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The year is 1926 and Sheriff Lily Ross, the protagonist of Jess Montgomery’s historical procedural series, is exhausted. Lily—who assumed the office of Sheriff when her husband died in the line of duty—may be mourning her husband, trying to mother her children, and officially running for the office of Sheriff, but there is work to be done. An elderly woman has died under suspicious circumstances and the more Lily learns about the woman, the more twisted the road to the mystery’s solution becomes

 

 

 

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In Lost Hills, the debut novel in a new series by Lee Goldberg, Eve Ronin, the youngest woman ever promoted to homicide detective in the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s history, didn’t get there by dint of her hard work: It was a video of her physically schooling an action-hero actor who assaulted his girlfriend that went viral. That doesn’t mean Eve isn’t talented, she is. But her first case—investigating the gruesome murder of a family—would test even the most experienced homicide detective. And time is not on her side, Southern California wildfires are bearing down threatening to erase the crime scene and any clues it may hold

 

 

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In Under Occupation, Alan Furst’s new historical espionage novel, Paul Ricard lives in a garret apartment, writes espionage thrillers and does his best to survive the German Occupation of Paris. And then a man is shot—probably by the Gestapo—and dies at his feet, but not before stuffing a piece of paper with a schematic drawn on it into Paul’s pocket

 

 

 

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The idea for The Secret Empress, Frank R. Heller’s first thriller, was a “what if” moment while contemplating the Dragon Throne in Beijing’s Forbidden City. “What if” the last Emperor of China’s wife and child had not died in childbirth…

 

 

 

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In Below the Radar, Dana Ridenour’s new novel, FBI undercover agent Lexie Montgomery—still healing from her last assignment—isn’t ready for a new investigation. Too bad. A Dutch law enforcement official who had infiltrated a radical animal rights’ group has gone missing and Lexie’s expertise makes her the perfect candidate for the assignment in The Netherlands

 

 

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Political operatives live for the game, and none more so than Josie Kendall—née Josephine Robideaux of Louisiana—in Michael Bowen’s False Flag in Autumn. Even when the stakes couldn’t be higher, Josie sticks to her guns. Literally

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What was supposed to be a quiet weekend in the Cotswolds for Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James in A Bitter Feast, Deborah Crombie’s new crime fiction novel, turns into a busman’s holiday. It’s not just lunch on the menu for the gala event they’re attending, but secrets and murder as well

 

 

 

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In The Lying Room, the new stand-alone thriller from Nicci French—the husband-and-wife writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French—Neve Connolly, wife and mother of three, is having a very bad few days. It starts when she arrives for an assignation at the pied a terre of her lover and discovers he’s been murdered. As bad as that is, it turns out that’s not the worst of it

 

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The year is 1803 and in Hudson’s Kill, the second in Paddy Hirsch’s series about early New York City, all the usually warring factions, Protestant Nativists—those born in the U.S.—Irish Catholics and African Americans find themselves with a common enemy: Muslim immigrants

 

 

The argot of the time lends rhythm and color to the character’s dialog and Paddy uses it to great effect. Be sure to read the glossary at the back; many of the definitions are delectable

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In When Hell Struck Twelve, the 14th installment in James R. Benn’s series of World War Two mysteries, the Allied Invasion of France is underway, but the war is far from over for U.S. Army Captain, and special detective for General Eisenhower, Billy Boyle and his friend and fellow warrior, Lieutenant Piotr Kazimierz—known as Kaz. Billy and Kaz are on the heels of a murderous traitor, but the goal is not necessarily to catch him…

 

 

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