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Thursday, March 1, 2012

More March Titles

Shelley Shepard Gray has written several of those very popular 'Amish novels'. This time, however, murder comes to Crittenden County, in Missing: The Secrets of Crittenden County, Book One released on March 20th. Everyone thought that Perry Borntrager had left for the 'world' but then his body is discovered at the bottom of a well. A detective from the 'world' comes to help the local sheriff investigate. What will it mean to the close knit Amish community?

For those who like historical mysteries, Jacqueline Winspear's latest entry in the Maisie Dobbs series comes out on March 27th, Elegy for Eddie. What had looked like a settled life for Maisie in the last novel is disrupted by an investigation into the death of a sweet, simple man called Eddie. Part of the charm of this series is the authentic atmosphere of London after World War I and the relentless movement towards World War II. There is a level of moral complexity here that is unusaul in a mystery and fascinating in a story.

M.J. Rose's The Book of Lost Fragrances comes out on March 13th. Jac L'Etoile, an heir to a French perfume company, is haunted by the past and psychotic episodes. She prefers reality but when her brother goes missing after telling her he has found a secret in the company archive, Jac returns to Paris to investigate the history of her family's company to try to find him. Separate characters try to find the path to a magical perfume that supposedly opens the door to reincarnation. Suspense with mysticism. I love the covers on M.J. Rose's books, they really evoke the feeling of the stories.

The rest of the ones that have caught my eye for March before we move on to April's entries:

Alex Dryden's The Blind Spy - ex-KGB colonel joins a private intelligence company to circumvent Putin's plan to return the Ukraine to Russia's sphere of influence.

Jodi Picoult's Lone Wolf - an estranged son returns to his comatose father and tries to convince his younger sister to pull the plug.

Joe R. Lansdale's Edge of Dark Water - three teenage friends plan to take the ashes of another friend to Hollywood. Raves about this one for it's character development and strong sense of place. A little mystery thrown in to the mix.

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