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The Divided City by Luke McCallin

divided cityCapt. Gregor Reinhardt was a Berlin police detective, happily married with one son before events swept him into the German military police. By 1943 his wife is dead, his son alienated. He is demoralized, suicidal and drinking heavily while stationed in Sarajevo. Then a double murder, that of a beautiful young photographer and a German officer, gives him the chance to revive his investigating skills. British author Luke McCallin has extensive experience as a relief worker and peacekeeper in war torn countries.  The Divided City (Berkley, 2016) is the third novel to feature Capt. Reinhardt.  It is set in Berlin in 1947.  It concerns two dead bodies found in a building in the city’s American sector. One victim is identified as a British officer. The other seems to have been killed in a ritual manner.

–posted  12/29/2016

Posted December/27/2016

Ill Met by Murder by Elizabeth Duncan

ill met by murderElizabeth J. Duncan, author of the Penny Branigan series of cozy mysteries, has started a second series starring Charlotte Fairfax, formerly the costume mistress of the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Charlotte is now the leading light of the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company, which produces one of Shakespeare’s plays every year.  Charlotte creates the costumes, but seems to be involved in every aspect of the small town theater group, even when mayhem and murder strike.  Charlotte’s boyfriend Police Chief Ray Nicholson helps her investigate.   Ill Met by Murder (Crooked Lane, 2016) is the second installment in the Shakespeare in the Catskills mystery series.

–posted   12/23/2016

Posted December/19/2016

Elizabeth Gunn’s Denny’s Law

Denny'sLawHomicide detective, Sarah Burke of Tucson, Arizona is an interesting protagonist for a police procedural.  Among her personal problems are:  a bad divorce left her broke, her sister has major drug problems and she is trying to provide a good home for her niece Denny.  Professionally she must tackle a wide range of problems:  big-time builders and small-time gamblers, cotton growers and cattle herders, drug-runners and people smugglers, copper miners, bioscientists, snowbirds and, of course undocumented immigrants.  Nevertheless, she is a successful cop, well worth following.  The newest Sarah Burke novel is Denny’s Law (Severn, Dec. 2016).  Sarah is the second series detective that Elizabeth Gunn has created.  Her Jake Hines/Trudy Hanson series set in a small city in southeast Minnesota is now up to ten books.

–posted 12/16/2016

Posted December/17/2016

Out of Bounds by Val McDermid

McDermidScottish author Val McDermid has written four successful police procedural series, the most popular of which is the Hill ⁄Jordan series which was adapted for the highly successful television drama; Wire in the Blood, starring Robson Green.  Her newest novel  Out of Bounds (Atlantic Monthly, Dec. 2016) is the third in the series featuring Detective Inspector Karen Pirie of the Historic Case (read cold case) Unit in Fife, Scotland.  Karen is intense and not happy sitting at a desk, so she jumps at every opportunity to get out in the field, even if her boss disapproves.  Like other crime novels set in Scotland, readers get to see the seamier side of the country and its people.  McDermid creates great women characters.  Readers will enjoy meeting DI Karen Pirie.

–posted 12/6/2016

Posted December/16/2016

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