Garrett’s Debut of the Month, Alber, Bowen, Mrazek, Steiner, Penny, plus Newcomers Backlund and Johns | Mystery Reviews

Summer reading season is well underway, and this month’s titles offer opportunities to visit Hollywood, tour our nation’s capital, book some murderous European travel, and literally go to the dogs with a pack of ­canine-themed detective novels that are sure to have fans sitting up and begging for more.

Mystery Reviews | February 1, 2014

Reviews of Parker Bilal’s The Ghost Runner, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles’s Hard Going, Frances Brody’s Murder in the Afternoon, and a list of mystery titles from the February 1 issue.