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Anderson,Gillian and Jeff Rovin. A Vision of Fire (SS, 25.00) Oct. In a well-written debut thriller, the daughter of the Indian representative to the U.N. witnesses an assassination attempt on her father and begins behaving oddly; when a psychiatrist sees her she realizes that the child is not the only one with symptoms.
Andrews, Donna. The Nightingale before Christmas (STM, 24.99) Oct. Meg must turn sleuth yet again when a decorator is found dead in a Christmas-themed show house and Mother is the chief suspect.
Baldacci, David. The Escape (GC, 28.00) Nov. Military investigator John Puller must track down his older brother, who has escaped from a military prison, but the more he investigates his brother’s conviction, the more he finds troubling details.
Black, Lisa. Close to the Bone (SH, 28.95) Oct. When she finds the body of a morgue worker, Cleveland forensic analyst Theresa MacLean connects the murder to the decade-old strangling of a coworker in a mystery by an author who is herself a forensic scientist.
Brown, Rita Mae. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (Ball, 26.00) Nov. MFH Sister Jane Arnold goes to Kentucky for a joint meet, and when a human skeleton is found in a local horse cemetery, she discovers that the death is related to an old disappearance and research on equine bloodlines.
Carl, JoAnna. The Chocolate Clown Corpse (NAL, 22.95) Nov. When the owner of the neighboring shop is killed and his wife attacked, Lee realizes that the killer is not clowning around.
Castrique, Mark de. Risky Undertaking (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Nov. The discovery of Native American bones and artifacts on the site of a planned expansion of the local cemetery leads to murder when members of the local Cherokee tribe are at loggerheads with the developers, and funeral director and deputy sheriff Barry Clayton must sort things out.
Charles, Paul. Down on Cyprus Avenue (Duf, 29.00) Nov. A retired policeman is forced to return to work for the Belfast CID after his wife leaves for America with their nest-egg, and he and his partner are put on the case of the missing sons of a wealthy businessman, and then later the murder of an American banker.
Childs, Laura. Gossamer Ghost (Brk, 25.95) Oct. At Halloween in New Orleans, Carmela investigates a strange sound in the antique shop next door only to have the owner’s body literally fall into her arms.
Clark, Mary Higgins and Alafair Burke. The Cinderella Murder (SS, 26.99) Nov. This collaboration is the first of a new series featuring the producer of a cold-case crime television series who decides to reopen the murder of a UCLA coed, the suspects in whose death include a number of Hollywood movers and shakers.
Connelly, Michael. The Burning Room (LB, 28.00) Nov. Harry Bosch reinvestigates the death of a mariachi musician who was the victim of a random drive-by shooting years before only to discover a trail of political corruption and internecine warfare in the LAPD.
Connolly, John. The Wolf in Winter (SS, 26.00) Oct. Maine PI Charlie Parker investigates the seeming suicide of a homeless man, and the case takes him to a wealthy, isolated town with secrets worth killing for.
Cornwell, Patricia. Flesh and Blood (HC, 28.99) Nov. Dr. Kay Scarpetta is tracking a serial killer—a sniper who kills with deadly precision and leaves behind no clues but a handful of copper pennies.
Crais, Robert. The Promise (Put, 27.95) Nov. Elvis Cole is hired to find a missing woman who may have disappeared with a man she met online, but further investigation reveals that she was being blackmailed in a case that dovetails with a case of assault on LAPD officer Scott James and his dog Maggie, with both cases tied to a terrorist plot.
Cussler, Clive and Dirk Cussler. Havana Storm (put, 28.95) Oct. Dirk Pitt returns to investigate a toxic outbreak in the Caribbean, while his children hunt for the key to an Aztec treasure that went down with a ship in Havana Harbor in 1898.
Cutler, Judith. Death in Elysium (SH, 28.95) Oct. In the first of a new series, a London businesswoman marries the rector of a small parish in rural Kent and becomes involved in a mystery when she hires a local disaffected youth to help her with her garden.
Dunn, Matthew. Dark Spies (HC, 26.99) Oct. On the run from the CIA, an intelligence operative heads to the U.S. to uncover a diabolical spymaster at the head of an international conspiracy.
Dunnett, Kaitlyn. Ho-Ho-Homicide (Ken, 25.00) Nov. Invited to spend a week with a friend at a Christmas tree farm she recently inherited, Liss MacCrimmon finds that all is not jolly and bright after a man’s body is found among the pines.
Evanovich, Janet and Lee Goldberg. The Job (Ban, 28.00) Nov. Once again FBI agent Kate O’Hare is forced to team up with sexy conman Nicholas Fox to take down some big-time criminals.
Fletcher, Jessica and Donald Bain. Murder She Wrote: Death of a Blue Blood (NAL, 23.95) Oct. Jessica and her friend George from Scotland Yard are invited to a New Year’s Eve Ball at a castle in the English countryside, but the murder of the host stops the festivities and it’s up to the two of them to find a killer among a large number of suspects.
Francis, Felix. Dick Francis’s Damage (Put, 26.95) Oct. A thriller set in the world of British horse racing, featuring an investigator who must find an extortionist who claims to have drugged almost all the horses in the Gold Cup.
Galt, Christopher. Biblical (Peg, 25.95) Oct. A thoughtful scientific thriller set in the near future, where a psychiatrist must deal with a rash of unusual visions that lead to tangible manifestations having high-level national security implications.
Geary, Valerie. Crooked River (HC, 25.99) Oct. When their eccentric father is arrested for the murder of a woman in rural Oregon, two sisters try in different ways to prove his innocence in a debut mystery that is part ghost story and part coming of age story.
Giambanco, V.M. The Gift of Darkness (Quercus, 26.99) Nov. A debut mystery set in Seattle featuring a rookie policewoman assigned to the high-profile murder of a prominent tax attorney and his family.
Grant, Andrew. Run (Ball, 26.00) Oct. After he’s fired from his IT job, a consultant discovers that the data he had downloaded into his memory stick is contaminated by a catastrophic computer virus that someone is ready to kill him to get.
Grisham, John. Gray Mountain (DD, 28.95) Oct. After she is downsized from her Manhattan law firm, a young attorney joins a legal clinic in West Virginia where she learns that her entry into the world of coal mining is fraught with danger.
Hall, Parnell. Safari (Peg, 25.95) Nov. When NYC PI Stanley Hastings and his wife go to Africa on safari, he is asked to help investigate a murder in another comic mystery but this time with wild animals in the mix.
Hart, Carolyn. Ghost Wanted (Brk, 25.95) Oct. Ghostly gumshoe Bailey Ruth investigates a case of vandalism at an Oklahoma library, but when a security guard is shot and a student blamed, she must race to find a killer with justice overdue.
Hart, Ellen. The Old Deep and Dark (STM, 25.99) Oct. The death of a singer who has written a tell-all book is tied to the discovery of three skeletons during renovations of an old theater, and Minneapolis PI Jane Lawless must find the connection.
Hechtman, Betty. Knot Guilty (Brk, 25.95) Nov. Molly Pink and the Tarzana Hookers are planning on hooking more people on crochet at a southern California Style Show, but when one of the organizers is found dead in her hotel room, and one of the hookers is suspected of murder, they must find a killer.
Helton, Peter. Indelible (SH, 28.95) Nov. PI and painter Chris Honeysett takes a job as tutor at the Bath Art Academy, but runs into problems of vandalism and murder while arranging an exhibition of works by faculty and students in a funny look at the contemporary English art scene..
James, Peter. Want You Dead (STM, 26.99) Oct. DS Roy Grace must find the killer of a man whose body is found badly burned on a golf course outside of Brighton in a mystery of obsession and revenge.
Johansen, Iris. The Perfect Witness (STM, 27.99) Oct. The daughter of a mob boss who has the ability to read people’s memories escapes from her family and goes into the Witness Protection Program, but when her cover is blown, she decides to use her gift to protect herself and those she loves.
Johnson, Craig. Wait for Signs (Vik, 22.00) Oct. A short story collection featuring Walt Longmire, including some that delve into his past, especially his relationship with his deceased wife. Excellent.
Jones, Darynda. Seventh Grave and No Body (STM, 25.99) Oct. Charley is having a really, really bad week what with hellhounds after her, her father disappearing, a rash of suicides, and her goldfish dying—not to mention her sexy fiancé attracting the attentions of a local celebrity.
Kepnes, Caroline. You (SS, 25.00) Oct. A very creepy depiction of a stalking by a bookstore clerk of a writing student in NYC resulting in a relationship of sorts. Highly recommended (and not just because it’s set in a bookstore).
Land, Jon. Strong Darkness (STM, 26.95) Oct. Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is caught up in a case of human trafficking and murder that has its roots in a case in the 1880s, a string of bizarre murders involving Chinese immigrants.
Lanh, Andrew. Caught Dead (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Nov. A series debut set in Connecticut’s Vietnamese community featuring an insurance investigator asked to look into the death of a beautiful young woman, whose shooting death appears to be more than a random act of gang violence.
Littlewood, Alison. Path of Needles (Quercus, 26.99) Nov. When a scholar who studies fairy tales is called in by PC Cate Corbin to help after a girl is found dead dressed as Snow White, her knowledge of the subject turns her into a suspect after two more murders occur.
Lovett, Charlie. First Impressions (Vik, 27.95) Oct. An obscure manuscript related to Jane Austen is at the heart of this bibliophilic mystery, with a young woman bookseller in London who begins to worry when two customers seeking the same manuscript becoming threatening. Fans of Austen while enjoy this.
MacDonald, Patricia. I See You (SH, 28.95) Oct. A counselor and her husband live in Philadelphia with their young daughter under assumed names, but when a chance occurrence leads to an interview in front of a TV crew, their secret comes out.
Malliet, G.M. A Demon Summer (STM, 25.99) Oct. When the bishop asks Max Tudor to investigate the nunnery where a poisoned fruitcake has sickened the Earl of Lislelivet, he finds himself with a related crime to solve in a wonderful homage to Golden Age mysteries. Highly recommended.
McKenzie, C.B. Bad Country (STM, 24.99) Nov. An award-winning debut mystery set in Tucson featuring a part-Yaqui PI who is asked to investigate the drive-by killing of a young gang-banger, also a Yaqui. This is a superlative mystery with fascinating characters and a wonderful sense of place. Highly recommended. Signing.
Meier, Leslie. French Pastry Murder (Ken, 25.00) Oct. Lucy Stone, her friends and their husbands receive a trip to Paris to study with a famous pastry chef , but Lucy finds the chef in a pool of blood and must trade her chef’s toque for her deerstalker to find the killer.
Metzl, Jamie. Genesis Code (Per, 24.95) Nov. In a novel set in the near future, a reporter investigates the death of a young woman who was the protégé of a fundamentalist pastor with right-wing political ambitions.
Morrow, Bradford. The Forgers (Per, 24.00) Nov. A man who specializes in forging manuscripts by nineteenth-century literary masters, especially Arthur Conan Doyle, begins receiving mysterious letters signed by famous authors after the death of his book collector brother-in-law in a brilliant novel of suspense.
Neville, Stuart. The Final Silence (Soho, 26.95) Oct. When she finds a diary detailing eight murders in a house she recently inherited from an uncle, a woman goes to her friend Belfast DI Jack Lennon to look into the matter unofficially in order not to harm her father’s political career.
Norman, Hilary. Fear and Loathing (SH, 28.95) Oct. When a group of armed men murder four people at their home in Miami Beach, Detective Sam Becket receives a note promising more killings in a case with few leads.
Novak, Chase. Brood (LB, 26.00) Oct. In the sequel to Breed, the twins who were born through illicit fertility treatments fear turning into the ravening monsters their parents became. A satirical supernatural that’s not for those who hate rats.
Otto, Shaun Lawrence. Sins of Our Fathers (Per, 26.00) Nov. A disgraced Midwestern banker with a gambling problem is coerced into spying on a local tribal bank on the Ojibwe reservation, but he discovers that the job is more dangerous than he thought. An excellent debut.
Parker, T. Jefferson. Full Measure (STM, 25.99) Oct. A standalone novel about an Afghanistan vet who returns to his Southern California town to find another kind of war zone, with his younger brother considering joining a racist gang.
Parsons, Tony. The Murder Man (STM, 24.99) Oct. In an entertaining and funny look at British upper-class snobbery, a detective constable newly promoted to homicide is assigned the case of the murders of an investment banker and a homeless junkie, who both attended a posh “public” school.
Patterson, James. Hope to Die (LB, 29.00) Nov. Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius who has abducted his wife and family.
Penzler, Otto, ed. The Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century (HMH, 30.00) Oct. Washington Irving, Poe, and even Abraham Lincoln have stories in this wide-ranging anthology.
Picoult, Jodi. Leaving Time (Ball, 28.00) Oct. A teenager whose mother disappeared years before contacts the detective who investigated both the disappearance and the murder of her mother’s co-worker and a disgraced psychic in a novel of maternal love and suspense.
Plame, Valerie and Sarah Lovett. Burned (Png, 26.95) Oct. CIA agent Vanessa Pierson is scheduled to meet with an asset outside of the Louvre to help her catch the terrorist Bhoot, but a suicide bomber shows up instead, and when she is contacted again by the asset, she must find out if he was involved in the attack.
Preston, Douglas and Lincoln Child. Blue Labyrinth (GC, 27.00) Nov. Pendergast must investigate the death of one of his twin sons whose bound body is left outside his apartment.
Raphael, Lev. Assault with a Deadly Lie (UW, 26.95) Oct. College professor Nick Hoffman is faced with the destruction of his idyllic life in a college town when his partner is arrested with no explanation, the first in a series of terrifying acts of intimidation and harassment.
Rendell, Ruth. The Girl Next Door (SS, 26.00) Nov. The gruesome discovery of two people’s severed hands unearthed in a place where a group of friends played outside of London during WWII brings the group together again in a novel of psychological suspense.
Ryan, Hank Phillippi. Truth Be Told (STM, 24.99) Oct. Boston reporter Jane Ryland is working on two seemingly unrelated stories: a murder in a recently foreclosed house and a puff piece on banking customer service, but both lead to institutional malfeasance.
Sandford, John. Deadline (Put, 27.95) Oct. Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assigned to a small Mississippi River town where local hillbillies are dognapping (along with manufacturing meth), and the local pet-lovers are ready for war.
Scottoline, Lisa. Betrayed (STM, 27.99) Nov. A Rosato & Associates attorney must help her aunt, who’s been diagnosed with breast cancer after her friend dies unexpectedly, and the death of the woman, an undocumented immigrant, begins to look more and more suspicious.
Simon, Clea. Stages of Grey (SH, 28.95) Oct. Attending a play with her boyfriend, graduate student Dulcie Schwartz comes across the actress dead in an alley in a mystery with numerous feline complications, including a tightrope walking cat.
Spencer, Sally. Supping with the Devil (SH, 28.95) Oct. DCI Monica Paniatowski is assigned to serve as advisor to the Earl of Ridley, who is sponsoring a Woodstock-like festival on his estate, and everyone is afraid there will be trouble.
Toews, Miriam. All my Puny Sorrows (Per, 24.00) Oct. A beautifully written novel about two sisters who grow up in a Mennonite family in Manitoba, and whose later life is both comic and tragic.
Twelve Hawks, John. Spark (DD, 25.95) Oct. An assassin in near-future NYC is hired by a multinational corporation to eliminate the threat of a low-level employee who has stolen financial data she threatens to expose, but the condition that makes him an effective killer is wearing off and he can’t do his job.
Waite, Urban. Sometimes the Wolf (HC, 26.99) Oct. When his father, a former sheriff turned drug smuggler, is released from prison a sheriff’s deputy agrees to take him in not realizing that he is being hunted by his former colleagues in a suspenseful mystery set in the Pacific Northwest.
Webb, Betty. Desert Rage (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95) Oct. Phoenix PI Lena Jones agrees to investigate when two teenagers confess to killing a family in a case that reminds Lena of her own bad childhood in foster care. Signing.
Whittle, Tina. Deeper than the Grave (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Nov. When Atlanta gun shop owner Tai Randolph unearths the skull of an enemy of her late uncle Dexter, suspects abound including Civil War re-enactors, a mafia type, and the members of a wealthy family.
Willis, Lyn Chandler. Wink of an Eye (STM, 24.99) Nov. A debut mystery set in Texas, where a PI returns and investigates the supposed suicide of a lawman and the unexplained disappearance of eight little girls, all children of illegal immigrants.
Woods, Stuart. Paris Match (Put, 26.95) Oct. NYC attorney Stone Barrington goes to Paris for the opening of his latest hotel, but when a former enemy appears, he must fight not only for his business interests but also for his life.
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Andrews, Donna. Duck the Halls (STM, 7.99) Oct.
Berry, Steve. The Lincoln Myth (BDD, 9.99) Nov.
Brockman, Suzanne. Do or Die (BDD, 7.99) Oct.
Carl, JoAnna. The Chocolate Book Bandit (NAL, 7.99) Nov.
Chapman, Drew. The Ascendent (Pkt, 7.99) Oct.
Childs, Laura. Gilt Trip (Brk, 7.99) Oct.
Collins, Max Allen. Ask Not (STM, 9.99) Oct.
Connelly, Michael. The Gods of Guilt (GC, 10.00) Nov.
Cussler, Clive with Jack Du Brul. Mirage (Brk, 9.99) Nov.
Evanovich, Janet and Lee Goldberg. The Chase (BDD, 8.99) Nov.
Gardner, Lisa. Fear Nothing (NAL, 9.99) Nov.
Hall, James W. Going Dark (STM, 9.99) Nov.
Hart, Carolyn. Ghost Gone Wild (Brk, 7.99) Oct.
Hechtman, Betty. For Better or Worsted (Brk, 7.99) Nov.
Hess, Joan. Murder as a Second Language (STM, &.99) Oct.
Hoag, Tami. Night Sins (BDD, 7.99) Oct.
Johansen, Iris. Live to See Tomorrow (STM, 7.99) Oct.
Kaplan, Glenn. Poison Pill (STM, 9.99) Nov.
Khoury, Raymond. Rasputin’s Shadow (NAL, 9.99) Oct.
Lawson, M.A, Rosarito Beach (NAL, 9.99) Nov.
Murphy, Shirley Rousseau. The Cat, the Devil, and Lee Fontana (HC, 7.99) Nov.
Norton, Carla. The Edge of Normal (STM, 7.99) Oct.
Oust, Gail. Rosemary and Crime (STM, 7.99) Nov.
Patterson, James. Cross my Heart (GC, 10.00) Oct.
Plame, Valerie and Sarah Lovett. Blowback (NAL, 9.99) Oct.
Reich, Christopher. The Prince of Risk (BDD, 9.99) Oct.
Sandford, John. Storm Front (Brk, 9.99) Oct.
Sears, Michael. Mortal Bonds (Brk, 9.99) Oct.
Slaughter, Karin. Undone (BDD, 7.99) Oct.
Washburn, Livia J. The Fatal Funnel Cake (NAL, 7.99) Oct.
Woods, Stuart. Standup Guy (NAL, 9.99) Oct.
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Adams, Ellery. Lethal Letters (Brk, 7.99) Nov. Restaurant owner—and aspiring novelist—Olivia is preparing the menu for the Oyster Bay Historical Society spring benefit when a local resident is murdered, and it’s up to Olivia to make sure justice is served.
Blake, Heather. One Potion in the Grave (NAL, 7.99) Oct. When a good friend returns to settle an old score with a senator at his son’s wedding and is murdered, Katie Sue vows to find the killer, but she’s getting a chilly reception in the second in this spellbinding series.
Brandon, Ali. Literally Murder (Brk, 7.99) Oct. Brooklyn bookstore owner Darla and her black cat Hamlet must find a killer at a cat show.
Bryan, Mollie Cox. A Crafty Christmas (Ken, 7.99) Oct. When Sheila wins a scrapbook-themed Caribbean cruise, her friends tag along—which is a good thing when a famous scrapper is found poisoned and it looks like Sheila may have been the intended victim.
Carlisle, Kate. A High-End Finish (NAL, 7.99) Nov. The first in a new series, featuring a home renovation specialist in a small northern California town who finds herself having to renovate her own reputation after her new date is found dead in a run-down Victorian she’s working on.
Chance, Maia. Snow White Red-Handed (Brk, 7.99) Nov. In the first of a new fantasy/mystery series, a young actress marries a New York millionaire, but when they move to a storybook castle in Grimm country, the discovery of Snow White’s cottage—complete with a dwarf’s skeleton—leads to her husband being killed by a poisoned apple.
Connolly, Sheila. Picked to Die (Brk, 7.99) Oct. Meg must find the bad apple when a relative of one of the orchard pickers is found stabbed to death behind the local feed store.
Corrigan, Maya. By Cook or by Crook (Ken, 7.99) Nov. In the first of a new series, a woman moves from NYC to the Chesapeake Bay to simplify her life and write a cookbook, but when she finds the body of a patron at the fitness club where she is working, she must cook up a scheme to find a killer.
Fluke, JoAnna. Cold Judgment (Ken, 7.99) Nov. In a reissued novel of suspense, eight patients of a dying psychiatrist begin to suspect that he has decided that he will kill them if he can’t cure them.
Gerber, Daryl Wood. Stirring the Plot (Brk, 7.99) Oct. Cookbook Nook owner Jenna must spend Halloween solving the murder of a local witch.
Grant, Ellie. The Treacherous Tart (SS, 7.99) Nov. In the second in the cozy series featuring a pie-shop owner, Maggie finds that her aunt’s new beau is a Lothario with an unsavory past, but when he is shot, she must save her aunt from a murder charge.
Hamilton, Victoria. No Mallets Intended (Brk, 7.99) Nov. The Heritage Society is restoring historic Dumpe Manor, and Jaymie is hired to fill the kitchen with authentic Depression Era furnishings, but when the resident historian is killed with an antique mallet, she must catch a killer before someone else becomes history.
Hollis, Lee. Death of a Christmas Caterer (Ken, 7.99) Oct. Maine food critic Hayley is tasked with planning the office Christmas party, but when the caterer is found dead, she must see that justice is served.
James, Miranda. Bless Her Dead Little Heart (Brk, 7.99) Oct. In the first of a new series, two snoopy sisters in Mississippi have trouble maintaining Southern hospitality when a stressed socialite brings murder to their door.
Kelly, Sofie. A Midwinter’s Tail (NAL, 7.99) Oct. When a guest drops dead at a fundraising gala for the library, Kathleen and her magical cats must find a killer before the case gets cold.
Levine, Laura. This Pen for Hire (Ken, 7.99) Nov. A reissue of the first in this funny series, featuring freelance writer Jaine Austen, her cat Prozac, and her crazy parents. You now have no excuse not to leap into this excellent cozy series!
Logan, Kylie. The Legend of Sleepy Harlow (Brk, 7.99) Oct. The Literary Ladies have to turn their attention from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to a murder that may be linked to a local ghost story.
Lutz, John. Frenzy (Ken, 9.99) Oct. Ex-NYPD detective Frank Quinn must stop a torture-murderer preying on teenaged girls in a twisty game of cat-and-mouse.
MacRae, Molly. Plagued by Quilt (NAL, 7.99) Nov. In the latest in this cozy paranormal series, yarn shop owner Kath and her friends are volunteering for a high school program at a historic farm, but when a long-buried murder is found on the property—and then the project director is killed—they must turn their attention to finding a killer with the help of Kath’s ghostly sidekick.
Marks, Mary. Knot in my Backyard (Ken, 7.99) Nov. When the battered body of a baseball coach is found in the neighborhood, Martha Rose and her quilting buddies decide that they don’t need a scorecard to know that it’s foul play.
Martin, Carol Ann. Weave of Absence (NAL, 7.99) Oct. Della must weave the web of clues to find a killer when one of her students is killed right after an argument with her employee’s fiancé, who may not be Mr. Right after all.
McHugh, Mary. Caviar, Chorus Lines, and Corpses (Ken, 7.99) Nov. In a debut mystery five fifty-something dancers are booked to perform on a Russian river cruise up the Volga, but with a crew member killed and a passenger missing, it’ll take all their fancy footwork to stay one step ahead of a killer.
McKinlay, Jenn. On Borrowed Time (Brk, 7.99) Nov. When library director Lindsey’s brother, a consultant for a coffee company, goes missing, her favorite brew becomes a key clue in a dangerous mystery.
Reed, Hannah. Off Kilter (Brk, 7.99) Oct. In need of a fresh start a woman travels to the Scottish Highlands, but the murder of a small-town sheep shearer sends her on a hunt for a deadly killer.
Vallere, Diane. Suede to Rest (Brk, 7.99) Nov. A former dress designer decides to open her family’s long-shuttered fabric shop, although she is pressured by a developer to sell the property, but she’s not ready to bolt, even when a murder occurs behind the shop.
Viets, Elaine. A Dog Gone Murder (NAL, 7.99) Nov. Investigating doggy daycare centers, mystery shopper Josie Marcus discovers that one dog loving celebrity is bad to the bone.
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Alexander, Sam. Carnal Acts (Duf, 26.00) Sept. A London policewoman, newly transferred to northern England, is paired up with a DCI investigating a murder at a brothel run by the Albanian mafia, in a case that shows the corruption that underpins the beautiful English countryside.
Allardyce, Kevin. Any Resemblance to Actual Persons (Per, 15.95) Nov. When he discovers that his sister is writing a tell-all book about his dysfunctional family, naming his father as the killer of the “Black Dahlia,” a failed writer and community college writing instructor begins a letter to the publisher objecting to this in a wickedly funny novel about memory and obsession. Highly recommended.
Avitabile, Tom. Devil’s Quota (Per, 13.95) Oct. An NYPD detective is investigating a murder when his partner is killed and he is suddenly fired in a case that has international implications.
Bannister, Jo. Deadly Virtues (STM, 15.99) Nov. When a young man is found beaten to death in jail in an English town known for its strict policing, a fellow inmate is convinced he was murdered and a police recruit begins to agree with him.
Barbieri, Maggie. Once Upon a Lie (STM, 15.99) Nov. A recently-divorced mother of two teenaged girls is struggling to pay the bills and get on with her life, when her cousin is found shot—and the prime suspect is her elderly father with Alzheimer’s.
Bell, David. The Forgotten Girl (NAL, 15.00) Oct. When his troubled sister disappears leaving her teenaged daughter, a man is reminded of their unpleasant past, especially after a body is found in the woods nearby.
Black, J. Carson. Hard Return (T&M, 14.95) Sept. Former Navy Seal Cyril Landry staged his own death after a firefight in Florida, but when a group of teenagers is fired on by a sniper—a group that includes his daughter—her realizes that someone knows he’s still alive.
Boneham, Shiela Webster. Catwalk (F&M, 14.99) Oct. Fur flies when animal trainer and pet photographer Janet is asked to find a missing cat, but when a body is found at the Dog Dayz agility trials, she and her Australian Shepherd must follow the trail of a killer.
Boyd, Daniel. Easy Death (Hard Case, 9.99) Nov. Two thieves hired to rob an armored car right before Christmas find the job complicated by a blizzard, pursuing cops, a double crossing gambler, and a murderous park ranger.
Brandon, John G. A Scream in Soho (British Library, 15.00) Oct. The reissue of a mystery written in1940, featuring a Scotland Yard inspector whose beat is Soho during the blackout.
Bruce, Leo. Death of a Bovver Boy (Academy Chi, 14.95) Nov. The final Carolus Deene mystery first published in 1974 is a wonderful parody of the classic English mystery story, filled with class consciousness, casual racism, and incompetent policeman.
Bruen, Ken. Purgatory (Per, 14.00) Nov. Galway PI Jack Taylor begins receiving letters from a vigilante killer, all signed C33.
Burrows, Bruce. The Fourth Betrayal (Per, 14.95) Oct. In an environmental thriller, two friends from the Pacific Northwest share the secret of a crime they committed in their youth, until one of them turns up dead.
Cady, Jack. The Jonah Watch (Per, 15.00) Nov. A creepy ghost story set aboard a Coast Guard cutter off the coast of Maine.
Cleave, Paul. Five Minutes Alone (SS, 16.00) Oct. When a convicted rapist newly released from prison is found in pieces in a New Zealand suburb, DI Tate finds that there is evidence implicating his victim in his murder in a well-plotted mystery with strong characterizations.
Copperman, E. J. The Question of the Missing Head (MidInk, 14.99) Oct. The beginning of a new series, featuring a man with Asperger’s Syndrome who answers questions for a living, but when he’s asked to find out who stole a preserved head from the Garden State Cryonics Institute, he becomes involved in even more questions, including who killed the woman he finds in the freezer room.
Darnton, Nina. The Perfect Mother (Png, 16.00) Nov. When she hears that her daughter has been arrested for murder in Spain, a mother is sure there has been some mistake, but when she begins to investigate, she realizes that she may not really know her daughter.
Dolan, Harry. The Last Dead Girl (Brk, 16.00) Oct. When a man becomes involved with an enigmatic law student, he discovers after her murder that she may have been trying to solve an earlier murder during the last weeks of her life, and that the killer is now after him. Highly recommended.
Dugdall, Ruth. The Woman before Me (Per, 14.95) Oct. An award-winning novel of psychological suspense about a prison psychologist whose job is to evaluate a woman convicted of killing a baby in a house fire to see if she can be released.
Dugoni, Robert. My Sister’s Grave (T&M, 14.95) Oct. A Seattle policewoman obsessed with solving the supposedly closed case of her sister’s disappearance gets help from an attorney to reopen the case.
Ernst, Kathleen. Tradition of Deceit (MidInk, 14.99) Nov. Museum curator Chloe Ellefson returns from helping a friend to find that a friend of her policeman boyfriend has been shot, and sifting through the clues may put both of them in danger.
Eskins, Allen. The Life we Bury (Prom, 15.95) Oct. A college student with a writing assignment to write a biography chooses to write about an elderly man in a local nursing home—a decorated Vietnam vet who was later convicted of rape and murder—but the more he learns, the more he questions the man’s guilt.
Farjeon, J. Jefferson. Mystery in White (Brit Lib, 15.00) Nov. The reissue of a mystery first published in 1937, featuring a group of travelers on a snow-bound train who take refuge in an unoccupied house only to find murderous secrets.
Flanery, Patrick. Fallen Land (Png, 16.00) Nov. When a young couple moves into a luxury subdivision on the outskirts of a Midwestern town, they discover that someone—or something—is living with them in a scary page-turner.
Gittins, Rob. The Poet & the Private Eye (Duf, 19.00) Sept. In a mystery based on actual events, a New York PI is hired by Time Magazine to tail a Welsh poet in 1953, a poet who is suing the magazine for libel, and who will be dead in three weeks’ time, the poet Dylan Thomas.
Grimes, Martha. The Way of All Fish (SS, 16.00) Oct. A very funny satire of the publishing world, featuring two very literary hitmen who vow to help an author at the mercy of an unscrupulous agent.
Hammett, Dashiell. The Hunter and other Stories (Per, 14.00) Oct. A collection of short stories by a master, some never before published.
Harvey, Samantha. Dear Thief (Per, 20.00) Oct. A novel of psychological suspense told by a highly unreliable narrator written by an acclaimed British author.
Hayes, Frank. Death at the Black Bull (Brk, 15.00) Oct. In a debut mystery set in a small Arizona town, the local sheriff must investigate a murder when a local good ole boy disappears, only to have his body turn up in a stock tank.
Heald, Paul. Death in Eden (Per, 14.95) Oct. When a university professor interviews a close college friend involved in the porn industry for his thesis, he becomes involved in investigating the murder of a porn star, almost destroying both his career and his marriage in a darkly comic debut.
Hellmann, Libby Fischer. Nobody’s Child (Red Herrings, 16.99) Sept. Chicago PI Georgia Davis discovers that she has a half-sister, a pregnant sixteen-year-old caught up in an underground human trafficking ring.
Helms, E. Michael. Deadly Ruse (Prom, 15.95) Nov. When his girlfriend sees an old boyfriend who supposedly drowned years earlier, PI Mac McClellan investigates in a case involving stolen identities, suspicious missionaries, and stolen diamonds
Highsmith, Patricia. A Game for the Living (Per, 16.00) Oct. Two men in Mexico City are in love with the same woman, and when she is found murdered, they both become suspects in a reissue of a brilliant classic of suspense.
Hoklotubbe, Sara Sue. Sinking Suspicions (UA, 16.95) Oct. Sadie Walela leaves Cherokee Country for a business trip in Maui when her neighbor, a Cherokee WWII veteran goes missing, suspected of the murder of an identity thief, and while she wants to help her friend, she is delayed by an earthquake. Signing.
Hull, Linda Joffe. Black Thursday (MidInk, 14.99) Oct. Mrs. Frugalicious is invited by a local news channel to shop on camera for Black Friday, but when a shopper is crushed beneath a pallet of toasters, she must turn from shopping to sleuthing in the second in this funny series.
Jaffarian, Sue Ann. Hell on Wheels (MidInk, 14.99) Nov. Plus-size sleuth Odelia Grey and her husband witness a murder during a rugby match, and with a murderer calling the shots, she wonders if she isn’t out of her league.
James, Peter. Dead Man’s Time (STM, 16.99) Nov. When an elderly woman is murdered in Brighton and millions of pounds worth of antiques stolen, DS Roy Grace finds that the mystery is tied to her ninety-five-year-old brother and events that took place almost a century before.
_____. Dead Simple (STM, 9.99) Oct. When a man is buried as a prank after his bachelor party, the fun stops when his mates who know where he is are killed in a car crash and the only other one who knows refuses to say anything to Superintendent Grace’s chagrin.
Jantunen, John. Cipher (Per, 17.95) Oct. Returning from a tour in Afghanistan to his Saskatchewan hometown, a former high school football player is faced with a town reeling from the death of a little girl.
Johnson, Craig. Spirit of Steamboat (Png, 12.00) Oct. A Christmas novella featuring Walt Longmire that echoes Dickens’s Christmas Carol.
Kerley, J.A. The Death Box (HC, 14.99) Nov. Miami detective Carson Ryder is called to the scene of a horrific crime—a concrete pillar built of human remains—and he enters a world of human trafficking and must find the one girl who knows the secrets of a powerful criminal group.
Lawson, Diane. A Tightly Raveled Mind (Con, 16.95) Oct. A Texas psychoanalyst worries that the death of a client in a laboratory explosion was neither suicide nor accident, but rather murder, so she engages the services of a skeptical PI.
Lehane, Dennis. The Drop (HC, 14.99) Sept. When a Boston bartender rescues a badly-beaten puppy from a dumpster, he finds that his life changes in unimaginable ways in a moving, short noir novel.
Lewis, Ted. Jack Carter’s Law (Soho, 14.95) Oct. Hardcase Carter is looking for a mole in his criminal organization in a reissue that evokes the London underground of gangsters and strip clubs of the 1960s.
_____. Jack Carter and the Mafia Pigeon (Soho, 14.95) Nov. Carter is hired to protect an American mobster turned informant holed up in a Spanish villa in the third of the trilogy.
Lion, Michael. The Forgotten Addiction (New Pulp, 14.95) Nov. Bird, a gumshoe in the old style is hired to find a missing UCLA student in a case that takes him all over LA, meeting up with blackmail, maniacs, drugs, violence, and murder.
Lippman, Laura, ed. The Best American Mystery Stories 2014 (HMH, 14.95) Oct. A collection of mystery short stories, including some by literary fiction authors.
Littell, Robert. A Nasty Piece of Work (STM, 15.99) Oct. A former CIA agent now working as a PI in New Mexico agrees to help a bail bondswoman hunt for a man who has completely disappeared, leaving no trace of past or present in a gritty, southwestern noir.
Littlefield, Sophie. The Missing Place (SS, 16.00) Oct. Two mothers whose sons have disappeared from an oil rig in North Dakota join forces to discover what happened, despite an oil company cover-up.
Littlewood, Alison. A Cold Season (Quercus, 14.99) Nov. After the death of her husband in the Mideast, a woman moves to an idyllic English village with her teenaged son, but thing do not turn out as she planned in a creepy horror novel.
Maitland, Barry. The Raven’s Eye (STM, 15.99) Nov. DCI Brock and DI Kolla investigate the death of a woman killed by carbon monoxide on her houseboat, but certain anomalies lead them to tie the death to an earlier supposedly accidental death.
Marsh, Ngaio. Spinsters in Jeopardy (F&M, 14.95) Sept. The final four mysteries in the classic Inspector Alleyn series, include two village mysteries, one set in New Zealand, and one on shipboard.
Marshall, Colby. Color Blind (Brk, 15.00) Nov. An FBI forensic psychiatrist with synesthesia is called in to interrogate an incarcerated mass murderer who may have a partner on the outside who wants to continue their grisly work.
Marwood, Alex. The Killer Next Door (Png, 16.00) Oct. The six people living in a dodgy London rooming house all have their secrets, but they don’t realize that one among them is a killer—who’s already chosen his next victim.
McCullough, Colleen. Sins of the Flesh (SS, 15.99) Oct. Carmine Delmonico is faced with not one, but two serial killers loose in the not-so-sleepy college town of Holloman.
McDermid, Val. Cross and Burn (Per, 15.00) Oct. Carol Jordan disappears after her last case with Tony Hill, and when a serial killer begins targeting women who look like her, the police begin to suspect Tony.
McKinty, Adrian and Stuart Neville, eds. Belfast Noir (Akashic, 15.95) Nov. Fourteen new short stories by authors living in Belfast or other Irish locales.
Moore, Jeffrey. The Extinction Club (Per, 14.95) Nov. When he rescues a teenaged girl in rural Quebec, an American fleeing the authorities finds himself caught up in a fight against a vicious poaching ring targeting animals for the international market.
Morley, Isla. Above (SS, 16.00) Oct. The powerful debut novel about a woman who has been kept captive by a survivalist since she was a teenager, who now has the chance to escape with her young son—but she finds herself torn between freedom and survival.
Muir, T. Frank. Tooth for a Tooth (Soho, 14.95) Oct. Scottish DCI Andy Gilchrist investigates when a women’s skeleton is found in a shallow grave in St. Andrews, but evidence at the scene points to his own brother as the murderer, who was killed in a hit-and-run years before.
Oates, Joyce Carol. Carthage (HC, 15.99) Nov. When a girl goes missing in a small Adirondacks town, the chief suspect is a decorated Iraq war veteran in a novel of psychological suspense.
_____. Evil Eye (Per, 14.00) Oct. Four novellas with the theme of love gone horribly wrong by a master of suspense.
O’Brien, Susan. Finding Sky (Henry, 15.95) Oct. In a debut cozy a widowed mother of two young children studying for her PI license agrees to help a friend when the teenaged mother of the child she is adopting disappears.
Penzler, Otto, ed. The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries (RH, 25.00) Oct. A collection of 68 stories, some by Golden Age writers and some gems by lesser-known writers , all examples of the “cerebral detective story.”
Rendell, Ruth. Another Man’s Nightingale (SS, 16.00) Oct. When a mixed race female vicar is found murdered, retired Inspector Wexford becomes involved in the investigation.
Robinson, Thatcher. Black Karma (Prom, 15.95) Nov. Bai Jiang, a finder of lost people agrees to help the San Francisco police locate a possibly illegal Chinese immigrant involved in a shooting that left three people dead.
Schwegel, Theresa. The Good Boy (STM, 15.99) Oct. With his policeman father distracted by an arrest gone bad, a boy and his father’s K-9 partner get in trouble and find themselves on the run from bad guys who have it in for his father.
Sefton, Maggie. Bloody Politics (MidInk, 14.99) Nov. When a colleague is murdered, D.C. politico Molly Malone finds herself targeted by a spate of break-ins, wiretaps, and harassment, and must find the powerful dark money group behind the killings.
Shames, Terry. Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek (Prom, 15.95) Oct. Retired police chief Sam Craddock agrees to investigate the shooting death of the son of the local banker, but the victim’s sexual exploits as well as his knowledge of local municipal financial shenanigans make for a large suspect pool. Signing.
Sherez, Stav. Eleven Days (Europa, 18.00) Oct. When a fire breaks out in a West London convent killing ten nuns, DI Carrigan and DS Miller are caught up in a case that has its roots in South America in the 1970s.
Spencer-Fleming, Julia. Through the Evil Days (STM, 15.99) Nov. The Reverend Clare Fergusson and Chief of Police Russ van Alstyne are called to the scene of an arson fire that becomes a double homicide and a kidnapping.
Washburn, Livia. Trick or Deadly Treat (NAL, 14.00) Oct. When the local vet who helped save a Dalmatian hit by a car is arrested for murdering his wife, Phyllis and Carolyn feel the police are barking up the wrong tree.
New and Forthcoming in International Mysteries
Alaux, Jean-Pierre. Deadly Tasting (LeFrenchBook, 12.95) Oct. In a mystery set in Bordeaux, a winemaker is called in when an elderly man is killed with a glass of 1942 Chateau Pétrus nearby, and after another murder accompanied by the same rare vintage, he begins to wonder if the crimes are related to Bordeaux’s WWII history.
Borjlind, Cilla and Rolf. Spring Tide (IPG, 16.95) Sept. When a Stockholm policewoman in training is given a cold case to work on, the case of a woman buried in the sand and left to drown, she begins to see parallels to a series of attacks on the homeless.
Constantini, Roberto. The Deliverance of Evil (Quercus, 14.99) Oct. A Roman police detective is haunted by a twenty-four-year-old case of murder, and more so now that a string of murders appear to be linked to the long-ago case.
Dueñas, Maria. The Heart Has its Reasons (SS, 26.00) Nov. A Spanish professor moves to San Francisco after a bitter divorce, and her research into the life of a writer who left Madrid during the Civil War has implications for her own life.
Fitzgerald, Connor. Bitter Remedy (STM, 26.00) Sept. Roman police commissioner Alec Blume, on holiday in central Italy, is asked to look into the disappearance of a woman who works at a sleazy nightclub.
Fossum, Karin. The Murder of Harriet Krohn (HMH, 24.00) Nov. When an elderly woman is found dead and her collection of antique silver stolen, Inspector Sejer and his team find only one clue—an abandoned bouquet.
Gazan, S.J. The Dinosaur Feather (Quercus, 15.99) Nov. When her thesis director is found dead with a copy of her thesis on the origin of birds, a Danish graduate student becomes a suspect in a case for a young police superintendent who finds that the dead man was very well hated. Highly recommended.
Georget, Phillippe. Autumn, All the Cats Return (Europa, 18.00) Oct. A Provençal detective is assigned the case of a murdered French Algerian, but with few clues as to who killed him or why, he’s at a standstill until another French Algerian is shot.
Hall, Tarquin. The Case of the Love Commandos (SS, 15.99) Oct. Vish Puri becomes involved when a low-caste young man and a high-caste young woman fall in love to the consternation of her parents in a modern-day Indian Romeo and Juliet tale.
Hallinan, Timothy. For the Dead (Soho, 25.00) Nov. When his adopted daughter purchases a used iPhone containing pictures of a recent execution-style slaying of Bangkok police officers, Poke Rafferty must reconcile with his estranged police detective friend to bring down an assassination ring.
Higashino, Keigo. Malice (STM, 24.99) Oct. When a popular novelist is killed in his home, homicide inspector Kaga finds that he has a personal connection to the case because an old friend is one of the two possible suspects in the case.
Hitchman, Beatrice. Petite Mort (Serpent’s Tail, 14.95) Nov. A debut thriller that spans seven decades about the early years of Parisian film-making and the amoral, even murderous, ambitions of those involved in the early days of cinema. For fans of Hugo.
Horst, Jørn Lier. The Hunting Dogs (Duf, 18.00) Sept. In the latest in this prizewinning Norwegian series, Inspector Wisting is suspended after a high-profile case of murder from twenty years ago falls apart when it is discovered that the evidence was planted, and must go undercover to find out what really happened—and then another young woman disappears.
Johnston, Paul. The White Sea (SH, 28.95) Oct. Former Greek PI Alex Mavros is coerced by the police into helping with the kidnapping of a shipping magnate, a case that leads him to the island of Lesvos.
Maugenest, Thierry. The Strange Death of Sullivan Chance (Per, 15.95) Nov. The American winner of an international reality show that involves going around the world in eighty days is shot down and his million dollar prize goes missing in a satire by a French author.
Meyer, Deon. Cobra (Per, 26.00) Oct. Cape Town police detective Bernie Griessel is investigating the murder of three people and the disappearance of a British citizen, when the sister of a pickpocket goes missing, plunging him into a case with a deadly assassin at its center.
Nakamura, Fuminori. Last Winter, We Parted (Soho, 25.00) Oct. A twisty stand-alone novel of psychological suspense about a writer working on a true crime book about the bludgeon-murder of two artist’s models by a photographer, but the more he researches, the greater his doubts about the case.
Norman, Andreas. Into a Raging Blaze (Quercus, 26.99) Nov. In a compelling debut spy thriller, a Swedish intelligence agent is charged with investigating a midlevel bureaucrat and her Egyptian boyfriend, who may be involved in an imminent terrorist attack.
Olsson, Fredrik T. Chain of Events (LB, 26.00) Nov. A debut world-in-peril thriller from a Swedish author, featuring a cryptologist who has long studied the decoding of DNA clues that determine human behavior who is kidnapped by a shadowy organization, and only his ex-wife is concerned about finding him.
Park, Tony. The Delta (STM, 27.99) Oct. An assassin is in trouble when her job to kill an African president falls apart, so she heads to Botswana where she joins a group of environmentalists to save the Okavango Delta from a project that will destroy it in the U.S. debut of an international bestseller.
Pattison, Eliot. Soul of the Fire (STM, 25.99) Nov. Former Beijing government inspector Shan is coerced into joining an international commission investigating Tibetan suicides, but after the murder of a monk he realizes that the commission itself is riddled with crime and intrigue.
Siger, Jeffrey. Sons of Sparta (Pp, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Oct. When his colleague’s relative dies in a suspicious car accident, Greek Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis must investigate the connection of the accident with a crime boss.
Simenon, Georges. A Crime in Holland (Png, 10.00) and The Grand Banks Café (Png, 10.00) Nov. The reissue of two early Maigret cases.
Smith, Martin Cruz. Tatiana (SS, 16.00) Nov. Arkady Renko investigates the death of a journalist who plunges to her death the same week that a mob billionaire is shot and buried in the new Russia that’s not so different from the U.S.S.R.
Staalsen, Gunnar. The Consorts of Death (Duf, 20.00) Sept. Detective Varg Veum discovers that a small boy who was under his care when he was a child protection officer twenty-five years ago is now seeking revenge for those he feels destroyed his life, among them Veum.
Sundstøl, Vidar. Only the Dead (UM, 22.95) Sept. The second in the Norwegian’s Minnesota Trilogy begins with the relationship of the two brothers who had found the body of a Norwegian tourist in the North Woods fraying with suspicion and fear.
Thompson, James, ed. Helsinki Noir (Akashic, 15.95) Nov. A collection of short stories set in Iceland by Icelandic writers.
Truc, Olivier. Forty Days without Shadow (GC, 16.00) Nov. In this debut by a French author, two Norwegian police officers who cover reindeer-related crime must deal with a murder of a herder and the theft of a Sami drum from a local museum. I love the idea of reindeer police.
Varenne, Antonin. Bed of Nails (Quercus, 26.99) Nov. The U.S. debut of a French author is a police procedural featuring a homicide detective assigned to investigate suicides, who discovers certain suspicious coincidences in the deaths. PW gave this a starred review.
Villiers, Gérard de. Chaos in Kabul (Vin, 14.95) Oct. Austrian nobleman Malko Linge accepts a freelance job for the CIA to assassinate the president of Afghanistan, who is creating problems for the withdrawal of American troops from the area, but his plans go awry and he finds himself alone and on the run. I loved the first one of these.
Williams, Timothy. Converging Parallels (Soho, 9.99) Oct. The first in a series set in northern Italy featuring a police detective who must not only discover the identity of a dismembered body found in the River Po, but also help a friend whose young daughter has been kidnapped.
_____. The Puppeteer (Soho, 14.95) Nov. Commissario Trotti is sitting in a café when the man next to him is shot and killed, and he wonders if the bullet was meant for him in the second in this award-winning series.
New and Forthcoming in Historical Mysteries
Alexander, Tasha. Counterfeit Heiress (STM, 25.99) Oct. Lady Emily and her husband hunt for a missing heiress after a woman impersonating her is killed during a costume ball in London.
Anderson, Steve. Liberated (Per, 24.95) Nov. When the bodies of three Germans are found in a Bavarian village in 1945, an American captain discovers that the clues to the crime leads back to the American command.
Barron, Stephanie. Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Soho, 25.00) Nov. Jane and her family are invited to spend Christmas at the country home of a member of Parliament, but when a young officer arrives with a signed peace treaty that goes missing after he dies from a fall from a horse, Jane must hunt for a killer.
Blakely, Mike. A Song to Die For (STM, 24.99) Nov. Set in 1975, this thriller combines country music, mobsters, and Texas Rangers when two musicians decide to form a band and play in Las Vegas.
Brightwell, Emily. Mrs. Jeffries and the Merry Gentleman (Brk, 7.99) Nov. Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon must discover who had an investment in the death of a stockbroker.
Buckland, Raymond. Dead for a Spell (Brk, 15.00) Oct. Bram Stoker investigates mysterious, occult doings at London’s Lyceum Theater in 1881when the body of an actress is discovered backstage.
Butler, Robert Olen. The Empire of Night (Per, 26.00) Oct. In 1915, Christopher Marlowe Cobb is sent from Britain to Berlin working undercover to bring down a suspected British government mole with the help of his actress mother.
_____. The Star of Istanbul (Per, 15.00) Oct. Cobb is trailing a beautiful actress who may be a German spy from London to Istanbul as WWI rages around them.
Colquhoun, Kate. Did She Kill Him? (Png, 27.95) Oct. The story of Florence Maybrick, the young wife of a Liverpool cotton merchant who died of arsenic poisoning was a cause-célèbre in Victorian England.
Fanning, Diane. Scandal in the Secret City (SH, 18.95) Nov. In the first of a WWII-era series, a chemist at the Oak Ridge, Tennessee atomic bomb development center must face sexism and suspicion both from her male colleagues and the secretaries and other clerical help, and when she stumbles across the body of her roommate’s sister, she faces official stonewalling.
Finch, Charles. The Laws of Murder (STM, 25.99) Nov. Charles Lennox gives up his seat in Parliament to open a detective agency with three other men, but their first case involves the murder of a friend from Scotland Yard.
Furnivall, Kate. The Far Side of the Sun (Brk, 15.00) Oct. In Nassau in 1943, a young woman comes across a dying stranger in an alley, plunging her into a web of intrigue involving the Duke of Windsor and his Nazi friends from Germany.
Gilmartin, Katie. Blackmail, My Love (Per, 16.95) Oct. An illustrated noir mystery set in 1950s San Francisco about a woman whose brother disappears while hunting for a blackmailer among the gay and lesbian underground.
Harris, Robert. An Officer and a Spy (Vin, 15.95) Oct. An ambitious French military officer discovers evidence that Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of spying by an anti-Semitic court, was, in fact, innocent, and that a mole still operates within the French counter-espionage office in a thriller set in Paris in 1890.
Hart, John and Olivia Rupprecht. There Will Be Killing (Per, 14.95) Oct. A mystery set during the Vietnam War, featuring a child psychiatrist drafted into the military whose job is to keep soldiers fighting despite their psychological condition, and who must discover who is massacring soldiers with the goal of creating terror, demoralizing the men.
Hauser, Thomas. The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens (Per, 23.00) Nov. Nearing the end of his life, the novelist recollects his first love in a story of betrayal, corruption, and murder in a London torn by the ruling elite and the wretched poor. Great fun for lovers of Dickens.
Ison, Graham. Hardcastle’s Quartet (SH, 27.95) Nov. DI Hardcastle and DS Marriott investigate a case of murder when a navy commander’s wife is found strangled after an assignation, but it becomes clear that her sexual peccadillos may have been augmented by blackmail, making all her lovers suspect.
Jennings, Maureen. No Known Grave (M&S, 22.95) Oct. In the summer of 1942 DI Tom Taylor is assigned to Shropshire, but a grisly double murder at a convalescent hospital for war wounded has him looking for suspects among a group physically incapable of murder.
King, Laurie R. The Bones of Paris (Ban, 16.00) Oct. In a standalone mystery set in Paris in the 1920s, an American enquiry agent is sent to look into the disappearance of a girl that may be linked to a series of murders.
King, Laurie R. and Leslie S. Klinger, eds. In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (Peg, 24.95) Nov. A collection of short stories written by contemporary masters inspired by the master.
Kingsbury, Kate. Mulled Murder (Brk, 7.99) Nov. In the final mystery in the series, Cecily must deal with the holiday season at the Pennyfoot Hotel with a staff shortage and a murder surplus.
Lansdale, Joe R. The Thicket (Mull, 16.00) Oct. A violent and funny thriller set in turn-of-the-last-century Texas where a young man joins forces with a group of misfits, including a bounty-hunting dwarf, a prostitute, and a large hog to find his sister who’s been abducted by bandits.
Lawton, John. Sweet Sunday (Per, 25.00) Nov. A standalone thriller set in New York and Texas in 1969, featuring a PI specializing in finding young men who have fled to Canada to avoid the Vietnam War, who returns from Toronto to find that his best friend has been killed.
_____. Then We Take Berlin (Per, 15.00) Nov. A British soldier sent to Berlin at the end of WWII is called in by an American friend in 1963 to return for one last mission. Highly recommended.
Levine, Allan. Evil of the Age (Per, 24.95) Nov. In a mystery set in NYC in 1871, a newspaper reporter investigates the murder of a “kept woman” in a case tied to political corruption.
Maxwell, Alyssa. Murder at Marble House (Ken, 15.00) Oct. The Vanderbilt family must turn to their cousin Emma Page when a fortuneteller is murdered and Consuelo, who is being forced by her mother to marry the Duke of Marlborough, disappears.
McPherson, Catriona. A Deadly Measure of Brimstone (STM, 25.99) Nov. In 1929 Dandy Gilver investigates the death of a woman in a medical facility by going undercover as a patient recovering from a bout of influenza.
Mosse, Kate. Citadal (HC, 16.99) Oct. A group of women in Carcassonne in 1942 are fighting the Nazis, but that is only part of their struggle to wrest a powerful secret that has fallen into the wrong hands.
Muller, Marcia and Bill Pronzini. The Spook Lights Affair (STM, 14.99) Nov. In San Francisco in 1895 the disappearance of a wealthy socialite keeps Sabina Carpenter busy while John Quincannon is working on a case of bank robbery.
Naughtie, James. The Madness of July (Png, 26.95) Oct. A character-driven spy thriller set in the late 1970s that begins with the body of an American found in a House of Parliament cupboard with contact information for a former spy, now a minister in the Foreign office.
Oak, B.B. Thoreau on Wolf Hill (Ken, 15.00) Nov. The second in the series featuring a young Henry David Thoreau who investigates when vampire hysteria takes over in the Massachusetts countryside in 1847 after a young man is found drained of blood.
Pérez-Reverte, Arturo. The Siege (RH, 28.00) Nov. During the Siege of Cadiz in 1811, a police commissioner must discover the murderer who is leaving the bodies of women in dark corners of the city.
Perry, Anne. Anne Perry’s Christmas Crimes (Ball, 15.00) Nov. Two Christmas tales in one volume.
_____. A New York Christmas (Ball, 18.00) Nov. When Jemima Pitt accompanies a friend to New York in 1904, she agrees to help find the friend’s missing mother, and when the mother is found dead, she must join forces with a policeman to find the killer.
Purdy, Brandy. The Ripper’s Wife (Ken, 15.00) Nov. Set in Liverpool and London in 1888, when Jack the Ripper terrorized Whitechapel, this recreation of that time features cotton merchant James Maybrick, who upon discovering his American wife’s infidelity trolls for prostitutes to murder by “proxy” the treacherous mother of his children.
Rizzolo, S.K. Die I Will Not (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Nov. The third Regency mystery finds Bow Street Runner John Chase helping a woman whose father has been accused of writing a seditious tract and of stabbing the newspaperman who threatened to expose him.
Robertson, Imogen. The Paris Winter (STM, 25.99) Nov. A standalone set in Paris in 1909, where an impoverished English art student accepts the position of chaperone for a young woman who wants to sketch the Paris streets, but the work leads to violence and murder.
Rosenheim, Andrew. The Little Tokyo Informant (Png, 16.95) Oct. In Los Angeles in 1941, FBI agent Jimmy Nessheim is asked to track down $50,000 that has been wired to a Japanese bank by the Russians.
Shaber, Sarah R. Louise’s Blunder (SH, 28.95) Oct. When a missing OSS analyst specializing in German labor statistics turns up dead, Louise is asked to look for missing files in the fourth in this series set during WWII.
Shepherd, Lynn. The Pierced Heart (Dela, 26.00) Oct. Sent to Austria in 1851 to check out the bona fides of a nobleman who has offered to make a substantial donation to the Bodleian Library, Charles Maddox finds the man resembles Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and when he returns he finds that London women are being killed and drained of their blood.
Smith, Wilbur. Desert God (HC, 28.99) Oct. A tale of ancient conflict and intrigue set in Egypt in the sixteenth-century BCE as the advisor to the Pharaoh accompanies two royal princesses to Crete to cement an alliance against the Hyksos people.
Trent, Christine. A Virtuous Death (Ken, 15.00) Nov. Invited to the palace for an occult reading by Queen Victoria’s favorite, Mr. Brown, undertaker Violet Harper is appalled when he prophecies a pall of blood over Buckingham Palace, especially when the young princess’ friends begin dying.
Weaver, Ashley. Murder at the Brightwell (STM, 24.99) Oct. A debut mystery set in an English seaside hotel in the 1930s, featuring a murder among a group of aristocrats that leaves the protagonist torn between her playboy husband and her former fiancé, now the chief suspect in the murder of his sister’s caddish fiancé.
Wilson, Laura. The Wrong Man (F&M, 14.95) Nov. MI5 operative Diana Calthrop joins forces with London policeman Ted Stratton to investigate a ghastly series of murders that may have led to the execution of an innocent man in a mystery set in 1950.
Winterson, Jeanette. The Daylight Gate (Per, 14.00) Oct. A wealthy and powerful woman in seventeenth-century Lancashire is the protector of a group of women who may have plunged into the realm of darkness in a spellbinding story of the supernatural.
Wishart, David. Finished Business (SH, 28.95) Nov. Marcus Corvinus investigates the seemingly accidental death of a former Roman consul, whose niece is visited by the ghost of Alexander the Great, telling her that foul play was involved.
Zambory-Moldovan, Bela. The Burning of the World (NYRB, 16.95) Sept. A recently-discovered memoir of a young Hungarian man’s experiences as a soldier on the Russian lines in 1914.
Of Special Interest
We are still firming up the authors for the Tucson Festival of Books, 2015, but I will print a list in the December/January newsletter, so you can start getting books.
Bosco, not one to be guilty of speciesism, will be showcasing cat mysteries this newsletter cycle. 20% of the sales proceeds of any cat mystery will go to Pawsitively Cats.
Clues will be closed Thanksgiving week to celebrate the holiday. We hope you stock up on mysteries beforehand and have a very mysterious holiday.
Chris and Bosco