January always brings a fresh crop of crime fiction; here are three books with intriguing twists.
The Bishop's Wife (Soho Crime) by Mette Ivie Harrison finds the title character, who is married to a Mormon bishop, delving into the mysterious disappearance of a young woman. The story is based on a real crime.
A Pleasure and a Calling (Picador) by Phil Hogan is a psychological thriller about Mr. Heming, a real estate agent in an English village who happens to keep a key to every house he sells — including the one where a body turns up.
When the Dead Awaken (Quercus) by Steffen Jacobsen follows an Italian district attorney whose father was killed by the Mafia; she is investigating a ship container filled with the corpses of illegal workers and two people in a witness protection program when she discovers connections among their deaths, her father's — and the fashion industry.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor