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In Head Wounds, Dennis Palumbo’s fifth Dr. Daniel Rinaldi mystery, Rinaldi finds himself playing a deadly game of beat-the-clock with a villain so cunning and diabolical, he’s reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter

 

 

If you’d like to know more about Dennis Palumbo’s series featuring Dr. Daniel Rinaldi, and Dennis’s “Hollywood on the Couch” column in PsychologyToday.com, check out his website!

 

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After a working all day as an analyst handling highly classified material on the CIA’s Russia Desk, Vivian Miller, Karen Cleveland’s protagonist in her debut novel Need to Know, returns home to her husband and four children. All that domestic normalcy isn’t what it appears to be, though, in what becomes a test of loyalty and trust

 

 

Photo of Karen Cleveland ©Jessica Scharpf

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In Jody Gehrman’s Watch Me, character Sam Grist is so enthralled by Kate Youngblood’s debut novel, he enrolls in the writing course she teaches at a small liberal arts college. Sam’s actions through the course of his side of the narrative are a chilling reminder than “fan” is a shortened version of “fanatic”

 

 

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Amateur sleuths come from a variety of backgrounds—librarians, college professors, vampires—but as a Human Resources executive, Chuck Restic, Adam Walker Phillips’s protagonist in his two published crime fiction novels, The Silent Second and The Perpetual Summer, is unique. And wryly brilliant, too

 

 

 

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In False Witness, Andrew Grant’s third installment of his Cooper Devereaux series, the bodies of young women wrapped up like birthday presents are being delivered across the city of Birmingham, Alabama, and Devereaux is in a race against the clock to prevent more murders

 

 

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Before you settle in to watch the annual Rose Parade on January 1, 2018, start reading Colorado Boulevard, Phoef Sutton’s new Crush mystery. I guarantee you’ll come away with an entirely new appreciation for Pasadena—the parade’s host city—as well as the city’s varied denizens

 

And on January 14, 2018,  be sure to catch Phoef’s adaptation of Past Malice, an Emma Fielding mystery, on the Hallmark Movies and Mystery Channel.

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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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