All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. MorrisStarring: Ellice Littlejohn, the only Black lawyer at her Atlanta company, who's also having an affair with her married white boss, Michael.
Early morning surprise: Ellice shows up for an office tryst and finds Michael dead. She thinks it's suicide, panics, and leaves -- but Michael was murdered. After she's unexpectedly given his job, Ellice faces office scrutiny and gossip, and realizes she needs to figure out what happened to Michael, even as old secrets from her past threaten her future.
Why you might like it: All Her Little Secrets is a compelling debut that weaves in poignant flashbacks to Ellice's troubled childhood and thoughtfully covers racism, sexism, abuse, and corporate politics.
Grave Reservations by Cherie PriestIntroducing: Leda Foley, a Seattle travel agent and psychic whose fiancé's murder has never been solved.
What happens: After she gets a bad feeling and changes Seattle police detective Grady Merritt's flight, which saves his life, the two team up to solve a cold case...which might also be related to Leda's fiancé's death.
Did you know? Cherie Priest is a Locus Award winner who's best known for writing horror and steampunk; Grave Reservations is her first adult mystery and the charming 1st in a planned series.
The Playing Fields
by Stella Cameron
Black Dog pub owner Alex Duggins and her partner are once again drawn into a police investigation when a possible serial killer is at large in the sleep Cotswold village of Folly, while Tony deals with some disturbing news of his own.
Depth of Winter by Craig JohnsonA change of scenery: Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire arrives in northern Mexico alone, on the hunt for his kidnapped adult daughter, who's been taken by a ruthless drug cartel leader.
Series alert: Newcomers who'd like a gritty Western crime story can start with this compelling 14th Longmire outing. Those who want to begin in Wyoming, where most of the books take place, can pick up the 1st novel, The Cold Dish, or his short story collection, Look for Signs.
Reviewers say: "the celebratory Mexican festivals are vivid and complement the unfolding plot" (Library Journal); "a rip-roaring adventure" (Kirkus Reviews).
The Dead of Winter by S.J. ParrisWhat it is: a collection of three novellas set in the 1560s featuring (real-life historical figure) Giordano Bruno as a youthful monk in Italy.
What's inside: two previously published stories ("The Secret Dead" and "The Academy of Secrets") and one new one ("A Christmas Requiem").
Who it's for: fans of the Giordano Bruno novels, which detail Bruno's adventures in England as a spy for Queen Elizabeth I; those who like intricately plotted historical stories and fascinating characters.
The Secrets of Winter by Nicola UpsonStarring: real-life British Golden Age mystery author Josephine Tey; her partner Marta Fox; and Tey's longtime friend, Scotland Yard detective Archie Penrose.
What happens: In 1938, the trio head to St. Michael's Mount, a tidal island in Cornwall, for a Christmas house party -- but the festivities are interrupted by two brutal deaths.
Did you know? This cleverly plotted, atmospheric 9th entry in the Tey mysteries includes film star Marlene Dietrich as a character and was published as The Dead of Winter in the U.K.
Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli WeidenWhat happens: Virgil Wounded Horse, a vigilante enforcer on South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation, works with the ex-girlfriend he still loves in order to figure out who's bringing heroin to the rez. Virgil's also raising his teenage nephew, who's bullied for his mixed-race heritage.
For fans of: S.A. Cosby, Craig Johnson, C.J. Box, and others who write gritty, compelling crime novels with rural settings.
Did you know? With his 2021 win for Best First Novel for Winter Counts, David Heska Wanbi Weiden became the first Native American writer to win an Anthony Award.
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