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Frederick Douglass

Morrison grapples with Douglass in all his complexities, extolling his greatness while also grappling with his human fallibility in this detailed and well-researched book that will both educate and spark discussions. Readers of Marie Benedict will be entertained.

The Summer of Love and Death

McCreary’s entertaining police procedural stands apart with its rich characterization and exploration of life’s complexities beyond the central crime. This is a series to watch and to suggest to fans of Ellen Hart’s Jane Lawless novels.

The City of the Living

Lagioia’s literary thriller provides a more complicated picture of crime and punishment than many crime novels, and the vivid depictions of Rome leap from the page, but readers will require a firm resolve to wade through the detailed horrors of Varani’s murder.

My Favorite Scar

This literary thriller with The Last of Us dynamics will please readers who like thrills with substance.

A Fatal Affair

A thriller with surprises aplenty and a breezy pace that includes well-written characters and the singular challenge of looking for truth “in a sea of professional liars and seducers,” this novel is sure to have wide appeal.

Blackwater Falls

Readers who enjoy a meatier mystery that grapples with contemporary themes, along the lines of a James Lee Burke thriller, will find much to admire.

A Trace of Poison

Reminiscent of Jessica Ellicott’s “Beryl & Edwina” series, this novel will please readers with its historical world and a plot that would satisfy Poirot.

The Leopard Is Loose

Harrigan’s novelistic time machine with its complicated and compelling characters will engage a wide array of readers.

Iron Annie

A promising debut for fans of literary crime dramas, this reads like an Anna Burns adaptation of the TV show Ozark. Recommended for collections of international crime literature.


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