Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Reading Ahead: March 2015, part 3

 Need a little mystery in your life? The library can help!

Cold Betrayal, by J.A. Jance. This most recent entry in Jance's Ali Reynolds series finds Reynolds’s longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushing to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Something about her strikes a chord in Sister Anselm, reminding her of a case she worked years before when another young girl wasn’t so lucky. Now it's up to Ali and Sister Anselm to uncover secrets that The Family has kept hidden for far too long, before someone else gets hurt...or worse. Jance's fans are legion, and this is sure to draw even more readers. New to the series? Start with Edge of Evil.

Endangered, by C.J. Box. Speaking of authors with legions of devoted fans, C.J. Box has made quite a name for himself in recent years. In this new novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett, Pickett's eighteen-year-old ward, April, is missing, giving Joe one more reason to hate rodeo champion Dallas Cates, since Cates was the one April ran away with. Then a girl's body is found in a ditch, clinging to life. It's April, and she may not recover, but Cates swears to his innocence. Pickett has to get to the bottom of this, even if it kills him...and it just might. This is the sixteenth in the series--readers wanting to catch up may want to start at the beginning with Open Season.

The Edge of Dreams, by Rhys Bowen. Fourteenth in Bowen's long-running and very popular Molly Murphy series, The Edge of Dreams begins with Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband Daniel, a captain in the New York police force, chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common. Nothing other than the taunting notes delivered to Daniel after each murder, that is. When Molly and the couple's young son, Liam, survive a terrible train crash, Daniel receives another note, leading the couple to believe that Molly may have been the killer's target.

Inspector of the Dead, by David Morrell. The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation. This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself.

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