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Winter is a perfect time of year to lose yourself in a good novel. Pick up a new suspenseful book from the Litchfield Library and you may find the hours flying by while you turn the pages.

“Reckless Girls” by Rachel Hawkins is a psychological thriller set in the South Pacific. A couple from Hawaii take a job sailing two women to remote Meroe Island. They arrive to find another boat there, with a rich, stylish couple living in it. The six of them settle in to enjoy life off the grid, until a suspicious stranger arrives who disrupts the peace of the group. Secrets, lies, and disappearances ensue.

“Robert B. Parker’s Bye Bye Baby” is the 50th book in the Spenser mystery series. Ace Atkins has been writing the series since Robert B. Parker died in 2010. In this new book, Boston private investigator Spenser is hired to help with security for a young, progressive congresswoman facing numerous death threats. An FBI agent warns Spenser that the political star may be facing a credible threat, possibly from someone within an extremist group called The Minutemen.

“Find Me” is a new mystery/thriller by Alafair Burke. Burke is both a novelist and a professor of law, and she is the daughter of crime novelist James Lee Burke. In this suspenseful new novel, a woman suffering from amnesia for fifteen years goes missing, the only clue at the scene a drop of blood matching the DNA of a notorious murderer from across the country. Her best friend, a New York attorney, reaches out to a homicide detective from Kansas who has a connection to that murderer’s case. Together they search for answers in this story full of twists and turns.

David Guterson is known for his award-winning first novel “Snow Falling on Cedars.” His latest novel is “The Final Case,” a literary legal thriller. In a small town in Washington State, an Ethiopian girl adopted by a white fundamentalist family is found dead of hypothermia in her backyard. A criminal attorney in his 80s takes on the defense of the mother when she’s charged with murder. The attorney’s son drives his father to the rural area each day to work on what will be the final case of his career, and the son narrates this gracefully-written story.

PJ Tracy is the pseudonym of the mother-daughter writing duo PJ and Traci Lambrecht, the bestselling and award-winning authors of the Monkeewrench series. PJ Lambrecht died in 2016, and her daughter Traci is continuing to write alone under the PJ Tracy name. In addition to continuing the Monkeewrench series, which is set in Minnesota, she has begun a new thriller series featuring Detective Margaret Nolan, set in Los Angeles. The second book in that series, “Desolation Canyon,” was just published in January.

Author Elizabeth George has a long-running mystery series featuring Inspector Lynley. The latest is “Something to Hide.” Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, investigate the death of a police detective who had been working on a special task force in a Nigerian community in London.

“One Step Too Far” is Lisa Gardner’s newest mystery/thriller, a sequel to her novel “Before She Disappeared.” This installation finds Frankie Elkin searching for a young man who has gone missing in a national forest in Wyoming.

While we’re still in the deep freeze of winter, suspenseful books can make life a little bit more exciting. To find more mysteries and thrillers, search the subjects “thrillers,” “detective and mystery fiction,” and “mystery fiction” in the Pioneerland catalog, or ask library staff for assistance.

— Beth Cronk is Meeker County Librarian, overseeing Pioneerland Library System facilities in Litchfield, Cosmos, Dassel and Grove City.


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