“White Fire,” Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central Publishing, 384 pages, in stores)
A.X. Pendergast isn't the only offbeat detective in the latest thriller by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. With a deft hand, the pair create a new mystery for Sherlock Holmes. Corrie Swanson, from “Still Life with Crows” draws Pendergast away from lamenting recent family drama in Europe to Roaring Fork, Colo. Corrie is researching historic bear maulings, only to find herself solving 150-year-old murders. The clues to solving the mystery lie in Holmes' tales and real-life events involving Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde. “White Fire” is a pleasant departure from tales centering on Pendergast's messed-up clan. Readers who enjoyed earlier novels — but may have walked away around “Dance of Death” — should give the series another chance.