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In H.B. Lyle’s novel The Irregular, fictional Wiggins—Irregular-in-Chief to Sherlock Holmes in the late 1880s—is recruited in 1909 as a spy by Vernon Kell, the real life founder of England’s domestic secret service, MI-5, to get to the root of German skullduggery and other evil goings on in and around London

 

 

 

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In Clea Simon‘s new novel World Enough, it’s 2007 and former music journalist Tara Winton revisits her mid-1980s beat—Boston’s punk rock club scene—in the wake of the apparently accidental death of one of the scene’s prominent musicians. The clash of recollections of her fellow clubsters, though, reveals secrets that many would rather stay buried rather than appear in the article Tara would like to be an elegy to the music and its community

 

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Righteous, Joe Ide’s second crime fiction novel, continues the story of Isiah Quintabe that Joe began in IQ, which just won the Macavity Award for best debut novel at this year’s Bouchercon. This time Isiah is pursuing two investigations: one into the death of his beloved older brother Marcus and the second into saving his brother’s former fiancee’s half-sister—who happens to be an inveterate gambler—from the gangs who are bent on collecting from her

 

 

Photo of Joe Ide ©Craig Takahashi

 

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A private island in Long Island Sound, attached to the Connecticut mainland by a bridge, is the setting for Diane B. Saxton’s Peregrine Island, a novel of psychological suspense about the three generations of women who live there—Winter Peregrine, the owner; Elsie, Winter’s prodigal daughter; and Peda, Elsie’s child—and the painting that holds secrets that can change everything

 

 

 

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In Magicians Impossible, Brad Abraham’s debut crime fiction novel, even a spy with magical powers feels compelled to protect his son from a life he thinks is too perilous. Jason Bishop, the son, is drawn into the magical world regardless

 

 

 

Photo of Brad Abraham © Kirsty Reeves

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As much as Nora Watts, the protagonist in The Lost Ones, Sheena Kamal’s debut crime fiction novel, might want the past to stay in the past, it doesn’t. And PI Nora Watts’ search for the daughter she put up for adoption will take her into some very dark corners of her memory as her hunt takes her from rainy Vancouver and the snowy mountains to the coastal islands of British Columbia

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In The Room of White Fire, T. Jefferson Parker’s first book of a new series, private investigator Roland Ford is hired by Arcadia, an exclusive mental health facility, to find a patient who has escaped. But finding that patient is going to mean traveling through some of the darkest spaces imaginable left over from the war in Iraq

 

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In City of Saviors, LAPD Detective Sergeant Elouise “Lou” Norton—the protagonist in Rachel Howzell Hall’s series—is broken, both physically and emotionally. Even so, people are still being murdered and Lou’s job is finding and arresting the killers

 

 

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In Augustus Rose’s debut crime fiction novel, The Readymade Thief, it’s 17-year-old Lee Cuddy against secret societies, conspiracies, stolen artwork, an underground city-within-a-city, physics, chemistry, a jailhouse breakout—and Marcel Duchamp

 

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