Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Reading Ahead: November 2013, part 4

If you're in the market for a new mystery next month, you know by now that I've got you covered.  Whether you're looking for something sharp and witty, something cozy, or perhaps a mystery along more serious lines, I've got something for everyone.

Takedown Twenty, by Janet Evanovich.  Most readers are familiar with this author's name, as well as that of her main protagonist, Stephanie Plum.  (If you're not, you've got some catching up to do!  I suggest starting at the beginning, with One for the Money.)  In this installment, Stephanie is hoping to take down a mob boss.  Unless, of course, he takes her out first.  Evanovich's tales are madcap fun, guaranteed.

No Man’s Nightingale, by Ruth Rendell.  Ruth Rendell is an institution in the mystery genre, her first mystery having been published in 1964.  The main character in that novel (which was titled From Doon with Death--available from the library as an audiobook, if you're interested) was Chief Inspector Wexford, and while his last case was rumored to be in 2009's The Monster in the Box, that was only partially true.  Inspector Wexford is retired, but returns again in No Man's Nightingale

The Missing Dough, by Chris Cavender.  Cavender's Pizza Lover's mystery series (starts with 2009's A Slice of Murder) has been steadily gaining a loyal following.  Eleanor Swift and her sister Maddy own and operate A Slice of Delight, a small-town Southern pizzeria in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Unfortunately, murder also shows up on the menu from time to time, and this time?  It's Maddy's lousy ex-husband Grant.  No one's sad to see him go, but when Maddy becomes the prime suspect, her sister will do everything possible to find the real killer.  

I'll be back Thursday with a few more titles to tickle your fancy.  In the meantime, happy reading!

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