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Albert, Susan Wittig. Blood Orange (Brk, 27.00) Apr. China Bayles tries to help a nurse who is convinced that there is a murderer at the hospital where she works.
Allan, Barbara. Antiques Fate (Ken, 25.00) May. Brandy’s theatrical mother has agreed to play selected scenes from Macbeth in the neighboring town of Old York, but when she arrives, along with their sleuthing Shih Tzu, the theater manager is dead and another murder soon follows in the latest in this comic series.
Andrews, Mary Kay. The Weekenders (STM, 27.99) May. When a woman is served foreclosure papers while awaiting her husband’s arrival to Belle Isle and their weekend cottage, she realizes that there’s a lot about their marriage that she doesn’t know, and when he doesn’t arrive, she knows how little she knows him.
Angus, Chris. Misery Bay (Per, 24.99) May. A policeman on the verge of retirement is sent to his old hometown, fishing village off the coast of Nova Scotia, but soon he is battling drug smugglers and human traffickers, in particular the CEO of an oil rig who has developed a sideline business in forced prostitution.
Armstrong, Kelley. City of the Lost (STM, 25.99) May. In a debut thriller, a homicide detective haunted by a violent crime she committed goes to a town in the wilds of the Yukon Territory, a place of refuge for the townspeople, where she finds herself helping the local police chief investigate a series of gruesome murders. Highly recommended.
Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure (Vik, 26.00) May. Lori Shepherd finds a gold bracelet that had belonged to her Aunt Dimity, sending her to London to find a man with whom Aunt Dimity had a relationship in the years following WWII.
Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn (Put, 27.00) May. Spenser is asked to investigate when a blaze at a Catholic church claims the lives of three firefighters.
Axelrod, Steven. Nantucket Grand (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) May. Henry Kennis investigates when blackmail and arson escalate to murder and no one, not even the tourists, is safe.
Baldacci, David. The Last Mile (GC, 29.00) Apr. Amos Decker, a former football player with an almost perfect memory is asked to join an FBI unit that deals with cold cases, and the first case involves the possible exoneration of a former college football player convicted of murdering his family.
Barr, Nevada. Boar Island (STM, 26.99) May. Anna Pigeon on duty in Maine’s Acadia National Park is joined by friends, including her teenaged goddaughter who is being targeted by a vicious cyberstalker, but soon she becomes involved in a murder investigation.
Begley, Ed. Kill and Be Killed (DD, 25.95) Apr. A former Marine must confront the villainous Texas billionaire who murdered his ex-girlfriend and is now going after him to find the damning evidence against him that his former girlfriend had discovered.
Berry, Steve. The Fourteenth Colony (STM, 27.99) Apr. Cotton Malone is sent to Russia on what should be a routine mission, but he discovers missing nukes and must race against the clock to avert disaster.
Bevery, Bill. Dodgers (RH, 26.00) Apr. A young gang member from South L.A. journeys across country to kill a key witness in an upcoming trial, but his experiences on the road change him irrevocably.
Black, Lisa. That Darkness (Ken, 25.00) May. A civilian criminologist for the Cleveland PD investigates when four men are killed, all with criminal records for murder, rape, and human trafficking, leading her to believe that the killer was in law enforcement.
Brennan, Allison. Poisonous (STM, 25.99) Apr. When the host of a criminal justice TV show and her producer visit a California town to see if the cold-case murder of a teenaged Internet bully merits coverage, they are helped by the local detective who has a long suspect list, but little hard evidence.
Brett, Simon. The Killing in the Café (SH, 28.95) Mar. When she sees a body in her café in Fethering, the waitress thinks she is hallucinating, but soon a body washes up on the beach, and Jude and Carole must find a killer.
Brown, Rita Me. Tall Tail (Ban, 27.00) May. When she is nearly run off the road by a car, Harry finds the driver dead behind the wheel, and further investigation reveals that she was the nurse for an elderly, ailing former Virginia governor.
Casey, Jane. After the Fire (STM, 25.99) May. DC Maeve Kerrigan investigates when the body of a far-right, immigrant-hating politician is found in the aftermath of a fire raging through a building in a rundown area of North London.
Cavenagh, Steve. The Defense (STM, 25.99) May. A con-man turned attorney walks away from his law career only to return when the head of the Russian Mob in New York kidnaps his daughter to force him to defend him during his trial. I really liked this legal-thriller debut.
Charles, Christopher. The Exiled (LB, 26.00) Apr. A former drug-addicted NYPD narcotics detective moves to rural New Mexico where he becomes a homicide detective, and his investigation into a case of multiple murders leads him to his own past and the case that sent him into exile.
Charles, Paul. St Ernan’s Blues (Duf, 29.00) Mar. When a priest is killed at a home for exiled priests on an island off Ireland’s Donegal coast, DI Starrett investigates and finds that holy men can get up to all kinds of unholy mischief.
Crawford. Susan. The Other Widow (HC, 26.99) Apr. When her lover is killed during a traffic accident in which she was a passenger, a married woman flees the scene, but an insurance investigator is on her trail.
Cronin, Justin. The City of Mirrors (Ball, 28.00) May. In the conclusion to this apocalyptic trilogy, the human citizens of a small Texas town are just beginning to feel safe when pets and people begin disappearing—the victims of the virals. It’s best to start with the first, The Passage (Ball, 16.00).
Daheim, Mary. Here Comes the Bribe (HC, 23.99) Apr. When a man checks in to the Inn, searching for his long-lost mother, Judith is shocked to learn that he believes her to be his mother and wants the inn as compensation for her having abandoned him as a baby, but her problems only escalate when the dead body of a guest is found in the backyard.
DeCure, John. He Said, She Said (Per, 24.99) May. A disgraced state prosecutor is assigned the case of a popular television psychiatrist accused of sexually abusing a female patient, but once she begins investigating, she is determined not to let the case settle quietly.
Delaney, Kathleen. Curtains for Miss Plym (SH, 28.95) Apr. Retired schoolteacher Mary McGill and her cocker spaniel Millie discover the body of a wealthy woman while sorting items for a rummage sale, and when they investigate, they discover unpleasant relatives and talk of missing money in this second in this charming cozy series.
Dennison, Hannah. A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall (STM, 24.99) May. Antiques expert Kate Stanford and her mother find the remains of a woman last seen alive in 1958 at the Honeychurch midsummer ball in the latest in this funny cozy series.
DePoy, Phillip. Cold Florida (SH, 28.95) Apr. In the first of a new series, an investigator for Child Protective Services tracks down a mother and her new-born through the Florida swamps after she flees the hospital, and must deal with less-than-helpful members of the Seminole tribe.
Dufresne, John. I Don’t Like Where This Is Going (Nor, 25.95) Apr. Psychotherapist and amateur detective Wylie Melville goes to Las Vegas with a friend, but the death of a woman in their hotel sends him investigating, since the local police are content to cover up the crime. I really liked the first in this series.
Duncan, Elizabeth J. Murder on the Hour (STM, 25.99) Apr. The owner of a spa in a small Welsh town ends up helping the local policeman—and her former beau—when the owner of a rare antique quilt is found dead in a cozy village mystery.
Edwards, Yvvette. The Mother (HC, 21.99) May. A woman struggles to find real justice and closure during the trial of the suspect in her teenaged son’s murder.
Farrow, John. Seven Days Dead (STM, 25.99) May. Vacationing on the Isle of Grand Manan in the Bay of Fundy, Montreal police detective Émile Cinq-Mars becomes involved in the investigation of the death of an island patriarch and the murder of the priest who heard his last confession.
Fletcher, Jessica and Donald Bain. Murder She Wrote: Design for Murder (NAL, 25.00) Apr. In New York for Fashion Week, Jessica investigates when two models are found murdered.
Fromm, Dave. The Duration (Tyrus, 24.99) May. A newly single Boston lawyer returns to his small Massachusetts hometown where his childhood pal is obsessed with finding the rhino horn that he is convinced is on the property of a large estate that has become a high-end spa.
Ginsburg, Melissa. Sunset City (HC, 25.99) Apr. A Houston barista investigates when her best friend is murdered, and discovers that the friend was working for a pornographic website.
Goldenbaum, Sally. Murder at Lambswool Farm (NAL, 25.00) May. At a special six-course dinner host by Lambswool Farm, one of the guests is found murdered, so the Seaside Knitters must unravel the clues to find a killer.
Griffin, H. Terrell. Mortal Dilemma (Oceanview, 27.95) Apr. Matt Royal must protect both his lover and his best friend when a group of terrorists come after them in the Florida Keys.
Griffiths, Elly. The Woman in Blue (HMH, 25.00) May. Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson investigate after a vision of Virgin Mary and threats against the local Anglican priest escalate into a series of murders in the quaint medieval town of Little Walsingham.
Gutcheon, Beth. Death at Breakfast (HC, 25.99) May. In this first in a witty new mystery series, a retired headmistress of a private school and her friend, a society matron, investigate the murder of a boorish Hollywood one-percenter at a resort in Maine.
Haines, Carolyn. Rock-a-Bye Bones (STM, 25.99) May. When a newborn baby girl is left on Sarah Booth’s doorstep, she searches for the mother, only to have the search turn into a murder investigation.
Hall, Rachel Howzell. Trail of Echoes (STM, 25.99) May. LAPD homicide detective Chanita Lords investigates the murder of a 13-year-old girl, and while suspicion falls immediately on a sex offender, they discover other motives.
Hallinan, Timothy. King Maybe (Soho, 25.95) Apr. Los Angeles burglar Junior Bender is hired to break in to the mansion of a powerful Hollywood producer, but things do not go well and he soon finds himself set up to take the fall for murder. I loved this.
Hamilton, Steve. The Second Life of Nick Mason (Put, 26.00) May. In the first of a new series, an ex-con makes a deal with a fellow inmate, a Chicago crime boss that springs him from prison and into the role of the boss’s chief enforcer. I loved this. Signing.
Hand, Elizabeth. Hard Light (STM, 25.99) Apr. Photographer Cass Neary escapes from a reunion in Iceland with a long-ago boyfriend, and discovers the body of a former punk singer in a squalid London flat, leading her to a Cornwall farmhouse filled with those connected to the 1970s punk scene.
Hannah, Sophie. A Game for all the Family (HC, 26.99) May. A woman who moves with her husband and teenaged daughter to the Devon countryside worries when her daughter begins writing a grisly mystery story for school and discovers links to a mysterious local family.
Harris, Charlaine. Night Shift (Brk, 28.00) May. When an epidemic of suicides roils Midnight, Texas, the vampire Lemuel joins with the other citizens to discover the cause—before someone outside the town takes notice.
Hart, John. Redemption Road (STM, 27.99) May. A North Carolina police detective faces the prospect of criminal charges after she guns down two men abusing a young woman in a stellar crime novel with a complex protagonist.
Havill, Steven F. Come Dark (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Apr. Posadas County undersheriff Estelle Reye-Guzman is faced with three cases: the disappearance of a woman who left her baby and dog in a sweltering car, a case of vandalism, and the murder of a high school volleyball coach in the latest in this charming New Mexico series.
Hawley, Noah. Before the Fall (LB, 26.00) May. A suspenseful mystery about what happens when a corporate jet crashes into the ocean on a night flight from Martha’s Vineyard to New York, leaving only two survivors—an artist and a four-year-old boy. I couldn’t put this down.
Heley, Veronica. False Wall (SH, 28.95) Apr. Someone is out to get London PI Bea Abbot after a fire in her home leaves her homeless and without an income, so she turns to her friends to help discover who and why.
Helton, Peter. Soft Summer Blood (SH, 28.95) Apr. Bristol DI Liam McLusky must solve the murder of an elderly man while his team must search for the missing daughter of an Italian official.
Hill, Bonnie Hearn. Goodbye Forever (SH, 28.95) May. When she discovers that her husband’s niece has gone missing, crime blogger and talk show host Kit Doyle goes undercover posing as a teenaged runaway.
Hilton, L.S. Maestra (Put, 26.95) Apr. A terrific first in a trilogy featuring an intelligent and totally amoral woman who uses her beauty and her training in art history—as well as a talent for murder--to maintain her position in the beau monde of the Riviera filled with billionaires and infinite possibilities. I loved this.
Housewright, David. Stealing the Countess (STM, 25.99) May. Unlicensed PI Rush McKenzie is hired to find a fabulously valuable antique violin when the foundation that owns it refuses to negotiate with the thieves.
Howard, Linda. Troublemaker (HC, 26.99) May. The part-time police chief of a small Virginia mountain town has her hands full when a paramilitary operative is sent to hide out from assassins in her town, and she must protect him at the risk of her own life.
Hurley, Andrew Michael. The Loney (HMH, 25.00) May. When the remains of a child are found on a lonely stretch of Lancashire coastline, a man must confront his past and the time he spent in the area as a child.
James, Bill. First Fix your Alibi (SH, 28.95) Apr. Harpur and Iles try to keep the détente between drug lords from fracturing, not knowing that the two have come together to negotiate a risk-free strategy to get revenge based on Strangers on a Train.
Johansen, Iris. Hide Away (STM, 27.99) Apr. Eve Duncan agrees to protect the daughter of a drug gang leader when she is threatened by a rival gang leader, so they go to the Scottish Highlands to work on a treasure hunt, but soon the drug leader is on their trail.
Johnson, Craig. The Highwayman (Vik, 20.00) May. A novella featuring Sheriff Longmire and Henry Standing Bear who investigate when a highway patrolman begins receiving distress calls from a famous Arapaho policeman who was killed in a fiery crash almost half a century ago.
Johnson, Lee Clay. Nitro Mountain (RH, 25.00) May. A debut set in a mine-ravaged area of Virginia where a group of damaged people are bound together by alcohol, petty crime, and country music. Highly recommended.
Kaehler, Tammy. Red Flags (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Apr. Race car driver Kate Reilly is asked to identify the body of her contemptable cousin while she is in California hired to coach a Hollywood movie star participating in a celebrity race.
Karst, Leslie. Dying for a Taste (Per, 25.99) Apr. In this debut cozy, an attorney takes over the family restaurant after her aunt is stabbed to death, and decides to investigate, learning some surprising family secrets along the way.
Kubica, Mary. Don’t You Cry (Mira, 26.99) May. A novel of psychological suspense with two alternating narrators: a young Chicago woman whose roommate has disappeared and a young man staying home to care for his alcoholic father who’s met a peculiar young woman, and soon the dual accounts start to merge.
Lehane, Con. Murder at the 42nd Street Library (STM, 25.99) Apr. In the first of a new series a crime fiction librarian investigates the murder of a researcher in the New York Public Library, which leads him to an aging and alcoholic mystery writer.
Leonard, Peter. Unknown Remains (Per, 25.00) May. After her stockbroker husband is presumed dead in the attack of 9/11, a woman discovers that he was in debt to the mob for $750,000, a debt that the enforcers are ready to collect from her. I liked this.
Leotta, Allison. The Last Good Girl (SS, 25.00) May. Attorney Anna Curtis becomes involved in the case of a missing college student while visiting her sister in Michigan, and discovers that the primary suspect is another student with a powerful father accused of raping her.
Lippman, Laura. Wilde Lake (HC, 26.99) May. The newly elected state’s attorney of Maryland’s Howard County moves home to Columbia, and when she takes on her first murder case, she finds that it is tied to a shocking act of violence that affected her family years before in a powerful standalone.
Lister, Michael. Blood Cries (Pulp, 26.99) May. Set in 1986 while John Jordan is a student at theological college in Atlanta, this mystery deals with the Atlanta child murders and offers a possible solution to the actual crimes.
MacDonald, Patricia. Don’t Believe a Word (SH, 28.95) May. When a NYC book editor learns that her mother has died in a suspected suicide, she becomes convinced that her stepfather was responsible for the deaths.
Mackay, Malcolm. The Night the Rich Men Burned (Mull, 26.00) May. A gritty crime thriller set in Glasgow, where two childhood friends maneuver their way through the criminal underworld, fighting against the old guard and struggling to survive.
Mackintosh, Clare. I Let You Go (Brk, 25.95) May. When her son is killed in a hit-and-run on a Bristol street, his artist mother moves to an isolated Welsh village, while two Bristol detectives continue to investigate the case.
Martini, Steve. Blood Flag (HC, 27.99) May. Attorney Paul Madriani takes on the case of a woman suspecting of euthanizing her elderly father, but her father’s death appears to be linked to his military service years before.
McBride, Stuart. In the Cold Dark Ground (HC, 25.99) Apr. DS Logan MacRae has a new superintendent from Aberdeen who threatens to make his life miserable when a missing persons case becomes a murder case.
McElwain, Julie. A Murder in Time (Peg, 25.95) Apr. An FBI special agent tracking a major terrorist is somehow transported to England in 1815, where her insights into serial killers prove useful in a debut genre-bending mystery.
McGoran, John. Dust Up (STM, 27.99) Apr. The murder of a biotech company employee sends a Philadelphia homicide detective to Haiti where the company is testing a new GMO.
McKevett, G.A. Killer Reunion (Kens, 25.00) Apr. PI Savannah Reid goes to Georgia to attend her high school reunion, but when the class mean girl—who has become a mean woman—is killed, Savannah becomes the chief suspect.
McPherson, Catriona. Quiet Neighbors (MidInk, 24.99) Apr. A small-town Scottish bookstore becomes a haven for a London librarian running from personal problems and a pregnant teenager who claims that the bookstore owner is her father, but the librarian soon discovers that there are dark, murderous secrets in the town.
Miller, Carol. An Old-Fashioned Murder (STM, 25.99) May. In the third in this series set in southwestern Virginia, a freak blizzard strands a group of people at an inn, where what appears to be an accidental death is just the first in a series of murders.
Mizner, Adam. The Girl from Home (SS, 26.00) Apr. A disgraced Manhattan hedge-fund manager returns to his New Jersey hometown to care for his aging father where he reconnects with his high-school girlfriend, who is now the wife of an abusive man who’d be better off dead.
Moody, Susan. Quick and Dead (SH, 28.95) May. A former DI turns amateur sleuth when an art historian friend suspected of murder goes missing in a debut set in Canterbury.
Myers, Tamar. Tea with Jam and Dread (SH, 28.95) May. In an attempt to upgrade the image of Magdalena”s PennDutch Inn, her friend persuades a titled English family to visit, but the discovery of a body on the premises does lower the tone.
North, Claire. The Sudden Appearance of Hope (GC, 27.00) May. A novel of psychological suspense about a young woman whose quest for identity leads her to commit crimes that no one links to her.
Oates, Joyce Carol. The Doll-Master and other Tales of Terror (Per, 24.00) May. A devil’s half-dozen of dread and suspense.
Page, Katherine Hall. The Body in the Wardrobe (HC, 25.99) Apr. Faith flies to Savannah, GA to help a newly married friend who finds her new husband’s ancestral home far from welcoming, especially after she stumbles over a body that promptly vanishes.
Palmer, Michael and Daniel Palmer. Mercy (STM, 27.99) May. When her fiancé is left a quadriplegic after an accident, a Boston doctor must deal with his desire to die, but he suddenly does die, and she investigates strange happenings at the hospital.
Patterson, James and Maxine Paetro. Fifteenth Affair (GC, 30.00) May. Lindsay Boxer must turn to the Women’s Murder Club when her husband disappears after a beautiful blonde with links to the CIA also goes missing.
Preston, Douglas and Lincoln Child. Beyond the Ice Limit (LB, 27.00) May. Gideon Crewe is called in when a gigantic meteorite on an island off the coast of South America turns out to be a living organism from outer space that threatens to destroy the world.
Pronzini, Bill. Zigzag (STM, 24.99) May. Two novellas and two short stories featuring the Nameless Detective, set in the San Francisco Bay area.
Riggs, Cynthia. Bloodroot (STM, 25.99) May. When a wealthy woman is poisoned with arsenic while she’s at the dentist, 92-year-old deputy Victoria Trumbull is put in charge of the investigation in the latest in this cozy series set on Martha’s Vineyard.
Robotham, Michael. Close Your Eyes (LB, 26.00) Apr. British psychologist Joe O’Loughlin is asked by the police to investigate the gruesome murder of a mother and daughter in the West Country home, but the intrusion of a former graduate student complicates the case.
Ross, Ann B. Miss Julia Inherits a Mess (Vik, 26.95) Apr. When an elderly widow learns that she has been named executor of the will of a woman she barely knew, she must turn to Miss Julia for help after a man turns up claiming to be a relative of the dead woman.
Rudolph, Michael. Noble Chase (Ball, 26.00) Apr. When an attorney discovers that her client has stolen $70 million before apparently dying in a yachting accident in the Caribbean, she investigates with the help of her stepfather in a debut mystery.
Russo, Richard. Everybody’s Fool (RH, 27.95) May. When a man discovers that he has less than a year left to live, he finds that he must reevaluate his life, his relationships with his family, and his relationships with the people in the small town where he lives.
Salvaggio, Karin. Walleye Junction (STM, 25.99) May. Homicide detective Macy Greeley heads to remote Walleye Junction, Montana to investigate the murder of a controversial radio host, in a murder that may be connected to the rise of local militias. For fans of C.J. Box.
Sandford, John. Extreme Prey (Put, 29.00) Apr. Lucas Davenport accompanies the governor on the campaign trail, but soon is hunting an armed man intent on killing the governor—or anyone who stands in his way.
Scottoline, Lisa. Most Wanted (STM, 27.99) Apr. When she becomes convinced that the sperm donor who is the biological father of her child is a notorious serial murderer, a woman begins her own investigation.
Simon, Clea. The Ninth Life (SH, 28.95) Mar. In the first of an edgy new series narrated by a cat rescued from drowning by a homeless teenager, the two investigate when the teenager’s mentor—her only hope of leaving the streets--is murdered.
Smith, Lachlan. Panther’s Prey (Per, 24.00) Apr. San Francisco attorney Leo Maxwell is now working as a public defender, but when a man he gets off on a rape charge is implicated in the death of another attorney, he investigates. Highly recommended.
Tata, A. J. Three Minutes to Midnight (Ken, 25.00) May. A terrorist uses underground fracking as the delivery system for a nuclear attack, and only former Delta Force operative Jake Mahegan can stop those responsible when he discovers that they are the same ones who raped and killed his Native American mother when he was a teenager.
Tesh, Jane. Evil Turns (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) May. PI Madeline Maclin investigates the murder of an unidentified man found with his body covered with satanic symbols that ties in with the murder of a city council member, both connected to a long-ago witches coven.
Viets, Elaine. The Art of Murder (NAL, 25.00) May. When an up-and-coming artist is murdered, Helen goes undercover to canvas the crime scene and interview the sketchy suspects.
Wasserman, Robin. Girls on Fire (HC, 25.99) May. After a small-town high-school basketball star is found dead in the woods, the townspeople must grapple with rumors of Satanic worship in the region, and two rebellious teenaged girls are caught up in the rumors.
Wechsler, Pamela. Mission Hill (STM, 24.99) May. A debut featuring a Boston homicide prosecutor who takes over the trial of a gangbanger after the original prosecutor is murdered execution-style—a gangbanger she blames for the death of her friend years before.
Weissbrod, Burt. Minos (Per, 24.95) May. When a teenaged girl begins drawing mysterious symbols and accidentally sets fire to her room, she is sent to a therapist, who involves the police when it becomes clear that she has information regarding the deaths of teenagers.
Whitehouse, Lucie. Keep You Close (STM, 26.00) May. A woman returns to Oxford when her former friend dies after falling from the roof of her house, and must investigate both her personal and professional relationships to find out what happened.
Whittle, Tina. Reckoning and Ruin (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) Apr. Atlanta gun shop owner Tai Randolph is faced with numerous problems including an anonymous stalker, a boyfriend with traumatic brain injury, and the disappearance of a former boyfriend that may be related to her cousin, the leader of a KKK splinter group.
Woods, Stuart. Family Jewels (Put, 27.95) Apr. Stone Barrington agrees to help a wealthy divorcee redraft her will at her home in the Hamptons, but when he discovers a body with ties to her ex-husband, he becomes embroiled in a mystery involving a priceless object with historical significance.
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Abel, James. Protocol Zero (Brk, 9.99) May.
Albert, Susan Wittig. Bittersweet (Brk, 7.99) Apr.
Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Kickback (Put, 9.99) May.
Barrett, Lorna. A Fatal Chapter (Brk, 7.99) May.
Black, David. Fast Shuffle (STM, 9.99) May.
Brown, Rita Mae. Tail Gait (BDD, 7.99) May.
Brown, Sandra. The Witness (GC, 7.99) Apr.
Carlisle, Kate. Ripped from the Pages (NAL, 7.99) May.
Castillo, Linda. After the Storm (STM, 7.99) May.
Clark, Mary Higgins. The Melody Lingers On (Pkt, 7.99) Apr.
Collins, Max Allan. Quarry (Hardcase, 7.99) Apr. Reprint.
Crawford, Isis. A Catered Mother’s Day (Ken, 7.99) Apr.
Evanovich, Janet and Phoef Sutton. Wicked Charms (BDD, 8.99) Apr.
Finder, Joseph. The Fixer (Dut, 9.99) May.
Fluke, Joanne. Eyes (Ken, 7.99) May.
Haines, Carolyn. Bone to be Wild (STM, 7.99) May.
Harris, Charlaine. Night Shift (Brk, 9.99) Apr.
Harrison, Kim. The Drafter (Pkt, 7.99) Apr.
Hart, Carolyn. Don’t Go Home (Brk, 7.99) May.
Hiebert, Michael. Dream with Little Angels (Ken, 9.99) May.
Lee, Patrick. Signal (STM, 9.99) Apr.
Maron, Margaret. Long Upon the Land (GC, 7.99) Apr.
Palmer, Daniel. Constant Fear (Ken, 9.99) May.
Patterson, James and Maxine Paetro. Confessions: The Paris Mysteries (GC, 7.99) Apr.
Sandford, John. Gathering Prey (Brk, 7.99) Apr.
Silva, Daniel. The English Spy (HC, 9.99) Apr.
Slaughter, Karin. Pretty Girls (HC, 9.99) May.
Stevens, Chevy. Always Watching (STM, 7.99) Apr.
Tanenbaum, Robert. Trap (Pkt, 9.99) May.
Thor, Brad. Code of Conduct (Pkt, 9.99) May.
Unger, Lisa. Crazy Love You (Pkt, 7.99) Apr.
Viets, Elaine. Checked Out (NAL, 7.99) May.
Woods, Stuart. Naked Greed (Put, 9.99) Apr.
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Adams, Ellery. Breach of Crust (Brk, 7.99) Apr. When a high-society Southern lady is found dead during a retreat, Ella Mae doesn’t need magic to tell her that there are a lot of unsavory characters—and a killer.
Archer, Connie. A Clue in the Stew (Brk, 7.99) Apr. When an event for a famous author in her soup shop turns deadly with echoes of the author’s recent book, Lucky must find a killer.
Blake, Heather. Gone with the Witch (NAL, 7.99) May. Darcy agrees to investigate when someone is sabotaging Enchanted Village’s pet contest, but when her chief suspect is found murdered, she must look for another killer.
Bridge, Kathleen. Hearse and Gardens (Brk, 7.99) May. Interior decorator Meg is helping a friend clear out the Hamptons estate of a wealthy art broker when she discovers a skeleton in one of the estate’s bungalows.
Brown, Duffy. Braking for Bodies (Brk, 7.99) Apr. In the second in this cycling series, former LA reporter Evie Bloomfield must find a killer during the Lilac Festival, after her former boss appears and is found murdered.
Burdette, Lucy. Killer Takeout (NAL, 7.99) Apr. Food critic Hayley is assigned to cover the food trucks at Key West’s Fantasy Fest, but she finds herself saving her friend from a murder charge when a former festival queen is found murdered.
Cantrell, Janet. Fat Cat Takes the Cake (Brk, 7.99) Apr. When her butterscotch tabby finds the body of a creepy classmate during a high-school reunion and her friend becomes the chief suspect, dessert shop owner Chase must find a killer.
Casey, Elizabeth Lynn. Needle and Dread (Brk, 7.99) Apr. When a member of the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle opens a new sewing shop only to have one of her customers found dead, the others must stitch together the clues to find the killer.
Cochran, Peg. Berry the Hatchet (Brk, 7.99) May. Cranberry farmer Monica is again bogged down in murder when the mayor’s body is found in a horse-drawn sleigh during a winter festival.
Collins, Kate. Moss Hysteria (NAL, 7.99) Apr. When a body is found floating in the lake of their idyllic new neighborhood, Abby and Marco must find a bad seed after the police suspect their new neighbor.
Donally, Claire. Catch as Cat Can (Brk, 7.99) May. Sunny and her cat Shadow hunt for a killer when a body is found in the freezer of the neighboring seafood shop.
Dyer-Seeley, Kate. Silenced in the Surf (Ken, 7.99) Apr. Covering a windsurfing competition, reporter Meg Reed comes upon the body of one of the competitors, an unpleasant celebrity surfer, and knows she’s heading for rough waters to find a killer.
Eastman, Dawn. An Unhappy Medium (Brk, 7.99) Apr. When one of the runners in a Zombie Fun Run is murdered psychic Chance Fortune and her family must find a ghoulish killer.
Flower, Amanda. Crime and Poetry (NAL, 7.99) Apr. When a woman moves to Niagara Falls to help her grandmother with her magical bookshop, where the right book flies off the shelf into your hands, she must save her from a murder charge with the help of a sleuthing cat in the first of a new series.
Furlong, Susan. Rest in Peach (Brk, 7.99) Apr. When the much-hated mother of the teen Peach Queen is killed on the eve of the Peach Cotillion, Nola must search through a barrel of rotten suspects to find the killer.
Gates, Eva. Reading up a Storm (NAL, 7.99) Apr. Lighthouse librarian Lucy must navigate a sea of suspects when one of two shipwrecked seafarers who wash up near the lighthouse is murdered.
Harris, Sherry. All Murders Final (Ken, 7.99) May. The concept of a virtual garage sale strikes Sarah as a stroke of genius—no more worries about the weather—but when she begins receiving online threats and a client is found murdered, she must turn to her ex to find a real, not virtual, killer.
Hearon, Leigh. Reining in Murder (Ken, 7.99) Apr. In the first of a new series a horse trainer rescues a horse from a horse trailer after an accident, but when she goes to return the horse to its owner, she finds the neurotic and controlling owner dead.
Hechtman, Betty. Seams like Murder (Brk, 7.99) May. In the latest in this crocheting series, Molly and the Tarzana Hookers investigate when the group finds a body in the apartment above the garage.
Hollis, Lee. Death of a Bacon Heiress (Ken, 7.99) Apr. When she is offered a writing job working for the heiress of a meat-packing firm, Hayley thinks she is living off the fat of the land, but when the heiress is found dead with her pet pot-bellied pig squealing bloody murder at her side, she looks for a killer.
Holt, Hazel. Mrs. Malory and Death is a Word (NAL, 7.99) May. In the final of the long-running series, writer Mrs. Malory agrees to help a friend collect the writings of her foreign correspondent husband after his death, but a mysterious fire and the murder of her friend make her suspicious that the papers contain something worth killing for.
Kelly, Diane. Against the Paw (STM, 7.99) May. K9 Officer Megan and her partner Brigit must jump in paws first when a neighborhood group in an affluent suburb band together to catch a peeping tom and turn into vigilantes.
Logan, Kylie. Irish Stewed (Brk, 7.99) May. A chef returns to her Ohio hometown to help her aunt run her diner and decides to change the menu to include alternating ethnic meals, but the death of a local investigative reporter forces her to turn sleuth.
Maxwell, Edith. Farmed and Dangerous (Ken, 7.99) May. When a man is found dead at an assisted-living center where she is delivering fresh produce, organic farmer Cam finds herself snowed in with a killer on the loose.
McHugh, Mary. Bossa Novas, Bikinis, and Bad Ends (Ken, 7.99) May. The Happy Hoofers are in Rio for Carnival, but their Brazilian companion is found dead in her room and they realize that murder has stolen the show.
McKinlay, Jenn. Vanilla Beaned (Brk, 7.99) Apr. Mel and Angie decide to open their first cupcake franchise with a former showgirl in Las Vegas, but a series of violent incidents threatens to overturn their plans.
Myers, Amy. Cinco de Mayhem (HC, 7.99) Apr. Santa Fé chef Rita must team up with the owner of Tres Amigas when a man trying to take over all the food trucks is found murdered under her friend’s tamale truck.
Parra, Nancy. Newlywed Dead (Brk, 7.99) May. When a bartender drops dead after a lethal nightcap at her sister’s wedding, wedding planner Pepper must find a culprit wedded to the idea of murder.
Smith, Karen Rose. Silence of the Lamps (Ken, 7.99) May. When her sister’s rival in the catering business is found dead and her sister is the main suspect, home stager Caprice must turn the lights on a killer.
New and Forthcoming in Quality Paperback
Ace, Cathy. The Corpse with the Garnet Face (Per, 14.95) Apr. Welsh criminologist Cait Morgan and her husband travel to Amsterdam after his long-lost uncle is found dead in the latest in this comic series.
Andrews, Brian. The Calypso Directive (Per, 15.99) Apr. A man with a unique genetic variation escapes from a pharmaceutical company where he has been held captive to Vienna to seek the help of a former lover, but the drug company sends a task force after him in a chase across Europe.
Andrews, Mary Kay. Beach Town (STM, 15.99) May. When a location scout for a film finds the perfect town for a movie to be filmed, she must persuade the mayor that the project will not destroy his picture-perfect town. Great fun.
Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Water Knife (Vin, 16.00) Apr. A dystopian thriller set in Phoenix, AZ where the possibility of a source of water brings a private detective from Nevada to join forces with a journalist and a young migrant woman.
Baker, Tim. Fever City (Eur, 18.00) May. In a novel that moves in time from the 1940s, through the 1960s, and forward to 2014, the plot focusses on a ransom kidnapping of the son of a wealthy man.
Bolton, Sharon. Little Black Lies (STM, 16.99) Apr. When children go missing on the Falkland Islands, the members of the small community come to realize that there is a murderer among them.
Bude, John. Death on the Riviera (PP, 12.95) Mar. London CID DI Meredith is sent to the French Riviera on the trail of a counterfeiter connected with a black market money changing scam in a mystery from 1952.
Carbo, Christine. Mortal Fall (SS, 16.00) May. National Park Service officer Monty Harris suspects that the fatal fall of a wolverine researcher in Montana’s Glacier National Park was no accident. Signing.
Cartmel, Andrew. The Vinyl Detective (RH, 14.95) May. A former London disc jockey now working by scouting out collectible LPs is hired to find a jazz recording from 1955 in a mystery filled with jazz history.
Clark, Marcia. Blood Defense (T&M, 15.95) May. In the first of a new series, an L.A. criminal defense attorney accepts the case of a policeman accused of killing a near-superstar actress and her roommate.
Cooley, M. P. Flame Out (HC, 14.99) May. When she discovers a badly-burned woman in the ruins of an abandoned apparel factory in upstate New York, policewoman June Lyons is faced with a crime that has its roots in the disappearance of the factory owner’s family years before.
DeBoard, Paula Treick. The Drowning Girls (Mira, 15.99) May. When they move to an exclusive California gated community, a middle-class family, the husband becomes the target of an increasingly insistent, infatuated fourteen-year-old girl.
Deverell, William. Sing a Worried Song (Per, 14.95) May. Vancouver attorney Arthur Beauchamp gets an unpleasant surprise when a case from the past comes back to haunt him years after he defended a man accused of killing a clown. Deverell writes wonderful legal thrillers.
Doiron, Paul. The Precipice (STM, 15.99) May. When two women are found dead in an attack blamed on coyotes on the Appalachian Trail, Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch is set to go along with an order to eradicate coyotes, until he becomes convinced that the deaths were murder.
Douglas, Claire. The Sisters (HC, 15.99) May. A debut thriller about a young woman filled with guilt over the death of her twin becomes friends with a charming woman who invites her to stay at her house in Bath filled with glamorous artists, but things soon turn sour when she becomes the target of vicious pranks.
Dugoni, Robert. In the Clearing (T&M, 15.95) May. Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite is asked to investigate the cold case of a teenager who was found dead in 1976, a case involving four former high school football stars.
Durrant, Sabine. Remember Me this Way (SS, 16.00) May. A woman who struggles with a combination of grief and relief after the death of her husband begins to feel that he is still alive, just waiting to reclaim her. A nicely creepy psychological thriller.
Goldenbaum, Sally. A Finely Knit Murder (NAL, 15.00) May. When a strident critic of an all-girls community day school is found murdered, the Seaside Knitters must stitch together the evidence to find the killer.
Hall, Rachel Howzell. Skies of Ash (STM, 16.99) Apr. Investigating a house fire that left a woman and her children dead and the husband badly wounded LAPD homicide detective Lou Norton and her partner realize that the marriage was far from happy.
Hannah, Sophie. Woman with a Secret (HC, 14.99) Apr. Homicide detectives Zailer and Waterhouse investigate when a woman is arrested for the murder of a man she claims she has never met. This has a nicely twisty plot.
Harrison, Colin. Manhattan Night (STM, 16.00) May. The reissue of a novel of suspense featuring a tabloid reporter who helps a beautiful woman investigate who murdered her husband.
Harvey, Michael. The Governor’s Wife (RH, 16.00) May. Chicago PI Michael Kelly is hired to find the Illinois governor who disappeared after being convicted on corruption charges, and he discovers that the governor’s wife holds the key to his whereabouts.
Hirahara, Naomi. Sayonara Slam (Con, 16.00) May. Los Angeles gardener and Hiroshima survivor Mas Arai investigates when a sleazy Japanese reporter is killed, and the case soon leads to the Japanese policy of forcing women into prostitution during WWII. Hirahara is great.
Hornsby, Wendy. Disturbing the Dark (Pers, 15.95) Apr. Filmmaker Maggie McGowan is in Normandy working on a documentary when the skeletal remains of more than a dozen Nazi soldiers are unearthed, and how they were killed leads back to her grandmother and other of the village matriarchs.
Hunt, Catherine. Someone Out There (HC, 14.99) May. A woman with a perfect marriage, perfect career, and perfect life finds herself the target of increasingly serious accidents, and begins to wonder if someone is out to kill her, someone she has always trusted.
Johnson, Craig. Dry Bones (Png, 16.00) Apr. The discovery of a complete set of Tyrannosaurus Rex bones in Absaroka County leads to murder, and Sheriff Walt Longmire must find a killer amongst those who are fighting for rights to the find.
Johnston, Linda O. To Catch a Treat (MidInk, 14.99) May. Baker and vet tech Carrie investigates the disappearance of a Labrador, and when the woman suspected of dognapping is found murdered, she must find a killer.
Kessler, Kate. It Takes One (LB, 14.99) Apr. In a debut mystery, a criminal psychologist who helped her best friend murder her sexually-abusive father, returns to her hometown, only to become a suspect in her friend’s murder.
Kirman, Robin. Bradstreet Gate (RH, 16.00) Apr. On the eve of their graduation from Harvard, a classmate is found murdered, and three friends find their lives changed in many ways as they grapple with the lies and deceptions that they have maintained about a charismatic professor. I loved this.
Klavan, Andrew. Werewolf Cop (Peg, 15.95) Apr. In the first of a supernatural crime trilogy, a good cop serving on an international taskforce on the trail of a European gangster who’s taken over the American underworld is bitten by a werewolf and finds himself with blood on his hands—and fangs.
Knoll, Jessica. Luckiest Girl Alive (SS, 15.99) Apr. A woman who has a great career and a handsome fiancé also carries with her a dark secret from her past and her years as a student at a toney prep school. I loved this.
Lashner, William. The Four-Night Run (T&M, 15.95) May. After successfully defending a man accused of a brutal killing, a criminal defense lawyer finds himself on the run from someone who is out to kill him.
Levien, David. Signature Kill (RH, 15.95) Apr. Former policeman Frank Behr is hired to find a missing teenaged girl, but his investigation soon intersects with the murder case of an unidentied body found in an Indianapolis park.
Linzee, David. Spur of the Moment (Coffee, 16.95) Apr. An aging British opera star investigates when her brother, the development director for the St. Louis Opera, becomes the chief suspect in the murder of a wealthy donor.
Lutz, Lisa. How to Start a Fire (HMH, 14.95) May. Three friends are united by secrets, lies, and a friendship dating back to their college days.
MacDonald, Siobhan. Twisted River (Png, 16.00) Mar. A debut mystery set in Limerick, where an American family finds themselves targeted by the criminal brother of their house’s owners.
Maine, Sarah. The House between the Tides (SS,16.00) May. A debut set on an island in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, featuring a woman who inherits an estate that she plans to fix up and sell, but the discovery of human bones causes her to delve into her family history.
Massey, Jeremy. The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley (Png, 16.00) May. When a Dublin undertaker accidently kills the brother of a gang-lord, he leaves the scene of the accident, only to be approached by the family to handle the funeral. I loved this—it’s funny, violent, and redemptive.
Masterman, Becky. Fear the Darkness (STM, 15.99) Apr. Retired FBI special agent Brigid Quinn must deal with problems close to her Tucson home when her unsettling young niece comes to live with her, while at the same time, she is looking into the death of a young man at the behest of his parents. Excellent.
Mathews, Francine. Death in the Off-Season (Soho, 9.99) May. A reissue of the first in the series set on Nantucket, featuring detective Merry Folger.
McCall Smith, Alexander. Emma (RH, 15.00) Apr. In a modern-day retelling of the Jane Austen classic a young woman starting an interior decorating business moves in with her health-conscious father.
McMillan, R.J. Green River Falling (Per, 14.95) May. After the murders of five pipeline workers in British Columbia is tied to a Haida man, Walker and an RCMP officer investigate.
Miller, Sam. Past Darkness (Duf, 14.00) Mar. Irish PI Karl Kane investigates when the release of a man from prison coincides with the disappearance of two young girls.
Mosley, Walter. And Sometimes I Wonder About You (RH, 15.00) May. NYC-based PI Leonid McGill investigates when a man who tried to hire him to find his missing heiress cousin is found murdered, all the while trying to balance his chaotic family life.
Patterson, James and David Ellis. The Murder House (GC, 15.99) May. When a Hollywood power couple are found dead in an abandoned Hamptons mansion with a mysterious history, the local policewoman in charge of the investigation finds that the house’s past is filled with deadly secrets.
Robertson, Craig. Ransom (SS, 15.00) Apr. A debut police procedural featuring a Scottish homicide detective on the trail of a serial killer in Glasgow whose victims have no connections to one another.
Rowland, John. Murder in the Museum (PP, 12.95) May. A golden age mystery first published in 1938, set in the British Museum, where the death of a scholar in the reading room is investigated by a mystery enthusiast scholar.
Ryan, Hank Phillippi. Face Time (STM, 15.99) Apr. A reissue of a mystery featuring television news reporter Charlotte McNally, who is convinced that a woman who was convicted of murdering her husband based on her confession is, in fact, innocent.
Sharp, Zoe. Road Kill (F&M, 14.95) May. All of the Charlie Fox mysteries are being reprinted. If you like noir with a kick-ass female protagonist, this is for you.
Stone, Jonathan. Two for the Show (T&M, 15.95) May. When a man who uses his computer skills to dig out personal details of the people his employer uses in his Las Vegas show to astound the audience discovers that the latest couple don’t resemble the couple he researched and yet claim to be them, he investigates, only to discover that no one is who he claims to be—not even him.
Tremayne, S.K. The Ice Twins (GC, 14.99) Apr. After the death of one of their twin daughters, a family moves to an isolated Scottish island, but the remaining twin begins to claim to be her sister, and when she and her mother are isolated by a blizzard, the whole, shocking truth comes out. Creepy.
Tyson, Wendy. A Muddied Murder (Henery, 15.95) Mar. In the first of a new cozy series, a woman returns to her Pennsylvania hometown to run the family organic farm, but the murder of a zoning commissioner sets her to sleuthing.
Vachss, Andrew. Drawing Dead (Vin, 15.00) Apr. A blend of gritty crime novel and supernatural thriller featuring Cross, an urban mercenary.
Vetere, Richard. Champagne and Cocaine (Per, 15.95) May. A compulsive gambler who owes the mob money finds that there is no way out and must commit more and more terrible acts just to stay even.
Vidal, Gore. Thieves Fall Out (Hardcase, 9.95) Apr. A lost pulp novel by about a man hired to smuggle an artifact out of Egypt who becomes the target of killers and femmes fatales.
Waltzer, James. Of Sound Mind (Per, 14.99) Apr. A man recently released from a psychiatric facility begins a new life, but when he hears the sounds of strangulation from the apartment next door, he is not sure he can trust his perceptions in a noir thriller.
Yocum, Robin. A Brilliant Death (Prom, 15.95) Apr. In a mystery based on a real disappearance in an Ohio River town two teenaged friends join forces with a disgraced detective to investigate the disappearance of one of the boys’ mother.
New and Forthcoming in International Mysteries
Arango, Sascha. The Truth and other Lies (SS, 16.00) Apr. A best-selling writer becomes involved with another woman who tries to force him to leave his wife when she becomes pregnant, but he knows that he can never leave—his wife writes the books that have made him rich and famous. Wonderfully ironic.
Bannalec, Jean-Luc. Death in Brittany (STM, 15.99) May. A Parisian homicide detective relocated to Brittany investigates the death of an elderly hotelier in the small seaside village in the first of a charming new series.
Ben-David, Mishka. Forbidden Love in St. Petersburg (Over, 26.95) May. A Mossad operative attempts to return to a more normal life in a thoughtful look at what it means to have a license to kill.
Carofiglio, Gianrico. A Fine Line (Bitter Lemon, 14.95) May. An Italian lawyer hires an attractive PI to help him with his defense of a judge charged with corruption in a courtroom thriller.
Cotterill, Colin. Six and a Half Deadly Sins (Soho, 15.95) May. When Dr. Siri is sent a traditional Laotian skirt with a human finger sewn into the hem, he embarks on a scavenger hunt that takes him to the northern Lao border where violence is erupting.
De Angelis, Augusto. The Hotel of the Three Roses (RH, 13.95) Apr. Inspector De Vincenzi investigates when a body is found in a disreputable guest house in a gothic mystery by the father of the Italian crime novel
Frobenius, Nik. Dark Branches (Duf, 17.00) Mar. An unsettling Norwegian thriller about an author who finds himself in trouble after publishing an autobiographical novel when a woman who was a major character is murdered and he becomes a suspect in her killing.
Gazan, S.J. The Arc of the Swallow (Quer, 14.99) Apr. Danish policeman Søren Marhauge is called in when a professor is found hanged in his office, and the evidence suggests that his death is tied to a recent trip to Africa, where he learned of a conspiracy on the part of Big Pharma.
Giovanni, Maurizio de. The Bastards of Pizzofalcone (Europa, 18.00) Apr. When a wealthy Neapolitan philanthropist is found murdered in her apartment, four rogue detectives have a chance to redeem themselves by solving the murder.
Hiekkapelto, Kati. The Defenceless (IPG, 14.95) Apr. In the third in this Finnish series, Constable Anna Fekete uses her background as a Hungarian expat when a Hungarian au pair is accused of running over an elderly man, who, she claims was already dead and lying in the road when she hit him.
Honda, Tetsuya. The Silent Dead (STM, 25.99) May. In the first English translation of a best-selling Japanese police procedural series, a Tokyo homicide detective must find the connection between twelve bodies wrapped in plastic and left at various locations in a case that is tied to the Internet’s dark web.
Lagercrantz, David. The Girl in the Spider’s Web (RH, 16.95) May. In the continuation of the Millennium series, Swedish journalist Mikael Bloomkvist and Lisbeth Salander join forces to investigate possible information vital to U.S. interests and enter a world of cyber criminals, spies, and government operatives willing to kill.
Mattich, Alen. The Heart of Hell (Per, 15.95) May. When the body of an American woman is found during the Yugoslav Civil War, police detective Marko della Torre is asked by the Americans to investigate the murder, which may have been committed by a former Zagreb policeman.
Miské, Karim. Arab Jazz (Quer, 26.99) Mar. When his upstairs neighbor is murdered in Paris, a man joins forces with the homicide detectives in charge to look for the killer, and they soon find links with Hasidic Jews, Salafist Muslims, and a powerful new street drug.
Morfoot, Peter. Impure Blood (RH, 14.95) Apr. In the first in a French police procedural series, a jazz-loving homicide detective investigates the murder of a Muslim man in Nice just before the Tour de France.
Oldham, Nick. Onslaught (SH, 28.95) Apr. In the first of a series set in the Canary Islands, the skipper of a fishing boat finds himself in serious trouble when his partner sells out to a Balkan gangster.
Palmer, Matthew. The Wolf of Sarajevo (Put, 27.95) May. American State Department employee Eric Petrosian is sent to Sarajevo to help keep Bosnia from returning to civil war with the help of a CIA agent, but they run afoul of a mysterious man influencing the right-wing faction.
Quartey, Kwei. Gold of Our Fathers (Soho, 26.95) Apr. Ghana police inspector Darko Dawson is sent to a remote mining town where he investigates the murder of a Chinese mine owner.
Ryan, Alex. Beijing Red (Per, 16.99) May. A former Navy SEAL working for an NGO in rural China discovers that a deadly outbreak is killing people, and when he becomes a suspect in a bio-terrorism plot, he joins forces with a Chinese microbiologist to stop the real culprit.
Simenon, Georges. Inspector Cadaver (Png, 12.00) Apr. A reissued Maigret. Also in May, Felicie (Png, 12.00).
Sarenbrant, Sofie. Killer Deal (Stockholm, 16.95) May. The English-language debut of a Swedish police procedural series featuring a homicide detective who investigates the murder of a wealthy businessman, whose abused wife is the main suspect.
Staalesen, Gunnar. We Shall Inherit the Wind (IPG, 14.95) Apr. Norwegian PI Varg Veum is asked by a friend to locate her missing husband, but the case soon becomes one of murder, possibly connected to the disappearance of the husband’s first wife.
Stevens, Taylor. The Mask (RH, 15.00) Apr. Vanessa Munroe joins her lover in Japan, but when he is arrested for murder, she discovers that he has lied to her and wonders how far she will go to save him.
Svensson, Anton. The Father: Made in Sweden (Quer, 26.99) Apr. In the first of a two-novel series, a family of criminals meticulously plans and executes a series of heists amid flashbacks to the violent past of their dysfunctional family.
Walker, Martin. The Children Return (RH, 15.95) Apr. The quiet Dordogne village of St. Denis becomes the target of an international terrorist network when an undercover agent is found murdered.
Yakumaru, Gaku. A Cop’s Eyes (RH, 22.95) May. A collection of interlinked short stories featuring a police detective in the Tokyo suburb of East Ikebukuru, where his faith in humanity helps him find the truth behind the crimes, in the English-language debut of this best-selling Japanese crime writer.
Yu, Ovidia. Aunty Lee’s Chilled Revenge (HC, 14.95) Apr. In the third of this series set in Singapore, café owner Aunty Lee investigates when an ex-pat Englishwoman is murdered, after returning to Singapore intent on suing everyone involved in the café for breaking up her marriage.
New and Forthcoming in Historical Mysteries
Alfieri, Annamaria. Strange Gods (F&M, 14.95) Mar. The first of a new series set in Kenya in 1911, featuring a Scottish missionary’s daughter and an aristocrat turned colonial policeman. For fans of Suzanne Arruda.
Brady, Conor. The Eloquence of the Dead (STM, 26.99) Mar. In the second in the series set in Victorian Dublin, DS Swallow investigates the murder of a pawnbroker, whose sister becomes the main suspect.
Calkins, Susanna. A Death along the River Fleet (STM, 25.99) Apr. After finding a disoriented woman on the Fleet River bridge, a printer’s apprentice takes her home to care for her, only to discover that she is a noblewoman whose brother has just been found murdered in the latest in the series set in Restoration London.
Clare, Alys. The Night Wanderer (SH, 28.95) May. Cambridge in 1094 is thrown into an uproar when a series of grisly murders take place, blamed on a supernatural being, but apprentice healer Lassair and her lawman friend believe that there is a human culprit.
Cleave, Chris. Everyone Brave is Forgiven (SS, 26.99) May. During WWII a socialite volunteers to work in a London school for those children who have been rejected by the English country people in a novel of love and friendship against the backdrop of the horrors of war.
Cleverly, Barbara. Diana’s Altar (Soho, 26.95) May. Joe Sandilands investigates the alleged suicide of a man at Cambridge in 1933, a death with national importance beyond simply aristocratic hedonism.
Collins, Max Allan. Better Dead (STM, 26.99) May. In the early 1950s PI Nate Heller is hired by Dashiel Hammett to look into overturning the conviction of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, but the scientist working for the CIA who has expressed doubts about the witch-hunt disappears suddenly.
Corby, Gary. Death ex Machina (Soho, 15.95) May. In Athens in 459 BCE, Nicolaos investigates a theatrical murder when an actor is murdered right before the Festival of Dionysos.
____.The Singer from Memphis (Soho, 26.95) May. Pericles asks Nicolaos to accompany Herodotus to Egypt, but his real mission is to aid Egyptians rebelling against Persian rule.
Darrell, Elizabeth. The High Flyer (SH, 28.95) Apr. A series debut set in England in 1930, where the death of a flying ace testing a new plane leads his former friend to call for an investigation.
Davis, Charles. Hitler, Mussolini, and Me (Perm, 28.00) May. An Irish art historian living in Rome in 1938 is hired to be a tour guide for Hitler and Mussolini during a Fascist cultural tour of Italy’s art museums, and almost falls into a trap set by Goebbels to assassinate them.
Dawson, Janet. Death Deals a Hand (Pers, 15.95) Apr. A woman working as a stewardess on the famed California Zephyr train in 1953 investigates when one of the passengers—a former Chicago bootlegger--is murdered.
Dunmore, Helen. Exposure (AtlMon, 25.00) Apr. A novel of Cold War domestic intrigue about a foreign office agent who realizes that his mentor is a Russian spy, but when he is himself arrested for spying, his wife take charge. Excellent.
Edwards, Martin. The Golden Age of Murder (HC, 16.99) May. A critical study of the ways in which the mystery writers of the Golden Age changed the nature of the detective story and reflected the changes in criminology, politics, and society in the period between the two World Wars.
Faye, Lyndsay. Jane Steel: A Confession (Put, 26.95) Apr. A reimagining of the heroine of Jane Eyre as a murderess, whose first crime was the killing of her creepy cousin, leading to her being placed in a Dickensian boarding school.
_____. The Fatal Flame (Put, 16.00) Apr. In the final chapter of the Timothy Wilde series set in 1840s New York, he finds himself in danger when his brother decides to run against the corrupt mayor, and powerful enemies surface to stop the campaign.
Fesperman, Dan. The Letter Writer (RH, 26.95) Apr. A detective story set in New York City in 1942, featuring a disgraced South Carolina policeman who joins forces with an enigmatic “information specialist” to investigate the murders of three German men with ties to the Bund. I loved this.
Furst, Alan. A Hero of France (RH, 27.00) May. Set in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1941 and focused on the members of the French Resistance fighting against the Germans.
Grecian, Alex. The Harvest Man (Put, 16.00) Apr. Scotland Yard is up against a new murderer who is following in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper in this historical set in 1889 in London.
_____. Lost and Gone Forever (Put, 27.00) May. Scotland Yard’s DI Walter Day is released after being held captive by Jack the Ripper, but he suffers from amnesia and must struggle to stay alive on the mean streets of late Victorian London.
Grose, Peter. A Good Place to Hide (Peg, 15.95) May. The true story of an isolated community in the Loire Valley that conspired to save the lives of over three thousand Jews under the noses of the Gestapo and the Vichy government.
Harris, Gregory. The Dalwich Desecration (Ken, 15.00) Apr. When the abbot is found gruesomely murdered at Whitmore Abbey in Dalwich, Colin Pendragon is sent to rural Sussex to investigate in the latest in the series with Sherlockian overtones.
Hughes, Andrew. The Convictions of John Delahunt (Peg, 14.95) May. When a young boy is murdered in Dublin in 1841, a student is convicted and, while awaiting the hangman, pens his confession.
Jennings, Maureen. No Known Grave (M&S, 17.95) May. When two murders occur on the grounds of a country house in Shropshire used as a convalescent home for victims of WWII, DI Tom Tyler is faced with a difficult investigation since most of the patients are too badly wounded to help him—or to commit murder.
Kelly, Martha Hall. Lilac Girls (Ball, 26.00) Apr. A compelling debut novel that follows three women through WWII and afterwards, one a New York socialite who assists refugees, one a Polish partisan who is sent to the infamous Ravensbruck concentration camp, and the third a doctor at the camp. Excellent.
King, Laurie R. The Murder of Mary Russell (Ban, 28.00) Apr. When Mary Russell disappears from her cottage after opening the door to a man claiming to be Mrs. Hudson’s son, it is the housekeeper and her story as the daughter of a criminal that leads to the resolution of the mystery.
Kutzukake, Lynn. The Translation of Love (DD, 25.95) Apr. A Japanese teenager who spent WWII in a Vancouver internment camp returns to occupied Tokyo with her father, where she is completely isolated until a schoolmate asks her help in finding her missing sister.
Lagercrantz, David. The Fall of Man in Wilmslow (Knopf, 26.95) May. A London homicide detective investigates the alleged suicide of famed British mathematician Alan Turing.
Law, Janice. Nights in Berlin (Mys, 14.99) Apr. In 1927 the future painter Francis Bacon is sent to Berlin by his parents because of his sexual preferences and is soon involved in a murder, along with his uncle, an agent in an anti-Bolshevik organization.
Lebow, Laura. Sent to the Devil (STM, 26.99) Apr. Set in Venice in 1788, this mystery features poet Lorenzo da Ponte, who is recruited to investigate the murders of a priest and a general which may be related to a declaration of war against the Turks.
Love, Alison. The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom (RH, 16.00) Apr. A story of love and secrets set on the eve of WWII, when an Italian singer meets the British dancer he fell in love with years before.
MacManus, James. Midnight in Berlin (STM, 26.99) Apr. On the eve of WWII, a British military attaché in Berlin falls in love with a German-Jewish woman, but he becomes involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler and is surrounded by treachery and danger.
McCammon, Robert. Freedom of the Mask (Sub, 26.95) May. American problem solver Matthew Corbett goes to London where he is imprisoned in Newgate on murder charges in the latest in this early eighteenth-century series.
McCrumb, Sharyn. Prayers the Devil Answers (SS, 25.99) May. When she becomes sheriff after the death of her husband, a woman must investigate the secrets and superstitions of the small Depression-era Tennessee town where she lives when it is her job to execute a convicted killer.
McGarrity, Michael. The Last Ranch (Dut, 29.00) May. Matthew Kearny returns from WWII to find that things have changed dramatically in the San Andres Mountains as the U.S. Army seeks to take control of his ranch for expanded weapons testing, and meanwhile he must cope with his war injury, his father’s increasing age, and an ex-con who wants revenge. Signing.
McLain, Paula. Circling the Sun (RH, 16.00) May. A novel based on the life of Beryl Markham, an aviatrix and horse trainer in colonial Kenya.
Meade, Glenn. The Cairo Code (SS, 16.00) Apr. The reissue of an historical thriller set during the Cairo Conference in 1943, where Hitler plotted to assassinate both FDR and Churchill.
Medieval Murderers. The Deadliest Sin (SS, 16.00) Apr. A collection of novella-length stories linked by a common thread and featuring the characters of Susanna Gregory, Ian Morson, Bernard Knight, and Michael Jecks.
Muriel, Oscar de. The Strings of Murder (Peg, 25.95) May. In this debut historical set in 1888, a Scotland Yard detective is sent to Edinburgh to investigate the murder of a virtuoso violinist brutally killed in a locked room.
Nagorski, Andrew. The Nazi Hunters (SS, 30.00) May. The true story of those who dedicated their lives to tracking down the Nazi war criminals who escaped in the aftermath of WWII.
New, Christopher. The Kaminsky Cure (HC, 17.00) Apr. A Jewish woman married to a Lutheran minister in Nazi Germany must find ways to protect her half-Jewish children from Hitler’s final solution.
O’Malley, Thomas and Douglas Graham Purdy. Serpents in the Cold (GC, 15.99) May. A debut set in Boston in 1950, where two friends, one working for a private security company, the other a heroin addict, join forces to stop a serial killer preying on disadvantaged women.
O’Nan, Stewart. City of Secrets (Vik, 22.00) Apr. In an espionage thriller set after WWII in Jerusalem under British occupation, a concentration camp survivor joins a cell of Haganah, a group fighting for Jewish independence, and is sent on increasingly dangerous and desperate missions.
Parry, Leslie. City of Marvels (HC, 15.99) May. A debut historical thriller set in New York in 1895, with two sisters whose lives intersect with an assortment of carnival performers from Coney Island and a newborn baby.
Patrick, Renee. Design for Dying (STM, 24.99) Apr. In this glamorous and gossipy debut set in Hollywood in 1937, real-life costume designer Edith Head is the amateur sleuth who investigates when a former roommate is found murdered and she becomes a suspect.
Pearl, Matthew. The Last Bookaneer (Png, 16.00) Apr. In the nineteenth century before copyright laws, literary pirates could steal manuscripts to sell without compensating the authors, so “bookaneer” Pen Davenport decides to pull off the literary heist of the century—stealing his manuscript out from under the dying Robert Louis Stevenson in a literary caper.
Preston, John. The Dig (Other, 16.95) Apr. Based on the real discovery of an Anglo-Saxon burial site in 1939 at the beginning of the Second World War, the lives of the characters involved in the excavation are dramatically changed by the excavation and the war that will have a profound impact.
Robb, Candace. The Service of the Dead (Peg, 25.95) May. The beginning of a new series set in York in 1399, featuring an innkeeper who must turn sleuth when an unknown man is strangled during a tryst with a prostitute in one of her rooms.
Rowe, Rosemary. The Ides of June (SH, 28.95) May. Libertus’s long-time patron is caught up in the struggle for control of Rome in 193 CE in far-away Gloucester and must call on him to save his family from reprisals.
Scott, Gavin. The Age of Treachery (RH, 14.95) Apr. In 1946 an archaeologist hoping to return to Crete where he made an important wartime discovery must first turn sleuth when an Oxford colleague is murdered and a friend is suspected of the murder.
Sheridan, Sara. Brighton Belle (Ken, 25.00) Apr. Former Secret Service agent Mirabelle Bevan working for a debt collector in 1951 in Brighton investigates the death of a pregnant refugee woman in the first of an excellent new series. Highly recommended.
Simon, Marie Jalowicz. Underground in Berlin (LB, 16.99) May. The true story of a young Jewish woman who decided to avoid the concentration camps and survive in Nazi Germany by taking on a new identity. Fascinating.
Stewart, Amy. Girl Waits with Gun (HMH, 14.95) May. A novel based on the true story of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs set in 1914, where a woman is forced to protect her sisters and the family farm from a vindictive factory owner.
St. James, Simone. Lost Among the Living (NAL, 15.00) Apr. After the disappearance of her aviator husband over Germany in 1918, a woman working as a companion to his aunt returns to the family estate in Sussex, where she discovers his dark family secrets.
Sutton, William. Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square (RH, 8.99) May. In the first of a Victorian series, a novice detective in London is summoned to investigate an act of sabotage at Euston Station, and hunts down a violent revolutionary.
Swaim, Don. The Assassination of Ambrose Bierce (Hippo, 20.00) Apr. When the American journalist goes to Mexico to join with Pancho Villa during the tumultuous days of the Revolution, he is dogged by the specter of death in a semibiographical mystery that takes up his disappearance.
Sweazy, Larry D. See Also Deception (Prom, 15.95) May. Book indexer Marjorie Trumaine investigates when a librarian friend supposedly commits suicide, and must find a clever murderer operating under the calm façade of small-town North Dakota in 1964. An excellent series.
Sykes, S. D. The Butcher Bird (Peg, 25.95) Apr. In the second in this fourteenth-century series, the lord of Kent’s Somershill Manor discovers that he is actually the son of a peasant, switched at birth with the rightful heir, but soon he must deal with the appearance of a monstrous bird.
_____. Plague Land (Peg, 15.95) Apr. After the deaths of his father and brother, a young man finds himself the lord of the manor, and must investigate the mysterious disappearance of a young woman, whose body is later found.
Taylor, David C. Night Life (STM, 15.99) Apr. A NYPD detective in 1954 investigating the torture/murder of a Broadway chorus dancer discovers a web of blackmail of very powerful people.
_____. Night Work (STM, 25.99) Apr. NYPD detective Mike Cassidy escorts an extradited murderer to Havana in 1958 where he discovers that his lost love is working there as a KGB agent, which turns out to be the only secret she reveals willingly.
Thomas, Sam. The Midwife and the Assassin (STM, 25.99) Apr. In 1640, midwife Bridget Hodgson rushes to help her nephew held prisoner in the Tower of London, but to do so she must work for Cromwell’s spymaster in the events leading up to the execution of Charles I.
Thompson, Victoria. Murder in Morningside Heights (Brk, 26.00) May. Frank and Sarah investigate the murder of a teacher in Morningside Heights, a woman whose public life was exemplary, but whose private life was a tissue of lies and deceit.
_____. Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (Brk, 7.99) May. Sarah and Frank are asked to investigate the mysterious death of the son of family friends in the latest in this series set in gaslight-era New York.
Thynne, Jane. The Pursuit of Pearls (Ball, 16.00) May. Clara Vine goes into a Berlin finishing school founded to be a training ground for the wives of the Nazi elite to investigate a murder, an investigation that puts her in peril.
Todd, Charles. A Pattern of Lies (HC, 14.99) April. Investigating an explosion at a gunpowder factory that took hundreds of lives, Bess Crawford travels to the Front to interview the only witness, but he refuses to help her clients, the owners of the factory.
Trow, M.J. The Circle (SH, 28.95) May. British private inquiry agents are hired to investigate the murder in Philadelphia in 1868 of the head of the U.S. National Detective Police, in a case that may be related to the plot to assassinate President Lincoln.
Vatsal, Radha. A Front Page Affair (Source, 14.99) May. In 1915, an aspiring NYC journalist is sent upstate to cover an Independence Day gala, but the shooting death of a prominent local lets her do some serious investigative journalism.
Vidich, Paul. An Honorable Man (SS, 24.00) Apr. In a debut set in Washington in 1953, a CIA agent is charged with finding a traitor within the agency, but the plan to turn a Russian agent to help find the spy falls victim to political machinations.
Vyleta, Dan. Smoke (DD, 27.95) May. A genre-bending mystery set in late Victorian England where dark thoughts and evil deeds cause black smoke to emanate from people’s bodies—except for the upper classes, and two young aristocratic friends go to London after research indicates that things can be changed.
Wilde, Darcie. A Useful Woman (Brk, 15.00) May. In the first of a Regency series, a woman left penniless by her father’s disappearance works as a discreet consultant to aristocratic women, so when an aristocratic wastrel is found dead in London’s most exclusive ballroom, she must find out who killed him with a minimum of fuss.
Of Special Interest
We still have signed books left from the Tucson Festival of Books. Come in and check them out.
Bosco and I will take a brief vacation April 22-26. We’ll be open again on Wednesday, April 27.
Chris and Bosco