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Broken Places

This debut is a solid character-driven mystery with a sense of place. Recommend to fans of Sara Paretsky, Marcia Muller, Rachel Howzell Hall, and the incomparable Sue Grafton. ["Clark's compelling, suspenseful, and action-packed debut introduces a dogged, tough African American woman investigator who is complex and courageous and surrounded by a family of fascinating misfits": LJ 6/1/18 starred review of the Kensington pb.]

Our Kind of Cruelty

Recommend to fans of A.J. Finn's The Woman in the Window, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us, and books by JP Delaney, Gillian Flynn, and B.A. Paris—and don't forget Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. ["Though the ending will be predictable for avid thriller fans, the journey makes for a compulsive read": LJ Xpress Reviews 4/6/18 review of the Farrar hc.]

Twenty-One Days

Highly recommended for fans of the first Pitt series and other historical mysteries. Authors who are similar in theme include Charles Todd, Deborah Crombie, Jacqueline Winspear, and Charles Finch. ["Fans of Perry's long-running "Thomas Pitt" series will delight in following the adventures of a new generation": LJ 4/1/18 starred review of the Ballantine hc.]

The Monk of Mokha

Given Eggers's literati status, ardent groupies will request all available formats.

Earthly Remains

Leon remains at the top of her game, but those who have exhausted her repertoire may turn to the entertaining and reflective series of Andrea Camilleri, Martin Walker, Colin Cotterill, and Louise Penny. ["Longtime fans of this long-running series will find many of their favorite elements in this latest worthy entry: Venice architecture and food, rampant corruption, and a patient yet more world-weary Brunetti":LJ Xpress Reviews 3/3/17 review of the Atlantic hc.]

Y Is for Yesterday

Essential listening for series fans. Detective fiction with similar strong female detectives and fine narrators includes novels by Nevada Barr, Linda Barnes, Marcia Muller, Laura Lippman, and Sara Paretsky. ["Kinsey's fans may have to take notes to keep up with her as she untangles a web of lies and cover stories to solve the current blackmail case as well as the older murder": Xpress Reviews 7/21/17 review of the Putnam hc. The alphabet might have to end at Y, as Grafton died on December 28, 2017.—Ed.]

Below the Belt: A Stone Barrington Novel

Not an essential addition to the series but certainly an enjoyable one. Recommended for public libraries where Woods is popular.


Recommended for listeners who enjoy a combination of contemporary, gothic, and historical fiction with romance and mystery. Other authors with similar themes and settings include Donna Tartt, Kate Morton, and Dorothea Benton Frank.

By Its Cover

This entry seemed to end a bit abruptly—are listeners meant to anxiously await the next in the series? Recommended for fans of the series and those who love Venice. ["In addition to series fans, it will appeal to readers looking for a well-plotted story matched with just enough details of life in one of the world's most beautiful locations," read the review of the Atlantic Monthly hc, LJ 3/1/14.]

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