Hello mystery fans! I’ve got your new releases, a couple standalone historical mysteries, a shirt that made me laugh, and some news and roundup lists.
This theory will always crack me up, and it’s on a t-shirt for $20 (although as of me writing this it’s on sale for $14).
One-Shot Harry by Gary Phillips
For fans of historical mysteries and Walter Mosley. In 1963 Los Angeles, Harry Ingram, a Korean War veteran, is making a living as a photographer and taking jobs as a process server. On the eve of Martin Luther King’s Freedom Rally, Ingram recognizes a friend’s car mentioned on a police scanner; he ends up showing up to photograph the accident and later realizes when developing the photos that he’ll have to take on a new role of detective to prove it was not an accident.
A Rip Through Time (A Rip Through Time #1) by Kelley Armstrong
Armstrong writes one of my favorite series: the Rockton Series. It’s like blending a procedural with a thriller and giving it an interesting setting (remote AF) and premise (a place where people who need to disappear go but you don’t know who is a victim and who is not). Now she’s starting a brand new series which feels like a blend again, this time a procedural with a dash of time travel. In 2019 Mallory is a Vancouver homicide detective visiting her dying grandmother in Edinburgh. But soon she’ll find herself herself in 1869 in the body of Catriona Mitchell, a housemaid to an undertaker. Obviously she’s gonna have to solve a murder while trying to figure out where she is and how…
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If you’re in the mood for some standalone historical mysteries I’ve got two for you.
The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian
This takes Hollywood to Tanzania in 1964, as a newly married actress and her husband bring along friends to the Serengeti for their honeymoon. But instead of a safari and adventure there’s a kidnapping and as you can imagine everything goes very wrong from there… I’ve enjoyed Bohjalian’s previous novels The Flight Attendant (adapted into an HBO series), The Red Lotus, and The Guest Room so I’m looking forward to this one.
Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara
I love historical fiction and especially love when it’s set during a time period or event that doesn’t get a lot of focus, in this case 1944 Chicago. The book’s background is the rarely discussed time period of the US government’s resettlement program from interment camps in the wake of Pearl Harbor. The mystery component questions how Rose Ito died, having been released first, and her sister Aki being certain that the suicide ruling is not the actual story. Allison Hiroto narrates the audiobook and I was fully immersed in the story.
(TW briefly recounts sexual assault without graphic details / misgendering)
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