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The Silkworm

Under pseudonym, J. K. Rowling returns for a second case taken up by her war vet-turned-sleuth Cormoran Strike.

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Apple Tree Yard

Crimes of the heart throw a perceptive woman into a suspenseful courtroom drama.

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Silent Voices

Sleuthing heroine Vera Stanhope strikes a fine balance between detectives cozy and hard-boiled.

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The Big Exit

A Sinatra impersonator enmeshed in a Silicon Valley murder.

 

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Death in Breslau

Murder most foul in Nazi-occupied Poland.

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The Investigation

Pitted against a Kafkaesque bureaucracy, an investigator stumbles toward the truth.

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Ashes to Dust

The villagers in a tiny Icelandic community hold a key to a mystery buried for a generation.

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About the Columnist
Anna Mundow, a longtime contributor to The Irish Times and The Boston Globe, has written for The Guardian, The Washington Post and The New York Times among other publications.

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.