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Abbott, Megan. Give Me Your Hand (LB, 27.00) July. Two women who were unlikely friends in high school until a life-changing secret destroyed their relationship are locked in a competition for a high-level scientific position, a competition that might destroy them both.
Alger, Cristina. The Banker’s Wife (Put, 27.00) July. When her financier husband dies in a plane crash in the Swiss Alps, his widow is left with an encrypted laptop, his shady client list, and the knowledge that the crash was no accident, while a journalist on the verge of marrying into New York’s social elite comes across evidence implicating some of the top men in the financial world, including members of her new family in a suspenseful thriller of rich people behaving very badly indeed.
Ashdown, Isabel. Little Sister (Ken, 26.00) July. A woman moves in with her older sister’s family on the Isle of Wight after a long estrangement, but when her niece disappears and she can remember nothing of what happened, the police begin to look more closely at the older sister’s perfect family only to discover that things are not so perfect after all in a brilliantly-plotted novel of suspense.
Ashworth, A.R. Two Faced (Per, 26.99) July. While recovering from her injuries from a brutal attack that almost killed her, DCI Elaine Hope is assigned to desk duty, but she continues to investigate the attack in secret and on her own in the second in this suspenseful police procedural series.
Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom (Png, 26.00) July. Lori is stranded by a storm at an ancient inn outside of Rye, where her night is disturbed by ghosts, and she begins to wonder if the inn’s history as a hangout for smugglers is causing the haunting.
Atkins, Ace. The Sinners (Put, 27.00) July. Mississippi sheriff Quinn Colson must face a man, newly released from prison who’s looking for vengeance at the same time as he must break in his new deputies now that Lily has moved to Memphis. This series is the best if you’re looking for country-fried noir.
Barclay, Linwood. A Noise Downstairs (HC, 26.99) July. A college professor who barely escaped with his life when he witnessed a murderer disposing of the bodies of his victims is given a vintage typewriter by his wife, a typewriter he can hear every evening, leading him to believe that there is some link between the typewriter and the murders in a creepy novel of suspense.
Barrett, Lorna. Poisoned Pages (Brk, 26.00) July. During a housewarming party at her new apartment, one of mystery-bookseller Tricia’s guests is poisoned, and if that isn’t bad enough, a string of vandalism is roiling the race for the post of new president of the Chamber of Commerce.
Bauer, Belinda. Snap (Per, 26.00) July. A woman in a suburban community awakens to find a knife and a note on her pillow, but doesn’t want to involve the police because she is herself involved in a string of burglaries and the murder of a woman three years before in a novel of psychological suspense.
Berenson, Laurien. Ruff Justice (Ken, 26.00) July. When an artist who makes elegant dog accessories is murdered at a dog show, Melanie, who is helping her son finish his standard poodle’s championship, decides to investigate, particularly when she hears that her aunt’s longtime dog sitter has also disappeared.
Berry, Flynn. A Double Life (Vik, 26.00) July. A London doctor is obsessed with finding answers decades after the murder of her nanny and attack on her mother, according to police committed by her titled father who disappeared without a trace, so she begins tailing some of his posh friends and befriends the daughter of one of them in her search for clues.
Billingham, Mark. The Killing Habit (Per, 26.00) June. DI Thorne and straitlaced DI Nicola Tanner join forces again when a string of animal deaths leads to the discovery of a serial killer while the spread of a dangerous new drug is claiming victims.
Burton, Tara Isabella. Social Creature (RH, 26.95) June. When a young woman living in NYC is hired by a wealthy socialite to be a tutor for her younger sister, she insinuates herself into the woman’s life, but it is unclear exactly who is manipulating whom. I loved this for its twisty plotting and picture of the rich behaving badly.
Butler, JL. Mine (HC, 26.99) June. A divorce lawyer falls in love with a client, madly and obsessively, only to discover that he is still involved with his wife, and when she sees them together, she follows them, only to wake up the next morning covered in blood to discover that the wife has disappeared.
Carlisle, Kate. Buried in Books (Brk, 25.00) June. When two former friends who had fallen out years ago show up for her wedding shower with gifts of rare books, book restorer Brooklyn is pleased and touched, but when one of the women is found dead and one of the gifts turns out to be a forgery, Brooklyn must find a killer before she walks down the aisle.
Castillo, Linda. A Gathering of Secrets (STM, 26.99) July. Police Chief Kate Burkholder is called in when a young Amish man’s body is found in the ashes of a burned barn, and her investigation reveals a dark secret from her own past.
Cole, Daniel. Hangman (HC, 27.99) July. London police detective Emily Baxter is sent to New York to investigate a series of killing that are copycats of her last case, the case where her colleague disappeared.
Connolly, John. The Woman in the Woods (SS, 26.99) June. PI Charlie Parker is hired by a lawyer when the body of a woman is found in the Maine woods, a woman who had recently given birth, to search for the missing child.
Connolly, Sheila. Murder at the Mansion (STM, 26.99) June. After leaving and studying hotel management in college, a woman reluctantly returns to her small Maryland hometown, which has bought a crumbling mansion in hopes of creating a tourist destination, but the murder of her high-school nemesis—and her place at the top of the list of suspects—ensure that she stays long enough to find a killer in the first of a cozy new series.
Cooper, Ellison. Caged (STM, 26.99) July. A neuroscientist studying the brains of serial killers is called in when police discover a gruesome murder—a young woman held in a cage until she starved to death.
Coulter, Catherine. Paradox (SS, 27.99) July. When a psychopath and criminal mastermind escapes from prison, he sets his sights on FBI agents Savich and Sherlock in his quest for revenge, but while investigating a murder at a Maryland lake, they discover evidence that connects him to a series of murders.
Dams, Jeanne M. Crisis at the Cathedral (SH, 28.99) June. Dorothy Martin begins to worry when an Iraqi couple fail to show up for a post-concert party at the local inn, and fears that terrorism could be behind their disappearance.
Davis, Krista. The Diva Cooks up a Storm (Ken, 26.00) June. When a guest at a trendy new underground dinner club is poisoned, Sophie hopes that she has the right ingrediants to put a killer on ice in the latest Domestic Diva mystery.
Delaney, JP. Believe Me (RH, 27.00) July. An out-of-work British actress living in New York is asked by the NYPD to help lure a wealthy man suspected of murdering his wife and other women into a confession. This is a cleverly plotted novel of suspense with the most unrealiable of narrators. I enjoyed this.
DelBianco, Rae. Rough Animals (Per, 24.99) June. A gritty and powerful debut set in the modern West about a young Utah rancher who sets out to find the young girl who killed one of his steers, knowing that the loss of his cattle will lead to the loss of his family ranch.
Doiron, Paul. Stay Hidden (STM, 26.99) July. Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch has a case of murder when a woman thought to be shot accidentally by a deer hunter was, in fact, not, a case complicated by the fact that the supposed victim turns up a day later ready to solve “her” murder.
Dunnett, Kaitlyn. Crime and Punctuation (Ken, 26.00) June. In the first of a new series a recent widow moves to her childhood hometown in the Catskills, working as a freelance editor, but when the young author of a mystery set in the area is murdered—the same way as the victim in her novel—she must find a killer who wants to close this new chapter of her life.
Dyer, Ashley. Splinter in the Blood (HC, 26.99) June. In a debut suspense novel a police detective on the trail of a serial killer is brutally attacked, and only his partner who has taken over the case knows what actually happened—and she is covering it up.
Early, Hank. In the Valley of the Devil (Per, 26.99) July. A PI working in the mountains of northern Georgia uncovers a deadly cabal of the area’s wealthiest and most powerful citizens when his partner disappears.
Esposito, Chloé. Bad (Dut, 27.00) July. Having fled Sicily after murdering her twin sister and stealing her identity, Alvina Knightly must find her hot, new boyfriend, who has decamped with the money they stole, before the police catch up with her. I loved the first one of this trilogy, which was outrageous, funny, and totally over the top.
Fesperman, Dan. Safe Houses (RH, 26.95) July. In 1979 in West Berlin during the Cold War, a low-level CIA agent overhears a coded conversation that puts her in the crosshairs of a ruthless and powerful man in the agency, and her unceasing efforts to discover what it all means has ramifications in the present day when a family is murdered on a Maryland farm. Fesperman is great and I loved this.
Gates, Eva. The Spook in the Stacks (Per, 26.99) June. Hallowe’en at the Lighthouse Library is spooky enough, what with phantom horses and flickering lights, but when the body of a wealthy businessman is found in the stacks, librarian Lucy Richardson must find an-all-too-real killer.
Gerber, Daryl Wood. A Soufflé of Suspicion (Per, 26.99) July. During a wine festival in Napa, Chef Camille’s sister is found dead, so Mimi Rousseau must find a killer before her chef is burned.
Gilbert, Victoria. Shelved Under Murder (Per, 26.99) July. After librarian Amy Webber stumbles across the body of a renowned painter, she is recruited by the local sheriff when a cache of forged paintings is uncovered in the artist’s studio in the second of this cozy series.
Goldman, Matt. Broken Ice (STM, 25.99) June. A Minneapolis PI investigates when a teenager from a small Minnesota town disappears and is later found dead while in town for the ice hockey playoffs, and discovers that small towns hide many dark secrets, even in the wholesome Mid-west.
Greenlaw, Linda. Bimini Twist (STM, 26.99) June. While working part-time as a sheriff’s deputy in her small Maine community, insurance investigator Jane Bunker is assigned the case of a missing woman with a summer job at the local inn, a case that reveals the dark secrets of the townspeople.
Gunn, Elizabeth. Burning Meredith (SH, 28.99) June. When an unidentified body is found after a horrific wildfire in Montana, a retired teacher and her reporter nephew investigate what turns out to be a murder in the first of a new series.
Harding, Robyn. Her Pretty Face (SS, 26.00) July. A woman with a troubled son feels isolated from the other mothers at a toney private school until she gets to know one of the other mothers, a beautiful, outgoing woman with a son the same age, but both women are hiding dark secrets. I really liked this.
Harris, Sarah J. The Color of Bea Markhams’s Murder (SS, 26.00) June. When his neighbor disappears and is presumed murdered, a thirteen-year-old boy with synesthesia feels horribly guilty and tries to remember their relationship to find out what happened to her, but it becomes clear that someone is feeling threatened by him.
Herron, Mick. London Rules (Soho, 26.95) June. While the head of MI5 wrestles with a series of problems facing a beleaguered prime minister, the gang of misfits at Slough House are confronting their personal problems and their nagging belief that their newest colleague is a psychopath when Roddy Ho is kidnapped. I loved this, but then I love the entire series—smart, funny, and really suspenseful.
Hetherton, J.G. Last Girl Gone (Per, 26.99) June. In a debut crime novel a disgraced journalist returns to her small North Carolina hometown when the story of a lifetime falls into her lap—the disappearance of a young girl whose body is later found.
Hillier, Jennifer. Jar of Hearts (STM, 26.99) June. When her high-school boyfriend is arrested for a series of murders that occurred years before, a woman is convicted of helping him hide her best friend’s body, but after she is released after serving her prison term, he escapes from prison and starts killing again, forcing her to confront the danger from decades-old secrets.
Horowitz, Anthony. The Word is Murder (HC, 27.99) June. The author himself is a character in this tricky mystery as he plays Watson to a disgraced police detective who investigates the case of a woman who plans her own funeral six hours before she is found stranged.
Housewright, David. Like to Die (STM, 26.99) June. Sometimes PI Rushmore McKenzie agrees to help a poker buddy whose business is being sabotage, but the more he learns, the more he suspects that his friend is deeply involved in something shady.
Hummel, Maria. Still Lives (Per, 26.00) June. When a controversial artist notorious for her self-portraits as famous murder victims fails to show up for the opening of her show at a Los Angeles museum, an editor at the museum finds herself drawn in to the investigation, particularly after her ex, the artist’s new boyfriend, becomes one of the suspects. I really liked this for its depiction of the avante-garde art scene.
Kamal, Sheena. It all Falls Down (HC, 26.99) July. When she meets an old friend of her deceased father who indicates that he may still be alive, PI Nora Watts leaves Vancouver for Detroit to investigate, but a high-profile suicide in Vancouver ties her to an opiate ring.
Kellerman, Jonathon and Jesse Kellerman. A Measure of Darkness (Ball, 28.99) July. Alameda County Deputy Coroner Clay Edison is called in in the middle of the night when an Oakland party ends in a bloody gun battle, but one of the victims is an unknown and unidentified young woman who has been strangled.
Kepnes, Caroline. Providence (RH, 27.00) June. A mash-up of love story, mystery, and supernatural featuring a young man who is kidnapped and held captive by his crazed-scientist, substitute teacher, and when he escapes he finds that he has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he loves.
Kidd, Cornelia. Death and a Pot of Chowder (Per, 26.99) June. In the first of a new series, a woman who lives with her family on an island of the coast of Maine discovers that she has a sister that she never knew, but that pales when her brother-in-law is found dead, probably murdered in the first of a new series.
Kies, Thomas. Darkness Lane (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) June. A crime reporter in small-town Connecticut is investigating two crimes: the murder of a thug by his abused wife and the disappearance of an aspiring teenaged actress.
Klehfoth, Elizabeth. All These Beautiful Strangers (HC, 26.99) July. A young woman still haunted by the disappearance of her mother ten years before is invited to join an elite secret society at the toney private school she attends, but the year-long initiation rite has her questioning her family, her past, and her place in the school.
LaPlante, Alice. Half Moon Bay (SS, 26.00) July. A woman devastated by the death of her teenaged daughter moves to the seaside town of Half Moon Bay where she tries to start her life anew, but a series of murders of young girls in the area focusses the attention of the townspeople on her. I loved this.
Massey, Gale. The Girl from Blind River (Per, 26.99) July. A gritty country-noir debut about a girl who is in debt to her crooked uncle and must help him dispose of a body only to find her younger brother accused of murdering the relative of a powerful local judge.
McCafferty, Keith. A Death in Eden (Vik, 26.00) July. Montana fishing guide and sometimes PI Sean Stranahan is hired to guide a fishing party down the Smith River, the site of a proposed new copper mining project vehemently opposed by environmentalists, and he discovers that two of the party, while on opposite sides of the issue, share a dark history.
McCall Smith, Alexander. The Quiet Side of Passion (RH, 25.95) July. Isabel Dalhousie finds herself ensnared in domestic problems when she sees the mother of her son’s friend in the company of an unscrupulous man and wonders if she should intervene.
McLaughlin, James A. Bearskin (HC, 26.99) June. The caretaker of an Appalachian nature preserve, a man hiding out from the vengeance of a Mexican drug cartel, risks his safety by becoming involved in stopping a scheme to poach the bears who live in the area.
Moreci, Michael. The Throwaway (STM, 25.99) June. An average American is mistaken for a spy and is sent to Moscow as part of a swap, where he must escape and clear his name in a timely debut thriller.
Nugent, Liz. Lying in Wait (SS, 26.00) June. A novel of psychological suspense featuring a Dublin housewife who appears to have it all, but when her son discovers her secret, her perfect life threatens to crash down upon her. This has the best first line I’ve ever read.
Orange, Tommy. There There (RH, 25.95) June. A debut novel that follows twelve people—all Native Americans—attending a Powwow in Oakland, California, a chance to connect with their families and their roots, but dark forces are at work and see the Powwow as a place to make their mark.
Paris, B.A. Bring Me Back (STM, 26.99) June. Ten years after his wife disappeared during a holiday in France, a man and his fiancée, who is the sister of his first wife, begin receiving suggestions that the woman is still alive in a novel of psychological suspense.
Patterson, James and Bill Clinton. The President is Missing (LB, 30.00) June. A suspenseful political thriller set over three days filled with insider detail.
Preston, Douglas and Lincoln Child. The Pharaoh Key (GC, 28.00) June. Gideon Crew investigates when his former employer disappears and the company shuts down only to find that the last project was the translation of a relic from an unknown civilization.
Reardon, Bryan. The Real Michael Swann (Dut, 26.00) June. A suburban family is rocked when a terrorist attack takes place at Penn Station, and the wife finds herself wondering if her husband is still alive—and if she really knew him.
Riggs, Cynthia. Widow’s Wreath (Per, 26.99) June. When 92-year-old poet/sleuth Victoria Trumbull agrees to host her cousin’s wedding reception on her Martha’s Vineyard property, she expects a genteel affair—not a body in the cellar.
Ripley, Nathan. Find You in the Dark (SS, 26.00) June. In a debut thriller, a man with a strange hobby—he reviews police files and hunts for victims of serial killers—finds himself caught between a serial killer who thinks he knows too much and a police detective who finds his hobby suspicious.
Rosenfelt, David. Rescued (STM, 26.99) July. Andy Carpenter is torn about defending the man accused of murdering the driver of a truck transporting over 70 dogs from the South to the more rescue-friendly north—especially because the accused is the ex-fiance of his wife.
Roy, Lori. The Disappearing (Dut, 27.00) July. When a woman returns to her small Florida hometown, she finds that the townspeople still remember the crimes of her father, the sinister director of an infamous boy’s school, but when her teenaged daughter disappears, she feels she must find the truth about the disappearance which may be payback for her father.
Rutger, Michael. The Anomaly (GC, 26.00) June. A rogue archaeologist undertakes an expedition to discover a mysterious cave first discovered in 1909 in the Grand Canyon, but when they find the cave, they find that it contains a deadly secret.
Sager, Riley. The Last Time I Lied (Dut, 26.00) July. A woman returns to the summer camp she attended as a child to uncover the truth about a tragedy that took place there fifteen years before. Great twisty plotting and wonderfully gothic setting.
Sefton, Maggie. Dyeing up Loose Ends (Brk, 26.00) July. When a favorite waitress at a local coffee house is found murdered, Kelly and the Lambspun Knitters must unravel the clues to solve the knotty problem of murder.
Shaw, William. Salt Lane (Mull, 27.00) June. Transferred from London to the Kentish countryside a police detective has trouble fitting in, and when a woman is found floating in the salt marsh with no apparent cause of death, and her son claims that she visited him at the same time her body was pulled from the water, she faces the most bizarre and puzzling case of her career.
Silva, Daniel. The Other Woman (HC, 28.99) July. Gabriel Allon returns in another thriller of espionage, action, betrayal—and art.
Stage, Zoje. Baby Teeth (STM, 25.99) July. A creepy thriller about a stay-at-home mom who really doesn’t know what to do with her child who refuses to speak, has increasingly violent tantrums, loves her daddy obsessively, and sees her mommy as an impediment.
Steadman, Catherine. Something in the Water (Ball, 27.00) June. A perfect English couple find their lives—and their marriage-irrevocably changed when they discover a bag of untold riches while scuba diving during their honeymoon on Bora Bora in a debut novel of suspense.
Straley, John. Baby’s First Felony (Soho, 25.95) July. Criminal defense investigator Cecil Younger finds himself with a load of cash, a freezer full of drug-stuffed fish, and a kidnapped daughter, so he turns to the misfit gang of clients to help him out in a funny mystery set in Sitka, Alaska.
Stroby, Wallace. Some Die Nameless (Mull, 26.00) July. A former mercenary who was part of a force that put a ruthless South American dictator in power and an investigative journalist are brought together by a homicide in Philadelphia that reveals a twenty-year-old political conspiracy, making them the targets of a ruthless assassin.
Stroud, Carsten. The Shimmer (HC, 26.99) June. A genre-bending thriller about two people—a cop and a forensic anthropologist—whose lives are changed when they come in contact with a time-travelling female serial killer.
Thor, Brad. Spymaster (SS, 27.99) July. Counterterrorism operative Scot Horvath is called in when a secret organization begins targeting diplomats all across Europe.
Truhen, Aidan. The Price You Pay (RH, 25.95) July. A cocaine dealer who has led a violence-free existence is shocked when his elderly neighbor is killed execution style, and he realizes that someone is out to get him, specifically a shadowy assassination group including a former associate.
Verdon, John. White River Burning (Per, 27.00) July. Retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney is called in when the upstate town of White River explodes in racial violence on the anniversary of the killing of a black motorist by police, violence that leads to first the killing of a police officer, and then further killings that may be retaliation. Verdon is absolutely great, a huge favorite of mine.
White, Karen. Dreams of Falling (Brk, 26.00) June. A woman returns to the South Carolina she fled years before when her mother disappears, and after her mother’s discovered badly injured at the ruins of her ancestral plantation home, she digs for answers and discovers a fifty-year-old secret.
Wolfe, Jennifer. Watch the Girls (GC, 26.00) July. A washed-up child star who quit show business when her sister disappeared years before decides to start a webseries posing as a real-life PI and is immediately challenged by an anonymous donor to investigate a town where a series of disappearances have taken place in a debut novel of suspense.
Woods, Stuart. Turbulence (Put, 28.00) June. Stone Barrington is once again in the line of fire.
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Barrett, Casey. Under Water (Ken, 9.99) July.
Barrett, Lorna. A Just Clause (Brk, 7.99) June.
Beaton, M.C. The Witches’ Tree (STM, 7.99) July.
Berenson, Laurien. Murder at the Puppy Fest (Ken, 7.99) June.
Carlisle, Kate. Once Upon a Spine (Brk, 7.99) June.
Castillo, Kate. Down a Dark Road (STM, 9.99) June.
Conrad, Hy. Death on the Patagonian Express (Ken, 7.99) July.
Fairstein, Linda. Deadfall (Dut, 9.99) July.
Finder, Joseph. The Switch (Dut, 9.99) June.
Galbraith, Robert. Career of Evil (LB, 10.99) July.
Greaney, Mark. Gunmetal Gray (Brk, 9.99) June.
Greenlaw, Linda. Shiver Hitch (STM, 7.99) June.
Grisham, John. The Rooster Bar (RH, 9.99) June.
Harrison, A.S.A. The Silent Wife (Png, 9.99) June.
Hiebert, Michael. Sticks and Stones (Ken, 9.99) July.
Kellerman, Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman. Crime Scene (Ball, 9.99) July.
Laurie, Victoria. A Panicked Premonition (Brk, 7.99) June.
Levine, Laura. Death of a Bachelorette (Ken, 7.99) June.
Maxwell, Edith. Mulch Ado About Murder (Ken, 25.00) July.
Parker, T. Jefferson. The Room of White Fire (Put, 9.99) July.
Silva, Daniel. House of Spies (HC, 9.99) June.
Thor, Brad. Use of Force (Pkt, 9.99) June.
Woods, Stuart. Quick & Dirty (Put, 9.99) July.
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Alexander, Ellie. Till Death Do Us Tart (STM, 7.99) July. Julie is planning a surprise Elizabethan theme for her mother’s wedding while at the same time dealing with a remodel of her bakeshop and the return of her estranged husband, but when someone dies from a glass of poisoned wine meant for her, she knows it’s time to focus on finding a killer.
Cochran, Peg. Bought the Farm (Brk, 7.99) June. When the body of the band leader for her friend’s down-home, country-style wedding is found strung up like a scarecrow, farmer Shelby must narrow down the field of suspects, since he sowed seeds of discord everywhere.
Dratch, Dana. Confessions of a Red Herring (Ken, 7.99) June. A former reporter now working for a PR firm becomes the chief suspect when the CEO is found murdered, so she uses her journalistic skills to find the killer in the first of a cozy new series.
Eaton, J. C. Staged 4 Murder (Ken, 7.99) July. When her mother’s drama group decides to stage Agatha Christie”s The Mousetrap, Sophie plans to work on getting her fledgling PI business off the ground, but when one of the cast is found dead and her mother begins receiving threats, she must become involved in the third in this Arizona-based series.
Erickson, Alex. Death by Expresso (Ken, 7.99) July. When the world’s most important wedding planner—not to mention the world’s most irritating—arrives to take charge of her friend’s wedding, bookstore-owner Krissy is not surprised when she ends up dead, but it’s her duty as maid of honor to find a killer.
Hearon, Leigh. Runaway Murder (Ken, 7.99) July. Annie heads to Southern California for a dressage competition, but back-biting and jealousy turn to murder, and she must find a grand-prix level killer. Signing.
Logan, Kylie. Italian Iced (Brk, 7.99) July. When she discovers the body of her former employer—a Hollywood superstar—in the freezer of her Ohio diner, Laurel must figure out who’d want to kill her, a difficult question since the answer is everyone who knew her.
Matthews, Olivia. Peril & Prayer (Ken, 7.99) July. Sister Lou must save a fellow nun from a murder charge when the owner of a resort where they are attending an Advent retreat is found murdered.
Pressey, Rose. A Passion for Haunted Fashion (Ken, 7.99) June. Cookie agrees to handle the costumes for the local theater company, even though everyone knows the building is haunted, but when her best friend is found standing over the body of a stabbed man, she must find a killer before it’s curtains for her.
Simon, Misty. Grounds for Remorse (Ken, 7.99) June. When her best friend discovers that her new beau is married—and then he’s discovered at the bottom of the staircase at her home--funeral director Tallie Graver must find a killer before she becomes a client of the family business in the second in this funny cozy series.
Smith, Karen Rose. Murder with Cinnamon Scones (Ken, 7.99) June. When the boyfriend of one of her employees at the tea shop is found murdered, Daisy hunts for a killer, especially after she discovers that the boyfriend was universally disliked.
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Arsenault, Emily. The Last Thing I Told You (HC, 15.99) July. The policeman investigating the murder of a therapist discovers that he was looking at two patient files the night he died: that of a young man convicted of a mass shooting and a woman who violently attacked a teacher years before. Arsenault is great.
Ashworth, A.R. Souls of Men (Per, 15.99) June. A debut British police procedural featuring a DI who takes over a bungled case and releases the only suspect creating an outcry among her male colleagues and the tabloid press.
Bailey, Sarah. The Dark Lake (GC, 14.99) June. The homicide investigator with many personal secrets in a rural Australian town is shocked when the body of a high-school classmate is found strangled, a woman whose life was an enigma to the townspeople because of the many secrets she kept.
Baldwin, Rosecrans. The Last Kid Left (MCD, 18.00) June. When a young man is found with two dead bodies in his trunk and confesses to the murders, the recently retired police chief of the neighboring town decides to help the public defender prove the man’s innocence in a character-driven mystery.
Bartleman, James. A Matter of Conscience (Per, 24.99) June. A powerful Canadian novel about the murders of indigenous woman which continues to this day and the government scheme to take indigenous children from their families to be raised by Anglo-Saxon families that was started in the 1960s.
Bell, David. Somebody’s Daughter (Brk, 16.00) July. When his ex-wife shows up at his doorstep hysterical that her eight-year-old daughter is missing, a man realizes that the girl could be his daughter as well and joins with her to try to find her.
Belle, Kimberly. Three Days Missing (HC, 15.99) June. When her son goes missing during a school field trip, a woman finds that the police concentrate on her abusive ex-husband, but then another mother comes forward saying that she has received a ransom note for her son—a child who is safely at home in a novel of buried secrets.
Billingham, Mark. Love Like Blood (Per, 16.00) June. Tom Thorne agrees to help DI Tanner after her partner is killed during a cold-case investigation of honor killings in a case fraught with political tensions.
Black, Saul. LoveMurder (STM, 16.99) July. A San Francisco police detective must work with a woman convicted of multiple murders when a new killing occurs with the same MO.
Block, Sandra. What Happened that Night (Source, 15.99) June. An aspiring lawyer who was sexually assaulted during a finals party at Harvard five years before has become a paralegal suffering from PTSD and seizures, but when she comes across a video of the party and sees her attackers, she vows to execute her own brand of extra-legal justice with the help of an IT geek friend.
Bockoven, Mike. Pack (Per, 14.99) July. A funny genre-bending story about a small Nebraska town that is about to explode when one of the businessmen (who like a number of others in the town happens to be a werewolf) goes astray and catches the attention of the new sheriff, who’s not familiar with the townspeople.
Bolton, Sharon. Dead Woman Walking (STM, 16.99) July. The sole survivor of the crash of a hot-air balloon near the Scottish border witnesses a murder just before the crash and must escape a killer who knows her face as she knows his. Bolton is a master of suspense.
Bouman, Tom. Fatal Mornings (Nor, 15.95) June. A small-town lawman in rural Pennsylvania must deal with a spate of crimes, all of which appear to be drug related in the second in this Edgar-winning series.
Bourland, Barbara. I’ll Eat When I’m Dead (GC, 15.99) July. An assistant editor of a fashion magazine and an NYPD detective team up to solve the murder of the editor of the magazine whose demise may be linked to designer eye drops from an upscale cosmetics shop.
Bowen, Gail. The Winner’s Circle (RH, 15.95) July. When a triple homicide rips apart the lives of the lawyers who work with her husband, Joanna Kilburn decides that she must find out why.
Brady, A. F. The Blind (HC, 15.99) July. A successful therapist working at a Manhattan psychiatric facility undertakes a case no one else wants, a man who appears perfectly sane, but as she tries to unlock his psyche, she finds that she is analyzing herself, and what she finds terrifies her.
Brookmyre, Christopher. All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye (Per, 17.00) July. A comic thriller that includes all the necessary suspense elements: intrigue, espionage, violence, and vacuuming.
_____. The Last Hack (Per, 17.00) July. Jack Parlabane agrees to help a teenager who is being blackmailed online after someone discovers that she is supporting herself and her younger sister by hacking.
Budewitz, Leslie. As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (MidInk, 15.99) June. Erin has made friends with a local woman who disappears right after Murphy’s Mercantile is robbed, but she’s later found dead, festooned with Christmas lights, so Erin decides to investigate.
Burke, James Lee. The Glass Rainbow (SS, 16.00) July and Last Car to Elysian Fields (SS, 16.00) July. Reissues of early Dave Robicheaux mysteries set in New Orleans.
Burns, Catherine. The Visitors (SS, 16.00) June. A debut novel of psychological suspense about a timid spinster who lives with her brother in a crumbling mansion, and when he suffers a heart attack, she must confront the horrors that he has kept hidden in the locked basement.
Carter, Ali. A Brush with Death (Per, 14.99) July. In the first of a cozy new series, a painter investigates when a wealthy landowner is found with his trousers down before meeting a gruesome end in the village graveyard. The author paints pet portraits for the British aristocracy.
Challinor, C.S. Upstaged by Murder (MidInk, 15.99) July. When the actress in a mystery play is murdered during a performance Scottish barrister Rex Graves is called in to help find the killer among the theatrical company.
Chapman, Brenda. Bleeding Darkness (Per, 14.99) June. When his children gather around a dying man, the family reunion opens old wounds, and when the pregnant wife of one of his children disappears, the Major Crimes Unit is called in just as a winter storm blows up on Lake Ontario in a well-plotted police procedural.
Chase, Eve. The Wildling Sisters (Put, 16.00) July. When a London family moves to a manor house in the country the wife finds herself caught up in a dark secret involving four sisters who lived there fifty years ago in a gothic novel of psychological suspense. For fans of Kate Morton and Daphne du Maurier.
Child, Lee, ed. Matchup (SS, 16.00) June. A collection of collaborative crime stories pairing up top-rank female thriller writers with their male counterpart—a great way to start if you’ve not yet tried some of these authors. A perfect Father’s Day gift.
Cleeves, Ann. Cold Earth (STM, 16.99) July. DI Jimmy Perez of the Shetland Islands investigates when the body of an unidentified woman is discovered in the ruins of a house after a massive landslide.
Constantine, Liv. The Last Mrs. Parrish (HC, 16.99) June. A debut novel of psychological suspense about a manipulative woman who inserts herself into the lives of a “golden” couple in a toney Connecticut town to have for herself the life that they lead, but all three have secrets that could upend her plans.
Crais, Robert. The Wanted (Put, 16.00) June. When Elvis Cole is hired by a single mother to investigate where her teenaged son is getting the money he’s started flashing around, he discovers that the boy and his friends are operating a high-end burglary ring, and when they steal valuables from a powerful man one of the gang is murdered and it will take everything Elvis and Joe Pike can bring to bear to save the other two.
Culliton, Emily. The Misfortune of Marion Palm (Knopf, 15.95) June . A woman goes on the run leaving behind her husband and children when she realizes that a proposed audit of the books of her children’s private school will reveal that she has been embezzling funds for years in a debut that presents a thoroughly unpleasant protagonist with cleverness and wit. For those who like something different.
Davis, Fiona. The Address (Dut, 16.00) July. A former interior decorator and party girl in NYC gets the job of renovating the Dakota apartment that had belonged to the architect himself, and discovers new information about the events that led up to his fatal stabbing at the hands of a madwoman.
DeMille, Nelson. The Cuban Affair (SS, 17.00) June. In the first of a new series, a fishing boat captain in Key West, a U.S. Army veteran, is hired by a Cuban-American woman to take her to Cuba to hunt for a fortune her father left there before the Revolution.
Douglas, Claire. Last Seen Alive (HC, 15.99) June. A woman with a dark secret in her past and a crumbling marriage is thrilled when a couple wants to swap their seaside estate for a London apartment, but the isolated estate with its elaborate surveillance equipment and make-shift operating room in the basement fills her with dread in a novel of psychological suspense.
Dugoni, Robert. A Steep Price (T&M, 15.95) June. Tracy Crosswhite and the Seattle PD violent crimes division investigate the death of an anti-gang activist who was gunned down in her neighborhood playground, while at the same time Tracy worries about her job now that she is pregnant.
Dunning, Brian. Conspiracies Declassified (SS, 15.99) June. In a world where trust in institutions is at an all-time low, people gravitate toward less-than-rational explanations, and the author explains—and debunks—fifty well-known conspiracies. I still, however, half-believe in lizard people.
Edwards, Martin, ed. Blood on the Tracks (PP, 12.95) July. A collection of stories from the Golden Age that take place on trains.
Early, Hank. Heaven’s Crooked Finger (Per, 15.99) June. A debut series launch featuring a PI who is called home to the mountains of northern Georgia when his preacher father is found dead, but one of his flock suggests that he is still alive, and then disappears himself.
Fields, Helen. Perfect Remains (HC, 12.99) July. In the first of a new police procedural series set in Edinburgh, a former Interpol cop hunts for the killer of two successful women, but what he finds is chillingly worse than death.
Flanders, Judith. A Cast of Vultures (STM, 16.99) June. London book editor Samantha Clair agrees to help an elderly friend locate a missing neighbor, but when the neighbor is found in an abandoned building, accused of arson and drug dealing, she finds herself in danger. I love this series for thoughtful characterization and fascinating glimpses into the publishing world.
Follett, Ken. The Modigliani Scandal (Png, 16.00) June. A reissue of an international thriller set in the art world first published in the 1980s, featuring an art historian, an anti-establishment painter, and a gallery owner who react to the discovery of a “lost” masterpiece, leading to theft, forgery, betrayal, and possibily murder.
Francis, Felix. Pulse (Put, 16.00) July. When an unidentified man is found unconscious by a racecourse, the doctor who treated him before his death becomes obsessed with discovering what happened—to the point where she herself is attacked.
French, Nicci. The Day of the Dead (HC, 15.99) July. The final in the series featuring London psychotherapist Frieda Klein who is forced to confront her nemesis, the psychopath Dean Reeve, who has begun killing again.
Gardner, Lisa. Right Behind You (Dut, 16.00) June. A woman whose older brother killed their drunken, abusive father when they were children is horrified when a shooter who killed two people in Oregon is identified as her brother—the brother she has always considered a hero.
Gerber, Daryl Wood. A Deadly Éclair (Per, 15.99) June. In the first of a culinary series, a chef returns home to Napa Valley after the death of her husband and finds an entrepreneur to underwrite a French bistro and inn for her to develop, and he persuades his celebrity niece to hold her wedding there, but when the entrepreneur is found murdered after the rehearsal dinner, the chef must take off her toque and put on a deer-slayer hat to find the killer.
Gilbert, Victoria. A Murder for the Books (Per, 15.99) June. When the new librarian of a small Virginia town agrees to help her new neighbor investigate a murder from the 1920s, they uncover a conspiracy among the families of the town that leads to a present-day murder.
Grafton, Sue. Y is for Yesterday (Put, 16.00) July. Kinsey Millhone is hired by the parents of a young man who ten years before raped a fourteen-year-old girl with his prep-school friends, and now a film of the assault has turned up with a ransom demand in the last of the series.
Gregory, Daryl. Spoonbenders (RH, 16.95) July. A famous family of psychics debunked on television years before is facing triple threats—the local mafia, the CIA, and a skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them—discover that their powers are not only real, but can save them.
Grisham, John. The Rooster Bar (RH, 17.00) June. Three third-year students at a mediocre for-profit law school owned by a shady hedge-fund manager who also owns a chain of banks that provide student loans realize that they’ve been scammed—and decide to do something about it.
Hannah, Sophie. Keep Her Safe (HC, 15.99) June. A woman vacationing in Arizona becomes convinced that the guest in the room next to her is a woman who disappeared in a sensational case years before. Hannah is wonderful.
Harrison, Colin. You Belong to Me (FSG, 18.00) June. An NYC immigration lawyer and his beautiful neighbor attend an art auction, their lives are changed completely after a mysterious man whisks the woman away and the lawyer loses his bid for a map he coveted—and then the bodies start to pile up…. I loved this.
Hart, Rob. The Woman from Prague (Per, 15.95) June. Amateur PI Ash McKenna is in Prague escaping his demons when he is approached by a mysterious man working for the government who wants him to exchange a package, but the handoff is a hit, and Ash is on the run from assassins in a city he barely knows.
Hasburgh, Patrick. Pirata (HC, 15.99) June. An American ex-pat living in Mexico after his life falls apart witnesses a woman murdering her abusive lover and decides to help her cover-up the crime, a decision that becomes more obviously bad when an FBI agent comes looking for him.
Hawley, Noah. A Conspiracy of Tall Men (GC, 15.99) June. A professor of conspiracy theory is stunned when he is told by the FBI that his wife was killed in the crash of a plane flying from New York to Brazil, so he and two friends decide to investigate only to find themselves in danger.
Hill, Bonnie Hearn. I Wish You Missed Me (SH, 17.95) June. Former crime blogger turned finder-of-missing-persons Kit Doyle investigates when her best friend disappears.
Hilton, James. Pray for Death (RH, 14.99) July. The Gunn brothers travel to Mexico to rescue an adopted daughter from the clutches of a drug cartel.
Holahan, Cate. Lies She Told (Per, 15.99) July. A bestselling novelist is working on a thriller about a woman who suspects her husband of infidelity and ends up killing his mistress while her husband is mourning the loss of his best friend, whose body was found in the same river as in his wife’s manuscript in a twisty psychological thriller.
Houston, Victoria. Dead Firefly (SS, 16.00) June. The police chief of a northwoods Wisconsin town must find out who killed the accountant for a luxury fly-fishing resort on Loon Lake amid concerns that elderly owners are losing their properties to greedy developers in this cozy series that will remind you of Fargo.
Huntley, Swan. The Goddesses (RH, 16.00) June. After moving to Hawaii with her family to make a new start, a woman becomes involved with a new friend and soon finds herself neglecting her husband and children in a novel of psychological suspense.
Jacobson, Alan. Dark Side of the Moon (Per, 19.99) June. An international thriller about moon rocks that have disappeared from NASA that represent the most powerful weapon of mass destruction ever if they fall into the hands of the bad guys.
Jensen, Louise. The Sister (GC, 12.99) June. When her best friend dies, a woman discovers that she had a sister, so she invites her to stay with her and her boyfriend, but things do not go well, and she begins to feel that she is in danger in s suspenseful novel of psychological suspense.
Joy, David. The Weight of the World (Put, 16.00) June. When a combat veteran and a family friend witness the accidental death of a drug dealer and a batch of cash and dope falls into their hands, they must fight to escape the meth-fueled darkness in a gritty noir set in North Carolina.
Kamal, Sheena. The Lost Ones (HC, 15.99) June. A PI who gave up her daughter for adoption fifteen years before is contacted by the adoptive father when the girl disappears after the police label her a chronic runaway and refuse to help in the first of a new series.
Keller, Julia. Fast Falls the Night (STM, 16.99) July. West Virginia prosecutor Bel Elkins and her colleagues must race to trace a shipment of heroin laced with a lethal tranquilizer that is killing all the addicts of Acker’s Gap in a tense thriller that takes place in 24 hours.
King, Laurie R. Lockdown (Ban, 16.00) July. A high school career day erupts in violence, with everyone from the principal to the school janitor hiding dark secrets in a contemporary novel of psychological suspense.
King, Samantha. The Perfect Family (Ken, 15.95) July. A psychological suspense novel set in the London suburbs with a mother who is confronted by a killer and forced to make a devastating choice about her children’s lives.
Krueger, William Kent. Sulfur Springs (SS, 16.00) June. Cork and his new bride travel to Southern Arizona to help out her son, who has been fired from his job as a counselor at a drug rehab center and appears to be involved somehow with a border drug cartel.
LaPlante, Lynda. Widows (SS, 16.00) June. After their husbands are killed in a heist that goes horribly wrong, three women decide to finish the job themselves, even though both the police and other thugs are out to stop them.
Levine, Paul. Bum Deal (T&M, 15.95) June. Florida attorney Jake Lassiter agrees to help the DA gather evidence against an orthopedic surgeon suspected of murdering his missing wife and the defense attorneys turn out to be old friends Victoria Lord and Steve Solomon. Levine writes developed characters and leavens his smart plotting with humor.
Lillard, Amy. Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper (Ken, 9.95) July. An unmarried woman living in Pennsylvania’s Amish country decides to investigate when a young woman from a family renowned for pickle-making is killed in a buggy accident.
Lippmann, Laura. Sunburn (HC, 16.99) July. A wonderfully noir tale set in Delaware that begins when a woman walks out on her family during a family vacation, and finds a job waitressing at a diner, only to begin a relationship with an inquisitive cook just as her checkered past comes back to haunt her—another husband, an insurance scam, and now a suspicious death in the small town. Lippmann is fantastic.
Loehfelm, Bill. The Devil’s Muse (FSG, 18.00) July. When a shooting occurs during Mardi Gras in New Oleans, cop Maureen Coughlin and her colleagues have their hands full trying to help the victims and find the perp.
Lorac, E.C.R. Fire in the Thatch (PP, 12.95) June. A Golden Age mystery set at the end of WWII in a small English village.
Macy, Meg. Bear Witness to Murder (Ken, 15.95) June. When a new toy and bookshop opens in her small hometown, teddy-bear shop owner Sasha is worried, but when the employee is found dead, an employee who was having a torrid affair with her ex-husband, she must find a killer.
Maine, Sarah. Women of the Dunes (SS, 16.00) July. An archaeologist excavating a site on the west coast of Scotland is hunting for the burial of a nineth-century Viking woman when she uncovers a nineteenth-century body of a woman who was clearly murdered, and when she learns more about the body she finds a disturbing relationship with her own ancestor.
McCafferty, Keith. Cold Hearted River (Vik, 16.00) July. The death of a woman stranded in a spring snowstorm leads Montana sheriff Martha Ettinger and detective Sean Stranahan on the trail of a mysterious steamer trunk that may containing a missing manuscript by Ernest Hemingway in the latest in this excellent western series.
McDermid, Val. Dead Beat (Per, 17.00) July. All six of the mysteries featuring PI Kate Brannigan are being reprinted. If you haven’t read these, and you like a kick-ass female protagonist, you are in for a treat.
McTiernan, Dervla. The Ruin (Png, 16.00) July. A debut novel set in Mayo, Ireland where a police detective re-opens the case of a seemingly accidental overdose death of a woman when her son is found dead twenty years later, and the main suspect is his sister, but new evidence surfaces.
Michel, Lincoln, ed. Tiny Crimes (Per, 15.95) June. A collection of very short noir fiction.
Monte, Bonnie C. The Sleeping Lady (Per, 16.95) June. When her business partner is found dead in Golden Gate Park after going to meet a blackmailer, a home décor shop owner in a small northern California town decides to investigate, especially since the police consider the death a random mugging, leading her to France to investigate her partner’s life there in a cozy debut mystery.
Moore, Syd. Strange Fascination (Per, 14.99) June. When a severed head is found on a boulder outside of the village after a road construction project causes all kinds of psychic reverberations, Rosie and Sam from the Essex Witch Museum are called in to investigate.
Mrazek, Robert. Dead Man’s Bridge (Per, 15.99) July. A former army officer working in security at a small upstate New York college town investigates when the hanging death of a wealthy alumnus of the college is the first of many murders in the first of a new series.
Oates, Joyce Carol. Dis Mem Ber (Per, 16.00) June. Four stories of suspense, one the winner of the Bram Stoker Prize.
Phillips, Gin. Fierce Kingdom (Vik, 16.00) July. A mother visiting a suburban zoo with her child sees something as they are leaving that send the two of them fleeing danger in a suspenseful thriller that takes place during the course of three hours.
Quinn, Spencer. The Right Side (SS, 16.00) July. A soldier seriously wounded in Afghanistan returns home suffering from PTSD, but when her hospital roommate dies, she decides to go to her small Washington hometown, only to find that the woman’s young daughter is missing. With the help of a stray dog who adopts her, she decides to find the child. Incredibly powerful and compelling—I loved this.
Rhode, John. Death at Breakfast (HC, 12.99) July. The reissue of a classic mystery from the Golden Age, featuring Dr. Priestley.
Rickstad, Eric. What Remains of Her (HC, 14.99) July. When his wife and young daughter disappear suddenly, a Vermont college professor becomes the main suspect, but the daughter’s friend knows what might have happened although she is afraid to reveal what the girls saw in the woods.
Ritter, Krysten. Bonfire (RH, 16.00) June. A debut legal thriller about an attorney who returns to her hometown for a case against a chemical company, but finds that there is a link between her case and the disappearance of a popular young woman ten years before.
Robins, Jane. White Bodies (SS, 16.00) June. In a debut novel of psychological suspense, a woman joins an internet support group for victims and friends of victims of domestic abuse when she suspects that her twin sister’s marriage to a financier is abusive, and she is horrified when one of her friends is murdered by her abusive husband. Then her sister’s husband is murdered…. I loved this; it caught me completely by surprise.
Robinson, Peter. Sleeping in the Ground (HC, 15.99) July. Detective Superintendent Banks and his team investigate a massacre outside of a Yorkshire church in the latest in this excellent police procedural series.
Rubin, Eric Beck. School of Velocity (RH, 14.95) July. A musician with neurological problems that affect his music reconnects with a high school friend, a man who represents intrigue and danger.
Scottoline, Lisa. Exposed (STM, 16.99) July. Philadelphia attorney Mary DiNunzio agrees to represent an old friend when he is wrongfully dismissed by his company only to discover that her adversary is her law partner Bennie Rosato, who represents the parent company.
Sharp, Zoë. Fox Hunter (Peg, 15.95) June. When her boss at the “close protection” agency where she works goes rogue and appears to be responsible for a string of brutal murders, former special-forces operative Charlie Fox is sent to Iraq to find him and stop him, but she’s not the only one on his trail.
Simon, Clea. Fear on Four Paws (PP, 15.95) July. When Pru finds a bear trapped in rope netting and her boss passed out on the ground next to him, she becomes involved in a case of murder and a bear poaching ring. Great animal characters including a ferret named Frank.
Singerman, Philip. Prancing Tiger (HC, 15.99) June. A reissue of a novel of suspense from the 1990s featuring a retired homicide detective who agrees to help an old flame whose son is accused of the rape and murder of a disc jockey, but his investigation leads to him reconnecting to a highly-secret martial arts organization that wants him dead.
Skariton, Jonathan. Séance Infernale (RH, 16.95) July. A dealer in movie memorabilia is hired by a collector to find a copy of the first ever film, leading him to Edinburgh, home of the Victorian-era filmmaker, and tying in to a series of gruesome murders in the present day.
Smith, Mark Haskell. Blown (Per, 16.00) June. Another comic caper novel about a trader at a Wall Street bank who decides that the way to happiness is to steal enough money to fund his retirement on a sailboat in the Caribbean, and soon he is being chased by an assortment of thugs and crazies who want the money back. If you haven’t tried this author, I urge you to do so right away—he’s hilarious.
Stansel, Ian. The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo (HMH, 14.99) June. A woman takes off after her brother-in-law when he kills her husband in a horseback manhunt across northern California in a debut contemporary Western. I loved this.
Straley, John. Death and the Language of Happiness (Soho, 15.95) June. All of the series featuring criminal defense investigator Cecil Younger set in Sitka, Alaska are being reprinted. If you’re looking for a funny (and cool) summer read, you’ll love these.
Stuart, Amy. Still Water (SS, 15.99) July. A woman who is herself the victim of domestic abuse takes the job tracking a woman and her child who have disappeared from an abusive situation, leading her to a Canadian town where everyone has ulterior motives, even a woman who protects the weak and vulnerable.
Tantimedh, Adi. Her Beautiful Monster (SS, 26.00) June. Ravi, a detective for the Golden Sentinels Agency is assigned the case of British nobles marrying wealthy spouses who die of mysterious illnesses. If you haven’t tried this wonderfully offbeat series that combines comedy, action, and the supernatural, please give it a try. I love it.
Tracy, K.A. Dead Knock (Per, 15.99) July. Palm Springs crime reporter Sam Perry blurs the line between reporting and investigating when a serial killer leaves Bible verses written in the victim’s blood.
Van Lente, Fred. The Con Artist (RH, 14.99) July. An illustrated mystery featuring a comic artist who must investigate the murder of a rival during the madness of the San Diego Comic Con. Yes, there are zombie obstacle courses.
_____. Ten Dead Comedians (RH, 14.99) June. In a contemporary take-off on an Agatha Christie mystery, nine Hollywood comedians are invited to an island retreat by a legendary comic, but when they arrive, there is no cell-phone service, no wifi—and someone is murdering them one by one.
Weiner, Matthew. Heather, the Totality (LB, 14.99) June. A sociopathic young man spots the beautiful daughter of a Manhattan financier and decides that she will be the victim in his rape, torture, and murder fantasy that he plans to carry out.
Westlake, Donald. Forever and a Death (Hard Case, 9.95) June. When a formally wealthy businessman who lost everything when the Chinese took over Hong Kong decides to tunnel under the city and steal all the gold using a new technology, the developer of the technology and an environmental activist join forces to stop him in an unpublished novel.
Willeford, Charles. Understudy for Death (Hard Case, 9.95) July. A reissue of Willeford’s last crime novel, written over 40 years ago, about a Miami housewife who kills her two children and then herself, a killing investigated by a cynical reporter. Willeford is called the “father of Miami crime fiction” and is absolutely wonderful.
New and Forthcoming in International Mysteries
Akunin, Boris. The State Counsellor (Per, 16.00) July. When the new governor-general of Siberia is murdered by a man claiming to be diplomat-detective Erast Fandorin, Fandorin must find a killer before he is arrested himself in a mystery set in Russia in 1891.
Bilal, Parker. Dark Water (STM, 19.85) July. Cairo policeman Makana is approached by the British Intelligence Service to help them capture a terrorist specializing in biochemical weapons, but the mission means he must go to Istanbul, a city he doesn’t know, with dangers he doesn’t realize.
Black, Cara. Murder on the Left Bank (Soho, 26.95) June. When his nephew is murdered while carrying a notebook filled with evidence of dirty cops to the office of Paris’s chief prosecuting attorney and the notebook disappears, a Paris attorney hires Aimée Leduc to find both the notebook and the murderer, a case that takes her to the Left Bank and an enclave of Cambodian refuges.
Camilleri, Andrea. The Sacco Gang (Per, 14.00) July. A novel based on the lives of two brothers who found themselves battling both the authorities and the Mafia in 1920s Italy.
Cotterill, Colin. The Rat Catchers’ Olympics (Soho, 15.95) July. During the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Laos decides to field a team—since all the major nations are boycotting—and Dr. Siri goes along as the medical advisor, but when one of the Lao Olympians is accused of murder, he must turn sleuth. If you haven’t tried this funny series yet, you are in for a treat.
Dahl, Alex. The Boy at the Door (Brk, 16.00) July. A woman with the perfect life in an affluent Norwegian town has a secret that she has kept for years—not realizing that a woman with nothing to lose knows her secret and sees it as a way to better her own life in a novel of psychological suspense.
De Carlo, Andrea. Imperfect Delight (SS, 16.00) June. In Provence in autumn a British rock star and an Italian gelato maker meet and their meeting creates a chaos that changes their lives in a confectionary treat for summer.
Dueñas, Maria. The Vineyard (SS, 17.00) June. A powerful novel of love, betrayal, and sherry wine set in Mexico, Havana, and Spain during the second half of the nineteenth century about a man who wins a rundown Spanish vineyard gambling, and finds himself falling in love with the strong-willed woman whose family had owned it.
Giovanni, Maurizio de. I Will Have Vengeance (Eur, 17.00) July. Commissario Ricciardi, who has the ability to see the final seconds in the lives of those who die violent deaths, is called in to investigate the murder of a famous tenor in Naples in 1931. For fans of Donna Leon.
Hammer, Lotte and Soren. The Night Ferry (Blooms, 28.00) July. DCS Simonsen is called in to investigate after a ferry crashes in Copenhagen killing twenty people, and when he realizes that it was no accident, he hunts for a criminal in Bosnia who may be connected to the incident.
Hénaff, Sophie. The Awkward Squad (GC, 15.95) July. A disgraced Paris police detective is given the assignment of heading up a group investigating abandoned cold cases and soon finds herself fascinated by the work despite the collection of misfits who make up her team in a debut mystery.
Houhui, Zhou. Death Notice (RH, 26.95) June. An elite police squad hunts a mysterious entity that threatens to execute publically those criminals whom the law cannot reach in a suspenseful thriller set in China’s Sichuan province.
Ingelmen-Sundberg, Catharina. The Little Old Lady Behaving Badly (HC, 15.99) June. The League of Pensioners decide to build a resort for their fellow senior citizens on the French Riviera, and to fund the project, they decide to pull off the heist of the century—cheating billionaires out of their luxury yachts.
Jacobsen, Steffen. Retribution (Per, 25.99) July. Danish police detective Lene Jensen and her PI friend investigate the terrorist bombing of Tivoli Gardens, and when a Muslim woman calls for her help, she suspects that she was part of a secret government research project.
Jeong, You-Jeong. The Good Son (Png, 16.00) June. In a novel of psychological suspense by an acclaimed Korean writer, a man awakens in the elegant Seoul duplex he share with his mother to find her dead at the bottom of the stairs, and no memory of the night, so he spends the next three days trying to discover what happened.
Jonasson, Ragnar. Nightblind (STM, 16.99) July. The local policeman in a small fishing village in northern Iceland must investigate the murder of a policeman shot point blank in a deserted house.
Karjel, Robert. After the Monsoon (HC, 26.99) June. Swedish detective Ernst Grip is sent to the Horn of Africa when a Swedish army lieutenant dies suddenly, but solving the mystery of the man’s death plunges him into a world of intrigue, greed, and dark dealings where it’s hard to distinguish the good guys from the bad.
Kehlmann, Daniel. You Should Have Left (RH, 15.00) June. A screenwriter and his family rent a house in the mountains of Germany, but he begins to find inexplicable events are eroding his ability to write and affecting his family.
Keplar, Lars. The Hypnotist (RH, 16.95) June. The first of the series featuring DI Joona Linna, who investigates a triple homicide with only one witness—a young boy who witnessed the murder of his family and who is catatonic.
Khan, Vaseem. Murder at the Grand Raj Palace (LB, 15.99) July. Inspector Chopra and Ganesha, his baby elephant (who’s great at surveillance) are called in when a wealthy American is found dead at Mumbai’s most elegant hotel and they find a number of guests who’d like to see the man dead.
Kracht, Christian. The Dead (FSG, 25.00) July. A prizewinning novel of movies, murder, and Nazis, where a Swiss filmmaker is hired in the early 1930s to make a movie in Japan about the far reach of Hitler’s empire, but he is planning to create a film that will show the dangers of the rise of Naziism with the help of his Jewish friends.
Lagercrantz, David. The Girl who Takes an Eye for an Eye (RH, 16.95) June. Lisbeth Salander joins forces again with journalist Mikael Blomkvist to discover once and for all the secrets of her childhood that have remained hidden, and together they find a sinister pseudoscientific experiment that has remained secret for years.
Lancet, Barry. The Spy Across the Table (SS, 17.00) June. Antiques dealer and Japan expert Jim Brodie is sent to Tokyo by the White House in a case that puts him in the crosshairs of the North Koreans and the Chinese.
LeBor, Adam. District VIII (Peg, 25.95) June. The first of a series set in Budapest featuring a Hungarian gypsy police detective, who investigates when he is sent a text message showing a body in front of the building that formerly housed the Communist Party headquarters, but when he arrives the body has disappeared.
Lindgren, Minna. Death in Sunset Grove (IPG, 13.95) June. The first in a Finnish series set in a retirement community where two of the nonagenarian residents decide to investigate the death of the community’s cook, a tragedy that is accompanied by other disturbing developments, including the disappearance of medical records.
Persson, Leif G.W. The Sword of Justice (RH, 16.95) June. DS Backstrom is assigned the case of the murder of a prominent mafia lawyer, a case made more frustrating because it is so difficult to narrow the list of those who have strong motives.
Quartey, Kwei. Death by his Grace (Soho, 15.95) July. Chief Inspector Darko Dawson of the Ghanaian police investigates the murder of a woman ordered out of her house by her husband after his family accuses her of being a witch, and the suspects include not only her husband, a local lawyer, but the filthy-rich pastor of the church she attended.
Schepp, Emilie. Slowly We Die (HC, 15.99) June. A standalone medical thriller by an award-winning Swedish writer about a woman who becomes a EMS nurse after an error during a surgery that left a woman disabled begins to notice a pattern to a series of bizarre murders that are occurring—they all involve a surgical saw.
Simenon, Georges. Maigret’s Failure (Png, 13.00) June. A reissue of a classic featuring the Paris police detective. In July, Maigret Enjoys Himself (Png, 13.00) will be reissued.
Tangen, Geir. Requiem (STM, 27.99) July. In the first of a new series by a Norwegian crime blogger, a journalist receives an anonymous email from someone who plans to kill a woman for her crimes, and when she is indeed killed, he joins forces with a police investigator to find the killer.
Vallgren, Carl-Johan. The Tunnel (Quer, 16.99) June. A dark thriller that plumbs the depths of Sweden’s pornography industry, featuring a security consultant who investigates when his former drug dealer disappears.
Varvello, Elena. Can You Hear Me? (Quer, 22.99) June. A coming-of-age mystery set in a small northern Italian town in 1978, where the arrival of a new friend is part of a life-changing summer during which a young boy is murdered and a teenaged girl disappears.
Walker, Martin. A Taste for Vengeance (RH, 25.95) June. Bruno must find a missing British tourist who was signed up for a cooking course, but unfortunately she does turn up—dead and with an Irishman involved in intelligence in the latest in this excellent series set in France’s Dordogne region.
New and Forthcoming in Historical Mysteries
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem and Anna Waterhouse. Mycroft Holmes (RH, 7.99) July. A mass-market reissue of the Sherlockian pastiche.
Alexander, Tasha. Death in St. Petersburg (STM, 16.99) July. Lady Emily agrees to help the aristocratic lover of a murdered ballerina, a case that sends her throughout Tsarist Russia, from the opulent Winter Palace to the garrets of political dissidents.
Arvin, Nick. Mad Boy (Eur, 17.00) June. An adventure through America during the War of 1812 with a young man who tries to fulfill his dying mother’s wish to be buried at sea despite a father in debtor’s prison and a brother fighting the redcoats.
Ashley, Jennifer. Scandal above Stairs (Brk, 15.00) July. In the second in this Victorian series, Kat Holloway sets aside her apron once again to help a friend of her aristocratic employer who has been accused of stealing precious artwork from her husband, a case that leads to more thefts, a seedy pawnshop, and a murder.
Black, Benjamin. Wolf on a String (HH, 16.00) June. When a young scholar in Prague in 1599 finds the body of a woman in an alleyway, he impulsively decides to investigate the murder, plunging him into the machinations of the court of Rudolf II and putting him in danger.
Borman, Tracy. The King’s Witch (Per, 27.00) July. In the first of a trilogy set in England at the end of the Tudor reign and the beginning of the Stuart’s a young gentlewoman with an interest in medicine is forced by her family to stay at the court of the newly-installed King James, a man who penchant for witch-hunting puts her in grave danger.
Bovee, Kari. Girl with a Gun (Per, 16.95) June. Fifteen-year-old sharpshooter Annie Oakley must find a murderer among the cast of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show when a series of murders places her in the crosshairs of a killer—and to make matters worse, her beloved horse is stolen.
Bowen, Rhys. On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service (Brk, 7.99) July. Georgie is sent to an elegant house party in the south of France, but the presence of the dreadful Mrs. Simpson and the threat of murder turns the holiday into a nightmare.
Brydon, James. The Moment Before Drowning (Akashic, 25.95) July. A debut set in Brittany in 1959, where a former member of the French Army intelligence service awaiting trial for committing a terrible crime in Algeria is asked to investigate the murder of a high-school student, the child of a German army officer, an investigation that brings back the atrocities he saw in Algeria.
Cantor, Jillian. The Lost Letter (River, 16.00) June. In Austria in 1938 the apprentice to a Jewish engraver falls in love with his employer’s daughter, and must find a way to save her and himself; in Los Angeles in 1969 a woman finds her father’s stamp collection which contains a rare Austrian WWII stamp affixed to a love letter, sending her and a stamp appraiser on a quest to discover the fate of the lovers.
Corby, Gary. Death on Delos (Soho, 15.95) July. Athenian investigator Nico is asked by Pericles to solve a murder during a visit to the sacred island of Delos to move the treasury to safety in Athens.
Davis, Lindsey. Pandora’s Boy (STM, 27.99) July. Flavia Albia investigates the death of a teenaged girl who is suspected of having been poisoned by a love potion, but she discovers that the girl was not the innocent she appeared and hung out with a vicious gang.
Douglas, Stuart. The Improbable Prisoner (RH, 12.95) July. When he is accused of the murder of an elderly woman, Watson must count on Holmes to find the true culprit.
Dunn, Carola. The Corpse at the Crystal Palace (STM, 26.99) July. Daisy Dalrymple investigates the murder of a nanny during a family outing to London’s Crystal Palace, a case that becomes more personal when her children’s nanny is attacked.
Dybek, Nick. The Verdun Affair (SS, 27.00) June. A novel about war and its effects on the survivors that moves from 1920s France to 1950s Hollywood that is a love story between two Americans—one a former ambulance driver and the other a widow searching for her missing husband—who meet a German journalist in Italy where they go to meet an amnesiac patient, who may be the woman’s husband. I really liked this.
Fanning, Diane. Sabotage in the Secret City (SH, 28.99) July. A scientist working on the Manhattan Project in the 1940s in Tennessee turns sleuth when a series of childish pranks turn first destructive and then deadly, and the commander in charge focusses the investigation on her area.
Fox, Margolit. Conan Doyle for the Defense (RH, 27.00) June. When a Jewish man was convicted of murdering an elderly woman on the flimsiest of evidence in London in 1908, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, became obsessed with the case and worked tirelessly to exonerate the man, who was finally released in 1927.
Freeland, Liz. Murder in Greenwich Village (Ken, 15.95) June. In the first of a new series set in New York in 1913, a young woman arrives in the big city looking for glamor, but instead finds a murder in her apartment and a former suitor arrested for the crime.
Freeman, Dianne. A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder (Ken, 26.00) July. In the first of a new series set in Victorian London, the American-born Countess of Harleigh is enjoying her widowhood when she learns of a series of burgleries plaguing the elite, and a murder causes her to worry that her younger sister’s season could be ruined.
Gentill, Sulari. Gentlemen Formerly Dressed (PP, 26.95 hc, 15.95 tp) June. Australian Rowland Sinclair barely escaped from Nazi Germany in 1933 only to find himself in the world of the British aristocracy, complete with wild parties and Black Shirts.
Goldberg, Leonard. A Study in Treason (STM, 26.99) June. Joanna, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes joins with Dr. Watson and his son to recover a secret treaty between England and France stolen from the estate of a nobleman in the second in this series.
Gross, Andrew. The Saboteur (STM, 9.99) June. In 1943 a Norwegian scientist is sent behind enemy lines to disrupt the Nazi plans for the atomic bomb.
Harris, Gregory. The Framingham Fiend (Ken, 15.95) June. Colin Pendragon investigates a series of grisly murders of protitutes in the East End of London that are reminiscent of the Jack the Ripper murders in the latest in this Victorian series.
Harris, Tessa. The Angel Maker (Ken, 26.00) June. In the second in this Victorian series, London flower seller Constance Piper investigates when the body of a young prostitute is found near the house of a woman who finds “homes” for unwanted babies.
Hotchner, A.E. The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom (RH, 23.95) July. When a 13-year-old boy witnesses a robbery/murder in Saint Louis duing the Great Depression, the police do not believe him, and, after his father becomes a suspect, he joins forces with a lawyer, a neighborhood friend, a paperboy, and an aspiring teen journalist to find the evidence to free his father.
Huang, Christopher. A Gentleman’s Murder (Per, 14.99) July. Set in 1924, this cozy mystery begins with the discovery of a body in a very elite London club, a murder investigated by a half-Chinese veteran of the Great War who finds a nesting-doll of secrets among his fellow officers.
Hughes, Andrew. The Coroner’s Daughter (Peg, 15.95) July. When the daughter of Dublin’s coroner in 1815 discovers that a young maid thought to have commited suicide was in fact murdered, she discovers a dangerous adversary.
King, Laurie R. Island of the Mad (Ban, 28.00) June. When an old friend’s aunt fails to return from a supervised outing from Bedlam, the mental asylum, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes agree to look into the matter, which soon turns more serious when jewels are found missing.
Krugler, David. Rip the Angels from Heaven (Peg, 25.95) July. Intelligence officer Ellis Voigt fights to prevent the Soviets from infiltrating the Manhattan Project while running from enemies on both sides in the second in this WWII series.
Lovegrove, James. Sherlock Holmes—The Devil’s Dust (RH, 14.99) July. Mrs. Hudson asks Holmes and Watson to investigate when the lodger of a friend is found poisoned.
Lunney, Tessa. April in Paris, 1921 (Peg, 25.95) July. In a debut mystery, a former Allied spy during WWI is asked by her spymaster to find a traitor who is spying for the Germans, a case that also helps her find a painting by Pablo Picasso that has been stolen.
Maxwell, Alyssa. Murder at Chateau sur Mer (Ken, 15.95) July. Newport reporter Emma Cross is asked by a senator’s wife to investigate the death of a prostitute who crashed the elegant polo match she was covering for the newspaper.
Mina, Denise. The Long Drop (LB, 15.99) July. After his family is murdered in Glasgow, a man offers a bounty for information about the crime and meets with a professional criminal who claims to know something, but after the criminal is put on trial for the murder, the husband is called to testify and the surprising truth comes out in a standalone based on an actual murder case.
Moreira, Peter. The Haight (SS, 24.95) June. The first of a new series set in San Francisco in the 1960s with a SFPD detective who investigates the murder of an artist while at the same time he is searching for his missing stepdaughter who disappeared the year before in a city where heroin has replaced acid as the drug of choice and violence is on the upswing.
Mullen, Thomas. Lightning Men (SS, 16.00) June. In the second in this excellent series set in Atlanta in the 1950s, two black cops have their hands full dealing with racism in a changing society as well as corruption when they seek to stop the flow of white lightning and drugs into traditionally black neighborhoods.
Peters, Elizabeth and Joan Hess. The Painted Queen (HC, (9.99) June. The final installment in the Amelia Peabody series finds the archaeologist and her husband in Cairo in 1912, hunting for a priceless stolen bust of Queen Nefertiti, when Amelia becomes the target of assassins.
Putnam, Jonathan F. Perish from the Earth (Per, 15.99) June. In the second in the series featuring Abraham Lincoln and his friend Speed, Lincoln agrees to defend a man who shot another during a card game aboard Speed’s steamboast, but in preparing the defense, Lincoln finds that the card game is not the only thing crooked on the boat.
Ribchester, Lucy. The Amber Shadows (Peg, 15.95) June. When she begins receiving mysterious packages containing bits of amber from Russia, a woman working as a code-breaker at Bletchley Park during WWII is surprised and mystified, and when her brother is murdered, she wonders if the packages are related to her absent father and the war on the Eastern Front.
Rindell, Suzanne. Eagle and Crane (Put, 27.00) July. Two stunt pilots—one Japanese-American--in the Depression-Era West find their friendship strained after Pearl Harbor, and when one of the planes crashes with two bodies aboard, the consensus is that the Japanese flyer was helping his father escape from an internment camp, a view not held by the FBI agent assigned to the case.
Schmidt, Sarah. See What I Have Done (Per, 16.00) June. Four narrators recount events leading to the 1892 murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, including Lizzie herself in a debut novel of psychological suspense that is at once a whodunit, a “whydunit,” and an historical.
Seiffert, Rachel. A Boy in Winter (RH, 16.00) July. The arrival of the SS in 1941 in a small Ukrainian town changes the lives of the Jewish inhabitants forever.
Spann, Susan. Trial on Mount Koya (RH, 15.95) July. In the latest in the series set in sixteenth-century Japan Hiro Hattori journeys to a remote mountain village with a Portuguese priest where the residents begin dying in bizarre ways.
Sykes, S.D. City of Masks (Peg, 15.95) July. While stopping in Venice during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1358, the young Lord of Somershill Manor discovers the body of a man during Carnival and decides to investigate.
Tobin, Sophia. The Vanishing (SS, 16.99) June. A gothic mystery set on the windswept moors of Yorkshire where young runaway finds a job and lodging at a manor house filled with dark secrets.
Todd, Charles. A Casualty of War (HC, 15.99) July. Bess Crawford is nursing an officer with a severe head wound who accuses his cousin of shooting him, but it is clear that the cousin could not have been guilty, so when next in England, Bess travels to the cousin’s home in Suffolk to investigate the relationship between the cousins.
Tremayne, Peter. Penance of the Damned (STM, 27.99) July. Sister Fidelma is sent to investigate when the King’s trusted advisor is killed in a locked room, with the commander of the King’s bodyguard standing over the body.
Ziskin, James W. A Stone’s Throw (RH, 15.95) June. Reporter Ellie Stone investigates when a suspicious fire in an abandoned foaling barn near glamorous Saratoga Springs leads to the discovery of two bodies, one shot and one strangled.
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Enjoy the long, hot Tucson summer with a glass of iced tea and a mystery! Clues will be closed from July 1 through July 4, reopening Thursday, July 5. Have a safe and happy holiday.
Chris and Bosco