May is Mystery Month!
To celebrate we have added two international writers new to our shelves. Charles Cummings, a Scottish writer recruited by MI6, offers compelling, modern espionage stories. His newest and third book in the Thomas Kell Series, A Divided Spy, is intricately-plotted counter espionage involving a Russian spy, with an underlying theme of loyalty versus conscience.
The second is a French female writer whose pseudonym is Fred Vargas. Her police procedurals have won three International Dagger Awards from the Crime Writers Association-the first author to achieve such an honor. A Climate of Fear is Vargas’s most recently published book in the US in her Commissaire Adamsberg series. The series is not a hard-hitting police procedural, but a highly intellectual, nuanced approach with Adamsberg as an enigmatic, quirky crime solver in Paris.
Other Notables: Philip Kerr’s WW II Prussian Blue was a finalist for the 2018 Edgar Award. His newest, published posthumously in April, Greeks Bearing Gifts, is on our shelf. Another finalist for this year’s Edgar Award was Abir Mukherjee’s A Rising Man, a crime novel about Anglo-Indian history. He has just published a second novel about the British Raj in 1920, entitled A Necessary Evil, also on our shelf. Mukherjee, a son of Indian immigrants, grew up in Scotland.
–Janis Murcic, Circulation Manager and Volunteer Coordinator