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Mystery and True Crime

All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer

This is the spy novel at its most intimate. Elegant and aching, masterfully crafted, All the Old Knives exudes a subtle, delectable tension. Steinhauer uses alternating points of view between ex-lovers, one out of the game and one very much still in, to explore the murky details of an old job gone horribly wrong. Guarded emotions flare as a dangerous game of subterfuge plays out, each character vying to outwit the other over a deadly final meal.  --Dillon

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ISBN: 9781250045430
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Published: Picador - November 3rd, 2015

Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart

Exiled librarian Li Du arrives in Dayan, on the Chinese-Tibetan border, shortly before a festival honoring the emperor. The last thing he wants to do is stay, but when a Jesuit priest is murdered, Li Du is ordered to catch the killer before the emperor arrives. Set in 1708 and rife with political and religious tensions, this richly descriptive, clever mystery will appeal to mystery lovers and historical fiction fans alike.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9781250072320
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 1st, 2015

The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths

When a WWII aircraft is found buried in the moors with the pilot inside, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in and finds herself embroiled in another murder investigation. I’ve read this entire series (starting with The Crossing Places), and this is my favorite so far. Revolving around a secretive aristocratic family and complicated by a film crew, this dryly funny book has an intriguing mystery and features the ever-endearing Ruth. I loved it!  --Flannery

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Exciting sequel! Three books in, Robert Galbraith (otherwise known as J.K. Rowling) continues to write intelligent mysteries with incredible entertainment value. In Career of Evil, Galbraith introduces a compelling dynamic: not only is private dick Cormoran Strike’s strong-headed “secretary” now doing detective work, but the pair stumble upon a unique case which forces the very reserved protagonist to examine his own past. The grisly riddle delivers itself straight to Strike’s office in the form of a packaged, severed limb.  —a.c.

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ISBN: 9780316349932
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 20th, 2015

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

Many die­hard fans of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series don’t know that the series, which began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, was intended to have ten installments, but was cut short by the unfortunate death of Larsson in 2004. Legal issues have stunted his unfinished manuscripts and outlines from being used, but in 2013, Swedish journalist David Lagercrantz was chosen by publishers to write the fourth installment in the haunting series of mysteries.  --Aric

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ISBN: 9780385354288
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Published: Knopf - September 1st, 2015

Touchstone by Laurie R. King

Set in the bleak British years following WWI, where the poor are starving in the streets of London, an anonymous anarchist sends bombs to the quiescent rich and powerful.  FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant and the mysterious, troubled UK veteran, Bennett Grey, find themselves in unlikely partnership, desperately stalking a suspect lying close to Grey's heart.
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ISBN: 9780553586664
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Published: Bantam - December 30th, 2008

A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King

You know her name, and you’ve read her Mary Russell books, but have you read Laurie King’s Kate Martinelli series? If not, you’re in for such a treat! I adore Martinelli. Kate is a gay detective working in San Francisco, who is smart, dogged, and not afraid to dive into a case head on. A Grave Talent is exactly what you'd expect from King—a complex, thrilling mystery.  —Flannery

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ISBN: 9781250046550
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Published: Picador - January 7th, 2014

The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye

The Gods of Gotham introduced the world to Timothy Wilde: first detective of the nascent NYPD, gifted with unusual observation, deduction, and conscience. Here, Wilde faces down the political corruption of Tamany Hall as an arsonist threatens to burn the city to the ground—or at least, the defenseless parts. All mysteries will be revealed, all debts paid, and Wilde’s fate will be sealed in this epic conclusion to Lyndsay Faye’s wonderfully visceral mystery trilogy.  —Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780399169489
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 12th, 2015

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

The mix of political and historical details lends a depth to this vivid thriller. Locke plots a twisting path that has many subtle aspects as her main character, Jay Porter, tries to keep a murder from messing up his life. Set in the 1980s, the story also takes many trips back to Jay’s more radical youth as he tries to reconcile his past, his present, and his sense of morality. It’s part social commentary, part nail-biter, and altogether highly recommended.  —Nici

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ISBN: 9780061735851
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Published: Amistad - April 20th, 2010

The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

I loved this complex book! When the curator of a Vatican exhibit about the Shroud of Turin is murdered, the blame falls on Simon, a Roman Catholic priest. His brother Alex seeks an ancient gospel that contains the clues he needs to clear his brother’s name. Drenched in history, this is the story of how far a quiet, heartbroken man will go to protect his beloveds…and how far others will go to conceal the truth.  —Cat

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ISBN: 9781451694147
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 3rd, 2015


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