In the mood for a good mystery? Here are four new releases that you won’t want to put down!
Folly by Stella Cameron
In this series opener, and author Stella Cameron’s first foray into the cozy mystery genre, main character Alex Duggins finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation after moving back home to the Cotswolds following a bitter divorce. While juggling a new business and rebuilding her life, she discovers deeply buried town secrets and becomes the target of a killer at large. With engaging characters and a tightly plotted mystery, this novelis an enjoyable summer read that makes you look forward to the next in the series.
The Case of the Dotty Dowager by Cathy Ace
This first in a series featuring the detectives of the WISE Enquiry Agency – four women from the four nations of Great Britain (Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England) – is a witty and fun country house mystery. An elderly duchess in a grand manor house deep in the English countryside is certain she saw a dead body that has since disappeared. Her son thinks she has gone senile, but the duchess knows what she saw and has the bloody knit cap she picked up near the body to prove it. Only the unique skills of the WISE detectives can solve this mystery quickly and discreetly.
Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec
Arm-chair travel to the coast of France in this engaging murder mystery translation from Jean-Luc Bannalec will appeal to readers of Louise Penny. Elderly hotel owner Pierre-Louis Pennec is found murdered and Commissaire George Dupin, newly arrived from Paris, must solve the crime before it kills business in the height of tourist season. The detailed setting and intricate plot make this novel a summer must-read for those in need of some well-earned escapism.
The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
This is the seventh book in the Ruth Galloway mystery series by Elly Griffiths; however, you don’t have to start with the first six books to enjoy this one. Each story stands alone, but you will enjoy them all from start to finish, especially as Griffiths buildsa compelling storyline around her recurring characters that I enjoy catching up on in each new book. In Ghost Fields forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called to the scene of a newly excavated WWII plane found in a field with the apparent skeleton of the pilot in the cockpit. DNA tests show that the dead man is a local who was reported dead in an entirely different WWII plane crash. Ruth Galloway and DCI Harry Nelson must again work together to solve an increasingly difficult puzzle that appears to involve every member of the dead man’s family as a suspect.
–reviewed by Shannon Nagle