Spring Fling: New and Delicious Books reported by Marni Graff
Author Marni Graff shares the new spring titles she’ll be celebrating the season with.
Harry Bingham’s Talking to the Dead (Delacorte Press) introduces newly-minted Welsh Detective Fiona Griffiths, one of the most unusual and intriguing female protagonists to hit the printed page. Overly intense and not good on social cues most take for granted, Fiona ignores orders and protocol to find the murderer of a prostitute and her young daughter.
The Good Cop (Minotaur Books) is filled with the wry humor that makes this series by Brad Parks such an agreeable read. New Jersey investigative reporter Carter Ross gets caught up in the questionable suicide of a beloved policeman, all to get his good story and clear the memory of a good cop.
Crossbones Yard (Minotaur Books) is Kate Rhodes’ entry with a psychological thriller you won’t be able to put down. Psychologist Alice Quentin runs throughout London’s neighborhoods without a care until a murderer comes too close to her and those she loves.
Deborah Crombie’s Gemma James/Duncan Kincaid series provides insights into London neighborhoods. This time The Sound of Broken Glass (William Morrow) features the steep streets of Crystal Palace. Personal connections and family entanglements all come to bear in this suspenseful tale of a bizarre murder investigation.
Jo Bannister has several series in play but she brings a new quirky tale with the psychological suspense found in Deadly Virtues (Minotaur Books), set in the low crime area of Norbold, England. Gabriel Ash, who talks to his dog, must convince new police recruit Hazel Best that a young man death’s in police custody by a racist inmate was an arranged murder.
Becky Masterman features retired 59-year old FBI agent Brigid Quinn in Rage Against the Dying (Minotaur Books). Set in the Southwest desert, this visceral gal will get her hands dirty once again when a cold case comes back to haunt her retirement and threaten her newly-found love with a retired professor.
Which spring books are you excited to read?
Marni Graff’s UK mystery series features American writer Nora Tierney. The Blue Virgin is set in Oxford; The Green Remains in Cumbria. She is also co-author of Writing in a Changing World, and wrote for seven years for Mystery Review magazine. Graff lives on a river in rural eastern North Carolina, where she is working on the third novel in her series, The Scarlet Wench.
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