This week, grab an unusual new mystery by J.K. Rowling, centering on a British veteran investigating the death of a famous model. Can’t get your hands on her new book? Then explore these other thrillers by noted authors. From the streets of Paris to Oslo, there are dozens of interesting mysteries and characters that you may not have discovered—yet.
On Your Kindle
The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith
When news broke that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling had written a new thriller under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, I was immediately determined to get my hands on it. Protagonist Cormoran Strike is an Afghan war veteran working as a private investigator who becomes entangled in the mysterious death of a famous model. Was it suicide, as the police say—or was it something else? I must not be the only one who is intrigued.
If you want to read The Cuckoo’s Calling now, an ebook is your best bet: Hardcover versions are sold out or backordered at several retailers.
On Your Smartphone
“Anne Holt’s Top 10 Female Detectives,” The Guardian
In this fun piece for British newspaper The Guardian, Norwegian author Anne Holt lists her favorite female detective characters. If you’re new to mystery novels and crime thrillers, Holt’s list is a great starting place to discover new books. From Modesty Blaise to Annika Bengtzon, this list embraces quirky and unconventional heroines.
On a Podcast
News broke this week that one of Russia’s famed “Night Witch” pilots, 91-year old Nadezhda Popova, had died. The “Night Witches” were Russian female pilots who flew wood and canvas planes on nighttime missions over Nazi Germany; their German counterparts nicknamed them the “Night Witches” because of the distinctive sounds of their fragile planes. Listen to this NPR story to discover more about Popova and her real-life daring.
Murder in the Marais, by Cara Black
This gritty series, anchored by protagonist Aimee Leduc, is set in a Paris that tourists never see. After she is approached to help identify a 1940s-era photograph, Aimee discovers that her elderly client is has been murdered and that a swastika has been carved into her forehead. The first novel of the series, this story touches on the Holocaust and horrors inflicted on Paris’s Jewish community, historically located in the Marais neighborhood. Fans of Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander will enjoy the tough and unsentimental Aimee.