Glory Be by Danielle ArceneauxElderly Glory Brussard spends her time at church and running her bookie business. But when her nun best friend dies and the local Louisiana cops call it a suicide, Glory works with her lawyer daughter, who's come home from New York City, to uncover the truth in this "delightful debut" (Publishers Weekly). Read-alikes: Ellen Byron's Cajun Country mysteries; De'Shawn Charles Winslow's Decent People.
Murder Most Royal by SJ BennettAt Sandringham estate for Christmas in 2016, Queen Elizabeth II and her private secretary, Rozie Oshodi, investigate when a severed hand washes ashore on a nearby Norfolk beach in this "marvelous" (Library Journal) 3rd in a fun series. Read-alikes: A Royal Affair by Allison Montclair; Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness historical mysteries.
Dangerous Women by Mark De CastriqueEthel Crestwater, a 75-year-old retired FBI agent now running a D.C.-area boardinghouse, investigates with help from a 20-something relative when an apparent mugging of two Supreme Court law clerks leaves one dead and the other (who's one of Ethel's boarders) comatose, in this entertaining follow-up to Secret Lives. Read-alikes: Tess Gerritsen's The Spy Coast; Richard Osman's Thursday Murder Club novels.
Deus X by Stephen Mack JonesDetroit ex-cop August Snow, who won a multi-million dollar settlement for wrongful dismissal, investigates the suspicious suicide of a local priest, the unexpected retirement of a close priest friend, and the arrival of a menacing Vatican representative. Though this is the gritty 4th in the August Snow series, new readers can start here. Read-alike: Joe Ide's IQ series.
The Frozen River by Ariel LawhonIn 1789 Maine, a man accused of rape is found frozen in the river while his partner, a judge, has disappeared. Midwife Martha Ballard (who's based on a real person) investigates it all in this intricate tale that combines history, mystery, and courtroom suspense. Read-alikes: Sam Thomas' Midwife mysteries; Eleanor Kuhns' Will Rees mysteries; Eliot Pattison's Bone Rattler mysteries.
Home at Night by Paula MunierWhen Grackle Tree Farm goes up for sale, Mercy Carr wants it, even though it's supposed to be haunted. But the body she finds in the library is all too real in this atmospheric page turner that finds Mercy and her dog Elvis looking for a ruthless killer. This "superb" (Library Journal) 5th outing for Mercy and Elvis works well as a standalone.
Murder in Drury Lane by Vanessa RileyEnjoying an evening at a Drury Lane theater, Lady Abigail Worthing, a young biracial woman in 1806 London whose older husband is always away exploring, teams up with her naval hero neighbor to investigate when a playwright is murdered in this 2nd in a charming series. For fans of: Netflix's Bridgerton; Katharine Schellman's Lily Adler mysteries.
Sweet Thing by David SwinsonIt's late 1999, Y2K looms, and Washington D.C. homicide detective Alex Blum links a new murder to one of his old informants, who's just gone missing. Now, the informant's beautiful, troubled girlfriend needs help, which Blum willingly provides...but at what cost? Read-alikes: George Pelecanos; The Force by Don Winslow.
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