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Baseball in Boston can be murder, and we don’t mean The Green Monster. In The Fens, Pamela Wechsler’s third Abby Endicott legal thriller, catchers are turning up dead and suspicions are flying faster than the star pitcher’s curve ball       Photo of Pamela Wechsler ©Beth White
Jane Prescott, the protagonist of A Death of No Importance in Mariah Fredericks’ novel, introduces herself to readers as a “Nobody. Less than nobody.” As a lady’s maid in the first decade of the 20th century, she’s not too far off. Regardless of her station in life, though, Jane has a keen eye. Once again, in her... Read more »
In The Room of White Fire, T. Jefferson Parker’s first book of a new series, private investigator Roland Ford is hired by Arcadia, an exclusive mental health facility, to find a patient who has escaped. But finding that patient is going to mean traveling through some of the darkest spaces imaginable left over from the... Read more »
The Ghost Notebooks, Ben Dolnick’s fourth novel, defies easy categorization: it’s a be-careful-what-you-wish-for story that’s a mystery, a ghost tale, and a love story, the whole being greater than the sum of its parts   Photo of Ben Dolnick ©Todd Heisler
In False Witness, Andrew Grant’s third installment of his Cooper Devereaux series, the bodies of young women wrapped up like birthday presents are being delivered across the city of Birmingham, Alabama, and Devereaux is in a race against the clock to prevent more murders     Photo of Andrew Grant ©Carrie Schechter
In City of Saviors, LAPD Detective Sergeant Elouise “Lou” Norton—the protagonist in Rachel Howzell Hall’s series—is broken, both physically and emotionally. Even so, people are still being murdered and Lou’s job is finding and arresting the killers    
Before you settle in to watch the annual Rose Parade on January 1, 2018, start reading Colorado Boulevard, Phoef Sutton’s new Crush mystery. I guarantee you’ll come away with an entirely new appreciation for Pasadena—the parade’s host city—as well as the city’s varied denizens   And on January 14, 2018,  be sure to catch Phoef’s... Read more »
In Augustus Rose’s debut crime fiction novel, The Readymade Thief, it’s 17-year-old Lee Cuddy against secret societies, conspiracies, stolen artwork, an underground city-within-a-city, physics, chemistry, a jailhouse breakout—and Marcel Duchamp  
Everyone is playing an angle in Beach Lawyer, Avery Duff’s debut novel that explores the dark side of sunny Santa Monica      
In The Force, the new crime fiction novel by Don Winslow, Detective Sergeant Danny Malone thinks he can beat The System and be a good cop, in spite of the fact he occasionally—well maybe more than occasionally—does bad things    
When asked about inscribing a copy of Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted, Les Klinger, co-editor of the anthology along with Laura Caldwell, said he wrote, “Prepare to have your heart broken.” The story of each wrongfully convicted man and woman is powerful; and in the hands of fifteen high-profile crime fiction authors, powerfully told... Read more »
Amateur sleuths come from a variety of backgrounds—librarians, college professors, vampires—but as a Human Resources executive, Chuck Restic, Adam Walker Phillips’s protagonist in his two published crime fiction novels, The Silent Second and The Perpetual Summer, is unique. And wryly brilliant, too      
DCI Karen Pirie of Police Scotland is back in Val McDermid’s new crime fiction novel, Broken Ground. Karen, head of a cold case unit, has her work cut out for her with her new investigations: the roots of one were planted during World War II when the area of Scotland north of the Highlands was used by... Read more »
NYPD Homicide Detectives Sheryn Sterling and Rafael Mendoza return in Don’t Look Down, Hilary Davidson’s second installment in her Shadows of New York Series. The case the partners are called to seems like a slam-dunk: Cosmetics entrepreneur Jo Greaver is seen fleeing from an apartment where a man has been shot to death. And yet…well,... Read more »
In Under Occupation, Alan Furst’s new historical espionage novel, Paul Ricard lives in a garret apartment, writes espionage thrillers and does his best to survive the German Occupation of Paris. And then a man is shot—probably by the Gestapo—and dies at his feet, but not before stuffing a piece of paper with a schematic drawn... Read more »
In Below the Radar, Dana Ridenour’s new novel, FBI undercover agent Lexie Montgomery—still healing from her last assignment—isn’t ready for a new investigation. Too bad. A Dutch law enforcement official who had infiltrated a radical animal rights’ group has gone missing and Lexie’s expertise makes her the perfect candidate for the assignment in The Netherlands... Read more »
What was supposed to be a quiet weekend in the Cotswolds for Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James in A Bitter Feast, Deborah Crombie’s new crime fiction novel, turns into a busman’s holiday. It’s not just lunch on the menu for the gala event they’re attending, but secrets and murder as well... Read more »
In Watch Him Die, Craig Robertson’s latest novel, someone is Los Angeles is dying on a live video stream; someone in Glasgow is watching. Police departments in both cities want to find out where the victim is—and who is watching      
A man walks into a bar…in Bar None, the first installment of Cathi Stoler’s “Murder on the Rocks” series, Thomas “Sully” Sullivan is running late getting to his apartment, which is upstairs from Jude Dillane’s Lower East Side bar, to meet his co-worker Ed Molina. Ed ends up dead and Sully and Jude need to... Read more »
In Magicians Impossible, Brad Abraham’s debut crime fiction novel, even a spy with magical powers feels compelled to protect his son from a life he thinks is too perilous. Jason Bishop, the son, is drawn into the magical world regardless       Photo of Brad Abraham © Kirsty Reeves
In The Night Agent, Matthew Quirk’s new thriller, FBI Agent Peter Sutherland’s job is to sit by the phone in the White House’s Situation Room, hoping it doesn’t ring, but being ready to act if it does. It’s a job that’s boring…until it isn’t     Photo of Matthew Quirk ©Mark Finkenstaedt  
Lady’s maid Jane Prescott returns in Mariah Fredericks’ Death of a New American. The year is 1912 and the sinking of the Titanic casts a pall over the comings and goings of New York City’s social elite. The Benchleys, Jane’s employers, are worried that the wedding of their daughter Louise will be lost in the... Read more »
The warrior scientists of James Rollins’ Sigma Force are back in Crucible, a cautionary tale of modern witchcraft; in other words, advanced artificial intelligence, religious extremism and—just to make the story really interesting—quantum physics       Photo of James Rollins ©James Rollins
In Burning Ridge, Margaret Mizushima’s fourth Timber Creek K-9 mystery, Officer Mattie Cobb and Robo, her German Shepherd partner, are investigating the discovery of human remains in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains near the town of Timber Creek. It’s a deeply disturbing case from the very beginning — and then it turns personal... Read more »
A private island in Long Island Sound, attached to the Connecticut mainland by a bridge, is the setting for Diane B. Saxton’s Peregrine Island, a novel of psychological suspense about the three generations of women who live there—Winter Peregrine, the owner; Elsie, Winter’s prodigal daughter; and Peda, Elsie’s child—and the painting that holds secrets that can change... Read more »
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