Wolitzer, Meg. The Interestings.

NY: Penguin, 2013.

Wolitzer has published close to a dozen novels but her record has been somewhat uneven. This may be one of her best, though, especially to those of us born before 1960. It’s the story of six kids who first come together one evening, aged fifteen and sixteen, in the summer of 1974 at Spirit-in-the-Woods, a determinedly artsy summer camp in the Adirondacks run by a couple of aging Greenwich Villagers.


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Connelly, Michael. The Wrong Side of Goodbye.

NY: Little, Brown, 2016.

Even though he must be pushing seventy now, ex-homicide cop Harry Bosch has spent the last half-dozen episodes in this long-running series fighting hard against retirement. Solving murders and getting justice for the dead is what he does. More, it’s what he is. He spent several years doing cold cases with a gang of other no-longer-active cops, and that taught him a lot — it’s made him “proficient in time travel” — and now he has his private investigator’s ticket, though he doesn’t work at it very hard.


Robinson, Peter. When the Music’s Over.

NY: Morrow, 2016.

This is the 23rd installment in the professional adventures of DCI Alan Banks of East Yorkshire CID and I’m pleased to see that the series continues as strong as ever. Things change, though, and Banks has recently been promoted to Detective Superintendent, which involves more meetings and much more paperwork than he would like. But he’s not going to let that keep him from getting closely involved in his team’s cases, of which there are two this time.


Crombie, Deborah. To Dwell in Darkness.

NY: HarperCollins, 2014.

This is the sixteenth installment in a generally pretty good police procedural mystery series with a British setting, even though it’s written by someone living in McKinney, Texas (not far from my old home). On the last page of the previous volume, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid (who is now married to DI Gemma James, who used to be his sergeant) came back from paternity leave to find his office at Scotland Yard cleared of all his belongings and his usually supportive boss, the chief superintendent, disappeared.


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Rankin, Ian. Flashmarket Alley.

NY: Little, Brown, 2004.

Like most police procedural mystery novels that are written as part of a series, this fifteenth story about DI John Rebus of Edinburgh combines a well-written and complicated multi-thread plot about murder with an investigation of current problems and issues — specifically, this time, illegal immigrants and people-smuggling in Scotland.


Rankin, Ian. Set in Darkness.

NY: St. Martin, 2000.

It’s 1998 and Scotland is about to have its own parliament for the first time in three centuries. What this means for the property development industry in Edinburgh, of course, is publicly funded construction and lots of it, plus all the new commercial office space and luxury flats the new Members of Parliament are going to demand. And much of this is taking place in the professional territory of DI John Rebus, whose patch includes Holyrood House.