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Hanging the Devil

Suggest this enjoyable caper with its well-developed characters to Lee Goldberg’s fans.

Murders of a Feather

This follow-up to Last but Not Leashed is for those who enjoy small-town mysteries and engaging animal characters.

Dangerous Women

Politics and climate issues are entangled in a complex case that still has moments of humor. Ethel’s adventures will appeal to fans of Richard Osman’s “Thursday Murder Club” series and Deanna Raybourn’s Killers of a Certain Age.

Best Served Cold

While there’s too much car travel that slows down Montoya’s latest outing (after To Die in Tuscany), the setting, meals, and atmosphere will appeal to foodies, wine lovers, and armchair tourists.

Where the Dead Sleep

Riveting and a real page-turner; fans of C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett novels or Craig Johnson’s “Longmire” series will feel at home.

Crook o’ Lune: A Lancashire Mystery

Martin Edwards’s introduction to the novel and its context adds to the pleasure for those who want a slow-paced, old-fashioned mystery.

Murder Off the Books

Fans of quirky casts and funny cozies will enjoy Berry’s third “By the Book” mystery (after On Spine of Death), with its eccentric characters and outrageous scenes.

Dead of Winter

Coates’s (The Twisted Dead) latest is a compelling page-turner for readers of horror and thriller fiction, in the vein of Dean Koontz and Stephen King. The writing is magnetic and descriptive in a way that will have readers shivering from both the cold and outright fear.

Death Comes to Marlow

Thorogood gives the locked-room mystery a fun, modern twist that fleshes out the lives of its quirky protagonists; perfect for fans of Richard Osman’s “Thursday Murder Club” series.

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