Wild Fire by Ann CleevesHoping for a fresh start, an English family moves to the remote Shetland islands, eager to give their autistic son a better life.
But when a young nanny's body is found hanging in the barn beside their home, rumors of her affair with the husband spread like wildfire. As suspicion and resentment of the family blazes in the community, Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate. He knows it will mean his boss, Willow Reeves, returning to run the investigation, and confronting their complex relationship.
With families fracturing and long-hidden lies emerging, Jimmy faces the most disturbing case of his career.
Hitting the Books: A Library Lover's Mystery by Jenn McKinlayWhen a stack of library materials is found at the scene of a hit and run, library director Lindsey Norris finds herself dragged into the investigation as the police try to link the driver of the stolen car to the person who borrowed the books. Before Lindsey can delve into the library's records, the victim of the hit and run, Theresa Houston, suffers another "accident" and the investigation shifts from driver negligence to attempted homicide.
A clue surfaces in the confiscated library materials that could crack open the case and it is up to Lindsey to piece it all together. But things are not as they seem in the sleepy town of Briar Creek and when the driver of the stolen car turns up dead, Lindsey, her staff and her library friends have to hit the books before the murderer gets the last word...
An Act of Villainy: An Amory Ames Mystery by Ashley Weaver"So you've gotten yourself involved with another murder, have you?"
Walking through London’s West End after a night at the theater, Amory Ames and her husband Milo run into wealthy investor and former actor Gerard Holloway. Holloway and his wife Georgina are old friends of theirs, and when Holloway invites them to the dress rehearsal of a new play he is directing, Amory readily accepts.
However, Amory is shocked to learn that Holloway has cast his mistress, actress Flora Bell, in the lead role. Furthermore, the casual invitation is not what it seems―he admits to Amory and Milo that Flora has been receiving threatening letters, and he needs their help in finding the mysterious sender. Despite Amory’s conflicting feelings―not only does she feel loyalty to Georgina, but the disintegration of the Holloways’ perfect marriage seems to bode ill for her own sometimes delicate relationship―her curiosity gets the better of her, and she begins to make inquiries.
It quickly becomes clear that each member of the cast has reason to resent Flora―and with a group so skilled in the art of deception, it isn’t easy to separate truth from illusion. When vague threats escalate, the scene is set for murder, and Amory and Milo must find the killer before the final curtain falls.
Deck the Hounds: An Andy Carpenter Mystery
by David Rosenfelt
Reluctant lawyer Andy Carpenter doesn’t usually stop to help others, but seeing a dog next to a homeless man inspires him to give the pair some money to help. It’s just Andy’s luck that things don’t end there. Soon after Andy’s encounter with them, man and dog are attacked in the middle of the night on the street. The dog defends its new owner, and the erstwhile attacker is bitten but escapes. But the dog is quarantined and the man, Don Carrigan, is heartbroken.
Andy’s wife Laurie can’t resist helping the duo after learning Andy has met them before… it’s the Christmas season after all. In a matter of days Don and his dog Zoey are living above Andy’s garage and become two new additions to the family. It’s not until Andy accidentally gives away his guest’s name during an interview that things go awry; turns out Don is wanted for a murder that happened two years ago. Don not only claims he’s innocent, but that he had no idea that he was wanted for a crime he has no knowledge of in the first place. It’s up to Andy to exonerate his new friend, if he doesn’t get pulled into the quagmire first.
Lord of the Wings: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna AndrewsA humorous cozy set in the delightful (but deadly) small town of Caerphilly, Virginia, which becomes "Spooky City" for Halloween.
Starring Meg Langslow, a busy mother and blacksmith, who lives in her hometown, volunteers for town events, deals with her eccentric extended family's shenanigans, and solves murders.
This is the 19th outing for Meg, but fans can also check out her 24th, Lark! The Herald Angels Sing, which published this month.
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. JamesIt's Autumn, six years after the events of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and Elizabeth and Darcy are happily married with two sons -- but their estate is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth's sister Lydia arrives, announcing that her husband has been murdered.
Read it for crime fiction master P.D. James' inspired take on Austen's characters and language.
Want a taste? "It is doubtful whether Mrs. Bennet missed the company of her second daughter, but her husband certainly did. Elizabeth had always been his favourite child."
Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel by G.M. MallietRev. Max Tudor, the handsome, unmarried Anglican vicar in Nether Monkslip (who's also a former MI5 officer), investigates when overbearing Wanda Batton-Smythe is found dead at the Harvest Fayre.
For fans of charming yet crime-ridden literary villages, such as Alan Bradley's Bishop's Lacey and Agatha Christie's St. Mary Mead.
Wicked Autumn is the leisurely paced 1st in a fun cozy series that now numbers seven.
Glass Houses by Louise PennyNear Halloween, a black-clad figure appears on Three Pine's village green...and a murder occurs. Sûreté du Québec's Armand Gamache investigates in this novel dealing with conscience and secrets.
Glass Houses is the 13th in the introspective Three Pines mystery series. New readers should start with the 1st book, Still Life, as each book builds on the others. Current fans will be happy that the 14th entry, Kingdom of the Blind, comes out at the end of November.
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