Mystery novelists often feature a recurring character to lead readers through the clues in pursuit of the villain. These recent additions to popular mystery series are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.
Crude Carrier by Rex Burns (Touchstone Agency Mystery)
When a shipping company refuses to provide a grieving family with details of their son’s death at sea, the Touchstone Agency’s father-and-daughter team investigates.
Risky Undertaking by Mark de Castrique (Buryin’ Barry Mystery)
A part-time deputy and full-time undertaker finds his occupations overlapping when Cherokee burial remains are unearthed on the site of a cemetery’s expansion.
Sister Eve, Private Eye by Lynne Hinton (Devine Private Detective Agency Mystery)
Twenty years into her vocation at a New Mexico monastery, a nun is called to help her police-captain father recover from surgery and ends up taking on his latest case.
Want You Dead by Peter James (Roy Grace Mystery)
A woman’s infatuation with her online dating match turns to terror when he vows to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known or loved.
The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid (Karen Pirie Mystery)
A cold case detective tries to establish the identity of skeletal remains found in a disused Edinburgh Victorian Gothic building in the process being converted to luxury apartments.
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley (Flavia de Luce Mystery)
A twelve-year-old amateur sleuth is sent to boarding school in Canada where she hunts for the identity of a charred and mummified body that tumbled out of a bedroom chimney.
Disclosures by Bill James (Harpur & Iles Mystery)
A detective chief superintendent feels protective about a local criminal whose lawless past has put him in danger.
Safari by Parnell Hall (Stanley Hastings Mystery)
Reluctantly embarking on a group safari to Zambia, a private detective is at the mercy of a reckless guide who enjoys encounters with dangerous animals.
The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander (Lady Emily Mystery)
In 1897 London, an aristocrat becomes involved in the murder investigation of an actress trying to pass herself off as a mysterious heiress and world traveler.
Lethal Letters by Ellery Adams (Books by the Bay Mystery)
When an item from a time capsule discovered in the foundation of a local church goes missing and a young woman is murdered, an aspiring novelist investigates with the help of her fellow writers.
A High-End Finish by Kate Carlisle (Fixer-Upper Mystery)
The owner of a successful home renovation and repair business is the prime suspect in the murder of a real estate agent.
A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott (Quilts of Love Mysteries)
A much-loved town matriarch is hit on the head and a valuable diamond brooch is stolen during an attack at the quilt show opening extravaganza.
Who Buries the Dead by C.S. Harris (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery)
In 1813 London, the decapitation of a wealthy and socially ambitious plantation owner draws an aristocrat into an investigation that suggests a link between the killing and the beheading of King Charles I.
The Bones Beneath by Mark Billingham (Tom Thorne Mystery)
A detective inspector is forced to take a serial killer to a remote island off the Welsh coast when the murderer announces he will reveal the whereabouts of one of his earliest victims.
The Forsaken by Ace Atkins (Quinn Colson Mystery)
Thirty-six years after a nameless black man was lynched for rape and murder, new evidence surfaces and the county sheriff sets out to not only identify the stranger’s remains but to charge those responsible for the hanging.
April 10, 2015