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Murder and Mayhem II

Why Kings Confess by C.S. Harris Why Kings Confess  by C. S. Harris is set in Regency England and features Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, heir to an earldom, disillusioned Army officer, and latter day knight errant.

Regency England, January 1813: When a badly injured Frenchwoman is found beside the mutilated body of Dr. Damion Pelletan in one of London’s worst slums, Sebastian finds himself caught in a high-stakes tangle of murder and revenge.

First in the seriesWhat Angels Fear 

The Caller by Karin FossumThe Caller  by Karin Fossum is set in in a small mountain village in Norway and features Inspector Konrad Sejer.

Inspector Sejer investigates the delivery of a threatening postcard that coincides with the discovery of a child who was found covered in blood but unharmed in her stroller.

First in the series: Eva’s Eye

Dead Water by Ann CleeveDead Water is set in the Shetland Islands, north of Scotland and features Jimmy Perez, a police detective inspector. 

Assisting a detective who has been summoned to the Shetland Islands to investigate a journalist’s suspicious death, Inspector Jimmy Perez discovers that the victim had ended a scandalous relationship to pursue a story that someone was determined to keep hidden.

First in the series: Raven Black  

Pagan Spring by G.M. MailletPagan Spring  by G.M. Malliet is set in in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip, England and features Max Tudor, a former MI-5 agent, now vicar at St. Edwold’s.

To restore peace in the quaint village of Nether Monkslip, Vicar Max Tudor must unravel the clues, which are linked to long-ago crimes, after one of the village’s residents is murdered.

First in the series: Wicked Autumn 

Frozen Shroud by Martin Edwards The Frozen Shroud by Martin Edwards is set  in the Lake District of England and features Daniel Kind, retired Oxford historian, and Detective Chief Inspector Hannah Scarlett of the Cold Case Squad

DCI Hannah Scarlett, head of the Cold Case Review Team, is presented with the toughest challenge of her career: three murders, decades apart, all with the victims’ faces obscured with a shroud.

First in the series: The Coffin Trail                                   

Police by Jo NesbøThe Police by Jo Nesbø is set in various locations and features Harry Hole, a police detective in Oslo, Norway

Harry Hole seemingly has his hands tied when the police seek his help in finding a killer who his offing Oslo cops whose cases are unsolved.

First in the series: The Bat

An Old Betrayal by Charles FinchAn Old Betrayal by Charles Finch is set in 1860s London, England and features the appealing   Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman sleuth,  and armchair explorer

Drawn back into his old profession, Charles Lenox, a Member of Parliament, investigates the killing of an innocuous country squire and discovers that this murder is only the first step in a deadly plan to destroy England’s monarchy.
First  in the series: A Beautiful Blue Death

The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan BradleyThe Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley is set in 1950′s village of Bishop’s Lacey, England and features the precocious and ever so observant Flavia de Luce, a young  sleuth and aspiring chemist who specializes in poisons

Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train’s arrival in the English village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia?   First in the series: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie 

For those you who prefer something of the non-mystery variety…but still thrilling…

Accident by Chris PavoneThe Accident by Chris Pavone

Feverishly paging through a disturbing anonymous manuscript that she believes has world-changing potential, New York literary agent Isabel Reed catches the attentions of Copenhagen veteran station chief Hayden Gray, who resolves to keep the book’s secrets from being exposed.  Also: The Expats

 

The Kraken Project by Douglas J. PrestonThe Kraken Project by Douglas J. Preston

When a NASA accident kills seven scientists and enables a self-modifying artificial intelligence to escape into the Internet, Wyman Ford and the AI’s creator, Melissa Shepherd, struggle to keep the evolving program out of the hands of scheming Wall Street traders.

 

Jack of Spies by David DowningJack of Spies by David Downing

Visiting the great cities of the world while secretly working as a spy, Scottish car salesman Jack McColl seeks to prove himself on the eve of World War I only to encounter deadly adversaries and a suffragette journalist whose Irish-American family is embroiled in a movement Jack’s bosses are fighting.

 

Natchez Burning by Greg IlesNatchez Burning by Greg Iles

When his father, a beloved family doctor and pillar of their Natchez, Mississippi community, is accused of murdering a nurse, Penn Cage, to save his father who refuses to speak up in his own defense, makes a shocking discovery that forces him to decide just how far he will go to protect those he loves.

 

The Target by David BaldacciThe Target by David Baldacci

The President knows it’s a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel.

 

Field of Prey y John SandfordField of Prey by John Sandford
Lucas Davenport investigates the discovery of several bodies in an abandoned Minnesota farmyard, and realizes they are the work of a local serial killer who has been murdering one victim every summer for years.
Happy Reading!Peggy @ Woods Branch