Recommended New Mystery Novelsby Larry Cox on Mar. 08, 2013, under Uncategorized
Deadly Stakes by J.A. Jance (Touchstone Books, $25.99)
Without a doubt, J.A. Jance is one of Arizona’s most popular authors. With more than 22 million copies of her novels in print, she is a literary marvel. Her latest book is the eighth in the Ali Reynolds mystery series.
Lynn Martinson believes she has found true happiness with her new boyfriend, Chip Ralston but when Chip’s ex-wife is found murdered in Arizona’s Camp Verde desert, the investigation suddenly focuses on the couple. When Chip and Lynn are arrested, Lynn’s mother contacts Ali Reynolds for help which triggers the police academy-trained former reporter to springs into action. Clearing the two innocent people of murder is more than just a little difficult..
As with her previous novels, Jance’s plot is filled with intriguing characters, unexpected plot twists, and a crisp narrative.. “Deadly Stakes” is perfect spring reading and certainly one of this writer’s best books.
Watching the Dark by Peter Robinson (William Morrow, $25.99)
Inspector Alan Banks returns in one of his most complex cases which begins when Detective Inspector Bill Quinn is found murdered on the grounds of the St. Peter’s Police Treatment Centre. Because of the possibility of police corruption, he is assigned an officer from Professional Standards, Inspector Joanna Passero. As Banks digs deeper into the case, he discovers that the murder of the inspector might be connected to the disappearance, six years previously, of an English girl, Rachel Hewitt. Banks is convinced that he must first solve the Rachel Hewitt case before he can solve Quinn’s murder.
The Inspector Banks novels have received numerous awards for their crisp narratives, breath-taking action, and atmospheric settings. Readers of “Watching the Dark” will find themselves with Banks as he tracks down leads in the cobbled streets of the city’s “Old Town.” It becomes obvious that solving this case might just put even more lives in jeopardy.
The Night Ranger by Alex Berenson (Putnam, $27.95)
In his seventh installment of the geopolitical thrillers featuring John Wells, Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter and award-winning mystery writer, begins his latest novel when four recent University of Montana graduates volunteer to serve at a Somali refugee camp in Kenya. The four former students — Gwen, Hailey, Owen, and Scott — decide to leave the safety of the camp to visit an island resort near the Somali border where they are abducted by masked assailants.
When it seems that the four young people have vanished into thin air and no random demand is received, ex-CIA agent John Wells agrees to help but soon finds himself grappling with issues of terrorism and the complexities of international justice.
Berenson takes readers into one of the world’s most dangerous trouble spots in a suspenseful thriller.
A Study in Revenge by Kieran Shields (Crown, $25)
In this captivating sequel to “The Truth of All Things,” detectives Archie Lean and Perceval Grey join forces to solve a chilling, ritualistic murder case during the summer of 1893. When the burned body of a murderous thief is found in Portland, Maine, there are few clues except the scene has been meticulously staged. Lean and Grey are determined to crack the case but that task becomes much more difficult than either man had anticipated.
This Victorian-era story is an atmospheric tale of murder, deceit and revenge. Each deadly clue points to an even greater puzzle as a race against a devious murderer begins to unlock an ancient and mysterious power.
Shields, based in Portland, serves up a highly readable novel that is guaranteed to engage readers until the very last page.