I'm going to binge on mysteries this summer, and while I have plenty to choose from on my own bookshelves, I can never resist the temptation of the new. I've actually splurged on a couple of new books (new to me anyway), which I will share next time around. The thing with so many mysteries is that authors like to revisit their characters over and over through a series of books. This is both good and bad--good because if you like the characters you can look forward to a steady supply of stories, but bad as I like to read from the beginning of a series. What happens if you discover a 'new' (new-to-me) series that is a long running storyline. I feel like I will never catch up.
So here is a handful of new books I have added to my wishlist. Some are debut novels, some new additions to an already established series and a few standalones--both mysteries and stories of suspense or thrillers. It's such a wide genre, and there is so much to explore!
The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon -- "The latest novel from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer McMahon is an atmospheric, gripping, and suspenseful tale that probes the bond between sisters and the peril of keeping secrets." If this as as good as The Winter People, which I read last year, I am in for a treat.
A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George -- The newest Inspector Lynley novel. I have read almost all of them and hope to catch up this summer in preparation for this new one out in the fall.
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn -- I love the Lady Julia Grey mysteries. They are light and entertaining and all around great fun. I have a few in reserve still and might have to pull one out soon as they always have more than a dash of romance in them. It looks like she is branching out a bit more with yet a new character. "In her thrilling new series, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, returns once more to Victorian England…and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell."
Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton -- I've read most of Bolton's standalones and several of her Lacey Flint novels. I am happy to see another novel of suspense by her. If you have not read her yet, she does creepy really, really well! "In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely..."
Camille: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy by Pierre LeMaitre -- "In his acclaimed, award-winning novels Alex and Irène, Pierre Lemaitre created an unforgettable character in Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven. Now, in Camille, the final volume in Lemaitre's internationally bestselling trilogy of "meta-meta detective" novels (The New York Times), Verhoeven faces his most harrowing case yet, and the ultimate reckoning for the diminutive yet tenacious protagonist." Alex was a harrowing read and I have Irene on my pile.
Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart -- "Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared."
Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves -- "Moving from Boston to remote Bearkill, Maine, isn’t homicide cop Lizzie Snow’s idea of a step up. But breaking away from tragedy and personal betrayal is at least a step in the right direction. Her dead sister’s fate still torments her, as does her long-missing niece’s disappearance. Lizzie hopes to find the mysteriously vanished child here, amid the coming ice and snow. But in the Great North Woods, something darker and more dangerous than punishing winter is also bound for Bearkill."
A June of Ordinary Murders by Conor Brady -- "A thrilling, beautifully written mystery debut that brings Victorian Dublin vividly, passionately to life, drawing readers on a gripping journey of murder and intrigue."
Betty Boo by Claudia Pineiro -- "When a renowned Buenos Aires industrialist is found dead at his home in an exclusive gated community called La Maravillosa, the novelist Nurit Iscar (once nicknamed Betty Boo owing to a resemblance to the cartoon character Betty Boop) is contracted by a former lover, the editor of a national newspaper, to cover the story. Nurit teams up with the paper's veteran, but now demoted, crime reporter. Soon they realize that they are falling in love, which complicates matters deliciously." I loved her Thursday Night Widows.
Deadly Election: A Flavia Albia Mystery by Lindsey Davis -- "In the blazing July heat of imperial Rome, Flavia Albia inspects a decomposing corpse. It has been discovered in lots to be auctioned by her family business, so she's determined to identify the dead man and learn how he met his gruesome end. The investigation will give her a chance to work with the magistrate, Manlius Faustus, the friend she sadly knows to be the last chaste man in Rome. But he's got other concerns than her anonymous corpse. It's election time and with democracy for sale at Domitian's court, tension has come to a head." I like historical mysteries but I have never read something set quite this far back in time. I think I am going to look for the first book in the series (this is the third).
Asylum: A Mystery by Jeannette de Beauvoir -- "Martine LeDuc, the publicity director for the city of Montreal and a wonderfully likable narrator, partners with offbeat police detective Julian Fletcher in this absorbing mystery. De Beauvoir does a fine job of evoking the ambiance of Montreal, with its fascinating neighborhoods, bilingualism, and political tensions.--Publishers Weekly."
In Bitter Chill by Sara Ward -- "The deepest secrets are the ones we keep from ourselves in this richly atmospheric, compellingly written, and expertly constructed crime debut from an emerging talent."
The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan -- "In her spellbinding debut, Ausma Zehanat Khan has written a complex and provocative story of loss, redemption, and the cost of justice that will linger with readers long after turning the final page."
You should see the pile of mysteries I am amassing as potential reads! (And you shall . . .). I have a very few new books but mostly they are books I have been accumulating over the years and have been wanting to read. I have far more than I know I will get to this summer, but it's fun browsing and choosing and setting aside, and most of all fun planning. More summer mystery reading plans this weekend. (I'm actually still considering how I want to tackle this . . .).
Do you have a special mystery series you follow or a subgenre within mysteries in general that you like to read?