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Book Cover Image. Title: The Gods of Gotham, Author: Lyndsay Faye

The Gods of Gotham

Lyndsay Faye

A good historical novel is both exotic and familiar, keeping us on the edge of our chair while teaching us something we did not know about a place, a time, and ourselves. This one is way beyond good.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Breakup (Kate Shugak Series #7), Author: Dana Stabenow

Breakup (Kate Shugak Series #7)

Dana Stabenow

I love humor in crime fiction, especially when linked to vivid setting, clever plot, and characters alive enough to stand behind your shoulder, impatiently urging you to read faster. Breakup is a classic, filled with snort-worthy humor and memorable scenes.
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Book Cover Image. Title: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce Series #1), Author: Alan Bradley

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce Series #1)

Alan Bradley

This book is proof that the unexpected can be enticing: odd title, child protagonist, quirky setup, a diminutive volume that doesn't even have a dust cover, the whole is as delicious as its title.
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Book Cover Image. Title: The Death Instinct:  A Novel, Author: Jed Rubenfeld

The Death Instinct

Jed Rubenfeld

This is the book to hand anyone who claims that crime fiction is the poor relation of the literary world. Scrupulously researched and bursting with universal themes, it is a showy meal of crime fiction that will stick to your ribs, and in your mind.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Brat Farrar, Author: Josephine Tey

Brat Farrar

Josephine TeyRobert Barnard

Blithe and brisk and casual, you think Josephine Tey is simply telling you this interesting history about these very English friends of hers...until you suddenly realize how diabolical she is, and how deeply enmeshed you are in her subtle and really rather frightening web.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Pictures of Perfection (Dalziel and Pascoe Series #14), Author: Reginald Hill

Pictures of Perfection (Dalziel and Pascoe Series #14)

Reginald Hill

A bucolic setting, delightfully complex relationships, and deft sleight-of-hand tumble the reader from one scene to the next. Like a Shakespearean rom-com...but for the grim opening chapter that turns every giggle edgy and shadows every picture-perfect moment with dread.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire Series #6), Author: Craig Johnson

Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire Series #6)

Craig Johnson

This could have been written by Tony Hillerman, if he'd lived in Wyoming: the same mix of humor, wry or ridiculous, the same laconic wit, the same deep sensitivity for place, people, and plot.
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