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Adult Fiction

Believe No One, by A. D. Garrett

Scottish forensic expert Nick Fennimore’s daughter disappeared ages ago. Now he’s received a photo of a woman the age his girl would be today. Is it her?

Black-Eyed Susans, by Julia Heaberlin

When Tessa was 17, she and three other girls were dumped in a field in Texas, presumed dead, by a serial killer on a spree.

Blood Ties, by Nicholas Guild

San Francisco Police Detective Ellen Ridley and her partner believe that the lack of pattern in a series of recent murders actually is its own kind of pattern.

Cat out of Hell, by Lynne Truss

Retired librarian Alec is grieving over the sudden death of his wife, Mary, at a seaside cottage when he is drawn into a bizarre situation involving murder and evil cats.

Come to Me Recklessly, by A. L. Jackson

Jackson’s third novel in his Closer to You series tells the dramatic story of Samantha and Christopher, and how their pure love blossomed when they were teenagers, only to be stripped away through a set of devastating events.

Duet in Beirut, by Mishka Ben-David

When Mossad agent Ronen fails to follow through on his assignment to shoot the head of Hezbollah’s foreign operations, he is excluded from future operational activities. Haunted by his failure, Ronen goes rogue and returns to Beirut intent to finish the job.

The Edge of Dreams, by Rhys Bowen

Safely back in New York after solving a case in Paris, and preparing to move back into her home (which had been destroyed by a gang retaliating against her NYPD detective husband, Daniel Sullivan), Molly Murphy Sullivan is thrust into her husband’s latest case when the elevated train in which she is riding derails.

The Evidence Room, by Cameron Harvey

Harvey tosses a bagful of familiar ingredients into her mix: a disgraced cop, an unsolved murder, a threatened young woman. Plus a gloomy setting that’s almost another character—in this case, the northern Florida swampland.

False Tongues, by Kate Charles

Easter Monday should be a quiet day for clergy and lay alike. But when the missing-persons report called in by doctors Miranda and Richard Frost matches up with the body of a 15-year-old boy found stabbed in Paddington Green, DI Neville Stewart doesn’t get the Bank Holiday.

Force of Attraction, by D. D. Ayres

In the latest in Ayres’ K-9 Rescue series (Irresistible Force, 2014), a divorced pair of K-9 officers, one from the local Maryland police and one from the DEA, are enlisted for an undercover FBI task force to find out who is using puppies as heroin drug mules.

The Ghost Fields, by Elly Griffiths

A construction worker digs up the remains of a WWII plane, with a skeletal pilot still gripping the wheel, in a field in Norfolk, England.

The Ghost Network, by Catie Disabato

As a columnist for Full Stop, Disabato writes about how the line between fiction and nonfiction blurs.

Her Majesty’s Mischief, by Peg Herring

Would Elizabeth Regina ever accept lower billing to a man and a commoner? And would she seek his counsel on the character of her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots? That is exactly what she does here, sending Simon, whom she has known since she was 12, off to Scotland with a diplomatic team to find out what Mary is really up to.

Innocent Blood, by Michael Lister

The eighth entry in the well-received John Jordan mystery series is a prequel of sorts, with Lister taking us back to the late 1980s, when Jordan graduated from high school and left his Florida home for divinity school in Atlanta. There, he is drawn not only to his studies but also to the infamous Atlanta child murders, which occurred between 1979 and 1981.

Lash-Up, by Larry Bond

Bond has a knack for taking military-thriller scenarios that would be perfect in a video game and turning them into a thick novels in the style of Tom Clancy.

Love Is Red, by Sophie Jaff

New York City is terrorized by a serial killer who gains entry into young women’s apartments.

No Place to Hide, by Lynette Eason

Jackie Sellers and Ian Lockwood are on the run from a group of terrorists and the FBI.

Revenge of the Kremlin, by Gerard de Villiers

The late de Villiers (he died in 2013) put current leaders like Putin and Cameron front and center. Here he writes with an insider’s fervor about the fatal poisoning in 2006 of Alexander Litvinenko, a fugitive Russian agent in London.

The Snow Kimono, by Mark Henshaw

In this circuitous novel, Australian writer Henshaw brings together a Japanese law professor and a Parisian police detective, who slowly reveal themselves to one another through the stories they tell.

Stone Cold Dead, by James W. Ziskin

Ten days after 15-year-old Darleen Hicks disappears on her way home from school in 1960, her mother asks Ellie Stone for help.

Tin Sky, by Ben Pastor

German army major Martin Bora is an Abwehr (intelligence) officer charged with interrogating two Russian generals who became heroes at Stalingrad.


Fiction for Youth

The Case of the Stolen Sculpture, by Steve Brezenoff and illustrated by Lisa K. Weber

In this book from the Museum Mysteries series, four brainy young sleuths solve the mystery of who has stolen the priceless Statue of Gudea from the Capitol City Art Museum.

Charlie, Presumed Dead, by Anne Heltzel

The funeral of wealthy, worldly Charlie Price brings together two people who under ideal circumstances should never meet: his girlfriends Lena and Aubrey.

Deadfall, by Anna Carey

Carey’s sequel (and finale) picks up right where Blackbird (2014) left off, with the boy from Sunny’s fragmented memories appearing in the train station.

The Escape, by Hannah Jayne

Avery is the only daughter of the police chief in a quiet, small town. When two boys from her high school go missing, Avery joins a search party and finds her friend Fletcher savagely beaten.

The Friendship Riddle, by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Sixth-grader Ruth Mudd-O’Flaherty has no friends since Charlotte moved on to a more popular group; and, although she stings a bit from losing her best friend, as long as there’s a good Taryn Greenbottom mystery to read, she doesn’t mind being alone (not much, anyway).

Gargoyles Gone AWOL, by Clementine Beauvais and illustrated by Sarah Home

Luckily for Cambridge, Sesame Seade has purple roller skates and a brain with as many connections as stars in the universe, and she’s their best hope for discovering the truth behind its missing gargoyles.

The Mystery of the Scarlet Rose, by Irene Adler and illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Young Irene Adler again joins her friends Sherlock Holmes and Arséne Lupin in a caper involving codes, disguises, cryptic clues, murder, revenge, and nighttime rendezvous in seedy neighborhoods.

Our Brothers at the Bottom of the Sea, by Jonathan David Kranz

Despite the visitors’ attractions at the Happy World amusement park, the quaint community of Sea Town isn’t perfect.

Out of Control, by Sarah Alderson

New York is supposed to be safer for 17-year-old Olivia, who, thanks to her father’s elite private security company, lived in a protective bubble of bodyguards in Nigeria and Oman. Yet after only a week stateside, her host family is dead and she has only narrowly escaped being abducted from the police station, of all places.

Platypus Police Squad: Last Panda Standing, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Veteran platy-cop Corey O’Malley and hotshot rookie Rick Zengo temporarily split assignments when smooth-talking tycoon and mayoral candidate Frank Panini Jr. is repeatedly assaulted by masked squirrels.

The Rules, by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

August DeYoung and several of his classmates have all been betrayed or been betrayers, and now, at the end-of-the-year scavenger hunt bash, they are bent on dark, sadistic revenge.

Six, by M. M. Vaughan

It’s bad enough that Parker Banks, 12, and his sister Emma, 10, have had to move to the U.S. from England, but they are also living in the area where their mother died in an accident three years previously.

The Stars Never Rise, by Rachel Vincent

Nina Kane struggles to provide for herself and her illicitly pregnant sister, believing their mother to be in the throes of addiction—but Mom, it turns out, is a demon.

Vanished, by E. E. Cooper

Kalah, Beth, and Britney are best friends, though their relationships are fraught with jealousy.



And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie and read by Dan Stevens

Ten characters, each with a terrible secret, are lured to a remote island and, once trapped there, forced to listen to a recording that announces their crimes and demands retribution.




About the Author:

Monica Bertz served as a Booklist's intern in spring of 2015. She holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from George Washington University. Besides reading, she enjoys binge-watching historical dramas and arguing with strangers about hockey over the internet.

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