R.A. Clipping File — Mysteries

Several recent articles highlight reviewers’ picks of new mysteries.

All titles are owned in the libraries I checked. The only two that have significantly more holds than copies are Prepared for Rage and The Silver Swan.


Slip of the Knife, Denise Mina

  • Hardcover: $24.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (February 13, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 031601558X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316015585

The Wall Street JournalBookmarks” column says, “The plot of Slip of the Knife is as full of tension and suspense as one might wish, but the book’s real pleasure is in the writing.” This is the third novel by Mina. Her previous title The Dead Hour (Little, Brown, 2006) was an Edgar nominee.



Special Assignments, Boris Akunin

  • Paperback:$14.00
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (February 12, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0812978609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812978605

The second title in the Wall Street JournalBookmarks” column presents two short mysteries about a late-19th-century Moscow government detective featured in other Akunin novels. He is “an unmasker of conspiracies and a master of secret investigations.”



Moonlight Downs, Adrian Hyland

  • Hardcover: $24.00
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (February 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1569474834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569474839

The Philadelphia Inquirer says Hyland’s debut novel is a “delightful, engaging book that remains true to the venerable amateur-sleuth tradition even as it explores a world that will be new to many Australians, to say nothing of readers on the other side of the world.” They also warn, “Soho’s cover, haunting and dark, is evocative of just a few passages in the novel, whose characteristic mood is lighter and more boisterously good-natured.”


The Silver Swan, Benjamin Black

  • Hardcover:$25.00
  • Publisher: Henry Holt (March 4, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0805081534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805081534
  • Audio CD: $34.95
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged (March 4, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1427202893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427202895

The Christian Science Monitor enthuses that The Silver Swan, the “second Irish potboiler [after 2007’s Christine Falls] starring Dublin pathologist Garret Quirke” is “a satisfying blend of the muck, and pluck, of the Irish…The author knows 1950s Dublin inside and out and the narrative drives onward with pitch-perfect passages, reminding the reader of the capable hands steering him toward resolution.” Black is a psuedonym for John Banville. It was also featured in the Baltimore Sun earlier this month.

USA Today rounds up “five new pulse-pounding thrillers” about terrorism. The annotations are so short that it would amount to copyright infringement to quote them, so click through to the article for specifics. The first three titles were also covered in a piece on “The Return of Spy Fiction” in The Barnes & Noble Review.


The Ghost War, Alex Berenson

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (February 12, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0399154531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399154539
  • Audio CD:$39.95
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged (February 12, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0143142852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143142850


The Prince of Bagram Prison, Alex Carr

  • Paperback:$14.00
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (March 11, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0812977092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812977097


The Amateur Spy, Dan Fesperman

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Knopf (March 4, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1400044677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400044672


Prepared for Rage, Dana Stabenow

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur (February 5, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0312369735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312369736
  • Audio CD: $39.95
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (February 5, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1427202974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427202970


    Judas Horse, April Smith

    • Hardcover: $23.95
    • Publisher: Knopf (February 12, 2008)
    • ISBN-10: 1400042054
    • ISBN-13: 978-1400042050

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