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 series: What Angels Fear
The 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 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. 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
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
The 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
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 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…
The 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. 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.
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 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 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.