February, March 2018
New and Forthcoming in Hardcover
Amis, Kingsley. Colonel Sun (Peg, 25.95) Mar. A reissue of the first James Bond thriller published after the death of Ian Fleming in 1964 finds the intrepid spy searching for M, kidnapped by a malign Chinese military man who has joined forces with a former Nazi commander in a conspiracy to take over the world.
Armstrong, Kelly. This Fallen Prey (STM, 25.99) Feb. When the council members of Rockton agree to take in an accused murderer, he manages to escape leaving a trail of carnage in his wake, while Detective Casey Butler and her boss must face difficult decisions—as well as the Yukon wilderness—in order to ensure the safety of the community.
Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic (Put, 27.00) Mar. Spenser and Hawk must investigate the black market in art when paint chips from a valuable painting stolen twenty years ago from a Boston museum are sent to a newspaper reporter.
Barron, Laird. Blood Standard (Put, 26.00) Mar. An Alaskan mob enforcer retired to upstate New York becomes involved in solving the disappearance of a teenaged girl in a noir debut.
Beaton, M.C. Death of an Honest Man (GC, 25.00) Feb. When someone murders a particularly unpleasant new resident of the neighboring village, Hamish Macbeth must investigate among a widening pool of suspects, since to know the man was to dislike him.
Bell, Lillian. A Grave Issue (Per, 26.99) Feb. A debut cozy featuring a disgraced journalist who returns to her small home town to work in her great-grandfather’s funeral home, but who must turn sleuth when an altercation at a funeral leads to murder, and the main suspect is a neighbor she considers her second father.
Bell, Natasha. Exhibit Alexandra (RH, 27.00) Mar. When a London wife and mother goes missing, her frantic husband investigates on his own, finding in his immersion into the art world that so fascinated her that he really didn’t know his wife in a debut novel of psychological suspense.
Berenson, Alex. The Deceivers (Put, 28.00) Feb. John Wells is asked to go to Colombia to meet with a former CIA asset who has information about a Russian plot to infiltrate and take over the U.S. government. Influencing elections was just the first step.
Berry, Steve. The Bishop’s Pawn (STM, 28.99) Mar. U.S. operative Cotton Malone must think back to a failed operation seventeen years before when he was tasked to find a waterproof case that was supposed to contain a stolen Double Eagle coin, but actually contained confidential documents relating to the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968 in another effective conspiracy thriller.
Black, Lisa. Perish (Ken, 26.00) Feb. Cleveland forensic expert Maggie Gardiner investigates the grisly death of the president of a financial firm, where every employee may have taken the idea of making a killing literally, but a series of unrelated murders cause the case to take a sharp detour.
Bohjalian, Chris. The Flight Attendant (Doubleday, 26.95) Mar. A flight attendant wakes up in a hotel in Dubai after a night of too much drinking, she doesn’t realize at first that the man she spent the night with is dead, stabbed, and when she does, she can’t remember what happened. I really liked this. TFOB.
Box, C.J. The Disappeared (Put, 27.00) Mar. Joe Pickett is asked to look into the disappearance of a British female executive who went missing during a stay at a dude ranch, but he discovers that the case may be related to problems that falconers are having—even though their permits are in order.
Boyce, Trudy Nan. The Policeman’s Daughter (Put, 28.00) Feb. A prequel to the Atlanta-based police procedural series that details the murder case that led to Sarah Alt being promoted from beat cop in a poor housing project to homicide detective.
Cavanagh, Steve. The Plea (STM, 26.99) Feb. Con artist-turned-attorney Eddie Flynn is strong-armed by the Feds to get a young tech billionaire (who’s not even his client yet) to plead guilty to murdering his girlfriend as part of a plan to get him to testify against his corrupt current legal firm, but when Eddie looks into the case he begins to think the man is actually innocent. I loved the first of this series.
Childs, Laura. Plum Tea Crazy (Brk, 26.00) Mar. When a local banker who fell over a railing to his death turns out to have been shot first by a crossbow, Theodosia is asked to investigate and uncovers numerous suspects.
Cohen, Tammy. They all Fall Down (Peg, 25.95) Mar. A woman sentenced to a high-risk psychiatric facility in London after committing a serious crime is convinced that a serial killer is at work when two friends die unexpectedly, but even her mother has trouble believing her until she begins to investigate the center’s charismatic doctor.
Copenhaver, John. Dodging and Burning (Peg, 25.95) Mar. When a crime photograph of a beautiful woman is sent to a crime writer, she is forced to remember an incident from her childhood in 1945 when she and her best friend accompanied a young man to the woods outside a small Virginia town to see a body, an incident that changed all of their lives forever.
Crawford, James, ed. Bloody Scotland (Peg, 25.95) Mar. A collection of short stories written by contemporary Scottish crime writers.
Cussler, Clive and Graham Brown. The Rising (Put, 29.00) Mar. Kurt Austin and the NUMA must find the secret of the rising oceans, and uncover a diabolical plot to destabilize the Pacific area.
Daugherty, Christi. The Echo Killing (STM, 24.99) Mar. When a single mother is killed in a nice neighborhood of Savannah, crime reporter Harper McClain sees parallels to the murder of her own mother fifteen years before in the first of a series that wonderfully combines suspense, action, and emotional depth. I loved this.
Delany, Vicki. The Cat of the Baskervilles (Per, 26.99) Feb. When the lead actor in a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles is found murdered, Gemma must put on her deerstalker and find the killer before her friend’s mother is arrested.
Dolan, Eva. This is How It Ends (Blooms, 27.00) Mar. A cleverly-plotted standalone about a police academy dropout who becomes friends with an activist photographer in London and when her friend kills a friend from her past—in self-defense she claims—the photographer begins to wonder just how trustworthy her new friend is.
Duffy, Brendan. The Storm King (Ball, 27.00) Feb. A young doctor returns to his upstate New York hometown when a body is found in the woods where he and his wild teenaged friends used to hang out, forcing him to confront the rage-filled teenager he used to be.
Elliott, Lexie. The French Girl (Brk, 26.00) Feb. In a debut novel of psychological suspense, six friends from Oxford spend a week at a French farmhouse, where they meet a young Frenchwoman who exacerbates the tensions among them and disappears their last night together—only to reappear a decade later as a skeleton found in a well.
Ellory, R.J. The Devil and the River (Over, 26.95) Mar. A Mississippi sheriff investigates when the perfectly-preserved body of a teenager who disappeared twenty years ago is found in a river bank and finds that her friends and family are reluctant to talk to him about the secrets from the past.
Feeney, Alice. Sometimes I Lie (STM, 26.99) Mar. In a debut novel of psychological suspense, a British radio show presenter lies in a coma, but with her mind alert, trying to piece together what happened to her in the past weeks—fears that her husband was unfaithful with her sister, worries about her job, and a sinister incident from her childhood—to lead to her this situation.
Fielding, Joy. The Bad Daughter (Ball, 27.00) Feb. When her father’s new family is attacked and critically injured in what appears to be a random home invasion, a woman returns home and decides to investigate only to discover that the family has secrets that may have placed them in danger.
Fletcher, Jessica with Donald Bain and Jon Land. Murder She Wrote: A Date with Murder (Brk, 24.00) Mar. When the husband of a friend dies of a suspicious heart attack, Jessica investigates and finds that he was involved with an online dating site during a period of marital estrangement that may have bilked him out of millions of dollars.
Fluke, Joanne. Raspberry Danish Murder (Ken, 26.00) Mar. When her husband’s assistant is found murdered, Hannah wonders if it is related to her husband’s disappearance shortly after their wedding.
Forna, Aminatta. Happiness (Per, 26.00) Mar. A timely story of love and loss set in London where an American naturalist and a Ghanaian psychiatrist meet and join forces to find the missing child of a young woman who was swept up in an immigration raid.
Frances, Michelle. The Girlfriend (Ken, 26.00) Feb. A novel of psychological suspense centered on a mother, her son, and the daughter-in-law she dislikes and who dislikes her—and a lie that changes all of their lives.
Gardner, Lisa. Look for Me (Dut, 27.00) Feb. Detective D.D. Warren and victim-turned-avenger Flora Dane search for a missing girl who disappeared after the grisly murder of her family, who could be a victim or a suspect.
George, Elizabeth. The Punishment she Deserves (Png, 28.00) Mar. DI Lynley and DS Havers return to face their most sinister of murder cases.
Graves, Sarah. Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake (Ken, 25.00) Feb. After having worked in home repair, Jake Tiptree and her friend decide that opening a bake shop would be a piece of cake—until an unpleasant health inspector is found in the kitchen of the Chocolate Moose, murdered.
Greaney, Mark. Agent in Place (Brk, 27.00) Feb. Former CIA agent Court Gentry, now working as a mercenary, is hired to kidnap the mistress of Syria’s tyrannical president and then rescue her infant son left behind in Damascus, for which he goes undercover as one of the mercenaries supporting the president. TFOB.
Grippando, James. Death in Live Oak (HC, 27.99) Feb. Florida attorney Jack Swyteck agrees to defend three fraternity boys accused of lynching the head of a black fraternity in a case with ties of white supremacist terrorist groups.
Gutcheon, Beth. The Affliction (HC, 26.99) Mar. When a teacher’s body is found at a struggling girls’ school, the new head calls on retired educator Maggie Detweiler, who with her socialite friend Hope Babbin, agrees to help as the ladies soon find a raft of suspects in the second in this “caviar cozy” series.
Hall, Parnell. The Purloined Puzzle (STM, 25.99) Mar. When a teenager comes to her with a crossword puzzle to solve that turns out to be related to a recent murder, puzzle lady Cora Felton is dismissive until her ex-husband is linked to the murder.
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia. Shadow Play (SH, 28.99) Feb. DCI Bill Slider investigates when an unidentified body is found in an auto repair yard near a London railway line and soon finds that the investigation includes rapacious property developers, hot shot lawyers, handsome rent boys, politicians, and a masseuse with a heart of gold.
Hart, John. The Hush (STM, 27.99) Feb. A sequel to The Last Child (2009) that follows Johnny Merriman a decade later when is hires an attorney to help with a suit contesting his ownership of the land that he has in North Carolina, while meanwhile inexplicable violent acts keep occurring on the land.
Howard, Catherine Ryan. The Liar’s Girl (Blackstone, 24.99) Feb. A Dublin university student is shocked when her boyfriend confesses to a series of murders of women and moves to the Netherlands, but ten years later, she reluctantly agrees to return to Dublin when two more women are killed with the same MO and the police need her to help them decide if her boyfriend was unjustly convicted or if there is a copycat killer.
Jacobs, Nova. The Last Equation of Isaac Severy (SS, 25.00) Mar. A struggling Seattle bookseller receives a letter from her mathematician grandfather written shortly before his death asking her to deliver his final discovery to a friend and leaving her a series of clues to solve in order to find it, but she realizes that she is not the only one searching when eccentric family members, shady entrepreneurs, and devious professors appear.
James, Miranda. Claws for Concern (Brk, 26.00) Feb. Librarian Charlie and his Maine coon cat Diesel become involved in a cold case when an elderly man begins researching Charlie’s own family, in particular his late aunt’s husband.
Jance, J.A. Duel to the Death (SS, 25.99) Mar. Ali Reynolds must solve the case of a rogue A.I. program that is the target of an accountant with ties to a Mexican drug cartel.
Kavanagh, Emma. The Missing Hours (Ken, 26.00) Mar. When a woman disappears suddenly from a playground and then reappears a day later wearing a bloody sweater claiming to have no memory of what happened, the police in the remote area on the border of England and Wales feel that the disappearance is tied to the murder of a prominent attorney, but don’t know if the woman is a victim or a murderer.
Kellerman, Jonathan. Night Moves (RH, 28.99) Feb. Alex Delaware and Milo investigate when an affluent family returns home to found the body of a total stranger, murdered and mutilated.
Kent, Christobel. The Day She Disappeared (FSG, 27.00) Mar. When her friend disappears, a barmaid in a small English village, a woman goes to the police who refuse to help, but an elderly bar patron is sure he saw something, and due to a recent stroke, he can’t remember what.
Khan, Ausma Zehanat. A Dangerous Crossing (STM, 25.99) Feb. Canadian police officers Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty are sent by the prime minister to the Greek island of Lesvos to hunt for the missing sister of a friend, who disappeared while working for an NGO that facilitates the Canadian government’s resettlement of Syrian refugees.
Knox, Joseph. Sirens (RH, 27.00) Feb. In a suspenseful debut, an undercover detective infiltrates the inner circle of a Gatsby-esque drug lord in Manchester and discovers that that one of the young women working as a drug courier is the runaway daughter of a prominent politician, whom he must rescue without blowing his cover.
Laukkanen, Owen. Gale Force (Put, 27.00) Mar. The owner of a salvage vessel stationed off the Alaska coast finds herself in danger from more than a storm when a Japanese ship founders with a secret cargo of $50 million in Yakuza bearer bonds. Great maritime adventure.
Lawson, Mike. House Witness (Per, 26.00) Feb. Political fixer Joe DeMarco is sent to ensure that the rich playboy who killed his boss’ son is convicted, but when the five witnesses to the crime appear to have been interfered with to weaken the prosecution’s case, he investigates and finds that someone is fixing cases against wealthy people across the country. TFOB.
Lescroart, John. Poison (SS, 26.95) Feb. Dismas Hardy is hired by the bookkeeper of a successful family-owned company accused of murdering her boss, but as he prepares for the trial, he discovers that just about every family member has a motive for murder.
Lippmann, Laura. Sunburn (HC, 26.99) Feb. A wonderfully noir tale set in Delaware that begins when a woman walks out on her family during a family vacation, and finds a job waitressing at a diner, only to begin a relationship with an inquisitive cook just as her checkered past comes back to haunt her—another husband, an insurance scam, and now a suspicious death in the small town. Lippmann is fantastic.
LoTiempo, T.C. Death by a Whisker (Per, 26.99) Feb. Syd and her tabby must find a killer when the shopping-channel queen who’s heading the shelter’s latest fundraiser is found dead and the shelter administrator is the prime suspect.
Mackintosh, Clare. Let Me Lie (Brk, 26.00) Mar. In a novel of psychological suspense the adult daughter of a couple who committed suicide decides to investigate her parents’ deaths, but she soon discovers that nothing was as it appeared.
Margolin, Phillip. The Third Victim (STM, 26.99) Mar. In the first of a new series, a newly hired attorney and her boss, a legendary criminal defense attorney who might be struggling with early-onset Alzheimer’s take on the defense of an attorney accused of the kidnap, torture, and murder of two young women, whose accuser is a young woman who escaped.
May, Peter. I’ll Keep You Safe (Quer, 26.99) Mar. In a standalone, a couple who own a small cloth business on an island in the Outer Hebrides got to Paris for a fashion trade show, but when the husband is killed in a car accident, the wife returns home and is attacked, leading her to investigate who might be behind the threat.
Meltzer, Brad. The Escape Artist (GC, 28.00) Mar. In the first of a new series, a mortician who works the government’s most top secret cases is assigned to prepare the body of a soldier who died in a mysterious plane crash in Alaska, a woman that he know as a girl, but when he examines the body he realizes that it is a different woman and he decides to find out what in fact happened.
Mosley, Walter. Down the River unto the Sea (Hach, 27.00) Feb. In a standalone, a former NYPD detective, now a PI, investigates two cases of gross injustice, including the destruction of his own police career at the hands of a crooked cop who framed him on bogus assault charges and the case of militant journalist on death row for killing two policemen.
O’Connor, Carlene. Murder in an Irish Churchyard (Ken, 25.00) Mar. Newly-minted Garda Siobhan O’Sullivan’s first case is murder when the body of an American tourist is found in the village churchyard, a man doing genealogical research on an Irish ancestor in the third in this cozy series.
Palumbo, Dennis. Head Wounds (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Feb. When he is shot at by his neighbor’s boyfriend psychologist Daniel Rinaldi, comforts her and later finds her strangled in her home, and soon becomes a suspect in the murder when he finds that she had told her boyfriend that she was sleeping with her neighbor.
Parks, Brad. Closer than You Know (Put, 26.00) Mar. In a novel of psychological suspense a young mother loses custody of her child after the discovery of cocaine in her house, and, although she swears that she had no knowledge of it, she is arrested, but the prosecuting attorney on the case is also working the case of a serial rapist and she begins to suspect a connection. I loved this.
Perry, Karen. Girl Unknown (HH, 28.00) Feb. When a freshman college student tells a professor that she is her daughter, his wife decides to investigate believing that the girl has ulterior motives in a twisty tale of psychological suspense.
Perry, Thomas. The Bomb Maker (Per, 26.00) Feb. A former LAPD bomb squad member who now runs his own security company is called in when a bomber appears to be targeting the bomb squad itself in a brilliant novel of suspense.
Ripley, J.R. Beignets and Broomsticks (SH, 28.99) Mar. In the third in this cozy series set in Arizona, the owner of beignet café discovers the body of a regular customer while delivering her some beignets, and soon is investigating when she recognizes the scarf used to strangle the woman belongs to a stylish local lawyer.
Rosenfelt, David. Fade to Black (STM, 25.99) Mar. A New Jersey state police officer who suffers from amnesia due to a work injury reinvestigates a case he had solved three years ago at the behest of a man in his support group who later turns up dead, and finds ties to drug thefts at a local hospital.
Rotella, Sebastian. Rip Crew (Mull, 27.00) Mar. A former member of a Mexican anti-drug taskforce now working as a journalist in San Diego is asked by his old boss to investigate a U.S. firm that appears to be involved with Mexican narco-politicians, making him the target of several assassination attempts. Rotella is great at combining action with insights into the work of investigative journalists.
Ryan, Annelise. Dead Calm (Ken, 25.00) Mar. When their honeymoon is interrupted by a double murder at a no-tell motel, ME Mattie and homicide detective Steve must find a killer amidst the spurned spouses and other suspects.
Sanders, Ben. The Stakes (STM, 25.99) Mar. A caper novel featuring an NYPD detective who robs criminals on the side, and whose latest case involves intercepting a payoff to a wealthy lawyer brokering an assassination plot.
Scott, J. Todd. High White Sun (Put, 26.00) Mar. In the second in this gritty western series, newly-elected Sheriff Cherry and his new recruits must solve the murder of a local Rio Grande guide while they are targeted by the Aryan Brotherhood and another white supremacist group.
Sharpe, Tess. Barbed Wire Heart (GC, 26.00) Mar. The daughter of a Northern California drug king, now running a shelter for abuse victims, decides that the only way to survive is to put two warring drug families out of business, which she begins to do by blowing up meth labs and targeting leaders, all the time counting on the fact that as a woman she will always be underestimated.
Silver, Mitch. The Bookworm (Peg, 25.95) Feb. When a skeletal hand is found in a London construction dating back to WWII, a Russian historian investigates a mystery that dates back to 1940 and Hitler’s decision to attack the Soviet Union and is part of a present-day conspiracy between the nefarious Russian president and the newly-elected U.S. president in a timely thriller.
Sparrow, Sarah. A Guide for Murdered Children (Blue Rider, 27.00) Mar. In a mixture of whodunit and paranormal, a former NYPD cop fresh out of rehab goes to work for a Michigan cold case task force, here he investigates the decades-old disappearance of a young brother and sister, only to discover that the spirits of murdered children are returning to track down and enact supernatural retribution on their killers.
Spillane, Mickey. The Last Stand (RH, 22.99) Mar. Spillane’s last book has been prepared for publication by Max Allan Collins, and is more of an adventure story set in the Southwestern desert, where a pilot joins forces with a Native American when his plane goes down.
St. James, Dorothy. Playing with Bonbon Fire (Per, 26.99) Mar. The owner of a chocolate shop on the South Carolina shore turns investigator when a burned body is found on the beach, and turns out to be that of the lead singer of a local group that is headlining the summer festival.
St. James, Simone. The Broken Girls (Brk, 26.00) Mar. A journalist whose sister was murdered twenty years before in the ruins of a home for “wayward girls” during the 1950s decides to do a story on the renovations being done to the building, but the discovery of a body reveals a link between long-ago secrets and her sister’s death.
Strawser, Jessica. Not that I Could Tell (STM, 26.99) Mar. A domestic thriller that begins when a woman disappears with her children, leaving her soon to be ex-husband as the primary suspect, but it is not clear if her motive was to protect an insurance payout or protect herself against spousal abuse.
Wiebe, Sam. Cut You Down (Quer, 26.99) Feb. Vancouver PI Dave Wakeland takes on two difficult cases: that of a former university student who may have been embezzling funds and a crooked cop, parallel cases that send him to the city’s ugliest streets.
White, Randy Wayne. Caribbean Run (Put, 28.00) Mar. When the director of the Florida Division of Historical Resources and his assistant disappear with a cache of antique coins and maps, a friend of Doc Ford’s asks him for help, since the artifacts were less than legally obtained.
New and Forthcoming in Paperback Reprint
Albert, Susan Wittig. The Last Chance Olive Ranch (Brk, 7.99) Mar.
Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies (Put, 9.99) Mar.
Baldacci, David. The Fix (GC, 9.99) Mar.
Barr, Nevada. Boar Island (STM, 9.99) Feb.
Beaton, M.C. Death of a Ghost (GC, 7.99) Mar.
Child, Lincoln. Full Wolf Moon (RH, 9.99) Feb.
Childs, Laura. Pekoe Most Poison (Brk, 7.99) Feb.
Clark, Mary Higgins. All by Myself, Alone (Pkt, 8.99) Mar.
Coyle, Cleo. Dead Cold Brew (Brk, 7.99) Mar.
Fluke, Joanne. Banana Cream Pie Murder (Ken, 7.99) Feb.
Greaney, Mark. Agent in Place (Put, 9.99) Feb.
Grisham, John. Camino Island (BDD, 9.99) Mar.
Haines, Carolyn. Sticks and Bones (STM, 7.99) Mar.
Hamilton, Glen Erik. Every Day above Ground (HC, 9.99) Mar.
Hart, Carolyn. Walking on My Grave (Brk, 7.99) Mar.
Herbert, A.L. Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles (Ken, 7.99) Feb.
Jones, Darynda. The Trouble with the Twelfth Grave (STM, 8.99) Mar.
Koontz, Dean. The Whispering Room (BDD, 9.99) Mar.
Meltzer, Brad and Tod Goldberg. The House of Secrets (GC, 7.99) Feb.
O’Connor, Carlene. Murder at an Irish Wedding (Ken, 7.99) Feb.
Patterson, James with David Ellis. The Black Book (GC, 9.99) Mar.
Scott, J. Todd. The Far Empty (Put, 9.99) Feb.
Scottoline, Lisa. Keep Quiet (STM, 8.99) Feb.
Sefton, Maggie. Only Skein Deep (Brk, 7.99) Mar.
Tanenbaum, Robert K. Without Fear or Favor (Pkt, 9.99) Mar.
White, Randy Wayne. Heat Islands (STM, 9.99) Mar. Reissue.
_____. Mangrove Lightning (Put, 9.99) Mar.
Woods, Stuart. Barely Legal (Put, 9.99) Mar.
_____. Indecent Exposure (Put, 9.99) Feb.
New and Forthcoming in Paperback Original
Blackmoore, Stephanie. Murder Borrowed, Murder Blue (Ken, 7.99) Feb. Wedding planner Mallory must find a killer when the maid of honor for a celebrity couple drops out of the wedding party by dropping dead before the nuptials.
Blake, Bethany. Pawprints and Predicaments (Ken, 7.99) Mar. Daphne investigates when a TV producer in town to film the Tail Waggin’ Winterfest dies during the polar bear plunge into the icy lake in the third in this beastly series.
Brennan, Allison. Breaking Point (STM, 9.99) Feb. FBI agent Lucy Kincaid agrees to help a friend’s sister, a former cop who’s working undercover to track a teenager sold into the sex trade by her stepfather.
Day, Maddie. Biscuits and Slashed Browns (Ken, 7.99) Feb. The Brown County, Indiana maple festival is interrupted by the murder of an unpleasant professor, so country-store owner Robbie must leave her maple biscuits and find a killer before anyone else is in a sticky situation.
Flower, Amanda. Lethal Licorice (Ken, 7.99) Mar. Bailey enters the Amish Confectionary Competition, but things turn sour when a confectioner from a neighboring town with whom she had a run-in is found dead, poisoned by the ingredients in licorice.
Gregory, Lena. Clairvoyant and Present Danger (Brk, 7.99) Feb. Cass finds that her psychic gifts are getting her into trouble when her investigation into the murder of a woman found on the beach makes her the target of the killer.
Harris, Sherry. I know what You Bid last Summer (Ken, 7.99) Mar. When the school superintendent is found murdered the day of an athletic equipment exchange that she organized, Sarah investigates to find out who among the school-board members wanted to teach him a lesson.
Kashian, Tina. Hummus and Homicide (Ken, 7.99) Mar. A woman who quits her job as a high-powered attorney in Philadelphia to return to the Jersey shore work in her family’s Mediterranean restaurant must defend herself when her high-school nemesis dies after eating a kebab in the first of a yummy new series.
Klein, Libby. Class Reunions are Murder (Ken, 7.99) Feb. When a recently-widowed woman is dragged to her twenty-fifth high school reunion by her best friend, she expects that it won’t be much fun, but she doesn’t expect to find the body of the class mean girl right in front of her old locker in the first of a new series.
Lane, Kelly. Dipped to Death (Brk, 7.99) Mar. When her ex shows up at the family plantation and olive grove for a birdwatching tour, Eva is unpleasantly surprised, but the surprises become bitter when he is found poisoned by one of her family’s olive oils.
Perry, Carol J. It Takes a Coven (Ken, 7.99) Mar. The Wiccan community is shaken when preparations for a wedding turn into a wake after a man is found dead under an apple tree.
Randall, Shari. Curses, Boiled Again! (STM, 7.99) Feb. In the first of a new cozy series, a ballerina recovering from an injury returns home to Mystic Bay to work at her aunt’s lobster restaurant where the arrival of a group of food network judges looking for the area’s best lobster roll are poisoned at a rival restaurant forcing her to pirouette from dance to detection.
Ryan, Sofie. The Fast and the Furriest (Brk, 7.99) Feb. Sarah and her right-hand cat investigate when her shop assistant becomes a suspect when a woman from his past reappears and turns up murdered.
Wiken, Linda. Marinating in Murder (Brk, 7.99) Mar. When one of the Culinary Capers dinner club opens the back of her car to unload the goodies she packed for the club picnic, she finds the unappetizing body of her ex-husband, so the rest of the club must whip up an al fresco investigation.
New and Forthcoming in Quality Paperback
Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse (Vik, 16.00) Mar. When an elderly quilter in the village admits to killing her first husband, Lori, with the help of the ghostly Aunt Dimity, goes to the neighboring town to investigate, only to find that opinion is divided—she either killed five men or she is entirely innocent.
Barber, Kathleen. Are You Sleeping? (SS, 16.00) Mar. When a podcast threatens to reveal all about her father’s murder years before, a woman is terrified that the past will ruin the new life she has created, but when she returns home for her mother’s funeral, she finds she must confront her past, or else.
Barton, Fiona. The Child (Brk, 16.00) Mar. When the skeleton of an infant is found during the demolition of a house in a gentrifying section of London, a journalist traces a connection to the disappearance of a newborn in a maternity ward, and to three women who have kept dark secrets for years.
Beakey, Chris. Fatal Option (SS, 15.99) Feb. A man whose wife died mysteriously is called out by his daughter who is stranded on a mountain road during a blizzard, but he doesn’t know that another man is out there too, a man who is guilty of the murder of three women.
Bell, Darcey. A Simple Favor (HC, 15.99) Mar. When she agrees to pick up a friend’s child at school, a young mother is terrified when the friend doesn’t return, only to discover that the friend is dead, but the horror is just beginning in a debut novel of psychological suspense.
Billingham, Mark. Rush of Blood (Per, 16.00) Feb. A standalone about three British couples who meet on a vacation in Florida where a teenaged girl is found murdered, and when they meet again in the UK, a series of similar murders begins. Highly recommended.
Blauner, Peter. Proving Ground (STM, 16.99) Mar. An Iraqi war veteran returns to NYC for the funeral of his estranged attorney father, who was murdered while suing the FBI on behalf of a Muslim mail carrier who was turned over to the Macedonians for “enhanced interrogation.” Highly recommended.
Bolton, Ginger. Survival of the Fritters (Ken, 15.95) Feb. The owner of a doughnut shop must find the killer of a regular customer whose death occurs on the five-year anniversary of her son’s unsolved murder in the first of a new series.
Brett, Simon. Mrs. Pargeter’s Public Relations (SH, 17.99) Feb. In the latest in this comic series, gangster’s widow Mrs. Pargeter loses her husband’s little black book of business contacts after meeting a woman who claims to be her husband’s sister. Great fun.
Brown, Karen. The Clairvoyants (STM, 17.00) Feb. A woman with the ability to see the dead sees the ghost of a missing college student, and she is led to the house of a man she soon marries, but then she begins having visions of him at the place where the student died in a riveting novel of psychological suspense. Highly recommended.
Burrows, Steve. A Siege of Bitterns (Per, 14.99) Feb. A bird-watching police inspector is assigned to a post in Norfolk, where he must solve the murder of an ecological activist in Britain’s premier birding country, a case that combines his knowledge of birds and police work.
Carnoy, David. Lucidity (Overlook, 16.95) Feb. The twenty-year-old disappearance of a young woman and the present-day murder of a young author are linked to a Manhattan center for lucid dreaming and the crooked psychologist who runs it.
Chang, Henry. Lucky (Soho, 14.95) Mar. NYPD detective Jack Yu must find his criminal blood brother who has gone on a crime spree after surviving a shooting before members of Chinatown’s criminal underground kill him. Recommended.
Coben, Harlan. Don’t Let Go (Dut, 16.00) Feb. A suburban New Jersey detective has been haunted by the death of his twin brother and his brother’s girlfriend and the disappearance of his own girlfriend fifteen years ago, and with the discovery of his girlfriend’s fingerprints in a rental car of a suspected murderer, it looks as if he might finally get some answers—but they may be answers that he doesn’t want to know.
Collett, Chris. A Good Death (SH, 17.95) Feb. Birmingham DI Tom Mariner has two cases to investigate—a death by arson of a member of the Shah family that may be a hate crime and the disappearance of a bridegroom two weeks before his wedding.
Coulter, Catherine. Enigma (SS, 16.00) Feb. FBI agents Sherlock and Savich are dealing with a scientist who wants to discover the secret of immortality by experimenting on human subjects, while Agent Cam Whittier is hunting for a killer in a national forest who may be tied to a political murder.
Cumming, Charles. A Divided Spy (STM, 16.99) Feb. Thomas Kell has left MI6 after the murder of his girlfriend, but when he hears of a sighting of the Russian SVR officer who was responsible for her death, he persuades his former boss to help him capture the Russian.
Dahl, Julia. The Conviction (STM, 15.99) Mar. Journalist Rebekah Roberts investigates the murder of a black family that occurred shortly after the Crown Heights riots in Brooklyn in 1991, but she finds that the entire Hasidic community closes its doors to her, even her policeman friend.
Daley, Paula. The Trophy Child (Per, 16.00) Mar. A novel of psychological suspense about a woman whose perfect—or else—family begins to fall apart when her husband and children begin to rebel against her demands for perfection until murder strikes.
Davis, Krista. Color Me Murder (Ken, 12.95) Mar. In the first of a new cozy series, the owner of an adult coloring book store must find the killer of her landlord's avaricious nephew. The book cover can be colored and contains clues to the mystery.
Dolan-Leach, Caite. Dead Letters (RH, 16.00) Feb. A woman returns to the family vineyard in upstate New York when her twin sister is presumed to have died in a fire, but soon she receives a cryptic message from her sister and must follow the clues to her disappearance in a suspenseful debut that is also a literary treasure hunt.
Edwards, Martin, ed. Foreign Bodies (PP, 12.95) Mar. A collection of classic foreign crime stories in translation from writers in Mexico, Denmark, and Japan.
Farjeon, J. Jefferson. Seven Dead (PP, 12.95) Feb. A classic locked-room mystery written in 1939.
Gaylin, Alison. If I Die Tonight (HC, 16.99) Mar. When a high-school football hero is run down by stolen car, the story that she hears from the car’s owner doesn’t make sense to the local policeman, but as she is digging for the truth, the small-town residents blame the high school pariah, a boy accused of being a Satanist in a strongly character-driven standalone.
Goodman, Carol. The Other Mother (HC, 15.99) Mar. A new mother who flees her domineering husband to take a job as a live-in archivist for an elusive author is living in his mansion bordering the grounds of a psychiatric facility may be suffering from postpartum depression—or she may be the target of a sinister plot in a novel of psychological suspense.
Hampton, Nell. Kale to the Queen (Per, 15.99) Mar. An American chef who becomes Personal Chef to the Royal Family at Kensington Palace finds her new kitchen a mess when one assistant is found dead in the kale bed and another under suspicion for murder, but dinner must be on the table, so she has her hands full cooking and sleuthing in the first of a new series.
Harrington, Kent. Last Ferry Home (Per, 15.99) Mar. A San Francisco police detective grieving for his wife who died in an accident is assigned the case of the murder of a young Indian man whose beautiful wife is the main suspect in his murder, and as the investigation continues, he finds himself increasingly drawn to her. Harrington is a favorite of mine—a brilliant writer with a fine noir sensibility.
Hirahara, Naomi. Hiroshima Boy (Prospect Park, 16.00) Mar. In the final of the Mas Arai series he reluctantly returns to Japan after nearly fifty years in the U.S., and when he finds the body of a young boy on the beach, he agrees to help the grieving mother discover what happened.
Hoffman, Cara. Running (SS, 16.00) Feb. Three people—an American woman, a British poet, and his partner—join together in the red-light district of Athens, but the madness and death of one of them leads them to becoming involved in an act of terrorism. Hoffman is great.
Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Per, 15.00) Mar. A wonderful crime novel that is both a study of psychopathy and the deleterious effects of religion and is amazingly timely for a novel written in the eighteenth century. This is a classic of Scottish literature. Highly recommended.
Hoklotubbe, Sara Sue. Betrayal at the Buffalo Ranch (Uof A, 16.95) Feb. When a man begins buying up property near her Oklahoma property in order to set up a private hunting preserve for shooting buffalo, Sadie Walela is upset, but when an unidentified man is shoot with a homemade arrow near her property, she investigates. Hoklotubbe skillfully combines mystery with an exploration of Cherokee culture. TFOB.
Hunter, Cara. Close to Home (Png, 16.00) Mar. When a young girl disappears from her Oxford home during a party, the detective in charge finds that the family is very suspicious, but everyone in the area has secrets to conceal. I liked this a lot.
Irby, Lee. Unreliable (Vin, 17.00) Mar. A clever and funny—and very unsettling—novel of psychological suspense about a charming college professor who may or may not have killed his ex-wife.
Jewell, Lisa. I Found You (SS, 16.00) Mar. A holiday at a quaint seaside town leads to twenty years of secrets kept by two teenagers and a missing husband and an amnesiac man in the present in a novel of psychological suspense told in alternating points of view.
Karst, Leslie. A Measure of Murder (Per, 15.99) Feb. Restaurateur Sally Solari finds herself investigating another murder when the tenor in the choir group she attends dies mysteriously in the second in this cozy series.
Kent, Christobel. The Loving Husband (FSG, 17.00) Mar. When her husband is found murdered outside their farmhouse in rural England, his wife, investigating on her own since the police see her as the main suspect, discovers that she was married to a stranger.
Kent, Kathleen. The Dime (Mull, 15.99) Feb. A transplanted Brooklyn cop working in Dallas is assigned to undercover narcotics work, but when a drug deal that goes bad leaving a trail of bodies is assigned to homicide, she continues to investigate, which turns dangerous when someone leaves a nasty present from a crime scene in her apartment. An outstanding debut.
Lansdale, Joe. Rusty Puppy (Mull, 15.99) Feb. Hap and Leonard investigate the murder of a young black man after a witness claims to have seen three white police officers beat the man to death, but the witness is found dead as the case becomes increasingly dangerous.
Lovett, Charlie. The Lost Book of the Grail (Png, 16.00) Feb. An English professor who is a passionate bibliophile and Holy Grail enthusiast joins forces with an American who has arrived at the Barchester Cathedral library to discover the fate of the missing Book of Ewolda, an ancient manuscript about the history of the founder of the cathedral. A wonderful literary treasure hunt.
McCall Smith, Alexander. A Time of Love and Tartan (RH, 15.95) Feb. In the latest installment of the 44 Scotland Street series, change is coming to the neighborhood, which makes Bertie and his friends perfectly happy.
McCarthy, Rob. The Hollow Men (Peg, 15.95) Feb. A London police surgeon becomes involved with the case of a teenager who was shot while holding eight people hostage when he realizes that the boy knows something that people in the medical community will kill to keep secret.
McCourt, Elizabeth. Sin in the Big Easy (Post Hill, 15.99) Mar. A young attorney in New Orleans takes the case of a woman who she discovers raped and discarded in a city park, but as more women turn up dead, the case becomes even more serious—and dangerous.
Millar, Margaret. Beast in View (Soho, 14.95) Feb. The reissue of an award-winning classic crime novel where an heiress is terrorized by a series of bizarre phone calls and turns to her lawyer to help discover the person responsible.
Murphy, Sara Flannery. The Possessions (HC, 15.99) Feb. A supernatural-tinged debut featuring a woman working for a society allowing the bereaved to communicate with their deceased loved ones, who becomes involved with a lawyer trying to contact his wife, who drowned under mysterious circumstances.
Norman, Howard. My Darling Detective (HMH, 14.99) Mar. When his retired librarian mother throws a bottle of ink at a photographic print during an art auction, a young man and his police detective fiancée investigate and discover that much of what he thought of his past, including his father, was a lie in a witty literary homage to noir.
Nugent, Liz. Unravelling Oliver (SS, 16.00) Feb. In a powerful, award-winning Irish debut, a handsome, successful writer unexpectedly, and without motive beats his wife, putting her into a coma, as friends try to understand what could have driven him to such a horrific act.
Perabo, Susan. The Fall of Lisa Bellow (SS, 16.00) Mar. In a brilliant debut novel, a middle-school aged girl witnesses the abduction of a hated classmate and must deal with the emotional trauma in a novel psychological suspense. Highly recommended.
Rankin, Ian. Rather Be the Devil (LB, 15.99) Feb. John Rebus comes out of semiretirement when the cold case of the murder of the wife of a wealthy banker in 1978 begins to heat up, while Malcolm Fox investigates allegations of money laundering at the same bank.
Robertson, Craig. The Photographer (SS, 16.99) Feb. When Glasgow police arrest a man accused of rape, they discover hundreds of photographs of women, women who are being raped and killed by someone still at large.
Schmitt, Gerry. Shadow Girl (Png, 16.00) Mar. When a millionaire is murdered, Minneapolis family liaison officer Alton Tangler discovers that someone out for revenge is part of a dangerous conspiracy.
Scottoline, Lisa. One Perfect Lie (STM, 27.99) Apr. An ATF agent goes undercover as a high school baseball coach in a suburban Pennsylvania town to investigate a domestic terrorism plot involving three teenaged boys.
Shafransky, Renee. Tips for Living (Lake Union, 14.95) Feb. In a cozy debut, a woman divorced from a famous painter has remade her life in a small Long Island village, writing for a local newspaper, but when her ex and his new wife buy a lavish vacation home there and are shortly later found shot to dead in their beds, she becomes the chief suspect in the murder—especially after she finds evidence that she’s been sleepwalking.
Sherez, Stav. The Intrusions (Per, 14.95) Mar. Detectives Carrigan and Miller investigate the disappearance of a woman from a London hostel when her terrified friend arrives at the station fearing that she will be abducted as well.
Stallings, Daniel. Sunny Side Up (Per, 12.95) Mar. A funny debut mystery featuring a young waiter aboard a cruise ship who investigates when he finds a sunbather sunburned to a crisp.
Steiner, Susie. Persons Unknown (RH, 16.00) Mar. Policewoman Mona Bradshaw is stuck in the Cambridgeshire PD cold-case office, but when a wealthy man is found murdered, her sister’s ex and the father of her young son, she must insert herself in the case to save her family.
Stevens, Chevy. Never Let You Go (STM, 15.99) Mar. A woman who escaped from her abusive husband has made a life for herself and her daughter in British Columbia, but when she hears that her husband has been released from prison, she turns to a friend to help her in a superlative novel of psychological suspense.
St. James, Dorothy. Asking for Truffle (Per, 15.99) Feb. In the first of a delectable new cozy series, a woman goes to a small North Carolina beach town investigating the death of a friend who drowned in a vat of chocolate at a chocolate shop, and discovers a plot to destroy the seaside town.
Tinti, Hannah. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley (RH, 17.00) Feb. A former criminal moves to a New England fishing village with his daughter in hopes of protecting her from his past, but the past is on his trail.
Tolkin, Michael. NK3 (Per, 16.00) Feb. A funny post-apocalyptic novel set in a near-future Hollywood, where a mysterious North Korean virus has erased all memories.
Turner, Ann. Out of the Ice (SS, 16.00) Feb. An environmental scientist sent to Antarctica to report on an abandoned whaling station finds evidence of violence and strange behavior among the protected wildlife, but those at base camp are unwilling to talk to her about what happened.
Ward, Rachel. The Cost of Living (Duf, 16.00) Feb. A cozy debut set in a small English town where a cashier at a supermarket decides to investigate when the body of a coworker turns up in a store locker.
Wechsler, Pamela. The Graves (STM, 16.99) Mar. Boston ADA Abby Endicott is hunting for a killer targeting college girls working as escorts in a case that soon becomes political in the second in this funny and smart series.
Weiss, Kirsten. Deja Moo (Mid Ink, 15.99) Mar. In a funny paranormal cozy, the proprietor of a paranormal museum in a small California decides to investigate when the man who was guarding the Christmas Cow effigy is shot dead by an arrow.
Westlake, Donald. Help I Am Being Held Prisoner (Hard Case, 9.95) Feb. The reissue of an early comic novel about a practical joker sent to prison after a joke caused a 20-car highway crash, who gets caught up in a plot to escape.
White, Karen. The Night the Lights Went Out (Brk, 16.00) Mar. When she is befriended by the local matriarch of the small Georgia town where she has moved, a recent divorcée learns about the dangerous secrets that lie beneath the calm exterior. Great fun.
Winslow, Emily. Look for Her (HC, 15.99) Feb. A four-decades old cold case heats up in a small English village, when two girls turn up at a Cambridge University counseling service claiming a connection to the victim and one of them is found dead, forcing DCI Morris Keene to investigate the case.
Woods, T.E. The Wrong Sister (Ken, 15.95) Mar. A debut novel of suspense about a woman who meets her doppleganger on a Wisconsin street and soon the two come to believe that they are twins separated at birth, but when a body is found in a local marsh the woman must confront some terrifying secrets.
New and Forthcoming in International Mysteries
Blaedel, Sara. The Undertaker’s Daughter (GC, 26.00) Feb. When a Danish woman learns of her father’s death, she journeys to Wisconsin to settle his affairs only to discover that she has inherited his debt-ridden funeral home which she decides to run, but when the body of a local man appears who has been missing since the murder of his girlfriend years ago, she finds herself investigating a cold case.
Dazieri, Sandrone. Kill the Angel (SS, 27.00) Feb. Roman detectives Caselli and Torres must find a woman criminal whose malevolence is beyond belief in part because she is convinced she is already dead in the second in this bestselling Italian series.
Doblin, Alfred. Berlin Alexanderplatz (NYRB, 18.95) Mar. A brilliant crime novel set in Weimar Berlin featuring a petty criminal who hustles to survive after being released from prison for murdering his girlfriend. This is a new translation of a classic German crime novel from 1927 that’s been out of print for twenty years.
Dovalpage, Teresa. Death Comes in through the Kitchen (Soho, 25.95) Mar. A debut mystery set in Havana in 2003, where an American journalist arrives to marry his fiancée only to find her dead—and that he really didn’t know her at all as he discovers when he begins to investigate her to keep himself from becoming the main suspect in her murder. Despite containing recipes, this is not a cozy.
Fitzek, Sebastian. The Nightwalker (Peg, 15.95) Feb. In the U.S. debut of a German thriller writer, a man who has suffered from sleepwalking since he was a child turns to a sleep specialist when he fears that he has attacked his own wife while asleep, but the treatment leads him to believe that he has a sinister second life while waking as well.
Fox, Candice. Crimson Lake (STM, 25.99) Mar. A disgraced Sydney homicide detective whose trial for the rape and attempted murder of a 13-year-old girl is surprisingly dismissed for lack of evidence, moves to Queensland where he goes to work for a PI investigating the disappearance of a best-selling author.
Gundar-Goshen, Ayelet. Waking Lions (LB, 15.99) Feb. When an Israeli doctor accidentally kills an Eritrean man in a car accident, he is blackmailed into providing free medical treatment for other Eritreans, an arrangement he must hide from his police detective wife.
Hahn, Tracee de. A Well-timed Murder (STM, 25.99) Feb. The second in this police procedural series offers a fascinating look at the world of Swiss watchmaking when a legendary watchmaker is killed at a boys’ boarding school, and Agnes Lüthi investigates at the behest of an aristocrat she met during her last case, discovering that many strange happenings are going on at the school.
Harper, Jane. Force of Nature (STM, 25.99) Feb. Australian federal agents Falk and Cooper must go the rugged Gitalang Ranges to hunt for an accountant who disappeared during a wilderness expedition for her respected Melbourne firm, and the agents fear that someone discovered that she was helping them with their investigation into an elaborate money laundering scheme until they discover that she was universally disliked by her colleagues for her cruelty.
Holt, Anne. Dead Joker (SS, 17.00) Feb. Norwegian police detective Hanne Wilhelmsen investigates the grisly murder of a prosecutor’s wife whose husband swears that she was murdered by a businessman he’d prosecuted years before, but when a witness comes forward claiming to have seen the businessman commit suicide, she must reevaluate the case.
Kepler, Lars. The Sandman (RH, 27.95) Mar. When it becomes chillingly apparent that a serial killer now imprisoned in a maximum security psychiatric hospital has an accomplice on the outside who has kidnapped a teenaged girl, Swedish police agents Linna and Bauer must find a way to get the killer to talk.
Leon, Donna. Earthly Remains (Per, 16.00) Mar. Brunetti takes a vacation on one of the larger islands in the laguna to recuperate from the stress of work, but when one of the caretakers of the villa where he is staying disappears after a storm, he can’t help investigating.
_____. The Temptation of Forgiveness (Per, 26.00) Mar. Commissario Brunetti investigates a suspicious accident that leads him to uncover a longstanding scam with disturbing unintended consequences.
Mangan, Christine. Tangerine (Ecco, 26.99) Mar. A debut novel of psychological suspense set in 1956 in Tangier, where two college friends reconnect after the husband of one is transferred for his job, and flashbacks reveal that a tragedy that occurred during their college days may be playing out yet again after one of the women begins a dalliance with the other’s husband.
Matthews, Jason. The Kremlin Candidate (SS, 26.99) Feb. In the final novel of the Red Sparrow trilogy, Russian counterintelligence agent Dominika Egorova and her CIA-agent lover discover a plot on the part of Putin to place a Russian mole in a high-level position in the CIA and must unmask the traitor before he can uncover Dominika’s spying for the U.S.
McCall Smith, Alexander. My Italian Bulldozer (RH, 16.00) Mar. A food writer whose girlfriend recently left him goes to Tuscany to finish his latest book amid good wine and truffled pasta, but he is plagued by a series of misadventures beginning with being stranded at the airport.
MacKenzie, Jassy. Bad Seeds (Soho, 15.95) Mar. Johannesburg PI Jade de Jong is hired to find a missing security official after a break-in at a nuclear energy facility.
Nykanen, Harri. Holy Ceremony (Bitter Lemon, 14.95) Mar. When a young woman’s body scrawled with religious texts is found in a Helsinki apartment, Ariel Kafka of the Violent Crime Unit discovers that the woman’s body was stolen from the city morgue.
Ould, Chris. The Fire Pit (RH, 14.95) Feb. When the skeleton of a young woman is found in the Faroe Islands, the Norwegian police detective suspects that it is the body of a woman reported missing forty years before, and when British DI Jan Reyna investigates the suicide of his mother, he realizes that the cases are linked.
Rydell, Anders. The Book Thieves (Png, 17.00) Feb. While the Nazis delighted in burning books, they also stole them, creating libraries filled with books confiscated from Jews and other Holocaust victims, and the author tracks down a number of books that ended up in the Berlin public library system, where he and a group of committed librarians are uniting the books with the families who lost so much during the Reich.
Santiago, Mikel. The Last Night at Tremore Beach (SS, 16.00) Feb. A debut novel of psychological suspense by a Spanish writer about a composer who goes on holiday on an Irish beach, but who, after being struck by lightning during a storm suffers from bizarre nightmares, which may be a warning of horror yet to come.
Schilperoord, Inge. Tench (RH, 17.99) Feb. A deeply-unsettling debut crime novel set in the Netherlands, featuring an ex-con who becomes obsessed with a young neighborhood girl—but he wants this time to be different…
Schlink, Bernard. The Woman on the Stairs (RH, 16.95) Feb. A young lawyer becomes involved in the strange case of a husband who is deliberately marring the painting he commissioned an artist to paint of his wife, and when he sees the painting in a museum years later, he locates the wife and comes to terms with his feelings for her in a German bestseller.
Sigurdardottir, Yrsa. The Legacy (STM, 25.99) Feb. A powerful tale of revenge as grim as an Icelandic saga, the murder of a young housewife is being investigated by a rookie police detective and a psychologist who try to gather clues from the woman’s daughter who was hiding under the bed.
Simenon, Georges. Maigret and the Minister (Png, 13.00) and Maigret Sets a Trap (Png, 13.00) will be reissued in March. Maigret and the Dead Girl (Png, 13.00) will be coming in February.
Smith, Martin Cruz. Gorky Park (SS, 16.00) Feb. A reissue of the first in the Moscow-based Arkady Renko series.
Togawa, Masako. The Master Key (RH, 13.95) Mar. The prize-winning debut mystery by Japan’s bestselling mystery writer published in 1962 is a novel set in an apartment building for unmarried ladies where the possible removal of the building causes certain residents to fear the discovery of a child’s body hidden years before.
Wagner, David P. A Funeral in Mantova (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp ) Mar. Rick Montoya is called in to help a wealthy American businessman who goes to a funeral of a relative he discovers has been murdered.
Wilson, Sam. Zodiac (Peg, 15.95) Feb. An off-beat crime novel set in a corrupt African dystopia where people are separated by the zodiac sign, where a police detective and an astrological profiler investigate the murders of people of different signs.
Winkler, Mark. My Name is Nathan Lucius (Soho, 26.95) Feb. A disaffected ad salesman for a Cape Town newspaper is asked for help by his friend who is diagnosed with cancer and wants to die, but this request sets off a shocking string of events in an intense noir debut.
Yokoyama, Hideo. Six Four (FSG, 18.00) Feb. A police procedural set in 2003 featuring a police detective who has been transferred from criminal investigations to media relations in one of Japan’s prefectures, where an unsolved kidnapping and murder of a young child leads to confrontations between reporters and police.
New and Forthcoming in Historical Mysteries
Alexander, V.S. The Taster (Ken, 15.00) Feb. A young woman from Bavaria is given the job of being one of the tasters at the Berghof, Hitler’s mountain retreat, to make sure his food is not poisoned, but her misgivings about the Reich grow and she finds herself involved in a plot against the Nazis together with a disaffected SS officer.
Allen, Amanda. Santa Fe Mourning (Per, 26.99) Mar. In a debut mystery set in 1922, a wealthy New York artist and war-widow moves to Santa Fe, turning sleuth when her housekeeper’s body is found and his teenaged son is accused of murder.
Anderson, Kent. Green Sun (Mull, 27.00) Feb. In a police procedural set in 1983, a former English teacher returns to police work in Oakland, CA, where he tries to work as an “armed social worker” in a community filled with violence where the local drug lord has become a kind of folk hero.
Arlen, Tessa. Death of an Unsung Hero (STM, 25.99) Mar. In the fourth of this series set in early twentieth-century England, Clementine Talbot opens the family country house in 1916 for soldiers suffering from mental wounds, known at the time as “shell shock,” and when one of the patients is murdered, she must solve the case quickly so that other patients do not suffer additional stress.
Bowen, Rhys. The Tuscan Child (Ama, 14.95) Feb. A standalone novel of suspense that takes place in Italy during WWII and in the early 1960s featuring a young woman whose father recently died, and who comes across some documents in his effects that send her to Italy to investigate what happened while he was there. Highly recommended.
Brody, Frances. Death in the Stars (STM, 25.99) Feb. A music hall chanteuse invites Kate to view the upcoming total solar eclipse, and after a friend is attacked and dies, convinces her to investigate because he is the third of her music-hall friends to die suspiciously, and she fears that her WWI veteran husband may be involved.
Casey, Donis. Forty Dead Men (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Feb. Alafair Tucker is worried about her son who has returned from WWI a changed man, so when he volunteers to help a young woman search for her missing veteran husband in Oklahoma, she agrees to help. Signing.
Downing, David. Lenin’s Roller Coaster (Soho, 15.95) Mar. British spy Jack McColl is sent on a sabotage mission in Central Asia in 1917 to thwart growing German influence in the area, while his lover, an Irish-American radical journalist is in Moscow to cover the Russian Revolution. A brilliant combination of thoughtfulness about complex historical issues and rip-roaring suspense.
Faye, Lyndsay. The Whole Art of Detection (Per, 17.00) Mar. A collection of fifteen short stories featuring Holmes and Watson.
Finch, Charles. The Woman in the Water (STM, 25.99) Feb. In a prequel to the Charles Lennox series, Lennox recounts his first serious enquiry when he investigated the death of a woman after having read an anonymous letter in the newspaper by someone boating of having committed the perfect crime.
Gaind, Arjun Raj. Death at the Durbar (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Mar. In the second in the series set in India in 1911, Maharaja Sikander Singh uses the methods of Sherlock Holmes to solve a murder with serious political implications.
Grant, Richard. Cave Dwellers (Knopf, 17.00) Mar. A conspiracy in late 1937 to bring down the Nazi regime backed by a number of German aristocrats finds a young man recruited to go to Washington on a perilous mission, a mission that leaves him stranded in the U.S. and forced to sneak back into Germany. I loved this.
Harmel, Kristin. The Room on Rue Amélie (SS, 26.00) Mar. An American woman whose marriage to a Frenchman falls apart during the Nazi occupation of Paris, an RAF fighter pilot, and a young Jewish girl come together in Paris and join forces to resist the Nazis. For fans of The Lilac Girls and The Nightingale.
Harris, C.S. Where the Dead Lie (Png, 16.00) Mar. When a street urchin is found tortured and murdered, St. Cyr vows to find the culprit in a case that takes him from the brothels of London to the upper levels of society in the latest in this Regency series.
Huber, Anna Lee. A Brush with Shadows (Brk, 16.00) Mar. After receiving an urgent letter from his grandfather, Gage is persuaded by Kiera to return to Langstone Manor where his cousin has disappeared on the moors, and while there, his brother also disappears, forcing him to confront his family’s dark secrets.
Inbinder, Gary. The Man upon the Stair (Peg, 25.95) Feb. Chief Inspector Achille Lefebvre must find a missing millionaire with ties to Russian spies in a case that involves murder, robbery, and state secrets in fin-de-siècle Paris.
Kanon, Joseph. Defectors (SS, 17.00) Feb. An American CIA agent working for the Soviets after WWII defects to Moscow when his cover is blown in an espionage novel rich in period detail and moral ambiguity. Kanon is great.
Katsu, Alma. The Hunger (Png, 27.00) Mar. A novel about the tragic history of the Donner Party reimagined with a supernatural twist.
Kerr, Philip. Prussian Blue (Put, 16.00) Mar. When the head of the Stasi with a former Kripo agent appears in Cap Ferrat in 1956 to recruit him to kill an agent in London, Bernie Gunther goes on the run back to Germany and remembers the first time he met the men, in 1939 during a murder investigation among the Nazi elite in Obersalzberg. Highly recommended.
Koelb, Tadzio. Trenton Makes (BDD, 25.00) Mar. A debut suspense novel of identity and secrets about a woman who kills her husband shortly after he returns from WWII and assumes his identity, spending the next 25 years living as a man until changing times make it harder to handle the pressure of his ruse.
Lawhon, Ariel. I Was Anastasia (BDD, 26.95) Mar. A novel with a dual narrative about Anastasia Romanov, supposedly murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918 along with the rest of the Russian imperial family and Ana Anderson, a woman who appeared in Berlin in 1920 claiming to be Anastasia.
Lynch, Christine. The Italian Party (STM, 25.99) Mar. A perceptive debut set in Italy in 1956 where a young American couple has recently moved, but their lives are filled with secrets, including the fact that the husband is not the manager of a tractor company, but a CIA agent who has come to Italy in part to be with his lover from Yale, and while he engages in espionage activities, she tries to find a missing local teenager.
Macallister, Greer. Girl in Disguise (Source, 15.99) Mar. A debut novel set in 1856, featuring a widow who becomes the first female Pinkerton operative, and who must use all her skills in dissimulation to protect President Lincoln from a Southern assassination plot.
McAlpine, Gordon. Holmes Entangled (RH, 13.95) Mar. A metafiction pastiche that begins when Jorge Luis Borges discovers a manuscript written in 1928 by Sherlock Holmes who claims to have disguised himself and worked as a lecturer in various subjects at Oxford and Cambridge, until now he has been discovered by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Miller, Scott. Agent 110 (SS, 17.00) Mar. The true story of Allan Dulles, chief OSS spymaster, who tried to organize a network of German officers during WWII to assassinate Hitler, but the plan went awry and the officers were hunted down by the Gestapo.
Patrick, Renee. Dangerous to Know (Forge, 16.99) Mar. In the second in this series set in 1930s Hollywood, Edith Head is asked to find a missing pianist for Marlene Dietrich. The joy of this series is that even the most outlandish incidents featuring real-life celebrities of the time are true.
Penrose, Andrea. Murder on Black Swan Lane (Ken, 15.00) Mar. In the first of a new Regency series, an aristocrat joins forces with a mysterious lady to investigate the murder of a clergyman who may have been dabbling in questionable scientific practices.
Powell, Laura. The Unforgotten (SS, 25.99) Feb. A historical mystery that begins in Cornwall in 1956 where a string of murders brings a group of London journalists to a small village where the daughter of an innkeeper becomes involved with one of them, leading to a secret that shapes their lives into the future. Highly recommended.
Purcell, Laura. The Silent Companions (Png, 16.00) Mar. When a newly-widowed woman arrives at her husband’s crumbling estate to wait out her pregnancy, she finds no welcome from the servants or the villagers, but notices a painted wooden figure that bears an uncanny resemblance to her in a spooky Victorian ghost story.
Royal, Priscilla. Wild Justice (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Feb. In 1282, Eleanor, the prioress of Tyndal Prior is asked by her brother to deliver a letter to the prioress of another priory, but when she arrives she finds the woman imprisoned having been accused of murder.
Saylor, Steven. The Throne of Caesar (STM, 27.99) Feb. Even though the reader knows the who and why of the murder, the latest Roman mystery featuring Gordianus the Finder set just days before the Ides of March remains suspenseful to the end as Gordianus agrees to help Cicero and Caesar investigate the truth of a soothsayer’s prophecy of doom.
Sheridan, Sara. London Calling (Ken, 15.95) Feb. When a London socialite disappears after visiting a Soho night club with a jazz musician in 1952, the musician hires Brighton PI Mirabelle Bevan to investigate after he is arrested, and she and her associate must use all her skills from the Secret Service to navigate the London club scene. I loved this.
Simpson, Rosemary. Lies that Comfort and Betray (Ken, 26.00) Feb. When her childhood friend is found murdered, New York heiress Prudence Mackenzie and her business partner vow to find a murderer who has the same MO as Jack the Ripper in the second in this series set in Gilded Age New York.
Smith, Brad. The Return of Kid Cooper (Per, 24.99) Feb. A Montana cowboy who has spent the last thirty years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit is released in 1910 to a changed world—but some things haven’t changed, including the way the government is betraying the treaties made with the Blackfoot tribe, so with the help of the woman he used to love and a young newspaper reporter, he tries to make some things right. I love Brad Smith.
Smith, Michael. No Man Dies Twice (Per, 14.99) Mar. An anti-Nazi policeman in the Bavarian town of Rosenheim during WWII investigates the suspicious strangling death of a man that appears to involve a high-ranking Gestapo official in a debut historical mystery.
Smith, Roger Arthur. Echoes (Per, 17.95) Feb. A truly creepy supernatural debut set in a small town in Nevada in 1960, where a disfigured young boy appears hunting for a murderer who has managed to commit a string of crimes undetected.
Spencer, Sally. Dry Bones (SH, 28.99) Feb. In the second in this series set in Oxford in the 1970s, PI Jennie Redhead is asked to investigate when two bodies are found walled-up in an air vent of an Oxford college, and the bursar wants to discover their identities before he goes to the police.
Swanson, Cynthia. The Glass Forest (SS, 25.99) Feb. In 1960 a woman and her family journey to upstate New York when her husband’s brother is found dead and his wife missing in a story that spans twenty years of lies, secrets, and betrayals, beginning during WWII, told from the point of view of three very different women. Highly recommended.
Tallis, F. R. The Mephisto Waltz (Peg, 25.95) Feb. Dr. Max Liebermann is called in when an unidentified man is found dead in an abandoned piano factory outside of the city in a case that is centered on the world of political activism in fin-de-siècle Vienna.
Thompson, Victoria. Murder on Union Square (Brk, 26.00) Mar. When Frank is arrested for the murder of an actor who is the biological father of their adopted child, Sarah must find the real killer before he is convicted in the latest in this series set in late nineteenth-century New York.
Todd, Charles. The Gate Keeper (HC, 26.99) Feb. While driving in Suffolk, DI Ian Rutledge comes upon a woman with bloodstained hands standing over a dead man, and discovers that the man is a local bookseller shot by a man who stepped into the road and then ran away.
Van Alkemade, Kim. Bachelor Girl (SS, 16.00) Mar. A novel set in the Jazz Age featuring a young actress who becomes the protégé of the millionaire owner of the New York Yankees baseball team only to find herself his heir when he dies in a novel of secrets and lies based on a true story.
Vidich, Paul. The Good Assassin (SS, 16.00) Mar. A noir espionage novel set in Cuba in 1958 as foreign powers attempt to influence the outcome of a revolution in the island nation.
Welsh, Kaite. The Wages of Sin (Peg, 15.95) Mar. In a debut late Victorian mystery, a young woman moves to Edinburgh after she is sexually assaulted by a family acquaintance to study medicine, and when a pregnant prostitute she has seen at a clinic is later found dead, she investigates.
Werner, Ursula. The Good at Heart (SS, 16.00) Feb. A German family relocates to a small village on the Swiss border during WWII, while the father works in Hitler’s cabinet, but his daughter works helping a Protestant minister smuggle Jews out of the country in a timely novel about the conflict between morality and patriotism.
Wilson, Andrew. A Different Kind of Evil (SS, 26.00 hc, 16.00 tp) Mar. Agatha Christie returns to solve the murder of a British agent in the Canary Islands in the second in the series with style that matches that of the grande dame of mystery.
Winspear, Jacqueline. In this Grave Hour (HC, 15.99) Feb. In 1939 when war is declared against Germany, the Secret Service tasks Maisie Dobbs with finding the killer of a man who escaped from Belgium during the Great War.
_____. To Die but Once (HC, 27.99) Mar. Maisie Dobbs is asked in 1940 to look into the death of a 15-year-old apprentice painter who worked for a company hired by the British government to paint RAF facilities with a new fire-retardant.
Of Special Interest
I have marked the mystery writers with new books for the Tucson Festival of Books in March and I will post the signing schedule of the writers appearing at the Clues Unlimited booth at TFOB in mid-February on the website. I will also have printed schedules in the store. We hope to see you there.
Chris and Bosco