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pictures of her are posted on the Internet, the
case attracts national attention and becomes
one of trial by publicity. But is Nick guilty?
There are certainly elements of mystery to this
character-driven novel, but they are overshadowed by backstory and psychological analyses
of the many characters—too many, perhaps,
since they, and the numerous details the author
includes, tend to retard the story’s momentum.
Nevertheless, the characters—especially Martin—are interesting enough to hold readers’
attention to the end. —Michael Cart
YA: Teens will likely identify with Nick
and Emily and be interested in their
By Anthony Horowitz.
June 2017. 464p. Harper, $27.99 (9780062645227).
Horowitz’s unusual stand-alone combines
two books in one—the first, set in 1950s
England, is a wonderfully written Agatha
Christie–style whodunit complete with vicar, village, and vengeance. The second, set in
modern times, stars an editor who must solve
a mystery surrounding that whodunit, as her
publishing house’s fortunes rest upon its success. While the first story is more enjoyable
than the second, which drags a little, this
is overall a very entertaining set of tales, and
readers will enjoy finding clues in the whodunit that will help solve the mystery in the
latter tale. Perfect for readers of Christie and
Sophie Hannah, for lovers of mysteries with a
splash of metafiction, and, of course, for fans of
Horowitz’s other work in multiple genres, for
both young people and adults. In addition to
fiction, Horowitz is the acclaimed creator and
writer of such popular TV crime series as Foyle’s
War and Midsomer Murders. —Henrietta Verma
By Anne Holt. Tr. by Anne Bruce.
June 2017. 336p. Scribner, $26 (9781451634730);
e-book, $13.99 (9781451634891).
This is the ninth and penultimate installment of the Hanne Wilhelmsen series. Many
fans may have feared that Hanne was dead at
the end of Beyond the Truth (2016), but she did
survive the shooting and is confined to a wheelchair. Note that the series was not translated
in chronological order, so those who had read
1222 (2011) were already aware of this fact.
Eleven years have gone by, and the indomitable
Hanne has no sooner agreed to serve as a special
adviser on cold cases for the police when there
is a major attack on the Islamic Cooperation
Council’s headquarters in Oslo. The mystery
unfolds within a realistic portrayal of Europe’s
burgeoning immigrant population and the
violent extremism—on both sides—this phenomenon has engendered. One key recurring
character is sacrificed in this book, but a fascinating new character in the person of Hanne’s
new assistant, Henrik Holme, is added. Readers will want to read more about him. Jo Nesbø
calls Anne Holt “the godmother of Norwegian
crime fiction.” She has been writing three series
concurrently since 1993. —Jane Murphy
The Only Child.
By Andrew Pyper.
June 2017. 304p. Simon & Schuster, $25
(9781476755212); e-book, $12.99 (9781476755397).
Savvy readers will be puzzled by forensic
psychiatrist Lily Dominick’s behavior at the
start of this bloody thriller. She’s taken in by
the seductive manner of a vicious subject?
It happens. But shrinks are trained to quash
that, aren’t they? Or seek counsel from another
shrink. Why doesn’t she? A few pages later, she
comes across a written confession by the killer.
Why doesn’t she rush it to the police? Instead,
she begins her own investigation into this
man, ostensibly because he claims to know the
real story of her mother’s murder in a snowbound cabin decades ago. The man—he calls
himself Michael—has so ensorcelled her that
she listens while he claims to be a 200-year-old
laboratory creation and the original for Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and Mr. Hyde.
It’s clear now that Michael also has plans for
Lily, and the working out of those plans is the
occasion for some fine, tense scenes. As the
narrative comes to its violent conclusion, we
learn that the ambiguities of the opening are
foreshadowings, and there is more than one
monster among us. —Don Crinklaw
Party Girls Die in Pearls.
By Plum Sykes.
May 2017. 352p. Harper, $26.99 (9780062429025).
Even Oxford University was invaded by the
excesses of the 1980s. When very innocent
Ursula arrives, she finds her wealthy fellow students prone to almost nightly neon-outfitted
and champagne-fueled soirées in the crumbling piles of stone that make up the college
town. Just as readers start settling into the ever-so-odd traditions that are Oxford, helped by
Sykes’ footnotes on practices at the school, one
of the posh types—Lady Brattenbury, no less—
is found rather dead. Ursula and her American
sidekick, Nancy, must solve the crime so that
Ursula can land a spot on the college’s famed
newspaper. Readers will find that she’s helped
by too many coincidences and doors that open
too easily to a freshman. They’ll also find Ursula a little overly tweedy English and Nancy
a very airheaded American. But so what? This
flashback to fabulousness from the author of
Bergdorf Blondes (2004) isn’t meant to be taken
too seriously. This frothy romp will find fans
among mystery readers who want an escape
from it all or who enjoy books by Cecilia
Ahern. —Henrietta Verma
YA: A perfect choice for older teens and
new adults who love mysteries. HV.
Price of Duty.
By Dale Brown.
May 2017. 464p. Morrow, $28.99 (9780062441973);
e-book, $14.99 (9780062441980).
Brown’s latest novel in his ongoing Scion
series could not be more timely or engaging.
After the events depicted in Iron Wolf (2015),
the Russian president is angry and wants re-
venge. He decides to launch a strike against
both the U.S. and Europe by first going after
banking systems and then escalating it from
there. The U.S. president, feeling flummoxed
by this new brand of cyberwarfare, calls in
Brad McLanahan and the Scion team to take
action. The Russians, however, have antici-
pated Scion intervening and have set a special
trap for the group. Brown lays out a terrifying
scenario that eerily reflects current concerns
regarding Russian hacking of the 2016 presi-
dential election. Some of the technology
seems more sci-fi than what is currently pos-
sible, but that doesn’t distract too much from
the impact of the story. Fans will find Brown
in fine form here, and newcomers who enjoy
top-notch military fiction will have no trou-
ble diving into the deep end. —Jeff Ayers
Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies.
By Ace Atkins.
May 2017. 320p. Putnam, $27 (9780399177002).
When Connie Kelly tells her therapist, Dr.
Susan Silverman, about having been conned,
Silverman points her client toward Boston
PI Spenser (and, of course, Susan’s longtime
partner). The problem is M. Brooks Welles,
who portrayed himself as an intelligence expert with experience in the CIA and various
other alphabet-soup agencies. When he pitches
Connie on investing money in a quasimilitary
resort in which real and wannabe tough guys
would come for training, Connie goes for it.
(No wonder she needs a therapist.) Spenser
finds Welles (after another investor in the
scheme turns up dead) but is forced to back
away when Connie decides she loves the con
artist after all and moves to Georgia with
him. That goes bad, of course, and Spenser
and longtime running buddy Hawk head
to the Peach State to administer some justice. Standing in their way are an evangelical
megachurch and a paramilitary outfit with an
affiliation to it. Atkins has really hit his stride
as steward for Parker’s characters. This installment should please both Parker loyalists and
those new to the series. —Wes Lukowsky
What My Body Remembers.
By Agnete Friis. Tr. by Lindy Falk
May 2017. 304p. Soho, $25.95 (9781616956028); e-book, $14.99 (9781616956486).
Ella Nygaard’s father was convicted of murdering her mother when Ella was seven years
old, leaving her in a series of disastrous foster
homes. Now a single mother rendered virtually unemployable by panic attacks that often
land her in the psychiatric ward, Ella faces
losing her son to the same system. Realizing
that she has to confront her
childhood nightmare, Ella
kidnaps Alex from his foster
home and takes him to the
Danish coastal town where
her mother was killed. She
abandons years of determined refusal and agrees
to live in her grandmother’s empty home, painfully aware that her
grandmother hopes to mine her memories