By Judith Newman Caroline Leavitt
August 20, 2012 12:00 PM

>The case of the deadly butter chicken

by Tarquin Hall

When a guest is poisoned at a post-cricket dinner in Delhi, portly P.I. Vish Puri—”Chubby” to his wife—is on the case. A wry whodunit, with recipes.

THE PLAYDATE

by Louise Millar

“You leave your kids with a friend. Everyone does it. Until the day it goes wrong.” Millar’s gripping thriller has anxious moms in its crosshairs.

THE ST. ZITA SOCIETY

by Ruth Rendell

Upstairs and downstairs are clashing in the posh, apparently idyllic London enclave of Rendell’s latest masterwork, and before long murder enters the equation. Dark, intelligent and intriguing.

KILL YOU TWICE

by Chelsea Cain

Just when Portland, Ore., detective Archie Sheridan was revelling in serial killer Gretchen Lowell’s confinement to the psych ward, she contacts him with leads about a grisly new murder. Shades of The Silence of the Lambs.

THE PROPHET

by Michael Koryta

In small-town Ohio, a teen girl’s murder forces estranged brothers Adam and Kent Austin to confront old horrors and unite to find her killer.

A KILLING IN THE HILLS

by Julia Keller

A twisty plot—and a soulful depiction of a beautiful, besieged “afterthought of a town”—propels this debut mystery about a prosecutor fighting drug traffickers in Appalachia.

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