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MYSTERIES

Cold Is The Grave by Peter Robinson (William Morrow, $24). Yorkshire Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks' relationship with his boss, Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle, has been, at best, uneasy and, at worst, detrimental to his career. But Riddle needs Banks, to find his runaway 16-year-old daughter, Emily, whose nude photos have shown up on the Internet. In "Cold Is the Grave," author Peter Robinson pulls together far-flung story lines into a cohesive, seamless plot that is full of twists and surprises.

Blood Lure by Nevada Barr (Putnam, $24.95). Grizzlies are not the only predators in "Blood Lure," Nevada Barr's new mystery starring park ranger Anna Pigeon. A mutilated corpse eventually shows that a human killer is also loose in magnificent Glacier National Park. "Blood Lure" shows its hand early on. Still, armchair campers will enjoy the vicarious thrills of getting away from it all.

Family Reunion by Carol Smith (Mysterious Press, $23.95). The English-American-French Annesleys are a large and far-flung family, but by the time they gather for reclusive Odile's 80th birthday, they're not quite as many of them as there used to be. Someone, you see, keeps killing them off in Carol Smith's messy but entertaining "Family Reunion." Readers willing to suspend disbelief -- and step over the bodies -- might well agree with Clemency, who thinks "this get-together, macabre though the circumstances might be, was turning out to be a good thing."

-- News wire services