“The Forgotten Affairs of Youth” by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon, $24.95)
In this latest installment of the beloved Isabel Dalhousie series, the inquisitive heroine helps a new friend from Australia who is seeking to learn the identity of her biological father, once a student in Edinburgh. Believing that only the examined life is worth living, Isabel’s relentless search leads her to question whether the forgotten affairs of youth should be left in the past or whether the memories lead us to a better understanding of the present.
“Red Mist” by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $32.50)
As this 19th novel in the bestselling series opens, chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is driving to the Georgia Prison for Women to meet with an inmate who is a convicted sex offender and mother of a vicious killer. Scarpetta is seeking information about a string of grisly killings that she believes may be linked to the murder of her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding. As she discovers connections, she also uncovers a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential international terrorism -- which only she can stop.
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