Best Books 2012: Mysteries

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Force of nature Best Books 2012: MysteriesBox, C.J. Force of Nature: A Joe Pickett Novel. Putnam. ISBN 9780399158261. $25.95; eISBN 9781101561157.
Fugitive Nate Romanowski’s rogue past returns to haunt him as cold-blooded assassins pursue him over three states, ending up in game-ranger Pickett’s Wyoming backyard. With falconry as a running metaphor, this is a stunningly fresh entry in a long-running series. (LJ 3/1/12)

Locke, Attica. The Cutting Season. Harper: HarperCollins. ISBN 9780061802058. $25.99; eISBN 9780062097743.
The discovery of a murdered woman on a Louisiana plantation brings out long-held secrets harbored by the owners. Caren, Belle Vie’s manager, taps into her own lineage to solve the current case and another one that harks back to the Reconstruction in Locke’s genre-transcending novel. (LJ 8/12)

Malliet, G.M. A Fatal Winter: A Max Tudor Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. ISBN 9780312647971. $24.99; eISBN 9781250018250.
When rich, elderly twins are murdered in their castle, it’s time to bring in the talented vicar to spy on the grieving relatives. Malliet’s artfully plotted puzzler subtly dazzles with its sly humor and astute observations. (LJ 10/1/12)

May, Peter. The Black House. SilverOak: Sterling. ISBN 9781454901273. $24.95.
Edinburgh detective Fin ­Macleod’s investigation of a homicide in his home village on the Isle of Lewis results in a cascade of life-altering personal revelations. This thrilling opener to a new trilogy resonates long after the final page. (LJ 9/1/12)

Tursten, Helene. Night Rounds: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation. Soho Crime. tr. from Swedish by Laura A. Wideburg. ISBN 9781616950064. $25; eISBN 9781616950071.
When a nurse is hanged where one of her predecessors died some 60 years earlier, the Swedish hospital staff wonders if the resident ghost is seeking revenge. More spine-tingling events haunt a case that Inspector Huss despairs of solving by logic alone. (LJ 2/1/12)

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