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Highly Recommended Reading: Ann Cleeves's Shetland Island Mysteries

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I'm totally hooked on reading the Shetland Island mysteries by Ann Cleeves. I've churned through the first three in the series and have been highly entertained, and completely surprised, by each book. The protagonist in the books is Inspector Jimmy Perez. Perez is a native of the islands, which are part of the U.K. and celebrate cultural influences from both Scotland and Scandinavia. Cleeves neatly shows us the uniqueness of the Shetland Islands without letting that background dominate the story; and the story here is murder.

The three books in the series that I've read thus far are Raven Black, White Nights, and Red Bones. All three have great atmosphere, the right balance of suspense and character development, and characters to care about. If you like books by Louise Penny or Martha Grimes, I suspect you'll like these books, too. If you've never heard of Penny or Grimes, but enjoy reading a cozy-style mystery where the featured police detective uses his unique sk…

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Cool Blue: Winter in the Desert by A.S. Dixon

Recommended Reading: The Trespasser by Tana French

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What is it that I think I know? And, am I right?

These are the questions Dublin Murder Squad Detective Antoinette Conway must ask as she and her partner, Steve Moran, investigate when a woman is found dead in an apartment, surrounded by all the elements for hosting a cozy dinner party for two. Conway and Moran work the night shift where they catch an endless series of cases in which one spouse murders the other; domestic cases which, as their boss knows, make Conway mad, and which, professionally speaking, are not particularly challenging to investigate. Now their boss - the gaffer in Dublin speak - has handed them this case, one that appears to be yet another "slam-dunk domestic." But is it?

In addition to the case, the gaffer also gives Conway and Moran backup, an experienced murder squad detective named Breslin. The two partners dislike the implication that they need help to clear the case. And Conway has additional concerns. She wonders if Breslin is on board as part of …

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Early One Morning in France by A.S. Dixon