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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2018/07/30 Permalink
    Tags: desolation mountain, , feared, , , Mysteries, , Olen Steinhauer, pieces of her, , , the middleman, the mystery of three quarters, the prisoner in the castle, walking shadows, william kent krueger   

    August’s Best New Mysteries 

    The dog days of summer are here at last, but armchair sleuths know the best way to fight rising temperatures is by diving into a chilling new mystery. Gumshoes are spoiled for choice this month when it comes to choosing their next adventure. There’s a new nailbiter by Karin Slaughter (so get ready to stay up all night), Lisa Scottoline has brought us a twisty new addition to the Rosato and DiNunzio series, and Sophie Hannah continues her expert revival of Agatha Christie’s incomparable Hercule Poirot novels. Grab your motorized fan, your frosty beverage of choice, and prepare to find your next favorite mystery.

    Feared (Rosato and DiNunzio Series #6), by Lisa Scottoline
    The law firm of Rosato and DiNunzio is being sued for reverse sex discrimination—by three men who say the firm refused to hire them because they were men. Not only that, but the firm’s only male employee is getting ready to resign in order to back up their case. Of course, the plaintiffs’ are being represented by noneother than ruthless attorney Nick Machiavelli, who holds a grudge against Mary, and is doing everything he can to not only win the (bogus) case, but destroy the firm in the process. And when the case becomes deadly, the stakes grow ever higher.

    Pieces of Her, by Karin Slaughter
    Timid Andrea Cooper and her mother Laura are enjoying a quiet birthday lunch together at the mall when a sudden act of violence causes Laura, a celebrated speech therapist, to spring into action. Andrea is left scrambling to learn more about her mother’s past, even as a frightening incident with an obsessed intruder from her past leaves Laura in the hospital. It’s up to Andrea to piece together her mother’s past in order to protect both of them from imminent danger. Like all of Slaughter’s brilliant books, this novel is a thrill ride that never lets up.

    Desolation Mountain (Cork O’Connor Series #17), by William Kent Krueger
    Throughout his life, Stephen O’Connor has had visions that have warned him of tragedies to come. When he experiences a vision of a giant bird being shot out of the sky, he knows it’s a harbinger of terrible news, and he’s proven right when he learns that a devastating plane crash on Desolation Mountain has killed a senator and most of her family. Stephen and his father, Cork, head to the scene to look for survivors, but when the FBI shows up, they figure their involvement in the crash is over. Instead, it has only begun, as the pair is drawn into a harrowing investigation filled with suspicious characters and shadowy organizations with hidden agendas—who become deadly when their livelihoods are threatened. The B&N Exclusive edition of this harrowing story features a bonus Cork O’Connor short story.

    The Prisoner in the Castle (Maggie Hope Series #8), by Susan Elia MacNeal
    Imprisoned on a remote Scottish island at the height of WWII because of her possession of sensitive information about the planned invasion of France, former spy Maggie Hope and her fellow inmates are passing the time not entirely unpleasantly…until they begin dropping dead in grisly and mysterious ways. Can Maggie solve the mystery of these murders and—more importantly—escape both her prison and their fate before it’s too late? Fans of Agatha Christie’s unforgettable And Then There Were None will relish this smart, tightly-written historical thriller and its compelling heroine.

    The Middleman, by Olen Steinhauer
    In this chillingly modern and evocative thriller, four hundred Americans disappear one summer day in 2017—leaving behind their phones, IDs, and families and vanishing without a trace. It turns out they are part of a movement that refers to itself as the Massive Brigade, which was formed by a disturbing and charismatic leader, Martin Bishop. Members of the Massive Brigade are disenfranchised by current politics, but their actual goals are unknown, and the FBI, along with Special Agent Rachel Proulx, is determined to get to the bottom of their organization before it can cause irreparable damage to the country. This nailbiting thriller, which feels ripped from the headlines, is perfect for John le Carré fans looking for a whip smart, challenging read that will make them think.

    The Mystery of Three Quarters (Hercule Poirot Series), by Sophie Hannah
    Poirot returns from a lunch to find a furious woman on his doorstep berating him for sending her a letter accusing her of the murder of one Barnabas Pandy, whom she claims to have never heard of. Poirot has never heard of him either, and as it turns out, three other people have also received letters from someone impersonating Poirot and accusing them of murdering Pandy. In her third novel continuing the adventures of the late Agatha Christie’s lively detective, Sophie Hannah has written an ingenious mystery that fans of Christie will thoroughly enjoy.

    Walking Shadows: A Decker/Lazarus Novel, by Faye Kellerman
    When the body of a young man is found brutally murdered in the woods just outside a quiet town in upstate New York, Peter Decker can find no immediate explanation for the crim. The victim, Brady Neil, was quiet, hardworking, and kept to himself. But as Decker digs deeper into his past, he discovers that Brady’s father was a convicted criminal, having robbed a jewelry store years earlier. The store’s owners were found dead, but Brady’s father always denied killing them. As the plot thickens, one of Brady’s few friends goes missing, and also turns up murdered. Can Decker get to the bottom of this decades-old mystery before it gets any deadlier?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2018/06/29 Permalink
    Tags: a gathering of secrets, a measure of darkness, a noise downstairs, , , , david rosenfelt, , , , , Mysteries, , paradox, rescued, the quiet side of passion: an isabel dalhousie novel, the sinners   

    July’s Best New Mysteries 

    July is the time for gumshoes to put on their wide-brimmed detective hats, slather on the SPF, and dive into an exciting new mystery. We’ve got something for everyone in this crop of whodunnits, psychological thrillers, and charming cozies, which includes everything from adorable dogs to a haunted typewriter.

    Paradox (FBI Series #22), by Catherine Coulter
    What could the attempted kidnapping of FBI Agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock’s five year old son have to do with a collection of bones dredged up from the bottom of a lake after a sherrif witnesses a murder on its surface? As it turns out, there may be a strong link—and it’s in the form of a escaped mental patient who is out for revenge. The twenty-second installment in Coulter’s bestselling FBI series has the pulse-pounding plot and relentless pacing that her fans know and love, and it’s going to be tough to put this one down before you’ve reached the end.

    A Measure of Darkness (Clay Edison Series #2), by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman
    Deputy coroner Clay Edison has enough on his plate these days. His brother is out of prison, and family things are complicated; he’s got a good thing going with his steady girlfriend and he’s worried about screwing it up, and his last case, although successful, netted him a suspension. So he’s not exactly thrilled when he’s called to the scene of a wild party in an up and coming neighborhood that’s gone wrong—wrong enough to need a coroner. One victim in particular stands out as different from the other—Jane Doe was horribly assaulted and left for dead and no one has been able to identify her. Obsessed with her case, Clay’s investigation into her story leads him down dark path into a harrowing world filled with danger and terrible secrets.

    A Gathering of Secrets (Kate Burkholder Series #10), by Linda Castillo
    Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to investigate a fire in an insular Amish community—a barn burned to the ground in the middle of the night—but when the body of a well-known and well-liked young Amish man is found among the wreckage, burned alive, the mystery deepens and turns sinister. As Kate turns to the community she was once a part of for answers, she finds herself rebuffed at every turn. Is it because she’s an outsider—or is this seemingly peaceful community hiding something dark and disturbing? The closer Kate comes to the truth, the more she is forced to acknowledge about her own past—and a chilling possibility.

    The Sinners, by Ace Atkins
    Things are going poorly for Sheriff Quinn Colson these days. Ages ago his late uncle put the Patriarch of the no-account Pritchard clan behind bars, but he’s out now, and ready to cause trouble. Quinn’s got a wedding to get ready for, which is a positive development, but it’s been overshadowed by a sketchy trucking firm that has come to Tibbehah with its own violent agenda. When an innocent man pays the price of a business partnership gone wrong, can Quinn get his groove back in time to make sure justice prevails?

    Rescued, by David Rosenfelt
    Fans of the Andy Carpenter series know that mysteries + puppies = a winning combination, and the 17th novel in the series is further proof. Andy is hard at work manning the Tara Foundation, his dog rescue organization, which he enjoys a bit more than his chosen profession as a defense lawyer. But when the driver of a truck carrying 70 dogs up for adoption is murdered, the case has his name on it. The only small snag? The person accused of the murder is none other than Andy’s wife’s (handsome, strapping, ex-Marine) ex-fiance. Even worse? Andy believes his claim of innocence. This case is shaping up to be an extra tricky one, but his wife is insisting he take it.

    A Noise Downstairs, by Linwood Barclay
    Paul Davis is a college professor enjoying a normal life when he witnesses a murderer getting rid of several bodies on a deserted road late at night. This experience derails his enjoyably mundane existence and leaves him deeply traumatized, and when his wife Charlotte buys him a typewriter in an effort to cheer him up, he begins hearing the sound of typing in the middle of the night—but he’s the only one who can hear it. Before long, Paul has convinced himself that the typewriter has something to do with the murderer he witnessed—who apparently forced his victims to type apologies to him right before he killed them. This twisty psychological thriller by a master of the genre is not to be missed.

    The Quiet Side of Passion: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, by Alexander McCall Smith
    Isabel has her hands full with her family (two young boys) and her career (a ton of editing work has falling into her lap), so at her husband’s suggestion she hires an au pair, and an assistant editor—but both women are involved in dubious romantic entanglements that Isabel worries may affect their work. As their boss, should she get involved in their personal lives? In the meantime, Isabel is befriended by Patricia, the single mother of a friend of her son’s. Knowing that Patricia has a hard time of it raising a child by herself, Isabel tries to reserve judgment when she notices Patricia making dubious decisions—but she grows concerned when she notices her associating with one particularly unsavory character.



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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 5:00 pm on 2018/04/30 Permalink
    Tags: , donald bain, jessica fletcher, , julia heaberlin, krista davis, murder on union square, murder she wrote: a date with murder, Mysteries, , , paper ghosts, probable claws: a mrs. murphy mystery, , robert b. parker's old black magic, the diva cooks up a storm,   

    The Best New Mysteries of May 2018 

    There are some fiendishly clever mysteries coming your way this month! Pack one of these exciting new novels in your carryon and you’ll be rejoicing at the prospect of an extra long layover…

    Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic, by Ace Atkins
    Decades ago, precious paintings were stolen from a venerable Boston art museum—and the crime has remained unsolved, the case long gone cold…until now. Letters containing paint chips from one of the priceless works of art cross the desk of a Boston journalist, and the museum asks PI Spenser to search for answers. When the museum’s wealthy but irritating benefactor pledges five million dollars to whomever can recover the stolen goods, Spenser and his friends Hawk and Vinnie Morris must wade into a flotsam of crooked black market art dealers, dangerous Mafia bosses, and garden-variety murderers to find the truth and secure the prize.

    Probable Claws: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery, by Rita Mae Brown
    Snow has blanketed the community of Crozet, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen is in the process of building a new work shed, which her architect friend Gary Gardner was kind enough to design for her. But then Gary is shot by a masked motorcyclist, right in front of Harry and Deputy Cynthia Cooper. Shocked by this brutal act, Harry begins to research her friend’s past in an effort to track down the killer, and is dismayed by what she finds. Just as she’s beginning to put the pieces together, there’s another murder, and Harry finds herself heedlessly pursuing a ruthless murderer and exposing bone-deep corruption that puts her (and her steadfast furry companions Mrs. Murphy and Pewter the crime-solving cats, and Tee Tucker the Corgi) into imminent danger.

    Murder, She Wrote: A Date with Murder, by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain, and Jon Land
    When Jessica Fletcher’s good friend Babs loses her husband Hal to an apparent heart attack during a party, Jessica suspects that his death was no accident. She believes it may have had something to do with a shady online dating site he was on when he and Babs were going through a rough patch—a site that may have also cheated him out of a fortune. Enlisting the help of a young hacker, Jessica finds herself coming ever closer to discovering Hal’s killer—and the closer she comes, the more her life is at stake. Fans will be delighted to discover that author Jon Land carries the torch remarkably well for late author Donald Bain (who penned every previous book in this sharp, clever series).

    The Diva Cooks Up a Storm (Domestic Diva Series #11), by Krista Davis
    The 11th novel in the delightful Domestic Diva series finds hostess with the mostess Sophie Winston delighted when her best friend Nina Reid Norwood clues her in to the hottest new craze in the world of epicureans: a pop-up gourmet dinner party. But Sophie’s enthusiasm for the enjoyable event, with its celebrity chef and fancy guest list, is dimmed when Hollis Haberman brings his brand new trophy wife to the soiree (at which his son and ex-wife are also guests). When Hollis unexpectedly bites the dust, Sophie must keep this trendy meal from becoming anyone else’s last supper.

    Murder on Union Square, by Victoria Thompson
    Newlyweds Frank and Sarah Molloy are excited to add to their family by adopting Catherine, a child Sarah rescued and has since been raising as her own. But Catherine’s legal father, an actor named Parnell Vaughan, has a claim on her, and is standing in the way of their happiness—his fiancé has urged him to make Frank and Sarah pay him a financial settlement before he will give up his parental rights. Although they agree to this shady extortion, when Frank brings the payment to Vaughan, he discovers that he has been murdered, and Frank becomes an obvious suspect. When he and Sarah begin to investigate Vaughan’s past, however, what they discover leads them down a hazardous rabbit hole they were ill prepared for.

    Paper Ghosts, by Julia Heaberlin
    12 years ago, the sister of the unnamed female narrator of Paper Ghosts disappeared, and she has single-mindedly devoted all her energy since then to discovering what happened. Her investigations eventually led her to a 61 year old documentary photographer named Carl Louis Feldman, whom she believes is the kidnapper and killer (of her sister and many others). But Feldman suffers from dementia, and insists that he does not remember his past. This does not stop her from taking him on a road trip across Texas to visit the sites of murders she believes he committed, in an effort to jog his memory and to satisfy her insatiable desire to learn the truth. A twisted, unforgettable thrill ride, this thrilling novel will leave you breathless.

    What mysteries are you staying up late to finish this month?

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  • Jeff Somers 6:30 pm on 2018/04/24 Permalink
    Tags: , kinsey millhone, kinsey scale, Mysteries,   

    The 10 Most Essential Sue Grafton Mysteries 

    In the realm of fictional private investigators, Kinsey Millhone stands apart for a number of reasons. She’s a woman, first of all, though that was a lot more unusual in 1982, when Sue Grafton launched her bestselling series of alphabetically ordered mystery novels. She’s also iconoclastic and minimalist, preferring her tiny apartment and a steady diet of junk food to the lavish jet-set lifestyle of some protagonists we could name. And Grafton aged her deliberately over the course of 25 books, planning to have Millhone celebrate her 40th birthday in book 26.

    Sadly, Grafton passed away before the final book could be written (today, in fact, would’ve been her 78th birthday). But that still leaves 25 books in the “Alphabet” series, covering letters A through X. If you’re just coming to the series now, that number might be a bit intimidating, but you needn’t let that deter you—the series is remarkably consistent in terms of quality, so reading all 25 is no chore, but despite Grafton’s decision to allow Millhone to move forward in time, the books aren’t really dependent on one another. You could read the 10 best—presented below in series order—and come away with a good grasp of the character (and, we’ll bet, a desire to go back and fill in the gaps).

    A is for Alibi
    It really is best to start at the beginning. Grafton’s first novel wasn’t an instant hit, and the plot isn’t as airtight as later installments. But the character of Kinsey Millhone leaps off the page fully-formed, a spirited woman who thinks for herself and cares more about justice than about earning a paycheck. Most of her foibles and tics are on display here, from her love of snacks to her disdain for grooming (she cuts her own hair and doesn’t do a great job), and Grafton’s first moment of true genius comes at the ending, which sees Millhone solving the main murder while also discovering she’s gotten a lot of other things entirely wrong—a rare case of a reader having a cake (the case is solved) and eating it too (there’s one more shocking twist in store).

    B is for Burglar
    Grafton perfected her concept in the second book, which has a much stronger plot. Millhone is hired to find a missing person, but when she goes to Florida to check out the woman’s vacation home she finds a man living there, claiming to be a tenant—a tenant no one knew about. Grafton establishes Millhone’s intelligence and grit as she enters a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a killer, showing us everything that makes the character unforgettable but avoiding making her into a collection of quirks. She’s a butt-kicking, mystery-solving machine in a story that never slows down.

    D is for Deadbeat
    Any time a private detective is handed cash, people are going to crawl out of the woodwork, and Millhone is no exception. Asked by a drunk to give $25,000 to the survivor of a car crash he caused while driving while intoxicated, Millhone is determined to honor his wishes even after he turns up dead—but finds herself beset by ex-wives, children, and the drug dealers the money was stolen from in the first place. Although Grafton sometimes loses track of her own plot, she manages to pull it all back together for another story that serves to strengthen the fundamentals of Kinsey’s character and outline the rules of the seedy universe she operates in. Plus, the book’s just a lot of fun.

    H is for Homicide
    This book represents the point at which Grafton really got into a groove with her character, universe, and plotting. In a story that involves insurance fraud, the murder of someone close to our protagonist, and Kinsey going undercover to crack the case, Grafton finds plenty of opportunities to have a little fun, and she makes hay with all of them, introducing a cast of side characters that are fascinating but believable, all of whom contribute to a strong plot filled with great twists and turns. Grafton found an ideal balance between quirk and humor on the one hand and a seriously tense mystery on the other.

    J is for Judgment
    Hands down, this is one of the best cases Kinsey Millhone ever gets involved with. A wealthy banker disappears in an apparent suicide after his not-exactly-legitimate financial empire begins to collapse. Five years later, he’s officially declared dead, and his wife gets a huge insurance payout. When the banker is then spotted in Mexico, Kinsey’s hired to look into the mess. One of the strengths of this one is how focused it is on that central case; while the forays into Kinsey’s neighbors, landlord, and family that crop up in other books are entertaining and sometimes illuminating for the character, the clarity of purpose in this novel is energizing.

    K is for Killer
    Probably the darkest of the Millhone novels, and one of the best. Kinsey is suffering from insomnia, an affliction that starts off as a minor and somewhat humorous problem but develops into a debilitating weakness as sleep deprivation makes her start to doubt her own memory and perceptions. The case involves a dead body that lay undiscovered for so long a cause of death cannot be determined. Kinsey quickly figures out the dead woman was an under-the-radar prostitute, opening up a wide list of possible murder scenarios—and a long list of potential killers. With Kinsey’s confidence at an unusual low ebb, it’s the first time the reader can’t be 100 percent certain she will prevail at the end.

    M is for Malice
    A wealthy man, a junkie son who’s the black sheep of the family, a last will and testament that cuts the son out of the inheritance in favor of his three brothers—so far, so straightforward. But everything goes hinky when the father dies and the will goes missing. Kinsey is hired to locate the son, long banished due to his drug habit. When she digs him up, he’s clean and sober and seems to honestly regret his past behavior—and Kinsey finds his siblings to be unpleasant. What should be a clear-cut resolution to a simple problem quickly goes sideways, and Kinsey slowly unravels a dense mystery on her way to figuring who she can believe—if anyone. This one would rightly be a bestseller even without the charm of Kinsey Millhone.

    N is for Noose
    This novel features Kinsey’s off-center charm in spades. Hired by a police detective’s widow to pick up the cold case he’d spent his life trying to solve, Kinsey discovers that the small town he lived in is more or less united in the opinion that the matter should remain a mystery, and that his widow is nothing but a muckraker. Kinsey initially agrees, seeing nothing to justify the detective’s obsession—until she’s brutally assaulted in what seems a clear attempt to run her off. Anyone who’s ever read a detective novel knows the best way to keep a PI on a case is to try to threaten them, and Kinsey dives into the case with renewed passion. The small town characters are expertly sketched, and making Kinsey the fish-out-of-water sheds new light on her character and reminds even long-time fans why she’s one of the best fictional sleuths ever imagined.

    O is for Outlaw
    While it’s not necessary for readers to know all the details of Kinsey’s past and family in order to enjoy the books, it’s great fun every time we make a new discovery. This book is a great way to catch up on most of those details, because the case Kinsey takes on is more or less her own life. She stumbles onto evidence that proves she was 100 percent wrong about one of the reasons she used to justify leaving her husband. The revelation forces Kinsey to reexamine her decisions and dig back into her past. Along the way, we learn an awful lot about Kinsey Millhone’s journey into her late 30s.

    The really sad part about Sue Grafton’s passing is that even at the tail end of the alphabet, she was still doing some of her best work. X is a complex book that slowly twists together three narrative arcs: the main mystery, in which Kinsey is hired by a woman to search for a recently released convict who might be her long-lost son; Kinsey’s kindhearted efforts to help a peer’s widow organize his case files, leading her into surprising danger; and the matter of a frightening man who might be a serial murderer—and who is definitely obsessed with Kinsey. It’s a tightly-written thriller that delivers on all three plot threads, and ends with a few details unresolved, leading us directly into Y is for Yesterday, the unintended final book (a book also worth reading—it’s not only Kinsey’s swan song, but a pretty great installment).

    Kinsey Millhone will never see her 40th birthday, and the world will never get another Sue Grafton book. Both facts are tragedies—but at least we have 25 novels with which to celebrate both of their lives.

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2018/03/30 Permalink
    Tags: after anna, , , , , cave of bones, , , , , , Mysteries, new and mysterious, richard jury series, the good pilot peter woodhouse, , the sixth day, , twenty-one days   

    The Best New Mysteries of March 2018 

    Greetings, gumshoes! March may have gone out like a lamb, but April’s new crop of mysteries is roaring in. From a gritty retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth by the peerless Jo Nesbø, to the story of a long-lost daughter whose sudden reappearance brings nothing but trouble, this month’s crop of whodunits is ready to surprise you with twists and turns you didn’t see coming.

    After Anna, by Lisa Scottoline
    In this tense family drama, Noah Alderman, a widower with a young son, gets a second chance at love when he marries Maggie Ippolitti, who is wonderful with his child and gives him the happy family he has longed for. When Maggie’s teenage daughter Anna, whom she hasn’t seen since she was an infant, reappears in her life, Maggie is also overjoyed that she gets a second chance at being the parent to Anna that she has always longed to be. But Anna’s reappearance upsets all of their lives, as she manipulates Noah and Maggie and pits them against each other, destabilizing their happy marriage. When Anna is murdered, Noah stands accused of the crime. Maggie doesn’t want to believe it, but the evidence against him is overwhelming…until she begins to dig deeper into Anna’s past, and uncovers darker secrets than she could have imagined.

    The Sixth Day (A Brit in the FBI Series #5), by Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison
    Things are heating up in the A Brit in the FBI Series—the fifth installment opens with a number of deaths of well-known politicians, which authorities are trying to claim are merely coincidental—until a drone is spotted near the steps of 10 Downing street when the German Vice-Chancellor is murdered. It’s clear there’s a hidden agenda behind these killings, and special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine must track down a descendant of Vlad the Impaler, whom they believe is hell-bent on attacking London.

    The Knowledge (Richard Jury Series #24), by Martha Grimes
    When Richard Jury learns that a gambler-slash-astrophysics professor at Columbia he’s become friendly with was murdered in front of a casino-slash-gallery called the Artemis Club, he’s furious. When he learns that the murderer jumped into a cab directly after committing the crime, Jury follows that lead and finds himself in an investigation that leads from Tanzanian gem mines to a cabbies-only pub so secretive that not even the police can get the location out of anyone. Grimes’s funny, offbeat Richard Jury series crackles with wit and is packed with bizarro characters.

    The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse, by Alexander McCall Smith
    A moving story of love and friendship set against the tumultuous backdrop of World War II, this standalone novel is by the bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, and features his charming, deftly-drawn characters and intricate plotting. A young woman named Val is working on an English farm when she crosses paths with a U. S. Air Force pilot named Mike. When Val rescues a dog from an abusive owner, she finds him a home on Mike’s air force base, and she and Mike fall in love. The dog, Peter Woodhouse, becomes a fixture on the air force base, but disaster strikes as the war drags on, and when Mike and Peter Woodhouse draw a German corporal into their lives, it sets off a series of events that challenges their notions of friendship, loyalty, and love.

    Macbeth, by Jo Nesbø
    Brilliant thriller writer Jo Nesbø (author of the Harry Hole series) has written a fascinating entry in the inventive Hogarth Shakespeare series, in which modern authors update classic Shakespeare plays. Nesbo sets Macbeth in a dilapidated town in Scotland in the 1970s that is plagued by drugs and corruption. Duncan, the chief of police, is working to stem the tide of both and is assisted by SWAT team head Macbeth. But vicious local drug lord Hecate has his own agenda, and uses pressure and manipulation to push Macbeth, already unstable and paranoid, into serving his own terrible ends.

    Cave of Bones (Leaphorn, Chee and Manualito Series #4), by Anne Hillerman
    When a young participant in a character-building program returns from an outdoor trek shaken and upset, Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manualito, who happens to be visiting the program, questions her and discovers that she came across a body in the rugged wilderness of New Mexico. Even more disturbing is the possibility that the body may belong to a missing program instructor. When Bernie investigates further, she discovers that this missing persons case may be connected to a very old one in which Joe Leaphorn was involved. In the meantime, her husband Jim Chee is dealing with a nightmare scenario of his own: a violent man he sent to prison on domestic violence charges is out—and he’s taken up with Bernie’s sister, Darleen. Navigating this extremely tricky emotional territory is going to push Jim to his limits.

    Twenty-One Days (Daniel Pitt Series #1), by Anne Perry
    It’s 1910, and young lawyer Daniel Pitt has some rather large shoes to fill, as the son of the esteemed Thomas and Charlotte Pitt (stars of Perry’s long-running series by the same name). Hungry to make a name for himself, junior barrister Daniel takes on the case of one Russell Graves, a biographer who has been found guilty of his wife’s murder. Unless Daniel can find the real killer, Graves will hang in only three weeks. But as Daniel digs deeper into the case, his investigations bring him closer to a colleague of his father’s, and his loyalty to the law is soon pitted against his duty to his own family—and to an innocent man whose life is on the line.

    What mysteries are you excited to read in April?

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