If you’re a fan of Tana French or Kate Atkinson, then you need to know about Erin Kelly. Her debut mystery, The Poison Tree, is a character-driven story with high psychological stakes, the kind of book that lures you in with its moody setting and atmosphere, and then chooses just the right moment to pounce. Compelling, literary, and very surprising—you may think you have it figured out, but trust me, you don’t.
Wowzers, can Quirk write an intense thriller! Mike Ford is a reformed confidence man—which makes him perfectly suited to be a junior member of a Washington strategic consulting firm. Perfectly suited until his conscience gets the best of him and his bosses try to set him up to take a fall. Quirk knows just how to build the story up with the right mix of insider knowledge, procedural description, and school-of-hard-knocks action, letting us root for the anti–Boy Scout to take down the big dogs.
Six months after Hurricane Katrina, detective Claire deWitt arrives in New Orleans to investigate the disappearance of a well-known prosecutor. DeWitt is not your usual detective—her methods include divination, dreams, and omens, as well as a battered copy of Détection by French detective Jacques Silette, and to say she’s an unreliable narrator is to put it lightly. But the best part of this novel is New Orleans itself, reeling and wounded from Katrina and its aftermath. Dark, richly atmospheric, and highly recommended.
Full of French political intrigue, Cara Black’s atmospheric eleventh Aimée Leduc investigation finds the Paris PI’s world turned upside down with the arrest of her godfather and long-time mentor, Commissaire Morbier, for murder. “Another fun, absorbing, well-plotted Aimée Leduc mystery, more brisk in the telling than ever; your passport to Paris.” —Library Journal. Don’t miss the next book in the series, Murder at the Lantern Rouge, now in hardcover.