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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.

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Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet

Amara Lakhous delivers a mystery novel with its finger on the hot-button issues of today's Europe.  Immigration and multicultural conflicts erupt in the Italian city of Turin, as journalist Enzo Laganà looks to restore peace to his native burg.

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The Resistance Man

Few mystery novels feature as enticing a venue as Périgord, the scene of Martin Walker's popular series about French flic Bruno Courrèges.  In his sixth outing, the police chief must investigate the hidden life of a WWII veteran, and outwit incoming British spies.

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The Red Road

How could a man in prison have left his fingerprints on a gun at a murder scene outside its walls? Detective Inspector Alex Morrow connects cases cold and hot, but all roads lead her back corruption in her own force.  Another Glasgow-set crackler from the masterful Denise Mina.

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The Poisoned Pawn

In Peggy Blair's latest crackerjack thriller, ghost-haunted Cuban cop Ricardo Ramirez hits Canada, where he must clear the name of a colleague who stands accused of murdering his own wife.

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The Big Both Ways

From its Chandleresque title right through its knockout climax, John Straley's Depression-era noir provides hot and heavy, morally complicated thrills as it tosses a male drifter and female murderer together on a bumpy ride across the American Northwest.

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Resurrection

Wolf Haas has forged one of modern noir's best detective series in the adventures of Inspector Simon Brenner.  Readers can now relish tracing back to Brenner's first big case: the suspicious death of two Americans atop an Alpine Village ski mountain. 

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Life after Life

Containing what our own James Parker called "the thin-air atmosphere of an artistic high", Kate Atkinson's emotionally taut  thriller of Ursula Todd - a woman whose birth and rebirth change history - has been named one of Barnes and Noble's Best New Fiction Books of 2013.

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How the Light Gets In

A Barnes & Noble Best New Fiction Book of 2013: Quebec sleuth Armand Gamache ventures to a secluded village over Christmas to decipher how one of the world's most famous people in Earth has disappeared, and why only a crazed local poet knows how to find her.

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Brother Kemal

25 years after Happy Birthday, Turk!, Jakob Arjouni's Turkish private eye Kemal Keyankaya returns to his former home of Frankfurt - where a new murder investigation case leads him into a vengeful web of deceit in the German art and publishing world. 

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The Shining Girls

A Depression-era serial killer has found the perfect weapon: a wormhole that allows him to stalk women through multiple decades.  But when a 21st-century victim survives his attack, a time-traveling manhunt begins.

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When the Devil Drives

Thespian-turned-P.I. Jasmine Sharp searches for a missing actress and veteran detective Catherine MacLeod tries to solve the case of a murdered one. Their paths intertwine amid the Scottish theater community with uproarious and gory results. 

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The Marseille Caper

Famed for the Provençal memoirs that inspired a million daydreams, Peter Mayle has set crime novels of a Donald Westlake bent in that same picturesque region. In his latest, the seaside streets of Marseille -- "not a city that makes an effort to put itself out for strangers," plas host to L.A. sleuth Sam Levine as he faces down unscrupulous thugs -- and the occasional bowl of bouillabaisse. Magnifique!

 

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Invisible Murder

The Boy in the Suitcase introduced readers to Red Cross nurse Nina Borg and announced the arrival of two powerful new voices in Scandinavian crime writing, Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis. Their new thriller mines Hungary's troubled Soviet-era past in a mystery that will rock Copenhagen and threaten everyone Nina holds dear.

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The Lost Casebooks of Sherlock Holmes

Avid fans of Arthur Conan Doyle's master sleuth will thrill to read this collection of sixteen tales by Donald Thomas featuring the world-renowned consulting detective. Whether partnering with a young Winston Churchill or unearthing the truth behind an eccentric aristocrat's supernatural curse, Holmes is at the peak of his powers of deduction.

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Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

The spirit of G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown mysteries lives on in the adventures of an English vicar playing detective in 1953, the coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II. James Runcie weaves a tale of suspense and wry humor.

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The Leopard

Mordant Oslo police inspector Harry Hole returns from exile in Hong Kong to his old Nordic stomping grounds to track down a serial killer who drowns his victims in their own blood. Chilly brutality and suspenseful cat-and-mouse games reign in Jo Nesbø's follow-up to The Snowman, even during a side trip to sunny Africa.

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Murder at Mount Holly

This dark satire by Paul Theroux, beloved chronicler of travel and trains, tells the story of a small-town bank caper carried out by a trio of oldsters looking to do something patriotic. (The bank is run by a man they think might be a Communist.) Set in the strange Sixties, against the backdrop of war and the draft, and replete with quirky characters, this, Theroux's third novel, originally published in 1969, is an unusual work by a master storyteller.      

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Pirate King

Sherlock Holmes in Hollywood? Not quite. But the legendary sleuth does fall into a baffling case involving the British silent film industry, on location in Portugal, in this eleventh installment of the delightful series, which finds Holmes married to the stalwart Mary Russell. Laurie R. King once again proves a blessing to those of us who long to follow the Great Detective beyond Baker Street.

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White Heat

Set on Canada's remote Ellesmere Island, this novel of suspense and intrigue follows Edie Kiglatuk, an Arctic guide by trade, half Inuit/half white by birth, who is forced to deal with several murders that conceal a plot to despoil the land she so loves. M. J. McGrath's portrait of Inuit society is rivaled only by Edie's thrilling adventures and the lush depiction of a starkly beautiful terrain.

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Drawing Conclusions

Donna Leon's twentieth Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery has all the qualities that have made the series one of the most enduring pleasures in contemporary detective fiction: a noble and credible hero, an endlessly fascinating setting (Venice), a bracing concern for social justice, and, best of all for this reader, secondary characters—I'm thinking of Brunetti's wife Paola and his resourceful colleague Signorina Elettra—who always seem to steal the show.

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The School of Night

Readers like me who've become quietly addicted to Louis Bayard's historical novels of suspense—the first, Mr. Timothy, imagined Dickens's Tiny Tim as a Victorian-era sleuth; the second, The Pale Blue Eye, detailed the adventures of Edgar Allan Poe as a West Point cadet—will welcome this new one, about a disgraced scholar in modern-day Washington, D.C., who follows the trail of a missing letter into the secretive world of Elizabethan intrigue, with perilous results.

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The Complaints

Although he retired Inspector Rebus, one of the most captivating figures in crime fiction, in 2007's Exit Music, Ian Rankin has been unable to keep himself off the mean streets of Edinburgh. Here, in his second novel featuring Malcolm Fox, a cop who investigates other cops, he holds readers riveted with his usual combination of mystery and moral query.

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The Attenbury Emeralds

In Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, Dorothy Sayers created a sleuthing twosome for the ages. Jill Paton Walsh's third Sayers-inspired novel is a deftly executed tale in which the couple, now happily married, find all sorts of challenges to occupy themselves in post-WWII Britain, including an old case of Lord Peter's that just won't die.

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The Diviner's Tale

A rich vein of gothic fantasy enriches this intriguing, unconventional mystery from Conjunctions magazine founder Bradford Morrow, as he relates the exploits of diviner Cassandra Brooks, whose official dowsing duties entwine her fate with that of a young girl in mortal peril.

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Best American Mystery Stories

A box of chocolates for any mystery aficionado, with a wide variety of flavors from whodunnit to thriller, this fourteenth installment of the annual series features such big names as Dennis Lehane and Phillip Margolin, as well as lesser-known writers consistently working at the top of their suspenseful games.

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Winterland

The rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger provides the background as a persistent young Dublin woman investigates the seemingly coincidental deaths of two relatives bearing the same name. Read more...

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The Fourth Assassin

Palestinian amateur sleuth Omar Yussef is a fish out of water in New York, especially when his son gets mixed up in a murder case that only his father can sort out. Read more...

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

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

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