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Woman with a Secret by Sophie Hannah

Traffic oWoman with a Secretn Elmhirst Road has come to a halt. The police are stopping cars, searching for something. Nicki Clements waits patiently, until she glimpses a face she hoped she’d never see again. It’s him—and he’s the cop checking each car. Desperate to avoid him, she makes a panicky U-turn and escapes.

But Nicki’s peculiar behavior did not go unnoticed, and now the police have summoned her for questioning. A resident of Elmhirst Road has been murdered, and the detectives begin peppering her with questions. Why was she seen fleeing the scene? What is her connection to the victim? What does she know about the highly peculiar crime scene?

One simple answer could clear her. But she can’t explain why she fled Elmhirst Road that day without revealing the secret that could ruin her.

Nicki isn’t guilty of murder. But she’s far from innocent. . . .

"A real page-turner! This book mixes psychological suspense with traditional police procedural, which will appeal to a wide variety of mystery readers."

- Owner, Natalie

Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall

#1 in the Eloise 'Lou' Norton series, female homicide detective with the LAPD.

Along the ever-changing border of gentrifying LA, seventeen-year-old Monique Darson is found dead at a condominium construction site, hanging in the closet of an unfinished unit. Homicide detective Elouise "Lou" Norton's new partner, Colin Taggert, fresh from the comparatively bucolic Colorado Springs police department, assumes it's a teenage suicide. Lou isn't buying the easy explanation.
For one thing, the condo site is owned by Napoleon Crase, a self-made millionaire. . .and the man who may have murdered Lou's missing sister, Tori, thirty years ago. As Lou investigates the death of Monique Darson, she uncovers undeniable links between the two cases. But her department is skeptical.
Lou is convinced that when she solves Monique's case she will finally bring her lost sister home. But as she gets closer to the truth, she also gets closer to a violent killer. After all this time, can he be brought to justice. . .before Lou becomes his next victim?

"Lou Norton is a quick and fiercely intelligent protagonist, and Rachel is an excellent writer. I loved this book, and will definitebe reading the rest of the series."

- Owner, Natalie

The Considerate Killer by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis

Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis are the writers behind the Nina Borg series, best known for The Boy in the Suitcase. The Considerate Killer is the last in this series and this time instead of helping others, Red Cross nurse Nina, must help herself when she is the victim of a brutal assault. One in which her attacker begs her forgiveness. His accent is familiar as Nina has just recently been to the Philippines aiding earthquake victims. But, why the attack? And, why the request for forgiveness? Excellent action, fast-paced, the topical issues.

- Bookseller, Judi

The Watcher in the Wall by Owen Laukkanen

An online suicide club urging fellow lost souls to “Do it for me,” and often they do. Too often. The Watcher in the Wall is Laukkanen's fast paced, well-written fifth novel in the Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere series, which started with The Professionals. Seemingly unrelated teenage suicides are brought to their attention by Stevens’ teenage daughter. But, no crimes have really been committed. Is it a criminal act to encourage troubled youth to take their own lives, and what would someone get from that? Terrific plot line that is all too possible mixed with very believable characters, and you will want to read it all in one sitting.

- Bookseller, Judi

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

This book is a brilliant adventure about a twelve-year-old genius cartographer (illustrations included in the book!) who embarks on a cross-country journey. As Stephen King puts it, it is “a book that does the impossible: It combines Mark Twain, Thomas Pynchon, and Little Miss Sunshine. Good novels entertain; great ones come as a gift to the readers who are lucky enough to find them. This book is a treasure.”

- Owner, Trevor

The Big Fix by Ed Lacy

I recently discovered Black Curtain Press, an awesome small-time indie publisher from Virginia. They focus on crime and noir – my two favorite mystery sub-genres. The Big Fix is from the 1958 Edgar Award-winning author Ed Lacy. Boxing, crime, noir – a great throwback. What more could you ask for?

- Owner, Trevor

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