Here are some mysteries that have recently hit our shelves, just in time for Halloween!
|And Now She’s Gone|
by Rachel Howzell Hall
What it’s about: After years doing research at a firm, 39-year-old African American Grayson Sykes has her first solo job as a PI for the group.
The case: A doctor’s girlfriend has been missing for weeks and the cops think she left of her own accord. Now, Gray, who has secrets and troubles of her own, must find the truth. But it’s all more complicated than it first appears…and that’s before Gray’s past catches up with her.
Read it for: the captivating characters; the wry humor; the atmospheric setting; the suspenseful, twisty plot.
|The Thursday Murder Club|
by Richard Osman
What it’s about: When a contractor at an English luxury retirement village is murdered, four members of its crime club try to crack the case.
Reviewers say: “British TV celebrity [Richard] Osman mixes mirth and murder in his exceptional debut” (Publishers Weekly); “A top-class cozy infused with dry wit and charming characters” (Kirkus Reviews).
Read this next: If you like witty, unorthodox British police detectives, try Christopher Fowler’s delightful Bryant & May books; for short stories involving a mystery-solving group, grab Agatha Christie’s Tuesday Night Club.
|A Deception at Thornecrest|
by Ashley Weaver
1934 England: Heavily pregnant Amory Ames is at her Kent Country house when a nice young lady arrives…claiming to be married to Amory’s handsome husband, Milo.
What happens: As Amory is dealing with one newcomer, another visitor appears in the village who upends the town and its Springtide Festival in a case involving secret identities, seduction, and murder.
Series alert: Like the earlier entries, this 7th in the Amory Ames series has a pleasing mystery, witty banter, and a dashing couple.
by Jim Butcher
Starring: cynical Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden, who finds lost items and conducts paranormal investigations.
What happens: With the help of his friend Michael, who’s a sword-carrying knight, Harry tries to figure out why a powerful ghost is wreaking havoc and targeting Harry’s friends, not to mention dealing with the vampires and demons who are afoot as well.
Series alert: This 3rd in the bestselling Dresden Files cleverly combines fantasy and mystery elements and features likeable characters, action-packed plots, and zippy dialogue. The 17th book in the series, Battle Ground, came out in September.
|Ghost in Trouble|
by Carolyn Hart
Starring: Bailey Ruth Raeburn, a fashion-conscious emissary from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions….and its biggest rule-breaker.
What happens: Kay Clark’s former boyfriend comes home to Adelaide, Oklahoma and dies in what appears to be an accident. Kay thinks it was murder, and now Bailey Ruth’s assigned to keep her safe and sort it all out.
For fans of: Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity series, who may like this 3rd entry in a funny, heartwarming supernatural series set in a small town.