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

THE ENGLISH AGENT by Phillip DePoy
Young Christopher Marlowe is sent by Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster to uncover and foil an assassination plot. “The hapless Marlowe skates very close to disaster in service to his queen in this surprisingly suspenseful romp that includes a good number of well-portrayed historical figures alongside the fictional dramatis personae. Readers may be similarly intrigued by the spy-jester in Alan Gordon’s Fools’ Guild mysteries, especially THE PARISIAN PRODIGAL, and by Edward Marston’s Nicholas Bracewell series.”Booklist

What are you reading this #ThrillerThursday? Share your picks with us @MacmillanLib.

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