Super Sleuthing: 7 Mysteries & Thrillers

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Who doesn’t love a good whodunit, especially when it involves a new conundrum for your favourite sleuth? Don your trench coat and dive in to these books that can be read as part of a series – or as a stand-alone.


RATHER BE THE DEVIL (Hachette) by Ian Rankin

A cold case turns red hot. Beloved Edinburgh Detective John Rebus is back – fortunately, for his many fans, retirement just doesn’t seem to suit him – and he takes on a cold case from the 1970s involving a gorgeous and wealthy woman who was murdered in one of the city’s most luxurious hotels.

THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE (Little, Brown) by Michael Connelly

And here’s another detective who won’t let official retirement get in the way of his super sleuthing. In the 19th novel of the best selling series, retired LAPD detective Harry Bosch takes on two cases – one as a private investigator looking for the heir of an aging billionaire and the other as a volunteer trying to resolve a series of rape investigations.

CHAOS (Harper Collins) by Patricia Cornwell

In the latest thriller starring forensic sleuth Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a young woman is killed while riding her bike in a park at Harvard University. At first, it appears she was struck by lightning, but Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director, determines that this is no accidental Act of God.


THE TWENTY THREE (Doubleday) by Linwood Barclay

This is revenge on steroids. In the final thriller in the Promise Falls trilogy, the small New York town wakes up on Memorial Day weekend to find hundreds of people dying after the water supply is contaminated.

PRECIOUS & GRACE (Knopf) by Alexander McCall Smith

In this latest installment of the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi help a young Canadian woman on a quest to find someone from her past. But, when the investigation takes an unexpected turn, they begin to wonder whether some lost things are better left unfound.

THE OBSIDIAN CHAMBER (Grand Central Publishing) by Preston & Child

The latest of the A.X.L. Pendergast series finds the special agent’s ward, Constance, grieving over Pendergast’s presumed drowning after an incident off the Massachusetts coast. As she tries to cope with the loss of her beloved Pendergast, she is confronted by a dangerous person from her past and taken captive.

THE BONE COLLECTION (Simon & Schuster) by Kathy Reichs

In Kathy Reichs’ latest book – which is a collection of short fiction – the spirited forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan investigates, among other things, a mummified corpse after an earthquake on Mount Everest — only to discover how far others are willing to go to keep the past buried. (In case you don’t recognize the name, the long-running television show Bones is based on Reichs’ work.)