New York’s “tin badges” are retired detectives called in to consult on difficult cases. Tank Rizzo is one of these decorated officers, but when he goes up against a mobster nicknamed Gonzo, Tank is forced to consult an entire network of old friends in hopes of bringing Gonzo down. Adding to the complexity of the case is a tragic accident that brings Tank’s orphaned nephew into his life. Can Tank figure out how to help his nephew while handling one of the toughest cases of his career?
The Art of Theft
While some have imagined Dr. Watson as a woman, Sherry Thomas takes the stories of Sherlock Holmes one step further and gives readers Charlotte Holmes. Charlotte is, in fact, “Sherlock” Holmes, forced to go by a masculine name in order to perform her work as an ace detective. When she’s called to a French chateau to investigate the theft of a priceless piece of art, she’s plunged into a world of secrets where nothing is as it appears.
Where the Light Enters
In the 19th century, women physicians were among the rarest members of New York society, but Dr. Sophie Savard and Dr. Anna Savard blazed new trails for women to follow. When Detective-Sergeant Jack Mezzanotte requests their expertise in solving two perplexing crimes, the two doctors are exposed to a whole new side of New York society.
The Affair of the Mysterious Letter
If you love literary mashups, then this epic combination of a sci-fi adventure with the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes may just be your cup of tea. Ms. Shaharazad Haas runs a mystical consulting agency at 221B Martyr’s Walk, which is where returning space traveler Captain John Wyndham takes up his lodgings. When Ms. Haas is called in to solve a case of blackmail that’s hitting too close to home, the two team up to find the perpetrator (and avoid the vampires).
The Vanished Bride
Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë gave readers some of the greatest novels in the English language. In her new novel, Bella Ellis wonders how these writing pioneers might have confronted a mystery in need of solving. As they investigate the disappearance of a local woman, they run up against a society that devalues women’s lives and protects those who would harm them.
This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us
A. Kimrean and Z. Kimrean are two private investigators who occupy the same body. In Edgar Cantero’s electrifying novel, readers are introduced to twins who have been battling for supremacy within the same body since they were in utero. When someone starts murdering the children of a notorious drug kingpin, the pair head to California and take on drug dealers and all the makings of noir fiction in order to solve the crimes.
The Price You Pay
For those who love stories told from the perspective of the anti-hero, Aidan Truhen’s Jack Price is a guy you’ll want to get to know. He’s having a rough time of things: working as a drug dealer isn’t all fun and games, and when he runs into trouble with a rival who sics the Seven Demons on him, Jack will have to fight to survive.
She Lies in Wait
In 1983, Aurora Jackson went camping with a group of her high school buds. Somewhere, somehow, she disappeared during the night, never to be seen again. Thirty years later, her body is recovered. Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens is given the case, and he suspects that Aurora’s murderer was among her group of friends that night.
When a Cambridge University grad student goes missing, Detective Manon Bradshaw is brought in to help find her. Bradshaw is dealing with her own complex personal issues. As she’s pulled further into a case that seems to involve many people who had a reason to want the student to disappear, Bradshaw is forced to reckon with the secret at the heart of the crime and what truths it reveals about herself.
Dervla McTiernan follows up her wildly popular debut, The Ruin, with this academic mystery set in Ireland. Detective Cormac Reilly’s girlfriend is a university professor who witnesses a hit-and-run. When the victim turns out to be one of the heirs to a fortune, the crime takes on a high profile, and Reilly is attacked for the ways he’s handling the case. As information about his girlfriend further complicates things, Reilly faces a potentially career-ending series of questions.
Beyond All Reasonable Doubt
Malin Persson Giolito
Dr. Stig Ahlin has been sitting inside a Swedish prison for 13 years for a brutal murder he says he didn’t commit. Sophia Weber is a young attorney who takes on Ahlin’s case in the hopes of seeing him exonerated. Problem is, the more she digs into the facts of the crime, the more questions she has about whether her client is innocent. Could he be manipulating her into scuttling her own career in an effort to get free?
In this brilliant blend of detective fiction and stories from the Caribbean region, Karen Lord introduces readers to Dr. Miranda Ecouvo. Ecouvo has just helped to convict a serial killer, but a near-death experience reveals that she may have helped jail the wrong man. As she walks into a labyrinth of secrets, lies, and myths, she’ll encounter monsters that will have to be defeated if justice is to be done.
The Black Jersey
Jorge Zepeda Patterson
Patterson takes the thrill of the Tour de France—bicycling’s premier event—and ratchets up the tension by introducing a killer who targets the Tour’s participants. Marc Moreau is a competitor, but his background in the military makes him uniquely qualified to assist the French police in their investigations. As riders fall in the race and Moreau realizes the killer is riding closer and closer to him, will he solve the crime before he crashes and burns?
Girls Like Us
FBI Agent Nell Flynn’s mother was murdered when she was 7 years old. Her father is a decorated detective with the New York Police Department, but when Nell is recruited to help Long Island police track down the person who killed two girls, all the clues point to her own father. Could she have grown up with a killer? And if she did, who on the force protected him?
The Poison Thread
Lovers of gothic mystery rejoice. In her new novel, Laura Purcell brings readers inside Oakgate Prison. When Dorothea Truelove decides the good works she’s doing should include visiting the prison, she meets Ruth Butterham. Ruth claims she can kill people with her sewing, and she’s now awaiting trial for a murder. As Dorothea tries to sort out Ruth’s facts from her fictions, she finds herself believing that Ruth just might possess the powers she claims.
To the Lions
One day, journalist Casey Benedict overhears a conversation while hanging out in a chic London nightclub. The conversation hints that the recent suicide by a wealthy British man may not have been suicide. As Benedict digs deeper into the story and travels across Europe and northern Africa in pursuit of the truth, she brings herself into the orbit of powerful men who will kill to keep their secrets.
While most procedurals feature members of the police force as their heroes and heroines, not all characters in today’s mysteries are professional detectives. Some of them are people in the wrong place at the right time—or vice versa—and who feel compelled to hunt the truth. In these 16 novels, those who investigate crimes include journalists, a Tour de France competitor, and at least one private eye who contains two distinct people inside their body. Whether your flavor of mystery is gothic, supernatural, science fiction, or historical, we suspect you’ll discover and delight in these new mystery books.
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