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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

 

Photo of Nicci French (Nicci Gerrard and Sean French) ©Johnny Ring

 

 

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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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It’s hard to think of a more natural investigator than an interior decorator. Someone like Cissy Huntington, the protagonist in Sherri Leigh James’s Blood Red and Iced Blue, literally knows where all the skeletons are. After all, she designed the closets in which they reside

 

 

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Every side of the legal equation—the defense attorney and the prosecutor—in The Murder List, Hank Phillippi Ryan’s new stand-alone mystery, wants to be the on the side of the angels. But there is only one good guy, one winner; isn’t there?

 

 

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