Tomorrow’s Vengeance: A Hannah Ives Mystery

Marcia Talley. Severn, $27.95 (176p) ISBN 978-0-7278-8364-3

Calvert Colony, an upscale Annapolis, Md., retirement community, provides the setting for Talley’s nicely textured 13th Hannah Ives mystery (after 2013’s Dark Passage). Retired mystery writer Nadine Smith Gray, who owns a town house in Calvert Colony, persuades Hannah to volunteer in the complex’s memory care unit. The people Hannah meets include a Muslim couple, beautiful Safa Abaza and her mercurial husband, Masud; bigoted Col. Nate Greene; and concentration camp survivor Ysabelle Milanesi. When Hannah discovers the body of a resident in a decorative rowboat in the community garden, she lends Det. Ron Powers a hand in winnowing the surprisingly large field of suspects in the ensuing murder investigation. Talley deals sensitively with such aging issues as consensual sex among residents, vulnerability to scam artists, declining cognitive abilities, autocratic relatives, and the importance of touch and music in providing comfort. Agent: Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Literary Agency. (Sept.)