A Howl of Wolves by Judith FlandersStarring: deliciously witty (and sometimes snarky) London editor Samantha "Sam" Clair in her fun 4th outing.
What happens: At a play featuring actor friends, Sam and her Scotland Yard detective boyfriend Jake Field investigate when a "dummy" hanging on the stage turns out to be a body, that of the unpopular director.
Who it's for: those who like mystery novels with theater settings, amusing looks at the world of book publishing, or British dry wit.
by R. M. Greenaway
Leith and Dion are on the hunt for a different kind of murderer ... and he's a real animal. It seems the October rains have brought death and disaster to North Vancouver. A missing hiker is found by his son and daughter, a foul smell leads to a mauled body in a crawl space, and a small boy is attacked by a man in wolf form. Once an up-and-coming Serious Crimes investigator, these days Constable Cal Dion is back on general duties, feeling out-of-the-loop and rebellious. On a routine canvassing task, he finds himself questioning an attractive witness, one he feels is peripheral enough to the crawl space case that he would be safe in asking her out. Of course, it's the worst decision.... Constable David Leith is in the thick of the same investigation, a case complicated by rumours running wild and a most elusive suspect. Halloween has brought out the ghouls for Leith and his team ... and possibly a shapeshifter as well, with murder on its mind.
In Dust and Ashes: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel by Anne HoltWhat it's about: Years ago, a man went to jail for killing his wife, and now the cop who put him away is retiring and doubting the man's guilt. Det. Henrik Holme agrees to examine the case for the retiree, and asks for his mentor Hanne Wilhelmsen's help, but she's busy with the (supposed) suicide of a racist blogger...and then the cases intersect.
Series alert: This is the 10th and final book in a gritty, intricately plotted, and internationally popular series by Norwegian author Anne Holt.
For fans of: Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope mysteries (which also star a prickly, experienced police detective), Jo Nesbo, and Karin Fossum.
The Word Is Murder by Anthony HorowitzWhat happens: In this delightful fair play mystery (the 1st in a proposed series), a London murder brings together acerbic PI Daniel Hawthorne with writer Anthony Horowitz (yes, the author is a character), who chronicles the case, acting as a modern-day Watson.
Who it's for: Sherlockians, Golden Age mystery fans, and those who relish innovative, original crime novels.
Author buzz: Not only is Anthony Horowitz the author of the bestselling books Magpie Murders and Moriarty, he also wrote the Alex Rider spy series for kids and created the acclaimed TV show Foyle's War.
Savage Liberty: A Mystery of Revolutionary America by Eliot PattisonWhat it is: an immersive mystery providing an authentic look at 1768 Colonial America as disenchantment with legislators and customs agents grows.
Starring: Duncan McCallum, an exiled Scotsman who, in his 5th outing, becomes friendly with John Hancock and Samuel Adams, but has to go on the run to uncover the truth when he's accused of treason.
For fans of: richly detailed historical mysteries, United States history, and James Fenimore Cooper's classic Leatherstocking Tales.
A Taste for Vengeance: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel by Martin WalkerStarring: recently promoted Bruno, now policing more of France's Périgord region, bringing him new bosses and new responsibilities.
What happens: A missing British tourist is found dead -- as is her companion, a mysterious Irishman who may have ties to the IRA. Also, the top teenage player on the rugby team that Bruno coaches is pregnant, just as she was bound for the national team.
Series alert: This is the charming 11th Bruno novel that beautifully describes village life, the French countryside, and the mouthwatering cuisine and wine that Bruno so enjoys.
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