Mystery novels gain a new layer from their settings: a mystery set in New York City will have a very different feeling from one set in a cozy English town, or even from one set in a town upstate. Mysteries set in the wilderness carry an extra edge to them. So far from civilization, everything becomes more dangerous, turning what could be an ordinary murder into something far more terrifying.
By JP Gritton
Tin House Books, $15.95, 246 pages
JP Gritton’s Wyoming may not have a murder, but set in Wyoming of 1988, it certain has the edge that the American West always has and always will. Shelley Cooper has no job, no wife, and fifty pounds of marijuana his brother wants him to drive to Houston. Since that’s the only opportunity he has, he takes it with both hands. The way out goes as well as he could expect. The way back, however, is anything but.
The Twenty-ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra
By Alex Messenger
Blackstone Publishing, $25.99, 272 pages
A Bold Gamble at Lake Tahoe: Crime and Corruption in a Casino’s Evolution
By Doresa Banning
Doresa-Ellen Banning, $14.95, 247 pages
Thin Ice: A Mystery
By Paige Shelton
Minotaur Books, $26.99, 288 pages
Tracking Game: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery
By Margaret Mizushima
Crooked Lane Books, $26.99, 282 pages
Mattie Cobb returns in the fifth book in Margaret Mizushima’s Timber Creek K-9 mysteries, Tracking Game. After an explosion outside a community dance, Mattie finds the body of one Nate Fletcher, but she soon learns he was killed by gunshots. Not long after, another man in shot in the mountains. Toss in a deadly predator on the loose and the grit that comes from living in a secluded mountain town, and you’ve got a mystery you won’t be able to put aside.