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Mystery April 2014
"His conscience was nagging him. All these dreams of things left undone, or not done soon enough. His subconscious was throwing little poisoned darts at him, and some appeasement would have to be offered."
~ From Deborah Crombie's A Share in Death
New and Recently Released!
Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble - by Mignon F. Ballard
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/04/2014
Share Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble ISBN-13: 9781250035622
ISBN-10: 1250035627
Cozy Mystery. World War II rages, but not all of the killing is happening on battlefields. In Elderberry, Georgia, an 18-year-old girl has mysteriously disappeared from the peach stand where she'd been working. Amateur sleuth Miss Dimple, who is picking peaches nearby with a few of her fellow teachers when the girl vanishes, helps look for the young woman. But when the teen is found dead, Miss Dimple and her friends dig deeper and learn that the victim had been hiding something and that an eccentric local woman who believes she is Scarlett O’Hara may have witnessed her kidnapping. This 4th in a leisurely paced series is perfect for those who enjoy gentle stories and wonder what life was like on the American home front during the 1940s.
The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel - by Benjamin Black
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/04/2014
Share The Black-Eyed Blonde%3a A Philip Marlowe Novel ISBN-13: 9780805098143
ISBN-10: 0805098143
Hardboiled Fiction. When the black-eyed blonde of the title walks into PI Philip Marlowe's office, he has no idea how interesting his boring California summer is about to get. Hired by the beautiful and very married Clare Cavendish to find her missing lover, Marlowe discovers that the missing man may or may not be dead but a body has certainly been identified as his. And he learns that leggy Clare definitely knows how to keep secrets. Raymond Chandler fans who want to walk the mean streets with Marlowe again will certainly want to pick up this well-done homage by Irishman Benjamin Black (the pseudonym that Booker Prize-winner John Banville uses for his crime fiction), and anyone who wants a well-plotted, stylistically sharp hardboiled novel should also give this one a go.
Dead Water: A Shetland Mystery  - by Ann Cleeves
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/18/2014
Share Dead Water%3a A Shetland Mystery ISBN-13: 9781250036605
ISBN-10: 1250036607
Police Procedural. In Scotland's remote, insular Shetland Islands, Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez deeply mourns the loss of a loved one six months earlier and is only slowly inching back to work part time. But when a local boy turned successful London journalist returns home and is murdered, Perez agrees to assist DI Willow Reeves, who's been sent to lead the investigation from the Inverness Serious Crime Squad and who rubs some locals the wrong way. Published in the United Kingdom last year, this 5th book in an atmospheric series that is the basis for a BBC television program (Shetland) can now be enjoyed by eager readers across the pond.
Hard Going - by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Publisher: Severn House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/01/2014
Share Hard Going ISBN-13: 9780727883315
ISBN-10: 0727883313
Police Procedural. At first, there appears to be no reason why someone would bash elderly Lionel Bygod in the back of the head with a bronze statuette while he's writing a check in his plush London digs. But when DI Bill Slider and his team engage in old-fashioned police work, they uncover some interesting facts about the retired solicitor: not only does his housekeeper have some suspicious connections, but before retiring, Bygod had successfully defended a man accused of child molestation, and the victim's father had vowed revenge. Though this is the 16th novel featuring Slider, newcomers who'd like a witty, intricately plotted mystery peopled with bantering cops can still start here.
Lion Plays Rough: A Leo Maxwell Mystery - by Lachlan Smith
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/04/2014
Share Lion Plays Rough%3a A Leo Maxwell Mystery ISBN-13: 9780802122162
ISBN-10: 0802122167
Mystery. A little over two years after the events in Bear is Broken, Leo Maxwell lives with and helps care for his brain-damaged lawyer brother, Teddy, and works for Teddy's ex-wife as a defense attorney in Oakland, California. As he prepares to defend a client who says he's innocent of raping his daughter's 13-year-old best friend, Leo also finds himself dealing with a confusing case that involves a mysterious client who isn't who she claims, gang members, possibly-corrupt cops, murder, and injustice. Readers who enjoy Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller books and would like another series that examines the life of a California defense attorney trying -- but not managing -- to stay out of trouble may want to make Leo's acquaintance.
If you like: Deborah Crombie
American Deborah Crombie, who was once married to a Scot and lived in the U.K., writes literate mystery stories rich with expertly constructed plots, realistic settings, and complex characters. Her likable Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James work together well and use good police work to solve multi-layered crimes. The two also deal with familial and personal issues that evolve over time, meaning that newcomers to this fine series will want to start with the 1st book, A Share in Death. Long-time fans may want to try one of the books below while they wait for the latest in the series, To Dwell in Darkness, to come out later this year.
Case Histories: A Novel - by Kate Atkinson
Publisher: Little, Brown
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/01/2008
Share Case Histories%3a A Novel ISBN-13: 9780316033480
ISBN-10: 0316033480
Mystery. Juggling multiple points of view and decades, Whitbread Prize-winning author Kate Atkinson introduces readers to former cop and current Cambridge private detective Jackson Brodie. Brodie, whose wife recently left him for another man, misses his young daughter as he tails spouses suspected of cheating and visits an elderly lady who calls him when she can't find one of her many cats. But things heat up when Brodie is hired by two sisters, who have just discovered a shocking clue to the disappearance of their youngest sister thirty years earlier. He also agrees to help a depressed lawyer find the person who killed his daughter the year before and to help a beautiful nurse find her missing niece, whose mother was sent to prison for taking an axe to her young husband years ago. The 1st of four books featuring Brodie, Case Histories should prove a hit with Deborah Crombie fans looking for a "brainy and thoroughly entertaining" (Booklist) mystery.
The Burning: A Novel  - by Jane Casey
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/08/2012
Share The Burning%3a A Novel ISBN-13: 9781250006608
ISBN-10: 1250006600
Mystery. Besides being Irish, ambitious Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan is the only woman on the team investigating a string of London killings by a serial murderer who sets his victims on fire. As Maeve tries to impress her boss, Chief Superintendent Godley, she works all hours (irritating her live-in boyfriend) and delves into the background of the fifth victim, Rebecca Haworth, whose death seems different than the others. Narrated mainly by Maeve and by Rebecca's best friend, the book's suspense is strong and its red herrings plentiful, which should please Deborah Crombie readers. The Burning is the 1st of four books, so far, to feature Maeve.
Well-Schooled in Murder - by Elizabeth George
Publisher: Bantam Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/01/2007
Share Well-Schooled in Murder ISBN-13: 9780553384819
ISBN-10: 0553384813
Mystery. Aristocratic Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley and working-class Sergeant Barbara Havers attempt to find out who kidnapped, tortured, and then murdered 13-year-old Matthew Whately, a student at an exclusive boys' prep school near London. Readers who enjoy the thoughtful pacing, realistic dialogue, and atmospheric settings in Deborah Crombie's work will appreciate these same characteristics in fellow American Elizabeth George's mysteries, which also trace developments in the detectives' personal lives. Well-Schooled in Murder is the 3rd in the Lynley series; readers who want to start with the 1st book should pick up A Great Deliverance.
The Lighthouse  - by P.D. James
Publisher: Vintage Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/10/2006
Share The Lighthouse ISBN-13: 9780307275738
ISBN-10: 0307275736
Mystery. Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces mental and physical challenges in this 13th in the series when he and his team are called on to investigate a possible murder on a private island that serves as a secluded and secure hideaway for the rich and powerful. It looks like noted author Nathan Oliver hanged himself...but did he? Dalgliesh interrogates everyone on the island and discovers that several of them won’t be shedding tears at Oliver’s funeral. Deborah Crombie fans should like octogenarian P.D. James' adept characterization, her characters' introspection, and the fact that her "writing is beautiful and complex" (Library Journal).
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