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Baldacci, David. No Man’s Land (GC, 29.00) Nov. John Puller’s mother disappeared thirty years before, and when his father, suffering from dementia, is arrested for the murder based on the testimony of one of her friends, Puller must work with his brother to discover the truth of what happened so long ago.
Balzo, Sandra. To the Last Drop (SH, 27.99) Nov. Coffee shop owner Maggie Thorsen investigates when a dental surgeon is thrown out of his tenth-floor window, despite the fact that her interference enrages the investigating sheriff, her boyfriend.
Bass, Jefferson. Without Mercy (HC, 26.99) Oct. Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton investigates a headless skeleton found in the Tennessee woods and discovers that it is of a murder victim who was deliberately made into bear bait.
Beaufort, Simon. The Killing Ship (SH, 28.99) Nov. When two members of a scientific team in Antarctica go missing, the remaining members hunt for them, only to find clues that someone else has landed on the island in a tense thriller.
Brookmyre, Christopher. The Black Widow (Per, 25.00) Nov. Reporter Jack Parlabane investigates the death of a man killed in a road accident, whose physician wife is charged with his murder. I loved this.
Buffa, D.W. Hillary (Per, 26.95) Oct. After her husband dies in a hotel room with another woman, the First Lady of the U.S. asks Senator Bobby Hart to investigate a secretive French banking concern for a possible conspiracy.
Carl, JoAnna. The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha (Brk, 23.00) Nov. Lee must take time from making chocolate bunnies and eggs for Easter to hunt for the killer of her assistant’s wealthy great aunt.
Castrique, Mark de. The Singularity Race (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Oct. An ex-Secret Service agent hired to protect a Chinese scientist learns more than he wants about Artificial Intelligence when the job turns dangerous.
Chase, Julie. Cat Got Your Diamonds (Per, 25.99) Nov. In the first of a new cozy series set in New Orleans, a woman must save her fledgling pet boutique when a dead body is found in the shop, killed with a glitter glue gun used to make tutus for Shih Tzus.
Chazin, Suzanne. No Witness but the Moon (Ken, 25.00) Nov. Small-town policeman Jimmy Vega finds himself in deep trouble when he shoots a fleeing robbery suspect, and the trouble only gets worse when he discovers a connection with the suspect’s family.
Child, Lee. Night School (Dela, 28.99) Nov. In 1996, Reacher, still in the U.S. Army is sent on a top-secret mission when a courier from Saudi Arabia contacts a jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg about an American traitor willing to sell important information.
Clark, Marcia. Moral Defense (T&M, 24.95) Nov. Defense attorney Samantha Brinkman takes the case of a teenaged girl accused of murdering her adopted father and brother in a savage attack.
Clarkson, John. Bronx Requiem (STM, 26.99) Nov. Ex-con James Beck and his crew investigate the murder of a man just out on parole and also try to save his teenaged daughter from a vicious pimp.
Clark, Mary Higgins and Alafair Burke. The Sleeping Beauty Killer (SS, 26.99) Nov. Television producer Laurie Moran agrees to take on the case of a woman convicted of killing her fiancé, a famous philanthropist, who continues to proclaim her innocence, but the investigation is hampered by a new, egomaniacal co-host. I really like this series.
Cleeves, Ann. The Moth Catcher (STM, 25.99) Oct. DI Vera Stanhope leads the investigation when the house-sitter for a wealthy family is found dead and later a middle-aged man is found in his room with their only connection being an interest in Lepidoptera.
Cleland, Jane K. Glow of Death (STM, 25.99) Nov. Antiques dealer Josie Prescott is furious when she is scammed by someone impersonating a wealthy businessman and his wife, but a murder turns the case from infuriating to dangerous.
Cohen, Tammy. Dying for Christmas (Peg, 25.95) Nov. A complex novel of psychological suspense about an unbalanced woman who accompanies a stranger to his house outside of London, where he keeps her captive, torturing her, and the policewoman who digs into her disappearance, herself a less-than-reliable narrator.
Connelly, Michael. The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Hach, 29.00) Nov. Having left the LAPD to become a PI, Harry Bosch is hired by an elderly billionaire who wants him to find a child he may or may not have fathered by a Mexican woman, his first love.
Cornwell, Patricia. Chaos (HC, 28.99) Nov. Kay Scarpetta investigates when a young woman is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River, but while it appears she was struck by lightning, she died on a cloudless day.
Correa, Armando Lucas. The German Girl (SS, 26.99) Oct. Based on the actual voyage of the St. Louis filled with 937 Jews fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939, who were denied asylum in Canada, the U.S., and Cuba and forced to return to Germany, this powerful novel is told from the point of view of a twelve-year-old girl who receives a letter from an unknown relative living in Havana.
Crosby, Ellen. Champagne Conspiracy (STM, 25.99) Nov. Virginia winemaker Lucie Montgomery agrees to help a California winemaker solve the mystery of the death of his grandfather’s first wife, but the death of a local philanthropist has startling similarities.
Cussler, Clive. Odessa Sea (Put, 29.00) Nov. The latest Dirk Pitt adventure finds him hunting for a lost treasure of the Romanovs to avert a global catastrophe.
Dams, Jeanne M. Smile and be a Villain (SH, 28.99) Oct. On vacation on Aldernay, Dorothy Martin and her husband stumble upon the body of a murdered American cleric, and, of course, she must investigate.
Dorsey, C. Michele. Permanent Sunset (Per, 25.99) Oct. The owner of a Virgin Islands rental business is preparing for a high-profile wedding, but the night before the bride disappears after refusing to sign a pre-nuptial contract and is later found dead in the swimming pool in the second of this well-plotted cozy series.
DuBois, Brendan. Storm Cell (Peg, 25.95) Nov. Former intelligence analyst Lewis Cole tries to help a friend suspected of murder, but the friend seems determined to be convicted.
Early, Barbara. Death of a Toy Soldier (Per, 25.99) Oct. In the first of a cozy series, a retired police chief of a small western New York town and his daughter run a vintage toy shop, but when a man who brought in some old toys to be appraised is found dead in the shop without the toys, the two start investigating before they become suspects.
Eisler, Barry. Livia Lone (T&M, 24.95) Oct. A Thai woman, now working as an undercover vice cop in Seattle, spends her free time searching for her younger sister, who was sold to sex-traffickers at the age of eleven in what should be the first of a new series.
Evanovich, Janet. Turbo Twenty-three (RH, 28.00) Nov. Stephanie Plum returns!
Fedarcyk, Jan. Fidelity (SS, 25.00) Oct. A debut thriller featuring a young FBI special agent who is assigned to the Counterintelligence Program in New York.
Fluke, Joanne. Christmas Caramel Murder (Ken, 20.00) Oct. Hannah Swenson turns sleuth when her partner in the bakery becomes the suspect in the murder of a super-sexy local woman who had given her husband a torrid kiss during a rehearsal for the town’s Christmas show.
Flynn, Vince and Kyle Mills. Order to Kill (SS, 28.99) Oct. Mitch Rapp uncovers a plot to allow ISIS to run rampant by transforming the failing Russian economy into the most powerful in the world.
Francis, Felix. Triple Crown (Put, 28.00) Oct. An investigator for the British Horseracing Authority agrees to help an American colleague with an investigation into a possibly-corrupt racing investigator, and goes undercover in the stables of a trainer whose horse has won the Kentucky Derby.
French, Tana. The Trespasser (Vik, 27.00) Oct. DI Antoinette Conway of Dublin’s Murder Squad and her partner are suspicious when other detectives push them to arrest the boyfriend in a murder case that appears to be due to a lovers’ quarrel—or is it so simple?
Grace, Nancy. Murder in the Courthouse (Per, 24.99) Oct. In Savannah as an expert witness in a murder case, prosecutor Hailey Dean becomes involved with the investigation of a series of murders, the victims of which all worked at the courthouse where the murder trial is taking place.
Grisham, John. The Whistler (DD, 28.95) Oct. A lawyer working as an investigator in cases of judicial misconduct is assigned the case of a judge who may be tied to the Coast Mafia when a whistle-blower reveals his connection to an Indian casino.
Hallinan, Timothy. Field Where They Lay (Soho, 25.95) Oct. A Russian gangster hires L.A. thief/PI Junior Bender to investigate a rash of shoplifting at a Hollywood mall, but after two deaths, he is investigating a murder case. Highly recommended.
Harris, Charlaine. All the Little Liars (STM, 25.99) Oct. Aurora Teagarden must find her half-brother when he and three friends disappear and another teenager is found dead in the first in the series since 2003.
Heley, Veronica. Murder in Style (SH, 29.99) Oct. London PI Ellie Quicke is hired to investigate the death of a boutique owner who suffered a fatal fall down a staircase, but she discovers that the case is complicated by an extremely dysfunctional extended family.
Hoffman, Patrick. Every Man a Menace (Per, 25.00) Oct. A grim noir set in San Francisco that looks at the violent underside of the drug trade from various points of view—from a small-time criminal, to a power broker looking for a new source of drugs, to a drug smuggler, written by a real-life private investigator.
Howe, Melodie Johnson. Hold a Scorpion (Peg, 25.95) Oct. Hollywood actress Diana Poole sees a woman walk into traffic on the highway near her Malibu bungalow and finds herself embroiled in a mystery when she is later questioned at gunpoint about the fatal accident and a missing scorpion in a contemporary homage to The Maltese Falcon.
Ide, Joe. IQ (Mull, 26.00) Oct. A debut thriller set in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles where an intelligent and determined high-school dropout takes it upon himself to solve the cases that the police can’t—or won’t—solve.
James, P.D. Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories (RH, 24.00) Oct. A collection of short stories that show James’s mastery of Agatha Christie-esque plotting combined with psychological depth.
James, Peter. Love You Dead (IPG, 27.95) Oct. Brighton detective superintendent Roy Grace returns from medical leave to track down a gold-digging serial killer who marries elderly men for their money.
Johansen, Iris and Roy. Night Watch (STM, 27.99) Oct. When the doctor who restored her sight goes missing while in the states on a fund-raising mission, Dr. Kendra Michaels joins with a former FBI agent to find him.
King, Laurie R. and Leslie Klinger, eds. Echoes of Sherlock Holmes (Peg, 24.95) Oct. A collection of short stories by contemporary masters inspired by Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.
Land, Jon. Strong Cold Dead (STM, 26.99) Oct. Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is on a case involving terrorists, Comanches, giant bats, and elements that echo a case her great-great grandfather worked on 1874
Lasdun, James. The Fall Guy (Nor, 25.95) Oct. When an unemployed chef is invited to spend the summer at his wealthy cousin’s vacation house in the Catskills, his suspicions that his cousin’s wife is unfaithful lead to shocking violence.
Lenhardt, Melissa. The Fisher King (Per, 24.99) Nov. When a wealthy businessman on the Stillwater, TX city council goes after him, Sheriff Jack McBride discovers the man is the criminal mastermind of crime and drugs in the county.
Lester, Meera. The Murder of a Queen Bee (Ken, 25.00) Oct. When a friend’s body is found in a burning car, policewoman-turned-beekeeper Abigail must get her hands dirty to smoke out a killer.
Littlejohn, Emily. Inherit the Bones (STM, 25.99) Nov. In a compelling debut, a Colorado deputy sheriff investigating the death of a circus clown discovers through his fingerprints that he was actually the son of the mayor who supposedly died three years earlier and must solve a case with its roots in a crime spree thirty years before.
Maitland, Barry. Ash Island (STM, 25.99) Nov. DS Belltree is exiled from Sydney to Newcastle, Australia where he is faced with a series of brutal homicides and an unscrupulous businessman who may be implicated in the hit-and-run that killed his parent.
Marchetta, Melina. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil (Mull, 26.00) Oct. In a debut thriller, a London policeman goes to France to see his teenaged daughter after the tour bus she was on is bombed, and finds himself hunting for another of the survivors, a young woman who becomes the chief suspect in the bombing as the result of racial profiling.
May, Peter. Coffin Road (Quer, 26.99) Oct. A homicide detective is sent to a tiny island in the North Atlantic where three lighthouse keepers disappeared more than a century earlier to investigate a contemporary murder.
McCoy, Ken. Dead or Alive (SH, 29.99) Oct. In the first of a gritty police procedural series set in Yorkshire, DI Black, overwhelmed with personal and professional problems, goes undercover to find two children abducted by a powerful criminal.
McKinlay, Jenn. Better Late than Never (Brk, 25.00) Nov. When a book is returned twenty years after its due date, librarian Lindsey wonders if it isn’t a clue to the murder of the patron who originally checked it out.
Meier, Leslie. British Manor Murder (Ken, 25.00) Oct. Staying at an English manor house for a hat exhibition, Lucy Stone must investigate a murder with suspects both upstairs and downstairs.
Meier, Leslie, et al. Eggnog Murder (Ken, 25.00) Nov. Three holiday-themed novellas by Meier, Barbara Ross, and Lee Hollis.
Moss, David. This Isn’t a Game (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Oct. In the first of a new series, a man who runs an online betting site must investigate when someone makes a large bet on the outcome of a notorious celebrity murder trial and days later the charges are dropped.
Palmer, Jane. When She’s Gone (Per, 25.99) Nov. In an action-packed debut, a Texas cop becomes a bodyguard in NYC, where her teenaged charge, daughter of a wealthy business tycoon is abducted in a case involving art forgery and dangerous criminals.
Parsons, Tony. The Hanging Club (STM, 25.99) Nov. London DC Max Wolfe and his Murder Investigation Team investigate a vigilante group targeting pedophiles and other undesirables in a thoughtful mystery that shows that the good guys and the bad guys are often not too far apart.
Patterson, James. Cross the Line (LB, 29.00) Nov. Alex Cross is on the trail of a killer who targets criminals.
Patterson, James and Maxine Paetro. Kill or Be Killed (LB, 25.00) Oct. Four novellas featuring the Lindsay Boxer and the Woman’s Murder Club.
Pintoff, Stefanie. City on Edge (Ban, 27.00) Nov. FBI agent Rossi and her team of ex-cons and thugs are called in when the New York City police commissioner’s daughter is kidnapped during the Thanksgiving Day Parade in the second in the series.
Preston, Douglas and Lincoln Child. The Obsidian Chamber (LB, 28.00) Oct. After Agent Pendergast is presumed dead, his factotum must work alone to rescue his kidnapped ward Constance.
Ripley, J.R. Beignets, Brides, and Bodies (SH, 28.99) Nov. In the second in this witty cozy series, an Arizona bakery owner decides to help the owner of a neighboring wedding store when a woman’s body is found at his shop buried in 700 pounds of wedding cake.
Rosenfelt, David. The Twelve Dogs of Christmas (STM, 24.99) Oct. New Jersey attorney Andy Carpenter agrees to defend a woman accused of having too many dogs because she has taken in puppies the shelter cannot handle, but when the neighbor who turned her in is found dead, the case gets much more complicated.
Russ, Ted. Spirit Mission (HH, 28.00) Nov. Three former West Point roommates join forces when they discover that a classmate working for an NGO has been taken captive by ISIS and will be beheaded in 24 hours unless they can rescue him.
Ryan, Hank Phillippi. Say No More (STM, 25.99) Nov. After witnessing a hit-and-run, investigative journalist Jane Ryland is asked to testify, but she receives an anonymous note and doesn’t know whether it refers to her testimony or an expose she’s working on about campus rape.
Sandford, John. Escape Clause (Put, 29.00) Oct. Virgil Flowers must find a pair of rare tigers stolen from the Minnesota zoo, and time is of the essence since the thieves plan to kill them to make traditional Chinese medicine.
Schofield, Douglas. Storm Rising (STM, 25.99) Nov. In a mystery with a touch of the paranormal, a woman returns to her home in New Jersey at the insistence of her young son and investigates the death of her policeman husband five years before, discovering that she has family ties to a Mafia don.
Simon, Clea. Into the Grey (SH, 28.99) Sept. When a professor newly-assigned to her dissertation committee—and highly critical of the final chapter—is found murdered, graduate student Dulcie Grey becomes the chief suspect and with the help of her late cat, must investigate to clear her name.
Staub, Wendy Corsi. Something Buried, Something Blue (Per, 25.99) Oct. Widow Isabella Jordan decides to host a destination wedding at the guest house she manages, but things don’t go smoothly culminating with the bride collapsing and dying in the second in this charming paranormal cozy.
Sutton, Phoef. Heart Attack and Vine (Con, 24.95) Nov. A Hollywood bodyguard is hired to babysit an Oscar nominee who is also a grifter when she doesn’t have acting jobs because she has attracted a stalker who takes a shot at her and her mark at a party. Great fun.
Tantimedh, Adi. Her Nightly Embrace (Atria, 26.00) Nov. In the first of a trilogy, a failed religious-studies scholar finds a job at a London PI agency specializing in discreet resolutions for wealthy and powerful clients, but his first case—to find the ghost having sex with a high-level politician—leads to him having visions of Hindu gods. I absolutely loved this, even though when I read the jacket copy I almost didn’t try it. It’s fun, funny, offbeat, and clever.
Turnbull, Peter. A Dreadful Past (SH, 28.99) Oct. During a slow period DCI Hennessy and his sergeant turn their attention to a twenty-year-old case of the murder of a couple and their teenaged daughter after the surviving son finds a vase that was stolen from his family during the murder.
White, Randy Wayne. Seduced (Put, 27.00) Oct. Fishing guide Hannah Smith goes on a quest for an ancient orange tree the fruit of which may be disease resistant, but she discovers that all dangerous snakes aren’t pythons—some are human.
Woods, Stuart. Sex, Lies, and Serious Money (Put, 28.00) Oct. Stone Barrington returns in another adventure. The title pretty much says it all.
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Barclay, Linwood. Far From True (NAL, 9.99) Oct.
Berenson, Laurien. The Bark before Christmas (Ken, 7.99) Oct.
Brooks, Adam. Spy Games (LB, 9.99) Nov.
Brown, Dan. Inferno (BDD, 9.99) Oct.
Brown, Sandra. Unspeakable (LB, 7.99) Nov.
Carl, JoAnna. The Chocolate Falcon Fraud (NAL, 7.99) Nov.
Carr, Howie. Killers (STM, 9.99) Nov.
Carter, Chris. An Evil Mind (Pkt, 9.99) Oct.
Childs, Laura with Terrie Farley Moran. Parchment and Old Lace (Brk, 7.99) Oct.
Clark, Mary Higgins and Alafair Burke. All Dressed in White (SS, 7.99) Oct.
Connelly, Michael. The Crossing (LB, 9.99) Nov.
Cussler, Clive and Graham Brown. The Pharaoh’s Secret (Put, 28.95) Nov.
Dunnett, Kaitlyn. The Scottie Barked at Midnight (Kens, 7.99) Oct.
Evanovich, Janet. Tricky Twenty-Two (BDD, 8.99) Nov.
Gardner, Lisa. Find Her (Dut, 9.99) Oct.
Gaylin, Alison. What Remains of Me (HC, 9.99) Oct.
Harrison, Kim. The Operator (Pkt, 9.99) Nov.
Hart, Carolyn. Ghost to the Rescue (Brk, 7.99) Oct.
Howell, Dorothy. Swag Bags and Swindlers (Ken, 7.99) Oct.
Hurwitz, Gregg. Orphan X (STM, 9.99) Nov.
Johansen, Iris. Hide Away (STM, 8.99) Oct.
Koontz, Dean. Ashley Bell (BDD, 9.99) Oct.
Margolin, Phillip. Violent Crimes (HC, 9.99) Nov.
McKinlay, Jenn. A Likely Story (Brk, 7.99) Nov.
Mills, Kyle. The Survivor (SS, 9.99) Oct.
Murphy, Shirley Rousseau. Cat Shout for Joy (HC, 7.99) Nov.
Newman, Kim. An English Ghost Story (BDD, 7.99) Oct.
Norton, Carla. What Doesn’t Kill Her (STM, 7.99) Nov.
Orgain, Diana. Yappy Hour (STM, 7.99) Oct.
Oust, Gail. Cinnamon Toasted (STM, 7.99) Oct.
Patterson, James. Cross Justice (LB, 9.99) Oct.
Reichs, Kathy. The Bone Collection (BDD, 9.99) Oct. Four novellas published as e-books.
Rosenfelt, David. Blackout (STM, 7.99) Oct.
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Aarons, Kathy. Behind Chocolate Bars (Brk, 7.99) Oct. Business partners Michelle and Erica are busy setting up a booth featuring scary chocolate creations and spine-tingling books for the Halloween fair when they are sidetracked by a murder.
Abbott, Victoria. The Hammett Hex (Brk, 7.99) Oct. Jordan and her boyfriend are sent to San Francisco to buy a rare copy of Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest, but they soon find themselves the target of someone who wants to kill them and nothing is as it seems.
Adler, Rebecca. The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole (Brk, 7.99) Nov. When her friend’s country singer ex is found dead face-down in a bowl of guacamole, Josie must use all of her reporting skills, not to mention her skills from working at a Tex-Mex restaurant, to find a killer.
Blake, Heather. The Witch and the Dead (Brk, 7.99) Oct. When she decides to move into her own house, Darcy finds a pile of old bones under the boxes of belongings in her aunt’s garage, and it’s time to hunt for a skeleton in the closet.
Brandon, Ali. Twice Told Tale (Brk, 7.99) Nov. Bookstore owner Darla and her cat Hamlet must find a killer who left a body in an antique store.
Budewitz, Leslie. Killing Thyme (Brk, 7.99) Oct. While touring Seattle’s Pike Place Market, spice-shop owner Pepper and her mother find some beautifully-made pottery, and Pepper’s mother is convinced that she knows the potter who had supposedly disappeared years before.
Carlisle, Kate. Deck the Hallways (Brk, 7.99) Nov. In the midst of renovating a Victorian mansion to make apartments for the homeless, contractor Shannon must put down her tools to help her father avoid a murder charge after a banker trying to stop the project is murdered.
Connolly, Sheila. Seeds of Deception (Brk, 7.99) Oct. Orchard owner Meg must cut her honeymoon short when her parents find their handyman dead in the backyard, and the police suspect her father.
Delaney, Vicki. We Wish You a Murderous Christmas (Brk, 7.99) Nov. When the son of the owners of the Yuletide Inn is found murdered shortly after announcing his plans to sell the inn, shop owner Merry must deal with a case of ho-ho-homicide and a bag full of suspects.
Erickson, Alex. Death by Pumpkin Spice (Ken, 7.99) Oct. At a Halloween party held in an elegant mansion, bookstore café owner Krissy must put on her sleuthing costume when a guest is found dead and the hostess’ jewelry goes missing.
Fiedler, Chrystle. Dandelion Dead (Pkt, 7.99) Oct. When a guest is poisoned at a gala at an organic vineyard, holistic doctor and amateur sleuth Willow must find out who wanted the vineyard owner dead.
Fee, Vicki. It’s Your Party, Die if You Want to (Ken, 7.99) Oct. Party planner Liv and her friend Di investigate the murder of a party girl with a penchant for married men in the second in this cozy Southern series.
Gregory, Lena. Death at First Sight (Brk, 7.99) Nov. In the first in a new series, a psychic who sets up shop on charming Bay Island sees a problem during her reading for a young woman, and when the young woman’s unpleasant mother is killed, she is arrested for the murder.
Hardy, Susannah. A Killer Kebab (Brk, 7.99) Nov. When Georgie finds the body of her lawyer amid the construction debris during an off-season renovation of Bonaparte House, her former dishwasher becomes the chief suspect.
Hechtman, Betty. Hooking for Trouble (Brk, 7.99) Nov. When Molly sees what looks like a body in her new neighbors’ yard, she calls the cops, but after they report nothing amiss, she decides to investigate on her own.
Kelly, Sofie. Paws and Effect (Brk, 7.99) Oct. Librarian Kathleen and her feline partners-in-crime must find a killer when her detective boyfriend falls under suspicion of the murder of an old friend.
Lavene, Joyce and Jim. Putting on the Witch (Brk, 7.99) Oct. When retired witches Molly and Elsie accept an invitation to an exclusive witches’ ball, they don’t count on having to find a murderer after a member of the Grand Council of Witches is killed.
London, Colette. The Semi-Sweet Hereafter (Ken, 7.99) Oct. Chocolatier Hayden travels to London to consult for a chocolate shop, but the murder of a sexy celebrity chef—her client’s ex-husband—at her lodgings makes her a suspect when she identifies the murder weapon as a stone used to grind cacao beans.
McHugh, Mary. High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicide (Ken, 7.99) Oct. The Happy Hoofers land a Christmas gig dancing with the Rockettes, but when a dancing diva is found dead, the toe-tapping troupe must find a killer.
Myers, Amy. Feliz Navidead (HC, 7.99) Nov. When her mother comes for a Christmas visit to Santa Fe, café-owner Rita wants everything to be perfect, but the discovery of a dead body at her daughter’s Christmas play changes that plan quickly enough.
Rickman, Phil. To Dream of the Dead (Quer, 8.99) Oct. Merrily Watkins has her hands full when a controversial atheist moves into the village in a house near an archaeological dig that has uncovered standing stones that the villagers would prefer to remain buried. Rickman is great.
Tremel, Joyce. Tangled up in Brew (Brk, 7.99) Oct. Brew-pub owner Max is excited about an upcoming brew and burger festival until she discovers that the last-minute judge is her nemesis—a notoriously nasty food critic—who only makes things worse by being murdered.
Vallere, Diane. Masking for Trouble (Brk, 7.99) Oct. When the body of a venture capitalist is found at a Halloween party, costume-shop owner Margo finds herself all dressed up as the police’s murder suspect.
Wait, Lea. Dangling by a Thread (Ken, 7.99) Nov. When an elderly hermit who has turned his island off the coast of Maine into a bird sanctuary is found dead, the Mainely Needlepointers must find the common thread that ties the victim to his killer.
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Ace, Cathy. Corpse with the Ruby Lips (Per, 14.95) Nov. Criminology professor Cait Morgan is asked by a student at a Budapest university where she is lecturing to look into the murder of her grandmother years before, but the case turns dangerous very quickly.
Arlidge, M.J. Little Boy Blue (Brk, 15.00) Oct. Southampton DI Helen Grace investigates a murder that is close to home when a dominator is tortured and murdered at a sex club in the fifth in the police procedural series.
Belsky, R. G. Blonde Ice (SS, 16.00) Oct. New York journalist Gil Malloy has two front page stories developing at the same time: one an exclusive on the mayoral race and the other a female serial killer torturing and murdering men with a history of promiscuity.
Blair, Jamie M. Deadly Dog Days (MidInk, 14.99) Nov. In the first of a new series, a woman finds a body in a canal shortly after she moves to an historical Indiana town, so she joins with her eccentric co-workers to find the killer before the crime is pinned on the outsider.
Block, Lawrence. Sinner Man (Hard Case, 9.95) Nov. Block’s very first crime novel reissued with slight revisions features an insurance salesman who reinvents himself as a mobster—a new life that becomes increasingly bloody.
Bohjalian, Chris. The Guest Room (RH, 16.00) Oct. A suburban bachelor party goes horribly wrong leaving two men dead and two women on the run in a terrific novel of suspense.
Cady, Jack. The Man who could make Things Vanish (Per, 16.00) Nov. A reprint of a prescient sci-fi thriller about a man who uses his ability to make objects disappear to fight against a system designed to control the world.
Callaghan, Helen. Dear Amy (HC, 15.99) Oct. A classics teacher at an exclusive Cambridge school who moonlights as an advice columnist receives a letter purported to be from a girl who was abducted years before, and when the police analyze the handwriting it is hers, so the teacher and a retired criminologist decide to investigate.
Challinor, C.S. Judgment of Murder (MidInk, 14.99) Nov. Scottish barrister Rex Graves investigates when a famously severe judge passes away unexpectedly in a case that puts him in danger.
Cleeves, Ann. Harbour Street (STM, 16.99) Sept. Vera Stanhope investigates two murders with ties to one street, but finds the residents reluctant to speak.
Connolly, John and Declan Burke. Books to Die For (SS, 17.00) Oct. A collection of essays by famous mystery writers discussing their favorite mysteries. A must for the mystery reader looking for what to read next.
Crosby, Ellen. Ghost Image (SS, 17.00) Nov. Photojournalist Sophie Medina becomes caught up in an international treasure hunt for a botanical discovery worth billions.
Crowley, Kieran. Shoot (RH, 12.95) Oct. Reporter and fledgling PI F.X Shepherd is hired to investigate death threats made against a congressman during the Republican convention in NYC.
Dennison, Hannah. Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall (STM, 15.99) Oct. In the second in this funny, cozy series set in Devon, antiques dealer Kat and her romance-writer mother must help the aristocratic family at Honeychurch Hall escape a murder accusation. Highly recommended.
Dugoni, Robert. The Seventh Canon (T&M, 15.95) Sept. A legal thriller featuring an inexperienced defense attorney defending a priest accused of murdering a homeless teenaged boy at the shelter where he worked, who with the help of a PI discovers a sex scandal, political corruption, and a crooked SFPD cop.
Duncan, Elizabeth J. Untimely Death (Per, 15.99) Nov. In the first of a new cozy series set in a Shakespearean theater company in upstate New York, the costume mistress investigates the murder of the company’s ingénue.
Ellison, J.T. No One Knows (SS, 16.00) Nov. A woman whose husband disappeared five years before still hesitates to have him declared dead, despite having been suspected of his murder in a novel of psychological suspense. Highly recommended for a wonderfully twisty plot.
Eskins, Allen. The Heavens May Fall (Prom, 15.95) Oct. Homicide detective Max Rupert is pitted against a defense-attorney friend when he is assigned the case of a man who may have killed his wife, but who seems to have an unshakable alibi.
French, Nicci. Friday on my Mind (Png, 16.00) Oct. London Psychotherapist Frieda Klein becomes the chief suspect when a former lover is found dead in the Thames wearing a hospital ID band with her name on it, so she disappears to try to solve the murder herself.
Fusilli, Jim, ed. Crime Plus Music (3 Rooms, 19.95) Oct. A collection of noir crime stories with a music theme by such contemporary masters as Craig Johnson and Val McDermid.
Gay, William. Little Sister Death (Per, 16.95) Oct. A terrifying ghost story based on Tennessee’s Curse of the Bell Witch about a writer who moves his family to an isolated farm house not realizing that it is haunted.
George, Elizabeth, ed. The Best American Mystery Stories 2016 (HMH, 14.95) Oct. The twentieth volume of this best-of anthology features twenty stories by contemporary masters of mystery.
Goddard, Robert. Days without Number (Per, 16.00) Nov. After his father’s tragic death at the family home in Cornwall, a man discovers that his father, a direct ancestor of the Emperors of Byzantium, had guarded a dangerous secret in a thriller never-before published in the U.S.
Grey, S.L. The Apartment (RH, 15.00) Oct. A South African couple recovering from a traumatic home invasion do a house swap with a Parisian couple to recover, but their holiday takes a violent turn when nothing is as advertised in a creepy novel of terror.
Harrison, Metta Ivie. His Right Hand (Soho, 15.95) Oct. When a pillar of the Mormon community is murdered, his autopsy reveals that he was transgendered—a grave sin in the Mormon Church—so when the police appear stymied, the wife of the ward bishop decides to find the killer.
Hart, Rob. South Village (Per, 14.95) Oct. Amateur PI Ash McKenna at a friend’s commune in Georgia is pulled into an investigation when one of the residents falls to his death on a rope bridge.
Hay, Mavis Doriel. Murder Underground (PP, 12.95) Sept. The murder of an elderly woman and the investigation on the part of her fellow lodgers at the Frampton Private Hotel is the subject of the first of Hay’s mysteries published originally in 1934.
Heald, Paul. Courting Death (Per, 15.99) Nov. A legal thriller set in the Georgia town of Clarkeston with a lawyer seeking to overcome her beauty-queen past by investigating the murder of a woman in the courthouse five years before.
Jaffarian, Sue Ann. Rhythm and Clues (MidInk, 14.99) Nov. Plus-size PI Odelia Grey investigates when a resident in the retirement community where her mother lives goes missing.
Johnston, Linda O. Unlucky Charms (Mid Ink, 14.99) Oct. A rash of bad luck for the residents of Destiny culminates in murder and pet-boutique owner Rory and her dog Pluckie decide that they must find a killer to save the tourist trade.
Jones, Allen Morris. A Bloom of Bones (Con, 16.95) Nov. When a corpse is found on his property, a Montana rancher and poet is forced to confront his past and his choices.
Katzenbach, John. The Dead Student (Per, 16.00) Oct. When his uncle is found dead, a graduate student and his ex-girlfriend join forces to find the killer in a novel of psychological suspense.
Kepnes, Caroline. Hidden Bodies (SS, 16.00) Nov. Bookstore owner Joe Goldberg has finally gotten over his unfortunate love affair with Beck and falls in love with a beautiful woman who decamps for LA with a collection of first editions and his broken heart, so he buys a Rachel Ray carving knife and goes after her. Great snarky fun.
Kessler, Kate. Two Can Play (LB, 15.99) Forensic psychologist Audrey Harte returns to her hometown in Maine to serve as an expert at the trial of a rapist and serial killer, but she soon suspects that the prisoner has an accomplice who is continuing to prey on young women.
Kitchin, C.H.B. Crime at Christmas (Per, 14.95) Oct. A classic cozy Christmas mystery first published in 1937, featuring stockbroker Malcolm Warren investigating murder at a holiday gathering.
Klinger, Leslie, ed. In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe (Peg, 15.95) Oct. An anthology of 20 tales of terror inspired by the master.
Leslie, Barbara. Rehab Run (RH, 14.95) Nov. In rehab for drug addiction after avenging her sister’s murder, a woman thinks that all is smooth sailing—until she finds a human hand in a mailbox.
Lida, David. One Life (Per, 15.99) Oct. An American mitigation specialist, hired by defense lawyers in capital cases, is in Mexico investigating the life of an undocumented immigrant accused of killing her baby in Louisiana in a suspenseful and heartbreaking novel that spotlights the plight of immigrants.
Lowell, Catherine. The Madwoman Upstairs (SS, 16.00) Nov. An Oxford student who is the last descendent of the Bronte family is sent on a treasure hunt for a missing trove of manuscripts and papers by the untimely death of her father.
Lupton, Rosamund. The Quality of Silence (RH, 16.00) Nov. An astrophysicist and her deaf daughter strike out in the Alaskan wilderness when they find that her scientist husband has died in a catastrophic accident.
Mack, Janey. Shoot ‘Em Up (Ken, 15.00) Oct. In the third in this funny series, Chicago cop Maisie McGrane goes undercover to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel, and her adventures include the border-crossing of a bull with digestive problems.
Malliet, G.M. The Haunted Season (STM, 15.99) Oct. When the local lord of the manor is killed while horseback riding, the Reverend Max Tudor is called in to help the police investigation centering on the dead man’s unpleasant family. Highly recommended.
McDonald, Ann A. The Oxford Inheritance (HC, 15.99) Nov. After receiving a mysterious package with an old photograph of her mother in full Oxford regalia and a cryptic note, a young woman enrolls in Raleigh College to find out more about her mother’s past. A nicely creepy read.
McEvoy, Dermot. Our Lady of Greenwich Village (Per, 15.99) Oct. When a vision of the Virgin Mary appears to a conservative politician in NYC, he uses this to push a strong anti-abortion campaign, but a liberal political consultant decides to run against him in a brilliant novel of political corruption and hypocrisy.
McPherson, Ben. A Line of Blood (HC, 15.99) Oct. In a suspenseful debut set in London, a man and his young son find the body of their neighbor in the bathtub and the subsequent investigation tears apart the family when both husband and wife come under suspicion.
Millar, Grace. City of Strangers (SS, 16.00) Nov. In a creepy novel of psychological suspense, a London reporter returns from her honeymoon to find a dead man in her apartment, so she investigates the unknown man only to discover that his death is connected to two more murders.
Millar, Margaret. The Collected Millar (Soho, 17.99) Nov. Four classic crime novels by a master of suspense. Highly recommended.
Millikin, Patrick. The Highway Kind: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, and Dark Roads (Mull, 15.99) Oct. A collection of short stories.
Oppenheim, E. Phillips The Spy Paramount (PP, 12.95) and The Great Impersonation (PP, 12.95) Nov. Spy classics first published in 1935 and 1920, with British aristocrats fighting the Germans to save the world. Great fun.
Phillips, Louise. Red Ribbons (Per, 16.00) Nov. The first in an Irish police procedural series featuring criminal psychologist Kate Pearson called in when two young girls are found murdered with identical red ribbons in their hair.
Rendell, Ruth. Dark Corners (SS, 16.00) Nov. A novel of psychological suspense about a man who rents out the top floor of the London house he inherits and finds himself at the mercy of his tenant.
Richmond, T.R. What She Left (SS, 16.00) Nov. After his former student is found dead on a riverbank south of London, an anthropology professor pieces together her life from her blog-posts, Facebook postings, interviews with friends to discover what actually happened to her—suicide, accident, or murder.
Robertson, Craig. In Place of Death (SS, 16.00) Oct. Glasgow DS Rachel Narey investigates when a murder victim is found with a slit throat in an underground cavern by an urban explorer.
Santos-Febres, Mayra, ed. San Juan Noir (Akashic, 15.95) Oct. A collection of short stories by puertoriqueño writers set in San Juan, simultaneously published in Spanish.
Schofield, Douglas. Time of Departure (STM, 16.99) Nov. A young Florida prosecutor investigates when two bodies are found in a construction site, bodies that date back to an abduction case years before, but when a retired cop inserts himself into the investigation, she begins to fear that she is in danger in a strong debut.
Scottoline, Lisa. Corrupted (STM, 15.99) Sept. A lapse of judgement comes back to haunt Bennie Rosato when an affair she had years before impels her to agree to defend a young man accused of murder even though his story is not believable.
Smith, Martin Cruz. Canto for a Gypsy (SS, 16.00) and Gypsy in Amber (SS, 16.00) Oct. A reissue of two novels featuring Gypsy antique dealer Roman Grey.
Staub, Wendy Corsi. Nine Lives (Per, 15.99) Sept. The first in a new paranormal series featuring a widow who goes on a road trip with her young son and ends up at a spiritualist enclave in upstate New York, where the housekeeper drowns in what might not be an accidental death.
Swanson, Peter. The Kind Worth Killing (HC, 15.99) Oct. When a man meets a beautiful woman on a trans-Atlantic flight, their conversation leads to sex, obsession, and murder in a brilliant novel of psychological suspense. Highly recommended.
Thomas, David. Blood Relative (Quer, 14.99) Nov. When a man returns home and finds his brother dead and his German wife holding a bloody knife, he vows to prove her innocence in an investigation that turns up dark secrets about her past in the former East Berlin and the infamous STASI.
Weaver, Tim. Vanished (Png, 16.00) Oct. Six months after a man disappeared during his daily commute on the tube, his wife hires missing persons investigator Dave Raker to find him, but the case turns dangerous when even the police are lying to him. An excellent series with a strong protagonist and strong plotting.
Williams, Conrad. Hell is Empty (RH, 14.95) Nov. PI Joel Sorrell is working on a kidnapping case when he learns that his greatest adversary is out of prison and coming after him.
New and Forthcoming in International Mysteries
Andrew, Sally. Recipes for Love and Murder (HC, 15.99) Oct. The first of a new series set in South Africa, featuring a food columnist who decides to do some sleuthing when one of her readers is murdered after complaining of spousal abuse.
Blaedel, Sara. The Killing Forest (GC, 14.99) Oct. Investigating the case of a missing teenager, Louise Rick returns to her Danish hometown and decides to look into the long-ago death of her boyfriend as well, uncovering longstanding lies and toxic truths.
Callaghan, Tom. A Spring Betrayal (Quer, 26.99) Oct. When the bodies of seven infants are found in a field in a remote area of Kyrgystan, exiled Murder Squad detective Akyl Borubaev investigates and uncovers a ring of criminals specializing in kidnapping, torturing, and killing children, a brutal gang reaching into the highest levels of government.
Camillieri, Andrea, et.al. Judges (Hach, 24.99) Oct. Three novellas featuring judges in the Italian legal system by three Italian crime writers.
_____. A Voice in the Night (Png, 16.00) Nov. Inspector Montalbano investigates a robbery and a murder case that both have ties to political corruption and the Mafia in the latest of this excellent series set in Sicily.
Dard, Frédéric. Crush (RH, 13.95) Nov. When a woman in an industrial town in northern France goes to work as a maid for a glamorous American couple, she finds secrets, lies, and obsession that leads to murder in a gritty noir classic.
Dhooge, Bavo. Styx (SS, 16.00) Nov. A cop who is killed by a serial killer becomes a zombie and vows to stop the killer—although he does have to deal with his compulsion to eat human flesh—in a genre-bending thriller by a Flemish crime novelist.
De Angelis, Augusto. The Mystery of the Three Orchids (RH, 13.95) Oct. After a body is found in a fashion house, Inspector De Vincenzi receives three flowers, each announcing a new murder.
Eriksson, Kjell. Stone Coffin (STM, 25.99) Nov. When a woman and her young daughter are killed by a hit-and-run driver, suspicion falls on her husband, a successful businessman with a mistress and a history of shady dealings, but Uppsala homicide detective Ann Lindell finds discrepancies.
Gaind, Arjun Raj. A Very Pukka Murder (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Nov. Set in the princely state of Rajpore in 1909, this debut is a locked-room mystery with the maharajah investigating when a British officer is found dead in his bedroom with the door bolted from the inside.
Grimm, Hans Herbert. Schlump (NYRB, 16.95) Nov. The first US appearance of the first German novel to depict the horrors of WWI, a novel burned in 1933 by the Nazis for its unflattering picture of the German military.
Hewson, David. The Flood (SH, 29.95) Oct. A mystery set in Florence in 1986 featuring a semi-retired carabineer, a British graduate student studying art, and a young carabineer who helps when a church fresco is defaced with blood and an aristocrat is murdered.
Higashino, Keigo. Under the Midnight Sun (STM, 26.99) Nov. An Osaka detective refuses to give up on a murder case from 1973 and follows the clues—and the families—for twenty years before he finally solves the case.
Holt, Anne and Berit Reiss-Andersen. No Echo (SS, 26.00) Sept. Oslo police detective Hanne Wilhelmsen is called in to investigate the stabbing death of an elite chef and discovers some very unpalatable secrets.
Indridason, Arnoldur. Reykjavik Nights (STM, 16.00) Oct. A prequel to the series featuring Erlandur as a rookie policeman investigating the death of a tramp.
Isaksen, Jógvan. Walpurgis Tide (Duf, 33.00) Oct. After a Danish policeman moves back to the Faroe Islands planning on taking up a writing career, he is coerced into investigating the murders of two British environmental activists, sent to the Faroes to report on the annual whale hunt.
Läckberg, Camilla. The Lost Boy (Peg, 25.95) Oct. Swedish detective Patrik Hedström investigates the murder of Fjällbacka’s finance officer who was involved in the restoration of a hotel into a ritzy spa, but no one seems to have known the man well.
_____. The Drowning (Peg, 15.95) Oct. When a reclusive young writer begins receiving threatening notes, and then his childhood friend disappears, detective Hedström and his crime writer wife investigates a case that has its roots in the writer’s childhood.
Lahlum, Hans Olav. Satellite People (IPG, 14.95) Nov. When a multimillionaire is killed at a dinner party, the detectives interview the ten guests in a case that has its roots in the Nazi occupation of Norway.
Lin, Ed. Incensed (Soho, 26.95) Oct. Taiwanese food stall owner Jing-nan is summoned by his gangster uncle to watch over his teenaged cousin whose boyfriend is a petty criminal, but when the cousin goes missing and her boyfriend is found dead, the babysitting job turns more serious.
May, Peter. The Critic (Quer, 14.99) Nov. A reissue of the second in the series featuring forensics expert Enzo MacLeod, set in France.
McCall Smith, Alexander. Precious and Grace (RH, 25.95) Oct. The agency is hired to help a Canadian woman who spent her early childhood in Botswana recover her past history.
Meyer, Deon. Icarus (Per, 16.00) Oct. Benny Griessel investigates when the man who operates a website providing alibis—for a price—for those who want to hide what they were doing is murdered and someone is threatening to reveal his clients. Meyer is excellent.
Minier, Bernard. The Circle (STM, 16.99) Oct. Toulouse police commandant Martin Servaz is asked by an old girlfriend to look into the murder of the teacher of her teenaged son, who is considered the prime suspect, in a psychological thriller with a twisty plot.
Mishani, D.A. The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything (HC, 15.99) Nov. Israeli police superintendent Avraham investigates the murder of a woman, and a neighbor swears to have seen a cop leaving the apartment at the time of the death. A wonderful police-procedural series.
Nair, Anita. Chain of Custody (Con, 14.95) Nov. Bangalore detective inspector Gowda Gowda ties the disappearance of a teenaged girl to the murder of a high-powered attorney in a case involving child trafficking.
Nesser, Hakan. Hour of the Wolf (RH, 16.00) Nov. Inspector Van Veeteren is called back from retirement when a hit-and-run accident is followed by a murder that appears to be related.
Osbourne, Lawrence. Hunters in the Dark (RH, 16.00) Oct. When a schoolteacher leaves his job and life to go to Cambodia, he is soon caught up in a series of events that change his life forever in a novel filled with Hitchcockian twists and turns.
Pancol, Katherine. The Slow Waltz of Turtles (Png, 17.00) Nov. A newly-divorced woman moves to Paris after she ghostwrites a successful novel for her sister, but when people start dying in her neighborhood, she must confront murder and lies in a best-selling French novel that is part mystery, part chick-lit, all fun.
Pauw, Marion. Girl in the Dark (HC, 15.99) Oct. A single mother whose son has behavior problems discovers accidentally that she has an older brother who is autistic and in an institution for killing a neighbor and her daughter in a novel of psychological suspense by a Dutch writer.
Rose-Innis, Henrietta. Ninevah (Per, 16.00) Nov. When a Cape Town pest control expert is called in to check an infestation at a new, luxury apartment building, she finds that the project has become an environmental nightmare.
Rydahl, Thomas. The Hermit (PER, 21.99) In a prize-winning Danish debut, an elderly Danish expatriate living in the Canary Islands with two goats for company finds the body of an infant and vows to bring the murderers to justice.
Sánchez-Andrade, Cristina. The Winterlings (SS, 16.99) Nov. A Gothic novel set in Galicia in the 1950s where two sisters return to their village after the murder of their grandfather during the Spanish Civil War and cause consternation among the eccentric villagers.
Simenon, Georges. Maigret’s Dead Man (Png, 12.00) Oct. The reissue of a classic by the French master.
Skredderbergit, Asle. The Oslo Conspiracy (STM, 25.99) Oct. A Norwegian detective assigned to the Financial Crimes Unit is sent to Rome to investigate the murder of a Norwegian woman, a researcher for an American pharmaceutical company.
Smith, Dan. The Darkest Heart (Peg, 14.95) Nov. A Brazilian assassin decides to change his life, but he must do one last job, a job he may not survive.
Staalesen, Gunnar. Where Roses Never Die (IPG, 14.95) Sept. Twenty-five years after her toddler daughter disappeared, her mother asks Bergen, Norway PI Varg Veum to investigate before the statute of limitations is reached and he discovers clues that connect the disappearance to a jewelry store robbery years later.
Vichi, Marco. Death and the Olive Grove (Peg, 14.95) Oct. Inspector Bordelli investigates the gruesome murders of two girls in the fields outside of Florence.
Wagner, David P. Return to Umbria (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Nov. On a family trip to Orvieto, Italian-American translator Rick Montoya agrees to help the police when an American woman is found dead in a case tied to her time as an art student years before.
New and Forthcoming in Historical Mysteries
Alexander, Tasha. A Terrible Beauty (STM, 25.99) Oct. Lady Emily’s first husband, who disappeared a decade before in Africa, reappears with an assassin on his trail, threatening everything she holds dear.
Alfieri, Annamaria. The Idol of Mombasa (F&M, 14.95) Oct. In the second in this series set in British East Africa, the head of the police is hampered in his investigation into the murder of a black slave, but his wife launches her own investigation.
Benedict, Laura. The Abandoned Heart (Peg, 25.95) Oct. The final volume of the paranormal trilogy moves between the 1870s and the 1920s, emphasizing the dark and wicked history of the first owner of Bliss House, whose evil legacy has continued to the present day.
_____. Charlotte’s Story (Peg, 15.95) Oct. In this spooky follow-up to Bliss House, set in 1957 in southern Virginia, housewife Charlotte Bliss, devastated by the death of her daughter, discovers disturbing, dark secrets about her own and her husband’s past, and worse, discovers that she is a prisoner at Bliss House, with only the ghost of her mother-in-law to help her.
Black, Benjamin. Golden Lane (HH, 28.00) Nov. In a historical mystery set in Prague in 1599, an ambitious young scholar hoping to make his fortune at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor finds himself in trouble when he stumbles over the body of a woman outside the castle walls.
Blake, Robin. Skin and Bone (STM, 25.99) Oct. The coroner of Preston investigates when an infant’s body is found in a tanner’s yard and discovers a conspiracy to drive out the tanners in the latest in this eighteenth-century series.
Bowen, Rhys. Away in a Manger (STM, 15.99) Nov. Molly Murphy Sullivan is drawn into an investigation when she helps out a beggar girl in NYC in 1905, a girl whose origins are mysterious.
Brackston, P.J. Once upon a Crime (Peg, 14.95) Oct. A prequel to the story of Gretel, now a PI in eighteenth-century Bavaria, where the case of three missing cats dovetails with the case of a burning cart where a corpse was found.
Buckley, Christopher. The Relic Master (SS, 16.00) Oct. In a comic historical caper novel set in 1517, a relic hunter and his artist friend are compelled by a wealthy patron to steal the Shroud of Chambéry, a dubious relic sought by other treasure hunters.
Buckley, Fiona. A Perilous Alliance (SH, 29.95) Oct. Queen Elizabeth’s half-sister Ursula Blanchard must investigate the death of a servant that may have been committed by a French count who has been proposed as her suitor by the queen.
Cantor, Jillian. The Hours Count (River, 16.00) Oct. A historical thriller set in the early 1950s, a time of red-baiting and paranoia, about a young housewife who becomes friends with her neighbor, Ethel Rosenberg, later executed for espionage. Highly recommended.
Chance, Maia. Come Hell or Highball (STM, 15.99) Oct. After her husband’s death, a society matron discovers that she is penniless, so she and her cook agree to retrieve a mysterious reel of film in the first of a funny, cozy historical series set in New York in the 1920s.
_____. Teetotaled (STM, 24.99) Oct. In 1923 penniless New York socialite and her former cook who’ve set up a discreet enquiry agency go to a Long Island to recover the diary of a young bride-to-be that may contain indiscretions that could jeopardize the upcoming wedding in the second in this comic series.
Clare, Alys. A Shadowed Evil (SH, 28.95) Oct. Sir Josse d’Acquin and his wife travel to Sussex to pay their last respects to his dying uncle, but tensions in the household lead to several murders.
Clark, Clare. We that Are Left (HMH, 14.95) Oct. Two sisters who grow up on an English country estate must deal with family secrets after WWI upends everything they thought they knew about life—and death.
Collins, Max Allan. Quarry in Black (RH, 9.95) Oct. Quarry is hired to eliminate a charismatic civil rights leader who is campaigning for George McGovern during the 1972 presidential election, but he soon finds that white supremacists are also after his target—and him.
Crown, Alex. Sirius (SS, 25.00) Oct. A fox terrier manages to save his Jewish family from the Nazis, become a Hollywood superstar, and return to Germany as Hitler’s pet to help the Resistance in perhaps the only upbeat work about the Nazis since Springtime for Hitler.
Dowling, Gregory. Ascension (STM, 26.99) Oct. The first of a new series set in eighteenth-century Venice, where an English-educated tourist guide who is pressed into service by the chief of police when the tutor of an English tourist is found murdered and the evidence points to a sinister Venetian nobleman.
Downing, David. One Man’s Flag (Soho, 16.95) Nov. British spy Jack McColl is in India in 1915, protecting the Empire from Bengali terrorists and their German allies, when he is asked to meet with his former lover, Irish journalist Caitlin Hanley, to discover secrets about the threat of a rising in Dublin that would open another front for Britain during WWI. Highly recommended.
Dunn, Carola. Superfluous Women (STM, 16.99) Oct. When three of her friends fall under suspicion when a long-dead body is found in the house they share, Daisy Dalrymple and her husband investigate.
Eldridge, Jim. Assassins (SH, 29.99) Oct. In a debut historical set in London in 1921, a Scotland Yard homicide detective investigates the murder of a cabinet minister, which may have been tied to Bolsheviks or Irish home rule, but he discovers a personal connection as well.
Finch, Charles. The Inheritance (STM, 25.99) Nov. Charles Lenox agrees to help a school friend from Harrow who has returned to London because of a sizable and mysterious inheritance, but who has survived two attempts on his life in the short time he’s been back.
Gray, Juliana. A Most Extraordinary Pursuit (Brk, 15.00) Oct. First in a witty Edwardian series with paranormal elements, featuring a private secretary who is sent to Crete to investigate the disappearance of an archaeologist with the help of a handsome nobleman.
Hansen, Ron. The Kid (SS, 26.00) Oct. A fictionalized treatment of the life of Billy the Kid, the New Mexico killer, rustler, and horse thief, whose involvement in the bloody Lincoln County War between two business and political factions led to his imprisonment and eventual death at the hands of lawman Pat Garrett.
Hauser, Thomas. The Baker’s Tale (Per, 15.95) Nov. A historical mystery set in Victorian London, with a young woman saved from the streets as an infant by Charles Dickens who as an adult is threatened by a scheming coal baron.
Hunt, Andrew. Desolation Flats (STM, 26.99) Nov. Set in Salt Lake City in 1938, this third in the series features Mormon policeman Art Oveson who investigates when the racing team of a British driver is plagued by accidents, disappearances, and murder.
Jones, J. Sydney. The Third Place (SH, 28.95) Oct. Viennese attorney Karl Werthen is sent to the Hapsburg’s country home to recover a compromising letter involving Emperor Franz Joseph in the sixth in the series set in the early twentieth century.
Kalteis, Dietrich. House of Blazes (Per, 16.95) Oct. A crime story set in San Francisco in 1906, featuring an ex-con who returns to find the gold he had stolen in the bar he had owned, but whose efforts are hampered by the tremendous earthquake and its aftermath.
King, Laurie R. Mary Russell’s War and Other Stories of Suspense (PP, 15.95) Oct. A collection of stories and diary entries that provide background for the relationship between Mary and her husband Sherlock Holmes. Illustrated.
King, V. Andre. The Führer Must Die (Per, 24.99) Nov. A novel based on the attempt on the life of Adolf Hitler that occurred in Munich in 1939 that baffled the police and Gestapo because the perpetrator was an ordinary German citizen who claimed to have worked alone.
Koreto, R.J. Death Among the Rubies (Per, 25.99) Oct. Visiting a friend’s family country house, suffragette Lady Frances Ffolkes and her maid investigate the murder of her friend’s father in the second in this delightful Edwardian series.
Littlewood, Alison. The Hidden People (LB, 26.99) Nov. When he discovers that his cousin who lived in a rural English village has been killed by her husband, suspected of being a witch, a Londoner vows to find the missing husband and seek justice, but the villagers close ranks to protect him in a gothic tale set in 1851.
Lloyd, Catherine. Death Comes to Kurland Hall (Ken, 15.00) Nov. Lucy returns home to help her friend with her wedding, but when a widow with designs on her father, the rector, is found dead, she must discover a murderer in this Regency series.
Loan-Wilsey, Anna. A March to Remember (Ken, 15.00) Oct. Private secretary Hattie Davish accompanies an British American-history specialist to Washington, D.C. in 1894, where a protest by thousands of unemployed workers is taking place, but when one of the leaders is murdered during a confrontation with police, Hattie discovers that he was there to blackmail her employer’s friend, a powerful politician.
Loingsigh, Eamon. Exile on Bridge Street (Per, 15.95) Oct. Having fled Ireland to avoid the violence of the Easter Uprising of 1916, a young Irish man finds himself involved with the Irish gangs of Brooklyn as he struggles to get his mother and sisters safely out of Ireland.
MacNeal, Susan Elia. The Queen’s Accomplice (Ban, 16.00) Oct. SOE operative Maggie Hope joins with the investigation of MI5 and Scotland Yard when a series of young women are found gruesomely murdered in London in 1942—all of them tapped by SOE to become spies behind enemy lines.
Morrell, David. Inspector of the Dead (LB, 15.99) Oct. Thomas De Quincey and his daughter investigate a series of murders of aristocrats that may lead to an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria.
_____. Ruler of the Night (LB, 27.00) Nov. On a railway trip to the Lake District Thomas De Quincey and his daughter investigate the strangling death of a fellow passenger, an attorney.
Murray, Sabine. Valiant Gentlemen (Per, 27.00) Nov. A novel based on the lives and friendship of Irish patriot Roger Casement and Herbert Ward, whose friendship of decades was destroyed by WWI when Ward and his sons fought on the British side and Casement allied himself with the Germans to rid Ireland of British rule.
Nickson, Chris. The Iron Water (SH, 28.99) Nov. DI Tom Harper investigates the grisly discoveries of a corpse and a severed arm in the latest in this series set in nineteenth-century Leeds.
Penzler, Otto, ed. The Big Book of Jack the Ripper (Vin, 25.00) Oct. A collection of tales inspired by the nineteenth-century murderer whose identity remains unknown, including as well primary source material such as newspaper and autopsy reports of the crime.
Perry, Anne. A Christmas Message (Ball, 20.00) Nov. During a trip to Jerusalem in 1900 a British couple find themselves in danger when they try to deliver a piece of parchment left by a murdered man.
Price, Steven. By Gaslight (FSG, 28.00) Oct. When the dismembered body of a woman is found in London in 1885, two men—one the son of American detective agency founder Allan Pinkerton and the other a master criminal—join forces to discover what happened to her in an atmospheric historical thriller.
Rabb, Jonathan. Among the Living (RH, 25.95) Oct. A Holocaust survivor moves to post-war Savannah where he has relatives, but he finds that he must forge a new identity in a completely different world.
Saylor, Steven. Wrath of the Furies (STM, 16.99) Oct. When the young Gordianus discovers that his mentor Antipater, who betrayed his people to spy for Mithridates, is in danger he enters Ephesus to come to his aid, but his efforts are hampered by Mithridates’s plan to massacre Romans trapped in areas under his control in a mystery set in 88 BCE.
Schumacher, Tony. The British Lion (HC, 15.99) Oct. Set in Occupied Great Britain in 1946 after the German victory in WWII, this second in the alternate history finds British policeman John Rosett helping an American seeking a Jewish scientist who holds the secret to the atomic bomb.
Shapiro, B.A. The Muralist (Algon, 15.95) Nov. A fictional artist interacts with the budding Abstract Expressionists before her mysterious disappearance in 1940 in a well-researched story of the pre-WWII art and political scene.
Smith, Martin Cruz. The Girl from Venice (SS, 27.00) Oct. When a fisherman rescues a Jewish woman on the run from the SS in occupied Venice in 1945, he becomes involved in a world of partisans and Nazis, art forgery and stolen munitions—and love.
Stewart, David O. The Babe Ruth Deception (Ken, 25.00) Oct. Fraser and Cook agree to help the Sultan of Swing when a scandal threatens his win in the 1918 World Series.
Street, Karen Lee. Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster (Peg, 25.95) Oct. In a debut mystery, Edgar Poe and his fictional detective C. Auguste Dupin team up to investigate a series of assaults that occurred decades earlier, and in which Poe’s maternal grandparents may be implicated.
Thomas, Sam. The Midwife and the Assassin (STM, 15.99) Nov. In 1649 midwife Bridget is summoned to London to work as a spy for the Parliamentarian forces of Oliver Cromwell.
Thomas, Sherry. A Study in Scarlet Women (Brk, 15.00) Oct. A disgraced upper-class woman moves to London in 1886 working as “Sherlock Holmes” to help the police, and when the members of the same aristocratic family die unexpectedly, she must make sure that her father and sister are not implicated in the first of a new series.
Thomas, Will. Anatomy of Evil (STM, 16.99) Oct. Cyrus Barker and his assistant take on the case of the Whitechapel Killer also known as Jack the Ripper.
_____. Hell Bay (STM, 25.99) Oct. Victorian PI Cyrus Barker and his assistant go to one of the Scilly isles off the coast of Cornwall to provide security for a secret international meeting, but the British representative is killed by a sniper when they first arrive, and it becomes clear that someone is targeting the conference attendees.
Thompson, Victoria. Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue (Brk, 7.99) Nov. In a Christmas mystery, midwife Sarah Brandt and DS Frank Molloy return from their honeymoon to find the daughter of a family friend accused of murdering her wealthy new husband.
Todd, Charles. No Shred of Evidence (HC, 14.99) Nov. Ian Rutledge is sent to Cornwall after an eyewitness accuses four young women of trying to drown a local banker’s son, even though they claim that they were trying to save him.
Weaver, Ashley. Death Wears a Mask (STM, 15.99) Oct. In the second in this series set in London in the early 1930s, socialite Amory Ames agrees to help DI Jones when the son of a friend of her mother is murdered at a masked ball and stolen jewels are found on his body. For those who enjoy Carola Dunn and Jacqueline Winspear.
_____. A Most Novel Revenge (STM, 24.99) Oct. When their hostess, a socialite who scandalized society with a roman-a-clef about a murder at her country house years before is found murdered during a house party, Amory Ames and her playboy husband Milo are among the guests, and decide to find the killer.
Wilson, Laura. The Riot (F&M, 14.95) Nov. DI Ted Stratton is sent to racially-charged Notting Hill in 1958 when a landlord is murdered, but the tensions spill over into more murders and a riot in the area, despite the politicians’ view that there is no racial component.
Wishaw, Iona. A Killer in King’s Cove (Per, 14.95) Oct. A former British intelligence officer decides to move to a small town in British Columbia in 1946, but the discovery of a murder victim puts her in danger of having to reveal secrets of her work during WWII that she doesn’t want to remember.
Wortham, Reavis Z. Unraveled (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Oct. Small-town Texas constable Ned Parker investigates when the mayor and his black secretary are killed in a car accident, with the townspeople speculating as to why they were together, reviving a longtime family feud.
Of Special Interest
Our hours have changed again: 9-4 Wednesday and Thursday, 11-4 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I just can’t miss this beautiful riding weather.
Clues will be closed November 11, 12, and 13 so I can take my great-niece horseback riding. Charlyn will open Sunday, November 13 at 1:00 for the Clues Unlimited Book Club. Clues will also be closed November 23 and 24 for Thanksgiving. We’ll reopen Friday and have a Small Business Saturday Sale on November 26.
Enjoy this rainy fall weather by reading lots of mysteries!
Chris and Bosco