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Mystery and True Crime

Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis

Ever since I read The Boy in the Suitcase by this talented Danish duo, I have been hooked by their writing. This newest book follows in the same vein—Nordic noir fiction focused on the criminal mistreatment of women and children. In it, Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg is reintroduced when Natasha, one of the women who took refuge at the crisis center where Nina works, shows up on the news as being a suspect in the death of her abusive fiancé. As Nina struggles to both understand the complexity of Natasha’s predicament and protect Natasha’s daughter, she realizes there is much she doesn’t know about Natasha and her past. The mystery has long and bloody roots, going back to a famine that devastated Stalinist Ukraine in 1934, when a 10-year-old girl with the voice of a nightingale sang her family into shallow graves. A beautiful but suspenseful read that will keep you guessing until the end.

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ISBN: 9781616953041
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Published: Soho Crime - November 5th, 2013

Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman

“From the utterly shocking opening scene to the final twist, Anne Hillerman offers a thrilling Southwestern tale featuring the unforgettable characters of Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, set in the vivid landscapes of Navajo country. Spider Woman’s Daughter is a must read for anyone who loved the great Tony Hillerman novels, now carried on by his amazingly talented daughter, a superb writer herself. I dearly hope this is the first of many.” —Douglas Preston

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ISBN: 9780062270481
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Published: Harper - October 1st, 2013

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites is a stunning debut novel immersed in an unfamiliar world: Iceland in 1829. It is the story of Agnes, a condemned murderer who waits out her execution on an isolated farm in the company of a frightened, hard-working family. As winter approaches, she slowly reveals the truth about what happened on the night of the murder. A chilling, atmospheric mystery that is based on a true story.
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ISBN: 9780316243926
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 1st, 2014

The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King

Confession: This is the first time I've read a Laurie King novel (I know, I know). So I'm just now experiencing how her lush environmental prose can transport you—in this case, to Paris, 1929—and how her dialogue is spot on and charming and totally believable; and how her plot-building is precise and subtle and a wonder to unfold. I'm thrilled to be discovering all these things as I dive into the story of Harris Stuyvesant (previously seen in 2008’s Touchstone) as his search for a missing girl leads him to a group of artists obsessed with death.
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ISBN: 9780345531766
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Published: Bantam - September 10th, 2013

Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King

This latest book in Laurie R. King’s beloved series finds Mary Russell in the direst circumstances we’ve yet seen (and that’s saying something). She awakes in an unfamiliar room, with no idea who she is or how she has arrived in this predicament. Mary Russell is among the most fascinating and imaginative characters in detective fiction, and Garment of Shadows made me fall in love with her all over again.
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ISBN: 9780553386769
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Published: Bantam - August 20th, 2013

Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes

In an age of seemingly invincible protagonists, I love that Elizabeth Haynes creates refreshingly normal heroines who struggle a bit with life and are horrified by the crimes they find themselves involved in. In Human Remains, Haynes tackles a common fear—would anyone notice if I disappeared? Both a tense, unsettling mystery with a chillingly psychopathic villain as well as a lament for the lonely, this is an unusual tale of obsession and madness.
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ISBN: 9780062276766
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - August 20th, 2013

The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney

A great mystery with memorable characters and very good, atmospheric writing. The Romany background of many of the characters kept me enthralled and played well into the tension of the plot. The main detective–Ray–is a wonderfully flawed character with much to love.
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ISBN: 9780425253212
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Published: Berkley - December 4th, 2012

Moonlight Downs by Adrian Hyland

Adrian Hyland is the Tony Hillerman of the aboriginal people of Australia. Living in the Australian Outback himself, he captures the culture of the whitefellas, blackfellas and everybody in between. His mixed race protagonist Emily Tempest returns to her “Moonlight Mob”, hoping to find home somehow. But when tribal leader Lincoln Flinders is murdered shortly after her arrival, what can she do but find out who done it?

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ISBN: 9781569475263
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Published: Soho Crime - February 1st, 2009

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

Haynes writes a brilliant thriller, splitting narrative between the main character's present and her past and giving the reader a real sense of how an abusive relationship could happen to an intelligent woman and how OCD can take charge of a life. It's a brilliant rendering and an exciting read.  

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ISBN: 9780062197269
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 2nd, 2013

Gun Machine by Warren Ellis

This thriller feels like SF even though it's firmly in the realm of the possible, and Ellis is a genius at embracing noir genre sensibilities. This book is fun, fast-paced, and scary--with a high body count, delicious dialog, and a twisted villain.

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ISBN: 9780316187404
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Published: Mulholland Books - January 1st, 2013


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