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Mystery and True Crime

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl

Starting with a phone call that leads to a child, drugged but alive in a suitcase, this Danish mystery is a perfect blend of Tanya French and Stieg Larsson—as psychologically driven as it is plot driven—a page turner so riveting that you may want to gear up if you plan to sit within arm’s length to this book’s reader.

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ISBN: 9781569479810
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Published: Soho Crime - November 8th, 2011

Claire DeWitt & the City of the Dead by Sara Gran

The main character of this novel, private investigator Claire DeWitt, reminds me a bit of Sherlock Holmes – she has addictions, and isn't very friendly most of the time – but with a New Age twist (imagine Holmes using the I Ching to find clues, if you can). The story is set in New Orleans six months after Katrina, a time and place that is viscerally well realized.

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ISBN: 9780547428499
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 2nd, 2011

A Study in Sherlock edited by Laurie R. King & Les Klinger

There are a great many writers out there who are obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, and who can blame them? In this new anthology, writers such as Neil Gaiman, Lee Child, and Jacqueline Winspear share their own take on the greatest detective in the world. The stories are far-reaching and creative, including a modern-day take on Baker Street, and an alternative history that involves President McKinley. You don’t want to miss this stellar lineup of devoted writers. —Kat

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By Laurie R. King (Editor), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Lee Child (Contributions by), Neil Gaiman (Contributions by), Alan Bradley (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780812982466
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Published: Bantam - October 25th, 2011

V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton is nearing the end of her “Alphabet” mystery series that feature California private eye Kinsey Millhone, and already we’re becoming nostalgic. Still, we can’t wait to gobble up V is for Vengeance, the 22nd book in the series. A spiderweb of dangerous relationships is at the heart of this tale, in which Kinsey receives a punch in the face for her 38th birthday. V: Victim. Violence. Vengeance.

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ISBN: 9780399157868
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Published: Marian Wood Books/Putnam - November 14th, 2011

Stolen Souls by Stuart Neville

If you like your mysteries gritty, a bit terrifying, and very well written, then look no further than Bookshop favorite Stuart Neville (Collusion, The Ghosts of Belfast). His latest Jack Lennon investigation features the detective and a gutsy new heroine who is caught up in the dark world of human trafficking. This streamlined thriller is gripping and full of nonstop action.

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ISBN: 9781569479834
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Published: Soho Crime - October 4th, 2011

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

This fourth installment in Atkinson’s stellar mystery series starring Jackson Brodie is every bit as good as the previous ones. When Brodie and retired officer Tracy Waterhouse find themselves with unexpected, rescued charges, they find that there are startling repercussions for their good deeds. As with her earlier novels, the best parts of this book are the depth of the emotional and psychological lives of her characters, the intricate plot, and the sharp, dark wit.

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ISBN: 9780316066747
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 6th, 2011

Fall of Giants by Ken Follet

I love love loved this book, and I think you will, too. It’s epic in scale with a whole cadre of characters to love and hate, and Follet weaves them together into an addictive story. Like Pillars of the Earth or World Without End, you feel immersed in history—yet drawn in to the intimate details of the characters lives. By balancing five families from all sides of the Great War, Follet paints a complex picture of the beginning of the Twentieth Century.

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ISBN: 9780451232571
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Published: Penguin Books - August 30th, 2011

Pirate King by Laurie R. King

I get cranky if I go too long without a Mary Russell fix. God of the Hive was published a scant year and a half ago, but it feels like much longer since I've checked in with my favorite detectives, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. In Pirate King we are taken to Lisbon, where a mystery involving silent films and Gilbert and Sullivan awaits. King's dexterous plotting skills are hard at work in this novel, and surprises are in store. I can't wait!

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ISBN: 9780553807981
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Published: Bantam - September 6th, 2011

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

“Far from being just another morose Nordic crime writer, Denmark’s Adler-Olsen creates a detective whose curiosity is as active as his soul is tortured. The villain is a monster and the crime horrendous, but readers will root for the victim and for the belabored Department Q. This absorbing psychological thriller is recommended not only for fans of Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, and Stieg Larsson, but for true crime aficionados who might like to try fiction.” —Library Journal 

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ISBN: 9780525952480
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Published: Dutton Adult - August 23rd, 2011

Missing Ink by Karen E. Olson

Smart, sassy Brett is a talented tattoo artist with her own high-end parlor on the Vegas strip, and a knack for finding trouble. When her cop brother requests her expertise, she and a handful of colorful cohorts find themselves wrapped up in murder. Short and sweet chapters always end in a cliff hanger, making for a fast, fun read you don’t want to put down.  

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ISBN: 9780451227461
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Published: Berkley - July 7th, 2009


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