The Holy Thief by William Ryan is a thrilling mystery that fully realizes the dark time of fear and distrust that was Moscow in 1936, the year before Stalin's infamous purges. Captain Alexi Korolev is a good cop in a crooked system. Setting out to solve the murder of a woman tortured to death in a church, Korolev encounters soviet characters both real, Isaac Babel lives in his building, and ingeniously imagined, the chilling NKVD officer Gregorin. With a satisfyingly complicated plot involving stolen icons, Americans, and the mob, The Holy Thief leaves the reader anxiously awaiting Captain Korolev's next case.
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ISBN: 9780312586454
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 31st, 2010

One of the year’s best mysteries has nothing to do with detectives, courtrooms, or spies. Instead, Rosamund Lupton offers a searing portrait of the bond between a young woman and her Sister (Crown, $24). When Beatrice, a corporate designer living in New York, learns that her artsy, quirky, beloved younger sister, Tess, has disappeared, she flies to their native London and moves into Tess’s Notting Hill flat to launch her own ad hoc investigation. The novel takes the form of Beatrice’s dual testimonies—the story unfolds through Beatrice’s sessions with a psychiatrist and in her confessional, diary-like letter to Tess—a structure that is elegant, ingenious, and utterly gripping. Lupton is a rising literary star to watch.

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ISBN: 9780307716521
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Published: Crown - December 20th, 2011

Pirate King (Bantam, $25) is Laurie R. King’s eleventh mystery deploying the team of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and King’s own invention, Mary Russell. In this episode, Russell recalls the case that put her on the movie set of a remake of The Pirates of Penzance—and which featured real pirates. Russell spars with Holmes, busy with his own doings, from afar, and King uses her trademark whimsy and wit to tease the filmmaking and theatrical worlds.   Pirate King will not only lift you out of winter doldrums and onto the open seas of mayhem, it will make you smile as you reach for more of King’s work.