Once Upon a Crime

by Marie B.

September has just begun, but fall is already on the horizon.  What comes to mind for you when you think of autumn?  Perhaps it’s crunching through piles of colorful leaves, or the first frost.  Is it enjoying (or avoiding) pumpkin spice everything?  For my part, I think of hunkering down with a cup of tea, a fuzzy blanket, and a mystery or thriller.

In House Witness, the 12th entry in Mike Lawson’s wryly-funny Joe DeMarco political thrillers, DeMarco finds himself working a very personal case.  There are plenty of witnesses to the murder of the illegitimate son of DeMarco’s employer.  Soon, though, it becomes clear that someone is engaged in witness tampering and DeMarco races against time to prevent an injustice.  Start the series with The Inside Ring. For more action-packed adventure, try Lawson’s Kay Hamilton series.

Collecting the Dead by Spencer Kope introduces readers to Steps Craig of the FBI’s Special Tracking Unit.  Steps is especially good at finding serial killers, but he has a secret weapon in his synesthesia.   In this intricately-plotted mystery, as the victims stack up, suspense mounts, and Craig and his partner race against time to unmask the killer.  Reviewers have favorably compared Steps Craig to Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher.

Gale Force is Owen Laukkanen’s latest novel of suspense.  In it, a young tugboat captain – who just happens to be a woman – risks everything on a job that could turn things around for her and her crew.  What she doesn’t know is that there is something so valuable in the freighter that others would kill for it.  Fans of edge-of-your-seat suspense will also enjoy Laukkanen’s Stevens & Windermere series. Start with The Professionals.

Alice K. Boatwright’s charming amateur sleuth Ellie Kent makes her debut in Under an English Heaven.  In this perfectly cozy first, the Californian moves to a small English village as the handsome vicar’s new bride.  After discovering a body in the churchyard, Ellie is dismayed to learn that she is the chief suspect.  Naturally, Ellie must conduct her own investigation to clear her name.

What could be better than reading a good novel of suspense or mystery?  How about meeting the author?







Oak Harbor Library presents Once upon a Crime, a series of author events in October where readers can meet all four of these fantastic authors.  Authors will talk about their books and writing, and will take some questions from the audience.  The Book Rack will provide book sales for interested customers, and authors will sign books following their program.  All programs begin at 2:00 p.m.

What are you looking forward to reading this fall?

Share your to-read list with us in the comments below.

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5 responses to “Once Upon a Crime”

  1. Erin L. says:

    “Lethal White”, the new Cormoran Strike mystery by Robert Galbraith aka J,K, Rowling is coming out soon. I don’t usually go for modern crime mysteries as I’m more attracted to historical anything but these have been enjoyable. The main character is scruffy and flawed but good at heart.

    • Marie B. says:

      Thanks for sharing this news, Erin. I’ve enjoyed the Cormoran Strike mysteries, too. Lethal White is available in the Sno-Isle Libraries catalog, so interested readers can place holds now.

  2. Sheila says:

    Is there a crime novel set in Florence Italy?

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