Lesa Holstine

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Antiques Ravin’

Fans of J.C. Eaton’s “Sophie Kimball” books may want to try this series with another hapless daughter seeking to control her mother’s eccentricities.

Gone Too Long

This compelling, issue-oriented story by Edgar Award–winning author Roy (Bent Road) is a creepy, eerie account of a young girl and a community held hostage by the Klan. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]
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At Home in the Dark

While the selection of authors is appealing, readers and libraries may balk at the price. Because the quality varies, and there are only 17 stories, the Akashic “Noir” collections may be preferable.

The Body in the Wake

Traditional yet timely, this mystery also confronts the opioid crisis head-on in a dramatic, disturbing way. [See Prepub Alert, 11/5/18.]
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Breaking the Dance

While the first in the series was fast paced and charming, this second entry drags. The two amateur spies are lovable, but only readers determined to keep up with Finn and Hollis will finish this long-winded book.

Night Watch

Fans of James R. Benn’s “Billy Boyle” novels will appreciate this fast-paced, intense story by the Edgar Award–nominated author of Night Life and Night Work. The action-packed account of investigations into the controversial CIA experiments is suspenseful and frightening.
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Have Your Ticket Punched by Frank James

St. Louis comes to life in this sequel to Mayhem at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. However, Jemmy is too young, makes too many mistake s as an amateur sleuth, and isn’t even sure she wants to be a reporter. Readers looking for historical mysteries featuring young women striving to make it in the newspaper world may want to try Alyssa Maxwell’s “Emma Cross” stories set in the same time period.
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Sconed to Death

The most intriguing aspect of this story is the writers’ retreat itself. Although the writers themselves are not suspect, they add freshness and new relationships to the series. Fans of Lucy Arlington’s “Novel Idea” mysteries may want to enter the writing world from another angle.
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Dusk Along the Niobrara

The frontier mystery fits the Western trope of the stranger who rides into town, cleans it up by defeating the bad guys, and moves on. This atmospheric tale can be shared with fans of Westerns and the movie Shane.

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