The Granite Coast Murders by Jean-Luc BannalecWhat it's about: On a forced two-week vacation after a health scare, workaholic Inspector Dupin is as miserable as his girlfriend is relaxed. That is, until he quietly involves himself in various issues, including a church's stolen statue, a missing tourist, and the discovery of a body.
Series alert: Though newcomers can enjoy this fun 6th Dupin outing, those who want to start with the 1st book should pick up Death in Brittany.
Read this next: For more books featuring detectives on vacation, try Donna Leon's Earthly Remains or Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile.
The Unkindness of Ravens by M.E. HilliardIntroducing: Greer Hogan, a 40-year-old librarian who loves mystery novels and whose husband was murdered just a few years earlier.
What happens: Having recently left the city for Raven Hill, New York, Greer works in an old mansion turned public library. It's there that she finds the body of one of the only people she knows in town, which makes the police suspicious. As Greer tries to clear her name, what she learns also makes her question certain details about her husband's murder.
For fans of: mysteries with literary references, like Elly Griffiths' Postscript Murders; debut novels set in appealing small towns.
Dead of Winter by Stephen Mack JonesStarring: biracial ex-Detroit cop August Snow, who has millions after winning a lawsuit for wrongful dismissal after exposing police corruption.
What happens: Trying to keep property in his Mexicantown neighborhood from being bought up by questionable outsiders, August ends up in a battle against a dangerous network of powerful people.
Series alert: This is the gritty, compelling 3rd in the August Snow series by poet and playwright Stephen Mack Jones; the earlier books are August Snow and Lives Laid Away.
When a Stranger Comes to Town by Michael Koryta (editor)What it is: a stellar collection of 19 stories by both established and new authors and presented by the Mystery Writers of America.
Authors include: Alafair Burke, Michael Connelly, S.A. Cosby, Steve Hamilton, Joe Hill, Joe Lansdale, Lori Roy, and Lisa Unger.
Reviewers say: "This is the best kind of anthology, consistently excellent and inventive" (Publishers Weekly); "Mystery enthusiasts will be hard-pressed to find a story they don't like" (Library Journal).
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. ManansalaIntroducing: Lila Macapagal, who recently broke up with her cheating Chicago boyfriend and moved back home to Shady Palms, Illinois, where she works at her Tita Rosie's Filipino restaurant.
What happens: Lila's high school boyfriend, who had been writing terrible reviews about Tita Rosie's food, argues with Lila and then drops dead at the restaurant. Hoping to keep herself out of jail and save Tita Rosie's business, Lila and her best friend start snooping around.
Read it for: the fun characters, the mouthwatering food (recipes included), the details about Filipino culture, and Lila's adorable dog.
A Peculiar Combination by Ashley Weaver1940 London: Talented safecrackers Electra "Ellie" McDonnell and her Uncle Mick are set up, caught, and forced to help the British government retrieve stolen papers that are supposedly hidden in a safe.
What happens: Paired with terse but handsome Major Ramsey, Ellie is happy to do her part for the war effort, but retrieving the documents proves more difficult -- and more deadly -- than anyone imagined.
Who it's for: This 1st in a new series by the author of the Amory Ames mysteries will please fans of romantic World War II-era mysteries that feature smart female detectives, such as those by Jacqueline Winspear, Susan Elia MacNeal, Stephanie Graves, and Tessa Arlen.
One Last Lie by Paul DoironIn Florida: Maine game warden Mike Bowditch visits the Sunshine State to check on a job applicant's credentials and goes on a python hunt with his ex-girlfriend, the daughter of his mentor, Charley Stevens.
In Maine: Charley finds an old warden's badge at a flea market, then heads out without telling anyone where he's going. Back home, Mike investigates when Charley never returns, and finds secrets, lies, and ties to a long-missing warden who'd been working undercover.
Why you might like it: This 11th Mike Bowditch novel offers vivid settings, smart plotting, and authentic characters, and when you finish it, you can look for Mike's 12th outing, Dead by Dawn, out this month.
The Lost Man by Jane HarperWhat it's about: In Australia's scorching Outback, the body of Cameron Bright is found near an old tombstone, miles from his car and hours from his home and that of his nearest neighbor, his brother Nathan.
What happens: Nathan tries to figure out what happened to Cameron in this slow-burning, twisty Ned Kelly Award winner that deals with loneliness, abuse, and family secrets.
Try this next: For another Australian mystery set in a vividly drawn rural area, try Candice Fox's Crimson Lake.
Cave of Bones by Anne HillermanStarring: Navajo Tribal Police Officer Bernadette "Bernie" Manuelito, who's dreading giving a talk at an outdoor program for at-risk girls; her husband and fellow cop, Jim Chee, who's in Santa Fe for training.
What happens: When Bernie arrives, a girl and the instructor who went searching for her are missing. Meanwhile, Chee checks in on Bernie's sister and finds her hanging out with some bad folks.
Series alert: This is the 4th in Anne Hillerman's series featuring characters created by her late father, Tony Hillerman. The 6th and most recent in the series is Stargazer, which came out in April.
The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef PenneyThe setup: In 1860s Canada, a local trapper has been viciously killed and his friend, a teenage boy, is missing, with his footsteps leading away from the trapper's cabin into the unforgiving wilderness.
What happens: The missing teen's determined mother sets out from her snow-covered settlement to find him, aided by a half-Native American guide -- but the two of them aren't the only ones looking for the boy.
Did you know? Winner of Britain's prestigious Costa Book of the Year Award in 2006, this atmospheric debut was written by a Scottish author with agoraphobia who had never been to Canada.
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