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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.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."