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Four women, who happen to be sixty-something professional assassins, are celebrating their recent retirement in Deanna Raybourn’s new thriller, Killers of a Certain Age.The Killers of the title—Billie, Natalie, Mary Alice and Helen—are looking forward to pursuing all the things that being on-call for “The Museum,” as they called the organization who contracted them out for hits, prevented them from doing. Except when they board a luxury ship for a celebratory cruise, they realize that someone wants to retire them—permanently. The Killers are not amused…

 

 

 

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All Paris Peralta wants in Things We Do in the Dark, Jennifer Hillier’s new suspense novel, is to live a quiet life. Well, as the saying goes: make a plan and the gods laugh. Paris is arrested for her husband’s murder and even she has to admit it doesn’t look good, she’s found next to her husband’s body, holding the murder weapon and covered in his blood

 

 

 

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It’s been twenty long years, but Glaswegian auctioneer extraordinaire Rilke is back with his merry band of pranksters in The Second Cut, Louise Welsh’s follow up novel to her remarkable The Cutting Room. The times may have changed—tech-savvy Rilke is now meeting men on Grindr instead of in pubs—but remarkably, Rilke, Rose, Anderson and Les, have defied the space-time continuum and are the same age. Other things are the same too, including the secrets that old houses chock-a-block with antiques hold

 

 

 

 

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In Winter Work, Dan Fesperman’s new thriller, it’s the winter of 1990, the Berlin Wall has fallen and the fall of East Germany has ignited a feeding frenzy among competing—think C.I.A.—and complementary—think K.G.B—intelligence agencies. And for the East German operatives who will soon be out of work, it’s a matter of who is buying and how much are they paying

 

 

 

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In his debut novel, An Honest Living, Dwyer Murphy takes readers on an odyssey through time and space in turn-of-the-21st-century New York City, complete with its own Ulises, who just happens to be a Venezuelan poet. Along this journey with nods to past noir novelists such as Ross Macdonald and Raymond Chandler (think mysterious beautiful woman engaging a sole-practitioner lawyer to investigate her husband), are cases of mistaken identity, missing manuscripts and doses of wry humor about the nature of cabaret laws in New York City that prevent dancing in bars, even when there’s a Samba band

 

 

 

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The last thing Hudson Miller, the protagonist in It Dies with You, Scott Blackburn’s debut crime fiction novel, wants to do is return to his hometown of Flint Creek, North Carolina. But when his father is shot and killed, it’s the first thing he has to do

 

 

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If 99 Miles From L.A., P. David Ebersole’s debut crime fiction novel, sounds like it should be the title of a song, that’s because it is. Written by Hal David and Albert Hammond—and sung by everyone from Hammond to Julio Iglesias to Art Garfunkel (a decidedly disturbing version)—it’s Johnny Mathis’s take that inspired Ebersole, and consequently the novel

 

 

 

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When Kaveri Murthy, the recently married headstrong young woman in The Bangalore Detectives Club—Harini Nagendra’s debut historical crime fiction novel that takes place in 1921—witnesses the aftermath of a murder at a club where the cream of Indian society can socialize with members of the British Raj, she does what’s in her nature to do: she investigates. And the murder investigation is only one of the many situations that she must learn to navigate: there’s also swimming, learning to drive, conquering the kitchen and studying mathematics

 

 

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Aimée Leduc is back in Murder at the Porte de Versailles, the 20th installment in Cara Black’s arrondissement-specific series that takes place in November 2001, in a fraught post-9/11 Paris. This time Aimée is racing around the 15th arrondissement, a residential part of Paris that, Cara explains, is where you move after you finish your clubbing days and want to raise a family. But murder and mayhem happen, and Aimée is desperate to find out who bombed the police lab located in the 15th, because her close friend Boris was there when the explosion occurred. And he’s not just in a coma—he’s being blamed. In fact, Aimée is so good—and persistent—that the DGSI: General Directorate for Internal Security, presses her into service. They just may not like what she finds out…

 

 

 

 

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In The Echos, Jess Montgomery’s fourth installment of the Kinship mystery series, Sheriff Lily Ross has an unimaginable amount on her plate. Or should we say, plates? It’s July 4th, 1928, and Lily is dealing with the security for the new amusement park when a murder of a young woman, who may or may not, be the mother of the infant left on a nearby doorstep takes place. Oh, and Lily’s young niece Esmé—whose very existence is only know to Lily’s mother—is making her way from France to Ohio

 

 

 

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