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Armstrong, Kelley. A Darkness Absolute (STM, 25.99) Feb. Rockton detective Casey Duncan goes hunting for a missing man, only to discover another missing resident held captive in a cave for over a year along with the bodies of two women.
Beaton, M.C. Death of a Ghost (GC, 26.00) Feb. Hamish McBeth investigates when the new owner of Castle Drim hears ghostly noises, only to find a body and a likely smugglers’ drop.
Bell, Darcey. A Simple Favor (HC, 25.99) Mar. When she agrees to pick up a friend’s child at school, a young mother is terrified when the friend doesn’t return, only to discover that the friend is dead, but the horror is just beginning in a debut novel of psychological suspense.
Berenson, Alex. The Prisoner (Put, 28.00) Feb. In order to find a CIA mole, John Wells must re-assume the identity of an al-Qaeda jihadist and be captured in order to befriend an ISIS prisoner in a secret Bulgarian prison.
Betley, Matthew. Oath of Honor (SS, 26.00) Mar. An action thriller featuring Logan West, an intelligence operative who discovers an international conspiracy to destroy the international balance of power.
Billingham, Mark. Rush of Blood (Per, 25.00) Feb. A standalone about three British couples who meet on a vacation in Florida where a teenaged girl is found murdered, and when they meet again in the UK, a series of similar murders begins. Highly recommended.
Box, C.J. Vicious Circle (Put, 27.00) Mar. Ever since the Cates family had threatened his daughter, Joe Pickett has known that they would be coming after him—and now they are.
Boyce, Trudy Nan. Old Bones (Put, 27.00) Feb. Detective Sara Alt investigates the death of a young woman she had taken into custody two years earlier, but the case is put on hold as Atlanta erupts in racial violence after a shooting at a traditionally black woman’s college.
Brett, Simon. Mrs. Pargeter’s Public Relations (SH, 28.99) Mar. In the latest in this comic series, gangster’s widow Mrs. Pargeter loses her husband’s little black book of business contacts after meeting a woman who claims to be her husband’s sister.
Broderick, William. The Day of the Lie (Over, 27.95) Mar. Fr. Anselm Duffy is asked to help a former Polish freedom fighter who wants to find the informant who killed her husband and led to her being imprisoned.
Brown, Karen. The Clairvoyants (HH, 27.00) Feb. A woman with the ability to see the dead sees the ghost of a missing college student, and she is led to the house of a man she soon marries, but then she begins having visions of him at the place where the student died in a riveting novel of psychological suspense.
Chaney, JoAnn. What You Don’t Know (Flat, 25.99) Feb. A debut crime novel set in Denver that begins in 2008 when homicide detectives arrest a man who has the bodies of his victims going back for years hidden in his house, then in the present a series of murders takes place with the same MO all connected to the original case.
Chang, Henry. Lucky (Soho, 24.95) Mar. NYPD detective Jack Yu must find his criminal blood brother who has gone on a crime spree after surviving a shooting before members of Chinatown’s criminal underground kill him. Recommended.
Chaon, Dan. Ill Will (Ball, 28.00) Mar. A psychologist who testified against his brother when his family was murdered, supposedly as part of a “Satanic Cult,” must re-examine his memories and his testimony when his brother is exonerated just as a series of murders rocks his suburban life.
Child, Laura. Pekoe Most Poison (Brk, 26.00) Mar. When Theodosia is invited to a high-society tea, she must find a killer when the hostess’ entrepreneur husband is poisoned by a cup of tea.
Chirovici, E.O. The Book of Mirrors (SS, 26.00) Feb. A twisty and well-crafted literary mystery about the murder of a Princeton professor and his possible affair with a graduate student that is the subject of a manuscript submitted to a literary agent, who discovers that the writer has died before revealing the solution to the mystery. Highly recommended.
Coleman, Reed Farrel. What You Break (Put, 27.00) Feb. Former cop Gus Murphy agrees to help a wealthy man who wants to find out why his granddaughter was brutally murdered in the second in this outstanding series.
Collett, Chris. A Good Death (SH, 28.99) Feb. Birmingham DI Tom Mariner has two cases to investigate—a death by arson of a member of the Shah family that may be a hate crime and the disappearance of a bridegroom two weeks before his wedding.
Coulter, Catherine and J.T. Ellison. The Devil’s Triangle (SS, 27.99) Mar. FBI agents Drummond and Caine investigate when they hear from an informer that someone has developed a plan to create devastating weather change.
Crombie, Deborah. Garden of Lamentations (HC, 26.99) Feb. While Gemma investigates the death of a young woman, found lying in one of Notting Hill’s private gardens, Kincaid is investigating a possible corruption among the police force’s members, an investigation that could prove dangerous to him and his family.
Cross, Mason. Winterlong (Peg, 25.95) Feb. Covert operative Carter Blake is being hunted by the members of a secret group that was originally part of the Pentagon, who believe that he has information that could take down the organization.
Cumming, Charles. A Divided Spy (STM, 26.99) Feb. Thomas Kell has left MI6 after the murder of his girlfriend, but when he hears of a sighting of the Russian SVR officer who was responsible for her death, he persuades his former boss to help him capture the Russian.
Dahl, Julia. Conviction (STM, 25.99) Mar. Journalist Rebekah Roberts investigates the murder of a black family that occurred shortly after the Crown Heights riots in Brooklyn in 1991, but she finds that the entire Hasidic community closes its doors to her, even her policeman friend.
Daley, Paula. The Trophy Child (Per, 25.00) Mar. A novel of psychological suspense about a woman whose perfect—or else—family begins to fall apart when her husband and children begin to rebel against her demands for perfection until murder strikes.
Dobyns, Stephen. Saratoga Payback (Png, 27.00) Mar. Saratoga PI Charlie Bradshaw has had his license revoked, but when the body of a man is found on his sidewalk, he can’t resist snooping around, and then there’s the problem of a missing racehorse belonging to a friend…. This is a wonderful series.
Dolan-Leach, Caite. Dead Letters (RH, 27.00) Feb. A woman returns to the family vineyard in upstate New York when her twin sister is presumed to have died in a fire, but soon she receives a cryptic message from her sister and must follow the clues to her disappearance in a suspenseful debut that is also a literary treasure hunt.
Egan, Kevin. A Shattered Circle (STM, 29.99) Mar. When a judge is mentally impaired after an accident, his wife tries to keep the secret with the help of his law clerk, but when he is attacked, they leave New York thinking they will be safe in a suspenseful legal thriller.
Engel, Amy. The Roanoke Girls (RH, 25.00) Mar. When her cousin goes missing, a young woman returns to the family home in Kansas, realizing that she must confront the dark family secret that caused her to flee twenty years before. TFOB
Estleman, Loren D. The Lioness is the Hunter (STM, 25.99) Feb. Detroit PI Amos Walker is hired by an entrepreneur to find his missing partner, but when he arrives to meet with him, he finds the entrepreneur murdered.
Evans, Mary Anna. Burials (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Mar. Archaeologist Fayle Longchamps is consulting for the Muscogee Nation in Oklahoma when the bones of an archaeologist excavating the site thirty years before are found, turning it into a murder case.
Ewan, Chris. Long Time Lost (STM, 27.99) Feb. A former lawyer in witness protection on the Isle of Man waiting to testify against a man for murder goes on the run when his wealthy brother wants to eliminate her.
Flanders, Judith. A Cast of Vultures (STM, 25.99) Feb. London book editor Samantha Clair agrees to help an elderly friend locate a missing neighbor, but when the neighbor is found in an abandoned building, accused of arson and drug dealing, she finds herself in danger. I love this series for thoughtful characterization and fascinating glimpses into the publishing world.
Fluke, Joanne. Banana Cream Pie Murder (Ken, 26.00) Mar. When Hannah returns from her honeymoon, she must investigate the murder of a woman living in her mother’s condo complex, an actress who made a number of enemies in the local theater group.
Franze, Anthony. The Outsider (STM, 26.99) Mar. When he rescues the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from an assailant, a graduate of a fourth-rate law school becomes a law clerk for the justice, but the FBI agent investigating the attack suspects that it is part of a series of horrific crimes that all occur on the fifth of the month.
Freeman, Brian. The Night Bird (T&M, 24.95) Feb. A San Francisco homicide detective investigates when two women die under bizarre circumstances while being treated by a psychologist who specializes in a controversial treatment to alter traumatic memories.
Gardner, Lisa. Right behind You (Dut, 27.00) Feb. A thirteen-year-old girl whose older brother killed her drunken father years before is on the point of being adopted by a retired FBI profiler and his policewoman wife when her brother goes on a killing spree in a novel of suspense.
Grippando, James. Most Dangerous Place (HC, 26.99) Feb. Miami lawyer Jack Swytek agrees to defend the wife of a friend, accused of killing the man who raped her in college.
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia. Old Bones (SH, 29.99) Feb. DI Bill Slider is assigned to a cold case after being under suspicion for leaking information to the press when the twenty-five-year-old bones of a teenager are found in the back garden of a London home.
Heller, Peter. Celine (RH, 25.95) Mar. A Brooklyn PI who specializes in reuniting families is hired to find a man supposedly killed by a bear in Yellowstone although his body has never been found, but she soon finds herself being followed by someone who doesn’t want the case solved.
Herron, Mick. Spook Street (Soho, 26.95) Feb. The denizens of Slough House must band together to protect River Cartwright’s grandfather, a famous Cold War spy who may be suffering from age-related dementia or may just be right that he is being watched in the midst of a terrorist attack on London. I love this series—it’s smart, literate, and very funny.
Hill, Bonnie Hearn. I Wish You Missed Me (SH, 28.99) Mar. Former crime blogger turned finder of missing persons Kit Doyle investigates when her best friend disappears.
Hinger, Charlotte. Fractured Families (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Mar. When the body of a college student is found in a Kansas sculpture garden, Lottie Albright, the director of the regional crime center investigates, but the gruesome discovery of a frozen infant in the arms of a statue ups the stakes.
Hoffman, Cara. Running (SS, 26.00) Feb. Three people—an American woman, a British poet, and his partner—join together in the red-light district of Athens, but the madness and death of one of them leads them to becoming involved in an act of terrorism. Hoffman is great.
Howe, K.J. The Freedom Broker (Quer, 26.99) Feb. A kidnap and rescue expert must fight her own family’s secrets when her oil tycoon father is kidnapped and no ransom demand is made, only a series of messages in Latin on her father’s phone.
Iles, Greg. Mississippi Blood (HC, 28.99) Mar. The final volume in the trilogy finds Penn Cage joining forces with a black female writer to investigate the vicious Double Eagles, an offshoot of the Klan.
James, Miranda. Twelve Angry Librarians (Brk, 26.00) Feb. When the keynote speaker at a convention of librarians is murdered after delivering a speech assuring his audience that they will soon be obsolete, Charlie and Diesel must find a killer.
Jance, J.A. Man Overboard (SS, 25.99) Mar. With her husband attending a cyber conference on a cruise ship, Ali Reynolds finds herself investigating the supposed suicide of another attendee.
Jones, Stephen Mack. August Snow (Soho, 26.95) Feb. A former Detroit policeman fired for uncovering corruption on the force is hired by a wealthy woman who is convinced that someone is trying to take over her investment banking business, but when she dies suddenly, a supposed suicide, he must take on hired assassins.
Joy, David. The Weight of the World (Put, 27.00) Mar. When a combat veteran and a family friend witness the accidental death of a drug dealer and a batch of cash and dope falls into their hands, they must fight to escape the meth-fueled darkness in a gritty noir set in North Carolina.
Karst, Leslie. A Measure of Murder (Per, 25.99) Feb. Restaurateur Sally Solari finds herself investigating another murder when the tenor in the choir group she attends dies mysteriously in the second in this cozy series.
Kellerman, Faye. Bone Box (HC, 27.99) Feb. When Rina Lazarus finds human remains while walking in the woods, her husband Peter Dekker a detective with the Greenbury police soon realizes that this is the work of a serial killer targeting students at the college where Rina works.
Kellerman, Jonathan. Heartbreak Hotel (RH, 28.99) Feb. Alex Delaware’s newest client is a 100-year-old woman who needs his help, but before she can explain, she is found murdered, and he and LAPD detective Milo Sturgis must investigate her past to find the motive.
Kent, Christobel. The Loving Husband (FSG, 27.00) Mar. When her husband is found murdered outside their farmhouse in rural England, the police suspect his wife, who, investigating on her own, discovers that she was married to a stranger.
Kent, Kathleen. The Dime (Mull, 26.00) Feb. A transplanted Brooklyn cop working in Dallas is assigned to undercover narcotics work, but when a drug deal that goes bad leaving a trail of bodies is assigned to homicide, she continues to investigate, which turns dangerous when someone leaves a nasty present from a crime scene in her apartment. An outstanding debut.
Khan, Ausma Zehanat. Among the Ruins (STM, 25.99) Feb. Esa Khattak on leave from Toronto’s Community Policing Section goes to Iran, where he is asked to look into the death of a Iranian filmmaker who had created a political firestorm in her native country only to be found dead in Toronto.
Kovac, Christina. The Cutaway (SS, 26.00) Mar. A television news producer investigates the disappearance of a Georgetown lawyer in a tangled world of cover-up and corruption. An excellent debut.
Lansdale, Joe. Rusty Puppy (Mull, 26.00) Feb. Hap and Leonard investigate the murder of a young black man after a witness claims to have seen three white police officers beat the man to death, but the witness is found dead as the case becomes more dangerous.
Laukkanen, Owen. The Forgotten Girls (Put, 27.00) Mar. FBI agents Stevens and Windermere discover a grisly series of murders of runaway girls, all killed along the High Line in Minnesota.
Love, Melissa Scrivener. Lola (RH, 26.00) Mar. The secret leader of a South Central LA gang is the girlfriend of the putative leader, and as war heats up between rival drug cartels, she is smart and ruthless enough to ensure their survival in a brilliant debut with a fascinating protagonist.
Mackintosh, Clare. I See You (Brk, 26.00) Feb. When a divorced mother sees her face in local newspaper with a website address, she contacts the police after she learns that other women who have appeared in the adverts have been raped and even murdered, and as she and a determined policewoman investigate, she realizes that the culprit may be closer than she ever imagined. Nicely twisted plotting.
Mark, David. Cruel Mercy (Png, 28.00) Feb. Hull DS McAvoy is sent to New York when an English gypsy boxing coach is shot and lies in a coma, but McAvoy is also looking for his missing brother-in-law.
Masterman, Becky. A Twist of the Knife (STM, 25.99) Mar. In Florida helping her mother while her elderly father is hospitalized, former FBI agent Brigid Quinn is asked to help exonerate a man convicted of killing his wife, and although she suspects he is guilty, she agrees. TFOB.
Masters, Priscilla. Crooked Street (SH, 28.99) Feb. DI Joanna Piercy is called in when a wife reports her husband missing, and after first being dismissive, she begins to suspect that the wife didn’t know her husband well at all.
Monroe, J.S. Find Me (Mira, 26.99) Mar. Five years after his Cambridge girlfriend committed suicide (although her body was never found) her boyfriend thinks he sees her in the London Underground, and when her aunt gives him a copy of her diary he is convinced that she is still alive. I loved this.
Morton, Mandy. The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency (STM, 24.99) Mar. In a whimsical cat-cozy debut, a tabby cat PI desperate for a case agrees to help the matron of the Furcross Home for Slightly Older Cats discover who snatched the bodies of three deceased residents from their graves.
Murphy, Sara Flannery. The Possessions (HC, 26.99) Feb. A supernatural-tinged debut featuring a woman working for a society allowing the bereaved to communicate with their deceased loved ones, who becomes involved with a lawyer trying to contact his wife, who drowned under mysterious circumstances.
O’Connor, Carlene. Murder at an Irish Wedding (Ken, 25.00) Mar. The O’Sullivan clan of County Cork are hosting a celebrity wedding, which turns into an Irish wake when the groom is found murdered in the second in this cozy series.
Oldham, Nick. Bad Blood (SH, 28.99) Mar. Retired detective superintendent Henry Christie is living happily in Lancashire as a pub owner when he discovers that a ruthless and highly trained assassin is stalking him and his family.
Parks, Brad. Say Nothing (Put, 26.00) Mar. When his children are kidnapped, a judge finds that the abductors want him to rule in their favor in a major drug case, but the real trial is whether his marriage will survive the kidnapping. I liked this.
Parsons, Kelly. Under the Knife (STM, 26.99) Mar. A professor of surgery is kidnapped by a tycoon, a wealthy inventor who needs help for his wife in a suspenseful crime novel. TFOB.
Perabo, Susan. The Fall of Lisa Bellow (SS, 25.99) Mar. In a brilliant debut novel, a middle-school aged girl witnesses the abduction of a hated classmate and must deal with the emotional trauma in a novel psychological suspense. Highly recommended.
Prebble, Stuart. The Bridge (Mull, 26.00) Mar. When a man kills six children by throwing them off London’s Waterloo Bridge, a man in the crowd is implicated in the crimes by the killer’s message to the police, so he begins to investigate on his own, beginning with finding the answers to his new girlfriend’s evasions about her past.
Pronzini, Bill. The Violated (Bloom, 26.00) Mar. When a rape suspect is found murdered, shot in the groin, after the police could not find sufficient evidence against him, the police chief heads an investigation into the rape victims in a standalone.
Pyne, Daniel. Catalina Eddy (Png, 28.00) Mar. Three interconnected novellas of nasty crimes and nastier cops in Southern California set in three different decades.
Quirk, Matthew. Dead Man Switch (Mull, 26.00) Mar. A retired special ops agent must return when it becomes apparent that someone is killing members of his special squad in carefully orchestrated “accidents.”
Rankin, Ian. Rather Be the Devil (LB, 25.00) Feb. John Rebus comes out of semiretirement when the cold case of the murder of the wife of a wealthy banker in 1978 begins to heat up, while Malcolm Fox investigates allegations of money laundering at the same bank.
Rhodes, J. D. Hellhound on my Trail (Per, 25.99) Feb. Carolina bounty hunter Jack Keller receives a message from his dying father that turns him from the hunter to the hunted when he runs afoul of a powerful, political woman and her henchman who want to keep him from uncovering a political bombshell.
Robb, J.D. Echoes in Death (STM, 27.99) Feb. Eve Dallas and her husband rescue a woman who has been raped, and when they go to her apartment to contact her husband, they find him murdered in a case that echoes two previous cases.
Rosenstiel, Tom. Shining City (HC, 26.95) Feb. A debut political thriller featuring a couple of Washington, D.C. spin doctors hired to check the record of a potential Supreme Court justice, but find who find themselves hunting a serial killer when the judge’s colleagues are found murdered.
Ryan, Annelise. Dead in the Water (Ken, 25.00) Mar. Deputy coroner Mattie Winston investigates when her new assistant is found dead after going on a fishing trip with his girlfriend, but he’s not drowned-- his throat cut was cut—and his girlfriend has disappeared in the latest in a funny cozy series.
Simon, Clea. As Dark as my Fur (SH, 28.99) Mar. Set in an alternate universe of a blighted city swarming with gangsters and featuring a teenaged PI and her rescue cat who serves as the narrator this edgy mystery has a nightmarish quality.
Smith, April. Home, Sweet Home (RH, 26.95) Feb. When her brother and his family are shot in their western South Dakota house, a woman returns home and discovers that the attack has its roots in the McCarthy era and a smear campaign against her parents that ended in a libel trial. I loved this. TFOB.
Smith, Sherri. Follow Me Down (STM, 24.99) Mar. In a debut psychological thriller, a woman returns to her North Dakota hometown when her schoolteacher brother disappears after the discovery of the body of a teenaged girl with whom it is rumored he had an affair.
Spencer, Sally. The Shivering Turn (SH, 28.99) Feb. In the first of a witty new series, PI Jennie Redhead is hired to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old Oxford student whose mother fears she may be dead.
Stevens, Chevy. Never Let You Go (STM, 26.99) Mar. A woman who escaped from her abusive husband has made a life for herself and her daughter in British Columbia, but when she hears that her husband has been released from prison, she turns to a friend to help her in a superlative novel of psychological suspense.
Tolkin, Michael. NK3 (Per, 25.00) Feb. A funny post-apocalyptic novel set in a near-future Hollywood, where a mysterious North Korean virus has erased all memories.
Webb, Betty. Desert Vengeance (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Feb. PI Lena Jones agrees to investigate the murder of the man who raped her when she was a child on behalf of the woman arrested for the crime. Signing.
Wendig, Chuck. Thunderbird (SS, 27.99) Feb. The fourth in the paranormal Miriam Black series, set in the southwest where she uncovers a cult of domestic terrorists.
White, Randy Wayne. Mangrove Lightning (Put, 27.00) Mar. Doc Ford and Tomlinson investigate when a charter captain’s family suffer from a string of bizarre accidents, accidents he thinks are related to a 100-year-old multiple murder the family was involved in.
Young, Hester. The Shimmering Road (Put, 26.00) Feb. In the second in this paranormal series, a very pregnant Charlotte Cates comes to Tucson when she learns that the mother who abandoned her and her half-sister have been murdered. TFOB.
Zandri, Vincent. The Corruptions (Per, 25.99) Feb. PI Jack Marconi is hired to track down two escaped convicts only to discover an insidious plot being run from inside the prison.
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Allan, Barbara. Antiques Swap (Ken, 7.99) Mar.
Baldacci, David. The Last Mile (GC, 9.99) Mar.
Beaton, M.C. The Death of a Nurse (GC, 7.99) Mar.
Berenson, Alex. The Wolves (Put, 9.99) Feb.
Betley, Matthew. Overwatch (Pkt, 9.99) Feb.
Box, C. J. Off the Grid (Put, 9.99) Mar.
Childs, Laura. Devonshire Scream (Brk, 7.99) Mar.
Conrad, Hy. Dearly Departed (Ken, 7.99) Feb.
Coulter, Catherine. Insidious (Pkt, 9.99) Feb.
Donlea, Charlie. Summit Lake (Ken, 9.99) Mar.
Evanovich, Janet and Lee Goldberg. Pursuit (Ban, 8.99) Mar.
Fletcher, Jessica and Donald Bain. Murder She Wrote: Design for Murder (Brk, 7.99) Mar.
Fluke, Joanne. Wedding Cake Murder (Ken, 7.99) Feb.
Fox, Candice. Hades (Ken, 7.99) Feb.
Griffin, Laura. At Close Range (Pkt, 7.99) Feb.
Haseldine, Jane. The Last Time She Saw Him (Ken, 9.99) Feb.
Hoag, Tami. A Thin Dark Line (Ban, 9.99) Feb.
James, Miranda. No Cats Allowed (Brk, 7.99) Feb.
Johansen, Iris. Night and Day (STM, 8.99) Mar.
King, Stephen. Misery (Pkt, 9.99) Feb. Reissue.
Larson, Wade. Assassin’s Silence (STM, 9.99) Feb.
Lotz, Sarah. Day Four (GC, 7.99) Mar.
Martini, Steve. Blood Flag (HC, 9.99) Feb.
Meltzer, Brad and Tod Goldberg. The House of Secrets (GC, 7.99) Feb.
O’Connor, Carlene. Murder in an Irish Village (Ken, 7.99) Feb.
Palmer, Daniel and Michael Palmer. Mercy (STM, 9.99) Mar.
Patterson, James and Marshal Karp. NYPD Red 4 (GC, 9.99) Feb.
Petrie, Nick. The Drifter (Put, 9.99) Mar.
Rosett, Sara. Marriage, Monsters-in-law, and Murder (Ken, 7.99) Mar.
Sandford, John and Ctein. Saturn Run (Put, 9.99) Feb.
Scottoline, Lisa. Don’t Go (STM, 8.99) Feb.
Shelton, Paige. The Cracked Spine (STM, 7.99) Mar.
Silva, Daniel. Black Widow (HC, 9.99) Mar.
Stevens, Chevy. That Night (STM, 7.99) Feb.
Tata, A. J. Three Minutes to Midnight (Ken, 9.99) Feb.
Tremayne, S. K. The Ice Twins (GC, 7.99) Mar.
White, Randy Wayne. Deep Blue (Put, 9.99) Mar.
____. Sanibel Flats (STM, 9.99) Mar. Reissue.
Woods, Stuart. Dishonorable Intentions (Put, 9.99) Mar.
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Archer, Winnie. Kneaded to Death (Ken, 7.99) Mar. In the first of a new series, a woman returns to her seaside California hometown and goes to work in a Mexican bakery, but when the bakery owner is suspected of murdering a missing woman, she turns sleuth.
Blackmoore, Stephanie. Murder Wears White (Ken, 7.99) Feb. When the bride’s aunt is poisoned at a wedding tasting, wedding planner Mallory discovers that this is not the first murder in the family.
Blake, Bethany. Death by Chocolate Lab (Ken, 7.99) Mar. In the first of a new series, a pet sitter must turn sleuth—with the help of her taciturn Basset Hound and hyperactive Chihuahua—when a womanizing dog trainer is found murdered and her sister is the prime suspect.
Bradford, Laura. The Silence of the Flans (Brk, 7.99) Mar. Baker Winnie Johnson agrees to hire one of her boyfriend’s students, but when a student journalist is poisoned after a delivery, she must uncover the ingredients in a recipe for murder.
Brennan, Allison. Make Them Pay (STM, 7.99) Mar. Lucy Kincaid is suspicious when her fiance’s sister arrives right before the wedding, bringing danger to the whole family.
Cahoon, Lynn. Fatality by Firelight (Ken, 7.99) Mar. Cat has to navigate the difficulties of having a small Colorado bed-and-breakfast while solving a murder when a guest is found covered in blood after a sexy ski bum is found murdered.
Davis, Krista. Mission Impawsible (Brk, 7.99) Feb. When Holly discovers a dead man with a letter to her grandmother in his pocket during a matchmaking weekend for pet owners, she and her furry friends must find a killer before her next date is in court.
Furlong, Susan. War and Peach (Brk, 7.99) Feb. When one of the candidates for mayor dies in a barn fire, Georgia orchard owner Nola Mae vows to help his opponent, who has become the chief suspect.
Kappes, Tonya. A Ghostly Mortality (HC, 7.99) Mar. In the second in this paranormal series, the owner of a small-town funeral parlor who works to help murdered ghosts to cross over is shocked when her estranged sister returns home—as a ghost and a murder victim.
Kelly, Diane. Death, Taxes, and Sweet Potato Fries (STM, 7.99) Feb. IRS agent Tara must undertake an investigation of her old flame when she is assigned to a border taskforce fighting coyotes smuggling undocumented workers into the country.
Lane, Kelly. Cold Pressed Murder (Brk, 7.99) Mar. Eva and her family are looking forward to the Farm Family Fair, but when one of the celebrity chefs is murdered, she discovers that her sister had spent the night before with him, making her a prime suspect.
Logan, Kylie. Gone with the Twins (Brk, 7.99) Mar. The League of Literary Ladies must rally to the defense of one of their members when a local realtor is found murdered after brokering a deal that could put her out of business.
McConnon, Maggie. Bel of the Brawl (STM, 7.99) Mar. Wedding caterer Bel wants to talk to a PI about new evidence discovered in the case of her high-school best friend who disappeared years ago, but when he dies at his own wedding, she realizes that she must investigate on her own in the second in this witty series by Maggie Barbieri.
Perry, Carol J. Murder Go Round (Ken, 7.99) Feb. After leaving her newest find, an antique carousel horse to be repaired, Lee has a vision of a dead man, a vision that is confirmed when a man is found murdered and the horse dismantled in the latest in this paranormal series.
Shelton, Paige. Bookman Dead Style (Brk, 7.99) Feb. When a movie star is typecast as the killer of his sister during a film festival, typewriter-shop owner Clare feels that he’s all wrong for the role and vows to reel in the killer.
Stewart, Fran. A Wee Homicide in the Hotel (Brk, 7.99) Feb. When a long-time champion of the Scottish games during the Highland Festival is found dead, shop-owner Peggy and her ghostly assistant must find the perpetrator of a bagpipe related murder.
Tate, Clover. Blown Away (Brk, 7.99) Feb. When the owner of a newly-opened kite shop in coastal Oregon stumbles upon the body of her best friend’s former boyfriend, she follows the string of clues before the real killer takes flight.
Wallace, Aurelie. Snowed in with Murder (STM, 7.99) Feb. In the third in this funny series, Erica finds herself snowed in at her mother’s retreat with a murderer among a feuding family.
Wiken, Linda. Roux the Day (Brk, 7.99) Mar. Event planner J.J. must call on her fellow members of the Dinner Club when she comes under suspicion for the murder of a TV celebrity who had been engaged to her new beau in the second in this culinary crime series.
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Ace, Cathy. The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer (SH, 17.95) Nov. The women who make up the WISE Enquiries Agency have resettled in Wales, where the Duke of Chellingworth asks for their help again when one of the Morris dancers meant to perform at his wedding goes missing in the second in this cozy series.
Barton, Fiona. The Widow (NAL, 16.00) Feb. The widow of a man suspected of a horrible crime, who has stood by him through everything, agrees to reveal what she knows in a twisty novel of psychological suspense. Highly recommended.
Bauer, Belinda. Finders Keepers (Per, 16.00) Mar. A reissue of an early police procedural featuring a cop tasked with solving a series of kidnappings where children are taken, leaving behind only an accusatory note.
Begley, Louis. Kill and Be Killed (Ball, 16.00) Feb. Former Marine Corps officer Jack Dana goes to a small Venetian island to return to his writing after the murder of his uncle, but he soon finds himself stalked by the very forces that killed his uncle.
Baugh, Carolyn. Quicksand (STM, 14.99) Mar. In the first of a new police procedural series set in Philadelphia, an Egyptian-American officer, part of an anti-gang task-force, investigates when a mutilated body is found, and must use her cultural heritage to solve the murder.
Boyce, Trudy Nan. Out of the Blues (Put, 16.00) Feb. A debut police procedural set in Atlanta where a newly-minted homicide detective is given the case of a blues musician whose drug-overdose death is challenged by new evidence. I loved this.
Brundage, Elizabeth. All Things Cease to Appear (Knopf, 15.95) Feb. A beautifully written psychological thriller set in upstate New York, where two gruesome murders twenty years apart entwine two unhappy families. I loved this.
Buckley, Carla. The Good Goodbye (Ball, 16.00) Feb. An estranged family is forced together in the ER when two cousins are fighting for their lives after a fire in their dorm room, and family secrets and lies are revealed in a taut psychological thriller.
Burt, Alexandra. The Good Daughter (Brk, 16.00) Feb. A woman living with her mentally unstable mother finds a comatose woman in the woods near her home, prompting her to investigate the mysteries of her own past.
Cleeves, Ann. The Crow Trap (STM, 16.99) Feb. A reissue of the first of the Vera Stanhope mysteries.
Crofts, Freeman Wills. The 12:30 from Croydon (PP, 12.95) Feb. A Golden Age crime classic first published in 1934 that is told from the point of view of the murderer of a wealthy man who dies suddenly aboard an airplane.
Cross, Mason. The Samaritan (Peg, 15.95) Feb. Man-hunter Carter Blake is called in by the LAPD when the mutilated body of a young woman is found in the mountains, killed in the same way as another woman two years before.
Dainty, Suellen. The Housekeeper (SS, 16.00) Feb. After a breakup with her boyfriend—who was also her boss—a woman takes the job of managing the household of a London couple, but what she discovers are secrets and lies that may be tied to her own past. I loved this.
Dunning, John. Booked to Die (SS, 17.00) Feb. A reissue of the mystery that created the craze of collecting mysteries.
Ellory, R.J. Bad Signs (Over, 16.95) Feb. Two orphaned brothers, raised in institutions, are captured and held hostage by a crazed killer, and their cross-country journey leaves a trail of escalating violence in its wake.
Flanders, Judith. A Bed of Scorpions (STM, 15.99) Mar. London book editor Samantha Clair investigates the supposed suicide of a partner in an art gallery, but soon the killer is after her. Highly recommended.
Freeman, Brian. Goodbye to the Dead (Quer, 15.99) Feb. Duluth homicide detective Jonathan Stride discovers evidence that appears to exonerate a friend of his deceased wife, a surgeon convicted of murdering her husband.
Goldsborough, Robert. Murder, Stage Left (Mys, 14.99) Mar. After he is persuaded to investigate strange goings-on at a hit Broadway play, Nero Wolfe sends Archie undercover to find out what’s happening, but a fatal poisoning makes him the prime suspect.
Goodman, Carol. The Widow’s House (HC, 15.99) Mar. When a writer and his wife take a caretaking job at an old house in the Hudson Valley, they find that the haunted past of the house is threatening them both in a gothic novel of suspense.
Greenwood, T. The Golden Hour (Ken, 15.00) Mar. An artist with a small child retreats to the Maine woods when she discovers that the man who assaulted her as a child will be released from prison, but the discovery of some old photographs help her to confront her own past while she unravels the mystery of the previous owner.
Griffiths, Elly. The Woman in Blue (HMH, 14.99) Mar. When a woman in a blue cloak is found dead and the vicar of Little Walsingham begins to receive threatening letters, Ruth believes that the two events could be connected after another female priest is found murdered.
Gutcheon, Beth. Death at Breakfast (HC, 14.99) Feb. In the first in a witty new cozy series, two women of a certain age decide to take a cooking course at a Maine resort, but when a murder occurs, they decide to help the local sheriff find the killer—whether he wants them to or not. Highly recommended
Hall, Karen. Dark Debts (SS, 15.99) Mar. A cult favorite that combines southern gothic, romantic comedy, and mystery, newly reworked by the author.
Hallinan, Tim. King Maybe (Soho, 15.95) Mar. Hollywood burglar Junior Bender takes on the most dangerous case of his career when he is blackmailed into stealing from a truly evil Hollywood film mogul. Excellent.
Hamer, Kate. The Girl in the Red Coat (Mel, 16.99) Feb. When her eight-year-old daughter disappears one day in the park, a single mother does everything she can to find her, while the girl does everything she can to focus on being reunited with her mother.
Harvey, Michael. Brighton (HC, 15.99) Feb. When he hears that a childhood friend from Boston is in trouble, a friend with whom he shares a violent secret, a successful journalist returns home to help him.
Krow, Leyna. I’m Fine, but You Appear to be Sinking (Per, 15.95) Feb. A collection of intertwined short stories in a magical realist vein.
Lake, Alex. Killing Kate (HC, 12.99) Feb. When a woman returns home after a post-breakup holiday, she discovers that a serial killer is at large in town, a serial killer who is targeting women who look just like her.
Lansdale, Joe R. Honky Tonk Samurai (LB, 15.99) Feb. Odd-couple Texas PIs Hap and Leonard are blackmailed by a grandmother into looking for her missing granddaughter in a case that leads them to a car dealership that is the front for a prostitution ring. Highly recommended.
Lennon, Christine. The Drifter (HC, 14.99) Feb. A woman who appears to have it all—a job in a New York art gallery, a devoted husband, and a young daughter—is haunted by the death of her friend at the hands of a serial killer twenty years before.
Les Becquets, Diane. Breaking Wild (Brk, 16.00) Feb. When an experienced outdoorswoman disappears during an elk-hunting trip in western Colorado, a BLM ranger and her rescue dog continue to search for her especially after the local sheriff finds a possible motive for murder in a suspenseful story of survival.
MacBride, Stuart. In the Cold Dark Ground (HC, 15.99) Feb. Logan McRae must fight internal police politics will investigating a body found in the woods outside of Aberdeen.
Mackintosh, Clare. I Let You Go (Brk, 16.00) Feb. A woman whose child was killed in a hit-and-run accident moves to the remote Welsh coast trying to recover while the Bristol police investigate the frustratingly twisty case.
May, Peter. Runaway (Quer, 16.99) Feb. When five friends decide to leave Glasgow and run off to London to seek fame and fortune as musicians, they leave behind a legacy of violence that catches up to them 50 years later in a suspenseful standalone.
Mayne, Andrew. Black Fall (HC, 15.99) Mar. Former magician and FBI agent Jessica Blackwood has two unrelated cases—a woman who appears and threatens to kill her baby and the appearance of a long-dead physicist predicting an earthquake—and then there’s the Colorado town that has disappeared. A very clever series. Highly recommended.
McCall Smith, Alexander. The Bertie Project (RH, 15.00) Feb. The residents of 44 Scotland Street are in turmoil once again when Bertie’s mother returns and finds that his father has actually allowed him to watch cartoons and drink sodas.
McKinty, Adrian. Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly (Prom, 15.95) Mar. Belfast detective Sean Duffy investigates the murder of a man shot with the bolt of a crossbow in front of his house in a case that he himself may not survive. Highly recommended.
Mina, Denise. Blood, Salt, Water (LB, 26.00) Mar. Glasgow DI Alex Morrow and her colleague are sent to a sleepy coastal town to find a woman suspected of stealing £7 million, but a series of murders divert their attention even as they find more evidence of the missing woman’s dirty deals.
Monday, T.T. Double Switch (RH, 16.00) Feb. A major league pitcher who moonlights as a PI agrees to help a young Cuban player who is being threatened by a group of Latin American human traffickers
Morgan, Ann. Beside Myself (STM, 16.00) Feb. In a debut novel of psychological suspense, two identical twins swap identities when their father dies leading to serious consequences for both of them when they become adults.
Morgan Jones, Christopher. The Searcher (Png, 16.00) Mar. When his partner disappears in Georgia, a specialist in corporate espionage travels to Tiblisi to find him, encountering chaos and corruption.
Noonan, R.J. Where the Lost Girls Go (Per, 15.99) Feb. In the first of a new series a rookie cop is assigned to the case of the crash of the car of a celebrity novelist that soon becomes a case of murder when forensics reveal that it was no accident, and a teenaged runaway is found dead in the car.
Oswald, James. Prayer for the Dead (Per, 14.99) Feb. Edinburgh PI Tony McLean investigates the murder of a journalist that leads him to where the body is ritualistically posed in a system of caves underneath the city. A first-rate police procedural series for those who like Ian Rankin and Adrian McKinty.
Parker, T. Jefferson. Crazy Blood (STM, 16.99) Mar. Two half-brothers, one the son of the woman who murdered their father, are engaged in a bitter rivalry in a thriller set in the world of Olympic skiing. TFOB.
Quirk, Matthew. Cold Barrel Zero (LB, 15.99) Feb. A former combat medic is called in when his friend, a special ops agent who went rogue, threatens a series of attacks on the U.S.
Reid, Iain. I’m Thinking of Ending Things (SS, 14.99) Feb. A truly creepy debut novel of suspense with a twisty ending.
Rodford, E. G. The Surgeon’s Case (RH, 14.95) Mar. Cambridge PI George Kocharyan is hired to find the runaway maid of a celebrity surgeon and his beauty-queen wife, taking him into the city’s Filipino community, and when he encounters two violent strangers also hunting the maid, he begins to wonder about his employers.
Rollins, James. The Bone Labyrinth (HC, 16.99) Feb. The discovery of the bones of a Neanderthal woman in a subterranean Roman Catholic chapel in Croatia along with cave paintings showing Neanderthals fighting against monsters leads Gray Pierce of Sigma Force to a battle for the future of humanity.
Ross, Loretta. Death and the Gravedigger’s Angel (MidInk, 14.99) Feb. Wounded ex-marine Death Bogart and his auctioneer girlfriend investigate when another wounded veteran is accused of murdering the son of the founder of a hate-preaching church.
Savile, Steven. Parallel Lines (RH, 14.95) Mar. When a dying man decides to rob a bank to provide for his disabled son, he accidentally kills a man, but surprisingly the eight people in the bank at the time are reluctant to give him up to the authorities.
Scottoline, Lisa. Most Wanted (STM, 15.99) Mar. A couple who use a donor in order to have a baby come to the realization that the biological father has been accused of a series of brutal murders.
Sorrentino, Christopher. The Fugitives (SS, 16.00) Feb. A journalist investigating a theft from an Indian casino attracts a reclusive writer, and together they focus on an Ojibway storyteller who is not what he seems. Beautifully written.
Steiner, Susie. Missing, Presumed (RH, 16.00) Feb. When a glamorous graduate student at Cambridge goes missing, the young police detective in charge of the case must use all her skills to solve the case rapidly. Highly recommended.
Tucker, K.A. He Will Be my Ruin (SS, 16.00) Feb. When she finds out about her best friend’s suicide, a woman goes to New York to investigate and discovers that her friend had become involved with a mysterious man, and that suicide may have been, in fact, murder. Recommended.
Walters, Minette. The Cellar (Per, 15.00) Feb. A young woman who is a virtual slave to a Hausa family living in London finds her fortunes change when the family’s young son disappears and Scotland Yard investigates.
Wechsler, Pamela. Mission Hill (STM, 15.99) Mar. A Boston DA is called in to investigate a politically charged and intensely personal murder when a fellow prosecutor is found murdered.
Weiss, Kirsten. Pressed to Death (MidInk, 14.99) Mar. The owner of a struggling paranormal museum in a small town in the California wine country is accused of stealing the haunted grape press that she exhibits at the town’s harvest festival, and when her accuser is found murdered, she turns sleuth in her own defense in a quirky mystery.
White, Dave. Blind to Sin (Per, 15.99) Feb. Jackson Donne is released from prison early, but finds that the price for his freedom is to steal millions from the Federal Reserve in New Jersey—a heist that he may not survive.
White, Kate. The Secrets that you Keep (HC, 15.99) Mar. A self-help writer recovering from a serious automobile accident and plagued with horrifying nightmares finds herself doubting her husband after a series of murders expose his lies and evasions.
New and Forthcoming in International Mysteries
Andrew, Sally. The Satanic Mechanic (HC, 26.99) Mar. South African recipe writer and crime fighter Tannie Marie is asked to help a bushman whose life has been threatened in a case related to a nature reserve that has been granted to the bushmen despite opposition from cattle farmers and gold miners.
Bjork, Samuel. I’m Travelling Alone (Vik, 16.00) Mar. In this debut Norwegian mystery, two detectives must hunt down the killer of a six-year-old girl, a crime that may be related to the abduction of an infant from a hospital years before.
Blaedel, Sara. The Lost Woman (GC, 26.00) Feb. Louise Ricks’ boyfriend vanishes in a case that may be related to the murder in England of a Danish woman who disappeared 18 years earlier.
Bosco, María Angélica. Death Going Down (RH, 13.95) Mar. The first translation of a 1954 crime novel written by the “Argentinian Agatha Christie,” in which a police inspector investigates the murder of a German woman who recently moved to Buenos Aires with her husband.
Brekke, Jorgen. The Fifth Element (STM, 26.99) Feb. Searching for his missing wife, Norwegian police inspector Odd Singsaker awakens to find himself imprisoned with a shotgun and a corpse and no memory of how he got there—or what he may have done.
Cocco, Giovanni and Amneris Magella. Shadows on the Lake (Png, 16.00) Feb. In the first of a new series set in Lake Como, Commissario Stefania Valenti investigates when the remains of a young man are found near the Swiss border in a case with its roots in WWII and a tragic family secret.
Dard, Frédéric. The Executioner Weeps (RH, 13.95) Mar. In a classic French noir, an artist rescues a woman suffering from amnesia outside of Barcelona and finds himself falling in love with her as he helps her regain her memory, but what he finds out turns his romance into a nightmare.
Fitzek, Sebastian. The Nightwalker (Peg, 25.95) Feb. In the U.S. debut of a German thriller writer, a man who has suffered from sleepwalking since he was a child turns to a sleep specialist when he fears that he has attacked his own wife while asleep, but the treatment leads him to believe that he has a sinister second life while waking as well.
Giolito, Malin Persson. Quicksand (RH, 25.95) Mar. A courtroom thriller about a teenaged woman who is accused of involvement in a mass shooting at an exclusive prep school in Stockholm that left her boyfriend and best friend dead.
Gundar-Goshen, Ayelet. Waking Lions (LB, 26.00) Feb. When an Israeli doctor accidentally kills an Eritrean man in a car accident, he is blackmailed into providing free medical treatment for other Eritreans, an arrangement he must hide from his police detective wife.
Hahn, Tracee de. Swiss Vendetta (STM, 25.99) Feb. In a debut set in Lausanne, a police detective investigating the murder of a British art assessor killed at an elegant estate is trapped with the owners, their guests, and servants during a blizzard in a satisfying locked-room mystery.
Heikkapelto, Kati. The Exiled (IPG, 14.95) Feb. While in her Balkan birthplace, Finnish detective Anna Fekete becomes involved in a suspicious death and the disappearance of a little girl when her purse is stolen.
Ho-kei, Chan. The Borrowed (Per, 16.00) Feb. An episodic novel told in reverse chronological order set in Hong Kong featuring a Holmesian detective on his death bed working on a murder case with the help of the young police inspector he has mentored.
Holt, Anne. The Lion’s Mouth (SS, 16.00) Feb. The Chief Inspector of the Norwegian police is called back from her California vacation when the prime minister is killed, and the investigation reveals enough secrets from the victim’s past to create a major political scandal.
Humphries, John. Last Rites (Duf, 16.00) Feb. A British journalist goes to Brittany chasing a story about the last German U-boat and finds rumors pf a Nazi plan for resistance after the German defeat.
Indridason, Arnaldur. Into Oblivion (STM, 16.00) Feb. In a second prequel, Erlendur is a young homicide detective assigned to the case of a man who fell from a great height into a lagoon.
Kaaberbøl, Lene and Agnete Friise. The Considerate Killer (Soho, 15.95) Mar. Danish nurse Nina Borg is attacked by a man who apologizes before fracturing her skull with a tire iron, and the only clue to the crime may be a group of medical students she met on a trip to Manila five months earlier.
Lahlum, Hans Olav. The Catalyst Killing (IPG, 14.95) Feb. When an Oslo detective inspector is assigned to investigate the death of a woman killed by a train, he discovers a link to the disappearance of her lover, a leftist probing old stories of Norway’s Nazi past.
Lancet, Barry. Pacific Burn (SS, 16.00) Mar. Jim Brodie, Japanese arts and antiques dealer finds himself on the hunt for a killer who operates on both sides of the Pacific when a friend and his family are targeted by a legendary Japanese assassin.
Leon, Donna. The Waters of Eternal Youth (Per, 16.00) Mar. Commissario Brunetti finds himself investigating a case that may not even be a case at the behest of a woman whose granddaughter may have been thrown into a canal years before. Also Friends in High Places (Per, 16.00) and Suffer Little Children (Per, 16.00) are being reissued.
Montes, Raphael. Perfect Days (Png, 16.00) Feb. A pathologist in Rio de Janeiro falls in love with a beautiful woman, so he drugs and kidnaps her as a (questionable) seduction technique, but soon finds himself committing murder while monitoring her efforts to escape in a twisty noir thriller.
Obregón, Nicolás. Blue Light Yokohama (STM, 25.99) Mar. After the lead detective in the murder case of a family butchered in their Tokyo home commits suicide, the detective inspector who takes over the case finds a drawing of a large black sun in the home, tying it to a suicide in 1996 in Nagasaki.
Ould, Chris. The Killing Bay (RH, 14.95) Feb. English DI Jan Reyna and his local counterpart investigate a murder that takes place on the Faroe Islands during a protest against whale hunting.
Pattison, Eliot. Soul of the Fire (STM, 15.99) Feb. When Shan Tao Yun is forced by the Beijing Commission to investigate a series of self-immolations by Tibetan monks, he discovers that the Commission itself is riddled with crime, corruption—and murder.
Quarty, Kwei. Gold of our Fathers (Soho, 15.95) Mar. Just promoted to Chief Inspector of the Ghana police, Darko Dawson is sent to a remote gold-mining area to investigate the murder of a Chinese immigrant.
Santiago, Mikel. The Last Night at Tremore Beach (SS, 26.00) Feb. A debut novel of psychological suspense by a Spanish writer about a composer who goes on holiday on an Irish beach, but who, after being struck by lightning during a storm suffers from bizarre nightmares, which may be a warning of horror yet to come.
Schepp, Emelie. Marked for Revenge (Mira, 26.99) Feb. Swedish prosecutor Jana Berzelius investigates the death of a Thai woman who overdosed while smuggling drugs in a case that leads her to a shadowy drug lord.
Schlink, Bernard. The Woman on the Stairs (RH, 25.95) Mar. A young lawyer becomes involved in the strange case of a husband who is deliberately marring the painting he commissioned an artist to paint of his wife, and when he sees the painting in a museum years later, he locates the wife and comes to terms with his feelings for her in a German bestseller.
Seeley, Nick. Cambodia Noir (SS, 16.00) Mar. When an American photo-journalist disappears after a major drug bust in Phnom Penh, her sister hires another journalist to look for her, which leads him to an underworld of drugs, violence, and vice.
Sigurdardottir, Yrsa. The Undesired (STM, 25.99) Feb. A single father who works for a state supervisory agency is looking into abuses that occurred during the 1970s in a home for delinquent boys in a remote part of Iceland while coping with the guilt he feels over his ex-wife’s death in a standalone mystery.
Simenon, Georges. Maigret at the Coroners (Png, 12.00) Feb. Maigret investigates a case in Tucson! Also available in March, Maigret and the Old Lady (Png, 12.00).
Tupmainen, Antti. The Mine (IPG, 14.95) Feb. A Helsinki journalist investigates a nickel-mining complex in northern Finland after receiving an anonymous letter revealing a potential environmental catastrophe, and soon finds enough irregularities to put him and his family in jeopardy in a tense, thought-provoking noir.
Vargas, Fred. A Climate of Fear (Png, 16.00) Mar. When two people are found murdered with a strange symbol drawn by the bodies, Inspector Adamsberg discovers a link to a tragic expedition to Iceland a decade earlier.
Wilson, Sam. Zodiac (Peg, 25.95) Feb. An off-beat crime novel set in a corrupt African dystopia where people are separated by the zodiac sign, where a police detective and an astrological profiler investigate the murders of people of different signs.
Yokoyama, Hideo. Six Four (FSG, 27.00) Feb. A police procedural set in 2003 featuring a police detective who has been transferred from criminal investigations to media relations in one of Japan’s prefectures, where an unsolved case of the kidnapping and murder of a young child leads to confrontations between reporters and police.
New and Forthcoming in Historical Mysteries
Albanese, Laurie Lico. Stolen Beauty (SS, 26.00) Feb. A historical novel set in fin-de-siécle Vienna about the socialite Adele Bloch-Bauer, the muse of artist Gustav Klimt and her niece who was forced to flee the city during WWII to escape the Nazis. Highly recommended.
Arlen, Tessa. Death by any other Name (STM, 25.99) Mar. Lady Montford is asked by a cook who was dismissed for accidentally poisoning one of her employer’s guests, so she and her redoubtable housekeeper travel to Hyde Castle to investigate in a pre-WWI country-house mystery.
Barker, Pat. Noon Day (RH, 16.00) Mar. Set in London in 1940 during the Blitz, this is the final novel in the trilogy featuring former art students Elinor Brook, Paul Tarrant, and Kit Neville whose work rescuing those caught in the bombing involves them with a grotesque spirit medium with lots of work on her hands as people seek to contact the dead. The first two novels of this trilogy are also excellent.
Bowen, Rhys. In Farleigh Field (Lake Union, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Mar. A historical thriller set during the early years of WWII with three friends whose work during the war leads them into espionage and danger.
Brody, Frances. A Death in the Dales (STM, 25.99) Feb. Kate and her niece visit the Yorkshire village of Langcliffe, where Kate investigates a crime committed a decade earlier and helps the wife of a local landowner retrieve some indiscreet letters, and her niece helps a young friend whose brother has gone missing.
____. Murder on a Summer’s Day (STM, 16.99) Feb. When an Indian maharaja disappears from a Yorkshire estate right before a grouse-shooting party held by the Duke of Devonshire, Kate Shackleton is called in to help solve the case by her cousin.
Carter, M.J. The Devil’s Feast (Put, 26.00) Mar. In Victorian London investigative team Blake and Avery are hired to find the murderer of a celebrity chef at the toney Reform Club.
_____. The Infidel Stain (Put, 16.00) Mar. A former army officer returned to London in 1840 joins forces with an inquiry agent at the behest of a politician who fears a lower-class revolt and wants them to investigate the deaths of two printers who were murdered in their workplace.
Cleave, Chris. Everyone Brave is Forgiven (SS, 16.00) Mar. Set in London beginning in 1939, this is a novel of love and courage during the Blitz. Highly recommended.
Cussler, Clive. The Cutthroat (Put, 29.00) Mar. Isaac Bell is hired to find a missing girl who has run off in 1911 to become an actress, but what he discovers is her murdered body, only one of many victims throughout cities across the country, setting him on the trail of a monster.
DePoy, Phillip. The English Agent (STM, 26.99) Feb. Christopher Marlowe is dispatched to Holland by Sir Francis Walsingham to prevent an assassination plot against William the Silent, but he soon uncovers a more serious plot against a more significant target.
Downing, David. Lenin’s Roller Coaster (Soho, 27.95) Mar. British spy Jack McColl is sent on a sabotage mission in Central Asia in 1917 to thwart growing German influence in the area, while his lover, an Irish-American radical journalist is in Moscow to cover the Russian Revolution. A brilliant combination of thoughtfulness about complex historical issues and rip-roaring suspense.
Faye, Lyndsay. Jane Steele (Put, 16.00) Mar. In a satirical romance, a sensitive Victorian orphan—who also just happens to be a serial murderer—applies for the post of governess at her childhood home, now the home of a caustic, but attractive army doctor, only to fall in love. But can she maintain the secrets of her past?
_____. The Whole Art of Detection (Per, 25.00) Mar. A collection of fifteen short stories featuring Holmes and Watson.
Fesperman, Dan. The Letter Writer (RH, 16.00) Mar. An NYPD cop investigating the murder of an unidentified man is helped by a mysterious man who works writing letters for illiterate immigrants and whose knowledge of Manhattan in 1942 helps them to uncover a ring of possibly traitorous corruption. I loved this.
Furst, Alan. A Hero of France (RH, 16.00) Feb. An espionage novel of the French underground Resistance set in Paris in 1941. I enjoyed this immensely and found it wonderfully uplifting.
Gregory, Philippa. Three Sister, Three Queens (SS, 16.99) Feb. The story of three Tudor Queens, who became the queens of England, France, and Scotland.
Harris, C.S. When Falcons Fall (NAL, 15.00) Mar. St. Cyr is asked by a Shropshire landowner to investigate the death of a woman, a widow who has just arrived in the area in the latest in this Regency series.
Hodgson, Antonia. The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins (HMH, 14.99) Mar. In the first of a new series set in Georgian England in 1728, a gentleman on his way to the gallows for murder thinks back on the events that have led him to such a place, including spying for Queen Caroline and helping the king’s mistress.
Hunter, Georgia. We Were the Lucky Ones (Vik, 27.00) Feb. The story of a family of Polish Jews who vow to survive WWII and to reunite in an adventure that spans six years and five continents.
Ifkovic, Ed. Old News (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Mar. In Chicago with her mother to visit an old friend in 1923, Edna Ferber becomes involved in the case of a neighbor, a woman recently released from an asylum after having been suspected of killing her husband in 1908.
Jenoff, Pam. The Orphan’s Tale (Mira, 15.99) Feb. Two women hiding secrets from the Nazi regime become friends when the both join a circus touring Germany, but they live in constant terror that their secrets will be discovered.
Kasasian, M.R.C. Death Descends on Saturn Villa (Peg, 15.95) Mar. When Grice’s niece discovers a family member she never knew who is later murdered, she must turn to her curmudgeonly detective uncle to save her.
Kelly, Martha Hall. Lilac Girls (Ball, 17.00) Feb. The lives of three women come together during WWII—a Polish resistance fighter, a German doctor, and an American socialite—because of Ravensbruck, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women.
Kerr, Phillip. The Other Side of Silence (Put, 16.00) Mar. Bernie Gunther is living on the French Riviera in 1956 when he is approached by the writer Somerset Maugham who is being blackmailed by spies he knew during his time as an agent for the British. Kerr is great.
Knott, Robert. Robert B. Parker’s Revelation (Put, 27.00) Feb. Virgil and Hitch are on the hunt for an escaped convict who wants to return to retrieve the loot he has stolen.
Latham, Mark A. Sherlock Holmes—A Betrayal in Blood (RH, 14.95) Mar. Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of an aristocrat in a case that takes them to a mysterious castle in Transylvania.
Lawton, John. The Unfortunate Englishman (Per, 16.00) Mar. Joe Wilderness becomes involved in a prisoner exchange between the British and the Soviets, but as usual, he has another ulterior motive--a moneymaking scheme involving ten thousand bottles of Bordeaux.
Lee, Jonathan. High Dive (Knopf, 16.00) Feb. When the IRA decides to bomb a seaside hotel in Brighton in 1984 during a meeting of the prime minister and her cabinet, four people’s lives change dramatically in a novel that is both comic and heartbreaking.
Macallister, Greer. Girl in Disguise (Source, 25.99) Mar. A debut novel set in 1856, featuring a widow who becomes the first female Pinkerton operative, and who must use all her skills in dissimulation to protect President Lincoln from a Southern assassination plot.
Miller, Scott. Agent 110 (SS, 28.00) Mar. The true story of Allan Dulles, chief OSS spymaster, who tried to organize a network of German officers during WWII to assassinate Hitler, but the plan went awry and the officers were hunted down by the Gestapo.
Norman, Howard. My Darling Detective (HMH, 26.00) Mar. When his elderly mother destroys a photograph at a Halifax art auction in 1977, her son and his police detective girlfriend investigate, discovering s link between his mother and a Jew-hating detective who is the prime suspect in two murders in 1945.
Patrick, Renee. Design for Dying (STM, 15.99) Mar. In the first of a series featuring Hollywood designer Edith Head, she agrees to help a salesgirl accused of murdering her party-girl roommate in 1937.
Pattison, Eliot. Blood of the Oak (Per, 16.00) Mar. In 1765, exiled Scotsman Duncan McCallum is captured by British agents during the Stamp Tax dissent, and sent into slavery in Virginia, where he plots to escape with an elderly Native American slave.
Pegau, Cathy. Murder on Location (Ken, 15.00) Mar. 1920’s Alaskan journalist Charlotte Brody is covering the Hollywood film crew in town for a shoot, but the story turns from glamor to murder when the director is found murdered
Perry, Anne. Murder on the Serpentine (Ball, 28.00) Mar. Queen Victoria herself asks Thomas Pitt to investigate the murder of her confidant, a man who knew a great many political secrets.
_____. Treachery at Lancaster Gate (Ball, 16.00) Mar. Charlotte and Thomas Pitt investigate a bombing that at first appears to be a terrorist attack, but Pitt soon realizes that it was a murder, targeting one man.
Ramsey, Frederick. Copper Kettle (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Feb. A WWI veteran returns home to the Virginia hills in 1920 to investigate the death of his cousin, a shell-shocked veteran, and to prevent bloodshed between his family and a rival clan.
Ribchester, Lucy. The Hourglass Factory (Peg, 15.95) Mar. A journalist asked to profile a trapeze acrobat and suffragette in London in 1912 discovers two deaths that seem to be failed attacks before the acrobat disappears, and her investigation leads her to team up with a Scotland Yard detective tasked with controlling the suffragettes’ disruptions.
Royal, Priscilla. The Proud Sinner (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Feb. Prioress Eleanor must find a murderer when several members of a party of abbots die after arriving at Tyndal Priory.
Ryan, Jennifer. The Chillbury Ladies’ Choir (RH, 26.00) Feb. The story of five members of a village choir during WWII is told through their letters and journals as they struggle to survive village intrigue and the upheavals of war on the homefront.
Ryan, Robert. The Sign of Fear (SS, 16.00) Mar. In London in 1917, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson uncover dastardly plans by a German bomber to attack the city.
Sedgwick, Marcus. Mister Memory (Peg, 25.95) Mar. When a man with an eidetic memory returns home to find his wife in bed with an acquaintance, he is sent to an asylum after killing his wife, but a policeman decides to investigate the crime further.
Shattuck, Jessica. The Women in the Castle (HC, 26.99) Mar. A brilliant and thought-provoking historical novel about three women who live together in a remote castle in Germany with their children, united by their relationship to the German resistance to the Nazis. I can’t recommend this highly enough.
Siciliano, Sam. The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes—The Moonstone Case (RH, 12.95) Feb. An aristocrat begs Sherlock Holmes’s help in finding a precious jewel belonging to his wife that appears to be cursed
Simonson, Helen. The Summer before the War (RH, 17.00) Feb. When the new Latin master arrives at the small British town of Rye in 1914, she creates a level of scandal that shakes the villagers. A wonderful, sweet novel that will help with the dreary days.
Tidhar, Lavie. A Man Lies Dreaming (Mel, 25.95) Mar. A low-rent private detective in London roams the mean streets while a pulp fiction writer in a concentration camp dreams of another world.
Todd, Charles. No Shred of Evidence (HC, 14.99) Feb. Ian Rutledge is called to Cornwall, where four girls are accused of murder after an apparent act of mercy, but with the villagers up in arms, a further death occurs, one that leaves no evidence.
_____. Racing the Evidence (HC, 26.99) Feb. When a group of British officers at the Battle of the Somme agree to meet a year after the war to hold a motorcar race from Paris to Nice, one of their group is badly injured in a crash. A year later Ian Rutledge investigates when one of them is killed in a fatal car crash in the South Downs and the killer will stop at nothing—not even another murder—to keep his secret.
Vidich, Paul. An Honorable Man (SS, 16.00) Feb. A thriller set in Washington at the beginning of the Cold War, where one of the first CIA officers is blackmailed into becoming a Soviet mole, based on a true story.
Welsh, Kaite. The Wages of Sin (Peg, 25.95) Mar. In a debut late Victorian mystery, a young woman moves to Edinburgh after she is sexually assaulted by a family acquaintance to study medicine, and when a pregnant prostitute she has seen at a clinic is later found dead, she investigates.
Werner, Ursula. The Good at Heart (SS, 26.00) Feb. A German family relocates to a small village on the Swiss border during WWII, while the father works in Hitler’s cabinet, but his daughter works helping a Protestant minister smuggle Jews out of the country in a timely novel about the conflict between morality and patriotism.
Winspear, Jacqueline. In this Grave Hour (HC, 27.99) Mar. In 1939 when war is declared against Germany, the Secret Service tasks Maisie Dobbs with finding the killer of a man who escaped from Belgium during the Great War.
_____. Journey to Munich (HC, 15.99) Feb. Maisie agrees to go on a mission to Germany in 1938 to arrange for the release of a British prisoner.
Of Special Interest
I have marked the mystery writers with new books for the Tucson Festival of Books in March and I will post the signing schedule of the writers appearing at the Clues Unlimited booth at TFOB in mid-February on the website. I will also have printed schedules in the store. We hope to see you there.
Chris and Bosco