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  • Jeff Somers 4:12 pm on 2018/11/07 Permalink
    Tags: , allen eskens, , , , , , , , mike lupica, Mysteries, ,   

    November’s Best Mysteries 

    November officially kicks off the holiday season, which means you’re putting together shopping lists and trying to pick out the perfect gifts for everybody. You have to practice self-care, though, which means that aside from choosing the best mysteries to give to your loved ones as gifts, you have to pick out a few for yourself. This week’s best mysteries include new adventures from the best in the business, including the very real Janet Evanovich and Louise Penny and the very fictional Jessica Fletcher.

    Look Alive Twenty-Five, by Janet Evanovich
    Twenty-five books in and Stephanie Plum is going strong as ever, still tackling gritty mysteries with humor, smarts, and competence to spare. This time around Plum’s attention is drawn to the Red River Deli in Trenton, famous for its pastrami and its cole slaw. More recently, it’s become famous because of its disappearing managers—three in the last month, each leaving behind a single shoe. Lula tries to convince Stephanie it’s aliens abducting humans for experiments, but Stephanie figures on something a little less exotic—and takes over running the business herself in order to get to the bottom of things. It’s certainly not the first time Plum has put herself in danger for the sake of a case—and she can only hope it won’t be her last.

    Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny
    Penny’s 14th book featuring Chief Inspector Gamache begins with the retired chief of the Sûreté du Québec receiving the surprising news that he’s one of three executors of the estate of an elderly woman he’s never met. With his suspension and the events that led to it still under excruciatingly slow investigation, Gamache agrees to participate, even thought the terms of the will are outlandish, leading him and his fellow executors to wonder if the old woman was mentally sound. When a dead body turns up, however, it prompts Gamache to reconsider—because the terms of the will suddenly seem much less strange, and much more ominous. Meanwhile the drugs he allowed to remain on the streets as part of his plan to destroy the drug cartels are still out there—and if he doesn’t find them, and soon, there will be devastation throughout the city. For once, Chief Inspector Gamache is something wholly unexpected: desperate.

    Robert B. Parker’s Blood Feud, by Mike Lupica
    In response to a request from Robert B. Parker’s fans, veteran sportswriter-turned-novelist Lupica brings the late Parker’s only female private eye, Sunny Randall, back in this exciting, fast-paced seventh novel. Sunny—hypercompetent as a private detective—is struggling with her emotional state as she deals with being divorced but still drawn to her ex-husband, Richie Burke. Richie, the son of local mobster Desmond Burke, gets shot in the back one night—but the shooter makes it clear that he was left alive on purpose, and that it’s part of a grudge against the Burkes in general. A few nights later, his bookie uncle Peter is shot dead. The Burkes want to handle this on their own, but Sunny can’t stay out of it, even when her investigation beings her repeatedly up against old foe Albert Antonioni, supposedly retired after trying to bump Sunny off. Lupica does Parker proud with this energized, smart story, and Sunny’s fans old and new will be very happy with the way everything turns out.

    The Colors of All the Cattle, by Alexander McCall Smith
    The nineteenth novel featuring Mwa Ramotswe and her fellow investigators and residents of the town of Gaborone is as delightful and insightful as ever. Ramotswe is persuaded to run for a seat on the city council when it’s revealed that the arch-enemy of her agency partner Grace, Vera Sephotho, is in the race. Vera supports a terrible initiative to build a luxury hotel next to the town’s cemetery, which gives Mwa Ramotswe the moral edge in the race, but her compulsively honest answers to questions might complicate her campaign. Meanwhile, the agency deals with the investigation of a hit-and-run case even as their assistant Charlie, finally growing up, engages in his first true romance.

    A Christmas Revelation, by Anne Perry
    Perry’s tradition of offering a Christmas-themed Victorian mystery continues, this time telling the story of nine-year old Worm, an orphan living in mid-19th century London. Worm has found an ersatz family at Hester Monk’s clinic, located at the site of a former brothel, and especially in the sweet Claudine Burroughs and the sour Squeaky Robinson, who once worked at the brothel and now serves as the clinic’s bookkeeper. One day Worm sees a woman on the street who immediately infatuates him with her gentle visage—only to be apparently attacked and kidnapped. Distressed, Worm enlists the reluctant but experienced Squeaky to help him track down the lady and ride to her rescue—but of course, twists and turns abound as they walk the cobble stone streets in search of clues.

    Murder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder, by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land
    Fans of the classic TV show and fans of great mysteries alike will be thrilled with Land’s second outing with writer and detective Jessica Fletcher. In New York for a meeting with her publisher, Fletcher is approached by a fellow writer named Thomas Rudd who tells her he thinks their publisher, Lane Barfield, is skimming money form their royalties—and later turns up dead in a suspicious gas explosion. When she meets with Barfield, however, he can only talk about a new novel he’s acquired from an unknown writer named Benjamin Tally, and he gives Fletcher a copy of it for her opinion. Then the bodies begin to pile up: Barfield turns up dead, an apparent if unlikely suicide, and two other authors who saw the manuscript are dead as well. When Fletcher herself is attacked and left for dead before she can finish the book, she seeks out allies and digs in like only Jessica Fletcher can.

    The Shadows We Hide, by Allen Eskens
    Report Joe Talbert, Jr. reads about a man named Joe ‛Toke’ Talbert, recently murdered in a small Minnesota town. Joe never knew his father, and he wonders if this man might turn out to be his namesake. He begins looking into the man’s life and murder, and finds no shortage of suspects who might have wanted Toke dead, as he was by all reports a terrible human being and worse father. Toke’s wife died shortly before under suspicious circumstances, leaving Toke with a large inheritance, making the solution to his murder an even more complex puzzle—especially since, if Toke is in fact Joe’s father, the money would legally be his. Part personal journey, part grim mystery, Joe learns as much about himself as he does about the man who might be his father as the mystery takes a few delirious twists before the surprising, satisfying ending.

    The Whispered Word, by Ellery Adams
    Nora Pennington and the Secret, Book, and Scone Society return to run Miracle Books and feed the soul with the perfect choice of novel. A new business opens in town, Virtual Genie, offering cash for unwanted goods that it then sells on the Internet. Everyone thinks owner Griffin Kingsley is a perfect gentleman, but Nora isn’t sold. And when an obviously terrified young girl named Abilene wearing a hospital bracelet and some bruises turns up hiding in the store, followed by a pair of suspicious deaths, Nora begins to suspect that Abilene is the next target—and that Griffin Kingsley’s arrival at the same time may not be as much of a coincidence as it first appears.

    Whether it’s holiday stress, plane ride downtime, or the simple pleasures in life, nothing beats a good supply of mysteries to feed the soul while the cold weather moves in. Grab a bunch from this list and thank us later!

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  • Jeff Somers 4:24 pm on 2018/10/03 Permalink
    Tags: , andy carpenter, , , Deck the Hounds, , lou berney, , , Mysteries, otto penzler, , , The Big Book of Female Detectives,   

    October’s Best New Mysteries 

    October is a month for scares and thrills—but there are scares and thrills in the world that have nothing to do with ghosts and goblins. This month’s best mysteries are here to get those goose-pimples popping and those neck hairs rising without a single witch, vampire bat, or werewolf necessary.

    November Road, by Lou Berney
    Berney spins a karmic tale about a mob fixer named Frank Guidry working in New Orleans in 1963. Guidry snips loose ends for his boss Carlos Marcello, violently if necessary. He gets the job of leaving a car in a Dallas parking lot, and after President Kennedy is assassinated he realizes he provided a getaway vehicle for the real shooter—and worse, now he’s a loose end. Trailed by Marcello’s top hitman, Guidry flees and meets up with Charlotte Roy, an unhappy but steel-tipped housewife escaping an abusive husband. As the tension rises, the two find themselves making a surprisingly effective team as they seek to survive in different ways.

    Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales, by P.D. James
    This cunning assortment of previously uncollected stories from the indomitable author of Death Comes to Pemberley is filled with tales of crimes committed long ago, complete with the chilling rationalizations that so often accompany them. Take a deep dive into the heart of a killer, and explore the push-pull in the minds of murderers, witnesses, orchestrators of the perfect crime, and unwitting victims. James’s formidable talent shines even more brightly in her shorter works.

    Deck the Hounds (Andy Carpenter Series #18), by David Rosenfelt
    Rosenfelt’s 18th Andy Carpenter novel brings Christmas to Paterson, New Jersey. Andy tries to help out a homeless man named Don Carrigan, offering the veteran and his dog the Carpenter garage apartment during the cold weather. But when Don is arrested for murder, Andy finds himself taking on a new legal client. There’s a sniper working in the area, and Andy quickly finds himself dealing with a blood-curdling series of crimes that put both Don and Andy’s lives in danger. Rosenfelt’s characters are as warm and bighearted as ever, and the holiday setting makes this a great gift for the person who has everything, especially the previous 17 Andy Carpenter books.

    The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, edited by Louise Penny
    Anyone looking to skim the cream of mystery fiction need look no further—between them, guest editor Penny and series editor Otto Penzler offer up twenty of the absolute best from the famous and the soon-to-be. Penny’s thoughtful selections feature fantastic short fiction from Michael Connelly, Martin Limón, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Andrew Klaven, Paul D. Mark, Joyce Carol Oates, Andrew Bourelle, and twelve others. The choices run the gamut from surprising reinventions of the genre to masterful exercises in the genre’s traditional beats and pleasures.

    The Big Book of Female Detectives, edited by Otto Penzler
    The legendary Otto Penzler continues his popular ‛Big Book’ series with a deep dive into detective fiction with a decidedly female-first focus; considering the current climate, the timing for such a book couldn’t be better. With authors including Agatha Christie (who offers up a delightful Tommy and Tuppence mystery), Marcia Muller (who contributes a Sharon McCone adventure), Phyllis Bentley, Charlotte Armstrong, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and Mignon G. Eberhart, this anthology once again demonstrates why Penzler is the most reliable editor working in the mystery genre today.

    October isn’t just a month of tricks and treats—it’s also a month for gumshoes and gimlet-eyed private detectives. Which mysteries will you be reading this month?

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  • Sarah Skilton 2:00 pm on 2018/09/07 Permalink
    Tags: back in the saddle, , Mysteries, ,   

    6 Reasons Andrew Shaffer’s Hope Never Dies Is the Perfect Buddy Comedy 

    If you’ve ever chuckled at an Obama/Biden meme, in which Joe plays a prank and Barack rolls his eyes affectionately, Andrew Shaffer’s Hope Never Dies—one part mystery, one part fanfic—is for you. When his favorite Amtrak conductor dies and all evidence points to murder, the former Veep can’t resist launching his own investigation. After all, life has gotten a bit dull since vacating his post in D.C., and he’s eager to be useful again, especially if that means teaming up with his partner-in-service and BFF, the 44th President of the United States. A perfect buddy comedy ensues. Here are six reasons why we love it.

    1. It’s fast-paced with a concise narrative voice
    Shaffer knew to keep things short and sweet. Chapters range from one to five pages, and the yarn is narrated by Biden himself, using semi-hardboiled prose: “I glanced over my shoulder, but no one was there. Barack had disappeared into the inky darkness, same as he’d come, leaving nothing behind but the stale smell of smoke.” (Don’t worry: with one exception, Obama sticks to Nicorette gum.) 

    2. The dialogue is gold
    Biden, re: the machinations of an apparent femme fatale: “Son of a buttermilk biscuit, we got bamboozled!” Obama, in response to whether he’ll run for any type of office again: “Michelle would kill me in my sleep. She said she’d smother me with a pillow. Even showed me which one she’d use.” 

    3. Its characters’ behavior is very on brand.
    Obama is “cool as cucumber lotion” in tense situations, but always willing to step into the fray when needed, as when Joe’s being held at gunpoint by a biker gang. Joe, who swaps his bomber jacket and aviator sunglasses for a KISS MY BASS hat as a “disguise,” is impulsive and hotheaded, eager to go with his gut, as when he storms the hideout of the aforementioned biker gang. Together they’re unstoppable. 

    4. A genuine relationship shines through
    The former Veep and ex-President are best friends and it shows, even if they’re going through a rough patch right now. There’s nothing either wouldn’t do for the other, even if they bicker like brothers. Obama schools Biden on the flowers he chose for Jill (“The lily is a funeral flower. If you were going for romantic, you should have gone for roses”) and Biden accuses Obama of ditching their true-blue friendship to go windsurfing with celebrities (cough, Richard Branson). Their initial meetup sets the tone: “I offered a handshake. Barack turned it into a fist bump. It was a greeting I’d never been able to master, but I gave it my best shot. Barack smirked. Just like old times.”

    5. Funny situations abound
    When a fast-food clerk makes a casual remark about global warming, Barack can’t resist explaining the finer points of it to her, and his passion for the topic wins her over. He and his secret service agent, healthy eaters both, are horrified by what Joe orders at a diner (a “hot and bothered” plate of hash browns, covered with “cheese, onion, diced ham, and jalapeno.”) To pass the time inside a particularly rancid no-tell motel, Biden and Obama launch into a game of “POTUS, SCOTUS, or FLOTUS,” in which one of them names three women, and the other responds with the role he’d prefer for her. (Prior to participating, Obama acknowledges it’s a little demeaning to women, and wonders if Strom Thurmond came up with it.)

    6. It’s absurd but brilliant
    While picturing the events of the story, you may occasionally think, “This is CRAZY.” But is it? I mean, who could have predicted what would happen once this duo left office? Is this any crazier than what has actually occurred since 2016? My advice is to embrace the setup, because if you’re willing to suspend disbelief, it’s sort of plausible. I like to think so, anyway.

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 5:00 pm on 2018/08/31 Permalink
    Tags: a willing murder, ann cleeves, , christmas cake murder, , dark tide rising, depth of winter, , field of bones, george pelecanos, , , joanna fluke, john woman, , leverage in death, , Mysteries, , robert b. parker's colorblind, sofie kelly, the cats came back, the man who came uptown, , , wild fire: a shetland island mystery   

    September’s Best New Mysteries 

    The days are growing shorter and brisker, and fall is in the air. There’s no better time to relax on the porch (or to claim the comfiest chair in the living room) while you enjoy one of these shiny new mysteries.

    Leverage in Death (In Death Series #47), by J. D. Robb
    Robb ratchets up the tension in the 47th installment of her long-running but still incredibly gripping series. When businessman Paul Rogan detonates a suicide vest he’s wearing during an innocuous merger meeting in a Manhattan office building, killing himself and nearly a dozen others, Lt. Eve Dallas is left wondering whether this was as an act of terrorism, or a homicide. Delving into Rogan’s past and interviewing his surviving wife and daughter leads Dallas down a nightmarish path cut by villains who will do anything to get what they want.

    Robert B. Parker’s Colorblind, by Reed Farrel Coleman
    Jesse Stone is back to work after some time in rehab, but his latest case is more than he bargained for. A slew of crimes that appear racially motivated, including an African American woman’s murder, is leaving everyone shaken, and it hits close to home when Jesse’s deputy, Alisha, the first black woman on the Paradise police force, becomes the victim of an extremely devious frame-up. In the meantime, Jesse has taken a young troublemaker who has recently rolled into town under his sleeve, but it’s a decision he may come to regret.

    Depth of Winter (Walt Longmire Series #14), by Craig Johnson
    In the terrifying new novel in the beloved Walt Longmire series, Walt’s worst nightmare is realized when his daughter, Cady, is kidnapped by a vicious Mexican drug cartel—and they’re auctioning her off to the highest bidder among Walt’s (many, many) sworn enemies. When neither the American nor the Mexican governments offer much assistance, Walt must head off into the 110-degree Northern Mexican desert by himself to find her.

    Field of Bones (Joanna Brady Series #18), by J. A. Jance
    Sheriff Joanna Brady is on maternity leave, but a frightening serial killer’s gruesome shenanigans across several jurisdictions draw her back on the case (although tending to a newborn and reading through the cold cases in her father’s diaries is interesting, a chilling serial homicide case is just as compelling in its own way).

    Christmas Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #23), by Joanna Fluke
    Fans of this delicious series will relish traveling back in time with Hannah Swensen to a Christmas many years ago, where they will witness the origin of Hannah’s bake shop, the Cookie Jar. Hannah is feeling stalled in life and in love, and she throws herself gratefully into the recreation of a marvelous Christmas Ball in honor of elderly local hospice resident Essie Granger. But soon Hannah finds herself sucked into Essie’s old notebooks, which detail a fascinating mystery story that soon becomes more than just a story—and more deadly, too.

    A Willing Murder, by Jude Deveraux
    After Sara Medlar retires from a highly successful career as a romance novelist, she finds herself getting restless. So she takes on a very large (as in, mansion-sized) renovation project in her hometown of Lachlan, Florida, but it ends up being a bit more than she can manage. Fortunately her niece Kate has accepted a job in Lachlan and needs a place to stay, so she gives Sara some much-needed company. Before long sparks begin to fly between Kate and another houseguest, contractor Jackson Wyatt. Unfortunately, before long the unlikely trio unearths a pair of long-buried skeletons, which shake the town up in a bad way. Beloved romance author Jude Deveraux brings us her very first mystery novel and it’s a perfect blend of romance and suspense.

    John Woman, by Walter Mosley
    A deliciously offbeat and unexpected novel of ideas from a master of the mystery genre, John Woman tells the story of an ordinary young man who reinvents himself as John Woman, history professor with revolutionary ideas about controlling the narrative of history in order to command your own destiny. But a dark incident from his past—and shadowy individuals who may be using their knowledge of it to control him—threaten the new life he has built for himself.

    The Cats Came Back (Magical Cats Mystery Series #10), by Sofie Kelly
    Mayville Heights, MN librarian Kathleen Paulson and her magical cats, Hercules and Owen, are excited for the town’s upcoming music festival—until a dead body turns up by the river. Sadly, the victim is a friend of Kathleen’s, but she also bears a striking resemblance to a singer who was slated to perform at the festival. Was she really the target, or was this a case of mistaken identity? Fans of this long-running series (even those who aren’t cat people!) will lap up this entertaining installment.

    Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women (Mrs. Jeffries Series #36), by Emily Brightwell
    Christopher Gilhaney seems to have made enemies at a recent Guy Fawkes Night dinner party—judging by the fact that he was shot dead later that night. Granted, he did spend the evening insulting every guest in attendance, to the mortification of hostess Abigail Chase. The mystery of Christopher’s murder, which is suspected to be related to a botched robbery, remains unsolved six weeks later, and Inspector Witherspoon’s expertise is called upon. But the holidays are approaching, and Witherspoon and his household at large are concerned that their holiday plans are at risk of being interrupted. Can they put this one to bed, or will the truth forever elude them?

    Dark Tide Rising (William Monk Series #26), by Anne Perry
    When a wealthy businessman’s wife is kidnapped in broad daylight, he asks the Thames River Police to be there for her ransom exchange. Monk assembles a trusted team of men, but when the exchange goes awry, he is left wondering who gave away knowledge of their plans. As he begins to dig into the pasts of some of his most seemingly faithful colleagues, he uncovers dangerous secrets that put more just their working relationships at risk.

    Wild Fire: A Shetland Island Mystery (Shetland Island Series #8), by Ann Cleeves
    An English family moves to the Shetland islands, hoping to build a better life for their autistic son—but when the body of a local young nanny is discovered, hanging in their old barn, it sparks rumors of an affair and throws the entire family into suspicion. When Det. Insp. Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate, his boss, Willow Reeves, returns to head the investigation, which forces him to confront their rather complicated relationship. This compelling installment may be Perez’s final case, and fans would do well not to miss it.

    The Man Who Came Uptown, by George Pelecanos
    Like many inmates, Michael Hudson is passing the time in prison by reading voraciously—and lucky for him, the prison librarian, Anna, has taken a shine to him and is keeping him supplied with books. Also lucky for Michael is the fact that a witness in his trial has been discouraged from testifying, and he is soon free. Now that he’s back out in the world, Michael discovers that thanks to his literary education, it’s a much broader world than he remembers. But he’s torn between the temptation to stay straight, and his allegiance to the man who helped get him released. You’ll race through this fascinating examination of redemption and hard choices.

    What mystery novels are you excited to read this month?

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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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