My picks, in an NRO symposium:
Heart of Ice, by P. J. Parrish — A good murder mystery needs a good setting. This one takes place on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, and I’m saving it for my own visit next month, when I’ll spend a night at the Grand Hotel for the first time.
Ice Hunter, by Joseph Heywood — Speaking of Michigan, I’ve been wanting to try a novel by Joseph Heywood, featuring Grady Service, a “woods cop” in the Upper Peninsula. I may go with this one, the first in a popular series — or possibly Heywood’s just-published collection of short stories, Hard Ground.
The Snowman, by Jo Nesbo — This book will accompany me on the upcoming National Review Cruise of the Norwegian fjords. Nesbo is a Norwegian author and I enjoyed his novel The Redbreast, which was one part Michael Connelly and one part Frederick Forsyth. Nesbo’s crime novels are set mainly in Oslo, which we won’t see, but at least it’s in the right country.