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Allende, Isabel. Ripper (HC, 28.99) Feb. A group of far-flung sleuths untied by an online mystery game decide to solve the real mystery of a school security guard, the first in a series of murders in San Francisco foretold by an astrologer.
Berenson, Alex. The Counterfeit Agent (Put, 27.95) Feb. When a deep-cover agent warns of a radioactive bomb on a ship from Dubai, John Wells is sent undercover to find out what exactly is going on.
Bingham, Harry. Love Story with Murders (Dela, 27.00) Feb. Welsh DC Fiona Griffiths is faced with an odd puzzle when the body parts of a long-missing university student who worked as an exotic dancer begin turning up in a neighborhood in Cardiff in an excellent police procedural series.
Box, C.J. Stone Cold (Put, 26.95) Mar. Joe Pickett is sent to investigate a mysterious wealthy man who lives in an isolated part of Wyoming, and whose money is rumored to come from his job as a high-level assassin. Signing.
Brennan, Allison. Notorious (STM, 24.99) Mar. A high-profile investigative reporter who specializes in unsolved cold cases is drawn into a case from her own past—the murder of her best friend in high school, after the boy suspected of the killing commits suicide.
Brett, Simon. The Strangling on the Stage (SH, 27.95) Feb. Carole and Jude investigate when an actor is hanged during amateur theatrics in Fethering and they discover that many members of the acting company had strong motives.
Buckley, Carla. The Deepest Secret (Ban, 26.00) Feb. The mother of a teenager with a rare skin disorder accidentally kills a friend’s daughter in a car accident, and finds herself torn about reporting the accident because she risks jail time away from her son.
Cash, Wiley. This Dark Road to Mercy (HC, 25.99) Feb. After she and her sister have been placed in foster care upon the death of their mother, a twelve-year-old girl’s father returns with plans to steal them away, but their guardian discovers that the father was involved in a multi-million dollar heist and numerous bad guys are after him.
Cassela, Carol. Gemini (SS, 25.99) Mar. A medical mystery about an unidentified woman who is left for dead by the side of the road and the doctor who is compelled to find out who she is and what happened to her. Cassela is herself a medical doctor and the plot hinges on fascinating medical facts about twins.
Chesterton, R.B. The Seeker (Peg, 25.95) Mar. In a paranormal thriller, a graduate student receives a journal detailing an affair between an ancestor of hers and Henry David Thoreau while he was at Walden Pond, but when she moves nearby to do more research, a series of ghostly appearances and the deaths of two local residents cause her to doubt her own mental state.
Childs, Laura. Steeped in Evil (Brk, 25.95) Mar. Theodosia attends a wine tasting at a vineyard outside of Charleston, but when the owner’s son is found murdered, she investigates in a vintage mystery.
Cleeves, Ann. Dead Water (STM, 25.99) Feb. When a journalist is killed on the Shetland Islands, Jimmy Perez joins forces with an outside homicide detective, and they find that the victim was working on a story that many on the islands would prefer left untold.
Coben, Harlan. Missing You (Dut, 27.95) Mar. When an NYPD detective finds her ex-fiance’s picture on an on-line dating site and contacts him, she opens up a hornet’s nest of murder and conspiracy tied to her own past.
Cook, Robin. Cell (Put, 26.95) Feb. A physician doing experiments with cutting- edge technology awakens to find his fiancée—who had taken part in the beta version—dead by his side, and he suspects that hackers have subverted his experiments until he begins to fear that the government may have been involved.
Crawford, Dean. Apocalypse (SS, 24.99) Mar. A physicist who can predict the future entangles a former war correspondent in a hunt to stop a double murder in an ingenious thriller.
Cutler, Judith. Double Fault (SH, 27.95) Mar. DCS Fran Harman investigates when the child of a tennis instructor is abducted, while at the same time her team is trying to identify the skeletal remains of teenagers found behind a defunct youth club.
Daheim, Mary. The Alpine Yeoman (Ball, 26.00) Mar. Emma Lord investigates along with her sheriff husband when a corpse is found by a nearby river and high school girls start disappearing.
Deaver, Jeffery. Trouble in Mind (GC, 25.00) Mar. A collection of Deaver’s short stories, filled with twists and turns.
DeSilva, Bruce. Providence Rag (STM, 25.99) Mar. Journalist Liam Mulligan battles to keep a young serial killer behind bars when it appears that a quirk in Rhode Island’s laws might allow him to go free when he reaches the age of twenty-one.
Durrant, Sabine. Under your Skin (SS, 25.00) Feb. When a London television host finds a body on the common near her home she is appalled that the police consider her a suspect, and she begins to investigate with the help of a freelance journalist only to discover that creepy coincidences emerge tying her to the victim. Highly recommended.
Ellison, J.T. When Shadows Fall (Mira, 24.95) Mar. A forensic pathology professor in D.C. receives a letter from a stranger asking her to solve his murder, and when she autopsies the body she finds that he was indeed murdered and begins an investigation.
Estleman, Loren D. Don’t Look for Me (STM, 26.99) Mar. Detroit PI Amos Walker is hunting for a woman who has disappeared—a search that takes him to an herbal medicine store and a porno film studio.
Evanovich, Janet and Lee Goldberg. The Chase (Ban, 28.00) Feb 25. FBI agent Kate O’Hare is forced once again to partner with the charming—and so sexy—conman Nicholas Fox.
Fanning, Diane. Chain Reaction (SH, 28.95) Mar. Virginia homicide investigator Lucinda Pierce investigates when a bomb explodes at the local high school, killing the janitor and a student.
Ferris, Monica. The Drowning Spool (Brk, 24.95) Feb. Betsy agrees to teach a needlework class at a local senior complex, but she finds herself sleuthing rather than instructing when the body of a young woman is found in the therapy pool and her three lovers all have a motive for murder.
Fields, Tricia. Wrecked (STM, 25.99) Mar. In the third in this series set in West Texas, police chief Josie Gray stumbles on a con game worth millions after she investigates a murder and her accountant boyfriend goes missing.
Florio, Gwen. Dakota (Perm, 28.00) Mar. War correspondent Lola Wicks investigates the death of a Blackfoot girl in western North Dakota’s oil patch, a murder that is tied to the disappearance of other girls from the Blackfoot rez.
Fluke, Joanne. Blackberry Pie Murder (Kens, 25.00) Mar. Hannah is preparing the cake for her mother’s wedding when she accidentally hits a man with her van, but it turns out that he was already dead and the only clue is a blackberry stain on his clothes.
Gailey, Samuel W. Deep Winter (Png, 25.95) Feb. The discovery of the body of a young woman with a mentally-challenged man standing over her sets off a series of events that leads to the revelation of deep secrets in small-town Pennsylvania in a debut noir.
Greene, Thomas Christopher. The Headmaster’s Wife (STM, 24.99) Feb. When he is found wandering naked in Central Park, the headmaster of a Vermont boarding school tries to tell the police about the tragedy that led him there.
Griffiths, Elly. The Outcast Dead (HMH, 27.00) Mar. Ruth Galloway is persuaded to appear on a television program about murderous mothers after she digs up the body of a notorious Victorian child murderess, while a child snatcher is terrorizing present-day Norfolk.
Grippando, James. Black Horizon (HC, 25.99) Mar. Miami attorney Jack Swytek is hired by the widow of a man killed in a drilling explosion off the coast of Cuba, but political twists make for a treacherous case.
Handler, David. The Coal Black Asphalt Tomb (STM, 25.99) Mar. When the historic New England village of Dorset begins a widening project on the main road, workmen uncover the body of a man missing for forty years, and Mitch and Desiree must find a killer among the village’s blue-blooded elite.
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia. Hard Going (SH, 28.95) Feb. DI Bill Slider investigates the death of a retired lawyer, a man known for many works of philanthropy, but the key to the case is his successful defense of a child molester.
Hart, Dennis. Gulf Boulevard (Perm, 29.95) Feb. A comic Florida mystery about a man who wins the lottery and retires to the beach where he becomes involved unwittingly with Mafia thugs and men in black with binoculars.
Heley, Veronica. False Diamond (SH, 28.95) Mar. Bea Abbott is faced with a mystery that hits close to home when her son is involved in business dealings with an abusive and dangerous man, and soon the body count begins to climb.
Jance, J.A. Moving Target (SS, 25.99) Feb. Ali Reynolds travels to England with her major-domo, who had left the country in disgrace sixty-some years before, only to discover a long-unsolved murder, while her fiancé tries to help a teen hacker.
Kasischke, Laura. Mind of Winter (HC, 24.99) Mar. A powerful paranormal thriller about a woman and her adopted daughter, alone together in a blizzard, alone with an unbelievable evil in the house, an evil that may be in the girl herself.
Kirn, Walter. Blood Will Out (Nor, 25.95) Mar. A fascinating look at the life of the man who called himself Clark Rockefeller, who was able for years to dupe people into believing that he was a Rockefeller, despite the fact that he was a poor German immigrant as well as a murderer. Highly recommended (and by someone who almost never reads true crime).
Korelitz, Jean Hanff. You Should Have Known (GC, 26.00) Mar. When a happily-married mother, a therapist with a popular book on why relationships fail, discovers that one of the mothers at her child’s private school has been murdered, her attempts to reach her husband away at a medical conference are fruitless, upending her ordered life forever.
LaPlante, Alice. A Circle of Wives (Atl, 25.00) Mar. When a prominent doctor is found murdered, a Palo Alto homicide detective discovers that he led a secret life—he was married to three different women in three different cities—and when they all show up for his funeral, suspicions run high. I loved this.
Laukkanen, Owen. Kill Fee (Put, 26.95) Mar. When Stevens and Windemere witness the assassination of a wealthy man, they stumble upon a high-tech murder for hire scheme that will take them around the country.
Lee, Patrick. Runner (STM, 24.99) Feb. In the first of a new series, a former Special Forces operative agrees to help a young girl he finds fleeing a group of armed men, sending them both on the run.
Leuthardt, Eric C. RedDevil 4 (STM, 26.99) Feb. A technophobic St. Louis detective and his young, female partner are assigned a case of murder that is connected to a technological breakthrough made by a neuroscientist.
Lippman, Laura. After I’m Gone (HC, 26.99) Feb. A shady businessman skips town before he can be arrested, leaving behind his beloved wife and daughters with little of his ill-gotten gains, and when his former mistress’s body is found years later, a former Baltimore cop investigates the cold case. I loved this.
Lister, Michael. Rivers to Blood (Pulpwood, 26.95) Mar. Florida prison chaplain John Jordan stops to help when a prison van swerves off the road, and is knocked out by an escaping prisoner, only one of the serious issues he’s facing.
McBeth, Colette. Precious Thing (STM, 24.99) Mar. When she discovers that her close high-school friend has disappeared, a television newscaster must face the unthinkable—maybe she didn’t really know her at all--in a debut mystery set in London.
McHugh, Laura. The Weight of Blood (RH, 26.00) Mar. A young girl whose mother disappeared years ago finds a necklace belonging to her murdered friend in a relative’s trailer and begins to wonder if there is a connection between the disappearance and the murder in a novel of psychological suspense set in the Ozarks
McMahon, Jennifer. The Winter People (DD, 25.95) Feb. A scary thriller set in rural Vermont, with a woman whose investigation into her mother’s disappearance leads her to research another disappearance from the same farm one hundred years before.
Mina, Denise. The Red Road (LB, 26.00) Feb. Police detective Alex Morrow is testifying against an arms dealer, but the investigation leads to a wealthy Scottish attorney and a woman who’s spying on the people who put her in jail. Mina is excellent.
Monday, T.T. The Setup Man (Doubleday, 24.95) Mar. A former baseball player turned PI investigates when a friend asks him to find an embarrassing sex video of his wife, but the case soon turns into a case of murder, prostitution, and sex trafficking in a debut mystery.
Montanari, Richard. The Stolen Ones (Mull, 26.00) Feb. When a murdered man is discovered to have ties to a now-closed psychiatric facility in Philadelphia, known for macabre experiments in dream therapy, homicide detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano investigate.
Moore, Lisa. Caught (Grove, 25.00) Feb. A charming young surfer/pot dealer breaks out of jail to plan the biggest marijuana heist in history in a well-crafted adventure that moves from Canada to Mexico to Colombia.
Morley, Isla. Above (SS, 24.99) Mar. A young woman who has been abducted by a survivalist and locked in an abandoned missile silo raises her son on myths of another, different world, but when she is given the opportunity to go free, she finds herself torn in a brilliant novel of psychological suspense.
Murphy, Shirley Rousseau and Pat J.J. Murphy. The Cat, the Devil, and Lee Fontana (HC, 19.99) Feb. In this prequel to the Joel Grey series, a cat decides to protect a bank robber from the temptations of the Devil.
Nunn, Kem. Chance (SS, 26.00) Feb. A brilliant novel of psychological suspense about a San Francisco psychiatrist who becomes sexually involved with a female patient who suffers from multiple personality disordered and who is married to a psychopathic former homicide detective. Highly recommended.
O’Connor, Scott. Half World (SS, 26.00) Feb. A woman discovers that her father had run a project for the CIA drugging unwitting victims with mind-altering substances to research the effects in the 1950s, and that he is still being tracked by the agency after his disappearance years before.
Offit, Mike. Nothing Personal (STM, 25.99) Feb. A young financial analyst on Wall Street finds himself at the center of four murders in a financial thriller set among the wealth—and greed—of the 1980s.
Oldham, Nick. Judgement Call (SH, 28.95) Feb. In a prequel set at the beginning of Superintendent Christie’s career, the young policeman finds that enthusiasm is no match for experience when his attempts to stop an ongoing spree of bank robberies leads to the shooting of a constable.
Parks, Brad. The Player (STM, 25.99) Mar. Investigative journalist Carter Ross is doing a story on a construction site that is sickening the surrounding neighbors, but he discovers a relationship between the company and the Mafia that may be more dangerous to his health in the latest in this smart, funny series.
Parshall, Sandra. Poisoned Ground (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Mar. When a well-liked couple is gunned down in their yard, veterinarian Rachel Goddard investigates in what appears to be a violent confrontation between two factions—those supporting a developer’s plans to build a resort and those who want to maintain family farms in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Parsons, Kelly. Doing Harm (STM, 25.99) Feb. In this debut medical thriller, an ambitious surgeon discovers that his patients are being murdered by a psychopathic colleague, but he must find the evidence before he accuses him.
Passman, Don. The Amazing Harvey (STM, 25.99) Feb. When DNA evidence makes him the chief suspect in a murder, a struggling magician turns sleuth to find the real killer in a mystery about truth and illusion.
Patterson, James and Marshall Karp. NYPD Red 2 (LB, 28.00) Mar. The members of the task force that targets those committing the most extreme crimes in the city are called in when a killer who concentrates on tracking down and killing those who have eluded the justice system abducts a woman with political secrets.
Pavone, Chris. The Accident (RH, 26.00) Mar. When an anonymous manuscript about a global media baron reaches the desk of a New York literary agent, she fears that it may be too dangerous to publish—and she’s right--as a group of ruthless characters including a Berlin-based spy try to prevent publication.
Perry, Karen. The Innocent Sleep (HH, 26.00) Feb. After their son dies in an earthquake in Tangier, a couple returns to Dublin and begin putting their lives back together, but the husband sees a child he is convinced is their son whose body was never found.
Ramsay, Frederick. Drowning Barbie (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Feb. When the body of a meth-addicted woman is found in a shallow grave, Sheriff Ike Schwartz goes looking for the woman’s daughter, who suffered horrendous sexual exploitation to support her mother’s habit in the latest in this Virginia series.
Rhodes, Kate. A Killing of Angels (STM, 25.99) Feb. Psychologist Alice Quentin reluctantly agrees to help out in case involving the murders of men working in London’s financial district—all found with a white feather and a picture of an angel in their pockets.
Robb, J.D. Concealed in Death (Put, 27.95) Feb. When Eve Dallas’s husband finds two skeletons in a building slated for demolition, he calls her, and she is faced with a case of multiple murder in the remains of a makeshift sanctuary for teenaged runaways.
Robertson, Michael. Moriarty Returns a Letter (STM, 24.99) Feb. The lawyer brothers at 221B Baker Street are plunged into another Sherlockian adventure on the eve of Reggie’s pre-wedding trip with his beloved.
Robinson, Peter. Children of the Revolution (HC, 25.99) Mar. DI Banks investigates the death of a disgraced college professor, found dead with ₤5000 in his pocket in a case that leads back to the man’s student days.
Robotham, Michael. Watching You (Mull, 26.00) Mar. Psychologist Joe O’Loughlin agrees to help a woman whose husband has disappeared, leaving her with a book of photos, interviews, and anecdotes chronicling her life, and the realization that anyone who has crossed her has paid with his life.
Rosenfelt, David. Without Warning (STM, 25.99) Mar. When a time capsule from fifty years ago is opened in a small Maine town, a series of murders are predicted and the sheriff realizes that they are ongoing.
Scofield, Ted. Eat What You Kill (STM, 25.99) Mar. A young and ambitious Wall Street analyst who was disastrously wrong about a stock in the past finds that his chance for redemption is going south quickly and realizes that murder may be the only way to save himself.
Seymour, Gerald. The Dealer and the Dead (STM, 26.99) Feb. The survivors of a massacre in a Serbian village plot their revenge when they discover who was in fact responsible for a missing arms shipment.
Shaw, William. She’s Leaving Home (LB, 26.00) Feb. In a first novel set in 1968 in London, DS Cathal Breen investigates when the naked body of a young woman is found outside of the Beatles’ recording studio, and the culture clash between the generations as well as immigration create a stew of likely and not-so likely suspects.
Simon, Clea. Grey Howl (SH, 27.95) Mar. Graduate student Dulcie Schwartz turns sleuth when a visiting scholar attending a prestigious academic conference in Cambridge is found dead.
Simpson, N.P. B.O.Q. (Blair, 26.95) Mar. In the first of a series, a Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent investigates the suspicious death of the wife of a retired officer at the Bachelor Officer Quarters at Camp Lejeune.
Smith, Lachlan. Lion Plays Rough (Per, 24.00) Feb. When a woman arrives at his San Francisco office to ask for his help because her brother was framed, attorney Leo Maxwell uncovers a trail of crooked police activity in the second in this excellent series.
Spencer, Sally. Death’s Dark Shadow (SH, 28.95) Mar. DCI Paniatowski investigates a murder in London that has its roots in events from the time of the Spanish Civil War.
Stein, Triss. Brooklyn Graves (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Mar. When her friend’s husband is murdered, widowed mother and graduate student Erica Donato agrees to investigate in the second in the series.
Straley, John. Cold Storage Alaska (Soho, 26.95) Feb. When an ex-con returns to his home town of Cold Storage, he wants to settle down and open a bar/church and to help his brother take care of their mother, but his vengeful ex-partner is after him, a state trooper wants to bust him for narcotics, and he’s begun to hear animals talking to him. Highly recommended.
Swanson, Peter. The Girl with a Clock for a Heart (HC, 25.99) Mar. When a Boston business manager for a magazine glimpses a girl he knew in college, he is plunged into a dangerous business when she asks him to help her persuade her married lover—from whom she stole half a million dollars—to call off the thug who is after her and the money in a suspenseful and Machiavellian debut.
Troy, Judy. The Quiet Streets of Winslow (Per, 25.00) Feb. A poetic and intelligent mystery set in Arizona about the effect of the murder of a troubled young woman on two brothers who find the body and the deputy sheriff who must uncover what happened to her.
White, Randy Wayne. Bone Deep (Put, 26.95) Mar. Doc Ford and Tomlinson agree to help recover a relic stolen from the Crow tribe, and their search takes them to a part of Central Florida known for black marketeers and the secretive phosphate industry—both lethal.
New and Forthcoming in Paperback Reprint
Abbott, Jeff. Downfall (GC, 8.00) Feb.
Andrews, Donna. The Hen of the Baskervilles (STM, 7.99) Mar.
Baldacci, David. The Hit (GC, 10.00) Mar.
Beaton, M.C. Death of Yesterday (GC, 8.00) Mar.
Berenson, Alex. The Night Ranger (NAL, 9.99) Feb.
Box, C.J. Breaking Point (Brk, 9.99) Mar.
Castle, Richard. Storm Front (Hach, 9.99) Mar.
Childs, Laura. Sweet Tea Revenge (Brk, 7.99) Mar.
Clark, Mary Higgins. Daddy’s Gone a-Hunting (Pkt, 7.99) Mar.
Coben, Harlan. Six Years (Brk, 9.99) Feb.
Crawford, Isis. A Catered St. Patrick’s Day (Kens, 7.99) Mar. Reissue.
Daheim, Mary. Alpine Xanadu (BDD, 7.99) Mar.
Dunn, Matthew. Slingshot (HC, 5.99) Feb.
Evanovich, Janet and Lee Goldberg. The Heist (BDD, 8.99) Mar.
Fletcher, Jessica and Donald Bain. Murder She Wrote: Prescription for Murder (NAL, 7.99) Mar.
Fluke, Joanne. Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (Kens, 7.99) Feb.
George, Elizabeth. Believing the Lie (NAL, 7.99) Mar. Reprint.
Graham, Bob. Keys to the Kingdom (Van, 7.99) Feb.
Johansen, Iris. Silencing Eve (STM, 7.99) Feb.
Maberry, Jonathan. Patient Zero (STM, 9.99) Feb.
McKevett, G.A. Killer Honeymoon (Kens, 7.99) Mar.
Meier, Leslie. Easter Bunny Murder (Kens, 7.99) Mar.
Page, Katherine Hall. Body in the Piazza (HC, 7.99) Feb.
Patterson, James. Alex Cross, Run (GC, 10.00) Mar.
Patterson, James and Marshall Karp. NYPD Red (GC, 10.00) Feb.
Pirro, Jeanine. Clever Fox (Hyp, 8.00) Mar
Robb, J.D. Thankless in Death (Brk, 7.99) Mar.
Rollins, James. The Eye of God (HC, 9.99) Feb.
Scottoline, Lisa. Think Twice (STM, 7.99) Feb.
Silva, Daniel. The English Girl (HC, 9.99) Feb.
Slaughter, Karin. Unseen (BDD, 7.99) Feb.
Stephens, Jeffrey S. Targets of Revenge (Pkt, 7.99) Feb.
Tanenbaum, Robert K. Tragic (Pkt, 9.99) Mar.
Thoft, Ingrid. Loyalty (Brk, 9.99) Mar.
White, Randy Wayne. Night Moves (NAL, 9.99) Feb.
Wilson, F. Paul. Nightworld (STM, 8.99) Feb.
Wolfe, Tom. Back to Blood (GC, 10.00) Feb.
New and Forthcoming in Paperback Original
Aames, Avery. Days of Wine and Roquefort (NAL, 7.99) Feb. When she finds a secretive sommelier dead during a publicity event, cheese shop owner Charlotte must discover who paired wine with murder.
Alden, Laura. Poison at the PTA (Brk, 7.99) Feb. When one of the speakers at the local PTA’s eightieth-birthday bash is poisoned, Beth’s next order of business is catching a killer.
Arlington, Lucy. Books, Cooks, and Crooks (NAL, 7.99) Feb. When a celebrity chef is killed during the cookbook fair, literary agent Lila Wilkins must discover which of her clients is a killer.
Behre, Mary. Spirited (Brk, 7.99) Mar. In a debut of paranormal romantic suspense, a woman who sees ghosts finds herself implicated in a series of deadly crimes by a needy ghost, a fact that she can’t explain to the sexy cop who’s in charge of the investigation.
Bradford, Laura. Shunned and Dangerous (Brk, 7.99) Mar. When Claire finds a dead body in a farmer’s corn maze, she turns to her friend, Detective Fisher, who must investigate a murder on his own father’s farm—not an easy thing for a man who has been shunned for becoming a cop in the third in this cozy series set in Amish country.
Brown, Duffy. Pearls and Poison (Brk, 7.99) Mar. Regan’s mom is running for office, but when her opponent is murdered, Regan has to come to the rescue and find a killer.
Bryant, Mollie Cox. Death of an Irish Diva (Kens, 7.99) Feb. When a famed Irish dancer is found dead in her studio while rehearsing for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, the Cumberland Creek scrapbooking group goes looking for a murderer.
Burdette, Lucy. Murder with Ganache (Brk, 7.99) Feb. When her stepbrother arrives in Key West ready to party, Hayley goes in search of him and finds him barely conscious and his female companion dead.
Carlson, Alyse. Keeping Mum (Brk, 7.99) Mar. In her job promoting Roanoke’s gardens, Camellia Harris must find a candidate for murderer during a deadly political fundraiser.
Cochran, Peg. Iced to Death (Brk, 7.99) Mar. When Gigi’s sister falls for a local bar owner, her heart is broken when he becomes a suspect in a murder.
Collins, Kate. Throw in the Trowel (Brk, 7.99) Feb. When a skeleton is found in the basement of Marco’s bar after he and Abby return from their romantic honeymoon, they must unearth the killer’s identity or they may not live to celebrate their first anniversary.
Connolly, Sheila. Scandal in Skibbereen (NAL, 7.99) Feb. As the owner of a pub in County Cork, Maura hears lots of village gossip, but the latest rumor may close her down for good.
Gerber, Daryl Wood. Inherit the Word (Brk, 7.99) Mar. Jenna must find out who conjured up a killer recipe when an amateur chef competing in the Grill Fest gets murdered.
Hale, Rebecca. How to Paint a Cat (Brk, 7.99) Mar. The cats are following the painted trail of clues across San Francisco to solve the disappearance of Uncle Oscar, but could there be a link with the murder of an intern at City Hall?
Haywood, B.B. Town in a Strawberry Swirl (NAL, 7.99) Feb. When a local berry farmer is found dead near his strawberry fields, Candy finds herself in a jam in the latest in this series set in Maine.
James, Miranda. The Silence of the Library (NAL, 7.99) Feb. When the visit of a famous novelist has fatal consequences, librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat must find a devious killer.
Lee, Elizabeth. A Tough Nut to Kill (NAL, 7.99) Feb. A debut cozy featuring the owner of a family pecan grove in Texas who discovers her uncle murdered in the greenhouse and a new stock of trees destroyed.
Logan, Kylie. A Tale of Two Biddies (NAL, 7.99) Feb. To celebrate Bastille Day, the Literary Ladies are reading Dickens’s Tale of Two Cities, but when murder strikes they must turn to sleuthing.
London, Meg. A Fatal Slip (NAL, 7.99) Feb. During a special evening for men to shop for their sweethearts in the Sweet Nothings lingerie shop, a former valentine shows up and is later found dead, implicating Aunt Arabella in a murder.
Lyle, Dixie. A Taste Fur Murder (STM, 7.99) Mar. In the first in a new series, the administrative assistant to a wealthy woman finds herself seeing ghosts, and then her dead cat returns to help her solve a murder along with an ectoplasmic dog....
MacRae, Molly. Spinning in her Grave (NAL, 7.99) Mar. In the third in this paranormal cozy series, Kath must unravel the tangled clues when a local baker is shot by a real gun during a historical reenactment.
McLaughlin, Staci. Green Living Can Be Deadly (Kens, 7.99) Feb. Organic farmer Dana Lewis organizes a Green Living festival, but when an energy guru is found dead, she finds herself looking for more than a carbon footprint.
Reed, Hannah. Beewitched (NAL, 7.99) Feb. Beekeeper Story Fischer must comb through the clues when the member of a witch’s coven is killed.
Rose, Karen. Watch your Back (Brk, 7.99) Feb. When a Baltimore homicide detective learns that her former partner may have caused a miscarriage of justice, she is determined to find the truth, even if it means dredging up a dangerous past.
Ryan, Annalise. Board Stiff (Kens, 7.99) Mar. The deputy coroner of a small Wisconsin town investigates the murder of a nursing home director in the latest in this funny series.
Swanson, Denise. Dead Between the Lines (NAL, 7.99) Mar. Dev opens her old-fashioned five-and-dime to a local book club, but after she discovers a poet’s body outside the store, she must investigate a murder.
Thomson, Keith. Seven Grams of Lead (BDD, 7.99) Mar. A Washington journalist is running for his life after a close source is gunned down before she can reveal a deadly government secret. Thomson is great.
Westlake, Donald. The Comedy is Finished (Hard Case, 7.99) Mar. Westlake’s final novel set in 1977 about a comedian kidnapped by a revolutionary group.
New and Forthcoming in Quality Paperback
Andrews, Mary Kay. Heart Trouble (HC, 14.99) Feb. Atlanta PI Callahan Garrity agrees to help a woman uncover her husband’s assets during a divorce. Irish Eyes (HC, 14.99) will be reissued in March.
Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince (Png, 14.00) Mar. When a young girl tells her that the silver pieces in a museum used to belong to an aristocratic Russian family, Lori decides to investigate.
Atkins, Ace. The Broken Places (Brk, 16.00) Mar. Sheriff Quinn Colson has his hands full when a pardoned killer returns to Jericho claiming to have repented of his evil ways, although the family of his victim has its doubts. An excellent entry in an excellent series.
Baker, Shannon. Broken Trust (MidInk, 14.99) Mar. Nora Abbott moves to boulder, CO to work for an environmental trust, but she discovers a half-million dollar embezzlement and a murder.
Bolton, S.J. Lost (STM, 15.99) Mar. London police detective Lacey Flint becomes involved in the investigation of a series of child murders, despite the fact that she’s on leave from the police department.
Bonner, Bryn. Death in Reel Time (SS, 15.00) Mar. When genealogists Sophreena and Esme are hired to trace a woman’s family tree they must deal with murder after their research shows that her father’s disappearance may be influencing the present.
Burton, Jeffrey. The Chessman (Per, 14.95) Mar. A traumatized FBI agent is forced out of retirement to catch a copy-cat of the killer who destroyed his career, but the original killer is also unhappy that someone is “plagiarizing” him, so he returns.
Bushnell, Jeremy P. The Weirdness (RH, 16.95) Mar. In a funny, debut paranormal thriller, a Brooklyn-based writer finds his life changes when the Devil shows up in his apartment and asks him to find a mystical toy cat stolen by a powerful warlock.
Caputo, Philip. Equation for Evil (HC, 14.99) Feb. When a lone gunman opens fire on a group of Asian-American schoolchildren and then shoots himself, a California forensic psychiatrist and special agent Gabriel Chin team up to create a forensic profile of the killer.
Carver, Tania. Cage of Bones (Peg, 15.95) Mar. When a feral child is found in a cage made of bones in a building scheduled for demolition, DI Brennan and psychologist Marina Esposito are on the trail of a killer who has operated undetected for thirty years.
Crombie, Deborah. The Sound of Breaking Glass (HC, 14.99) Feb. Gemma is assigned the case of the death of a well-respected barrister in a seedy hotel in Crystal Palace, and the team’s search for his companion leads them to unexpected corners.
Davidson, Hillary. Evil in All its Disguises (STM, 15.99) Mar. When travel writer Lily Marsh joins a group of journalists for a press junket in Acapulco, she discovers the corrupt reality beneath the elegant façade and must hunt for a friend who has disappeared.
Freeman, Brian. Spilled Blood (Quercus, 14.99) Mar. When a teenaged girl is accused of shooting a friend, her attorney father agrees to help, but first he must learn all about his estranged daughter.
French, Nicci. Tuesday’s Gone (Png, 16.00) Mar. London psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to identify a decomposing corpse, found beside an incoherent woman in a case that may be tied to her own past.
Goldsborough, Robert. Murder in the Ball Park (Mys, 14.99) Jan. when a sniper kills a New York state senator at a baseball game in post-WWII Manhattan, Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe investigate the death.
Griffiths, Elly. A Dying Fall (HMH, 14.95) Mar. When an old friend dies in a house fire and she receives a letter written shortly before his death describing an exciting find of some bones that could belong to King Arthur, Ruth Galloway decides to investigate in a case that is dangerous to her and her young daughter.
Hall, Parnell. Stakeout (Peg, 14.95) Mar. NYC PI Stanley Hastings is staking out a Jersey motel hired by a woman who suspects her husband of cheating, but what he doesn’t know is that the man has been murdered—and he’s the police’s main suspect in another funny caper.
Hallinan, Timothy. The Fame Thief (Soho, 14.95) Mar. Junior is asked by a Hollywood mob kingpin to investigate a crime that was commited over sixty years ago, when a young starlet’s career was destroyed by the publication of some compromising photos. An excellent entry in an excellent series.
Hardaker, Vaughn G. Sniper (Skyhorse, 14.95) Feb. When four people are killed by a sniper on Boston Common, a homicide detective goes after the killer in a bloody debut crime novel of revenge.
Harlow, Jennifer. Werewolf Sings the Blues (MidInk, 14.99) Mar. A country singer whose career is going nowhere, who’s being stalked, and who’s pushing thirty is abducted, but her stalker saves her—and turns out to be a werewolf sent by her father.
Hart, Carolyn. Castle Rock (Prom, 13.95) Feb. A novel of romantic suspense from 1983 about a young woman who must run a New Mexico guest ranch while investigating the death of her guardian.
Hart, Erin. The Book of Killowen (SS, 16.00) Mar. While investigating a ninth-century body hidden in a car trunk, Irish archaeologist Cormac Maguire and pathologist Nora Gavin discover the body of a television presenter as well—both men viciously murdered—in a case that takes them from the bogs to an artist’s colony.
Hunsiker, Harry. The Contractors (T&M, 14.95) Feb. When a drug bust set up to kill the chief witness against a Mexican drug cartel goes bad, the two DEA contractors hired to set up the bust lose their money, and, worse, the witness escapes in a noir set in West Texas.
Imber, Gerald. Wendell Black, MD (HC, 14.99) Feb. In a debut mystery, a police surgeon for the NYPD is asked to help during a transatlantic flight when a woman loses consciousness, but he is unable to help her, and the autopsy offers some unpleasant surprises tied to a friend of the surgeon’s lover.
Jones, Holly Goddard. The Next Time You See Me (SS, 14.99) Feb. The disappearance of a young woman from a small Southern town reveals the secrets and lies not only of her family, but also of the other residents in a skillful and suspenseful debut novel.
Jakubowski, Maxim. The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries (Per, 13.95) Feb. A collection of 42 mystery short stories, including Dagger-winning writers.
Kelly, Erin. The Burning Air (Png, 16.00) Feb. When a privileged family gathers in the English countryside after the death of the beloved and saintly mother, a stranger appears, accusing the mother of murder. For fans of Nicci French.
Kelly, Mary Louise. Anonymous Sources (SS, 16.00) Mar. A Boston reporter investigating the supposed suicide of a young man with everything to live for discovers a deadly terrorist conspiracy in a thriller that will change the way you think of bananas forever.
Keyes, Marian. The Mystery of Mercy Close (Png, 16.00) Mar. An Irish PI is having trouble keeping her business open when her ex-boyfriend appears with a lucrative missing persons case. Highly recommended.
Kilroy, Claire. The Devil I Know (Grove, 16.00) Feb. A disgraced Irish aristocrat unexpectedly finds himself back in Dublin and becomes involved in a business deal with a former schoolmate who is making millions in the Irish economic boom in a funny satire of the Celtic Tiger.
Krueger, William Kent. Ordinary Grace (SS, 15.00) Mar. An evocative novel about a man looking back on a murder in a small Minnesota town when he was a young teenager.
Leonard, Peter. Eyes Closed Tight (Story Plant, 13.95) Mar. A former Detroit homicide detective discovers the body of a murdered escort in a beach chair at his Florida motel and the M.O. of the murder is that of a man already behind bars.
Lescroart, John. The Ophelia Cut (SS, 15.00) Mar. Dismas Hardy must defend his own brother-in-law against the charge of murdering his daughter’s rapist.
Littlefield, Sophie. House of Glass (Mira, 14.95) Mar. When two men break into their home, a couple and their children find themselves in family therapy at gunpoint in a domestic thriller.
Lutz, Lisa. Spellman Six (SS, 15.00) Mar. San Francisco PI Izzy Spellman is on the verge of losing her PI license after being accused of embezzling from a client in a case that takes the dysfunctional family in a new direction.
Maberry, Jonathan. Code Zero (STM, 15.99) Mar. A zombie thriller featuring operative Joe Ledger and the Echo Team who hunt a team of killers who have broken into the Governments bioweapons lab.
Marshall, Michael. We Are Here (Mull, 15.00) Feb. While in NYC to meet with a publisher, a schoolteacher is approached by a stranger, who then follows him home in a page-turning thriller with a paranormal twist.
McKinty, Sean. In the Morning I’ll Be Gone (Seventh St, 15.95) Mar. The final volume in the Troubles trilogy, with Detective Sean Duffy investigating a locked room mystery.
Mims, Lee. Trusting Viktor (MidInk, 14.99) Feb. Geologist Cleo Cooper agrees to help the inexperienced geologist working on her ex-husband’s natural gas enterprise off the coast of North Carolina, but she is attacked and nearly raped the first night she arrives.
Mina, Denise. Gods and Beasts (LB, 15.00) Feb. Glasgow DS Alex Morrow investigates an armed bank robbery that leaves a grandfather dead, and uncovers a sinister political network behind it.
Nolan, Terri. Glass Houses (MidInk, 14.99) Feb. L.A. investigative journalist Birdie Keane is working on a story about a cold-case murder, but she attracts the attention of serial killer who leaves a bloody message at the scene of the crime, and she must team up with her police detective cousin to stop the killer.
Nutting, Alyssa. Tampa (HC, 14.99) Mar. A sexual predator is in the school system, but with a twist—this one is female.
Oates, Joyce Carol. Daddy Love (Mys, 16.00) Feb. When her son is abducted by a crazed preacher, a woman never gives up looking for him, not knowing that the child himself realizes that he must escape his abductor or he will not survive. This may be the scariest book I’ve ever read.
Oswald, James. Natural Causes (HMH, 13.95) Mar. In the first of a police procedural series set in Edinburgh, DI McLean investigates when a serial killer terrorizes the city, a case that he thinks has a connection to the murder of a young woman sixty years before.
Patterson, James and David Ellis. Mistress (GC, 16.00) Mar. When the love of his life is murdered, a man discovers that she led a secret, illicit life.
Patterson, James and Howard Roughan. Second Honeymoon (GC, 16.00) Feb. Someone is targeting honeymooners causing panic and hysteria.
Patterson, Richard North. The Lasko Tangent (Nor, 14.95) Feb. A reissue of his first novel, featuring a young government lawyer, a murdered witness, and political corruption.
Perry, Thomas. The Boyfriend (Mys, 16.00) Feb. A Los Angeles PI is hired by the family of a murdered escort after the police investigation dries up, and he discovers that there are numerous murders of escorts around the country that fit the same MO. This is not your usual serial-killer mystery. Highly recommended.
Pidgeon, Sean. Finding Camlann (Nor, 14.95) Jan. A discovery at Stonehenge makes an archaeologist believe that he may have discovered the remains of King Arthur, so he and a linguist begin a quest to find the historical Arthur.
Pyper, Andrew. The Demonologist (SS, 15.00) Mar. A Milton scholar must use what he has learned about Lucifer and his demons when his child is stolen while with him on a trip to Venice in a scary novel of Paradise Lost and paranormal suspense.
Riley, Lucinda. The Midnight Rose (SS, 16.00) Mar. A film star on location at a crumbling English manor house joins forces with a man looking into his family’s past in a multigenerational saga of the British Raj.
Robertson, Michael. The Baker Street Translation (STM, 15.99) Feb. The two brothers whose law office is located at 221 B Baker Street in London receive a letter that a man is threatening a terrorist attack at an upcoming royal appearance.
Robinson, Peter. Watching the Dark (HC, 14.99) Feb. When a highly-decorated detective inspector is killed on the grounds of a treatment center and compromising photographs are found, there is an implication ofcorruption, but DI Banks believes that the case is tied to an unsolved missing-persons case.
Rose, M. J. Seduction (SS, 15.00) Mar. A scholar researching the Celtic history of the Isle of Jersey becomes involved in a gothic mystery tied to the séances that Victor Hugo held to establish contact with his dead daughter over a hundred years before. Nicely creepy.
Ross, Ann B. Miss Julia Stirs up Trouble (Png, 16.00) Mar. Miss Julia discovers that young Lloyd has been roped into an Internet scam by Hazel Marie’s shady preacher uncle.
Russinovich, Mark. Trojan Horse (STM, 15.99) Mar. A techno-thriller about two cyber experts who discover a Chinese plot to launch a cyber war against the U.S. and the UN.
Scottoline, Lisa. Don’t Go (STM, 15.99) Mar. A doctor who is sent to Afghanistan is devastated when his wife dies during his tour of duty, and when he returns for his infant daughter, he realizes that things are not what they appear.
Shannon, John. Chinese Beverly Hills (Per, 14.95) Mar. Los Angeles PI Jack Liffey goes to a racially tense Monterey Park when a former mistress asks him to find her missing daughter.
Spector, Liv. The Rich and the Dead (HC, 13.99) Mar. In a debut crime novel involving time travel, a Miami homicide detective gets a chance to do over her unsatisfactory investigation into the murders of twelve members of a secretive philanthropic society.
Stevens, Taylor. The Doll (Rh, 15.00) Mar. Information specialist Vanessa Michael Munroe must transport a starlet for a group of human traffickers who are holding her friend—who will die if she doesn’t do as she’s told.
Storr, Will. The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone (SS, 16.00) Mar. An apprentice chef is discouraged by his time at a trendy London restaurant until he discovers that an ancestor was put to death as a witch for the ability to create food so exquisite that it turned the taster mad in a genre-bending gothic novel of ambition and food.
Vachss, Andrew. Aftershock (RH, 15.95) Mar. When a young woman guns down a fellow student, Dell, a former mercenary, vows to discover the reason why, even though the girl herself refuses to talk.
Walker, Walter. Crime of Privilege (Ball, 15.00) Feb. A DA reopens a murder case of a young woman, a case that pits him against one of the area’s most powerful and beloved families.
Washburn, Frances. The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band (UofA, 16.95) Feb. A mystery set on the Pine Ridge Reservation, featuring the lead singer of a band who is drawn in to the murder of a patron at the bar where her group is playing by the FBI. Signing.
Willig, Lauren. The Ashford Affair (STM, 15.99) Mar. A New York attorney discovers a long-hidden family secret at her grandmother’s ninety-ninth birthday celebration that calls into question her identity. Highly recommended.
New and Forthcoming in International Mysteries
Alameddine, Rabih. An Unnecessary Woman (Atl, 25.00) Feb. A seventy-six year old bookseller in war-torn Beirut has made for herself the task of translating a favorite book into Arabic every year, books that no one else ever sees in a powerful and magical novel about the power of books.
Betto, Frei. Hotel Brasil (Con, 14.95) Mar. When the head of a resident in a dilapidated Rio hotel is found with both eyes removed, the police investigate the eccentric residents, including a cross-dresser, a prostitute turned pimp, and a bookish man who works with the city’s orphaned street kids in what PW describes as “a satire of an English country house mystery, as interpreted by Pedro Almódovar.”
Bilal, Parker. The Ghost Runner (Bloomsbury, 27.00) Feb. In Cairo, Sudanese PI Makana is on a routine surveillance job when he encounters the body of a dead teenaged girl, and he vows to find the killer because the Egyptian authorities are loath to investigate honor killings.
Black, Cara. Murder below Montparnasse (Soho, 14.95) Feb. Paris PI Aimee Leduc is hired to protect a priceless painting, but when the elderly Russian owner is found tortured to death in his atelier, she discovers that art isn’t always pretty.
_____. Murder in Pigalle (Soho, 27.95) Mar. A pregnant Aimee Leduc agrees to investigate when the thirteen-year-old daughter of a café owner disappears in an area where a serial rapist has been terrorizing the residents. Black is wonderful.
Blair, Peggy. The Poisoned Pawn (Pintail, 16.00) Feb. Returning to Ottawa from Havana, Detective Mike Ellis discovers that his estranged wife has been murdered, while Havana detective Ramirez arrives in Ottawa to take custody of a Cuban priest found with child pornography on his laptop.
Brekke, Jorgen. Where Monsters Dwell (STM, 25.99) Feb. A grotesque murder in Norway and an equally grisly murder in Virginia are connected by a sixteenth-century palimpsest of a Norwegian serial murderer’s confession.
Colla, Elliott. Baghdad Central (Bitter Lemon, 14.95) Feb. When his niece disappears in American-occupied Baghdad, a former policeman investigates, only to find himself in the infamous Abu Ghraib prison.
Constanini, Roberto.The Deliverance of Evil (Quercus, 26.95) Feb. In a debut thriller set in Rome, a police commissario investigates the murder of a teenager that is the first of a string of torture/murders spanning decades.
Edwardson, Ȧke. Room No. 10 (SS, 15.99) Mar. Gothenberg homicide detective Erik Winter investigates the hanging death of a woman in a seedy hotel and ties it to a murder twenty years before in the same hotel.
Fallada, Hans. Once a Jailbird (Arcade, 17.95) Feb. A gritty novel set in Hamburg, originally written in 1934, about an ex-con who finds that maintaining a regular life outside of prison is impossible.
Garnier, Pascal. The Panda Theory (Gallic, 12.95) Feb. When a psychopath moves to a Breton village, the residents welcome him, not knowing that anything or nothing can set off his urge to kill.
Gee, Poppy. Bay of Fires (LB, 15.00) Mar. A woman returns to Tasmania with her life in ruins, and her discovery of the body of a woman on the beach puts her in conflict with a journalist who arrives to investigate the murder and the disappearance of another woman a year earlier.
Giovanni, Maurizio de. Day of the Dead (Europa, 17.00) Mar. In the fourth in this series set in 1930s Naples, Comissario Ricciardi investigates the death of a street urchin, despite the warnings from his superiors who are preparing for a visit from Mussolini.
Horst, Jorn Lier. Closed for Winter (Duf, 16.95) Mar. When a body is found in a cottage on the Norwegian coast, DCI Wisting is sent to investigate what becomes a more and more peculiar case that may be tied to a ring of Lithuanian thieves.
Jia, Mai. Decoded (FSG, 26.00) Mar. A debut espionage thriller by a writer who spent many years in the Chinese intelligence services, featuring an autistic genius who is recruited into the intelligence service and works as a cryptographer to solve a code created by his mentor who has defected.
Jungstedt, Mari. The Dead of Summer (Stockholm, 14.95) Feb. DS Anders Knutas is on vacation when his deputy begins the investigation of a grisly murder of the owner of a small construction company on the Swedish island of Faro.
Kestin, Hesh. The Lie (SS, 24.00) Mar. An Israeli defense attorney known for defending Palestinians finds herself torn when her own son is kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists in a brilliant novel of psychological suspense.
Koppel, Hans. Never Coming Back (Peg, 14.95) Mar. When a woman disappears from her home in Sweden, her distraught husband does not know that she is being kept a prisoner in the cellar of a neighboring house in a terrifying novel of revenge.
Leon, Donna. Death and Judgment (Grove, 15.00) and Dressed for Death (Grove, 15.00) Mar. A reissue of the early Brunetti mysteries.
_____. The Golden Egg (Grove, 15.00) Mar. Brunetti’s wife asks him to investigate when the mentally-handicapped man who worked at the dry cleaners is found dead, and he discovers that the man has no history—no birth certificate, no driver’s license, no bank account.
Mackenzie, Jassy. Pale Horse (Soho, 14.95) Mar. Johannesburg PI Jade de Jong is hired to investigate the death of a woman killed in a parachuting accident, but further digging reveals that there are serious irregularities with the charity for which the woman worked. An excellent series for those who like Zoe Sharp or Taylor Stevens.
Maloney, Shane. The Brush-Off (Arcade, 14.95) and Stiff (Arcade, 14.95) Feb. A reissue of two funny Australian mysteries featuring a political advisor to a Member of Parliament, whose troubleshooting involves solving inconvenient murders.
Mishani, D.A. The Missing File (HC, 14.99) Feb. A Tel Aviv police detective is faced with the case of a missing boy and the best suspect is the boy’s enigmatic tutor in a powerful debut mystery.
Motte, Anders de la. Bubble (SS, 16.00) Feb. Gamer HP decides that he must bring down the evil Game Master once and for all to save himself and his sister in the thrilling finale of the Swedish trilogy.
Nesbo, Jo. Cockroaches (RH, 14.95) Feb. In his second case, Norwegian detective Harry Hole is sent to Bangkok when the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a brothel.
Ngugi, Wanjiku wa. The Fall of Saints (SS, 24.00) Feb. In a debut thriller set in the U.S. and Africa, a couple who adopt a child from Kenya discover irregularities with the adoption, and their investigation leads to threats and danger.
Ohlsson, Kristina. The Disappeared (SS, 25.00) Mar. When a young woman’s body is found two years after her disappearance, forensic analyst Fredrika Bergman and her team are assigned the case, but soon more bodies appear in a case that may be related to some research done by the first young woman.
Padura Fuentes, Leonardo. The Man Who Loved Dogs (FSG, 35.00) Mar. A gripping novel of murder and politics by Cuba’s foremost crime writer about a dying man who claims to be the murderer of Leon Trotsky in Mexico City in 1940.
Persson, Leif G.W. Free Falling, As If in a Dream (RH, 27.95) Feb. The concluding volume in the trilogy dealing with the political murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme is a great conspiracy thriller, with, according to PW, “strong characterization, a grasp of investigatory complexities, and an understanding of the elusive nature of truth.”
Quartey, Kwei. Murder at Cape Three Points (Soho, 26.95) Mar. DI Darko Dawson is sent to to Cape Three Points in Ghana when a canoe washes up on the shore containing the bodies of a wealthy married couple, and he discovers that the motives for murder range from personal vendettas to corporate conspiracies.
Rahimi, Atiq. A Curse on Dostoevsky (RH, 14.95) Mar. Using the same plot as Crime and Punishment, the author gives his crime novel an Afghan twist, when a student kills the elderly woman who has prostituted his girlfriend.
Sigurdardottir, Yrsa. I Remember You (STM, 15.99) Mar. A ghost story from the Icelandic mystery writer about three friends renovating an old house and a doctor investigating the suicide of an elderly woman who discover the same mysterious presence.
Simenon, Georges. The Carter of ‘La Providence’ (Png, 10.00) Feb. The third in the series featuring French police inspector Maigret. Coming in March is The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien (Png, 10.00) and The Late Monsieur Gallet (Png, 10.00).
Steinhauer, Olen. The Cairo Affair (STM, 26.99) Mar. An American diplomat stationed in Hungary is murdered right after her wife confesses to having an affair in Cairo, so she calls a CIA analyst based in Cairo to help find her husband’s killer.
Temple, Peter. Shooting Star (Text, 14.95) Feb. A stand-alone by the award-winning Australian mystery writer featuring a former cop who is hired to deliver the ransom for the granddaughter of a wealthy man who has been kidnapped.
Thompson, James. Helsinki Blood (Brk, 16.00) Mar. Asked to find a missing Estonian woman with Down syndrome, Inspector Vaara is plunged into the world of human trafficking.
Vichi, Marco. Death in Sardinia (Peg, 25.95) Mar. Florentine police inspector Bordelli must solve the murder of a blackmailing loan shark alone, while his sidekick is home convalescing in the third in this excellent series.
Walker, Martin. The Resistance Man (RH, 25.95) Feb. Périgord chief of police Bruno Courrèges investigates the murder of a vacationing British antiques dealer in the latest in this charming series.
Williams, Timothy. Another Sun (Soho, 9.99) Mar. When a French judge is relocated to the Caribbean island of Guadaloupe, she is assigned a murder case in which it appears that the chief suspect is a political scapegoat, and her investigation leads her into a web of terrorism, injustice, heartbreak, and voodoo.
Zouroudi, Anne. The Lady of Sorrows (LB, 25.00) Mar. When a painter whose most famous work has just been proven a forgery is found dead, Hermes arrives to determine what happened both to the painter and with his work.
New and Forthcoming in Historical Mysteries
Ballard, Mignon G. Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble (STM, 24.99) Feb. With the war raging in Europe and the Pacific, first-grade teacher Miss Dimple and her colleagues must solve the murder of a young woman in their small Georgia town.
Barnhill, Anne Clinard. Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter (STM, 15.99) Mar. When Queen Elizabeth’s favorite ward spurns an arranged match with the Earl of Oxford and falls in love with a minor Roman Catholic nobleman, she finds her life in danger in this Tudor historical.
Bayard, Louis. Roosevelt’s Beast (HH, 27.00) Mar. Based on the Roosevelt-Randon scientific expedition to the Amazon in 1914, this novel blends adventure and horror, when Roosevelt and his son are kidnapped by indigenous peoples and must find a mysterious beast.
Bilyeau, Nancy. The Chalice (SS, 16.00) Mar. A novice nun in Tudor England must turn to her psychic abilities to save herself and other religious when Henry VIII makes Protestantism the religion of England.
Black, Benjamin. The Black-Eyed Blonde (HH, 27.00) Mar. Philip Marlow returns in a case set in the 1950s, hired by a beautiful woman to find her missing former lover, leading him to tangle with Bay City’s wealthy and powerful citizens.
Bowen, Rhys. City of Darkness and Light (STM, 25.99) Mar. Molly and the baby go to visit friends in Paris, but they have disappeared and when she goes to see their impressionist painter friend, she finds him murdered.
_____. The Family Way (STM, 15.99) Feb. Bored being a housewife and expecting her first child, Molly decides to investigate the disappearance of an Irish serving maid, a quest that leads her to a ring of kidnappers who have stolen five babies.
_____. A Royal Threesome (Brk, 17.00) Feb. The first three novels in the Royal Spyness series in one volume.
Brody, Frances. Murder in the Afternoon (STM, 25.99) Feb. When two children find their father dead beside a quarry, they run for help, but when they return the body is gone, and their mother insists that Kate Shackleton investigate, leading her to a secret in her own past in the third in this series set between the two wars.
Buckley, Fiona. A Traitor’s Tears (SH, 28.95) Mar. When her gossipy neighbor is murdered and her trusted servant is arrested, Ursula Blanchard investigates a case tied to a plot to install Mary, Queen of Scots on Elizabeth’s throne.
Calkins, Susanna. A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate (STM, 15.99) Mar. When a fellow servant is killed at the home of a magistrate, a chambermaid sets out to find the killer, in a debut set in plague-ridden seventeenth-century London.
Carr, Carol K. India Black and the Gentleman Thief (Brk, 15.00) Feb. When a colonel in His Majesty’s Service is found murdered, brothel owner and spy India Black must investigate in London’s docks, and discovers that the chief suspect is a gentleman thief who once stole her heart.
Chiaverini, Jennifer. The Spymistress (Png, 16.00) Mar. A compelling novel set during the Civil War, based on the real-life exploits of Elizabeth Lew, a Virginia woman who spied for the United States.
Christie, Pamela. Death among the Ruins (Kens, 15.00) Mar. Regency courtesan Arabella Beaument travels to Italy on a tour concentrating on art, but when an antiquity she buys is stolen, she finds that the dealer has been murdered, she must use her fine eye for detection.
Cobb, Thomas. With Blood in Their Eyes (Uof A, 17.95) Feb. A novel based on Arizona’s bloodiest shootout in 1918 in Graham County, where two brothers, their father, and the hired man where surprised by the sheriff’s department at dawn and fled across Southern Arizona. Highly recommended.
Cussler, Clive and Justin Scott. The Bootlegger (Put, 27.95) Mar. Isaac Bell vows to avenge the death of a friend killed during a high-speed chase of a rum-running vessel, but he soon discovers that the smugglers Bolshevik agents who are seeking the overthrow of the U.S. government.
Davidson, John P. The Obedient Assassin (HC, 24.95) Feb. An Spanish officer fighting against Franco during the Spanish Civil War finds out that his brother was grotesquely killed, and when Stalin orders him to go to Mexico City to assassinate Leon Trotsky the officer agrees—as much for a desire to avenge his brother’s death as loyalty to Stalin.
Entwhistle, Vaughn. The Revenant of Thaxton Hall (STM, 25.99) Mar. Arthur Conan Doyle agrees to investigate the murder of a spirit medium at a manor house in the English countryside—a murder that has not yet taken place.
Grossman, Paul. Brotherhood of Fear (STM, 25.99) Feb. In Paris in 1933, Willi Krause is working as a PI when a case of murder leads him to a troubled young Frenchwoman and a powerful financier.
Harris, C.S. What Darkness Brings (NAL, 7.99) Mar. Sebastian investigates the murder of a diamond merchant with a penchant for black magic in the latest in this Regency series.
_____. Why Kings Confess (NAL, 24.95) Mar. Sebastian investigates when an injured Frenchwoman is found by the body of a murdered man and is plunged into the mystery of the “Lost Dauphin,” a boy prince who disappeared during the dark days of the French Revolution.
Harris, Gregory. The Arnifour Affair (Kens, 15.00) Feb. In a debut set in early twentieth-century London, investigator Colin Pendragon is asked to investigate when Lady Arnifour’s husband is killed and her niece badly beaten by unknown men.
Harrison, Cora. Cross of Vengeance (SH, 28.95) Feb. Mara, a judge in sixteen-century Ireland, investigates when an arson fire destroys a church with a piece of the true cross and a murder follows.
Hicks, Patrick. The Commandant of Lubizec (Steerforth, 15.00) Mar. A grim eye-opener about the horrors of the Holocaust, focusing on the eponymous commander who is able to be a loving family man while going off to work as the architect of genocide in Poland.
Hill, Susan. The Mist in the Mirror (RH, 15.00) Feb. When a Victorian scholar researches the life of a travel writer, he discovers that no one wants to talk about his family background or past in the village on the Scottish moor, and worse, he soon has visions of a raggedy boy, regarding him mournfully.
Holsinger, Bruce. A Burnable Book (HC, 25.99) Feb. Poet and bureaucrat Geoffrey Chaucer must discover the whereabouts of a seditious book that foretells the deaths of England’s kings, and turns to John Gower to help in a mystery set in 1385.
Hummel, Maria. Motherland (Per, 26.00) Feb. When a German surgeon is sent to the front in 1944, his wife attempts to keep his children—her stepchildren—safe, but when one of the children shows signs of mental instability, she must fight to save him from the infamous institution for unfit children.
Jager, Eric. Blood Royal (LB, 29.00) Feb. A gripping story of the hunt for the murderer of Louis of Orleans, brother to King Charles, in 1407, a search led by Guillaume de Tignonville, Paris’ chief law enforcement officer—and one of history’s first detectives.
Kasasian, M.R.C. The Mangle Street Murders (Peg, 25.95) Feb. When an orphan goes to live with her godfather in London in 1882, she discovers that he is a personal detective and helps him investigate the murder of a woman whose husband is suspected of the crime in the first of a new series.
Kerr, Philip. A Man without Breath (Png, 16.00) Mar. Bernie Gunther is sent to Smolensk in 1943 to find evidence of a Russian massacre of Polish troops, but Bernie also finds evidence of a murderer among the aristocratic Prussian officers.
Kuhns, Eleanor. Death of a Dyer (STM, 15.99) Mar. In the second in this series set in Maine in the 1790s, Will Rees investigates the murder of a childhood friend.
Kurland, Michael. Who Thinks Evil (STM, 25.99) Feb. In London in 1890, when a young nobleman goes missing, Mycroft Holmes suggest that the brilliant—but evil--Professor Moriarty undertake the baffling case.
Lautner, Robert. Road to Reckoning (SS, 24.99) Feb. A young boy on his own in Pennsylvania in the mid-nineteenth century teams up with a former ranger to seek vengeance. Think True Grit.
Levine, Daniel. Hyde (HMH, 24.00) Mar. A reimagining of Robert Louis Stephenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde told from the point of view of the monster, who feels that he has been framed for the murders of young girls.
Maio, Juliana. City of the Sun (Greenleaf, 24.95) Mar. A historical thriller set in Cairo during the early years of WWII, with an American journalist and a Jewish refugee on the trail of a missing Jewish physicist who fled Germany and may be hunted by the Nazis as well.
Mosse, Kate. Citadel (HC, 26.99) Mar. During WWII the women of Carcassonne resist the Nazi invaders by smuggling refugees across the Pyrenees, but they also struggle to protect an ancient secret that could empower the Nazis.
Nicholas, Douglas. Wicked (SS, 16.00) Mar. In the second in the paranormal series set in northwest England in the thirteenth-century, Hob and his adopted family must fight against a malevolent nobleman and his brilliant, wicked wife.
Perry, Anne. Death on Blackheath (Ball, 27.00) Mar. Thomas Pitt is asked to investigate when the maid of a Minister of Defense goes missing, but when a body is found near the minister’s house, Pitt begins to suspect that the man is not what he seems.
_____. Midnight at Marble Arch (Ball, 15.00) Mar. Pitt investigates the death of two women, deaths that are tied to the crime of rape and a web of international politics.
Penman, Sharon Kay. A King’s Ransom (Put, 35.00) Mar. A novel about the last five years of the life of Richard the Lionhearted, captured and held for ransom on his way home from the Crusades.
Pope, Barbara Corrado. The Missing Italian Girl (Peg, 14.95) Mar. Magistrate Bernard Martin has a case of murder in fin-de-siècle Paris when a young Russian anarchist and his female accomplices disappear after disposing of a body.
Randisi, Robert J. The Way You Die Tonight (SH, 27.95) Feb. The problem solver for the Sands Casino must investigate when the secretary of the casino boss is found hanged, but he still has time to carouse with the Rat Pack.
Rich, Roberta. The Harem Midwife (SS, 16.00) Mar. Hannah Levi leaves Venice to live in Constantinople in 1579 where she works as a midwife for the women in the sultan’s harem, but when a young Jewish woman asks for her help in returning to her family, she is faced with a dangerous dilemma.
Saylor, Steven. Raiders of the Nile (STM, 26.99) Feb. The young Gordianus, living in Alexandria in 88 BCE must ransom his slave by raiding and pillaging the sarcophagus of Alexander the Great.
Slocombe, Romain. Monsieur le Commandant (IPG, 14.95) Feb. A debut novel set in Nazi-occupied France, where a French collaborator with the Nazis fears that his German daughter-in-law may actually be Jewish. An interesting picture of the time and of the nativist mind-set.
Turner, Nancy W. My Name is Resolute (STM, 27.99) Feb. A young woman who is captured by pirates and sold into slavery in New England finds that her skill at weaving places her at the center of the web of secrecy that is the beginning of the American Revolution.
Vanderbes, Jennifer. The Secret of Raven Point (SS, 26.00) Feb. When her beloved brother goes missing during the Italian Campaign in 1943, a young woman travels to the front line as an army nurse to try and find him and to unravel the secret of his last, cryptic letter to her. Highly recommended.
Zimmerman, Jean. Savage Girl (Vik, 27.95) Mar. A wealthy New York family adopts a sideshow freak—a girl supposedly raised by wolves—to educate her, but when a young society woman is savagely murdered suspicion falls on the feral girl in a suspenseful mystery set in 1876.
Of Special Interest
The Tucson Festival of Books is Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16. The store will be closed on Saturday, but you can visit our booth at the festival. I will post a list of the authors signing at the Clues Unlimited booth in mid-February.
Now that the days are getting longer, we will return to our regular hours of Tuesday-Saturday 9-5 on March 4. Thanks for giving me the chance to give Bosco his walk while it’s still daylight.
Keep reading mysteries!
Chris and Bosco the bookselling hound