Articles tagged "detectives"

Thriller Thursday (11/16/17 Edition)

These lady detectives always close the case!

THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST by Rhys Bowen
When semi-retired private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan and her husband, Daniel, are invited for Christmas at a mansion on the Hudson, the last thing they expect is to get involved in a decade-old missing persons case. “For series and historical mystery fans, it’s a treat to return to historic New York during the holidays as the indomitable Molly investigates an unusual disappearance.” — Library Journal

A SEASON TO LIE by Emily Littlejohn
Librarian Littlejohn’s “lively sequel”* to her acclaimed debut, INHERIT THE BONES, has Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe investigating the murder of a world-famous author whose presence in town was meant to be a secret. “Readers will look forward to seeing more of this insightful and likable character. — *Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (2/23/17 Edition)

Sleuths from 16th century England to the present abound in our #ThrillerThursday picks:

THE CROW TRAP by Ann Cleeves (also available in trade paperback)
DI Vera Stanhope investigates a murder that rips through a group of women conducting an environmental survey. “Published in the UK in 1998 and just now released in the United States, this first book in Cleeves’s ‘Vera Stanhope’ series (which also inspired a popular television show) demonstrates exactly why the curmudgeonly Northumberland police detective gets results. It would be foolish to discount Vera because she doesn’t dress smartly-she can outfox even the wiliest of criminals, while wearing whatever she pleases, and readers will delight in getting the chance to see how such a quirky character evolved. ” — Library Journal

A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
In this third series entry, book editor and amateur sleuth Samantha Clair finds herself entangled in an elaborate saga of missing neighbors, suspected arson and an odd, unidentified body. “Flanders adroitly avoids chick-lit clichés, opting for nuanced, multidimensional characters… Readers will look forward to seeing more of smart, successful, self-deprecating Sam. ” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (6/2/16 Edition)

Three detectives and two true crime stories are part of today’s all-star #ThrillerThursday lineup:

STEALING THE COUNTESS by David Housewright
“A Stradivarius goes missing and all hell breaks loose in the thirteenth entry in Edgar-winning Housewright’s very strong Mac McKenzie series. Greatly enhancing the story are the fascinating details Housewright provides on the history and design of these priceless instruments.” Booklist, starred review

A GOOD MONTH FOR MURDER: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad by Del Quentin Wilber
“With the police chief granting almost unprecedented access, Wilber was able to produce a rare snapshot of homicide investigation in action, from crime scenes through families’ homes, interrogation rooms, and squad rooms. A fascinating report written in a relentless, real-life noir tone.” — Booklist, starred review

TRUE CRIME ADDICT: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray by James Renner
“Former investigative journalist Renner takes the reader on his dark journey unraveling the disappearance of University of Massachusetts Amherst student Maura Murray, who went missing in 2004. An entrancing, brilliant next step for fans of the podcast Serial, Netflix’s Making a Murderer, and other true crime cases.”
Library Journal, starred review

SEVEN DAYS DEAD by John Farrow
Retired Montreal police detective Émile Cinq-Mars is on an island vacation with his wife when he’s drawn into a murder investigation. “Cinq-Mars is a master at teasing meaning out of nuance, both in his encounters with suspects and in his wonderfully rich relationship with his wife. A delight for followers of Louise Penny and Donna Leon.” — Booklist, starred review

CITY OF JACKALS by Parker Bilal
Detective Makana’s latest investigations during the political uprising in Cairo continue the dangers he fled in Khartoum. “A new best for this absorbing series, this fifth entry offers a must-read, street-level look at African politics; a compelling personal journey; and a top-rate mystery.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (6/4/15 Edition)

Detectives, P.I.’s and true crime, oh my!

THE KILL by Jane Casey
The Maeve Kerrigan mysteries seem to get better each time out, and this fifth complex police procedural has an emotional resonance that makes it the best yet. Recommend this series to Ian Rankin fans and to those who follow Prime Suspect creator Lynda La Plante’s Anna Travis novels.” Booklist, starred review

HELL’S GATE by Richard Crompton
Crompton’s “outstanding”* second Detective Mollel novel (after HOUR OF THE RED GOD) finds the ex-warrior banished from Kenya’s busiest city to a police force not interested in strangers. “Crompton effectively integrates Maasai culture into the absorbing plot.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE EVIDENCE ROOM by Cameron Harvey
A SIBA Okra Pick! Set in Florida’s swampy Cooper Bayou, this debut cold-case procedural focuses on a girl’s homecoming, twenty years after a crime broke her world. “…Harvey deserves watching.” — Booklist

90 CHURCH: Inside America’s Notorious First Narcotics Squad by Dean Unkefer
Mad Men meets The Wire in this gripping true-crime memoir by a former agent at the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1960s New York. “The book has the same feel as Peter Maas’ SERPICO and Robert Daley’s PRINCE OF THE CITY, both nonfiction accounts (later turned into popular films) of cops who struggled to keep their moral and ethical equilibriums. For anyone interested in true crime from the cop’s point of view.” — Booklist

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #15 by David Housewright
In the “arresting” (Publishers Weekly) 12th hard-boiled mystery featuring unlicensed P.I. Rushmore McKenzie, a woman thrown from a moving truck wakes up with amnesia. “A strong addition to an always-reliable series.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (4/23/15 Edition)

Whether you’re looking to read true crime, a psychological thriller, or settle in with your favorite old (or new) detective, we’ve got the perfect #ThrillerThursday mystery for you:

ONE OF US by Åsne Seierstad
The nonfiction horror story told in ONE OF US moves slowly, inexorably and with tremendous authority. It’s said that exact detail is uniquely helpful when it comes to mending after terrible events. If it is true, as Stephen Jay Gould contended, that ‘nothing matches the holiness and fascination of accurate and intricate detail,’ then Ms. Seierstad has delivered a holy volume indeed.” — The New York Times

REYKJAVIK NIGHTS by Arnaldur Indridason
In this “riveting” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) prequel set in late-1960s Reykjavík, Indridason plumbs the backstory of his series lead, somber Insp. Erlendur Sveinsson. “The Icelandic author’s latest novel, REYKJAVIK NIGHTS nicely illustrates the qualities that make his books so deeply pleasurable.” — New York Times Book Review

A JUNE OF ORDINARY MURDERS by Conor Brady
This debut Victorian-era mystery finds Dublin detective sergeant Joe Swallow on the trail of a series of crimes that paints a much bigger picture. “Fans of mysteries that capture the flavor of the past will hope that Swallow has a long literary life.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE MASQUE OF A MURDERER by Susanna Calkins
“Third in the Lucy Campion historical-mystery series, this absorbing puzzler touches on the religious, social, and political changes in Restoration London as experienced by a wide cast of characters. Calkins’ tantalizing clues and rich historical details depicting everyday life and class differences draw readers into the seventeenth century, led by the piquant and elusive Lucy, whose heart is split between two suitors, her job precarious, and whose dauntless curiosity never flags.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday – Detectives Edition!

The detectives in today's #ThrillerThursday round-up are smart, brave, and fearless. Good thing they're the good guys (and gals)! 

ENEMIES AT HOME by Lindsey Davis
In first-century Rome, a burglary that led to murder might now result in many more deaths—unless Flavia Albia can untangle the crime in time. “Diamond Dagger Award winner Davis vividly portrays the setting, 'a poisoned city, where a paranoid emperor had caused often-lethal mistrust,'...” — Publishers Weekly 

THE BAKLAVA CLUB by Jason Goodwin
In Goodwin’s final book in the Edgar Award–winning Inspector Yashim series, the eunuch detective must find a Polish prince kidnapped by three naïve Italian liberals, exiled in Istanbul. “Yashim's fifth, and reportedly final, case unfolds more like a picaresque caper than a whodunit, elegantly written and immersing the reader in exotic 19th-century Turkey.” — Kirkus Reviews 

LAND OF SHADOWS by Rachel Howzell Hall
L.A. homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton tries to connect a teen’s death with her own sister's murder 30 years ago. “A racially explosive Los Angeles provides the backdrop for this exceptional crime novel from Hall. Dead-on dialogue and atmospheric details help propel a tale full of tormenting moral issues. If the bad grow so close to the good, how do the cops weed them out? And how do we right all these wrongs? Lou, a brave lady in a brave book, does the best she can.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review  

NEVER LOOK BACK by Clare Donoghue
Detective Inspector Mike Lockyer searches for a London serial killer while struggling to maintain a relationship with his daughter, who matches the victim profile. “Donoghue keeps a tight rein on the plot, revealing what the reader needs to know a little at a time—and there’s a lot to know. This is a gutsy, gruesome, and compelling thriller that will appeal to fans of dark British police procedurals.”
Booklist 

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