Please tell me I'm not the only one who gets started on a series and
then, well, gets started on another series and then another. . . until I
can barely remember which series I'm supposed to be reading. I've read
at least one book in each of the following mystery series. I keep
telling myself to get back to these authors, especially because all the books
featured here are published this month.
- Bookman Dead Stye by Paige Shelton (#2 in the Dangerous Type series; Berkley Prime Crime): This cozy mystery series is set in a Utah tourist town and stars Clare Henry who, along with her grandfather, restores old typewriters and repairs old books. Clare also has a tendency to get caught up in solving murders with her pal on the police force. Great characters, a little romance, and good plotting make me want to read more.
- The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel (#8 in the Louise Rick series; Grand Central Publishing): This police procedural series features Copenhagen detective Louise Rick,who is particularly skilled at solving missing person cases. The crimes are sometimes brutal, but the darkness is offset by Louise's personal life, which has its ups and downs in the love department but is balanced by steady friendships.
- Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong (#2 in the Casey Duncan novels; Minotaur Books): This unique, gritty series is set in the northern Canadian wilderness, in a town that is virtually off the grid and barely has electricity. Rockton residents have their secrets, including relative newcomer detective Casey Duncan. Casey may be running from her past, but there's no escaping murder, which is found even on the fringes of civilization.
- Death of a Ghost by M. C. Beaton (#32 in the Hamish Macbeth series; Grand Central Publishing): Unambitious Hamish Macbeth is happy being the constable in the north Scotland town of Lochdubh, even if he generally runs circles around the city detectives when it come to solving murders. This is a fun, light series that's perfect for the beach or travel; you'll get lost in the characters' lives and enjoy a guilty pleasure.
- Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman (#32 in the Alex Delaware series; Ballantine): This thriller series stars LA child psychologist Alex Delaware, who has a knack for getting mixed up in murder, thanks to his friend Milo, an LAPD detective. If you pick up this series, expect forensic psychology, a complex protagonist, LGBTQ characters, and detailed plotting.
- Bone Box by Faye Kellerman (#24 in the Decker/Lazarus series; William Morrow): Detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, originally solved murders in Los Angeles, but they later moved to upstate New York, where murder and other crimes are, apparently, just as common. The series deals with dark murders that often have a foundation in a current socioeconomic issue. In addition, the novels feature strong threads of contemporary Orthodox Jewish life.