In the new Inspector Banks novel by Peter Robinson, Sleeping in the Ground, a wedding goes bloody wrong, literally. Although the perpetrator is caught, Banks thinks there’s more to it. And of course, there is! If you aren’t familiar with Inspector Banks and his colleagues in Yorkshire, get thee to a bookseller!
When psychologist Alex Delaware is called to the scene of a crime, you know the homicide is kinky or quirky. In Jonathan Kellerman’s latest novel, Night Moves, the disfigured body of a stranger appears in the living room of an upscale LA home. Since bodies don’t typically turn up on the doorstep like errant Fed Exp packages, the LAPD is instantly suspicious, despite the family’s insistence that they have no idea who the stranger is. It’s up to Delaware and his colleague LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to get to the bottom of it. Classic Kellerman.
Former steeplechase jockey and prolific author Dick Francis died in 2010, but his son took over the family franchise. Like Francis I, the Felix Francis novels are set in the competitive British horse racing world. Not quite as good as dad’s but serviceable. For the real deal, track down any of Francis I’s forty or so novels, many still in print.