This month readers will see new growth on several long-running popular mystery series.
Donna Leon's "Beastly Things" is the 21st novel in her Commissario Guido Brunetti series. Venetian police inspector Brunetti's case involves an unidentified murdered corpse found in a canal. The investigation leads him to a nearby slaughterhouse and to contemplation of human kindness.
Anne Perry began her Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series in the 1980s. The mysteries are set in Victorian England. In "Dorchester Terrace" (no. 27) a newly-promoted Thomas Pitt investigates a possible mole within Britain's Special Branch.
Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series is set in WWII-era Berlin. Series entry number eight is "Prague Fatale." Gunther travels to Prague to investigate a murder at a gathering of high-ranking Nazi Party members. You can meet Mr. Kerr in person at Library HQ on April 24th.
On a lighter note, "Miss Julia to the Rescue" is the thirteenth in Ann B. Ross's cozy mystery series. Miss Julia is a proper Southern lady confronted with wacky trouble. In this installment Miss Julia struggles with redecorating, mistaken identity, and mysterious cult members. Ms. Ross will be at Library HQ on April 12 for a book signing and discussion.
Rita Mae Brown and her Mrs. Murphy series reach a milestone this year with number 20 - "The Big Cat Nap." Heroine Mary Minor Haristeen aka "Harry" solves mysteries in the Virginia countryside with the help of her pets.
Whatever type of mystery you prefer, you'll find something new to enjoy at the library.
--Jennifer A., Headquarters