Jane Stanton Hitchcock’s reputation as a mystery writer grows with each book, and Mortal Friends (HarperCollins, $25.99) is sure to win her many new fans.  Most of the action takes place in Georgetown and on Embassy Row—Politics and Prose is in there, too.  Many denizens of the Washington social scene appear in disguise along the way.  I recognized Katharine Graham, Vernon and Ann Jordan, and Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn under completely different names, and you’ll have fun trying to spot others in this ultimate inside-the-Beltway mystery, or “killer read,” as People magazine describes it.

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ISBN: 9780061173714
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 29th, 2010

Since Rennie Airth’s first mystery, River of Darkness, a dozen years ago, I’ve wanted more stories about John Madden, the Scotland Yard inspector. It was a long wait for The Blood-Dimmed Tide, and now Airth has published the third Madden chronicle, The Dead Of Winter (Viking, $25.95). It’s 1944. Madden has retired to a farm with his wife. Then a young Jewish refugee they employed is murdered while visiting relatives in London. Madden joins his old colleagues to solve the crime. Does the woman’s death have something to do with the murder in Paris four years before of a Jewish furrier? Was she one of the Poles he was waiting for to drive with him to Portugal? Or was she a murderer? And how does the Resistance figure in this puzzle? This is a beautifully written book, full of twists and turns—it’s the reason I love mysteries.

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ISBN: 9780143117247
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Published: Penguin Books - June 29th, 2010

Walter Mosley, having laid Easy Rawlins to rest, introduces a new detective, Leonid McGill, an ex-boxer and a hard- drinking PI of the old school, in The Long Fall (Riverhead, $25.95). McGill has not lived a good life. He’s worked for the Mob and been involved with businessmen whose businesses were at best marginally legal. He’s married in name only, and there’s a cop who’s made it his mission to catch McGill in the act of doing wrong.  When McGill is hired to find four young men known only by their street names, it’s just a job. But as they start dying, he has to make a decision. In his quest to turn his life around, he knows he must act to find out what’s behind the deaths. And he must do this before the forces allied against him claim victory. We’ll hear from Leonid again as he moves through the city he loves, New York.

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ISBN: 9780451230256
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Published: Berkley - February 2nd, 2010