Weekend Reading: More Mysteries


More mysteries, because we can never get enough! These are also first books in series:

The Bootlegger’s Daughter by Margaret Maron

In Colleton County, NC, attorney Deborah Knott decides to run for district judge despite the “good-old-boy” network that’s existed for generations. With the support of her extensive family (including her daddy, the former bootlegger), Deborah launches her campaign only to get sidetracked by a request to look into the unsolved murder of a local woman. This intelligent series is filled with local color and characters.

Dissolution by C.J. Sansom

Set in Tudor England, this is a series for historical mystery fans. Lawyer Matthew Shardlake is called upon by Thomas Cromwell to investigate the murder of a royal commissioner. With the country in turmoil and families divided between their loyalty to the Catholic Church and their loyalty to the King, Shardlake must walk a tightrope of politics and power while searching for the truth.

In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Newly-ordained Episcopal priest, Clare Fergusson, arrives in the small upstate New York town of Millers Kill to discover she has the wrong car, the wrong boots, and perhaps a broader view of the world than most of her parishioners. When a newborn is left on the church doorstep, Clare teams up with local police chief Russ Van Alstyne to find the baby’s mother.

Orchestrated Death by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

In this contemporary police procedural, Detective Inspector Bill Slider of Scotland Yard and his trusty sergeant, Atherton, get called to the scene of a murder of a young woman who is clearly out of place in the rundown projects where her body was found. With no clear clues to her identity, all Slider has to go on are the extremely short fingernails and a strange callus under her chin. For all you Anglophiles, this series is full of good police work, endearing characters, and very British humor.

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