The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley: Flavia and dependable Dogger, set up shop at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw during her sister Ophelia’s wedding–not so simple with her cousin, Undine, underfoot. Little does she know that their first case will be extremely close to home, beginning with an unwelcome discovery in Ophelia’s wedding cake: a human finger.
Born of Vengeance by Sherrilyn Kenyon: Bastien Cabarro survived the brutal slaughter of his entire family only to have his wife pin their murders on him. Made Ravin by The League, he is now a target for their assassins-in-training to hunt and kill. Ten years later, he has a chance at justice, provided he relies on his former wingman– the very sister of the woman who testified against him.
A Delicate Touch by Stewart Woods: When an old acquaintance reaches out to Stone Barrington requesting assistance, the job seems easy enough. She needs an expert in an esoteric field, someone with both the knowledge and careful dexterity to solve a puzzle. But the solution to one small problem blows the lid open on a bigger scandal going back decades.
The Rule of Law by John Lescroart: Dismas Hardy is called to defend the least likely suspect of his career: his longtime, trusted assistant who is suddenly being charged as an accessory to murder. Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his secretary, Phyllis. Her out-of-character behavior and sudden disappearances concern Hardy, especially when he learns that her convict brother–a man who had served twenty-five years in prison for armed robbery and attempted murder–has just been released.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides: Alicia Berenson is a famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, living in a posh area of London. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late. Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word.
The House Next Door by James Patterson: A collection of three novellas, involving a neighbor who isn’t what he seems; a detective who gets too close to a suspect’s wife; and a disgraced Air Force scientist who finds a message that will change the world– if it survives the next few days.
Once Upon a River: On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath, and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed.
The Burglar by Thomas Perry: Elle Stowell is a young woman with an unconventional profession: burglary. She is good at it, and she thrives on the thrill. But after stumbling upon a grisly triple homicide while stealing from the home of a wealthy art dealer, Elle discovers that she is no longer the only one sneaking around. Somebody is searching for her. As Elle realizes that her knowledge of the murder has made her a target, she races to solve the case before becoming the next casualty.