Included in this selection of new Mysteries is the new novel from Jessica Stirling, better known for her historical family novels, but in Whatever happened to Molly Bloom? she is introducing readers to a new Detective Inspector, Jim Kinsella who will feature in other planned mysteries. The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier is highly recommended for nail biting, edge of seat reading.
The burning room : a novel / Michael Connelly.
“In the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other clues are virtually nonexistent. Even a veteran cop would find this one tough going, but Bosch’s new partner, Detective Lucia Soto, has no homicide experience. A young star in the department, Soto has been assigned to Bosch so that he can pass on to her his hard-won expertise. Bosch and Soto are tasked with solving a murder that turns out to be highly charged and politically sensitive.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The bone orchard / Paul Doiron.
“In the aftermath of a family tragedy, Mike Bowditch has left the Maine Warden Service and is working as a fishing guide in the North Woods. But when his mentor Sgt. Kathy Frost is forced to kill a troubled war veteran in an apparent case of “suicide by cop,” he begins having second thoughts about his decision. Now Kathy finds herself the target of a government inquiry and outrage from the dead soldier’s platoon mates. Soon she finds herself in the sights of a sniper, as well. When the sergeant is shot outside her farmhouse, Mike joins the hunt to find the mysterious man responsible.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The butcher / Jennifer Hillier.
“A rash of grisly serial murders plagued Seattle until the infamous “Beacon Hill Butcher” was finally hunted down and killed by police chief Edward Shank in 1985. Now, some thirty years later, Shank, retired and widowed, is giving up his large rambling Victorian house to his grandson Matt, whom he helped raise. Settling back into his childhood home, Matt, a young up-and-coming chef and restaurateur, stumbles upon a locked crate he’s never seen before. Curious, he picks the padlock and makes a discovery so gruesome it will forever haunt him. Faced with this deep dark family secret, Matt must decide whether to keep what he knows buried in the past, go to the police, or take matters into his own hands.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The iron sickle / Martin Limón.
“Early one rainy morning, the head of the 8th United States Army Claims Office in Seoul, South Korea, is brutally murdered by a Korean man in a trench coat carrying a small iron sickle hidden in his sleeve. The attack was a complete surprise, carefully planned and clinically executed. How did this unidentified Korean civilian get into the tightly controlled US Army base? And why attack the Claims officer, is there an unsettled grudge, a claim of damages that was rejected by the US Army? Against orders, CID agents Sergeant George Sueno and Ernie Bascom start investigating. As George and Ernie continue their search, they begin to suspect that not everyone wants the case solved.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The bone seeker / M. J. McGrath.
“Edie Kiglatuk works as a summer school teacher in the Canadian arctic. When one of her female students is found dead in nearby toxic Lake Turngaluk, Edie enlists the help of Sergeant Derek Palliser to pursue the case, promising the girl’s Inuit family that they will uncover the truth. Lawyer Sonia Gutierrez investigates the toxicity of the lake and suspects that there might be a larger conspiracy involved. As the three clamber over rocky terrain under twenty-four-hour daylight they start to unearth secrets long frozen over, risking their own lives in the process.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Last kiss / Louise Phillips.
“A dark tale of deception and desire. In a quiet suburb, a woman desperately clings to her sanity as a shadowy presence moves objects around her home. In a hotel room across the city, an art dealer with a dubious sexual past is found butchered, his body arranged to mimic the Hangman card from the Tarot deck. But what connects them? When criminal psychologist Dr. Kate Pearson is brought in to help investigate the murder, she finds herself plunged into a web of sexual power and evil which spreads from Dublin to Paris, and then to Rome.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The house on the hill / Kevin Sampson.
“DCI Billy McCartney has gone to ground, disillusioned with his job. When a runaway turns up on his doorstep, her story plunges Mac back to the summer of 1990, and one of his most traumatic cases. McCartney and his partner DS Millie Baker are in Ibiza. Their objective: to infiltrate the Liverpool-based drug gang responsible for a wave of ecstasy-related deaths. They’re close to their big bust when Millie is abducted by the gang, and killed. McCartney never quite recovers from it. The waif who knocks on Mac’s door twenty-four years later has escaped from those same captors. What she tells McCartney blasts his apathy away, and sends him on a mission that goes far beyond law and order. This is his chance for redemption.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Whatever happened to Molly Bloom? / Jessica Stirling.
“Detective Inspector Jim Kinsella is called to the scene when the body of Molly Bloom is found, beaten to death with a teapot. Although her husband, Leopold Bloom, is immediately taken into custody without a convincing alibi, Kinsella begins to have his doubts and suspicion falls upon Molly’s fellow singer and alleged lover, Hugh ‘Blazes’ Boylan. Kinsella is determined to ensure the wrong man doesn’t end up behind bars and, in seeking the truth, stumbles upon more than he bargained for.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Only the dead / Vidar Sundstøl ; translated by Tiina Nunnally.
“A Norwegian tourist has been found murdered on the shore of Lake Superior exactly where an Ojibwe man may have been killed more than one hundred years earlier. Four months later, the official investigation is supposedly over but still not resolved, and U.S. Forest Service officer Lance Hansen, drawn into the mystery by his grisly discovery of the body, is uncovering clues disturbingly close to home. Hansen finds himself equally haunted by the complex mysteries that continue to unravel around him.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Desert rage : a Lena Jones Mystery / Betty Webb.
“Ferociously ambitious U.S. Senatorial candidate Juliana Thorsson has a secret. The horrific slaughter of a prominent doctor, his wife, and their ten-year-old son brings Thorsson to Private Investigator Lena Jones. The slain family’s 14-year-old, Alison, and her boyfriend, Kyle, have confessed to the murders. Thorsson wants to hire Lena to discover if Alison is telling the truth, but Lena demands to know why a rising political star wants to involve herself with the fate of a girl she’s never met. Desperate for Lena’s help, Thorsson reveals her explosive secret, that Alison is the candidate’s biological daughter, a fact she’s kept hidden for years. But that’s not all. Thorsson then confides something even more unusual, something that could ruin her political plans forever.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)