The Maid: A Novel
“A hotel maid who is charmingly eccentric finds a dead guest in his bed, which turns her world upside down and inspires a group of unlikely allies to work together to solve the mystery in this utterly original debut. Molly Dunn is not like the rest of the people in the world. She has a hard time with social skills and takes people’s words literally. In the past, Molly’s grandmother used to make sense of the world for her. She made simple rules that Molly could live by. She has had to figure out life’s problems on her own since her grandmother died a few months ago. As a hotel maid, she goes all out. It’s a good fit for her because of her unique personality, as well as her love of cleaning and proper etiquette. She likes to put on her uniform each morning, fill her cart with miniature soaps and bottles, and clean the guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel. Molly’s orderly life is turned upside down when she enters the suite of the notorious and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of chaos and Mr. Black dead in his bed. Police start looking for Molly because of her odd behavior before she even knows what’s going on. She finds herself in a web of subtext and nuance that she doesn’t know how to get out of and can’t figure out how to get out of. Molly is lucky because a group of friends she didn’t know she had won’t let her be charged with murder. But will they be able to find the real killer before it’s too late? What does it mean to be the same as everyone else but completely different? The Maid is a Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the soul. It shows that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart “-
Something to Hide
“Barbara Havers and Thomas Lynley are back in the next Lynley book by #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George. An autopsy is the only way to find out what happened to the police detective who went into a coma and died. She had been working on a special task force in North London’s Nigerian community. Acting Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley is assigned to the case, which has cultural connections that have nothing to do with what he’s used to in the real world. Detective Sergeants Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata help him in his search for a killer who wants to stay out of the public eye. Their job is to look through the lies and secret lives of people who seem to be working together even though they do a lot of harm to each other “-
The Thursday Murder Club
The Thursday Murder Club is a group of people who meet every week in the Jigsaw Room to talk about unsolved crimes. They call themselves the Thursday Murder Club. There’s Red Ron, a former socialist firebrand who still causes trouble; Joyce, a widowed woman who longs for another resident but isn’t as innocent as she appears; Ibrahim, a former therapist who knows the dark side of human nature; and Elizabeth? She doesn’t seem as innocent as she appears. Nobody knows for sure who she is, but she has a lot of power. When a local developer is found dead, the Thursday Murder Club finds itself in the middle of its first real case. It doesn’t matter that the friends are older than most. They are smarter than most people. Can our group of weird but smart people find the killer before it’s too late?
Nothing to Lose
Jance, Judith A.
“During his time as a Seattle police officer, J. P. Beaumont’s partner Sue Danielson was killed. Sue’s ex-husband attacked her in her house. Her teenage son, Jared, called Beau for help because he had nowhere else to go and didn’t know what to do. He told Jared to grab his younger brother and leave the house. It was Beaumont’s plea and Jared’s quick action that saved the two boys from their father’s rage and killed them. Jared has been in Beau’s life for almost twenty years now, and he wants Beau to help him find his younger brother Chris. Even though he’s still haunted by the events of that night, Beau doesn’t hesitate to take on this case. It took him all the way to Alaska, where he found a complicated web of family secrets. A killer who has nothing to lose is waiting to take another life.” —
Our Country Friends: A Novel
“It’s March 2020, and a disaster is taking place. In a country house, a group of friends and friends of friends are waiting out the pandemic with a lot of other people they know. New friendships and love will form over the next few months, but old betrayals will also come to light. This group of people is made up of a Russian-born novelist, a Russian-born psychiatrist wife, their precocious child, a struggling Indian American writer, a Korean American app developer, and a young flame-thrower of an essayist, originally from the Car.” —
The Dark Hours
“In the past few years, has a killer been dormant only to strike again on New Year’s Eve? Michael Connelly, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of a new thriller, has Renu00e9e Ballard and Harry Bosch work together to find justice for an innocent person in the new book.” —
One Step Too Far: A Novel
“Frankie Elkin, the character from Before She Disappeared, learns that a young man has gone missing in a national forest. She goes to the forest to look for him. Law enforcement has stopped looking, but a group of people led by the young man’s father is still looking. They are still looking for him. Frankie agrees to help, but soon realizes that a missing person isn’t the only thing wrong with this place. This is when Frankie realizes that she is up against something very dark, and she is running out of time.”
An investigation is under way in a small town south of Montreal. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in. Jane Neal, who lived in the small town of Three Pines, north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. In the woods, the locals think it was just a tragic hunting accident. Gamache, on the other hand, smells something bad and soon thinks that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much worse than a careless bowhunter. From the publisher’s description.