My reading pile of new mysteries beside my bed is growing out of control! I can barely keep with all the great titles that have been released this fall—there is definitely something for everyone.
I love Scandanavian mysteries and I was delighted to see two of my favorite authors releasing new titles this fall. I am just beginning to dip into Jo Nesbø's title "Police", the latest in the Harry Hole series. It looks like I have several late nights of reading ahead in this gripping follow-up to "Phantom". Another favourite is "Strange Shores" by Icelandic author, Arnaldur Indridason. This is the last in the series featuring Detective Erlandur. Haunted by his past, Erlendur sets out to find the truth behind the disappearance of his younger brother Beggi during a terrible storm many years ago.
On a lighter note, you might want to try M.C. Beaton's latest Agatha Raisin mystery, "Something Borrowed, Someone Dead", where Agatha is hired to track down the murderer of the slightly eccentric, but very entertaining widow Gloria French. It seems that she has been murdered by a poisoned bottle of elderberry wine.
Murder never takes a break — not even during the holiday season, as you will find out in "Christmas Carol Murder" by Leslie Meier. When the tight-wad Downeast Mortgage owner Jack Marlowe is murdered, there are just too many suspects. It seems everyone has a beef with him. Lucy is on a tight time line to solve the mystery before Christmas in Tinker's Cove, Maine is ruined. Look for it on our shelves soon.
Some tried and true authors who never fail to write mysteries that keep me on the edge of my seat are back this fall: Sara Paretsky with "Critical Mass: a V.I. Warshawski novel", Sue Grafton with "W is for Wasted", and Elizabeth George with "Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel."
There will be lots to fill up the cold winter days at the beginning of the year. I am really looking forward to the next Ian Hamilton mystery featuring one of my favourite characters, the intrepid Ava Lee. "The Two Sisters of Borneo: an Ava Lee Novel" is set to be released in February, but you can put it on hold now. And yes, it is true — the latest Ian Rankin mystery featuring beloved Rebus, "Saints of the Shadow Bible" was just released.
These are just a few of the new mysteries on the shelves at Calgary Public Library. You'll find many of them in large print, e-book or audio formats. Be sure to try them out.