Monday, November 19, 2007

Three new mysteries

Mysteries are one of the most popular types of books in the library, and people often follow the exploits of a particular detective or police official. But sometimes it's good to try something new.

The Art Thief is the debut novel of Noah Charney, the founding director of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA). His richly detailed novel about three simultaneous art thefts - in Rome, Paris and London - and the common threads that connect these crimes will please anyone interested in complex plots and beautiful settings.

Noble Lies, by Charles Benoit, involves a Desert Storm vet working as a bouncer in Thailand. He takes on a job helping an American woman find her missing brother (the 2004 tsunami is a background character in the novel), but runs afoul of some Thai gangsters. What follows is fast-paced action and lots of plot twists.

Set in the colorful community of Provincetown, Massachusetts, High Season starts with the discovery of a murdered TV evangelist (decked out in a dress and wig) and escalates into a series of murders that has the entire Cape on edge. Local readers will enjoy this Jon Loomis mystery set in a seaside tourist town a little like Ketchikan (well, not much like Ketchikan. But there's boats. And tourists. And seafood.)

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