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Ngaio Marsh (1999) Vintage Murder. (First published 1936)

This classical British murder mystery features Inspector Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard on vacation in New Zealand. Alleyn travels by train together with Carolyn Dacres, celebrated actress, and her theatrical company. When an after-performance celebration of the actors turns deadly the local small-town police is glad to have Inspector Alleyn at their help.

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Guillermo Martinez (2005) The Oxford Murders.

An old lady, who worked on the Enigma Code during WWII, is found murdered in Oxford, UK. Arthur Seldom, logician and author of a book on the mathematics of serial killings solves the case - and others that soon pile up - with mathematical precision. Gödel's theorem, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, and Wittgenstein's paradox are discussed, but do not break the thrill or fast pace of the book. A cerebral mystery novel.

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Steve Martini (2009) Shadow of Power: A Paul Madriani Novel.

The US Constitution still has language defining African-Americans as three-fifths human. An author has used this clause as the main topic of a new provocative book, triggering racial riots. When he is bludgeoned to death, a neo-Nazi is suspected of his murder. Madriani defends the accused killer. A fabulous, detail-rich legal thriller!

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Archer Mayor (2005) The Surrogate Thief.

Joe Gunther, head of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation, uses modern forensic techniques to solve a labyrinthine, character-driven case. Civilized and intelligent! Don't read the book if you are fond of blood-dripping serial killer strories or action thrillers.

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Rudy A. Mazzocchi (2012) Equity of Evil.

One of the most controversial medical thrillers in recent years written by a medical device and biotechnology entrepreneur. Authentic and thrilling novel by someone who knows what he is talking about. Not for those who shy away from controversial themes.

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Ed McBain (1981) King's Ransom. (87th Precinct Mystery)

Stupid, but ruthless thugs try to kidnap the son of a rich tycoon, but mistakenly take the son of his chauffeur. This wise-cracking police procedural from Ed McBain, the inventor of the genre (and script writer for Hitchcock's The Birds), is as fresh as if it was written yesterday.

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Alexander McCall Smith (2003) The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

Mma. is the "Miss Marple of Botswana". Close to the edge of the Kalahari, the big woman runs the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. With sharp intelligence, dignity, and humor she deals with cheating husbands, missing daughters, and suspicious witchdoctors. Superb, different, a rare pleasure.

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Alexander McCall Smith (2006) Blue Shoes and Happiness

The seventh entry in the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Botswana detective Precious Ramotswe faces one of her toughest challenges: losing weight.

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Alexander Mccall Smith (2004) The Kalahari Typing School for Men.

Everyday challenges of a female private detective in Gaborone, Botswana. Easy humor laces the pages, as McCall Smith throws in wry observations on Botswana's bureaucracy.

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Charles McCarry (2005) The Miernik Dossier. (First published in 1973)

McCarry, who worked for the CIA before his literary career is probably the best American spy novelist - in the same league as John LeCarre.

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