Among the plethora of new books here at the Field Library this month, we have some really exciting new mysteries, standalones and parts of continuing series.
If you’re a fan of Laurie King’s Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series, the title of the latest book, The Murder of Mary Russell, is liable to horrify you. Could it possibly be that Mary, the late in life spouse of Sherlock Holmes, could be dead and the series over? When Mary goes missing and Holmes discovers the carpet at 221B Baker Street soaked through with blood, the obvious and deeply disturbing conclusion to draw is that Mary has met with foul play, possibly the worst kind of foul play. Of course Holmes has to investigate, and one of the delights of this book is that King gives a starring role to the famous Mrs. Hudson, Holmes’ long time and long suffering housekeeper, giving her a back story of her own. Fans of the series need no further introduction from me, and while this isn’t the book to start with if you’re just being introduced to these characters, if you’ve read a few in the series, you’re definitely going to want to find out if Laurie King followed in the footsteps of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and killed off her most popular character.
A deeply disturbing and enthralling mystery based on a true story, The Father by Anton Svensson, takes us to Sweden and looks at an extraordinary family of criminals: three brothers, all under the age of 24, with no previous criminal records of any kind, who committed ten bank robberies in two years, confounding the police and riveting the attention of the public. What warped three innocent boys into master criminals? Who made them what they became? The answer, as it turns out, is their father, an appalling character in his own right. If you’re a fan of Scandinavian mysteries (Jo Nesbo, Stieg Larsson and the like), this should be right up your alley.
In her newest book, Poisonous, Allison Brennan’s investigative reporter, Max Revere, looks into the death of someone most people didn’t mourn. Ivy Lake was a nasty teenager, an internet bully, and she fell off a cliff a year before the beginning of this book. Maybe she jumped, maybe she was pushed, maybe it was just an accident. The only person who grieves over her death is her mentally challenged stepbrother, who can’t understand what happened and whose letter to Max touches her heart enough to make her take on a case she wouldn’t usually touch with a ten foot pole. As she begins to investigate the cold case, Max comes to realize that if this was murder, the killer was and is extraordinarily clever and careful, and could be hiding in plain sight, waiting for the next victim.
Joe O’Laughlin, clinical psychologist, wasn’t planning to get involved in the murder case in Michael Robotham’s Close Your Eyes, but when a former student of his trades on his name and reputation and screws up the investigation, Joe feels compelled to help solve the case. Two women are murdered in a remote farmhouse, one stabbed multiple times, one posed like Sleeping Beauty awaiting her prince. As if this weren’t macabre enough by itself, Joe finds links between these killings and a series of attacks in which the victims were choked unconscious and the letter A carved into their foreheads. Joe is drawn deeper and deeper into these cases, matching wits with a merciless killer, and Joe himself may be in danger.
If you’re looking for exciting reads, dark and dangerous, set in the modern day or Victorian era, in California or the wilds of Sweden, come to the Field and check out our newest thrillers and mysteries.