July is the time for gumshoes to put on their wide-brimmed detective hats, slather on the SPF, and dive into an exciting new mystery. We’ve got something for everyone in this crop of whodunnits, psychological thrillers, and charming cozies, which includes everything from adorable dogs to a haunted typewriter.
Paradox (FBI Series #22), by Catherine Coulter
What could the attempted kidnapping of FBI Agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock’s five year old son have to do with a collection of bones dredged up from the bottom of a lake after a sherrif witnesses a murder on its surface? As it turns out, there may be a strong link—and it’s in the form of a escaped mental patient who is out for revenge. The twenty-second installment in Coulter’s bestselling FBI series has the pulse-pounding plot and relentless pacing that her fans know and love, and it’s going to be tough to put this one down before you’ve reached the end.
A Measure of Darkness (Clay Edison Series #2), by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman
Deputy coroner Clay Edison has enough on his plate these days. His brother is out of prison, and family things are complicated; he’s got a good thing going with his steady girlfriend and he’s worried about screwing it up, and his last case, although successful, netted him a suspension. So he’s not exactly thrilled when he’s called to the scene of a wild party in an up and coming neighborhood that’s gone wrong—wrong enough to need a coroner. One victim in particular stands out as different from the other—Jane Doe was horribly assaulted and left for dead and no one has been able to identify her. Obsessed with her case, Clay’s investigation into her story leads him down dark path into a harrowing world filled with danger and terrible secrets.
Hardcover $24.29 | $26.99
A Gathering of Secrets (Kate Burkholder Series #10), by Linda Castillo
Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to investigate a fire in an insular Amish community—a barn burned to the ground in the middle of the night—but when the body of a well-known and well-liked young Amish man is found among the wreckage, burned alive, the mystery deepens and turns sinister. As Kate turns to the community she was once a part of for answers, she finds herself rebuffed at every turn. Is it because she’s an outsider—or is this seemingly peaceful community hiding something dark and disturbing? The closer Kate comes to the truth, the more she is forced to acknowledge about her own past—and a chilling possibility.
The Sinners, by Ace Atkins
Things are going poorly for Sheriff Quinn Colson these days. Ages ago his late uncle put the Patriarch of the no-account Pritchard clan behind bars, but he’s out now, and ready to cause trouble. Quinn’s got a wedding to get ready for, which is a positive development, but it’s been overshadowed by a sketchy trucking firm that has come to Tibbehah with its own violent agenda. When an innocent man pays the price of a business partnership gone wrong, can Quinn get his groove back in time to make sure justice prevails?
Rescued, by David Rosenfelt
Fans of the Andy Carpenter series know that mysteries + puppies = a winning combination, and the 17th novel in the series is further proof. Andy is hard at work manning the Tara Foundation, his dog rescue organization, which he enjoys a bit more than his chosen profession as a defense lawyer. But when the driver of a truck carrying 70 dogs up for adoption is murdered, the case has his name on it. The only small snag? The person accused of the murder is none other than Andy’s wife’s (handsome, strapping, ex-Marine) ex-fiance. Even worse? Andy believes his claim of innocence. This case is shaping up to be an extra tricky one, but his wife is insisting he take it.
A Noise Downstairs, by Linwood Barclay
Paul Davis is a college professor enjoying a normal life when he witnesses a murderer getting rid of several bodies on a deserted road late at night. This experience derails his enjoyably mundane existence and leaves him deeply traumatized, and when his wife Charlotte buys him a typewriter in an effort to cheer him up, he begins hearing the sound of typing in the middle of the night—but he’s the only one who can hear it. Before long, Paul has convinced himself that the typewriter has something to do with the murderer he witnessed—who apparently forced his victims to type apologies to him right before he killed them. This twisty psychological thriller by a master of the genre is not to be missed.
Hardcover $23.36 | $25.95
The Quiet Side of Passion: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, by Alexander McCall Smith
Isabel has her hands full with her family (two young boys) and her career (a ton of editing work has falling into her lap), so at her husband’s suggestion she hires an au pair, and an assistant editor—but both women are involved in dubious romantic entanglements that Isabel worries may affect their work. As their boss, should she get involved in their personal lives? In the meantime, Isabel is befriended by Patricia, the single mother of a friend of her son’s. Knowing that Patricia has a hard time of it raising a child by herself, Isabel tries to reserve judgment when she notices Patricia making dubious decisions—but she grows concerned when she notices her associating with one particularly unsavory character.