Crimson Lake by Candice FoxFeaturing: former Sydney cop Ted Conkaffey, who's innocent but was charged with the brutal rape of a teen and freed due to lack of evidence.
What happens: Ted's notoriety, the threat of rearrest at any time, and continual harassment send him north, to the crocodile-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake. There, he rents a shack and helps convicted killer turned PI Amanda Pharrell (who may also be innocent) with a case.
Is it for you? Definitely, if you like Australian crime fiction or gritty, atmospheric mysteries peopled with intriguing characters.
A Different Kind of Evil by Andrew WilsonStarring: the "Queen of Crime" herself, Agatha Christie.
What it is: a sequel to A Talent for Murder and an homage to Golden Age mysteries that finds Christie traveling to the Canary Islands, where she investigates the suspicious death of a British agent on Tenerife.
Try this next: Nicola Upson's atmospheric Josephine Tey mysteries (the 1st is An Expert in Murder), which also feature a real mystery author turned fictional detective.
Now May You Weep by Deborah CrombieWhat happens: London DI Gemma James and her best friend Hazel travel to Scotland, ostensibly for a cookery class...but Hazel, who's married, secretly plans to meet up with her ex, a distillery owner, who's soon murdered. Meanwhile, Gemma's lover, Scotland Yard Supt. Duncan Kincaid, deals with a custody battle involving his former mother-in-law.
Who should read it: Fans of Scotch whiskey will especially enjoy this intricately plotted 9th Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James mystery.
Reviewers say: "many-layered, deceptively mellow, packing quite a kick" (Booklist).
The Heavens May Fall by Allen EskensStarring: Minnesota private detective Max Rupert and attorney Boady Sanden, friends who find themselves on opposite sides of a case.
What happens: Max and Boady both confront personal demons and their own convictions about guilt and innocence during the trial of a man who has been charged with the murder of his wife.
Why you might like it: This 3rd book featuring Max has legal drama, compelling characters, and an ending you won't see coming.
Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery by Christopher FowlerWhat it's about: Something odd is going on in London...again. The Peculiar Crimes Unit's octogenarian police detectives Arthur Bryant and John May investigate the disappearance of seven Tower of London ravens and the death of a teen who'd claimed he'd seen a reanimated corpse. And then there are the budget cuts they have to deal with.
Series alert: This cleverly plotted, darkly humorous 11th in the Peculiar Crimes series will please fans and newcomers alike.
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