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While some things have changed for Margaret Mizushima’s protagonist Sheriff Deputy Mattie Wray—for one thing, Mattie has changed her last name from Cobb, the name of the man who kidnapped her, to that of her birth father—in Standing Dead, other things remain the same. People are turning up dead in the mountain forests surrounding Timber Creek—one in particular is found tied upright to a dead tree—and someone is leaving decidedly creepy handwritten notes addressed to Mattie

 

 

 

 

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There is a decided “down the rabbit hole” sensation to City Under One Roof, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Iris Yamashita’s debut crime fiction novel. When body parts wash up on the shore adjacent to the city-in-one-building, three female narrators—with varying degrees of unreliability—escort us over, under, sideways and down through the Davidson Condominiums, the one-stop shop, home, school and recreational loci for the residents of Point Mettier, Alaska

 

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There’s nothing like a high school reunion to trigger buried memories—and make you question them. For example, did Cassie Fitzherbert—now a London police officer—kill a fellow student in high school? Bleeding Heart Yard, Elly Griffith’s newly published crime fiction novel, opens with Cassie asking herself if it’s possible to forget if you killed someone…Three unreliable narrators ask that same question and the answers can be quite deadly

 

 

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In her just-published stand-alone thriller,  Mother, Daughter, Traitor, Spy, Susan Elia MacNeal transforms the very real story of mother and daughter Grace and Sylvia Comfort—who risked their lives to infiltrate Nazi strongholds in Los Angeles during World War Two—into a story of treason and sedition that is as chilling as it is prescient

 

 

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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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