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In Sean Carswell’s Dead Extra, post World War II Southern California is a dark and stormy place in spite of the sunshine. Jack Chesley Jr., presumed dead in the war, comes home to find out that his wife has died…and that’s not the worst of it

 

 

 

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Darrell Henshaw, the protagonist of Blood on the Chesapeake, can’t help it if ghosts seek him out. But that doesn’t mean he has to welcome the otherworldly intrusions, either. The ghost reaching out to Darrell as he starts a new teaching and coaching position at a high school in Maryland, though, needs his help. And Darrell can’t ignore a teen in need

 

 

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Lady’s maid Jane Prescott returns in Mariah Fredericks’ Death of a New American. The year is 1912 and the sinking of the Titanic casts a pall over the comings and goings of New York City’s social elite. The Benchleys, Jane’s employers, are worried that the wedding of their daughter Louise will be lost in the outpouring of Society angst attached to the victims of the loss of the mighty ship, but it’s the murder of an Italian American governess at the Gold Coast home of the uncle of Louise Benchley’s fiancé that truly puts the nuptials in jeopardy

 

 

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The thing about Van Shaw, Glen Erik Hamilton’s protagonist in Mercy River, the fourth installment in his series about the former Army Ranger, is that Van is very good at what he does. The issue is, what Van does so well usually involves lock picking, high-velocity projectiles and other assorted strategic mayhem

 

 

 

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Jess Montgomery touches on many of the cross-currents buffeting the United States in the mid-1920’s in The Widows, the first novel in a new series featuring Lily Ross, the first woman sheriff in Ohio: women’s voting rights, Prohibition, the struggle to unionize at the mines, organized crime, child labor and educational inequality

 

 

 

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In The Black Ascot, the 21st crime fiction novel from the writing team of Charles and Caroline Todd to feature Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, a shell-shocked veteran of World War One, Rutledge is tasked with investigating an eleven-year-old cold case tracking down a man who’s been on the lam since the murder of a woman on her way home from the 1910 meeting of the Ascot races

 

 

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The warrior scientists of James Rollins’ Sigma Force are back in Crucible, a cautionary tale of modern witchcraft; in other words, advanced artificial intelligence, religious extremism and—just to make the story really interesting—quantum physics

 

 

 

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In The Night Agent, Matthew Quirk’s new thriller, FBI Agent Peter Sutherland’s job is to sit by the phone in the White House’s Situation Room, hoping it doesn’t ring, but being ready to act if it does. It’s a job that’s boring…until it isn’t

 

 

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DCI Karen Pirie of Police Scotland is back in Val McDermid’s new crime fiction novel, Broken Ground. Karen, head of a cold case unit, has her work cut out for her with her new investigations: the roots of one were planted during World War II when the area of Scotland north of the Highlands was used by Special Operations Executive to train covert agents before dropping them behind enemy lines

 

 

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