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Edited by Lee Child (Simon & Schuster)

Each of the 11 collaborative tales in this high-concept anthology matches a top-rank female thriller writer with a male counterpart. Pairings include Diana Gabaldon (Jamie Fraser) and Steve Berry (Cotton Malone), Lisa Jackson (Regan Pescoli) and John Sandford (Virgil Flowers), and Gayle Lynds (Liz Sansborough) and David Morrell (Rambo).

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No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories

Lee Child (Delacorte)

Among the 12 stories in this collection covering much of vigilante Jack Reacher’s career is “Too Much Time,” the one tale not previously published, in which Reacher witnesses a robbery and deftly halts the thief in small-town Maine. The authorities want a statement, but soon Reacher’s charged with “felonious involvement”—a classic Child mash-up of deduction and action.

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The Marsh King’s Daughter

Karen Dionne (Putnam)

A Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a child born to a monster and an innocent inspired this psychological thriller, Dionne’s hardcover debut. Helen Pelletier, who lives in the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, goes in search of her father, an escaped convict, who kidnapped her mother and kept the young woman captive for years.

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The Good Widow

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke (Lake Union)

Fans of Joy Fielding will appreciate this thriller’s fast pacing and sympathetic main character, a California school teacher who investigates the mysterious death of her husband in a car accident on Maui, in the company of another woman, when he was supposed to be on a business trip to Kansas.

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The Woman from Prague

Rob Hart (Polis)

Hart’s atmospheric fourth Ash McKenna noir takes the amateur PI to Prague, where he meets a latter-day Mephistopheles calling himself Roman and claiming to be an emissary of a shadowy unnamed U.S. government agency. A botched attempt to retrieve a thumb drive plunges Ash and Roman into murky international intrigue and corruption.

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Bibliomysteries: Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores

Edited by Otto Penzler (Pegasus Crime)

Sure to appeal to book lovers, this anthology contains 15 crime stories by such genre heavyweights as Jeffery Deaver, C.J. Box, Thomas H. Cook, Laura Lippman, and Anne Perry.

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The Painted Queen

Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess (Morrow)

Fans of Elizabeth Peters will welcome the late bestselling author’s final volume in her Amelia Peabody series, completed by her friend Joan Hess, author of the Claire Malloy mysteries. Set in Egypt in 1912, the book centers on an iconic Nefertiti bust.

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Party Girls Die in Pearls: An Oxford Girl Mystery

Plum Sykes (Harper)

Fictional Christminster College in 1985 Oxford provides the setting for Sykes’s series launch, a fizzy cocktail of satire and style, in which Ursula Flowerbutton, a spunky first-year student and aspiring reporter from Gloucestershire, becomes instant best friends with a wealthy American heiress—and stumbles on a corpse during her first tutorial.

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Ten Dead Comedians

Fred Van Lente (Quirk)

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None meets a Comedy Central roast in bestselling comics author Van Lente’s mystery debut.

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