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Bitter Crossing: A Peyton Cote Novel

This debut procedural includes a dizzying number of side stories, making for a high-drama read from the get-go. Keeley's torrid pace seems improbably laden with dysfunctional characters, but the pages just fly by. A solid bet for Nevada Barr and Tricia Fields fans. Keeley is a pseudonym for mystery writer John Corrigan.

The Black Hour

With disconcerting timeliness (in the wake of recent shootings), Rader-Day captures the more sinister aspects of campus life. While the author captivates from page one with her psychologically attuned debut, it is the sociological frames that work so well: class, power, and violence. This reviewer was bowled over by the novel's alternating points of view, superb storytelling, and pitch-perfect take on academia. [A July LibraryReads pick, see p. 119.

A Matter of Breeding: A Viennese Mystery

While the protagonists of Jones's historical forensic series, set in 1901 Vienna, are likable, his intricate plot is Sherlockian in its posturing, minute clues, and use of heavy dialog, barely escaping becoming ponderous at times.

Cat on a Cold Tin Roof: An Eli Paxton Mystery

Cincinnati's sarcastic PI is back in his third engrossing animal-related case (after The Trojan Colt)...

The Kennedy Connection: A Gil Malloy Novel

Belsky's (Playing Dead) quick read has unexpectedly clever twists, perfect for the conspiracy-oriented reader. The first-person narrative keeps the tone personal.

Vengeance Is Mine: A Red River Mystery

Why Las Vegas gangsters would descend on rural Center Springs, TX, is beside the point...

First Light: A John Bekker Mystery

Fans of the hard-boiled will want to binge-read Lamanda's series if they are new to it...

The Good Know Nothing: A Tom Hickey Mystery

Don't miss the final installment in Kuhlken's long-running "California Century" saga...

Some Enchanted Éclair: A Magical Bakery Mystery

Katie Lightfoot, Savannah's magical baker, wields her special touch with a movie crew struggling after one of its members dies suspiciously...

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