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

    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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  • Ross Johnson 8:00 pm on 2018/10/01 Permalink
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    October’s Best Biographies and Memoirs 

    The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, by Jane Leavy
    Everyone knows his name, but the specifics of the life and legacy of the 20th century’s biggest baseball star have begun to fade. This new biography comes just in time: Ruth almost singlehandedly invented celebrity culture, particularly with regard to athletes, and it’s impossible to understand much of our modern world without considering Ruth, and the very large life he lead. As a means of capturing the excitement and appeal that surrounded the complex figure, Leavy centers her book around the three-week barnstorming victory tour that Ruth undertook with Lou Gehrig in 1927.

    The Unstoppable Ruth Bader Ginsburg: American Icon, by Antonia Felix with Mimi Leder
    Our unlikeliest pop culture icon, Supreme Court Justice RBG’s face adorns T-shirts, coffee mugs, and even action figures. In celebration of her quarter-century on the Court, as well as of a forthcoming biopic, this pictorial overview covers the entirety of her life and career, from her youth, to her education, to her continuing judicial legacy. In addition to the pictures and illustrations, the book includes quotes, excerpts of speeches and opinions, and commentary.

    This Will Only Hurt a Little, by Busy Philipps
    Actress and Instagram star Phillips shares the deeply candid story of her life and career in a book that’s both deeply funny and straight-talking in its assessment of the challenges of making it in a sexist system (she recounts instances of on-set bullying and body shaming). As she does in her acting and in her social media, Phillips holds back nothing on the page, neither triumphs or stumbles.

    All the Way: Football, Fame, and Redemption, by Joe Namath with Don Yaeger
    Fifty years after Namath lead the New York Jets to a Super Bowl victory against the Baltimore Colts, the icon tells the story of his journey from small-town Pennsylvania kid to sports legend. Across half a century, Namath spent time at the height of celebrity, but also dealt with debilitating injuries that saw him addicted to painkillers and alcohol. Here, he reveals that the charmed life he appeared to lead masked real challenges.

    Reagan: An American Journey, by Bob Spitz
    One of the most fascinating people to have ever sat in the Oval Office, Ronald Reagan has remained an elusive figure, notoriously challenging biographers who have struggled to separate the human from the actor. Bob Spitz promises a post-partisan look at the beloved but divisive president, covering the entire scope of his life with information gathered from hundreds of interviews as well as newly available documents. He covers not just the success in politics, but also the impoverished and bookish upbringing that somehow paved the way for a career in Hollywood and beyond. Fully reckoning with Reagan’s strengths and weaknesses, Spitz’s book represents our most complete picture to date of a complicated figure.

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography, by Eric Idle
    Next year marks a half-century since Monty Python first appeared on television, and this new autobiography from one of the leading lights of the surrealist comedy troupe seems a fitting way to kick off the celebration. In the ’60s, Eric Idle was at the forefront of Britain’s cultural revolution, rubbing shoulders with the Beatles and Bowie, before becoming a mainstream star through work on films like Life of Brian and, more recently, Broadway’s musical sensation Spamalot. It’s a fascinating and funny look behind the scenes of a fascinating life.

    Heavy: An American Memoir, by Kiese Laymon
    Essayist, novelist, and English professor Laymon describes his long road from a hard-headed, troubled youth in Mississippi, to world-class educator. It’s the story of his own life—and struggles with abuse, sexual violence, obesity, gambling, and anorexia—but it’s also about the nation writ large, and about the black experience in a country desperately determined to avoid reckoning with its past.

    Grant, by Ron Chernow
    Our view of Ulysses S. Grant is frequently framed around a well-meaning presidency marred by scandals that occurred on his watch but outside his view. He’s frequently characterized as either a failed businessman who chanced into the top job in the Union army, or as a brutal general. Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Chernow, one of our most important popular historians, paints a fuller picture of Grant’s life, with ups and downs that make for great drama. His efforts to destroy the KKK and advocate for equal justice are among the many elements that make his story important even today.

    Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson
    Writing biographies of geniuses Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin was just a warm-up for Walter Isaacson, who here takes on one of history’s most towering intellectual figures: the polymath Leonardo, whose talents combined art and science in a way that’s never quite been replicated in the centuries since he lived. Isaacson’s biography looks not just at Leonardo’s life, but also attempts to unravel the unique combination of talent and ambition that drove him.

    Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, by Chris Matthews
    Following up on his JFK biography Jack Kennedy, MSNBC anchor Matthews turns his eye on younger brother Bobby, whose impact on the 1960s was almost as great. In Matthews’ extensively researched book, it becomes clear that Bobby had the potential to go even further than Jack; eschewing a career as a naval officer in favor of a joining on as a common sailor, Bobby developed skills that Matthews suggests led him to connect with voters from all walks of life. It’s a revealing portrait of a man who never really got a chance to show us all he was made of.

    Whose story inspires you?

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  • Jeff Somers 3:00 pm on 2018/10/01 Permalink
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    October’s Best Thrillers 

    The Reckoning, by John Grisham
    Grisham’s latest is a compelling mystery set in the wake of World War II. Veteran Pete Banning, now enjoying civilian life as a farmer, gets up one day, has breakfast with his sister, and then drives into town and shoots the Reverend Dexter Bell three times, killing him. Banning makes no attempt to resist arrest, and only states that he has “nothing to say” about the murder. Is it connected to his wife, Liza, so recently committed to a hospital? Or is there a less obvious mystery afoot? As the community struggles to understand what’s happened, Grisham digs deeply into Banning’s backstory, following his journey through life and war on the way to a killing no one understands.

    Dark Sacred Night, by Michael Connelly
    Connelly pairs up two of his most enduring characters as Harry Bosch, now retired and working cases for his own reasons, and LAPD Detective Renée Ballard see their paths cross. After Ballard files a sexual harassment claim against the police department, she gets relegated to the graveyard shift. One night she catches Bosch looking through an old case file, researching the unsolved murder of a runaway girl in 2009. When she learns the girl’s mother, Daisy, is staying with Bosch as he helps her recover from drug addiction, Renée is moved to help. Meanwhile, Bosch’s other activities have put him directly in the sights of one of the most violent and ruthless street gangs in the area, Varrio San Fer 13, making the new partnership an extremely dangerous one—not that the detective is the type to spook easily.

    Ambush, by James Patterson and James O. Born
    When Detective Michael Bennett receives an anonymous tip that leads him into an attempted assassination, he quickly realizes it’s the work of a talented and mysterious professional, who soon targets Bennett’s family, while serving perfect red herrings clues to keep Bennett and his fellow cops chasing their tails. As Bennett puts the pieces together while protecting everyone he cares about, he realizes that while the assassin’s motivates are related to the rival cartels trying to corner the city’s drug traffic—cartels that may have joined forces to take out their main obstacle: Detective Michael Bennett.

    Paper Gods, by Goldie Taylor
    When Ezra Hawkins, a long-serving black congressman from Georgia, is assassinated, a hunt begins for both the killer and the congressman’s replacement. On the same day, infamous reporter Hampton Bridges is almost killed in a car accident that doesn’t seem so accidental, which drives him to dig even harder into the seamy underbelly of Georgia politics. Hawkins’ obvious successor would be his protégé, Atlanta Mayor Torrie Dodds—but dissatisfaction with Hawkins has soured Dodds, who resents a system controlled by wealthy white elites. As Bridges tracks down corruption and skulduggery, more killings ensue, and Dodds finds a mysterious link between the victims—one of whom is her own disgraced brother.

    The Night in Question, by Nic Joseph
    Paula Wilson works a rideshare gig to help with the medical bills that are crushing her family. One night she picks up her final passenger and is thrilled to recognize famous musician Ryan Hooks in her backseat. When she brings him to his destination and he’s met by a woman decidedly not his equally famous wife, Paula does something desperate—she suggests the best way to keep his meeting out of the papers is to pay her. But when it later turns out someone was murdered at that address, Paula realizes she might be the only person to know about Hooks’ secret affair, and thus the only witness to a terrible crime.

    The Trust, by Ronald H. Balson
    Balson’s fourth book following Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart sees Liam returning with reluctance to Northern Ireland for a funeral. He isn’t looking forward to seeing his family again, but is soon  astonished to find he’s been named the executor of his uncle’s secret trust, which can only be settled after Fergus’ murder is solved. Liam is forced to do the last thing he wants: take a deep dive into his family’s affairs, their long-standing connection to the IRA and the Troubles, and the skein of greed, resentment, and violence at the end of his every inquiry. Whoever killed Fergus is undoubtedly watching.

    Smile, by Roddy Doyle
    Booker Prize-winner Doyle returns with a fascinating character study that follows Victor Forde, a past-his-prime radio commentator who returns to his dingy hometown after separating from his celebrity chef wife. Abandoning his determination to make friends and do some writing, Forde drinks his sorrows away at Donnelly’s pub, spending time with the locals and then tottering off to work on a project he never quite gets started. One night at Donnelly’s, Forde encounters an old schoolmate, Fitzpatrick, a man he quite doesn’t remember from hisviolent years at St. Martin’s Christian Brothers School. Fitzpatrick forces Forde to revisit those dark childhood years, unraveling a decades-old mystery and memories of sexual abuse, and slowly becomes the man’s unlikely best friend, as Doyle builds to an ending both unexpected and inevitable.

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  • Jeff Somers 7:51 pm on 2018/09/28 Permalink
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    October’s Best History Books 

    Presidents of War, by Michael Beschloss
    From the War of 1812—the first conflict conducted by an American president—to the Vietnam War, renowned historian Beschloss analyzes wartime presidents and offers insights on their performance, the results of the conflict, and their subsequent records on civil rights and more. Discussing everything from Polk’s performance during the Mexican-American War, through the Civil War, to all the presidents who oversaw the conflict in Vietnam, Beschloss points out that every war president has received extraordinary powers from Congress, but not all have used those powers well or wisely, and not all American wars have yielded benefits for the country.

    In the Hurricane’s Eye, by Nathaniel Philbrick
    It’s not crazy to say that in 1780, the cause of the American Revolution wasn’t looking so great. With an army in tatters and a government lacking resources or organization, the Americans seemed doomed to defeat. Yorktown changed everything, and Philbrick, an award-winning historian specializing in American stories, lays out the thrilling and unpredictable events that conspired to give American forces the one decisive win that made victory inevitable. Coordinating with a naval force not under his direct control and existing hundreds of miles away should never have worked, but somehow Washington and his allies managed it, birthing a new nation in one bold stroke.

    The White Darkness, by David Grann
    Grann (Lost City of Z and Killers of the Flower Moon) tells the fascinating story of Henry Worsley, a man obsessed with Ernest Shackleton’s missions to the Antarctic. Distantly related to one of Shackleton’s crew, Worsley collected Shackleton memorabilia and trivia until he finally set out in 2008 with a few companions to follow in Shackleton’s footsteps, and later returned again in 2015 to attempt, at age 55, something that Shackleton never could: walking solo across Antarctica. Grann tells this remarkable story with the aid of dozens of incredible photos from both Shackleton and Worsley, images that underscore the incredible strength and courage both expeditions required.

    American Dialogue, by Joseph J. Ellis
    Few are more qualified to write about the ways the beliefs and writings of our Founding Fathers can inform and comment on the many challenges facing America today than Ellis, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. Ellis focuses in on four of the men who helped form our nation: Thomas Jefferson, whose attitudes towards race reflect the division and incoherency still on display today; John Adams, whose cynicism towards the goals of economic equality has been borne out generation after generation; James Madison, whose work to transform a loose alliance of former colonies into a true nation still reverberates through every Supreme Court nomination; and George Washington, who regarded his fellow man’s best aspects with a tired realism any modern citizen will find surprisingly relatable.

    On Desperate Ground: The Marines at the Reservoir, The Korean War’s Greatest Battle, by Hampton Sides
    In September of 1950, General Douglas MacArthur ignored intelligence indicating major Chinese troop movements and the concerns of his president, Harry Truman, and ordered a landing at the port of Inchon. Very quickly, more than 30,000 U.N. soldiers found themselves surrounded and cut off, and proceeded to survive for three weeks, fighting off overwhelming numerical superiority. Sides smartly focuses on the incompetence and racism of men like MacArthur that allowed the debacle to happen, setting the stage for the general’s firing a few months later. He also stresses the individual heroism and courage displayed by many of the soldiers caught up in the incompetence, making the retreat from Chosin Reservoir one of the most compelling stories in military history.

    Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975, by Max Hastings
    British writer Hastings turns an objective outsider’s eye on America’s most divisive war, tracing the events of the conflict in Vietnam from its beginnings in the 1950s to its ignominious end in the 1970s. Along the way he explodes some persist myths about the war, including the idea that the United States was losing when it made the final decision to withdraw. He also offers clear-eyed assessments of the mistakes that allowed the war to drag on, and the men who made them, including president Richard Nixon and his National Security Advisor (and future Secretary of State) Henry Kissinger. Where many studies of the War in Vietnam are narrow in scope, Hastings offers a wide view with plenty of context.

    When the Killer Man Comes, by Paul Martinez
    Trained by famous sniper Nicholas ‛The Reaper’ Irving, Paul Martinez became a champion shooter, and did six tours in Afghanistan. In this intimate and fascinating book, Martinez balances exposition aimed at for readers who have never served in the military with cinematic descriptions of missions that pitted him against the Taliban, Chechen terrorists, and Uzbek Militants. Martinez doesn’t glamorize his service or offer false resolutions to his missions, which often simply ended, as opposed to ending with the bang of a Hollywood film, and he doesn’t shy away from recording his doubts and misgivings about his service and his frustration with the apparent futility of much of his work. The result is a compelling memoir that gives readers insight into a truly harrowing aspect of warfare.

    Impeachment: An American History, by Jon Meacham, Timothy Baftali, Peter Baker, and Jeffrey A. Engel
    Contrary to popular misconception, impeachment alone does not remove a sitting president, it simply charges them with “high crimes and misdemeanors” sufficient to warrant removal from office. Designed to be an extreme solution, it’s only been invoked three times—and all three times, it’s failed to remove the president in question: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999 were acquitted by the senate, and Richard Nixon resigned from office in 1974 before his trial could begin. Meacham, Baftali, Baker, and Engel explore the motivations behind each impeachment proceeding—motivations typically more personal and political than legal—and offer up an objective view of the procedure, how it was meant to be used, and how it’s actually been used throughout history. There are few more timely books on the shelves right now.

    Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, by Liza Mundy
    Stories of World War II often focus on the heroic deeds of male soldiers, but newly declassified documents reveal a shadow army of women who also did their part—the codebreakers. Recruited from colleges and secretarial pools for their math skills, these women were set to the task of breaking enemy codes, but their efforts and achievements were top secret, and their stories largely unknown—until now. Battling the expected sexism and hostile attitudes of their male counterparts and supervisors, tens of thousands of women helped to end the war much more quickly than it would have otherwise, and Mundy rescues their stories from obscurity and gives them the credit they deserve. In fact, she makes a solid case that without these women, we might not have won World War II at all.

    Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
    Andrew Jackson remains a divisive figure nearly 200 years after the end of his presidency, making him an ideal candidate for a history investigating the man as much as the events that shaped his life. The focal point is the battle that made Jackson a national figure: the British targeted the port of New Orleans in the War of 1812 for obvious reasons—it was the main supply point for the nascent United States of America, and the fledgling country’s defenses were weak and disorganized. Jackson managed to pull together a coalition of defenders and organize a brilliant defense of the city, saving his country and catapulting him to fame. Kilmeade and Yaeger bring slick energy to their subject, making this a fun, informative read, newly available in paperback.

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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, , , , robert b. parker's colorblind, sofie kelly, the cats came back, the man who came uptown, top picks, , 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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