemen, Walter Cole and Hayden Paul, a week apart in the fall of 1929. Both victims were in financial trouble, and at each crime scene there was a note with the words “old sins.” Thoughtful, introspective Henry and his genial sergeant, Mickey Hitchens, pursue a trail that leads them into the criminal underworld and society’s rarefied circles. The tension rises as Henry is pushed to his limit and the life of a family member is put in jeopardy.
On Harrow Hill / John Verdon
When an old colleague comes to him for help solving the mysterious death of his town’s most prominent resident, retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney must use all of his analytical skills to hunt a murderer who just might be killing from beyond the grave. The investigation uncovers progressively more baroque variations on the theme of deceptive appearances. The surprises keep coming as the plot builds to an impressive reveal.
Smoke : an IQ novel / Joe Ide
Brilliant young detective Isaiah Quintabe hunts a serial killer while his streetwise partner, Dodson, confronts a different kind of killer in the corporate world. The author has an innate ability to find the humor and humanity in both the evil and the innocent characters, and shows that rediscovering one’s mojo can come only after confronting obstacles.
A stranger in town : a Rockton novel / Kelley Armstrong
Another thrilling investigation by Detective Casey Duncan reveals long-hidden truths about an isolated community. Although the Rockton series is set in the contemporary, real world, the town’s isolation and limited access to technology creates an atmosphere similar to a historical western or post-apocalyptic science fiction.
Summer of secrets : a gaslight mystery / Cora Harrison
The dress rehearsal for a charity performance at Knebworth House is disrupted by the discovery of a body lying in the centre of the stage, shot to death. With everyone involved in the play coming under suspicion, writer-sleuths Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens, spending the summer at Knebworth House, feel compelled to investigate. Dickens and Collins cleverly misdirect the police as they seek a satisfactory solution.
The survivors / Jane Harper
In this atmospheric mystery, two tragedies, more than a decade apart, have dire consequences for a tiny Tasmanian town. Haunted by guilt for a reckless and consequential mistake in his youth, Kieran returns to his coastal hometown and his struggling fishing-industry parents, before the discovery of a body on the beach reveals long-held secrets.
Transient desires / Donna Leon
Investigating a mysterious boating accident outside his jurisdiction, commissario Guido Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, discover that one of the suspects is associated with Laguna’s sinister underworld. To get to the bottom of what proves to be a gut-wrenching case, Brunetti needs to enlist the help of both the Carabinieri and the Guardia di Costiera. Determining how much trust he and Griffoni can put in these unfamiliar colleagues adds to the difficulty of solving a peculiarly horrible crime whose perpetrators are technologically brilliant and ruthlessly organized.
An unexpected peril / Deanna Raybourn
As the newest member of the Curiosity Club, an elite society of brilliant, intrepid women,Veronica Speedwell is excited to put her many skills to good use, alongside her professional partner in natural history, and recently, amorous relations, the Honorable Revelstoke “Stoker” Templeton-Vane. Assembling a memorial exhibit for a famed mountaineer, Veronica discovers evidence that the late climber may have been murdered. In addition, a princess is missing and a peace treaty is on the verge of collapse. She and Stoker must work together to keep the treaty intact while navigating unwelcome advances, assassination attempts, and Veronica’s own family.
May, 2021: BC