PW's Best Books of 2006 – Part III
Here are three mysteries from PW’s list of those 2006 books that they identify as the best. About these three I agree entirely.
All Mortal Flesh, by Julia Spencer-Fleming. “Anthony-winner Spencer-Fleming’s fifth mystery to feature Clare Ferguson, a helicopter pilot turned Episcopal priest, is her most captivating to date.” Warning: You must read these mysteries in order. The first is In the Bleak Midwinter (2002.)
The Summer Snow, by Rebecca Pawel. “Set in fascist Spain shortly after WW II, Edgar-winner Pawel’s fourth mystery to feature Gardia lieutenant Carlos Tejada is a triumph of characterization, suspense and atmosphere.” Read the series in order. The first is Death of a Nationalist (2003) and takes place immediately after the Spanish Civil War.
Two Time, by Chris Knopf. “This superb mystery, set on the east end of Long Island, features strong plotting, solid characters and dialogue worthy of Elmore Leonard or John D McDonald.”