The Amazon Books editors' picks of the best paperback mysteries and thrillers releasing in March.
While hardcover releases typically get the most review attention, we're happy to point out that there are plenty of gems to be found among the new mysteries and thrillers releasing in paperback this month. There's a copycat killer terrifying the wife of a jailed serial killer, technology baffling an old-school detective, murder masquerading as suicide in a small town, and two desperate mothers laying claim to the same lost child in an even smaller town, just before World War I.
A Killer's Wife by Victor Methos
The author of The Neon Lawyer is back, with A Killer’s Wife, a psychological thriller with a legal thriller at its heart. Jessica Yardley's past appears to be catching up with her when the FBI asks her to get involved in the hunt for the person behind a rash of homicides, homicides that appear to be the work of a copycat killer. The problem is, the copycat appears to be modeling the brutal murders on murders committed by Jessica's ex-husband, Eddie, murders for which Eddie is serving a long prison sentence. Are the copycat kills a brutal valentine from the man who ripped her life apart or is there a new, even greater, danger in Jessica's life?
Hide Away by Jason Pinter
Crime follows Rachel Marin everywhere. Even when a crime shatters her life and she changes her identity and moves to a small Illinois town, the former town mayor ends up dead and it's down to Rachel to prove it was murder, not suicide. But her genius for investigation drives a wedge between her and the local detectives assigned to the case. In fact, the more she uncovers about the mayor and his demise, the more danger she is in, from both the law and the killer. And the more of a target she becomes, the harder it is to keep her terrifying past from being exposed. Strong characters and a few intriguing twists will keep readers flipping the pages until the end in this, the first in a new series.
Lost Boy Found by Kirsten Alexander
In 1913, on a summer's day at Half Moon Lake, Louisiana, the mysterious disappearance of four-year-old Sonny Davenport from the family's lake house makes front-page news in their home town of Opelousas. For two years, his wealthy parents search across the South, and just when all hope seems lost, their boy is found in the company of a homeless man. But then, an unwed farm worker from Alabama steps forward to claim the boy is hers. As the homeless man's kidnapping trial begins, two heartbroken mothers fight over the boy, and the people of Opelousas are divided over whose side to take. With a bound-in reading group guide, this beautifully written historical is perfect for book clubs.
The Safety Net by Andrea Camilleri
Technologies of the past and present pose challenges for Inspector Montalbano in The Safety Net. After a middle school is invaded by armed gunmen, making it necessary for Montalbano to cut short a visit with his girlfriend, his suspicion falls on the students at the school and he must take on a task he's put off until now: getting to grips with social media. Meanwhile, the town of Vigàta is overrun as it becomes the new filming location for a Swedish television series set in 1950. When locals are asked for vintage movies and photographs of Vigàta, Montalbano becomes intrigued by the discovery of films—shot on the same day each year, at the same location—and what the motivation was behind them.
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