The Return of Faraz Ali by Aamina Ahmad—A murder and a cover-up in 1960s Pakistan

Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders by Tessa Arlen—A charming cozy mystery set during the Blitz

April in Spain (Quirke #8) by John Banville—Quirke is back in a new historical murder mystery

The Pictures by Guy Bolton—A thriller about corruption in Hollywood during its Golden Era

Yesterday’s Spy by Tom Bradby—A gripping spy novel set amid an Iranian coup

Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch #14) by Michael Connelly—A fast-moving tale of murder and human trafficking

Now May You Weep (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #9) by Deborah Crombie—One of my favorite English mystery writers is  . . . a Texan?

Typhoon by Charles Cumming—A right-wing Washington cabal seeks to destabilize China

BOX 88 (BOX 88 #1) by Charles Cumming—A top-secret Anglo American spy agency

Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe (Mistress Jaffrey #1) by Kathy Lynn Emerson—Intrigue and murder in Elizabeth’s court

The Harbor (Kørner and Werner #3) by Katrine Engberg—A Nordic crime novel that’s not about a serial killer

Mala Vida by Marc Fernandez—The ghost of Francisco Franco haunts Spain today

The Letter Writer by Dan Fesperman—Nazi saboteurs, the Mafia, and crooked cops

Hornet Flight by Ken Follett—The Danish Resistance and a secret Nazi base

A Death of No Importance (Jane Prescott #1) by Mariah Fredericks—A mine disaster, and a murder, in this Gilded Age mystery

Something to Hide (Inspector Lynley #21) by Elizabeth George—Inspector Lynley confronts a terrible crime against women

Agent in Berlin (Wolf Pack #1) by Alex Gerlis—A new series about British spies in Nazi Germany

The Confession by John Grisham—Why do so many people buy John Grisham’s books?

Sparring Partners (Jake Brigance #4) by John Grisham—John Grisham depicts lawyers behaving badly

The Case of the Missing Servant (Vish Puri #1 of 5) by Tarquin Hall—Indian private eye Vish Puri is the best, he thinks

Rock of Ages (Junior Bender #8) by Timothy Hallinan—Murder and other misbehavior on a rock and roll tour

Bad Actors (Slough House #8) by Mick Herron—Mischief and misadventure in abundance at Slough House

A Burnable Book (John Gower #1 of 2) by Bruce Holsinger—A plot to assassinate the king in medieval England

A Cold Red Sunrise (Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov #5) by Stuart M. Kaminsky—A historical mystery about a murder above the Arctic Circle

The Man Who Walked Like a Bear (Porfiry Rostnikov #6) by Stuart M. Kaminsky—An honest detective confronts reality in Soviet Russia

Stardust by Joseph Kanon—Intrigue among German emigrés in postwar Hollywood

The Berlin Exchange by Joseph Kanon—An ingenious tale about a spy swap in East Berlin

Midnight at Malabar House by Vaseem Khan—A compelling murder mystery set in India after Partition

Silverview by John le Carré—A nostalgic look at espionage from John le Carré

The Galton Case (Lew Archer #8 of 18) by Ross MacDonald—A classic detective novel that’s hard to put down

The Leveling (Mark Sava #2) by Dan Mayland—A compelling tale of intrigue in Central Asia

The Double Comfort Safari Club (#1 Ladies Detective Agency #11) by Alexander McCall Smith—About cakes, cattle, and the passing of the old ways

The German Client (Bacci Pagano #6) by Bruno Morchio—An outstanding novel about the Italian Resistance in World War II

The War Widow (Billie Walker #1) by Tara Moss—An Australian private eye stumbles into a big mystery

The Bangalore Detectives Club (Kaveri and Ramu #1) by Harini Nagendra—A murder case crosses class and caste lines in 1921 Bangalore

Take No Names by Daniel Nieh—International intrigue and the world’s rarest gems

Overboard (V. I. Warshawski #22) by Sara Paretsky—V. I. Warshawski finds Chicago cops running wild

The Devil’s Novice (Brother Cadfael #8) by Ellis Peters—A medieval mystery opens a window on 12th century England

Death of a Red Heroine (Inspector Chen #1) by Qiu Xiaolong—A gripping Chinese police procedural

Children of the Street (Darko Dawson #2) by Kwei Quartey—An outstanding African police procedural about a serial killer

Murder at Cape Three Points (Darko Dawson #3) by Kwei Quartey—A captivating murder mystery set in Ghana

A Heart Full of Headstones (Inspector Rebus #24) by Ian Rankin—Inspector Rebus returns. Is it his last case?

A Grave in Gaza (Omar Yussef #2 of 4) by Matt Rees—Murder in the shadow of the Palestinian Intifada

Girl, Forgotten (Andrea Oliver #2) by Karin Slaughter—Shocks abound in the newest Karin Slaughter thriller

The Matchmaker: A Spy in Berlin by Paul Vidich—A dangerous spy game in Berlin before the fall of the Wall

A Sunlit Weapon (Maisie Dobbs #17) by Jacqueline Winspear—Maisie Dobbs meets Eleanor Roosevelt

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