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“The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith: Set in Botswana, the 19 books in this series cover not only the individual mysteries of detective Mma Precious Ramotswe but also of the country itself.The Kenzie-Gennaro series by Dennis Lehane: This series contains “Gone Baby Gone” which was made into a movie by Ben Affleck. The stories follow two detectives in Boston working through the crimes of the city.“Mrs. Polifax” by Dorothy Gilman: A retiree gets caught in a web of intrigue and exotic locations in these light, fast mysteries.“The Prey Series” by John Sanford: With more than two dozen titles in the series, the adventures of charismatic detective Lucas Davenport can keep even avid readers rapt for days.

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SEA ISLE CITY — The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police will assess the city Police Department on May 17 for accreditation and is inviting public comment on the matter, the city said in a news release.

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In October 2013, the case of Sheila and Kate Lyon had been crying out for justice over decades. The sisters' disappearance from a suburban Maryland shopping mall 38 years earlier wasn't just an enduring mystery; it was an unhealed regional trauma. On a March day in 1975, the young daughters of a well-known Washington radio personality had gone to Wheaton Plaza on an innocent outing - and vanished. They were never seen again, though the hunt for them was relentless and extensive. Police interviewed countless witnesses and followed hundreds of tips. Every stand of woods or weeds was searched. Storm sewers were explored, as was every vacant house for miles. The residents of a nearby nursing home were interviewed, one by one. Scuba divers groped through mud at the bottoms of ponds. Nothing was found. Nothing came of anything the police did.

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