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Carol/Bonadie (bonadie) | 7814 comments Thought this might give us some reading ideas... (not that I've been doing much reading lately)

Gun Street Girl," Adrian McKinty (Seventh Street)
McKinty’s Sean Duffy, policing the mean streets of 1985 Northern Ireland, tackles gun runners, arms dealers, MI5, and a mysterious double murder — or is it a triple? — in the fourth installment of this terrific series.

Glasgow trilogy (“The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter,’’ “How a Gunman Says Goodbye,’’ “The Sudden Arrival of Violence,’’ Val McDermid (Atlantic Monthly)
Former detective Carol Jordan and profiler Tony Hill make a welcome return in this whiz-bang brain twister of an investigation into the suspicious deaths of several women that encompasses the ugly side of Internet trolls as well as the inner (read: dubious) machinations of policing at its highest levels.

Canary,’’ Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland)
Smart-aleck college student Sarie Holland is forced into becoming a confidential informant for the police, tangling with drug dealers, killers, and other baddies in a novel whose spot-on humor doesn’t water down a single aspect of its pitch-black undercurrents.

Dead Soon Enough: A Juniper Song Mystery’’ Steph Cha, (Minotaur)
Newly-minted PI Juniper Song, hired to make sure a surrogate mother comes to no harm during pregnancy, finds herself deeply immersed in a riveting case of complicated family affairs and political strife within L.A.’s Armenian-American community.

Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s: A Library of America Boxed Set,’’ edited by Sarah Weinman (Library of America)
This two-volume set contains eight classics, including Patricia Highsmith’s “The Blunderer,’’ Vera Caspary’s “Laura,’’ and Dorothy B. Hughes’s “In A Lonely Place.’’

“Icarus,’’ Deon Meyer (Atlantic Monthly)
An website-related murder and a parallel plot that delves into the dregs of South Africa’s wine industry keep Benny Griessel and his cadre of Cape Town coppers on their toes.

Blood Salt Water,’’ Denise Mina (Little, Brown)
In a small seaside town a visitor goes missing, immersing Detective Inspector Alex Morrow in a tale that ranges from arson and extortion to bleak-hearted murder, while also allowing for Mina’s keen, canny, and clear-eyed observations of Scotland’s social and political landscape.

Those We Left Behind,’’ Stuart Neville (Soho Crime)
A police procedural that follows the long-term impact of a horrific murder of a foster father on its survivors, including two brothers, now grown, is made all the more effective by the way Neville creates his characters with both intensity and intent.

The Jezebel Remedy,’’ Martin Clark (Knopf)
Married legal eagles Joe and Lisa Stone tackle big pharma shenanigans on their eccentric client’s behalf, but the real pleasure here is the way Clark’s fourth outing blends legal thriller with the more whimsical elements of a freewheeling, picaresque novel.

Taking Pity,’’ David Mark (Blue Rider)
In a masterful balancing act, a decades-old case lands Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy deep in the recesses of England’s contemporary gangsterland, while Mark adds another dark piece of violence-infused intrigue to his ongoing organized-crime story arc.

Dead Girl WalkingDead Girl Walking,’’ (Atlantic Monthly)
Murder goes on tour in Brookmyre’s clever take on the vagaries of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, giving his recurring journalist-investigator Jack Parlabane myriad opportunities for sleuthing, hacking, and, yes, even a spot of late-night parkour after a beautiful musician goes missing.

The Killing Kind,’’ Chris Holm (Mulholland)
Holm’s canny thriller about a hitman who kills other hitmen and becomes a target himself, is a twisty, turbo-charged emotional roller-coaster that will leave you wrung out — and ready for more.

X,’’ Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam)
As though realizing she’s closing in on her “Z is for . . . ” series ender, Grafton ramps up her game both in terms of this intricately plotted double mystery — entertainingly peppered with Xs in names, locations and logos — as well as enhancing PI Kinsey Millhone’s astute, determined, and fiercely independent approach with a growing modicum of emotional intelligence.

Hush Hush,’’ Laura Lippman (William Morrow)
PI Tess Monaghan takes on a security-consultant role for a woman acquitted of her young daughter’s death a decade earlier in this murder mystery that’s equally rife with the mysteries of familial function and dysfunction.

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Ann (annrumsey) | 14306 comments Thanks Carol! What a good looking list, very tempting.

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