Now that we are humming along with our new system, much of our new fiction is traveling out at an alarming rate to fill holds at the larger libraries in the county. If you like to keep up with the very latest in your reading, you really need to place holds on your selected titles. Remember--our patrons' holds on our items take precedence in the queue.
Newly arrived at the library:
Mission Road by Rick Riordan.
Tres Navarre might get top billing, but Riordan's latest San Antonio crime story really stars Maia Lee, the PI's cool, compassionate girlfriend. When the wisecracking Navarre's best friend is wrongly accused of shooting his cop wife, Tres goes on the lam with him to track down the real killer. Riordan delivers several nifty twists. What had seemed to be merely an entertaining crime novel reveals itself as a clever mystery, too.
Trace Evidence by Elizabeth Becka.
Becka, a real-world "evidence specialist," is up against tough competition when it comes to forensic thrillers: Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta and Reich's Tempe Brennan already have substantial followings. Compared with those generally confident, high-powered gals, however, Becka's forensic scientist, Evelyn James, is a refreshingly ordinary mess as she tries to build a postdivorce life for herself and her teenage daughter, Angel. Called in to investigate the death of a young woman found in the river, feet encased in a block of cement, she can't help but think of her own child.
Without Mercy by Jack Higgins.
As Detective Superintendent Hannah Bernstein of Special Branch lies recuperating in the hospital, a dark shadow from her and Dillon's past, scarred deep by hatred, steals across the room and finishes the job. Consumed by grief and rage, Dillon, Blake, Ferguson, and all who loved Hannah swear vengeance, no matter where it takes them. But they have no idea of the searing journey upon which they are about to embark-nor of the war that will change them all.
The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson.
Historian Erickson (Bloody Mary; To the Scaffold; etc.) makes her first foray into fiction with this invented journal kept by the notorious queen who was sent to the guillotine during the French Revolution in 1793. Recounting her childhood as Austrian Archduchess Maria Antonia, her marriage to feckless Frenchman Louis XVI and her naïve pangs of conscience about hungry peasants clamoring at the gates of Versailles, Erickson delivers a spirited blend of fiction and fact.
Straight into Darkness by Faye Kellerman.
In 1920s Munich, the body of Anna Gross, a young society wife, has been found in the English Gardens, still clothed in finery. Soon a second body is discovered, also a woman of high society. When a third body is found, homicide detective Axel Berg realizes he’s dealing with unprecedented evil. Is the murderer politically motivated? Is he a lone madman? Or worse, is the killer possessed by both political and personal demons?
Remains Silent by Michael Baden and Linda Kenney.
Married couple Baden, former New York City medical examiner, and Kenney, legal commentator for CNN and Court TV, team up for this debut thriller starring a romantic and professional pair with job titles remarkably similar to their own. Dr. Jake Rosen, deputy chief medical examiner for New York City, gets a call from his beloved mentor, Dr. Pete Harrigan, who as county medical examiner in his retirement upstate, has just been handed a pile of bones dug up in an excavation for a new mall.
The Hunt Ball by Rita Mae Brown.
Septuagenarian "Sister" Jane Arnold, the Master of the central Virginia Jefferson Hunt Club, returns from Brown hunt titles like Outfoxed to solve the murder of a local prep school teacher. Not a snob when it comes to class or looks, Sister is a tremendous snob regarding hunt etiquette and respect for animals. And in Brown's fictive world, every fox, hound, horse, dog and bird is given a name, personality, backstory and dialogue. All can converse with each other—and understand the humans—while Sister has the ability to sense what the animals are thinking.