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In An Extravagant Death, Charles Finch—who concluded the prequel trilogy of his protagonist Charles Lenox with 2020’s The Last Passenger—returns Lenox to his current timeline of the late 1870s and takes England’s most famous private detective on a road trip (an ocean voyage, actually) to America. There’s a murder and a wealthy denizen of Gilded Era Newport, RI, calls on Lenox…

 

 

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In Water Memory, Daniel Pyne’s new thriller, in the aftermath of a particularly violent operation in which she sustained a concussion, private security contractor Aubrey Sentro decides to follow a doctor’s advice and go on a cruise. Not just any cruise, but a jaunt down the east coast of the U.S. to South America on a freighter. Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time, until the ship is boarded by pirates and Aubrey needs to call on her considerable black op skills while coping with yawning gaps in her short-term memory

 

 

 

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In 1943, Sweden’s neutrality came with air quotes and a wary eye on Germany. In The Historians, Cecilia Ekbäck’s recently published historical mystery, Sweden was rife with dangerous crosscurrents that young, well-connected Laura Dalgren gets caught up in when Britta Hallberg—her best friend from university—is found murdered. Did Britta sign her own death warrant with what she wrote about in her post-grad thesis?

 

 

 

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Eve Ronin, the intriguing, engaging protagonist of Lee Goldberg’s new procedural series, is back in Bone Canyon. In the Lost Hills jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Eve is investigating how fire has a way of revealing what might otherwise stay hidden…including murder

 

 

 

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The very real unexplained deaths of two women more than 100 years ago in Bombay and the creation of the compelling Anglo-Indian protagonist, Captain Jim Agnihotri, come together in Murder in Old Bombay, Nev March’s debut historical crime fiction novel

 

 

 

 

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They’re Gone, the new thriller by E. A. Aymar, writing as E. A. Barres, takes its two main characters—who on the surface have nothing in common except the recent murders of their husbands—down some very twisty roads, literally and metaphorically. At each turn, there’s a a decision to be made. The wrong choice can be deadly

 

 

 

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In spite of her first case almost killing her, in Moonflower Murders, Susan Ryeland—the book editor who Anthony Horowitz introduced to readers in his 2017 Magpie Murders—returns to look into the possibility that a young woman, before her sudden disappearance, had discerned the solution to a real-life murder from an Atticus Pünd novel by the late Alan Conway. Since Susan was Conway’s editor, it’s up to her to read the clues

 

 

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In The Year of the Gun, H.B. Lyle’s third installment of the continuing story of Wiggins—who, in his youth, was Sherlock Holmes’ Baker Street Irregular-in-Chief—the location shifts from London to, first, the Titanic, then Dublin, Ireland and, eventually, New York City. Wiggins is on a quest. Just what that quest is, however—finding a lost love, aiding in a revolution, and/or solving the murder of a young Irishman, is all part of the mystery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Isabel Lincoln is gone. Did she leave of her own volition or was she “disappeared” by, maybe, her jerk of a boyfriend? And where’s the labradoodle? That’s what Grayson Sykes, the protagonist in Rachel Howzell Hall’s latest thriller, And Now She’s Gone, is determined to find out

 

 

 

 

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In The Red Horse, Captain Billy Boyle—the inimitable protagonist of James R. Benn’s remarkable series of mysteries set in World War Two Europe—is sent to a secret hospital in the English countryside where he can recover from a psychotic break brought on by an overdose of amphetamines. If only recovery was his only task, because being in a hospital full of convalescing spies can be murder

 

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