There’s something about the lazy days of summer that makes us hungry for a good old-fashioned mystery. Here, four new whodunits to devour as you soak in the sun.
The Orphanmaster Set in 17th-century Manhattan, this ambitious historical novel about disappearing orphans is one of the buzziest of the season. Think royal spies, Algonquin fur-traders and a colonial ambiance so visceral, it’s practically a history lesson.
Gone Girl The premise: When his wife goes missing, good-old-boy Nick Dunne becomes the primary suspect, prompting everyone in town to wonder how well they really know their spouse. The promise: The book is so addictive, you might not sleep until you’ve finished it.
The Uninvited Guests For lovers of Downton Abbey, this debut novel chronicles one night at an English countryside house, when the survivors of a catastrophic train accident descend upon an elegant dinner party. Though the tone is more witty than scary, the mystery is as cleverly woven as anything Agatha Christie penned.
People Who Eat Darkness When a young British hostess disappeared off the streets of Tokyo in the summer of 2000, journalist Richard Lloyd Parry became obsessed with the story--and its deeply psychological implications. True crime for the smart set, this book follows his ten years on the case.