Three of my favorite mystery writers, Linda Fairstein, Marcia Clark, and Tarquin Hall published books recently. All are the reliable reads you’d expect from these bestselling authors.
Night Watch by Linda Fairstein
Fairstein’s well-oiled formula is crime solving amid the historic, political, or cultural landscape of NYC (entertaining and educational.)
In Night Watch, Alexandra Cooper, head of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan, and her sidekicks NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace solve a crime in the high-end restaurant world in which Alex’s new boyfriend is a prominent figure.
The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall
In the third of the excellent Vish Puri series, India’s Most Private Investigator finds himself immersed in the peculiar worlds of cricket, illegal gambling, and competitive moustacheing.
For the first time, the novel includes a selection of Mouthwatering Dishes from The Vish Puri Family Kitchen such as “Mummy’s Most Excellent Punjabi Curry.” And as always, the glossary of Hindi words and phrases is enjoyable (and necessary) reading.
Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark
This newish series featuring Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight and her colleague and drinking buddy Detective Bailey Keller is a winning combination of courtroom drama and police procedural. The novels are a bit chick (channeling Fairstein,) but the plots are unsurprisingly authentic given the author’s D.A. creds.
In Guilt by Degrees, Knight’s routine defense of a homeless man accused of murder veers off in dangerous directions.