In “Death of a Liar” by M.C. Beaton. Hamish MacBeth wrongly discounts a prevaricators distress call. In “Dreaming Spies” by Laurie King. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes race to solve a mystery involving international extortion. In “Twelve Days” by Alex Berenson. a false-flag operation tries to convince the President to attack Iran. In “Motive” by Jonathan Kellerman, psychologist Alex Delaware and homicide cop Milo Sturgis match wits with a vicious criminal mind. Again. IN “Obsession in Death” by J.D. Robb, P.I. Eve Dallas matches wits with a vicoius criminal mind. “Private Vegas (print and audio) by James Patterson offers more of the same.