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May Thrills and Chills

Despite what the thermometer says, summer is almost here. And summer is a perfect time to reconnect with a favorite genre: mysteries and thrillers! This selection of new and upcoming releases in crime, mystery, and thriller are a great kick off to your summer reading list. These novels are from established writers as well as fresh new faces and will take you from the Yukon to Korea to Mexico hunting killers, kidnappers, and more.

If you're an armchair detective looking for more titles, contact the Reference Desk at 978-623-8432 or rdesk@mhl.org. Also, check out NoveList and BookBrowse for even more suggestions!


	The suspect
The suspect
by Fiona Barton

Pursuing the story of two British teens who disappeared during a Bangkok hostel fire, journalist Kate Waters struggles to remain objective when her estranged son is declared a main suspect.

	The overnight kidnapper
The overnight kidnapper
by Andrea Camilleri

Inspector Montalbano's investigation into a series of kidnappings involving bank employees who are released unharmed hours later is complicated by an arson case, a secret affair and the discovery of a body. 

	They all fall down
They all fall down
by Rachel Howzell Hall

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. Delighted by a surprise invitation, Miriam Macy sails off to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico, with six strangers--an ex-cop, a chef, a financial advisor, a nurse, a lawyer, a young widow. Surrounded by miles of open water in the gloriously green Sea of Cortez, Miriam is shocked to discover that she and the rest of her companions have been brought to the remote island under false pretenses--and all seven strangers harbor a secret. Danger lurks in the lush forest and in the halls and bedrooms of the lonely mansion. Sporadic cell-phone coverage and miles of ocean keeps the group trapped in paradise. And strange accidents keep them suspicious of each other, as one by one . . . They all fall down For fans of thrilling contemporary suspense like The Woman in Cabin 10, Rachel Howzell Hall's brilliant stand-alone novel modernizes and pays homage to Agatha's Christie's And Then There Were None, bringing a diverse cast of seven sinners to a private island for a reckoning that will leave you breathless.

	The plotters
The plotters
by Un-su Kim

In an alternate-reality Seoul, South Korea, where assassination guilds compete for dominance, Reseng uncovers a scheme set into motion by a trio of young women, forcing him to decide if he will remain a pawn of the plotters who control the city's criminals.

	American spy : a novel
American spy : a novel
by Lauren Wilkinson

Marie Mitchell, a Cold War FBI intelligence officer, joins an undercover task force to undermine Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary Communist president of Burkina Faso, who she secretly admires and comes to love, in a novel inspired by true events

	The dead ex : a novel
The dead ex : a novel
by Jane Corry

One man's disappearance throws four women's lives into chaos--and not all will survive. Vicki works as an aromatherapist, healing her clients out of her home studio with her special blends of essential oils. She's just finishing a session when the police arrive on her doorstep--her ex-husband David has gone missing. Vicki insists she last saw him years ago when they divorced, but the police clearly don't believe her. And her memory's hardly reliable--what if she did have something to do with it? Meanwhile, Scarlet and her mother Zelda are down on their luck, and at eight years old, Scarlet's not old enough to know that the "game" her mother forces her to play is really just a twisted name for dealing drugs. Soon, Zelda is caught, and Scarlet is forced into years of foster care--an experience that will shape the rest of her life. David's new wife, Tanya, is the one who reported him missing, but what really happened on the night of David's disappearance? And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she's not even sure of it herself? The answer lies in the connection among these four women--and the one person they can't escape.

	Watcher in the woods : a Rockton novel
Watcher in the woods : a Rockton novel
by Kelley Armstrong

When a suspicious U.S. marshal shows up demanding the release of a Rockton resident, only to be found murdered hours later, detective Casey and sheriff Dalton race to identify the killer and prevent additional deaths.

	The Safe House
The Safe House
by Kiki Swinson

With the local police closing in on her as the prime suspect in her abusive boyfriend’s disappearance, a fierce, strong woman has no choice but to ditch the feds and take down a cartel leader on her own.

	The current
The current
by Tim Johnston

"When two young women leave their college campus in the dead of winter for a 700-mile drive north to Minnesota, they suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives in the icy waters of the Black Root River, just miles from home. One girl's survival, and the other's death--murder, actually--stun the citizens of a small Minnesota town, thawing memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may yet live among them"

	The reckoning
The reckoning
by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

A follow-up to The Legacy finds detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja investigating the disappearance of a schoolgirl who was last seen in the company of a disabled classmate. By the award-winning author of The Silence of the Sea.

	A deadly divide
A deadly divide
by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Investigating a mass shooting at a mosque in Quebec, detective Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty find themselves in a terror-stricken community whose panic is being fueled by racism, a right-wing radio host and a shadowy trickster.

	American heroin : a novel
American heroin : a novel
by Melissa Scrivner Love

 A stand-alone follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated Lola finds South Central Los Angeles gang leader Lola rising to a position of wealth and security before attracting the attentions of a dangerous rival carte.l
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