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Archive for March 30th, 2010

The sky is gray. It is cold and wet. Everywhere, there is mud and more mud.  Another mountain spring has arrived to Teton Valley. One way to keep warm is a good mystery novel. Dark Horse Books has been slowly expanding its mystery inventory. There are mysteries to appeal a wide variety of fans. There are cozy, historical, forensic, detective, and foreign mysteries. Below is a snippet of a few books here at the store.

The Valley of Fear  by A.C. Doyle Personally, the lurid cover reminiscent of pulp fiction would be reason enough to buy this book. However, this final Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is considered one of his best works. The novel comes in three parts. In the first part, Sherlock Holmes arrives at a manor house to late to save the murder victim. The second part is a  flashback to an incident involving a Pinkerton agent in Chicago. In a third part, both stories come together and help Holmes solve the case.

Fear the Worst by Lincoln Barclay.  The story begins with the first chilling sentence. “The morning of the day I lost her, my daughter asked me to scramble her some eggs.”  Thus begins the story of  Tim Blake. He is an average guy dealing with all the failures of life. Then his teenage daughter goes missing. Tim may be down, but he is not out. He is not going to give up on his daughter. Lincoln Barclay is a bestselling suspense writer in England and many of the US top suspense writers claim to be fans.

The Wrong Kind of Blood by Declan Hughes This book was winner of the Shamus Award for best first novel. Irish poet and playwright, Declan Hughes, vividly recreates the sights and sounds of modern Dublin. After 20 years in L.A, private investigator, Ed Loy returns to his native city of Dublin after his mother’s death. Ed Loy finds his childhood home has changed dramatically and that LA did not prepare him for the evil of the Irish underworld.

Malice by Lisa Jackson New Orleans detective Rick Bentz has been on the edge. But when he starts to see his dead wife, Jennifer, he fears for his sanity. Returning to Los Angeles, where Jennifer died, Rick hopes to find answers. Instead, the murders begin.

The Reincarnationist by M.J. Rose This novel is the basis for a new tv series, Past Life. There are free sample chapters available at the bookstore. Photojournalist, Josh Ryder, nearly dies in a bomb explosion in Rome. When he recovers, he is not the same man.  He remembers intense, violent memories from the ancient past. Searching for answers leads Josh to a research foundation. However, the murders of the past are about to become the murders of the present.

A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly. Hamby does an extraordinary job of recreating 1833 New Orleans. The hero is a Benjamin January, a free man of color. January is an educated man with medical training. Allegedly he has rights under the code of laws. But when a notorious octoroon is strangled, he is the perfect scapegoat for the murder.

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