Mysteries range with variety of plots

Mysteries range from romantic, to detective to “cozy” with several new books!

A televised ballroom dance competition gets deadly in Ella Barrick’s “The Homicide Hustle.”

A perfect opportunity to get some extra business for Stacy’s ballroom dance studio, Graysin Motion, comes when “Ballroom with the B-Listers” comes to Washington, D.C. And it’s just extra icing on the cake that Stacy’s teen heartthrob crush, Zane Savage, is to be her partner! This throws her sister into a jealous frenzy, always wanting to see Zane too, and the scheduling is intense, but Stacy is ready to dodge the paparazzi and enjoy herself. But when one of the show’s producers is found dead in the Potomac River, everything screams foul play and murder and suddenly everyone is a suspect. With danger all around her, has Stacy danced her last dance?

This is a fun mystery series that mixes ballroom with a witty would-be detective that “jives” with plenty of twists and turns!

“The Homicide Hustle” is published by Obsidian. It is $7.99 and 291 pages long.

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A working-class detective who was attacked by a killer tries to track the culprit down in “The Dark Winter” by David Mark.

Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy is a bit of a joke in the police force. A large, imposing figure, his personality is one of a much smaller person, and he would rather be working cases from his desk on his computer than out on the field. He is attacked by a killer when he stumbles upon one of the victims, and his fellow officers look on him with a bit of disdain. But McAvoy is determined to track down the killer and prove to his wife and son what kind of man he is. Will he succeed or will he fall to the killer’s knife this time?

This British takes an unlikely hero and makes him a likable character that readers will want to succeed.

“The Dark Winter” is published by Plume. It is $15 and 292 pages long.

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No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts delivers a story of romantic suspense in “Whiskey Beach.”

Eli Landon has returned to his family’s homestead Bluff House on Whiskey Beach to get away from his life. He has spent a year in the public eye, after being the prime suspect in his soon-to-be ex-wife’s murder. Though he was never arrested, he went through plenty of police scrutiny and that of his community. After leaving his job as a lawyer, he is determined to spend some time as a writer and work through his complex emotions.

Enter Abra Walsh, a young woman who has helped take care of his grandmother, amid her other many odd jobs. Abra’s free spirit intrigues Eli, and soon the two begin dating. But when Abra is attacked at Bluff House and the town begins to look at Eli again, he starts to wonder, has his past caught up with him?

Romantic suspense fans will enjoy this story of second chances, murder and homecoming.

“Whiskey Beach” is published by Putnam. It is $27.95 and 484 pages long.

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