December 2016/ January 2017

New and Forthcoming in Hardcover

Barry, Brunonia. The Fifth Petal (RH, 27.00) Jan. In a paranormal mystery set in Salem, the police chief reopens a 25-year-old triple homicide after the daughter of one of the victims returns to town, but it soon becomes clear that there may be a supernatural element to the murders.

Bauer, Belinda. The Beautiful Dead (Per, 25.00) Dec. A London journalist becomes to her horror the amanuensis for a murderer who creates a gruesome series of “exhibitions.”

Block, Lawrence, ed. Sunlight and Shadow (Peg, 25.95) Dec. A collection of short stories by Stepehn King, Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child, and others inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper.

Bohjalian, Chris. The Sleepwalker (RH, 26.95) Jan. When a woman with a history of sleepwalking disappears from her Vermont home, the police call off the search after they find a piece of her nightgown, but her teenaged daughter begins to wonder what was really going on with her mother in a suspenseful novel of family secrets and lies.

Buzzelli, Elizabeth Kane. She Stopped for Death (Per, 25.99 hc, 15.99 tp) Jan. In the suspenseful second in this librarian series, Dora Weston discovers that a reclusive local poet is leaving poems at the library, and when they manage to talk to her they discover that her family has been plagued by tragedy, disappearances, and murder.

Celine, Marie. Pet in Peril (SH, 28.99) Dec. L.A TV pet-food chef Kitty Karlyle is sent to a new-age weekend at a resort, but when she finds the body of a wealthy creep, she must leave her pets to enjoy the amenities and hunt for a killer in the third of this funny series.

Childs, Laura. Egg Drop Dead (Brk, 26.00) Dec. Cackleberry Club Café owner Suzanne discovers the body of a dairy farmer in his barn when she goes to pick up some cheese, so she decides to crack the case.

Clark, Carol Higgins. Knocked (SS, 25.00) Jan. Her college reunion is anything but quiet when Regan Reilly must investigate the disappearance of two alums in the middle of the night.

Clement, Blaize and John. The Cat Sitter and the Canary (STM, 25.99) Dec. Pet sitter Dixie Hemingway finds a dead body when she goes to check on a cat and a rabbit left by their vacationing owner, but more ominous is a note threatening her by name in the latest in this cozy series.

Conrad, Hy. Death on the Patagonian Express (Ken, 25.00) Jan. Travel blogger Amy Abel and her mother are invited on a train junket through Patagonia, but when a body is found—and mysteriously disappears—and a series of “accidents” befall the other passengers, it’s time to look for a killer in the third of this funny series.

Conway, Simon. The Agent Runner (Per, 24.99) Jan. A disgraced MI6 agent becomes the target of the brutal chief of Pakistan’s spymaster in this thriller set against the backdrop of a plot to detonate a dirty bomb.

Corry, Jane. My Husband’s Wife (Vik, 26.00) Jan. A psychological thriller about a newlywed London lawyer whose well-meaning attempts to help others often backfire, but she herself is hiding some very unsavory secrets.

Coyle, Cleo. Dead Cold Brew (Brk, 27.00) Jan. Clare’s marriage proposal is marred by the discovery that the world-famous jeweler who designed her ring has been found dead, a murder that may be related to a cold case of murder and missing treasure.

Daniels, Casey. Graveyard Shift (SH, 28.99) Jan. Pepper Martin, who sees ghosts, is asked by the spirit of Eliot Ness to retrieve his ashes from a memorabilia collector who has them, but she finds the collector dead and the ashes missing in a funny paranormal mystery.

Delaney, J.P. The Girl Before (Ball, 27.00) Jan. A woman recovering from the stillbirth of her daughter rents a London house designed by an enigmatic architect who imposes stringent rules on his tenants, and soon finds herself wondering not only about the tragic deaths of the architect’s wife and children but also the mysterious death of the woman who had rented the house before her. I couldn’t put this down.

Dorsey, Tim. Clownfish Blues (HC, 26.99) Jan. Serge A. Storms decides to go on a road-trip inspired by Route 66 (which doesn’t actually go through Florida, but hey) when he becomes involved with scheme to fix the state lottery, bringing out of the woodwork assorted grifters, drug lords, and schemers in another comic, psychopathic romp.

Driscoll, Sara. Lone Wolf (Ken, 25.00) Dec. In the first of a new series an FBI special agent and her search-and-rescue dog must stop a mad bomber targeting Washington, D.C.

Duncan, Elizabeth J. Ill Met by Murder (Per, 25.99) Dec. Costume designer Charlotte Fairfax finds that a series of unpleasant pranks lead to murder when she is involved in a special performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the wedding of the company’s chief benefactor’s daughter in the second in this cozy theatrical series.

Dunn, Carola. Buried in the Country (STM, 25.99) Dec. Eleanor Trewynn is asked to help reconcile two students who represent opposing political factions in Rhodesia based on her diplomatic skills, but two suspicious characters and a murder in a nearby Cornish village make her grateful that her police detective niece has accompanied her.

Estleman, Loren. Brazen (STM, 25.99) Dec. Classic movie buff and sometime PI Valentino investigates when a blonde actress who has retired because she feared the curse on blonde actresses is found dead, with her body staged the way Marilyn Monroe was found in the latest in this wonderful series for those of us who love old movies.

Ferencik, Erica. The River at Night (SS, 26.00) Jan. Four friends, all women in their forties, decide to spend their vacation whitewater rafting in a remote area of Maine, but a tragic accident leaves them without a guide or supplies—and the realization that someone else is in the wilderness with them.

Fowler, Christopher. Bryant and May: Strange Tide (Ban, 27.00) Dec. The Peculiar Crimes Unit, without John Bryant who appears to be suffering from dementia, investigates the drowning death of a woman tied to a low-water pillar in the Thames, with only her footprints on the sand.

Fridlund, Emily. History of Wolves (Per, 25.00) Jan. A young teenager growing up in the Minnesota woods becomes involved, almost obsessively, with a neighboring family whose four-year-old son she babysits, but when the child dies and the father comes home, it gradually becomes clear what happened to the child in a brilliant beautifully written debut.

Giambanco, V. M. Blood and Bone (Quer, 26.99) Jan. A Seattle PD homicide detective finds that her case of burglary turns into a particularly grisly murder case, leading her to the trail of a serial assassin who may be planning the murder of the widow of one of his victims.

Grant, Andrew. False Friend (Ball, 27.00) Jan. In the first of a new series set in Alabama, a Birmingham police detective investigating a series of arson attacks on schools must dig to find secrets from the past when long-buried bones are discovered.

Gunn, Elizabeth. Denny’s Law (SH, 28.99) Dec. Tucson homicide detective Sarah Burke must investigate the death of an elderly man found beaten to death in his home in a poor neighborhood, an investigation made more difficult by the fact that there is no identification and none of his neighbors knew him. Signing.

Hall, Parnell. A Puzzle to be Named Later (STM, 24.99) Jan. The Puzzle Lady is delighted to be invited to a party hosted by a new member of the New York Yankees—the two guests who are murdered are a problem, but, hey, she gets to meet Derek Jeter.

Harris, Joanne. Different Class (SS, 26.00) Jan. The curmudgeonly Latin master at a Yorkshire Grammar School that is being brought willy-nilly into the twenty-first century uncovers a dark secret about one of his students—a sociopathic young outcast.

Harris, Robert. Conclave (RH, 26.95) Dec. A suspenseful thriller about the election of a new pope, with ambitious cardinals jockeying for power.

Harrison, Mette Ivie. For Time and all Eternities (Soho, 26.95) Jan. When her son becomes engaged to a young woman from a polygamist Mormon sect, Linda Wallheim and her husband, a Mormon bishop, travel to the compound outside of Salt Lake City, where one of the family members is found murdered. Signing. TFOB.

Hart, Ellen. Fever in the Dark (STM, 25.99) Jan. Jane Lawless is called in when a newly-wed couple begin receiving anti-gay threats after their wedding video goes viral, but when a murder occurs she begins to wonder about the secrets they are both hiding.

Hawken, Sam. Walk Away (Mull, 26.00) Jan. When former combat medic Camaro Espinoza hears that her sister is in fear for her life from an abusive boyfriend, she leaves Miami to help.

Higgins, Jack. The Midnight Bell (Put, 28.00) Dec. Sean Dillon is on the trail of an Al Qaeda group bent on a terrorist attack in London after a U.S. intelligence operative is murdered in Washington, D.C.

Hurwitz, Gregg. The Nowhere Man (STM, 25.99) Jan. A highly-trained assassin has left the program, but his handlers want him back, not realizing how dangerous he is in the second of an action-packed thriller series.

Jones, Darynda. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (STM, 26.99) Jan. Grim Reaper Charley has a lovely daughter and a husband who is the son of Satan, but that might not be enough when the forces of hell come after her in the latest of a funny paranormal mystery series. TFOB.

Kay, Edward. At Rope’s End (Per, 25.99 hc, 15.99 tp) Jan. A Seattle forensic psychologist agrees to help a police detective when a woman’s body is found in a cranberry bog outside of the city.

Kelly, Jim. Death Ship (SH, 28.99) Dec. Norfolk police detectives Shaw and Valentine must investigate protests and vandalism at the construction site of a new pier that may have led to murder, while at the same time trying to stop an elderly woman giving out strychnine-laced chocolates to strangers.

Kelly, Michelle. Death at the Yoga Café (STM, 26.99) Jan. When the town mayor is killed at the local arts festival, yoga practitioner and café owner Keeley must find a killer to keep a fellow business owner from being accused in the second in a funny cozy series.

Kerr, Lucy. Time of Death (Per, 25.99 hc, 15.99 tp) Jan. When a nurse returning to her hometown to help her sister with a difficult pregnancy saves a man in the ER only to have him die later, she must discover what actually happened after the hospital blames her for the death in a debut medical thriller.

Kingsbury, Kate. Dead and Breakfast (Per, 25.99 hc, 15.99 tp) Jan. In the first of a new cozy series a woman leaves her job as a financial analyst to help the woman who raised her convert a mansion to an inn, but when they discover a skeleton in a bedroom wall, they become impatient with the slow police investigation and start sleuthing.

Krentz, Jayne Ann. When All the Girls Have Gone (Brk, 27.00) Dec. After her step-sister disappears, a Seattle woman works with a PI to investigate, concentrating on an online investment club with a sinister agenda.

Lansdale, Joe R. Coco Butternut (Sub, 25.00) Jan. Hap and Leonard are hired to retrieve the stolen remains of a beloved dog, but when they ransom the dog, it is in a coffin with a human body, and their client has been murdered. Hap and Leonard are always a delight in a very noir, macabre way.

Lawson, M.A. K Street (Png, 27.00) Jan. Former DEA agent Kay Hamilton hunts down those responsible for a serious attack on her boss at the lobbying firm where she now works, with only the name of a woman to help her.

Lescroart, John. Fatal (SS, 26.99) Jan. A suspenseful standalone about a San Francisco woman whose affair has chilling consequences for her and her family when her lover becomes dangerously obsessed with her.

L’Etoile, James. At What Cost (Per, 25.99 hc, 15.99 tp) Dec. A detective with the Sacramento PD investigates when gang members are murdered in a case that becomes personal when it appears that the killer is targeting his own son.

MacRae, Molly. Plaid and Plagiarism (Peg, 25.95) Dec. In the first of a cozy new series set in the Scottish Highlands, four women buy a bookshop with an attached B&B in a small town, but when they find a body in a garden shed they turn to sleuthing.

McCarthy, Rob. The Hollow Men (Peg, 25.95) Dec. In a brilliant debut crime novel a London police surgeon called in to treat a young man who has taken three people hostage in a fast-food restaurant tries to keep the man from being killed in order to discover his motives.

McDermid, Val. Out of Bounds (Per, 25.00) Dec. Detective Karen Pirie of Scotland’s small cold case squad becomes intrigued when the DNA of a teenager involved in a car crash is a familial match to the 20-year-old rape and murder of a Glasgow hairdresser.

Mejia, Mindy. Everything You Want Me to Be (SS, 26.99) Jan. A debut novel of psychological suspense about a teenager found murdered whose last year of life holds surprises for the small-town sheriff investigating her death and her relationship with her high-school English teacher. A compelling portrait of a maddening teenager moving inexorably toward her death that blurs the line between innocence and guilt.

Miller, Derek B. The Girl in Green (HMH, 26.00) Jan. A British journalist and an American soldier who witnessed the cold-blooded murder of a young girl in Iraq in 1991 return to Iraq in 2013 when they see a video of another girl in harm’s way, but they end up being captured by ISIL terrorists in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.

Moody, Susan. Quick off the Mark (SH, 29.99) Jan. A former police detective who left the force to become an art historian is asked by a friend to investigate the murder of her brother, found in a field outside a university town.

Moore, Jonathan. The Dark Room (HMH, 24.00) Jan. An SFPD homicide detective is called away from his work on a cold case when the mayor receives a series of photographs of a beautiful woman and instructions to kill himself before more is revealed.

Orgain, Diana. Trigger Yappy (STM, 25.99) Dec. Maggie finds herself stuck minding her sister’s bar in a small seaside town in California just in time for another murder—and her friend is the chief suspect--in the second in this funny, doggy, cozy series.

Oust, Gail. Curried Away (STM, 25.99) Dec. Spice shop owner Piper investigates the murder of the director of the local amateur playhouse after her friend becomes a suspect in the second in this spicy, cozy series.

Parker, Hank. Containment (SS, 25.99) Jan. A CIA-trained microbiologist and a lab researcher team up to stop the global release of a tick-borne virus. For fans of Michael Crichton.

Patterson, James and Marshall Karp. NYPD Red 5 (LB, 28.00) Jan. The NYPD Red squad specializing in crimes against the rich and famous is called in when a famous documentary filmmaker is found dead after a sex game gone wrong and a bomb explodes at a charity event.

Perry, Thomas. The Old Man (Per, 26.00) Jan. A former army intelligence officer has been in hiding after allegedly stealing $20 million during a mission in Libya goes on the run when assassins fail to kill him. All Perry’s thrillers are great, but this one is special because the action hero is 60 years old. TFOB.

Petrie, Nicholas. Burning Bright (Put, 26.00) Jan. Afghan war veteran Peter Ash comes across a woman in the Northern California redwood forests, a journalist hiding from a group of Department of Defense agents who are after research into artificial intelligence developed by her mother, who died under mysterious circumstances.

Pinborough, Sarah. Behind her Eyes (STM, 25.99) Jan. A debut psychological thriller about a secretary to a London psychiatrist who becomes involved with him and his wife and realizes that their seemingly perfect marriage is based on secrets and lies. I loved this.

Post, Steph. Lightwood (Per, 25.99) Jan. A noir thriller about a man from a criminal family who decides to go straight, but who finds himself caught between the family and a gang of vicious bikers.

Preston, Douglas. The Lost City of the Monkey God (LB, 28.00) Jan. The true story of the search for a lost metropolis hidden in the Honduran rain forest, and only found in 2012 using the newest technology for mapping the rain forest. This is a fascinating account and a suspenseful adventure story.

Rayne, Sarah. Death Notes (SH, 29.99) Jan. In the first of a new series a music researcher working on a documentary about a Russian violinist accused of assassinating Czar Alexander II discovers proof of the man’s innocence and goes to Ireland to interview a musician who claims to be the violinist’s son.

Reardon, Scott. The Prometheus Man (LB, 27.00) Jan. A tense espionage thriller about a CIA agent who is searching for a man who has stolen his identity, a man who has been part of a top-secret program to create men with enhanced abilities, a man who will—and can--do anything to find his brother’s killer.

Rollins, James. The Seventh Plague (HC, 27.99) Dec. When the leader of a missing archaeological expedition appears in the Egyptian desert and dies, Sigma Force commander Grayson Pierce is tasked with finding the other members of the team as well as finding out what killed the leader—who appears to have been mummified while still alive.

Smith, Carrie. Forgotten City (Per, 25.99) Dec. When an actress suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s dies unexpectedly her daughter asks police detective Claire Codella to investigate.

 

Swanson, Peter. Her Every Fear (HC, 26.99) Jan. When an Englishwoman recovering from being traumatized by a stalker agrees impulsively to switch apartments with an American cousin, her first appearance at his luxurious Boston apartment coincides with a murder investigation of his neighbor. I really liked this for clever plotting and some quite creepy moments.

Talley, Marcia. Footprints to Murder (SH, 28.99) Dec. Hannah Ives agrees to help a friend during the Sasquatch Sesquicentenial, but the combination of true believers and debunkers turns murderous so she helps the local police find the killer.

Thoft, Ingrid. Duplicity (Put, 25.00) Jan. PI Fina Ludlow is hired to investigate a hip new church that her client fears has brainwashed her daughter, but the murder of one of the church members makes the case more urgent. TFOB.

Treadway, Jessica. How Will I Know You? (LB, 26.00) Dec. When a teenager is found strangled in upstate New York, the police chief is determined to convict a black graduate student who had an affair with her mother, who is unconvinced and in turn hires the chief’s son-in-law to investigate.

Veste, Luca. Dead Gone (Peg, 25.95) Jan. In a debut police procedural set in Liverpool, DI David Murphy pursues a wily serial killer whose murders involve drug experiments on his victims, tying him to the psychology department of the local university.

White, Karen. Guests on South Battery (Brk, 26.00) Jan. Melanie returns to work from maternity leave with a new client eager to sell the Charleston house she recently inherited, but soon the ghostly voices of the past are clamoring to be heard in the latest in this delightful paranormal mystery series.

Woods, Stuart. Below the Belt (Put, 28.00) Jan. Stone Barrington returns.

New and Forthcoming in Paperback Reprint

Berry, Steve. The 14th Colony (STM, 9.99) Jan.

Castillo, Linda. Her Last Breath (STM, 7.99) Dec.

Crais, Robert. The Promise (Put, 9.99) Dec.

Daheim, Mary. Here Comes the Bribe (HC, 7.99) Dec.

Deaver, Jeffery. Hell’s Kitchen (Pkt, 9.99) Jan. Reissue.

_____. The Steel Kiss (GC, 7.99) Dec.

Dorsey, Tim. Coconut Cowboy (HC, 9.99) Jan.

Evanovich, Janet. Double Plum (STM, 8.99) Jan.

Fluke, Joanne. Deadly Memories (Ken, 7.99) Dec.

Greaney, Mark. Back Blast (Brk, 9.99) Jan.

Griffin, Neal. A Voice from the Field (STM, 9.99) Jan.

Grippando, James. Gone Again (HC, 9.99) Jan.

Grisham, John. The Firm (RH, 9.99) Dec. Twenty-fifth anniversary edition.

Henshaw, Mark. The Fall of Moscow Station (Pkt, 9.99) Jan.

Howard, Linda. Troublemaker (HC, 7.99) Jan.

Jance, J.A. Clawback (Pkt, 9.99) Jan.

Jones, Darynda. Curse of the Tenth Grave (STM, 7.99) Dec.

Kellerman, Jonathan. Breakdown (Ball, 9.99) Jan.

_____. The Murder Book (RH, 9.99) Dec.

Knott, Robert. Robert B. Parker’s Blackjack (NAL, 9.99) Jan.

McMahon, Jennifer. Promise not to Tell (HC, 9.99) Dec.

Page, Katherine Hall. The Body in the Wardrobe (HC, 7.99) Jan.

Patterson, James and David Ellis. The Murder Room (GC, 9.99) Jan.

Preston, Douglas and Lincoln Child. Beyond the Ice Limit (GC, 7.99) Jan.

Robb, J.D. Apprentice in Death (Brk, 7.99) Jan.

Taylor, Brad. The Forgotten Soldier (Dut, 9.99) Jan.

Weiner, Jennifer. Goodnight Nobody (Pkt, 7.99) Jan. Reissue.

Woods, Stuart. Family Jewels (Put, 9.99) Dec.

 

New and Forthcoming in Paperback Original

Abbott, Kristi. Pop Goes the Murder (Brk, 7.99) Jan. When her ex pops back into her life popcorn shop owner Rebecca knows he’s trying to butter her up, but when he’s accused of murder, she decides to bag the real culprit.

Alexander, Ellie. Fudge and Jury (STM, 7.99) Jan. When a rival chocolatier dies of anaphylactic shock after trying her decadent four-layer chocolate cake at the Chocolate Festival, Jules must sift through the suspects to find a killer.

Bartlett, Loraine and Laurie Cass. Dead, Bath, and Beyond (Brk, 7.99) Dec. When her disagreeable former boss is found drowned in his bath at a Victoria Square B&B, crafty sleuth Katie must find a killer before her life goes down the drain.

Black, Lisa. That Darkness (Ken, 9.99) Jan. A Cleveland forensic analyst finds a connection between a young girl found in a cemetery and a career criminal found shot to death as she hunts for a killer with a unique sense of justice.

Copperman, E.J. Spouse on Haunted Hill (Brk, 7.99) Dec. When her shady ex-husband is implicated in a murder, Alison and her ghostly friends must clear him.

Flower, Amanda. Prose and Cons (Brk, 7.99) Dec. When one of a group of local writers is killed in front of her book shop, Daisy learns from the magical shop that the solution to the crime lies in the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

Heiter, Elizabeth. Stalked (HC, 7.99) Jan. When a popular high-school cheerleader disappears, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine is called in to see who might have had reason to harm her, but the list is surprisingly long—or, given the family and friends she has, did the girl stage her own disappearance?

Hesse, Jennifer David. Bell, Book & Candlemas (Ken, 7.99) Jan. Family law attorney Keli finds herself faced with a dilemma when a murder in the Wiccan community may force her to reveal her private life—that she is a Wiccan herself.

Husom, Christine. Frosty the Dead Man (Brk, 7.99) Dec. When one of her snow globes becomes the weapon in the murder of the mayor, curio shop owner Cami must find a killer before the trail goes cold.

Jaffarian, Sue Ann. Ghosts of Misty Hollow (Brk, 7.99) Dec. Spirit medium Emma and ghostly Granny Apples agree to help a writer living in a historic farmhouse, but soon it’s not just long-ago crimes, but a contemporary murder that has them occupied.

Kappes, Tonya. A Ghostly Reunion (HC, 7.99) Jan. Funeral home-owner Emma Lee has never minded that she sees ghosts until the mean-girl nemesis from high school is found murdered—and hasn’t changed a bit.

Kelly, Diane. Above the Paw (STM, 7.99) Dec. Megan and Brigit go undercover to investigate a drug-ring that is distributing adulterated ecstasy, but they find themselves in danger when the ringleader is someone above the law.

Lee, Amanda. Better off Thread (Brk, 7.99) Dec. Embroidery shop owner Marcy must find a killer when a hospital administrator is found dead during a Christmas program for sick children.

LoTiempo, T.C. Crime and Catnip (NAL, 7.99) Dec. Nora Charles agrees to investigate the disappearance of the niece of the museum director along with her cat Nick in a case involving secret codes, theft, false identities, and international espionage.

McKinlay, Jenn. Assault and Beret (Brk, 7.99) Jan. In Paris to give a class on millinery Viv and Scarlett become involved in the disappearance of an insurance investigator along with a priceless Renoir found in a junk shop.

Orgain, Diana. Third Time’s a Crime (Brk, 7.99) Jan. Former cop turned reality television star Georgia is faced with a contemporary crime when one of the contestants on a new show set in an abandoned California castle is found drowned in an empty swimming pool.

Pressey, Rose. Haunted Is Always in Fashion (Ken, 7.99) Dec. Vintage clothing store owner Cookie has agreed to help an author with her expertise, but when the author is killed, she must put on her deerstalker hat and rummage through some family secrets in the latest in this paranormal mystery series.

Ryan, Sofie. Telling Tails (Brk, 7.99) Jan. After her employee witnesses a woman killing her husband, Sarah confronts her only to be told that the husband has run off, but there’s something fishy about the story that puts off even rescue cat Elvis.

Smith, Karen Rose. Shades of Wrath (Ken, 7.99) Dec. Home stager Caprice must investigate when the director of a local woman’s shelter is found dead.

New and Forthcoming in Quality Paperback

Allingham, Margery. The White Cottage Mystery (STM, 16.00) Jan. A reissue of the Golden Age author’s very first mystery, a police procedural where a blackmailer is found murdered.

Anderson, James. The Never-Open Desert Diner (RH, 16.00) Nov. A noir crime novel set in the remote desert of Utah about a truck driver who falls in love with a mysterious woman. Highly recommended.

Armstrong, Kellie. City of the Lost (STM, 15.99) Jan. A policewoman with a dark secret and her friend, an abused wife, are accepted at a remote Canadian town that is a sanctuary for those forced to leave their previous lives, but when a murder occurs, she must use the skills from her former life. I loved this.

Banner, A. J. The Twilight Wife (SS, 16.00) Dec. A marine biologist who suffered an accident that caused her to lose her memory lives on an island with her devoted husband and a few close friends, but she finds herself having visions—or perhaps memories--that call into question her entire life.

Berne, Suzanne. The Dogs of Littlefield (SS, 15.99) Jan. When dogs are poisoned after a contentious town meeting to create an off-leash dog park, the perfect façade of a small town is torn apart. I loved this combination of suspense and social satire.

Beverly, Bill. The Dodgers (RH, 16.00) Jan. Four young gangstas from South Central Los Angeles are sent on a cross-country trip to kill a witness who could put their boss in prison in a brilliant debut crime novel. Highly recommended.

Brown, Holly. This is not Over (HC, 15.99) Jan. In a brilliant psychological thriller two women with secrets to hide clash when one rents the other’s glamorous house for a weekend getaway.

Bude, John. The Cheltenham Square Murder (PP, 12.95) Jan. When a resident of a residential square in the town of Cheltenham Spa is shot by an arrow, the other residents all come under suspicion in a police procedural from 1937.

Burke, Alafair. The Ex (HC, 15.99) Jan. When a New York City DA discovers that her ex-fiancé has been implicated in a triple murder, she wonders if she really knew him, even though she sets out to clear his name.

Coleman, Reed Farrel. Where it Hurts (Put, 16.00) Jan. In the first in a new series an ex-cop is hired by a local Long Island thug to help him find the person responsible for the torture/murder of his son after the police fail to give the case much attention. Highly recommended.

Crawford, Susan. The Other Widow (HC, 15.99) Dec. When her lover dies in a car crash, a married woman flees the accident to protect herself and her family, but she feels that someone is after her too in a novel of psychological suspense.

Cross, Freeman Wills. Mystery in the Channel (PP, 12.95) Jan. A police procedural first published in 1937, featuring Inspector French investigating the murder of two men associated with an investment firm.

Daniels, Robert. Once Shadows Fall (Per, 14.99) Dec. A debut serial-killer thriller set in Atlanta featuring a homicide detective who investigates a series that echo those of a killer now incarcerated, so she enlists the help of a retired FBI agent to help.

Diamond, Katerina. The Teacher (HC, 12.99) Jan. When the body of the headmaster of an exclusive school in Devon is found hanging in the auditorium, DS Grey and DS Miles must investigate a growing number of deaths.

Dugoni, Robert. The Trapped Girl (T&M, 15.95) Jan. Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite investigates the murder of a young woman whose husband has recently taken out a large insurance policy on her life. TFOB.

Edwards, Martin, ed. Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries (PP, 12.95) Jan. A collection of Golden Age detective stories in an excellent collection.

Frank, Scott. Shaker (Knopf, 16.00) Jan. A funny debut crime novel about a hit man who arrives in Los Angeles right after a major earthquake and finds himself caught up unwittingly in the murder of a mayoral candidate, and on the run from assorted criminals, cops, and gangbangers. I loved this.

Fusco, John. Dog Beach (SS, 15.00) Dec. A smart, funny novel about a former martial artist star stuntman turned enforcer who hooks up with a slacker screenwriter meant to be his next victim. I really loved this.

Gardner, Erle Stanley. The Knife Slipped (RH, 9.95) Dec. A classic hard-boiled detective story from 1939 only now published, featuring PI Donald Lam and his boss Bertha Cool.

Geni, Abby. The Lightkeepers (Per, 16.95) Dec. A nature photographer living on the Farallon Islands off the coast of California is attacked by one of the inhabitants, who is later found dead, but more violence occurs within the small community.

Gentry, Amy. Good as Gone (HMH, 14.99) Jan. Years after her daughter was abducted, a woman is surprised when a young woman appears at the door claiming to be her long-lost daughter, but discrepancies in the girl’s story lead her to suspect that the woman is not her daughter and may have a sinister agenda.

Giambanco, Valentina. The Dark (Quer, 14.99) Dec. Seattle PD homicide detective Alice Madison is on the trail of a psychopathic murderer, but her own dark past could jeopardize her investigation.

Ginsburg, Melissa. Sunset City (HC, 15.99) Jan. When her best friend is murdered after spending four years in prison for drug offenses, a woman decides to investigate, but what she discovers leads her to wonder if she ever really knew her friend.

Gittins, Rob. Investigating Mr. Wakefield (Duf, 16.00) Dec. A London photographer uses a railway accident to stage his own disappearance in order to spy on his lover whose fidelity he suspects in a novel of obsession.

Goodman, Carol. River Road (SS, 16.00) Jan. A professor at a small upstate New York college is accused of killing her student in a hit-and-run accident in a brilliant academic mystery. Highly recommended.

Green, Cass. The Woman Next Door (HC, 14.99) Jan. A suspenseful psychological thriller about two suburban women with dark secrets—and an almost perfect murder.

Haas, Derek. A Different Lie (Peg, 14.95) Dec. Assassin Silver Bear and his wife find that parenthood and contract killing are an uncomfortable fit when they are hired to kill another contract killer.

Harris, Oliver. The House of Fame (HC, 15.99) Jan. In a debut crime novel a London detective is hired by a mother to look for her missing son, a case that leads him to the glittering world of a rock star/actress, a world with a seedy underbelly and a trail of blood.

Hawken, Sam. The Night Charter (LB, 15.99) Dec. A deep-sea charter fishing boat captain is hired to help smuggle a dissident out of Cuba, but the plan goes awry when the leader of the operation goes rogue and tries to blackmail the Cuban exile group, putting everyone in danger including a teenaged girl.

Herron, Mick. Real Tigers (Soho, 15.95) Jan. When one of their group is kidnapped, the disgraced operatives of Slough House find themselves uncovering a dangerous conspiracy within MI5 as they work to rescue her. Clever and funny.

Hunter, Cari. A Quiet Death (Per, 16.95) Jan. When a Pakistani woman’s body is found on the moors, the East Derbyshire homicide detectives have trouble getting information from the close-knit immigrant community.

Khan, Ausma Zehanat. The Language of Secrets (STM, 15.99) Jan. When an undercover agent is killed after infiltrating a terrorist cell planning a New Year’s attack, Canadian police detective Esa Khattack sends in his partner undercover to investigate the death. TFOB.

Kelly, Lesley. A Fine House in Trinity (Duf, 16.00) Nov. When a down-on-his-luck petty crook inherits a house in Edinburgh’s posh Trinity district, he finds the body of a woman who committed suicide under mysterious circumstances.

Kent, Christobel. The Crooked House (FSG, 16.00) Jan. A woman who survived the slaughter of her family in the Essex village where she lived when she was 14 reluctantly returns as an adult, and discovers startling new evidence about what happened.

Kubica, Mary. Don’t You Cry (Mira, 15.99) Jan. At the same time her friend disappears from her Chicago apartment, a mysterious woman appears in a small town in Illinois, captivating a young restaurant worker, and leading her roommate on a quest to discover what actually happened in a novel of psychological suspense.

Lambert, Charles. The Children’s Home (SS, 15.00) Jan. A Gothic novel with a folkloric tone about a man with a damaged face living on an isolated estate who gives shelter to children mysteriously appearing at the manor house, and their explorations of the abandoned rooms reveal clues to his dark heritage.

Lister, Michael. Blood Oath (Pulpwood, 17.99) Dec. John Jordan, working as a prison chaplain and investigator, is assigned to the case of a missing soldier, a case that is complicated when the body of a young woman is found in the river.

Mariani, Scott. The Sacred Sword (HC, 12.99) Jan. Ben Hope investigates when two fellow students at Oxford die in a car crash after telling him about their research work on a mysterious ancient sword.

Marinovich, Matt. The Winter Girl (DD, 16.00) Dec. A Brooklyn couple helping the wife’s dying father in the Hamptons become interested in the vacant house next door, but when they break in and find evidence of a possible murder, the husband discovers that his wife’s family is hiding some dark secrets.

McCallum, David. Once a Crooked Man (STM, 15.99) Jan. A debut thriller by the television actor about a man who overhears a plot to murder a man in London and flies over in time to foil the plot, but succeeds in becoming the target himself.

 McCarry, Charles. The Mulberry Bush (Per, 16.00) Dec. When a career covert agent finds the means to avenge his father, a disgraced secret agent, he goes to any lengths to achieve his goal, including marrying the daughter of the charismatic leader of a Latin American terrorist group in a brilliantly plotted spy novel by a master.

McCarthy, Ava. Dead Secret (HC, 12.99) Jan. After the death of her young daughter a woman vows to kill the one responsible—her husband—before committing suicide, but she doesn’t really know him or the lengths he will go to survive.

McDermid, Val. Splinter the Silence (Per, 16.00) Dec. Psychologist Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are reunited in a task force investigating the apparent suicides of women who have been the victims of Internet trolls after taking feminist stances.

Miranda, Megan. All the Missing Girls (SS, 16.00) Jan. A debut novel of psychological suspense that is told backwards. Highly recommended.

Moore, Jonathan. The Poison Artist (HMH, 14.95) Dec. A psychological thriller about a San Francisco toxicologist who is secretly investigating a series of torture/murders of men with his medical examiner friend, and whose infatuation with a beautiful woman puts him and the investigation in jeopardy.

Pavone, Chris. The Travelers (RH, 16.00) Jan. A travel writer finds himself forced to work for a rogue CIA agent after she blackmails him in a suspenseful and twistily-plotted espionage novel. Highly recommended.

Perry, Thomas. Forty Thieves (Mys, 16.00) Jan. When they are asked by a research corporation to look into the execution-style shooting of a chemist, a husband and wife PI firm finds that someone really doesn’t want them to investigate—to the point of hiring a husband and wife team of hit persons to stop them. Highly recommended.

Rankin, Ian. Even Dogs in the Wild (LB, 15.99) Dec. Rebus comes out of retirement to work with DI Siobhan Clarke and DI Malcolm Fox to protect his nemesis, a criminal mastermind, when the man is threatened with death.

Renner, James. The Great Forgetting (FSG, 17.00) Jan. A genre-bending thriller that combines science fiction and conspiracy theory and starts when a man returns to his Ohio hometown and finds himself investigating the disappearance of his best friend, who years ago ran off with the only woman he ever loved.

Rhodes, J.D. Ice Chest (Per, 15.99) Jan. A very funny caper novel about a group of inept thieves who decide to steal valuable bejeweled lingerie during a Florida fashion show. I loved this.

Russo, Richard. Everybody’s Fool (RH, 16.95) Jan. While not a mystery, this comic novel is a delight.

Searle, Nicholas. The Good Liar (HC, 15.99) Jan. A wonderfully clever novel of suspense about a veteran conman who targets a wealthy elderly woman. I loved this.

Shames, Terry. An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock (Prom, 15.95) Jan. In a prequel, Samuel Craddock, newly elected police chief of Jarret Creek must investigate the murders of five young black men and confront racial prejudice in the small Texas town.

Sherry, Maureen. Opening Belle (SS, 16.00) Dec. A wonderfully funny novel about a woman’s years as an investment banker on Wall Street—and, surprisingly, there are no murders.

Silva, Randall. Two Days Gone (Source, 15.99) Jan. A police detective in a Pennsylvania college town investigates the murder of a woman and her three children after her professor husband disappears, and finds clues in the man’s novel in process. Highly recommended.

Sweazy, Larry. Where I Can See You (Prom, 15.95) Jan. In a seedy Michigan vacation spot a detective is called on to solve the murder of a woman even as he continues to hunt for the killer of his own mother years before. Highly recommended.

Strumwasser, Stu. The Organ Broker (Per, 16.99) Jan. A man who has made a living in the illegal trade in human organs finds himself faced with a moral dilemma when his new job involves murder.

Thoft, Ingrid. Brutality (Put, 16.00) Dec. Boston PI Fina Ludlow investigates when a woman athlete is attacked after filing a lawsuit against the college for which she played because of a serious decline in her cognitive abilities that she blames on her collegiate soccer career.

Whitehouse, Lucie. Keep You Close (Bloom, 17.00) Jan. When she hears that an estranged friend has died, a woman decides to investigate the possible suicide in a psychological thriller with a great twist at the end. Highly recommended.

Wright, Erica. The Granite Moth (Peg, 14.95) Dec. NYC PI Kat Stone is asked to investigate when a float sponsored by a drag club at a Halloween parade is torched, killing two people in a case that ties to a drug kingpin she had pursued when she was an NYPD undercover detective.

Zandri, Vincent. Orchard Grove (Per, 15.99) Dec. A novel of obsessive love about a married scriptwriter falls in love with his beautiful neighbor, a seductive serial killer.

 

New and Forthcoming in International Mysteries

Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Hanging Girl (Dut, 16.00) Dec. Carl Mørck and Department Q are called to investigate the cold case of a girl who was found hanging from a tree on a remote island inhabited by a sinister sun-worshipping cult.

Axat, Frederico. Kill the Next One (LB, 26.00) Dec. A psychological thriller that is the U.S. debut for an Argentine writer in which a man with a terminal brain tumor is contacted by a mysterious stranger to kill two deserving strangers before he dies, but after he agrees, he finds that the supposed strangers are eerily familiar as dark secrets from his past reveal themselves.

Brekke, Jorgen. Dreamless (STM, 15.99) Jan. DCI Singsaker of the Trondheim police investigates the grisly murder of a singer found with an antique music box, and when another young singer goes missing, he realizes that a serial killer is targeting musicians in a case tied to a seventeenth-century ballad.

Bussi, Michel. After the Crash (Hach, 15.00) Jan. A three-month-old girl survives an airplane crash that kills her parents in 1980, but given the primitive DNA testing at the time, it is uncertain whether she is the granddaughter of a wealthy family or the daughter of a family of food vendors, so a PI spends the next 18 years trying to uncover her identity.

Church, James. The Gentleman from Japan (STM, 25.99) Dec. When he learns of seven murders in one night, the enigmatic North Korean intelligence operative Inspector O, living in exile in China, investigates to help his nephew, the mayor of the border city.

Constantini, Roberto. The Root of All Evil (Quer, 14.99) Jan. The fall of Qaddafi in Libya is the backdrop for this thriller where an Italian journalist and a police commissario who grew up in Tripoli unearth a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the Vatican.

Dazieri, Sandrone. Kill the Father (SS, 27.00) Jan. In the first of a planned trilogy by an Italian author debuting in American, a Rome police detective and a private consultant on missing-persons cases investigate the disappearance of a child, in a case that leads them into an abyss of child abductions and international terrorism.

Donellen, J.M. Killing Adonis (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Dec. An Australian nurse impulsively accepts a job with a wealthy family in a suspenseful and funny tale of twisted love, gruesome death, greed, and penguins in sweaters.

Grebe, Camilla. The Ice beneath Her (Ball, 27.00) Dec. The decapitation of a young woman brings together three residents of Stockholm: a police detective, a psychologist who works with the police as a profiler, and a young shop-girl whose wealthy lover is the chief suspect in an excellent debut.

Harper, Jane. The Dry (STM, 25.99) Jan. A debut mystery set in a drought-stricken small town in Australia where a federal agent returns for the funeral of a childhood friend who apparently murdered his wife and child before committing suicide, and stays to investigate the case that may be linked to a murder twenty years before. Highly recommended.

Holt, Anne. Beyond the Truth (SS, 26.00) Dec. Hanne Wilhelmsen investigates when a festive reunion of one of Oslo’s wealthiest families ends in multiple murder, and each of the remaining family members has strong motives.

Holt, Jonathan. The Absolution (HC, 15.99) Dec. The third in the Carnivia trilogy set in Venice begins with the murder of an Italian banker in a manner suggesting Masonic ritual as carabiniere Kat Tapo investigates with the help of an American friend, and in the process uncovers a clandestine army trained by NATO.

Jónasson, Ragnar. Snowblind (STM, 25.99) Jan. A rookie policeman is sent from Reykjavik to an isolated village where he investigates the murder of a drunken actor, uncovering old secrets among the villagers in an outstanding debut police procedural.

Mendoza, Elmer. Acid Test (Quer, 24.99) Jan. Detective Edgar Mendieta must solve the murder of a notorious stripper in a case that pits him against the corruption of Mexico’s political system, the leader of a drug cartel, and FBI agents investigating an attack on the U.S. president while on vacation in Mexico.

_____. Silver Bullets (Quer, 14.99) Jan. A Mexico City PI is hired to investigate the death of a high-powered lawyer with a second life, killed by a silver bullet in the first translation of a prize-winning Mexican crime novelist.

Minier, Bernard. Don’t Turn Out the Lights (STM, 26.99) Dec. A creepy thriller featuring Toulouse police detective Martin Servaz who investigates when a talk show host receives a letter from someone threatening to kill her on Christmas Eve.

Molesini, Andrea. Not all Bastards are from Vienna (Per, 16.00) Jan. When their Northern Italian villa is requisitioned by Austrian soldiers in 1917, a family becomes covertly involved in the resistance, until the young son of the family volunteers for a secret resistance operation.

Nakamura, Fuminori. The Gun (Soho, 14.95) Jan. A debut thriller about a Tokyo student who stumbles across a dead body and steals the gun at the side of the corpse, a theft that begins to change his life as he is taken over by a feverish psychosis.

Nesbo, Jo. Midnight Sun (RH, 15.00) Jan. On the run from a crime lord seeking retribution, a man is living among the Sami in a small village near the Arctic Circle, unsure if he has indeed found a safe haven.

Ohlsson, Kristina. The Chosen (SS, 17.00) Dec. Swedish homicide detectives Bergman and Recht must stop a killer who shot a pre-school teacher to death in front of her students and their parents.

Schepp, Emelie. Marked for Life (HC, 9.99) Jan. In a debut Swedish police procedural, prosecutor Jana Berzilius investigates the shooting death of the head of immigration, but child-size footprints at the scene tie into the murder of a teenaged boy, the victim of human traffickers.

Sigurdardottir, Yrsa. The Silence of the Sea (STM, 15.99) Jan. Thora Gudmundsdottir investigates when a luxury yacht arrives in Reyjavick harbor with no one aboard, and an unknown woman’s body is recovered further along the shore.

Simenon, Georges. Maigret’s First Case (Png, 12.00) Dec. and My Friend Maigret (Png, 12.00) Jan. Two reissues of early mysteries featuring Parisian police detective Maigret.

Tursten, Helene. The Treacherous Net (Soho, 15.95) Dec. Despite problems with her superior in the Gothenburg police, DI Huss struggles to find the killer of two teenaged girls whose bodies were found wearing two parts of the same bikini, suggesting that someone may be stalking other girls.

_____. Who Watcheth (Soho, 26.95) Dec. DI Huss and the Gothenburg police must find a serial killer preying on women who are divorced and living alone, but who soon begins to stalk a woman member of the police.

Xilonen, Aura. The Gringo Champion (Eur, 17.00) Jan. A young Mexican undocumented immigrant to the U.S. finds that his move does not really change his life until he becomes a boxer in a story of deracination, love, and life in a border town.

Zander, Joakim. The Believer (HC, 27.99) Jan. A woman who has returned to Stockholm after the death of her brother and a human rights researcher who travels to Stockholm for a conference find themselves unwittingly involved in the sinister agenda of powerful forces.

New and Forthcoming in Historical Mysteries

Adams, Jane A. The Murder Book (SH, 28.99) Jan. In the first of a series set in England in 1928, Scotland Yard detectives investigate when a fisherman returns home form time at sea to find that workmen have unearthed the bodies of his wife and child.

Airth, Rennie. The Death of Kings (Vik, 27.00) Jan. Inspector Madden is called out of retirement in 1949 when new evidence is found in the 1938 murder of an actress, killed on the estate of a close friend of the king, a case that ended in the execution of a man who may well have been innocent.

Black, Benjamin. Even the Dead (HH, 16.00) Jan. Dublin pathologist Quirke is faced with two mysteries: a young man whose death in a car accident looks suspicious and a terrified young friend of his daughter who vanishes in the latest in this 1950s Irish series.

Bowen, Rhys. Time of Fog and Fire (STM, 15.99) Jan. When Molly discovers that her husband is in San Francisco and possibly in danger during an undercover assignment, she travels cross country with her son to help him.

Buckley, Fiona. The Heretic’s Creed (SH, 28.99) Jan. In the latest in the Elizabethan series, Ursula Blanchard is sent to the Yorkshire moors where two of Elizabeth’s men have disappeared.

Casey, Donis. The Return of the Raven Mocker (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp ) Jan. Alafair Tucker investigates when her neighbor and her adult son die unexpectedly; despite a flu epidemic that has swept through the town, she knows that the husband recently took out a sizable life insurance policy on his wife.

Doherty, Paul. The Herald of Hell (SH, 17.95) Jan. Brother Athelstan investigates the murder of a chancery clerk which may be related to a peasant revolt against the regent John of Gaunt’s rise in taxes in 1381.

Dunn, Carola. Requiem for a Mezzo (STM, 15.99) Jan. A reissue of the third in the Daisy Dalrymple series set in 1920s England.

Flint, Emma. Little Deaths (LB, 26.00) Jan. When a cocktail waitress in the working-class area of Queens in 1965 becomes the suspect in the murder of her two children, based largely on her party-girl lifestyle, but a rookie tabloid reporter becomes obsessed with the case and seeks to exonerate her in a debut thriller inspired by a true story.

Freeman, Philip. Sacrifice (Peg, 14.95) Dec. When the body of a young nun is found decapitated, Sister Deirdre fears that the druids are performing sacrifices to rid sixth-century Ireland of the Christian Church in the second in the series.

Gentill, Sulari. A Decline in Prophets (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp. The second in a series set in 1932 Australia, featuring millionaire sleuth Rowly Sinclair who investigates the murder of a beautiful sculptress on a luxury cruise to Sydney. The first A Few Right Thinking Men is also available.

Guild, Nicholas. The Spartan Dagger (STM, 29.99) Dec. A historical thriller of murder and vengeance set in ancient Greece, where a young man vows to avenge the murder of his parents at the hands of two young Spartan soldiers.

Harris, C.S. Good Time Coming (SH, 29.99) Dec. A standalone historical set in Louisiana during the Civil War, where a mother and daughter kill two Union soldiers who assault them, but fear that if the bodies are found the whole town will suffer the consequences of Union reprisals.

Judd, Alan. The Kaiser’s Last Kiss (SS, 16.00) Jan. The German Kaiser Wilhelm in exile in Holland in 1940 is guarded by a young SS officer with whom he is generally in agreement, but when the guard falls in love with the Kaiser’s Jewish maid, he finds himself questioning his Nazi beliefs.

Lawhon, Ariel. Flight of Dreams (RH, 16.95) Jan. A novel based on the final, doomed voyage of the airship The Hindenburg which was blown up in 1937. Well-researched and wonderfully suspenseful, even though we know the ending.

Lawrence, Mary. Death at St. Vedast (Ken, 15.00) Jan. In the third in the series set during the reign of Henry VIII, alchemist Bianca Goddard investigates when the bride dies during the wedding party of their friend, and he becomes the suspect.

Lehane, Dennis. Live by Night (HC, 9.99) Jan. A reissue of a historical noir that begins in Boston in 1926 and moves to Prohibition-era Tampa.

Lloyd, Catherine. Death Comes to the Fair (Ken, 25.00) Dec. When the verger of the church at Kurland St. Mary’s is found squashed by a gargoyle, Lucy and Robert must postpone their wedding to hunt for a killer.

Maxwell, Alyssa. Murder Most Malicious (Ken, 15.00) Dec. The first in an English series set at Christmas in 1918, Lady Phoebe and her lady’s maid investigate when a nobleman is found dead, and evidence of his demise turns up in packages arriving at the country estate in the first of a series set in post-WWI England.

_____. A Pinch of Poison (Ken, 25.00) Jan. Lady Phoebe and Eva investigate when a charity luncheon at a posh girls’ school leads to the uncharitable poisoning of the headmistress.

McCallin, Luke. The Divided City (Brk, 16.00) Dec. After the end of WWII, Gregor Reinhardt is rehired by the Berlin civil police, and his latest case takes him through all sectors of the divided city hunting for a killer motivated by vengeance. This was announced for last December.

McPherson, Catriona. The Reek of Red Herrings (STM, 26.99) Dec. Dandy Gilver and her fellow investigator are hired to investigate when body parts are found in herring barrels, so they go undercover in a small fishing village to make discreet inquiries in the latest in this series set in Scotland between the two wars.

McVeigh, Jennifer. Leopard at the Door (Put, 26.00) Jan. A woman returns to her childhood home in Kenya, but things have changed dramatically, and British colonists are in fear of the Mau Mau uprising in a debut novel of impossible love and betrayal.

Messineo, Teresa. The Fire by Night (HC, 26.99) Jan. Two U.S. Army nurses during WWII—one stationed in France, the other a prisoner in a Japanese POW camp near Manila—find themselves changed by the war in many ways they’d never imagined. Highly recommended.

Miley, Mary. Renting Silence (SH, 28.99) Dec. In a mystery set during the 1920s, a Hollywood script girl investigates the murder of a young woman with a taste for blackmail at the behest of Mary Pickford after her friend is falsely convicted of the crime.

Mosse, Kate. The Taxidermist’s Daughter (HC, 15.99) Dec. When a woman is murdered in a rural English village in the early twentieth century, the daughter of the taxidermist finds that her memory of her childhood begins to return, and dark secrets of her early life come to the fore in a novel of Gothic suspense.

Muller, Marcia and Bill Pronzini. The Dangerous Ladies Affair (STM, 25.99) Jan. San Francisco PIs Carpenter and Quincannon are on the trail of extortionists, but blackmail soon leads to a locked-room murder.

Murphy, Warren. Bloodline (STM, 9.99) Dec. Two Italian-American brothers in New York in the 1920s—one and cop and one a priest—find themselves in problems when their Italian cousin joins them and promptly becomes involved in the Mafia.

Pears, Iain. Arcadia (RH, 17.00) Jan. An inventive novel of time travel and alternate worlds that begins in Oxford in 1960. Great adventure.

Raybourn, Deanna. A Perilous Undertaking (Brk, 26.00) Jan. Victorian PI Veronica Speedwell is asked to save an art patron from execution after he is convicted of murdering his artist mistress.

Rowland, Laura Joh. The Ripper’s Shadow (Per, 25.99) Jan. A London photographer investigates in 1888 when women who had posed for her fall victim to the Whitechapel killer.

Shaber, Sarah R. Louise’s Lies (SH, 28.99) Dec. When a body is found in a bar in Washington, D.C., government employee Louise Pearlie must keep her work secret while helping the police find a killer among the bar’s patrons, many of which have ties to the former German embassy just around the corner.

Tolkien, Simon. No Man’s Land (RH, 27.95) Jan. A novel based on the life of his grandfather J.R.R Tolkien in early twentieth-century England who moved from being a poor coal-miner’s son to an Oxford student, and finally an officer in the trenches on the Somme during WWI.

Williams, Kate. The Storms of War (Peg, 15.95) Jan. An aristocratic family finds their comfortable life upended by WWI, and the youngest daughter who volunteers as a nurse becomes involved in a plot that puts herself and her family in danger.

Wilson, Edward. A Very British Ending (Duf, 18.00) Jan. A Cold War spy novel filled with back-room skullduggery, innuendo, and dirty money with the nice twist that the villains are not the Soviets, but rather the right-wing conspiracists who see communists under every rock.

Of Special Interest

These are only a few of the wonderful mysteries and thrillers that came out in the year, so you have hours of great reading ahead of you!

I loved Sharon Bolton’s Daisy in Chains (STM, 25.99) for brilliant characterization and plotting.

Jonis Agee’s The Bones of Paradise (HC, 25.99) is a well-written, well-plotted historical mystery set in the Nebraska Sandhills.

Rena Olsen’s disturbing The Girl Before (Png, 15.00) is a wonderful study of self-deception and the blurred lines between guilt and innocence.

And, finally, for something light and fun in these drear days, Katherine Pancol’s The Slow Waltz of Turtles (Png, 17.00) is a romantic murder mystery set in Paris.

We will be open the week of Christmas 9-4, closed Christmas Day, and open December, 26 for our super after-Christmas sale, which will last until 2:00 on December 31. (Yes, we will be open Monday and Tuesday, December 21 and 22, 28 and 29)! Then Clues will be closed until January 6. Remember, your gift certificates will be worth 20% more during the sale.

We wish you a happy holiday season.

Chris and Bosco