A Dangerous Collaboration
In the late 19th century, Veronica Speedwell blazes her own trail as an adventuress and scientist. She also brushes up against some rough characters. Some of these people she brings to justice, while others have been falsely accused and it’s up to Veronica to set them free. In this fourth of the series, she journeys to a remote island off the coast of Cornwall while pretending to be the fiancée of a wealthy aristocrat. But as she digs further into her host’s past, she uncovers evidence that he may have played a role in the disappearance of his previous bride.
American audiences yet to discover the exciting novels written by Tana French are about to meet her characters in the new BBC television series Dublin Murders. In this fifth book from the series, readers meet “Scorcher” Kennedy, the seasoned detective at the heart of the Dublin Murder Squad. When he investigates the mass killing of a family, he assumes he’ll have it wrapped up in no time. But the victims’ house is full of bizarre clues that soon make it clear that the family home was no safe harbor.
Fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum mysteries are in for (six) treats in her new series featuring FBI Agent Kate O’Hare. An intensely disciplined and brilliant agent, O’Hare has apprehended many criminals. But the one she’s obsessed with is Nicholas Fox, a con man who’s ripped off wealthy marks in elaborate schemes. When O’Hare comes to believe that Fox is pulling off his greatest con—by convincing the FBI to hire him as a consultant—she’s forced to partner with a man she can’t trust. Will O’Hare bust the wily Fox?
Speaking of Stephanie Plum, Evanovich offers an early Thanksgiving treat to readers with her 26th book featuring Plum, though readers can join the series at any point. When Stephanie journeys home for the wedding of her beloved Grandma Mazur, she’s troubled that the groom, Jimmy Rosolli, is a gangster. But 45 minutes after the exchange of vows, the groom is dead, and Stephanie must both comfort her grieving grandmother and solve the heartbreaking mystery.
To the Land of Long Lost Friends
Alexander McCall Smith
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is back on the case in the newest of Alexander McCall Smith’s mysteries. Precious Ramotswe is asked to investigate when an old friend becomes concerned that her daughter is being taken advantage of by a charismatic preacher. But as she works her way through the case, she discovers that doing favors for friends can ruffle feathers among her family members. Set in Botswana and featuring a cast of characters who are part of Mma Ramotswe’s world, this 20th book in the series will delight both returning and new fans.
If Outlander has made you want to visit Scotland and Game of Thrones made you a fan of court intrigue, then the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett will scratch both of those itches. In 16th-century Scotland, Francis Crawford is on a secret mission to protect the little girl who’s the Scottish queen. Mary has inherited the throne from her father, but she’s being raised at the French court in preparation for her marriage to the French heir. When Francis discovers a plot to assassinate the young queen, he journeys to France to protect her, but then finds himself caught up in a labyrinth of palace intrigue that hides deadly truths.
Murder in the Marais
If you’ve been looking for a detective series that takes place in the Paris unknown to tourists, Aimée Leduc is the investigator you should know. Murder in the Marais is set in the bustling fashion district of Paris, an area that historically was the Jewish quarter. Aimée has always resisted becoming a detective—her father was one of France’s finest, and he died in the line of duty. But when a friend asks her to help with a matter at the synagogue, Aimée discovers that the ghost of World War II continues to grip the City of Light.
Georges Simenon’s Maigret novels are perfect weekend reads. Most of them are fewer than 200 pages, and the action starts from the very first page. A bold thief steals Maigret’s wallet while the inspector rides the bus. But the next day, the pickpocket returns it to Maigret and begs for help. When they arrive at the thief’s apartment, they discover that the pickpocket’s wife has been murdered. Can Maigret clear the thief of his wife’s death? And if the husband isn’t guilty, who’s responsible for this awful crime? A perfect introduction to a series that you’ll consume like bonbons.
The Private Patient
P. D. James
Adam Dalgliesh is an honest detective who has risen through the ranks of Scotland Yard to become a commander in charge of a crack team of investigators. Rhoda Gradwyn, an investigative journalist, journeys to a private plastic-surgery clinic to have a scar removed, but within hours of her surgery is found murdered. As Dalgliesh and his crew arrive at the clinic, they discover that the business of plastic surgery is more than skin-deep, and they must solve Rhoda’s murder before the murderer can claim more victims.
A serial killer is stalking Tinder, and the Oslo chief of police can think of only one detective who’s dogged enough and clever enough to catch the murderer: Harry Hole. But Harry is no longer a detective. In an effort to save his relationship with Rakel, he’s quit the force. But as more Tinder users fall victim, can the police chief convince Harry to swipe right on his career and catch the killer?
The Golden Tresses of the Dead
The adolescent sleuth at the heart of Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series is no ordinary 12-year-old girl. Flavia is an adolescent wunderkind, an expert on chemistry and the concoction of poisons. She’s become renowned for her crime-solving skills and decides to become a professional detective. But when her sister’s wedding cake reveals a ghastly addition in its ingredients, Flavia is plunged into a mystery that’s far too close to home.
It’s always bittersweet to finish a great book, but in these detective series, favorite characters return again and again. Whether investigating crimes on the streets and in the bedrooms of Dublin or Paris or Botswana, these intrepid sleuths investigate and solve crimes for police departments, detective agencies, or at royal courts. Whether you’re looking for a mystery series set during historically tumultuous times or a series that takes you to the petite side streets in the arrondissements of Paris, we’ve got you covered.
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