Jane and the Final Mystery by Stephanie BarronThough her health problems have worsened, writer and amateur sleuth Jane Austen agrees to help a friend whose teenage son is accused of killing a boarding school bully. This moving 15th and final mystery starring the beloved English writer is set in March 1817; the real-life Austen died just a few months later at the age of 41.
Flipping Boxcars by Cedric Kyles, aka Cedric "The Entertainer," with Alan EisenstockThis fun crime caper by actor and comedian Cedric "The Entertainer" stars Babe, a gambler in 1948 Missouri who bets and loses his beloved wife's farmland. Doing whatever it takes to get it back, Babe and an old army buddy get mixed up with the mob, illegal booze, and a railroad heist.
Hercule Poirot's Silent Night by Sophie HannahJust before Christmas 1931, Hercule Poirot and Scotland Yard Inspector Catchpool visit Catchpool's family (including his acerbic mother) in a decaying coastal manor in order to solve a murder. This "stellar" (Publishers Weekly) 5th Hercule Poirot mystery by Sophie Hannah features a well-drawn Poirot and a twisty plot. Read-alikes: Anthony Horowitz; P.D. James' The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories.
Reykjavík by Ragnar Jónasson and Katrín JakobsdóttirIn 1956, a teenage maid working on an island off the coast of Reykjavík disappears. In 1986, a reporter revisits the case in this intricately plotted page turner from international bestselling author Ragnar Jónasson and the Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir. Read-alikes: Yrsa Sigurðardóttir; Arnaldur Indridason.
Blood Sisters by Vanessa LillieSyd Walker, an archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and a member of the Cherokee Nation, goes on assignment back home in Oklahoma. While there, she hopes to find her missing sister...and she'll also deal with memories of a violent event from 15 years before. Read-alike: Marcie R. Rendon's Cash Blackbear novels.
Murder by Degrees by Ritu MukerjiThis acclaimed debut stars Dr. Lydia Weston, a professor at Philadelphia's Women's Medical College in 1875 who also runs a low-cost clinic. When a maid she'd treated disappears and a body is later found, Lydia is allowed to help with the autopsy and the case. Read-alikes: Sujata Massey's Perveen Mistry novels; Ariana Franklin's Mistress of the Art of Death books.
The Bell in the Fog by Lev AC RosenThis follow-up to Lavender House finds ex-cop Andy Mills (who was fired because he's gay) settling into his role as a PI in 1950s San Francisco. His latest case? His ex-lover, a Navy captain, needs help with a blackmailer. Read-alikes: Stephen Spotswood's Pentecost and Parker novels; Katharine Schellman's Last Call at the Nightingale mysteries.
Murder at Midnight by Katharine SchellmanDuring an 1816 Christmas party, widow Lily Adler and other guests get snowed in at a country home -- and then a murderer strikes. While juggling two possible beaus, Lily tries to find the culprit in this 4th series entry. Read-alikes: Deanna Raybourn's historical mysteries; Dianne Freeman's Countess of Harleigh mystery series.
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