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Stef Penney (2008) The Tenderness of Wolves: A Novel.

Stef Penney's haunting debut casts the frigid isolation of Scottish immigrants living on the late 19th-century Canadian frontier. In this harsh, unforgiving environment a seventeen-year old boy disappears the same day his mother discovers the scalped body of his friend. The gripping story reveals a complex web of human desires, motivations, and relationships.

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Kathy Reichs (2012) Bones Are Forever: A Novel.

Kathy Reichs, like her fictional character, Temperance Brennan, is forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec, Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina. Obviously, she knows what she is writing about. She also keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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R.J. Parker (2013) Serial Killers Case Files.

Parker superbly portrays the minds of madmen and madwomen. His concise, yet informative, descriptions include several unsolved cases. He also writes about atrocities committed by women and medical doctors.

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Kathy Reichs (2005) Monday Mourning.

It is not easy for forensic scientist Tempe Brennan to work with the chauvinist detectives Luc Claudel and Andrew Ryan, to whom she is sexually attracted. When the skeletons of three women are found in the basement of a pizzeria she suspects murder, while the detectives seem to be strangely indifferent. As a forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs knows what she is writing about.

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Louise Penny (2009) The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel.

The body of an unknown old man turns up in a village bistro. Chief Inspector Gamache tracks down the murderer among the mildly eccentric locals - sidetracking into cooking, antiques, lifestyle portraits, travel, and the arts.

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L. R. Wright (1995) A Touch of Panic (Karl Alberg Mysteries, No. 6)

A must-read for fans of pschological mysteries.

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Joan Hall Hovey (2000) Nowhere To Hide.

Ellen Morgan, still recovering from the premature death of her husband, is devastated when her younger sister is brutally murdered. She challenges the killer on a TV show and sets in motion a hunt that will send chills up your spine. A frightning look into the mind of a serial killer.

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L.R. Wright (2008) The Suspect (Karl Alberg Mysteries, No. 1)

The first Canadian novelist to win an Edgar award has crafted a disturbing small-town crime mystery with psychological depth.

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