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Ahmad, A.X. The Caretaker (STM, 24.99) May. A debut mystery about an Indian army officer living in Martha’s Vineyard who takes care of summer visitors’ houses during the off-season, but when he moves his family into a senator’s house illegally, he finds himself on the run from thieves who break in.
Albert, Susan Wittig. Widow’s Tears (Brk, 25.95) Apr. China is drawn into the mystery of a haunted house being investigated by her friend Ruby, who has the gift of extrasensory perception.
Allan, Barbara. Antiques Chop (Ken, 24.00) May. Brandy Borne and her mother have their own reality show, based on their knowledge of antiques and crime-solving, set in an old house that was the scene of an ax-murder sixty years before, but when a producer loses his head and the suspect is found with a bloodstained ax, it’s time for some real sleuthing.
Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince (Vik, 25.95) Apr. When she discovers a silver sleigh artifact stolen from a local Jacobean manor house turned museum, Lori’s search for the true owner leads back to the Russian Revolution.
Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland (Put, 26.95) May. Spenser agrees to help a friend who has a heavy-handed developer after his condo, but the case soon leads to plans to turn land north of Boston into a casino and a megalomaniacal Las Vegas kingpin who won’t take no.
Baldacci, David. The Hit (GC, 27.99) Apr. A highly skilled assassin is sent by the government to take down a rogue agent—the only one whose skills are a match for his—but the more he tracks her, the more he comes to believe that her betrayal may have deeper ramifications.
Barber, Christine. When the Devil Doesn’t Show (STM, 24.99) Apr. Santa Fé detective Gil Montoya discovers that an unidentified body found in a house fire is linked to Los Alamos, the infamous nuclear testing facility.
Barnes, Linda. Perfect Ghost (STM, 24.99) Apr. A stand-alone mystery about a very shy, reclusive writer of biographies whose writing partner dies in a car accident, so she is forced to interview the subject of their next book, a renowned film director, and his secrets may have been related to her partner’s accident.
Bart, Paul. Under Tower Peak (Skyhorse, 23.95) Apr. When two wilderness guides find the wreckage of a small plane on the California-Nevada border and a badly charred corpse, they become involved in a series of violent incidents related to the disappearance of an eccentric billionaire adventurer.
Beaton, M.C. Death of Yesterday (GC, 23.99) Mar. When an art student turns up dead after complaining to Hamish Macbeth that her sketchbook was stolen at the local pub, it is but the first of the murders in this cozy, Scottish mystery.
Black, Lisa. Blunt Impact (SH, 28.95) May. Forensic specialist Theresa Maclean joins with her homicide detective cousin in Cleveland where a woman is found dead at a construction site, and they find a young girl, the daughter of the victim, who is the only witness to the murder.
Brookmyre, Christopher. When the Devil Drives (AtlMon, 24.00) May. Scottish PI Jasmine Sharp is hired by a woman to find her missing younger sister, but her case dovetails with a case of murder at a Highland theatrical performance, and both cases are tied to occult rituals at an estate years before. Highly recommended.
Casey, Jane. The Last Girl (STM, 24.99) May. London DC Maeve Kerrigan investigates when the wife and daughter of a celebrated defense attorney are found dead in their home.
Castle, Richard. Storm Front (GC, 21.99) May. Derrick Storm returns at the behest of the CIA to investigate the killings of international bankers.
Cha, Steph. Follow Her Home (STM, 24.99) Apr. When a Los Angeles woman is asked by a friend to investigate his father’s possible affair with a paralegal, she finds herself embroiled in a murder with a body in her trunk in a powerful debut mystery.
Chesterton, R. B. The Darkling (Peg, 24.95) Apr. A gothic thriller set in a small Alabama town where a California couple planning to restore a crumbling resort find malevolent forces at work, forces that may be related to the young woman they have hired to tutor their children.
Clark, Mary Higgins. Daddy’s Gone A Hunting (SS, 26.99) Apr. When her sister is gravely injured in an explosion in the family furniture firm, a woman must investigate a dark family secret.
Cleeves, Ann. Silent Voices (STM, 24.99) May. When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna of her gym, she hopes it was death by natural causes, but alas, she finds signs of murder in the American debut of a British police procedural series.
Colfer, Eoin. Screwed (Vik, 25.95) May. Down-at-luck Irish bouncer Daniel McAvoy working at a seedy bar in New Jersey must solve yet more murders in the second in this very funny series.
Coonts, Deborah. Lucky Bastard (STM, 25.99) May. The head of customer relations at a Las Vegas hotel must investigate when a woman is found dead on the trunk of a red Ferrari at an opulent car show in the latest in this comic series.
Corley, Elizabeth. Requiem Mass (STM, 25.99) May. DCI Andrew Fenwick, investigating the disappearance of a young mother discovers that she was among four school friends who were together twenty years when a young girl fell to her death.
Edwards, Martin. The Frozen Shroud (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Apr. DCI Hannah Scarlett of the Lake District’s Cold Case Review team has a case turn warm when a woman is found with her face shrouded—the third in a series of murders dating back to the first World War.
Ephron, Hallie. There was an old Woman (HC, 25.99) Apr. When a woman returns to her mother’s house she finds not only a real mess, but also a number of inexplicable items, such as expensive liquor and a large, new television, and the only person who can tell her what’s been going on is an elderly neighbor who has problems with her memory.
Estleman, Loren B. Alive (STM, 24.99) Apr. Film consultant Valentino returns to investigate rumors that a film print of Bela Lugosi as Frankenstein has appeared, tied to the death of an estranged friend. Old movie buffs will love this series.
Fields, Trisha. Scratchgravel Road (STM, 24.99) Mar. When a woman finds her friend lying near death on a dirt road in rural Texas, by the side of a murdered Mexican immigrant, she must investigate because her friend can remember nothing.
Fletcher, Jessica and Donald Bain. Murder She Wrote: Prescription for Murder (NAL, 23.95) Apr. In Florida visiting her friend from Cabot’s Cove, Jessica attends a party honoring a Cuban-American physician who is working on a cure for Alzheimer’s disease when the doctor is killed by what appears to be a lightning strike.
Fredrickson, Jack. The Dead Caller from Chicago (STM, 25.99) Apr. Michigan investigator Dek Eckstrom is faced with a mystery that deepens and widens when he gets a call from a man supposed to be dead.
French, Nicci. Tuesday’s Gone (Vik, 27.95) Apr. Psychologist Freda Klein is called in when DCI Karlsson is assigned the case of a con man found naked and decomposing in the house of a woman with mental problems.
Galbraith, Robert. The Cuckoo’s Calling (Mull, 26.00) May. A debut novel about a London PI who is hired to find out why a black supermodel at the height of her career committed suicide. Highly recommended.
Gibson, Gregory. The Old Turk’s Load (Mys, 24.00) Apr. A caper novel about a load of pure heroin from Turkey that goes missing and the various people who want to have it, from the powerful crime lord to a real estate developer and his wannabe revolutionary daughter.
Goldenbaum, Sally. Angora Alibi (NAL, 24.95) May. The Seaside Knitter’s must pay careful attention to patterns to find a killer when a young man is killed during a scuba dive.
Grabenstein, Chris. Free Fall (Peg, 25.95) May. Jersey shore police officers Danny Boyle and John Ceepak agree to help a nurse who is accused of assaulting a doctor, but when one of her patients dies, they wonder if they may not be helping her get away with murder. An excellent series.
Graves, Sarah. A Bat in the Belfry (Bantam, 26.00) May. When the body of a local teen beauty-pageant winner is found in the belfry of an historic church and a friend is suspected of the murder, Jacobia investigates.
Gross, Andrew. No Way Back (HC, 27.99) Apr. A suburban mom goes on the run after she witnesses the murder of a chance stranger at the hands of rogue federal agents and joins forces with a Mexican nanny who is on the run from the same people in a suspenseful thriller. Highly recommended.
Haines, Carolyn. Smarty Bones (STM, 24.99) May. Sarah Booth Delaney is called in when a scholar investigating a perfectly preserved body of a woman in the Zinnia cemetery links her to a national scandal and implicates old Zinnia families.
Harris, Charlaine. Dead Ever After (Brk, 27.95) May. The final entry in the Sookie Stackhouse series finds her investigating a murder in Bon Temps—a murder for which she is accused.
Hart, Carolyn. Dead, White, and Blue (Brk, 25.95) May. Annie and her husband investigate disappearances in the dog days of summer and discover a trail of adultery, blackmail, and betrayal.
Harvey, Michael. The Innocence Game (Knopf, 24.95) May. Three graduate students in a journalism seminar attempt to find the real killer of a young boy fourteen years ago, but the investigation soon turns deadly.
Hayder, Mo. Poppet (AtlMon, 25.00) May. When a patient is released from a high-security mental health ward in error, Det. Jack Caffery is asked to investigate and track him down. Hayder is great.
Haynes, Dana. Ice Cold Kill (STM, 25.99) Apr. A former Israeli agent living in the U.S. finds herself linked to a much-sought terrorist, and to save herself she must discover why she is being used a distraction.
Heley, Veronica. False Alarm (SH, 28.95) Apr. PI Bea Abbott is hired to find out who’s behind a string of increasingly unpleasant accidents in the London apartment building of a ruthless business magnate.
Herron, Mick. Dead Lions (Soho, 25.95) May. In the second in this MI5 spy thriller series the washed-up spies in exile at Slough House investigate the death of a Cold War-era spy found dead on a bus outside Oxford. Highly recommended.
Hunt, Alaric. Cuts through Bone (STM, 24.99) May. A debut mystery about a young female Manhattan PI who is assigned the case of a young Afghan war vet accused of murdering his socialite girlfriend after her boss decides he is innocent. Highly recommended.
Hutton, Ewart. Good People (STM, 25.99) Apr. A debut mystery featuring a half-Italian-half-Welsh cop who is exiled from Cardiff to the countryside after a scandal, but he discovers a web of secrets and betrayals when six men and a young woman disappear after a night of rugby and beer.
Ison, Graham. Make Them Pay (Sh, 27.95) Apr. London detectives Brock and Poole investigate the murder of a Nigerian and the killings of two Germans in a case tied to a major stock fraud operation with international complications.
Johansen, Iris. Taking Eve (STM, 27.99) Apr. A man whose son has disappeared fears going to the police, so he decides to kidnap forensic sculptor Eve Duncan to help him find out what happened.
Kaehler, Tammy. Braking Points (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Apr. The first in a new series featuring a NASCAR driver who discovers her boyfriend with the body of her best friend, the same day that she wrecks her racecar and sends another driver to the hospital.
Keyes, Marian. The Mystery of Mercy Close (Vik, 27.95) Apr. Irish PI Helen Walsh is asked to find the missing member of the biggest Irish mid-nineties boy band for an upcoming reunion tour.
Knox, Tom. The Babylon Rite (Vik, 26.95) May. While journalist Adam Blackwood is chasing the story of a Templar relic, anthropologist Jess Silverton is researching an ancient, bloodthirsty Peruvian civilization with curious ties to modern religions.
Kosmatka, Ted. Prophet of Bones (HH, 27.00) Apr. When a geneticist is asked to study the DNA of the remains of hominids found in Indonesia, his startling discoveries lead to the entire archaeological dig being shut down by the authorities and a deadly attack on the scientists.
Krueger, William Kent. Ordinary Grace (SS, 24.99) Apr. A standalone crime novel about a man recollecting the summer of 1961 when the murder of a young child in the small Minnesota town where he grew up thrusts him into an adult knowledge of lies and betrayals.
Lange, Richard. Angel Baby (Mull, 26.00) May. When a woman decides to leave her husband with only the clothes on her back and the money in his safe, she knows she may die in the attempt because her husband is the ruthless leader of a drug cartel. Highly recommended.
Larsen, K.J. Some Like it Hot (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Mar. PI Cat DeLuca agrees to help out an old friend with a case involving a pair of missing diamond earrings, a case more serious than her usual work with cheating husbands in the third in this comic series.
LeCarré, John. A Delicate Truth (Vik, 28.95) May. An operation to abduct a high-value jihadist arms dealer carried out in 2009 may have been a tremendous boondoggle as a retired diplomat living on the Cornish coast learns from a disgraced Secret Forces agent who contacts him two years later.
Lescroart, John. The Ophelia Cut (SS, 26.99) May. San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy must defend a close friend accused of murdering the abusive boyfriend of his daughter.
Loehfelm, Bill. The Devil in her Way (FSG, 25.00) May. On her first day on patrol as a New Orleans police officer, a woman officer is punched by a man running from an apartment, in a case that spirals into something very serious indeed.
Lovesey, Peter. Tooth Tattoo (Soho, 25.95) Apr. A weekend trip to Vienna causes Peter Diamond to recollect the mysterious suicide of a Japanese tourist in the Danube Canal two years ago.
Lowell, Elizabeth. Dangerous Refuge (HC, 26.99) May. When an L.A. homicide detective returns to Nevada to settle the estate of his late uncle, he begins to suspect the man was murdered, and his investigation is hampered by a beautiful suspect.
MacBride, Stuart. Close to the Bone (HC, 24.99) May. In the latest in this Scottish police procedural series, DI Logan McRae notices small knots of bones outside of his house, but it isn’t until the second murder that he realizes that they could be significant. The earlier in the series are being reprinted in paperback.
Margolin, Phillip. Sleight of Hand (HC, 16.99) Apr. Washington PI Dana Cutler becomes involved with the case against a multimillionaire accused of killing his wife, who disappeared shortly before the termination of her prenup would have made her very rich.
Mark, David. Original Skin (Blue Rider, 27.95) May. Hull’s DS Aector McAvoy is not satisfied with a verdict of suicide when a young “swinger” is found hanged in his apartment, and his investigation takes him dangerously close to the city’s political elite.
McCreight, Kimberly. Reconstructing Angela (HC, 25.99) Apr. In this debut literary thriller, a woman begins to receive anonymous text messages after the mysterious suicide of her teenaged daughter, so she teams up with an NYPD detective to discover what really happened.
McKevitt, G.A. Killer Honeymoon (Ken, 24.00) Apr. Plus-sized PI Savannah Reid and her new husband witness a homicide while strolling on the beach, and must find a killer before he cuts short their wedded bliss.
Mitzner, Adam. A Case of Redemption (SS, 26.00) May. A high-profile defense attorney on leave after a personal tragedy is drawn back to defend a rap star accused of murdering his pop-star girlfriend in a suspenseful legal thriller.
Mosley, Walter. Little Green (BDD, 25.95) May. Easy Rawlins and Mouse are looking for a young man who disappeared during an acid trip in the mean streets of L.A. in 1968.
O’Sullivan, Kathryn. Foal Play (STM, 24.99) May. A debut mystery featuring a female fire chief in a small town on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where a murder and an arson fire may be tied to the Spanish mustangs that live there.
Page, Katherine Hall. The Body in the Piazza (HC, 24.99) May. Faith Fairchild and her husband are celebrating a significant wedding anniversary with a trip to Italy, but when a travel writer is murdered in front of them, Faith must find a killer.
Palmer, Daniel. Stolen (Ken, 25.00) May. When a man steals another’s identity to pay for the medication for his seriously-ill wife, he becomes a pawn to a psychopath who forces him to commit crimes or face deadly consequences in a chilling thriller.
Palumbo, Dennis. Night Terrors (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95) tp) May. In a grisly psychological thriller, doctor Daniel Rinaldi agrees to help an FBI agent with night terrors who is the target of a murderer killing those who put a serial killer behind bars.
Parker, T. Jefferson. The Famous and the Dead (Dut, 26.95) Apr. The conclusion of the border series featuring ATF agent Charlie Hood finds him working undercover to bring down an illegal arms smuggling ring, while crooked sheriff’s deputy Bradley Jones and diminutive devil Mike Finnegan work against him. Highly recommended.
Patterson, James and Maxine Paetro. Twelfth of Never (LB, 27.99) May. Lindsay Boxer is confronted with two difficult cases: a football player accused of a grisly murder and a murder that was foreseen by a college professor.
Robertson, Michael. The Baker Street Translation (STM, 24.99) Apr. Two lawyer brothers who rent offices at 221Baker Street must stop a very Sherlockian plot to disrupt a royal event.
Rodriguez, Linda. Every Broken Trust (STM, 25.99) May. The half-Cherokee chief of campus police at a small Missouri college has her hands full when a party for a Kansas City politician is disrupted after a woman stumbles upon a dead body and is attacked herself in the second in this series.
Rose, M.J. Seduction (SS, 24.00) May. A ghost story set in the Isle of Jersey where a mythologist arrives to study Celtic folklore only to find a manuscript by Victor Hugo concerning the séances that he conducted there trying to contact the spirit of his dead daughter.
Ross, Ann B. Miss Julia Stirs up Trouble (Vik, 26.95) Apr. When Hazel Marie’s housekeeper falls down the stairs, Miss Julia steps in to make sure Hazel and her babies are taken care of, a more difficult task when her ne’er-do-well uncle shows up.
Russell, Kirk. One through the Heart (SH, 28.95) Apr. A San Francisco homicide detective is called in when a bomb shelter is opened and found to contain 14 skulls, including that of a young graduate student who had been studying Native American genocide, and who had asked for his help a decade earlier before disappearing.
Sampson, Fay. The Overlooker (SH, 27.95) Apr. Genealogist Suzie Fewings and her family travel to a Lancashire mill town to meet with her husband’s oldest living relative, but he has suffered a stroke, so they tour the town only to find dark secrets and threats.
Sandford, John. Silken Prey (Put, 27.95) May. Lucas Davenport investigates the disappearance of a political fixer who decided that blackmail is a wise career move, and encounters an extremely dangerous woman.
Scottoline, Lisa. Don’t Go (STM, 27.99) Apr. While a doctor is serving in Afghanistan, his wife dies in a freak household accident, but when he returns he discovers that all is not as it appears to be and learns some ugly truths about those he trusted.
Simon, Clea. Parrots Prove Deadly (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Apr. Pru Marlowe is hired to retrain a foul-mouthed African Grey after the death of its owner, but she’s picking up psychic vibes that the parrot is really talking about a murder, even though everyone else considers it a feather-brained notion.
Spencer, Sally. A Walk with the Dead (SH, 27.95) Apr. DCI Monika Paniatowski investigates the murder of a thirteen-year-old girl, who disappeared after a family wedding, and helps out a colleague investigating a suicide in a Yorkshire prison.
Tabor, James. Frozen Solid (Ball, 26.00) Apr. Scientist Hallie Leland is doing research in Antarctica at the close of the season when members of the group begin to sicken and die, and with evidence of foul play, she must rush to stop a killer.
Talton, Jon. The Night Detectives (PP, 24.95 hc. 14.95 tp) May. David Mapstone and former Maricopa County sheriff Mike Peralta start a detective agency and their first case is an Arizona woman who fell from a condo tower in San Diego, whose brother believes it was murder, but is he indeed her brother? Signing.
Tanenbaum, Robert K. Echoes of my Soul (Ken, 25.00) May. A real-life account of the murder two young women in New York in 1963 and unjust conviction of an African-American man who was freed through the efforts of a young ADA, leading to the enactment of the Miranda Rights.
Ulfelder, Steve. Shotgun Lullaby (STM, 25.99) May. When a murder takes place in the Massachusetts half-way house where a young man he is mentoring is living, Conway Sax feels that the young man was the intended victim, and the suspect list includes his investment-banker father, his father’s young trophy wife, and a Houston con-man in the third in this excellent noir series.
Viets, Elaine. Board Stiff (NAL, 23.95) May. PIs Helen Hawthorne and her husband are called in by the owner of a beachfront parasailing and paddleboard rental company when a customer is killed.
Waite, Urban. The Carrion Birds (HC, 24.99) Apr. A career criminal is looking for one more job so that he can return to the small New Mexico town where his son lives, but the job—to steal a rival’s stash—turns very ugly, very quickly, and threatens to upset the fragile peace of the border area. Beautifully written.
Whittle, Tina. Blood, Ash, and Bone (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Mar. Gun shop owner Tai Randolph becomes involved in the world of fanatical memorabilia collectors, a case that leads her into a racist nightmare.
Willig, Lauren. The Ashford Affair (STM, 24.99) Apr. An ambitious Manhattan attorney discovers a deep family secret at her grandmother’s ninety-ninth birthday party, a secret that has its origins in WWI-era London society and colonial Kenya. I loved this.
Wilson, Robert. Capital Punishment (HMH, 28.00) Apr. The first in a new series featuring a private security operative specializing in kidnappings who is called in when the daughter of an Indian tycoon is kidnapped in London, in a case that is about much more than the ransom.
Woods, Stuart. Unintended Consequences (Put, 26.95) Apr. Stone Barrington investigates a mystery set in the world of European super-wealth and privilege, where the stakes are high and murder is but another way to solve problems.
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Albert, Susan Wittig. Cat’s Claw (Brk, 7.99) Apr.
Allan, Barbara. Antiques Disposal (Ken, 7.99) Apr.
Andrews, Donna. Some like it Hawk (STM, 7.99) May.
Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch (Png, 8.99) Apr.
Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby (Brk, 9.99) Apr.
Blake, Daniel. City of the Dead (Pkt, 7.99) Apr.
Brown, Rita Mae. The Big Cat Nap (Ball, 7.99) May.
Brown, Sandra. Flashback (GC, 8.00) May.
Castle, Richard. Frozen Heat (Hyp, 9.99) May.
Child, Lee. Nothing to Lose (BDD, 9.99) Apr. Reissue.
Clark, Carol Higgins. Gypped (Pkt, 7.99) May.
Clark, Marcia. Guilt by Degrees (GC, 8.00) May.
Cumming, Charles. A Foreign Country (STM, 9.99) May.
Daheim, Mary. The Wurst is yet to Come (HC, 7.99) Apr.
Fairstein, Linda. Night Watch (NAL, 9.99) Apr.
Farris, Peter. Last Call for the Living (STM, 7.99) Apr.
Gapper, John. A Fatal Debt (Ball, 7.99) May.
Goldberg, Lee. Mr. Monk Gets Even (NAL, 7.99) May.
Haines, Carolyn. Bonefire of the Vanities (STM, 7.99) Apr.
Hamrick, Joyce. Death Makes the Cut (STM, 7.99) Apr.
Harris, Charlaine. Deadlocked (Brk, 7.99) Apr.
Hart, Carolyn. Death Comes Silently (Brk, 7.99) May.
Hooper, Kay. Haven (Brk, 9.99) May.
Jance, J.A. Judgment Call (HC, 9.99) May.
Johansen, Iris. Sleep No More (STM, 7.99) Apr.
Jones, Darynda. Fourth Grave beneath my Feet (STM, 7.99) Apr.
Kava, Alex. Fireproof (RH, 7.99) May.
Lyons, David. Ice Fire (Pkt, 7.99) Apr.
Klensch, Elsa. The Third Sin (STM, 7.99) May.
MacBride, Stuart. Cold Granite (HC, 9.99) Feb.
Palmer, Daniel. Helpless (Ken, 9.99) Apr.
Patterson, James and David Ellis. Guilty Wives (GC, 10.00) May.
Pearson, Ridley. The Risk Agent (Brk, 9.99) Apr.
Preston, Douglas. Blasphemy (STM, 9.99) Apr.
Robb, J.D. Delusion in Death (Brk, 7.99) Apr.
Rollins, James. Blood Line (HC, 9.99) Apr.
Sandford, John. Stolen Prey (Brk, 9.99) May.
Tanenbaum, Robert K. Bad Faith (Pkt, 9.99) May.
Viets, Elaine. Final Sail (NAL, 7.99) May.
Woods, Stuart. Severe Clear (NAL, 9.99) Apr.
Zerries, A.J. Stealing from the Dead (STM, 7.99) May.
New and Forthcoming in Paperback Original
Alden, Laura. Curse of the PTA (NAL, 7.99) Apr. When a financial consultant hired to advise the school on a recent windfall is murdered, PTA president Beth Kennedy must catch a killer.
Archer, Connie. A Broth of Betrayal (Brk, 7.99) Apr. The second in this series set in Vermont finds Lucky putting her soup-making on the back burner while she hunts for the killer of a local auto mechanic.
Barrick, Ella. The Homicide Hustle (NAL, 7.99) Apr. Ballroom dancer Stacy Graysin must hustle to find a killer when the producer of a reality dance show is murdered.
Beason, Pamela. Undercurrents (Brk, 7.99) Apr. When wildlife biologist Summer Westin is hired by a marine survey expedition to the Galápagos Islands, she finds herself in a dangerous conflict between fishermen and environmentalists.
Blake, Heather. The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy (NAL, 7.99) Apr. When a witchy florist creates a magical rose, Darcy Merriweather plans a party, but after the cake delivery boy is found dead, and his ghost imprints on her, she must find a murderer in the latest in this enchanting series.
Brown, Duffy. Killer in Crinolines (Brk, 7.99) May. In the second in this series set in Savannah, Reagan Summerside must clear the name of her friend who is accused of murdering her jilting ex.
Burdette, Lucy. Topped Chef (NAL, 7.99) May. Food critic Hayley Snow gets asked to judge Key West’s Top Chef competition, but when a fellow judge is murdered, she must find a killer.
Carlson, Alyse. The Begonia Bribe (Brk, 7.99) May. Murder comes to Roanoke when a pint-sized beauty contest comes to town in the second in this cozy gardening series.
Charbonneau, Joelle. End Me a Tenor (Brk, 7.99) Apr. In the second in the Glee Club mystery series, Paige must find a killer when her tempestuous tenor drops dead during rehearsal.
Cook, J.J. That Old Flame of Mine (Brk, 7.99) Apr. the first in a new paranormal series featuring the new fire chief of a small town in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, who investigates an arson-murder with the help of the ghost of the former fire chief.
Curtis, Waverly. Chihuahua Confidential (Ken, 7.99) Apr. Fledgling PI Geri Sullivan and Pépé are contestants on the “Dancing with Dogs” show, but when someone wants the judge everyone loves to hate dead, they are ready to put a bite on crime.
Davidson, Peter. Homicide Miami: The Millionaire Killers (Brk, 7.99) Apr. The true story of a gang that targeted wealthy Floridians, a gang made up of a gym owner and a steroid-crazed personal trainer. I always knew exercise can kill you!
DiSilverio, Laura. Malled to Death (Brk, 7.99) Apr. When her famous action star father uses her mall for a movie set, mall cop E. J. Ferris finds that the cameramen are not the only ones shooting.
Donally, Claire. Cat Nap (Brk, 7.99) May. In the second in this cozy cat series, reporter Sunny Coolidge becomes embroiled in a financial dispute between rival veterinarians, and is found at the scene of the crime when one of them is murdered.
McKinlay, Jenn. Going, Going, Ganache (Brk, 7.99) Apr. After a photo shoot at Fairy Tale cupcakes ends in a cupcake-flinging fiasco, Melanie and Angie offer the magazine’s owner a week-long team-building lesson in baking cupcakes, but when the magazines creative director is iced, they must find a killer.
Mugavero, Liz. Kneading to Die (Ken, 7.99) May. The first in a new series featuring a Connecticut woman who makes organic pet treats with her Maine coon cat, and who finds the disapproving local vet dead under a pile of kibble when she brings her cat in for care.
Parra, Nancy J. Gluten for Punishment (Brk, 7.99) May. In the first of a new series set in Kansas wheat country, a baker of gluten-free goodies must investigate the murder of a wheat farmer before bad publicity shuts her down.
Purser, Ann. The Sleeping Salesman Enquiry (Brk, 7.99) May. Senior sleuth Ivy Beasley is getting ready to marry, but murder could halt the wedding.
St. James, Dorothy. Oak and Dagger (Brk, 7.99) Apr. When a curator at the White House is killed after accusing the gardeners of stealing important historical documents, the head gardener is accused of the murder, but organic gardener Casey Calhoun vows to help by finding the real killer.
Staab, Rochelle. Hex on the Ex (Brk, 7.99) May. Psychologist Liz Cooper must join forces with her ex-husband when his girlfriend—and her former best friend—is found murdered in the second in this paranormal series.
Sweeney, Leann. The Cat, the Mill, and the Murder (NAL, 7.99) May. When Jillian Hart volunteers to help locate a colony of feral cats living in an abandoned textile mill, she is shocked to find a homeless woman living there—together with a dead body and the ghost of her cat.
New and Forthcoming in Quality Paperback
Anderson, Kevin J. Hair Raising (Ken, 15.00) May. Zombie detective Dan Shamble is hunting for a serial scalper targeting werewolves in the third in this funny paranormal series.
Andrews, Mary Kay. Every Crooked Nanny (HC, 14.99) Apr. A reprint of the first in a funny series set in Atlanta, featuring former cop-turned-house-cleaner Callahan Garrity. If you haven’t tried these you’re in for a real treat. The others in the series are also being reprinted.
Baldacci, David. The Forgotten (GC, 14.99) Apr. An army Special Forces agent discovers that his aunt has been murdered at her Florida retirement home, and his investigation shows that terrorism never retires.
Beaumont, Maegan. Carved in Darkness (MidInk, 14.99) May. A woman who survived a horrific kidnapping as a teenager has made a new life for herself, but when a childhood acquaintance reappears in her life, she fears that her kidnapper may find her as well.
Bissell, Sally. Music of Ghosts (MidInk, 14.99) Apr. Attorney Mary Crow agrees to defend a man accused of murdering the daughter of a former North Carolina governor, found strangled to death outside of a supposedly haunted cabin in the Appalachian woods.
Blau, Jessica Anya. The Wonder Bread Summer (HC, 14.99) May. A young Berkeley scholarship student working at a dress shop goes on the lam when the shop turns out to be a front for drug dealing, and she finds herself with a bread wrapper filled with cocaine in a wickedly funny caper novel.
Bowen, Gail. Kaleidoscope (M&S, 14.95) Apr. The fight between a group of developers and a group resisting gentrification culminates in an explosion at the house of Joanna Kilbourn.
Brookmyre, Christopher. Where the Bodies are Buried (AtlMon, 15.00) Apr. A Glasgow police detective and an aspiring actress working as a PI for her uncle are working on the same case but from different angles when the body of a drug dealer is found in a back alley and the uncle disappears. Highly recommended.
Burke, Alafair. Never Tell (HC, 14.99) May. NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher is under tremendous pressure to find a murderer when a wealthy Manhattan schoolgirl commits suicide, and her parents refuse to accept that someone who had everything would kill herself.
Campbell, Colin. Jamaica Plain (MidInk, 14.99) Apr. The US debut of a gritty, British police procedural series, featuring a UK policeman who arrives in Boston to question a small-time thug set to be extradited, but what he finds is not at all small-time and almost gets him killed.
Casey, Jane. The Reckoning (STM, 15.99) May. London DC Maeve Kerrigan is assigned the case of a brutal killer who targets sex offenders in a case that has her doubting herself and her own department.
Chiaverini, Jennifer. The Giving Quilt (Plume, 16.00) May. When the women of Elm Creek Manor gather at Thanksgiving time to make quilts for a charitable organization, they reflect on their own reasons to give thanks.
Child, Lee, ed. Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance (Mull, 15.99) Apr. A collection of short stories on the topic of revenge by some of the greats of the field.
Cleave, Paul. Blood Men (SS, 16.00) Apr. A New Zealand man must turn to his serial killer father when a tragedy destroys the respectable life he has created for himself. Reissue.
_____. The Killing Hour (SS, 16.00) Apr. A New Zealand man awakens covered in blood with no recollection of the past night, only knowing that two women were brutally murdered and the police are looking for him.
Coleman, Reed Farrel. Onion Street (Tyrus, 14.95) May After the funeral of an old friend PI Moe Prager recounts the story of their friendship that began in 1967 in the aftermath of a car explosion that killed two Brooklyn College students and that was alledgedly linked to a radical plan to blow up a draft board office.
Colfer, Eoin. Plugged (Overlook, 14.95) May. A very funny noir about the Irish bouncer at a seedy New Jersey nightclub whose girlfriend has just been murdered and the only clue points to the crooked doctor who disappeared after giving him hair implants. Highly recommended.
Connelly, Michael. The Black Box (GC, 14.99) Apr. Harry Bosch investigates a twenty-year-old murder of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots, but it appears that this was not random violence—someone wanted her dead.
Cooper, Mike. Clawback (Png, 15.00) May. A former black-ops agent is hired by a financier to get back the compensation paid to a failing hedge fund manager, but he discovers that someone out for revenge is killing Wall Street bankers.
Culver, Chris. The Abbey (GC, 9.99) May. A hard-drinking Muslim police detective in Indianapolis must investigate when his 17-year-old niece dies of a cocaine overdose, and then her boyfriend who confesses to drugging her commits suicide in a crime debut that was a best-selling e-book.
_____. The Outsider (GC, 9.99) May. Ash is asked by an Indianapolis crime boss to look into the hit-and-run accident that killed a young woman, but he discovers that the accident has not been reported to the homicide department and the woman’s child has disappeared.
Daly, Elizabeth. The Wrong Way Down (F&M, 14.95) Apr. Henry Gamadge returns in his eleventh case.
Delaney, Luke. Cold Killing (HC, 14.99) May. A debut police procedural set in South London where DI Sean Corrigan must find a clever killer who changes his modus operandi with every killing.
DeSilva, Bruce. Cliff Walk (STM, 14.99) May. An investigative reporter in Rhode Island sees a connection between the discovery of a child’s severed arm and the legal sex trade in the state.
Doudera, Vicki. Final Settlement (MidInk, 14.99) Apr. Realtor Darby Farr investigates the drowning death of the assistant office manager for the chief of police in a small Maine town, and discovers that the woman was engaged in a lucrative blackmail scheme.
Ellroy, R. J. A Quiet Vendetta (Overlook, 15.95) Apr. When the governor of Louisiana’s daughter is kidnapped and her bodyguard murdered, the kidnapper’s only request is to have time alone with a minor government functionary in a taut thriller.
Fanté, Dan. Point Doom (HC, 14.99) May. A noir detective story featuring a former New York PI, now living in California, who uses all of the tricks of his former trade when a friend is mysteriously murdered.
Fradkin, Barbara. The Whisper of Legends (Dundurn, 17.99) Apr. Inspector Green must investigate himself when his teenaged daughter goes missing from a wilderness adventure in the Northwest Territories, and it turns out that her boyfriend who arranged the tour is a suspicious character.
French, Tana. Broken Harbor (Png, 16.00) May. A Dublin detective who always finds his killer is assigned the high-profile case of a triple murderer, but the crime scene brings back terrifying memories of something that happened to him as a boy.
Friedman, Daniel. Don’t Ever Get Old (STM, 14.99) May. A debut mystery about a retired Memphis cop who learns that an old adversary took a fortune in Nazi gold out of Germany after WWII and vows to find it, a quest that attracts unfriendly attention.
Frommer, Sarah Hoskinson. Her Brother’s Keeper (Pers, 15.95) Apr. Joan Spencer must take care of her daughter’s wedding while her mother lands smack in the middle of a murder with a Mozart accompaniment in the latest in this charming musical mystery series.
Goldenbaum, Sally. Fatal Fleece (NAL, 15.00) Apr. The Seaside Knitters must cast a net to catch a killer when one of the group is accused of killing a local fisherman.
Grabenstein, Chris. Fun House (Peg, 15.95) May. Boyle and Ceepak are assigned to babysit a group of young people who are part of a Jersey Shore reality show, but when one of the cast is killed, they have to find a murderer.
Griffiths, Elly. A Room full of Bones (HMH, 14.95) May. When archaeologist Ruth Galloway arrives at the opening of the coffin of a medieval bishop, she finds the museum curator dead on the floor in a case that involves Aboriginal skulls and drug smuggling. Highly recommended.
Hamilton, Steve. North of Nowhere (STM, 14.99) May. Alex McKnight investigates when a friendly poker game is robbed at gunpoint in a reissue of this series set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Harwood, Seth. In Broad Daylight (T&M, 14.95) May. The investigation into the death of a senator’s daughter leads FBI agent Jess Harding to Alaska and an isolated community of Russian Old Believers.
Hirahara, Naomi. Strawberry Yellow (Cons, 15.00) Mar. Japanese-American gardener Mas Arai is asked to investigate by his cousin’s widow after he dies of a suspicious heart attack in a case involving the development of a new strawberry strain. If you haven’t tried this charming, cozy series, you really must.
Jagger, R. J. A Way with Murder (Peg, 14.95) May. A whiskey-soaked PI is hired to find a missing attorney who disappeared from an archaeological dig in Mexico in homage to the hard-boiled detectives of the 1950’s.
Johnson, Craig. As the Crow Flies (Png, 15.00) May. Looking for a site for his daughter’s upcoming wedding, Walt Longmire stumbles across a grisly death on the Cheyenne Reservation, and is asked by the tribal police chief to help find the killer.
_____. The Walt Longmire Mystery Series (Png, 57.00) May. The first four novels have been packaged in a boxed set. The perfect gift for Father’s Day.
Kreuger, William Kent. Trickster’s Point (SS, 16.00) May. Cork O’Connor must find the murderer of his friend, the first Native American candidate for Minnesota governor, after he is framed for the killing during a wilderness hunting trip.
Lewis, Robert K. Untold Damage (MidInk, 14.99) Apr. A former undercover cop in San Francisco, now a heroin addict, is accused of killing his best friend from the police academy, and to save himself, he must clean himself up and find the murderer.
Lipperman, Lizbeth. Heard it through the Grapevine (MidInk, 14.99) May. When her estranged sister is found dead, a television personality and her three surviving sisters must find a murderer—at the behest of their sister’s ghost, in the first of a new paranormal series set in Texas.
Logan, Michael. Apocalypse Cow (STM, 14.99) May. When Britain’s livestock turn into slavering flesh-eating zombies, three people join together to save the nation—an abattoir worker, a teenage vegan, and an inept journalist. Holy cow!
Lovesey, Peter. Cop to Corpse (Soho, 14.95) Apr. Peter Diamond is assigned the case of a sniper who is targeting policeman in Bath, and he fears that the killer may be a fellow policeman.
Lutz, Lisa. Trail of the Spellmans (SS, 15.00) May. As the Spellman family—who put the fun in dysfunctional—unravel, Izzy has become the most normal member of the clan in the latest outrageously comic caper.
MacInerney, Karen. Brush with Death (MidInk, 14.99) May. Innkeeper Natalie Barnes must find a murderer during an art show on Cranberry Island when the mentor of her artist niece is found dead.
Mark, David. The Dark Winter (Plume, 15.00) Apr. The first of a police procedural series set in Hull, featuring a detective who notices a pattern in a series of suspicious deaths that have rocked the English port city.
McCall Smith, Alexander. A Conspiracy of Friends (Anchor, 15.00) May. William’s friend, terrier Freddy de la Hay, has disappeared while on a mystery tour of the Suffolk countryside. What will the inhabitants of Corduroy Mansions do without Freddie?
McCrumb, Sharyn. The Ballad of Frankie Silver (STM, 15.99) Apr. A reissue of one of the ballad novels set in Appalachia, where the murder conviction of a young woman has strong parallels to a crime in 1833.
Meade, Glenn. Brandenberg (SS, 15.99) Apr. Murders in Paraguay and Berlin are part of an international conspiracy by Nazis hiding in South America and plotting to take over present-day Germany.
Meltzer, Brad, ed. Mystery Writers of America Presents the Mystery Box (GC, 15.99) May. A collection of short stories all involving a locked box, the most mysterious of all objects.
O’Connell, Carol. Crime School (Brk, 15.00) Apr. NYPD detective Mallory finds that her past has caught up with her when the body of a prostitute is found in the same circumstances as the murder that took place in her childhood.
Parker, Richard. Scare Me (RH, 14.99) May. A suspense thriller set in the U.K.
Parker, T. Jefferson. The Jaguar (NAL, 15.00) Apr. California lawman Charlie Hood and outlaw Bradley Jones must join forces deep within Mexico when Bradley’s songwriter wife is kidnapped by the leader of the Gulf Cartel. Highly recommended.
Patterson, James and Michael Ledwidge. I, Michael Bennett (GC, 14.99) Apr. Detective Michael Bennett leaves NYC to protect his family from a vicious drug lord out for revenge, but the small town where they go is filled with warring gangs.
_____. Step on a Crack (GC, 14.99) Apr. All four of the Michael Bennett series are being reissued in trade paperback editions.
_____. Zoo (GC, 14.99) May. When the animals turn on their keepers and brutal attacks are crippling large cities, a young biologist must race to convince world leaders of the danger to humans. Go animals!
Rayne, Sarah. What Lies Beneath (F&M, 14.95) May. A village abandoned after a Cold War experiment went badly wrong is home to a long-shuttered manor house that hides a ghostly secret dating back before World War I.
Ross, Ann B. Miss Julia to the Rescue (Png, 15.00) Apr. When PI J.D. Pickens goes missing and the West Virginia police have detained an injured man matching his description, Miss Julia must free him and return in time to stop a religious cult bent on converting the locals.
Santora, Nick. Fifteen Digits (Mull, 14.99) Apr. Five men who work in the printing department of a large Manhattan legal firm are approached by one of the attorneys with a scheme to use the information in the classified documents to make a killing on Wall Street.
Simonson, Sheila. Beyond Confusion (Pers, 15.95) Apr. When a librarian falls to her death, the head librarian becomes the chief suspect in the latest in this series set in the Columbia River Gorge.
Slan, Joanna Campbell. Picture Perfect Corpse (MidInk, 14.99) May. Kiki Lowenstein must find a killer when the father of her baby’s ex-wife is found shot to death and the bullet is traced to his gun.
Spencer-Fleming, Julia. I Shall Not Want (STM, 15.99) May. A reissue of a mystery featuring the Reverend Clare Fergusson and police chief Russ van Alstyne the two investigate a series of murders among the migrant worker community.
Swierczynski, Duane. Point and Shoot (Mull, 14.99) May. In the last in the trilogy featuring Charlie Hardie he is in a satellite miles from Earth in a capsule filled with secrets and finally, with the prospect of returning to his family.
Thomas, Ross. The Seersucker Whipsaw (Brk, 13.95) Apr. An old-school Southerner is tapped to run a political campaign in a dangerous African election in the reprint of a classic thriller.
Unger, Lisa. Heartbroken (RH, 14.00) Apr. An idyllic island on a lake in the Adirondacks is the setting for a confrontation between a woman and her violent boyfriend and the women of the family that owns the island in a novel of family tensions and suspense. Highly recommended.
Vachss, Andrew. Mortal Lock (Vintage, 15.95) May. A collection of short writing, some never before published.
Verdon, John. Let the Devil Sleep (RH, 15.00) Apr. Dave Gurney re-investigates a famous serial murder case after a young woman making a documentary asks for his help, but soon things become personal when he is attacked.
Wait, Lea. Shadows of a Cape Cod Wedding (Pers, 15.95) Apr. Antique print dealer Maggie Summer investigates when a neighbor is murdered, interrupting her helping with her best friend’s wedding.
Whellams, David. The Drowned Man (ECW, 14.95) May. Retired Scotland Yard Inspector Peter Cammon is hired to escort the body of a murdered colleague from Montreal to England in a case involving three missing letters of great historical value, the Quebec separatist movement, Montreal mobsters, and cricket-fixing.
New and Forthcoming in International Mysteries
Adler-Olsen, Jussi. A Conspiracy of Faith (Ditton, 26.95) May. The head of Copenhagen’s Department Q receives an anonymous SOS that puts him on the trail of a serial child killer even as his personal and professional life descend into chaos in the third of this clever series.
Allende, Isabel. Maya’s Notebook (HC, 27.99) Apr. A young woman raised by her Chilean refugee grandparents in California becomes involved in a dangerous underworld in Las Vegas, and is sent by her grandmother to an island off the coast of Chile where she learns about her family’s past in a coming of age novel that is also a thriller.
Aykol, Esmahan. Baksheesh (Bitter lemon, 14.95) Mar. A German expatriate living in Istanbul becomes the suspect in the murder of a man who has the reputation of burning down buildings so parking lots can be built on the sites in the second in this excellent series.
Cotterill, Colin. Grandad, There’s a Head on the Beach (STM, 15.99) Apr. When a head washes up on the beach at her family’s holiday camp in southern Thailand on the Gulf of Siam, reporter Jimm Juree decides to investigate in hopes that she can help her floundering journalistic career.
Crompton, Richard. Hour of the Red God (FSG, 26.00) Apr. A debut novel set in Nairobi featuring a Maasai police detective who investigates the murder of a prostitute whose body is found in Uhuru Park.
Fesperman, Dan. The Double Game (Vintage, 15.95) May. The son of a Cold War Foreign Service officer receives a mysterious note suggesting that a spy-turned-novelist may have indeed been a spook, sending him to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest in a literary treasure hunt. I loved this.
Grebe, Camilla and Asa Traff. Some Kind of Peace (SS, 16.00) Apr. A debut mystery set in Sweden about a therapist who lives alone in an isolated cottage after the death of her husband, and who finds the murdered body of a patient nearby. Highly recommended.
Haas, Wolf. The Bone Man (Melville, 14.95) Apr. An Austrian PI is called in when human bones are found at a wildly popular chicken restaurant in the country, but that is only the first of the grisly discoveries.
Hjorth, Michael and Hans Rosenfeldt. Dark Secrets (GC, 14.99) Apr. A debut Swedish police procedural featuring a criminal profiler who is called in when a teenaged boy is found dead, and whose investigation uncovers strange events at the private school the boy attended.
Lackberg, Camilla. The Stranger (Peg, 25.95) May. When a reality television show decides to film in Fjallbacka, the murder of an unpopular contestant turns it into a real-life murder mystery and Patrik Hedstrom is faced with a case that has its roots in the disappearance of two children years before.
Lehtolainen, Leena. Her Enemy (Amazon, 14.95) May. Finnish attorney Maria Kallio becomes involved with the murder of a woman strangled outside of her home after the woman’s hapless fiancé is arrested.
Leon, Donna. Beastly Things (Png, 15.00) May. Brunetti finds a connection between an unidentified murder victim and a local slaughterhouse in the latest in this series set in Venice.
_____. Death in a Strange Country (AtlMon, 14.00) and Doctored Evidence (AtlMon, 14.00). Apr. Reissues of early mysteries in the Venetian series.
_____. The Golden Egg (AtlMon, 24.00) May. Brunetti’s wife asks him to look into the death of a mentally-handicapped man who died of a sleeping pill overdose, and he discovers that the man has absolutely no record of existing as far as the Italian government is concerned.
Link, Charlotte. The Other Child (Peg, 25.95) Apr. A psychological crime novel by Germany’s most popular crime writer about the death of a young student in a northern seaside town that has links to a dark secret from WWII.
MacKenzie, Jassy. Pale Horses (Soho, 25.95) Apr. When a woman who works for a charitable organization dies in a fall, her partner hires South African investigator Jade de Jong to investigate, and she discovers a horrifying truth about the charity.
Marklund, Liza. Lifetime (SS, 25.00) Apr. Journalist Annika Bengtzon investigates when a friend is found in bed with her murdered husband and swears that a woman entered, shot him, and ran off with their son, a story the police strongly doubt.
Matthews, Jason. Red Sparrow (SS, 26.99) May. A debut espionage novel by a former CIA agent set in Moscow about a beautiful young Russian woman who hunts for a Russian traitor being run by an American CIA agent now assigned to the Helsinki bureau.
Meyers, Tamar. The Girl who Married an Eagle (HC, 13.99) May. A young missionary working at a school for runaway brides in the Belgian Congo must save an eight-year-old runaway bride when her chieftain husband comes after her in the last of this series based on Meyers’ girlhood in the Congo.
Miller, Derek B. Norwegian by Night (HMH, 26.00) May. A debut novel featuring an elderly American suffering from dementia living with his granddaughter in Norway who opens the door of the family’s Oslo apartment to find a refugee woman with a child in a violent argument with a man who kills her.
Mogford, Thomas. The Shadow of the Rock (STM, 14.99) May. A Gibraltar attorney agrees to help a friend accused of murdering a Spanish girl in Tangiers, but he discovers that the case is tied to a shady corporation involved in renewable energy in North Africa.
_____. The Sign of the Cross (STM, 25.00) May. Gibraltar attorney Spike Sanguinetti travels to Malta with his father when his aunt and uncle die in a bloody murder-suicide, but while working as executor of their wills, he has increasing doubts that events occurred as the police have said.
Nesbo, Jo. Phantom (Vintage, 14.95) Apr. Harry Hole returns to Oslo to prove that his adopted son, accused of killing a fellow drug-addict, is innocent.
_____. The Redeemer (Knopf, 25.95) May. Harry Hole investigates the shooting death of a Salvation Army singer on an Oslo street in the latest in this excellent Norwegian series.
Nesser, Hakan. Munster’s Case (Vintage, 15.00) May. Detective Munster investigates the murder of an elderly pensioner who is stabbed to death in his bed, but his wife’s confession is thrown out when a neighbor is also found murdered.
Preston, Douglas and Mario Spezi. The Monster of Florence (GC, 14.99) Apr. Preston’s excellent account of crime and punishment (or lack thereof) in Italy is being reissued with an afterword about the Amanda Knox case.
Pryor, Mark. The Crypt Thief (Prom, 15.95) May. Hugo Marston is asked to investigate the murder of an American senator’s son, killed in Paris’ Pere Lachaise cemetery by a bone-stealing psychopath in the second in this suspenseful thriller series.
Solana, Teresa. The Sound of One Hand Killing (Bitter lemon, 14.95) May. The twin Barcelona detectives are hired by a novelist to investigate alternative therapies, but when they enroll in classes at a homeopathic clinic, the director is murdered in a post-modern mystery.
Stanley, Michael. Deadly Harvest (HC, 14.99) May. Botswana’s Detective Kubu is investigating the disappearance of two young girls in a case that may be tied not only to muti—a form of African medicine—but also to the upcoming elections.
Tuomainen, Antti. The Healer (HH, 25.00) May. A dystopian thriller set in a Helsinki struggling with drastic climate change, with a young poet who is searching for his wife, a journalist working on a story about a serial killer.
Walker, Martin. The Crowded Grave (Vintage, 14.95) Apr. Bruno investigates when an archaeological team looking for Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal remains in the Dordogne finds a corpse with a bullet in its head.
Williams, Timothy. Another Sun (Soho, 25.00) Apr. The first of a new series set in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, where a French-born judge is faced with the case of the murder of a wealthy landowner.
Wilson, G. Willow. Alif the Unseen (Grove, 16.00) Apr. A political fairy tale set in an unnamed Middle Eastern state where a young computer hacker must flee his former lover’s new husband, the head of state security.
Xiaolong, Qiu. Don’t Cry, Tai Lake (STM, 14.99) May. Shanghai police inspector Chen Cao goes to a resort on Lake Tai for a vacation that turns into a busman’s holiday when a directory of a factory that has polluted the once lovely lake is found murdered.
New and Forthcoming in Historical Mysteries
Atkinson, Kate. Life after Life (Hach, 27.99) Apr. A woman is reborn and dies numerous times in the twentieth century and must live through WWII on both the British and the German sides until she finally gets it right in a tour-de-force of a novel about women and war and how to do the right thing.
Baker, J.J. The Empty Glass (Plume, 16.00) May. A thriller based on the death of Marilyn Monroe, with a deputy coroner who discovers a diary by her bedside that the suicide may have been part of a conspiracy involving the Kennedys, the Mafia, and the CIA.
Black, Benjamin. Vengeance (STM, 16.00) Apr. Dublin DI Hackett and forensic pathologist Quike investigate when a successful businessman kills himself on his sailboat in front of his partner’s son in a case where one murder leads to another among Dublin’s elite in the 1950’s.
Brandreth, Gyles. Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol (SS, 16.00) May. Oscar Wilde uses his superior intellect to solve a crime when a warder dies suddenly, the first of a series of mysterious deaths in Reading Gaol.
Brightwell, Emily. Mrs. Jeffries Takes Tea at Three (Brk, 16.00) Apr. Three early Mrs. Jeffries mysteries set in Victorian England.
_____. Mrs. Jeffries Turns the Tide (Brk, 7.99) May. When Inspector Witherspoon decides that the murderer of a beautiful woman is the man seen threatening her before her death, Mrs. Jeffries has doubts in the latest in this cozy, Victorian series.
Calkins, Susanna. A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate (STM, 24.99) Apr. A debut mystery set in seventeenth-century England about a servant girl whose brother is accused of murder and who ventures out into the dangerous streets of London to find the real murderer before he is hanged.
Colquhon, Kate. Murder in the First-Class Carriage (Overlook, 15.95) May. The award-winning story of the first railway murder in history that took place in 1864when a mild-mannered tailor disappeared from the Hackney line and all that was found was a pool of blood, leading to a trans-Atlantic manhunt.
Corby, Gary. Sacred Games (Soho, 25.95) May. Nicolaos of Athens must find the murderer of the Spartan martial artist at the Olympics, when his friend is accused of the crime, a crime that has political overtones as well as personal.
Davis, Lindsay. Master and God (STM, 16.99) May. A Praetorian Guard and a serving woman in the court of the first-century Roman Emperor Domitian must decide how to act in the face of the cruelty and tyranny of the emperor’s rule.
Dietrich, William. The Barbed Crown (HC, 26.99) May. Ethan Gage is enlisted by the British to bring down Napoleon, but his fight is personal because Napoleon has caused his young son to be kidnapped.
Doherty, Paul. The Straw Men (SH, 28.95) Mar. Brother Athelstan investigates a number of murders in London during the unrest in England in 1381under the regency of John of Gaunt.
Ellory, R.J. Candlemoth (Overlook, 25.95) Apr. A man on death row for the murder of his best friend tells the prison chaplain the story of his friendship with the victim, a story that follows the political upheaval of the 1960’s culminating in a brutal murder.
French, Paul. Midnight in Peking (Png, 16.00) May. The true-life account of the murder of a young English schoolgirl in Peking in 1937 with an English detective and a Chinese detective who join together to find a killer in a city on the verge of invasion. This is excellent.
Garrido, Antonio. The Corpse Reader (Amazon, 14.95) May. An historical mystery featuring Song Ci, the Chinese founder of forensic medicine who moves to the imperial capital in the thirteenth century to study medicine and is charged by the emperor with solving a series of murders.
Gillham, David R. City of Women (Brk, 16.00) May. An excellent debut mystery set in Germany during WWII, featuring the apparently model wife of a German soldier who finds herself forced to choose between her husband’s values and her own. Highly recommended.
Grant, Teresa. The Paris Affair (Ken, 14.00) Apr. British diplomat Malcolm Rannoch is in Paris after the Battle of Waterloo, and discovers that his half-sister has been murdered by the Royalists, leaving a child that he and his wife must find.
Grecian, Alex. The Black Country (Put, 26.95) May. When the members of a prominent family in England’s coal mining district disappear—and a human eyeball is found in a bird’s nest, Scotland Yard’s newly formed Murder Squad is called in, but they receive little help from the suspicious villagers.
_____. The Yard (Brk, 16.00) Apr. In a debut mystery set in London in 1889 Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad joins forces with a forensic pathologist to investigate the murder of one of the detectives from the squad.
Harrison, Cora. Chain of Evidence (Sh, 28.95) May. In the latest in this series set in sixteenth-century Ireland, Mara investigates the death of the chief of the clan MacNamara, who was the apparent victim of a cattle stampede, but there are reports of a chain found on one leg.
Harwood, John. The Asylum (HMH, 25.00) May. When a young woman wakes up to find herself in a private asylum in a remote part of England, she asks that her uncle in London be advised, but he claims that his niece is safe at home. Suddenly her confinement is involuntary. Harwood is a master of Gothic tales.
Joel, Maggie. The Past and other Lies (F&M, 14.95) May. A family saga reaching back to London in the 1920’s when two sisters meet a young man at a political rally and give new meaning to betrayal.
Kanon, Joseph. Istanbul Passage (SS, 16.00) Apr. An expatriate American businessman who spent the war years doing undercover work for the government is asked to do one last job—a job that goes fatally wrong and sends him fighting for his life. Highly recommended.
Kerr, Philip. A Man without Breath (Put, 26.95) Apr. Bernie Gunther is sent to investigate the massacre in Poland’s Katyn Forest with an eye to proving that it is the work of the Russians to give the Wehrmacht a propaganda boost.
_____. Prague Fatale (Png, 16.00) Apr. Bernie Gunther is back from the Eastern Front in 1941 and working homicide when he is sent to Prague to uncover an unknown assassin who is targeting the new Reichsprotector of Chechoslovakia, Reinhard Heydrich.
Krajewski, Marek. The End of the World in Breslau (Melville, 26.95) May. Criminal Councilor Eberhard Monk has two grisly murders to investigate in 1927 Breslau—a mutilated locksmith and a musician bound and gagged and sealed behind a wall.
Lehane, Dennis. Live by Night (HC, 16.99) May. A young, ambitious Boston man decides to live the good life during the 1920’s by joining up with organized crime in a life that takes him from Boston to Tampa to Cuba.
MacNeal, Susan Elia. His Majesty’s Hope (Ban, 15.00) May. Maggie Hope agrees to parachute behind enemy lines in Berlin to infiltrate in order to destroy the German war machine, and, in case she is caught, she is given a cyanide pill….
McGee, James. Hawkwood (Peg, 15.95) May. The first of a Regency crime series featuring a Bow Street Runner assigned to investigate the murder of a coachman and a naval courier on the Kent Road, a case with international implications.
_____. Rapscallion (Peg, 26.95) May. Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood is sent to investigate a possible smuggling ring among the hulks, prison ships where French prisoners of war are kept.
Morrell, David. Murder as a Fine Art (Mull, 25.99) May. The writer Thomas de Quincey becomes the main suspect in a series of ferocious murders in Victorian London, murders that are based on his famous essay, “On Murder as Considered as one of the Fine Arts.”
Morris, R.N. The Mannequin House (SH, 28.95) May. In the second in this series set in London in 1914, the head of Scotland yard’s Special Crimes Department is faced with a locked room mystery complete with a macaque in a fez—shades of “Murders on the Rue Morgue!”
Nicholson, William. Motherland (SS, 25.00) Apr. A story of love, friendship, and betrayal set in Britain against the backdrop of World War II.
Perry, Anne. Midnight at Marble Arch (Ball, 27.00) Apr. Thomas Pitt undertakes a murder case that has chilling implications in the international political sphere.
Robins, Madeleine. Sold for Endless Rue (STM, 25.99) May. When a midwife, embittered by a failed love affair, takes the daughter of a wealthy merchant and raises her as her own, she keeps her locked away in a tower to protect her from the world of thirteenth-century Salerno.
Runcie, James. Sidney Chambers and the Perils of Night (STM, 16.00) May. Six interlocking stories featuring Canon Sidney Chambers set in 1950’s Cambridge, who must solve the mysterious death of a don, the poisoning of a cricket bowler, and a case of international intrigue in Berlin just before the building of the Berlin wall.
Saylor, Steven. The Seven Wonders (STM, 14.99) May. In a prequel to the popular Roman series, the eighteen-year-old Gordianus goes on a grand tour with his mysterious tutor to see the wonders of the ancient world and finds that the mysteries include crime-solving.
Slan, Joanna Campbell. Death of a Dowager (Brk, 15.00) Apr. The second in the series featuring Jane Eyre, who investigates the sudden death of an unpleasant dowager marchioness in London.
Soos, Troy. Murder at Wrigley Field (Ken, 14.00) May. Baseball player Mickey Rawlings investigates the shooting of a German-American player at the height of war fever in 1918 in Chicago.
Stuart, Julia. The Pigeon Pie Mystery (Anchor, 15.00) May. A charming debut mystery featuring a penniless Indian princess who lives in a grace-and-favor place in Hampton Court granted by Queen Victoria, who must save her faithful servant when another inhabitant dies after eating her pigeon pie. Highly recommended.
Tan, Sandi. The Black Isle (GC, 15.00) May. When her family is uprooted from Shanghai to the Black Isle in the 1920’s a young woman’s ability to see the ghosts of the place helps her as war comes in a debut historical ghost story.
Thompson, Victoria. Murder in Chelsea (Brk, 25.95) May. When a woman appears to claim Sarah Brandt’s adopted child, Sergeant Frank Malloy investigates only to discover that the woman has been murdered in the latest mystery set in early twentieth-century New York.
_____. Murder on Fifth Avenue (Brk, 7.99) May. Midwife Sarah Brandt and DS Frank Malloy investigate the murder of a Knickerbocker club member in the latest in this series set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century.
Trow, M.J. Scorpion’s Nest (SH, 28.95) May. After a Catholic conspirator against Queen Elizabeth is hanged, Christopher Marlowe is sent to Rheims to the English College to hunt for more Jesuit traitors.
Upson, Nicola. Fear in the Sunlight (Hc, 14.99) Apr. Josephine Tey goes to a resort in Wales to celebrate her birthday with film director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife in attendance, but the murder of an actress mars the festivities.
Widen, Gregory. Blood Makes Noise (T&M, 14.95) Apr. When a junior CIA officer is asked to remove and hide the body of Eva Peron in Buenos Aires in 1955 to prevent Peronistas from using it as a rallying point, he agrees, but when he is asked to return the body ten years later, he must battle dark forces in Argentina.
Winspear, Jacqueline. Leaving Everything Most Loved (HC, 26.99) Apr. Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the death of an Indian woman by her brother who realizes that because of racial prejudice the police are doing nothing to find the murderer. Highly recommended.
Wolf, Jack. The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones (Png, 16.00) May. A young man arrives in London in 1751 to study medicine, and finds that his interest in alleviating pain is accompanied by an equally strong interest in causing it, and his interest in eighteen-century philosophy is at war with his psychosis in a brilliant and creepy debut.
Young, Felicity. Antidote to Murder (Brk, 16.00) May. Dody McClelland, England’s first female autopsy surgeon, is framed for the murder of a scullery maid who died from a botched abortion in the second in the series set in early twentieth-century London.
Zimmerman, Jean. The Orphan Master (Png, 16.00) May. An atmospheric mystery set in seventeenth-century New Amsterdam, where a Dutch woman and an Englishman join forces to find out why children are going missing.