Some of our very favorite authors have delivered, just in time for the holidays, new bestselling books, and they are on the shelves at the Monrovia Public Library.
The fictional LAPD detective Harry Bosch returns in his 21st mystery The Burning Room. Michael Connelly’s debut novel about Harry was The Black Echo published in 1992. Now nearing retirement and working on cold cases, the detective is teamed with a young police woman on the case of a Mariachi musician who was shot 10 years before, but just died from the injury. Particularly outstanding is how author makes the city of Los Angeles a character and the way he unfolds the clues.
It’s been a while since Jan Karon has written a new novel from her Mitford series. This 10th Mitford story is Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good and includes old favorite and characters. Gentle, comfortable and for readers who like spiritual books.
On the other end of the spectrum is Patricia Cornwell whose newest mystery about medical examiner Kay Scarpetta is Flesh and Blood. Scarpetta investigates a serial sniper whose only clue left at the murder scenes are copper pennies. This 22nd Scarpetta novel is a thrilling read.
Alexander McCall Smith, that wondrous Scots writer, has given fans of the No. One Ladies Detective Agency series, a new reason to be grateful. The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café continues the story of Precious Ramotswe as she tries to solve the mystery of a woman who cannot remember her own identity. Along for the ride in this warm and amusing story is Ms. Ramotswe’s assistant who, in addition to her detecting duties, has opened a restaurant where everything goes wrong. For those who have not dipped into these wonderful books, now is your chance.