Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
by Charles Todd (William Morrow, $25.99) — The bestselling mother-and-son writing team of Caroline Todd and Charles Todd is back for the 16th novel in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series, set in post-World War I England. In this one, the Scotland Yard inspector is investigating the fatal shootings of two men in the Fens outside London. At first, the victims seem unconnected, but Rutledge’s painstaking police work reveals otherwise — leading back to World War I and dredging up traumatic memories and the ghost of a comrade killed in the war.
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•The Secret of Magic
by Deborah Johnson (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $26.95) — This is the author’s second novel, following 2008’sThe Air Between Us
, set in segregated 1960s Mississippi. This one begins in 1946 after World War II. Regina Mary Robichard, just out of law school, is the first woman to work at the NAACP — for Thurgood Marshall, no less. At the request of reclusive author M.P. Calhoun, Regina goes to Mississippi to investigate the murder of a decorated African-American World War II hero. It’s her first trip to the South — and it is an eye-opener.
•The Ways of Evil Men
by Leighton Gage (Soho Crime, $26.95) — This is the seventh and final novel in the Mario Silva series from Gage, who died July 26, 2013. The police procedurals, all set in Brazil, feature Federal Police Chief Inspector Silva and his investigation team. In this one, 39 of the indigenous Awana tribe’s 41 members die from what seems to be poisoning. The lone survivors are a man and his son who were hunting. The man is framed, a local white man is murdered, and there’s corruption, greed and racism. It’s a fitting farewell to the inspector.
— Celeste Williams