Vicious Circle: A Joe Pickett Novel by C.J. BoxMystery. Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett has some deadly enemies in the violent Cates family, especially former rodeo champ Dallas (who once assaulted Joe's daughter) and his quadriplegic mother, who's doing quite well for herself even though she's serving time. When a newly-out-of-prison Dallas returns to town and a murder occurs, Joe realizes that the Cates are targeting those close to him. Teaming up with his friend Nate, who's no stranger to killing, honorable Joe fights back. With so much back story in this fast-paced 17th series entry (and with characters aging over the course of the novels), newcomers may want to start with an earlier book. For those who are already fans and looking for other suspenseful, outdoors-flavored mysteries, try Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries, Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon mysteries, or Paul Doiron's Mike Bowditch novels.
A Death in the Dales: A Kate Shackleton Mystery by Frances BrodyHistorical Cozy. When private detective Kate Shackleton's 14-year-old niece Harriet needs time to recover from an illness, the pair head to a small village in Yorkshire, staying in a cabin that Kate's beau, Lucian, recently inherited from his aunt. While Kate hopes to rest, she discovers that Lucian's aunt claimed to be the solitary witness to a murder a decade earlier, a case where she said the wrong man was convicted. But that's not all going on in the quaint town: there's blackmail, a missing boy, and another suspicious death. Set in the 1920s and featuring an independent-minded female detective, this richly detailed series (Death in the Dales is book 7) might prove a good fit for fans of Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs or Charles Todd's Bess Crawford.
The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Lyndsay FayeShort Stories. In this superb collection, Edgar Award-nominated Lyndsay Faye presents a collection of 15 Sherlock Holmes stories, including two new works (such as the clever "The Adventure of the Thames Tunnel") as well as tales that were previously published. Though Sherlock Holmes pastiches abound, not very many place him in his prime on Baker Street as Lyndsay Faye often does here. Can't get enough of Faye's Holmes? Pick up her novel Dust and Shadow, which pits him against Jack the Ripper. Want other authors' takes on the great detective? Try Anthony Horowitz's Sherlock Holmes novels or Laurie R. King's Mary Russell series (King, together with Leslie Klinger, has also edited several Sherlock anthologies). Read and enjoy, Sherlockians!
Racing the Devil: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
by Charles Todd
Mystery. A year after a band of World War I veterans agrees to hide the details of a reckless driving incident, a fatal crash is investigated by Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge, who combs through dangerous secrets to identify a killer. By a New York Times best-selling author.
Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron: Being a Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie BarronHistorical Mystery. Mystery writer Stephanie Barron has been authentically capturing Jane Austen as a character for years -- and in this 10th book, she pits Austen against one of 19th-century England's most famous poets. In Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron, Austen encounters Lord Byron, who's known for being mad, bad, and dangerous to know -- but is the poetic lady killer an actual killer of ladies? Austen isn't so sure and investigates after a pastor's teenage daughter is found dead in the infamous rake's bed. For another look at Austen and crime, pick up Lynn Shepherd's debut novel, Murder at Mansfield Park.
The Dante Club: A Novel by Matthew PearlHistorical Mystery. In 1865 Boston, the Civil War has just ended and a group calling themselves the Dante Club work on the first American translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy. But club members -- including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. -- find themselves dealing with a highly literate and all-too-real killer when someone begins re-creating episodes from the Inferno. If you like your literary mysteries fast-paced, well-plotted, and focused on poets, try The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl's bestselling debut novel, or his equally entertaining The Poe Shadow.
The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise PennyMystery. Death by fear? That's what it looks like when a woman dies during an Easter séance at the notorious Hadley House in the quaint small town of Three Pines. Intelligent and kind Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec investigates the death of the well-liked villager while dealing with internal police politics that threaten his career and reputation. Fans of traditional mysteries will enjoy the charming village setting as well as the delightfully eccentric characters (poetry fans will particularly like curmudgeonly author Ruth Zardo). Though this is the 3rd book in a consistently award-winning series, newcomers can start here.
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