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Cherry Adair, Vortex(June). Romantic suspense ignites this high-sea adventure with long-lost treasure as the lure.
A.B. Bard, The Killer Poet’s Guide to Immortality killer satire on publishing and writing these days: our lead character is a frustrated poet who decides that the only way to get his work noticed is to kill people and pin his poems to their bodies. Social satire, comedy and a sad reflection on where we are. Pseudonym of Michael Schein. Signed Copies Available.
Nancy Bush, Nowhere to Run (Aug.). One day, Liv leaves her office at Zuma Software to get lunch. When she returns, everyone has been massacred. What and who were they after?
Chelsea Cain, Kill You Twice (Aug.). While investigating a flayed cyclist in a Portland park, Archie Sheridan gets a call from a doctor working at the mental hospital where his nemesis Gretchen Lowell is imprisoned. She wants to see Archie; she claims to have knowledge of this new crime. Does she, or is she just trying to draw Archie back into her games? 5th in the series.
Mary Daheim, The Wurst is Yet to Come (July). The deadly events at the Hillside Manor B&B have caused some at the State to question if the cousins should stay in business. So the cousins try to score some points by staffing the State B&B booth at the Little Bavaria Oktoberfest. Can you believe it? Judith finds a body in the midst of an oompah band and a crowd of polka dancers. What’re the odds? Signing.
Robert Dugoni, The Conviction (June, Touchstone). David Sloane’s son has slipped into a life of petty crime and danger after the murder of his mother. Sloane’s buddy, Det. Tom Molia invites David and Jake to go with him and his son on a camping trip. The boys are caught breaking into a general store one night and the country judge throws the book at them. Sloane and Molia learn that this judge’s power is vast and they have to figure out how to rescue the teens. Signing.
M.D. Grayson, Angel Dance and No Way to Die (Mar. and June, Cedar Coast Press). First two books in a new local series featuring the operatives at Seattle’s Logan Private Investigation Agency. In Angel, the investigators search for the missing daughter of a mobster; in No Way, they’re hired by the widow of a respected mathematician who won’t accept his death as being a suicide. Signed Copies Available.
Jennifer Hillier, Freak (Aug., Gallery). In jail and expecting to be indicted for complicity in the Tell Tale Heart murders, Abby Locke is further disturbed to learn that murdered women are being found around Seattle and each has a letter or number carved into their skin. Two of the letters are her initials. In paper, Creep (July, Pocket).
Lisa Jackson, Afraid to Die (July, Zebra). In their 4th appearance, Montana detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli search for a serial killer who has been using the blanket of winter to hide his victims. Alvarez knew both of the women who have been found. Each was wearing a piece of her jewelry. AND You Don’t Want to Know (July, Kensington). Two years ago, a Seattle mother’s sanity was shattered when her toddler vanished. No trace was ever found. Now she’s out of the hospital and trying to put her life back together. But she just can’t get over the feeling that the people around her know more about what happened than they’re willing, or going, to tell her.
J.A. Jance, Judgment Call (July, Morrow). The private life and public duties of Joanna Brady collide when her daughter finds the murdered body of her high school principal. Signing.
Bharti Kirchner, Tulip Season (May, Booktrope). Landscape designer Mitra Basu’s best friend has disappeared and she’s very worried. Domestic-violence counselor Kareena Sihna was married to a wealthy but cold man, and she’d recently admitted to Mitra that she’d begun dangerous romance. Signed Copies Available.
Mike Lawson, House Blood (July, Atlantic Monthly). CRIMINY! Mahoney is no longer Speaker of the House. Emma is diagnosed with a fatal disease. In the midst of all of this trouble, DeMarco is asked to look into the death of a lobbyist two years before and rumors of the nefarious efforts of the ruthless owner of Mulray Pharma. In paper, House Divided (July, Atlantic Monthly). Signing. Staff favorite!
Martin Limón, Joy Brigade (July, Soho). It is 1972 and South Korea is on alert. Kim Il-Sung has sworn to reunite the peninsula before handing power over to his son. George Sueño is sent into North Korea on a vital mission: return with a map said to show all of the ancient tunnels that exist under the DMZ. Who’s going to keep Ernie out of trouble? Signing. In paper, Mr. Kill (July, Soho). Bill F. and JB recommend this series.
Ann Littlewood, Endangered (July, Poisoned Pen). Portland zookeeper Iris Oakley is dispatched to a remote ranch in Washington State to secure the exotic animals that were to be sold on the underground market. While there, she discovers the body of a woman who had escaped arrest when the cops raided the estate. Who killed her – the cops or her colleagues? Signing.
Ron Lovel, Murder in the Steens (July, Penman Press). In his 9th case, Prof. Tom Martindale heads to SE Oregon to help an old friend. Her husband is missing and it has something to do with a herd of rare and wild mustangs descended from those the Conquistadors rode. Signing.
Jeanne Matthews, Bonereapers (June, Poisoned Pen). On an undercover assignment to the world’s Doomsday Seed Vault in Norway, Dinah Pelerin is unaware that she’ll soon find herself in the midst of not only international politics but the marital disagreement of the presidential candidate and his Norwegian wife. Signing.
Gregg Olsen, Fear Collector (Aug., Pinnacle). There are two women who remain obsessed with Ted Bundy: one grew up to be a cop who believes her sister was one of Bundy's victims years before; the other is a deranged groupie who has reared her own son to take up where Bundy left off and to specifically target this woman cop.
Ridley Pearson, The Risk Agent (June, Putnam). When one of their workers is kidnapped, the American-owned construction company working in China brings in Rutherford Risk, a private security firm. The problem is that what Rutherford Risk does is illegal in China, so it’ll have to work quietly and quickly to get the hostage back ahead of the deadline. First in a new series. Signed Copies Available. Adele recommends.
Gina Robinson, Diamonds are Truly Forever (June, St. Martin’s). 2nd in a sexy secret spy series, set among the men who are always vanishing on a mission and the women who love them.
Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins (June, Harper). On an Italian coastline in 1962, a young innkeeper sees a vision of stunning beauty – a young, American starlet – and is heartbroken to learn she is dying. 50 years later, in Hollywood, an elderly Italian man appears on a studio backlot, searching for a woman he hasn’t seen since 1962. A story of mystery, romance and enduring love. (Doesn’t appear to involve crime but we’ll follow Jess anywhere he goes!) Signing.
Yasmine Galenorn, Rhiannon Held, Kat Richardson – see Urban Fantasy
Now in Paperback
Geoffrey Gray, Skyjack: The Hunt for DB Cooper. JB recommends.
Coming This Autumn
Elizabeth George, The Edge of Nowhere- a YA novel
New from the Rest
Jeff Abbott, The Last Minute (July, Grand Centra). Sam Capra is retired from the CIA but now works for a secret network that spans the globe. The only thing he is devoted to is his infant son and the boy has just been kidnapped. Signing.
Megan Abbott, Dare Me (July, LittleBrown). Addy and Beth are the top-dog cheerleaders in their world. A new coach arrives to oversee the team and upsets the balance that everyone has accepted. Just as everyone is getting used to the new ways, a horrible event and a police investigation tears it all apart. In paper, The End of Everything (July, Mulholland). Signing.
Laura Alden, Plotting at the PTA (July, Obsidian). PTA secretary, children’s bookstore owner and single mom Beth Kennedy uses her spare time to do a little sleuthing. When one of her regular customers dies of bee stings, Beth knows something is wrong.
Esri Allbritten, Portrait of Doreene Gray (July, Minotaur). 2nd with twins Maureene and Doreene Pinter who run Tripping Magazine. When they were in their 20s, Maureene painted Doreene’s portrait and the painting has aged while the sister still looks 35. The magazine’s investigators have an in-house assignment. In paper, Chihuahua of the Baskervilles (July, St.Martins).
Donna Andrews, Some Like it Hawk (July, St. Martin’s). Meg’s town’s financial nightmares are lightened somewhat by the festival being put on. But since the corporation that lent the town money has begun to foreclose on the buildings, tension is still disturbingly high. When one of the company’s officials is murdered – well, you can imagine what that does to everyone’s peace of mind. Can Meg solve the crime and get some peace back to her neighbors? In paper, The Real McCaw (June, St. Martin’s).
Connie Archer, A Spoonful of Murder (Aug., Berkley). Snowflake, VT, is a mecca for winter sports, so Lucky Jamieson’s new soup-only restaurant ought to be a hit. When a tourist is found frozen solid out behind the liquid emporium a chill is put on sales.
Ace Atkins, The Lost Ones (June, Putnam). Former Army Ranger Quinn Colson, newly elected as sheriff in Tibbehah County, MS, looks into the problems of a local gun shop owner – an old Army buddy –whose guns have been showing up in the Mexican drug war. 2nd in this Edgar-nominated series which is recommended by Adele.
Ella Barrick, Dead Man Waltzing (June, Obsidian). 2nd in this ballroom dancing series. Champion dancer Stacy Graysin is pulled into another investigation when the grande dame of American ballroom dancing is poisoned in the building’s lunchroom.
Jessica Beck, Powdered Peril (Sept., St. Martin's). 8th in this delicious donut shop series.
Lou Berney, Whiplash River (July, Morrow). Sequel to the marvelous Gutshot Straight (Harper). Shake Bouchon’s dreamy life in Belize is threatened. His restaurant isn’t doing well, he’s into some thugs for dough and a gunman tries to kill one of his customers, Quinn. Before he can figure out what is going on, the joint has been torched and Quinn is insisting Shake come work for him in Mexico. Then come the two freelance assassins, and a lovely FBI agent and Mexico is starting to sound pretty good.
Janet Bolin, Threaded for Trouble (June, Berkley). 2nd embroidery mystery in the Threadville series.
Laura Bradford, Hearse and Buggy (June, Berkley). Debut in a new series set in Pennsylvania Amish country.
Andrew Britton, The Operative (July, Kensington). After a decade fighting terror, Ryan Kealey has retired. But a vicious attack that kills the wife of a top CIA administrator leaves the Agency unable to cope. Kealey is asked by the grieving husband to investigate.
Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie for President (Aug., Bantam). Intrigue on the campaign trail!
Alafair Burke, Never Tell (June, Harper). NYPD Det. Ellie Hatcher investigates the death of a teen who seemed to have it all. Why should she commit suicide? The investigation reveals unknown stresses and involvement in cyber bullying. While the family brings political pressure to treat the death as murder, Hatcher is satisfied it was suicide. Then events change her view. Signing.
Alyse Carlson, The Azalea Assault (June, Berkley). 1st in a new gardening series set in Roanoke, VA. Camellia Harris’ job is to promote the great gardens of her city. A national magazine wants to do a big spread on them and a world-famous photographer is sent to document them – but he dies mysteriously soon after arriving.
Linda Castillo, Gone Missing (June, Minotaur). Police chief Kate Burkholder probes the disappearance of an Amish teen. Rumspringa is that time in an Amish teenager’s life when they’re free to find out what life is like without the usual rules of their parents. One of them is missing. 4th in the series.
Joy Castro, Hell or High Water (July, St. Martin’s). Ambitious young reporter Nola Céspedes sees her path to glory in a new assignment to write a full-length feature about New Orleans. While researching, she hears about a missing tourist and it threatens to derail her focus.
Joelle Charbonneau, Murder for Choir (July, Berkley). 1st in a new series to take place in the world of competitive show choirs, because lord knows they’re murderous affairs!
Tom Clancy with Peter Telep, Search and Destroy (June, Putnam). What appears to be an audacious armaments theft by narcoterrorists turns out to be something far scarier. Operative Maxwell Moore begins to follow the trail.
Peg Cochran, Allergic to Death (Aug., Berkley). Debut in a new culinary series. Gigi Fitzgerald’s new business is Gourmet De-Lite, making calorie-conscious meals. But when a food critic dies from a severe peanut allergy, more than her business is under threat.
Natalie R. Collins, Ties That Bind (Aug., St. Martin’s). A high school cheerleader is found hung from a tree in her backyard. It was easy to assume it was suicide. But it was just the first of many in the Salt Lake City area. Homicide Det. Samantha Montgomery works the case. Fran recommends this author.
Sheila Connolly, Sour Apples (Aug., Berkley). 6th in the Apple Orchard series. One of Meg’s neighbors is found dead, apparently from a cow’s kick while milking. The autopsy shows something else.
Thomas H. Cook, The Crime of Julian Wells (Aug., Mysterious Press). A famed true-crime writer is found in a boat floating in a pond. Why would he kill himself? Did he kill himself? Distasteful rumors always surrounded the man; it will now be the responsibility of his best friend and strongest defender to sort out the man’s life.
Douglas Corleone, Last Lawyer Standing (Aug., Minotaur). In his 3rd book, Hawaiian defense lawyer Kevin Corvelli juggles diverse clients; one is the sitting governor and the other is a career loser who once saved Corvelli’s life.
Andrew Cotto, Outerborough Blues (June, Ig). Years ago, as Brooklyn was just beginning gentrification, Caesar Stiles is tending bar and trying to keep a lid on his life. He believes that he’s living under a Sicilian curse and his life bears that out. But one day a French beauty walks into his bar and says she’s looking for her missing brother. What the hell – why not help her?
Cleo Coyle, A Brew to a Kill (Aug., Berkley). Greenwich Village coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi has expanded her business by using a truck to dispense her java. An accident with the truck makes her think that something fishy is going on. 11th in one of Amber’s favorite series. In paper, Murder by Mocha (Aug., Berkley).
Elizabeth Craig, Quilt or Innocence (June, Obsidian). The latest member of the North Carolinian Village Quilters Guild is retired folk art curator Beatrice Coleman. It is all pretty fun until one of her fellow quilt boosters becomes the prime suspect in a murder. 1st in a new series.
Bill Crider, Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen (Aug., Minotaur). In the 19th with Sheriff Dan Rhodes, the question is why would anyone have wanted to smash a hairdryer over pretty little Lynn Ashton.
Clive Cussler and Graham Brown, The Storm (June, Putnam). 10th in the NUMA Files with Kurt Austin.
Krista Davis, The Diva Digs Up the Dirt (June, Berkley). 6th in the Domestic Diva series. When a bulldozer accidentally ploughs into her backyard, Sophie finds new trouble has been unearthed.
Jeffery Deaver, XO (June, Simon & Schuster). Special Agent Kathryn Dance is assigned to guard a young, talented, popular and gorgeous country singer who has been receiving threats from a deranged fan.
Paul Doiron, Bad Little Falls (Aug., St. Martin’s). Exiled to the Canadian border, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is on the scene when a blizzard traps a couple in a remote cabin. They’re terrified by a raving and half-frozen man who claims a friend is lost in the snow. From there, things get bloody.
Sean Doolittle, Lake Country (July, Bantam). On the fifth anniversary of the crash that put him in prison, the daughter of the driver is kidnapped. A war vet thinks his buddy did it. While he’d do anything for his pal, he won’t condone crime and hopes to find him, and the girl, before the cops do.
Carole Nelson Douglas, Cat in a White Tie and Tails (Aug., Forge). 24th Midnight Louie mystery.
Peter de Jonge, Buried on Avenue B (July, Harper). Newly promoted Darlene O’Hara is handed what sounds like a goofy case: a nurse comes in to report that her elderly Alzheimer’s patient claims to have killed his crime partner 17 years ago and buried him under a tree in a park. What can’t be ignored is that the supposed victim really did vanish 17 years ago. When they reluctantly dig under the tree they do find human remains – but those of a young boy. Postponed from Jan.
David Duffy, In for a Ruble (July, St. Martin’s). Russian-American investigator Turbo Vlost is trying to put his life together after his girlfriend left him. He’s glad for the distraction of a new project. Billionaire hedge fund manager Sabastian Leitz wants him to test the security of his computer system. Besides learning far more than he ever wanted to about the man’s world, he also sees that a shadowy outfit from Belarus has targeted Leitz.
Susan Dunlap, No Footprints (Aug., Counterpoint). Stunt woman Darcy Lott saves a woman from suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge. Before she vanishes, she says she’ll be dead by Thanksgiving. That gives Darcy just four days to find the woman.
Gerald Elias, Death and Transfiguration (June, St. Martin’s). Tyrannical conductor Vaclav Herza is the last of a dying breed of great and terrifying figures. He heads a famous touring orchestra and creates trouble everywhere he goes. His latest victim was driven to suicide. Blind, cantankerous teacher Daniel Jacobus had refused the woman’s pleas for help. Now he knows he must avenge her death by taking on this monster and exposing him for what he is and what he’s done. 4th in this classical music series.
David Ellis, The Wrong Man (June, Putnam). Defense attorney Jason Kolarich takes the case of a homeless Iraqi war vet accused of killing a young paralegal. As he begins to probe the circumstances, Kolarich sees that the paralegal was involved in tracing money being funneled to terrorists and maybe his client was set up.
Loren D. Estleman, Burning Midnight (June, Forge). Asked by a friend to help a kid out of a bind, Amos Walker lands in the free-fire zone between two warring Latino gangs. Once he’s in the middle of the gunfire and gasoline cocktails, Walker starts to see that something larger is going on and its contours are international. 23rd of his superb Walker books. JB and Fran Recommend.
Barry Fantoni, Harry Lipkin, Private Eye (July, Doubleday). Meet the man who may not be the best PI in Miami, but who is certainly, at 87, the oldest. He’s hired to discover the culprit who is stealing trinkets and jewelry from Norma Weinberger.
Dan Fesperman, The Double Game (Aug., Knopf). Twenty years ago, as a young journalist, Bill Cage had a brief blip of fame when he wrote about a former spy who became a bestselling espionage writer. The novelist admitted he’d briefly flirted with the idea of spying for the Soviet bloc. Now Cage begins to get cryptic messages, laced with references from spy novels, that he should have pursued the story more deeply. Is it too late to do that? Signed Copies Available.
Sharon Fiffer, Lucky Stuff (Aug., Minotaur). 7th with PI and antique picker Jane Wheel.
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl (June, Crown). An unnerving story of a marriage gone horribly, terribly wrong. On the morning of their fifth anniversary, Amy vanishes. Nick
has not been the best husband; he can be weak, mean and a liar – but he swears he is no murderer. Amy’s diary chronicles his faults and, as the investigation digs deep, Nick is implicated more and more. As he struggles to clear himself, he begins to suspect that the truth of Amy’s disappearance is far worse than anyone feared. Signed Copies Available. JB says book of the year.
Meg Gardiner, Ransom River (July, Dutton). Though she vowed to never return to her small California hometown, the brilliant but emotionally scared Rory Mackenzie is no sooner back when she is snagged for jury duty. While everyone else is glued to the lurid murder trial, Rory is reliving her ugly past. Then the courthouse itself is attacked and the current case is seen to be connected to an old, unsolved case. Stand-alone thriller from this Edgar winner. In paper, The Nightmare Thief (June, Signet).
Julie Garwood, Sweet Talk (Aug., Dutton). A lawyer from the IRS stumbles into and ruins an FBI sting. They’re furious, obviously, but she has bigger targets – a ponzi scheme that threatens the life savings of hundreds. In paper, The Ideal Man (June, Signet).
Kathleen George, Simple (Aug., Minotaur). A beautiful Pittsburgh law student has been murdered. The cops at first think it is a neighborhood handyman who is the killer. But evidence soon begins to point toward her boss, the city’s golden boy who is gearing up for a run at the governorship. In paper, Hideout (June, Minotaut).
Tess Gerritsen, Last to Die (Aug., Ballantine). A foster family is massacred and Rizzoli and Isles hide the foster boy at Evensong, an isolated boarding school in Maine that teaches it’s students crime-fighting investigative skills. While they hope that the school’s remote location will keep the boy safe, they soon begin to suspect that the reasons behind the killings may reside at Evensong. In paper, The Silent Girl (July, Ballantine).
Andrew Gross, 15 Seconds (July, Morrow). Henry Steadman is on his way to a medical convention when a cop stops him for a minor infraction. While talking to Dr. Steadman, the cop is shot down from a speeding car. Steadman is in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Bryan Gruley, The Skeleton Box (June, Touchstone). Those who live around Starvation Lake are unsettled after a series of break-ins. Nothing’s been stolen but possessions and files have been rifled.
David Hagberg, Castro’s Daughter (July, Force). Cuban Intelligence Col. Maria Leon is asked by her dying father to contact the former head of the CIA on an important point. Her father? Castro, who never before acknowledged her as his daughter.
Carolyn Haines, Bonefire of the Vanities (June, St. Martin’s). In her 12th case, southern PI Sarah Booth Delaney looks for a missing socialite as well as a porn-star-turned-psychic who is cobbing up the case.
Rebecca M. Hale, How to Tale a Cat (July, Berkley). An alligator loose on the streets of San Francisco leads to an investigation of the brothers who financially backed the aquarium. 4th in the “Cats and Curios” series.
Steve Hamilton, Die a Stranger (July, St. Martin’s). A small plane lands at a deserted airstrip and it is found to be full of bodies. Clues to point to Alex McNight’s buddy Vinnie, who is missing.
Janice Hamrick, Death Makes the Cut (July, St. Martin’s). The school year hasn’t even started and there’s trouble on campus. One of Jocelyn’s colleagues has been murdered and the Austin police are convinced he’d been dealing drugs. Jocelyn is shocked by the allegation and disbelieves it; she sets out to disprove it. In paper, Death on Tour (June, St. Martin’s).
Russell Hill, Deadly Negatives (May, Caravel Mystery). In the bottom of an old camera box, photographer Michael McSwain finds some negatives. When he develops the black and white photos, he finds that they’re dynamite – they show links between some now prominent people and long-unsolved crimes.
Kay Hooper, Haven (Aug., Grand Central). FBI SA Nathan Navarro is sent to Baron, NC, to find Jessie Rayburn. He’s a member of the Bureau’s Special Crimes Unit and she’s a member of the civilian off-shoot. And she’s vanished.
David Housewright, Curse of the Jade Lily (June, St. Martin’s). Rushmore McKenzie was made wealthy in an insurance settlement years ago. Now that same insurance company wants a favor. Someone has stolen a priceless gem and will negotiate its return if, and only if, McKenzie is the mediator.
Dorothy Howell, Tote Bags and Toe Tags (June, Kensington). 5th with accessory fanatic Haley Randolph.
Gregg Hurwitz, The Survivor (Aug., St. Martin’s). Nate is a newly divorced vet with PTSD and ALS. At rock bottom, he climbs to the top of a downtown bank to jump. Just then, a gang takes over the building and Nate is able to foil the robbery. A hero for the day, the man who planned the heist tells Nate to finish the robbery or his ex-wife and daughter die.
Julie Hyzy, Grace Among Thieves (June, Berkley). 3rd in her Manor House series. There have been 2 murders on the historic estate. Grace Wheaton cannot allow this to go on.
R.J. Jagger, A Way with Murder (Aug., Pegasus). PI Bryson Wilde finds himself caught between two deadly dames. At first, the two cases appear unrelated – but we know they’ll collide with ugly consequences.
Iris and Roy Johansen, Close Your Eyes (July, St. Martin’s). Music therapist Kendra Michael was blind for the first 20 years of her life. Her sight now gives her an astonishing ability to ‘see’ details other investigators miss. While not a professional investigator, her sensitivity to what she notices makes her a significant investigative tool.
Andrea Kane, The Line Between Here and Gone (July, Mira). Paul was murdered before he even knew Amanda was carrying their child. The newborn has a rare immune deficiency and Amanda’s hope lies in a man who is dead. All seems lost until she sees a recent photo in which Paul appears. Is it him, can she find him? In paper, The Girl Who Disappeared Twice (June, Mira).
Jay Caspian Kang, The Dead Do Not Improve (Aug., Hogarth). San Francisco MFA graduate Philip Kim is an expert and scathing observer of all things modern – as only the young can be – in the city he has come to loathe. When his elderly next-door neighbor is murdered, he discovers that he’s been maneuvered into the status of patsy, a position that makes him even more critical of modern life. It will be up to the two laconic cops assigned to the case to prove that he’s innocent and that all is not lost for the critical Kim. Debut.
John Katzenbach, What Comes Next (June, Mysterious Press). A young woman is kidnapped by a sadistic couple who broadcast pain and torture live on the internet. The police seem slow to react so the man who saw her taken tries to find her himself. The trouble for him is that he’s just been diagnosed with a rare disease that is slowly destroying his memory. Can a man facing the natural end of his life save a woman facing an unnatural end to hers?
Alex Kava, Fireproof (July, Doubleday). Special Agent Maggie O’Dell is assigned to stop an arsonist who is torching buildings around DC. The profile that’s been put together doesn’t ring true for Maggie. She thinks that something else is behind it. At the same time, a young reporter who has been covering the fires decides to make Maggie part of the story and his writings about her and her past alarm her.
Jesse Kellerman, Potboiler (June, Putnam). Professional and personal rivalry drove college professor Arthur Pfefferkorn from his friend William de Vallee. De Vallee gained fame and riches for his novels and married the woman Arthur loved. Now William has gone missing at sea and Arthur reaches out to the widow. From that simple gesture a series of disturbing and surreal events will unfurl.
Chris Knopf, Ice Cap (June, Minotaur). Hamptons lawyer Jackie Swaitkowski has a client facing a murder charge. In the middle of the biggest snowstorm seen in ages, she’ll have to ask her late-husband’s screwball family for help with the Polish-American community.
Dean Koontz, Odd Apocalypse (Aug., Bantam). Odd Thomas returns but no plot info was given.
Julie Kramer, Shunning Sarah (June, Atria). TV reporter Riley Spartz probes the death of a young Amish woman.
William Kent Krueger, Trickster’s Point (Aug., Atria). Cork finds himself in the middle of a legal and political mess when the governor-elect – the first Native American elected to that office – is killed by an arrow. Cork and Jubal Little were out bow hunting and the arrow that killed Little belonged to Cork but Cork knows he isn’t the one who put it there. Who did and why frame Cork? Signing.
Emily Arsenault, Miss Me When I’m Gone (July, Morrow). Jamie was Eliza Waters’ best friend from college. Eliza gained fame and wealth for her memoir. Eliza has died, supposedly by accident outside a library. Now the executor of Eliza’s estate, Jamie discovers her friend’s new manuscript for another memoir but one darker than the bestseller. As she reads it, she begins to get the idea that Eliza’s death may not have been an accident.
Lorna Barrett, Murder on the Half Shelf (July, Berkley). 6th with bookshop owner Tricia Miles and first hardcover in the series. Tricia learns a man suspected of murdering his wife is a man she once loved and had believed dead for the last 20 years. Amber recommends this series.
Kate Carlisle, Peril in Paperback (Aug., Obsidian). 6th in this series. A party at a Lake Tahoe mansion is impossible to miss for rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright. The owner is known for her massive collection of scarce pulp paperbacks. A séance at the party ruins the fun when a killer decides to play. Amber recommends this series.
Harriet Lane, Alys, Always (June, Scribner). A young book editor comforts a wealthy matron fatally injured in a car accident. The family of the older woman wants to meet her and, before she can believe it, Alys has been welcomed into the family and their rarified world of culture and privilege.
Nathan Larson, The Nervous System (July, Akashic). After the chaotic events of his debut adventure have settled (Dewey Decimal System), Dewey has settled back into his work reorganizing the NYC Library single-handedly. In his work he finds evidence that ties the Mayor to the murder of a hooker. This, as you might imagine, is dangerous info. Soon, Mr. Decimal is up to his dust jacket in Korean hostesses, the military-industrial complex and his own childhood ghosts.
Joanna Campbell Slan, Death of a Schoolgirl (Aug., Berkley). Now married and with a child, Jane Eyre heads to London to check on Adèle, her former pupil and Rochester’s ward. They’ve learned of a threat against the young woman and, once on the scene, Jane is alarmed to discover that Adèle’s roommate has died
Dustin Thomason, 12.21 (Aug., Dial Press). In early December of this year, a young Guatemalan-American scholar is asked by a black market dealer to look at an old and valuable book purported to contain the lost codex of the Mayan. Might this book hold the answers to why Mayan civilization collapsed and vanished so quickly? Might it also have something to say about the End of Time? The author was the co-author of The Rule of Four.
Jon Land, Strong Vengeance (July, Forge). Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong becomes involved when treasure hunters looking for a ship taken by Jean Lefitte and Jim Bowie stumble on something that points toward a terrorist attack in the Gulf.
Allison Leotta, Discretion (July, Touchstone). Assistant US Attorney Anna Curtis is called in when a young woman plummets to her death from a Capitol building balcony. She learns that the balcony was at the office of the sole DC representative to Congress AND that the young woman was an ‘escort’. A big mess, all the way around.
Liz Lipperman, Beef Stolen-Off (July, Berkley). 2nd with reluctant food critic Jordan McAllister, who runs afoul of cattle rustlers.
Laura Lippman, And When She Was Good (Aug., Morrow). Heloise escaped working for a small-time pimp when he was sent to prison. She moved on to creating her own stable of working girls out in suburbia. While she’s prospered, it is all about to come crashing down: her ex-pimp may be out of prison due to a technicality, the cop who has provided protection is set to retire, and someone is threatening her and moving to take over her business.
Sophie Littlefield, A Bad Day for Mercy (June, St. Martin’s). Stella drives north to help her step-nephew who is being threatened over gambling debts. Soon she’s up to her kneecaps in black-market Botox, a dismembered thug, a jilted and jealous violist and disturbingly amorous thoughts about Sheriff “Goat” Jones.
Kylie Logan, Hot Button (June, Berkley). 2nd in the Button Business series with button collector Josie Giancola. Pseudonym of Casey Daniels.
Jon Loomis, Fire Season (July, Minotaur). In his 3rd book, Provincetown Police Chief Frank Coffe hunts an arsonist.
Virginia Lowell, When the Cookie Crumbles (Aug., Berkley). 3rd with cookie cutter shop owner Olivia Greyson.
Eric van Lustbader, The Bourne Imperative (June, Grand Central). Bourne rescues a man from drowning in a lake, a man with a gunshot wound who cannot remember who he is when he awakens. Bourne is struck by the eerie similarities to his own past.
John Lutz, Pulse (July, Pinnacle). Frank Quinn has left the force and is now a private eye. A recent murder has caught his eye. 10 years ago, a vicious killer that he was tracking vanished without a trace. This new murder means that either Daniel Danielle has returned or that there is a very good copycat at work.
Nancy Martin, No Way to Kill a Lady (Aug., Obsidian). The Blackbird sisters learn that their beloved aunt has died and left them her fortune and mansion. When they arrive to claim their windfall they find the mansion is a wreck and contains a body long dead.
Jenn McKinley, Red Velvet Revenge (July, Berkley). 4th with the ladies who own Fairy Tale Cupcakes. An opportunity to sell their goodies at a local rodeo turns to ashes when one of the riders is found dead in the hay.
Staci McLaughlin, Going Organic Can Kill You (July, Kensington). Marketing expert Dana Lewis has returned to her hometown of Blossom Valley, CA, to help build the visibility of the O’Connell Organic Farm and Spa. It’s an odd place for her; Dana is an unapologetic junk food connoisseur. Soon, she’ll also be the resident sleuth.
Louise Millar, The Playdate (July, Atria). Callie is the single mother of the frail Rae. For the last few years, neighbor Suzy has been one of the few neighbors to be a friend and support her. It’s now time for Callie to go back to work and regain some confidence. But it is odd that Callie shies from discussing the new job and then strange things begin to happen to them all.
From the Factory of James Patterson: With Michael Ledgwidge,
I Michael Bennett (July, LittleBrown). Bennett tries to get his family out of a NYC crime wave by taking them all upstate. The crime wave follows. And, in paper, with Mark Sullivan, Private Games (July, Grand Central), and, with Howard Roughan, Don’t Blink (July, Grand Central).
Louise Penny, The Beautiful Mystery (Aug., Minotaur). A monastery outside of Quebec has never admitted outsiders. The monks live simply with a vow of silence but are known for their entrancing singing. Now they have to open the foreboding wooden door to let in strangers. Their choirmaster has been murdered and Chief Inspector Gamache enters. Signed Copies Available. In paper, A Trick of the Light (July, Griffin). Janine and Adele highly recommend.
Tom Piccirilli, The Last Kind Words (June, Bantam). Two brothers from a family of grifters went different ways. Terrier went straight, Collie went to prison. Collie is about to get out of prison and swears to Terrier that he is innocent of one of the murders for which he was convicted. He wants help proving that.
Bill Pronzini, Hellbox (July, Forge). Nameless finds himself in a personal nightmare. His wife Kerry has vanished into the mountain air on a trip into the Sierra foothills.
Matthew Quirk, The 500 (June, LittleBrown). Mike Ford grew up in the world of small-time cons and scams, learning them from his father. He left that behind for school and, with a new law degree from Harvard, now has an enviable job at a major DC consulting firm. He quickly learns that a con or a scam is still the same no matter what the scale or which side of the law you’re on, and that the 500 most powerful people in DC run serious cons and scams. Debut thriller by an investigative journalist.
Robert J. Randisi, The Session Man (Aug., Vantage). 1st in a new series with Auggie Velez, a veteran Nashville guitarist and Afghan war vet who possesses a keen ear for music and a sharp eye for investigation.
Cornelia Read, Valley of Ashes (Aug., Grand Central). Maddy and Dean have moved to Boulder and, while Dean is on the road, Maddy is doing the homemaker thing with their twins. Maddy is not really a stay-at-home person, so she’s soon bored out of her skull. Her sanity is rescued by the local paper when it offers her a chance to write freelance for them. But, Maddy, being Maddy, is soon endangering all that she holds dear by writing about and tracking a serial arsonist. Fran, Janine and JB recommend this writer.
Kathy Reichs, Bones are Forever (Aug., Scribner hc, 26.99). Brennan examines the remains of three babies in Montreal. Ryan, her long-time beau, investigates their mother. The woman soon flees for the Western mining country and a Mountie joins the hunt – a man with whom Tempe had a disastrous fling a decade before. Murder, corruption, jealousy and diamonds. In mass market, Flash & Bones (July, Pocket, 7.99).
David Rich, Caravan of Thieves (Aug., Dutton). Lt. Rollie Waters is one of the most talented undercover agents the military has because of his father. Dan Waters is one of the best con men alive and he taught Rollie nearly everything he knew. Rollie grew up amongst so many lies that he’s often not really sure what was real in his childhood. Now he’ll get to find out. The brass think Dan stole a fortune from the US military. They want Rollie to find it. To find his dad, he’ll have to find out what of his own past was honest. And not much is honest in a big con.
Unsettling Stories to Make You Shiver
Lincoln Child, The Third Gate (June, Doubleday). Archaeologist Porter Stone has uncovered something in the Sudd - a constantly shifting area that is not land or water - that could fundamentally change our understanding of ancient Egypt. As soon as the discovery is made, a series of bizarre and menacing events take place. Have they unleashed a curse? Stone turns to enigmologist Professor Logan, a quirky academician who studies unexplained events.
Stephen M. Irwin, The Broken Ones (Aug., Doubleday). One day, all over the planet, each person is visited by a ghost that no one else can see. Might be someone known to them or not. Governments can barely function, economies are devastated. As the world tries to adjust to the new reality, Australian detective Oscar Mariani tries to investigate the body of a victim just found in the city’s sewer.
Jon Steele, The Watchers (June, Blue Rider Press). British PI Jay Harper arrives in a Swiss town to investigate a series of ugly murders. He can’t remember who hired him but he’ll run into a couple of strange figures: a high-priced American call girl and the man-boy bell ringer at the Gothic cathedral. Everything about this is odd, but nothing can be stranger than the clues that point to the skies. The town is said to be haunted by fallen angels.
Carston Stroud, Niceville (June, Knopf). One day in the placid town of Niceville, a boy heading home from school disappears. Area security cameras verify that one second he was there and the next he wasn’t. Poof. Is there any reasonable explanation or should the cops really start paying attention to the hole out in the woods, the Crater Sink, long viewed as malevolent?
Lisa Unger, Heartbroken (June, Crown). Three women are unknowingly on a collision course: Kate, who just published a novel based on family diaries to great acclaim; Emily, whose life has bottomed out; and Birdie, whose family owns Heart Island in the Adirondacks. As Kate and Emily each end up there with Birdie, who thinks of the place as her own, they will all have to deal with a tiny spot of land that may hold its own demons – the kinds that say ‘boo!’ In paper, Darkness, My Old Friend (June, Vintage), and, written as Lisa Miscione, Smoke (May, Broadway), her 4th and last Lily Samuels, from 2005.
Andrew Vachss, Blackjack (July, Vintage). Cross and his crew are hired by a shadowy government group to find and capture a vicious serial killer. Their search for the fiend will lead them into horrors.
Ben H. Winters, The Last Policeman (July, Quirk). The Earth has just 6 months left as killer asteroid approaches. Nearly everyone has given up hope and purpose and most have retreated to indulging their inner child. Not Concord, NH, homicide Det. Hank Palace. He copes by working his job. His latest case appears to be just another suicide of some poor schlub who gave up. Hank thinks it was murder and thinks it still matters. This is the 1st of a trilogy: the 2nd book will take place when the planet has just 3 months left; the 3rd will take place with just days remaining. The author is a past Edgar nominee.
Karen Robards, The Last Victim (Aug., Ballantine). Two vacationing families are massacred in Virginia Beach. It is clearly the work of the Boardwalk Killer, silent for the last 15 years. The FBI turns to the county’s preeminent expert on serial killers. She is also the only person to have survived the killer. In paper, Sleepwalker (July, Pocket).
James Rollins, Blood Line (June, Morrow). Sigma Force is back in action, with Gray Pierce sent to rescue the President's daughter from Somali pirates. But things are never that simple, and there are mysteries that span from the staff of Moses to modern day nano-technology and artificial intelligence. One of Fran's favorite series.
David Rosenfelt, Leader of the Pack (July, St. Martin’s). Nine years ago, Andy Carpenter lost a case and a man he knew to be innocent went to prison. Andy always thought that the man’s family connection to the mob colored the jury’s view. As a favor to Joey, Andy agrees to visit his uncle. The man’s mind is going but he occasionally throws out a bit of truth and history. The old man says something in passing that Andy believes may free Joey.
Mark Schweizer, The Treble Wore Trouble
(June, St. James Music Press). In his 11th comic case, St. Germaine, NC police chief Hayden Konig doesn’t really have time to dicker with the new vicar, Lutheran-pastor-turned-Episcopal priest Reverend Rosemary Pepperpot-Cohosh. He’s got a kidnapping and a murder to solve. But something about this woman demands attention. Signed Copies Available.
Maggie Sefton, Cast On, Kill Off (June, Berkley). 10th in this knitting series. Knitter Megan is getting married and the plans are almost complete when her seamstress is found dead. In paper, Unraveled (June, Berkley).
Andy Siegel, Suzy’s Case (July, Scribner). Personal injury attorney Tug Wyler knows he’s up against powerful forces when he takes the case of Suzy, a young black woman mistreated by a city hospital. He’s sure of his abilities and his case, but the trick is winning. Debut legal thriller by a NYC malpractice lawyer.
Daniel Silva, Fallen Angel (July, Harper). Battered and bloodied, Gabriel Alon returns to Rome and the artistic rewards of restoration – in this case, he’s set to work on a Caravaggio in the Vatican’s collection. Events spoil the fun. His friend and ally Monsignor Donati needs his help. The body of a young woman is found in St. Peter’s Basilica, dead as if from a fall from the great dome. Alon sees problems with a determination of suicide right away – as did Donati. Signed Copies Available
Karin Slaughter, Criminal (July, Delacorte). A case from 1975 bullies its way back into the present and threatens to release greater pain and nightmares in today’s Atlanta. The agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will be challenged personally as well as professionally
Brad Smith, Crow’s Landing (Aug., Scribner). Fisherman Vigil Cain snags an odd, metal cylinder from the Hudson. Quickly, the cylinder and his boat are seized by a crooked city cop. What’s in the cylinder?
Daniel Suarez, Kill Decision (July, Dutton). Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist – a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. She’s not happy when her research is co-opted by the military. The US has come under attack by flying drones and it is hoped that McKinney’s research can help the government stop these programmed weapons that seek out and attack targets on their own.
Robert Tanenbaum, Bad Faith (June, Gallery). Butch Karp takes parents to court when they refuse to have their ill son treated and the boy dies. At the same time there is this question: the religious leader who guided them – can he be prosecuted?
Carlene Thompson, To the Grave (Aug., St. Martin’s). Psychologist Catherine Gray has returned to her hometown to find that her first love is no longer married. James had been trapped in a terrible marriage for years and then his wife left three years ago. Now she’s back – her corpse has been discovered
Brad Thor, Black List (July, Atria). Someone tends an ultra-secret list kept somewhere in the government. The sitting president has the final word on it. Once a name appears on it, it stays until that person is dead. Scot Harvath learns that his name is now on the list.
Kari Lee Townsend, Corpse in the Crystal Ball (June, Berkley). 2nd in the Fortune Teller series with psychic Sunny Meadows.
P.J. Tracy, Off the Grid (Aug., Putnam). At sail off the Florida coast, one of the Monkeewrench Software team stops an attack on a retired FBI agent. Within 24 hours, back in Minneapolis, there are three astonishing murders. More alarmingly, this group will be tied to others around the Midwest. The Monkeewrench gang will find themselves stuck in the middle of the investigation. Fran recommends this series
John Verdon, Let the Devil Sleep (July, Crown). After helping a young documentarian with her film on serial killers, Dave Gurney experiences a series of strange events. He sees links to a 10-year-old case from his time with the NYPD, one where the killer simply stopped. Has the killer returned or is someone else playing a new game? In paper, Shut Your Eyes Tight (June, Broadway).
Carolyn Wall, Playing with Matches (July, Bantam). Clea Shine is a woman hardened by the difficulties of life. The latest batch causes her to pack up her kids and head to Jerusha’s house, the woman who reared her. Their bond is deeper than blood. Once there, Clea begins to re-examine her life to try to figure out where it went off the runners. What she finds out will be ugly and shattering. After all, what happens when you play with matches?
Penny Warner, How to Dine on Killer Wine (July, Obsidian). 5th with San Francisco party planner Presley Parker. Her renown as an event planner will be put to the test when she ventures out of the city and into Napa Valley to facilitate a wine tasting. Sour grapes, anyone?
Stephen White, Line of Fire (Aug., Dutton). Alan Gregory has one great secret and he fears the day it becomes known. That is about to happen.
Amanda Kyle Williams, Stranger in the Room (Aug., Bantam). Atlanta PI Keye Street gets involved with the case of a murdered teenager through her boyfriend, APD Lt. Aaron Rauser. She has a couple of her own cases that may tie in to his.
Don Winslow, The Kings of Cool (Aug., Simon & Schuster). Starting in the 60s when they were young and beginning their friendships, and leading up to the start of Savages (in mass market, July, Pocket, 7.99), this is the story of Ben, O, and Chon and how they got to the point where we first met them. Timed to publish as Oliver Stone’s movie of Savages is released. Signed Copies Available. JB, Adele, Fran, Janine and Bill recommend this writer.
Tom Young, The Renegades (July, Putnam). An earthquake devastates Afghanistan. As help rushes to the area it comes under attack by a Taliban splinter group, Black Crescent. It’ll come down to the US Air Force to figure out how to get relief supplies in safely while stopping the terrorists who are out to stop the them. In paper, Silent Enemy (June, Berkley).
A.J. Zerries, Stealing from the Dead (Aug., Minotaur). While investigating the murder of an elderly Jewish woman, NYPD Det. Great Strasser stumbles on a conspiracy to eliminate those left who may lay claim to fortunes parked in Swiss accounts as WWII loomed. Others are aware of the conspiracy and welcome her into their battle.
Now in Paperback
C.J. Box, Back of Beyond. Adele highly recommends.
Ernest Cline, Ready Player One. Fran and Amber HIGHLY recommend.
Michael Connelly, The Drop
John Connolly, Burning Soul. Fran, JB & Adele recommend this series.
Thomas H. Cook, The Quest for Anna Klein. JB recommends.
Vince Flynn, Kill Shot. Adele recommends.
David Ignatius, Blood money. One of Janine’s favorite authors.
Laura Levine, Pampered to Death. Amber recommends.
G.M. Malliet, Wicked Autumn. Amber recommends.
Carol O’Connell, The Chalk Girl. All Staff recommend.
George Pelecanos, The Cut. JB recommends.
Thomas Perry, The Informant. Bill highly recommends.
J.D. Robb, Celebrity in Death. Series recommended by Fran, Adele Janine & Amber.
April Smith, White Shotgun. Janine recommends.
Peter Spiegelman, Thick as Thieves. JB’s nominee as Best Book of 2011.
Taylor Stevens, The Innocent. Janine and Adele recommend.
Coming this Autumn
Michael Brandman, Fool Me Twice. A Jesse Stone
Lee Child, A Wanted Man. A Jack Reacher
Margaret Coel, Buffalo Bill’s Dead Now. A Wind River Rez
Michael Connelly, The Black Box. A Harry Bosch
Patricia Cornwell, The Bone Bed. A Scarpetta
Janet Evanovich & Stephanie Plum
John Sandford & Virgil Flowers
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– yes, an unpublished novel!--
Dashiell Hammett, Return of the Thin Man– two never-before published stories!
Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Doctor Moreau(July, Titan). While investigating a series of deaths that appear to have been caused by wild animals – not likely in the midst of London – Holmes and Watson stumble upon a scientist who is trying to prove Darwin’s revolutionary theories by wild experimentations.
Reissues of Note
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Poison Belt (July, HiLo). First published in 1913, this is the sequel to The Lost World, with Prof. Challenger. He gathers a crack team to confront a planetary danger – a poisonous belt of ‘ether’ heading toward Earth from outer space.
Jacques Futrelle, The Chase of the Golden Plate (July, Hesperes). The 1906 novel that introduced the world to the arrogant and brilliant Professor Augustus S.F.X. Van Dusen, “The Thinking Machine”.
John Gardner, The Return of Moriarty (June, Pegasus). With a new introduction by bookman Otto Penzler, this was Gardner’s 1974 continuation of the Professor Moriarty stories. Seemed that Holmes wasn’t the only one to survive the battle at the Reichenbach Falls!
Thomas Peckett Prest, Flesh-Ripping Ghouls of London: Murder, Madness & Gore from the Penny Bloods (July, Creation Oneiros Scorpionic). An anthology of pieces from the ‘penny dreadfuls’ – the pulps of early 19th C. London – from the two authors credited with creating the figure of Sweeney Todd: true-crime reports, short fiction and serialized chapters.
Coming This Autumn
June Thomson, The Secret Archives of Sherlock Holmes
Roberto Ampuero, The Neruda Case (July, Riverhead). In a story that spans time and continents and the fascist regimes of Chile and East Berlin, Cayentano Brulé’s first case as a private eye comes from poet Pablo Neruda who asks him to solve a personal mystery for him before he dies. Can it really be just personal in the politically fraught 1970s?
J.I. Baker, The Empty Glass (July, Blue Rider Press). A young coroner is first on the scene of Monroe’s death. As the next few days spill by, he becomes convinced that the movie star did not die by accident or by her own hand.
Rebecca Cantrell, A City of Broken Glass (July, Forge). It is 1938 and journalist Hannah Vogel travels to Poland to report on an annual festival. While there she hears about forced deportation of Polish Jews from Germany. As she begins to ask questions, she’s swept up by the SS. Kristallnacht is fast approaching. In paper, A Game of Lies (May, Forge). Fran recommends this series.
Stephen L. Carter, The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln (July, Knopf). Having survived the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre, the President faces impeachment over actions he took during the just-finished war between the States. Complicating his defense is the murder of one of the lead attorneys. An alternate history fused with a crime story.
Barbara Cleverly, Not My Blood (Aug., Soho). 10th of this series set between the World Wars. Scotland Yard Det. Joe Sandiland gets himself assigned to the case of a teacher murdered at a Sussex boarding school. Why? One of the students is a young man who claims Joe is his father. In paper, Blood Royal (Aug., Soho).
Ed Falco, The Family Corleone (June, Grand Central). NYC and the country are in the midst of the Great Depression. It is 1933 and Vito Corleone vies for power amongst the crime families as Prohibition comes to and end. He’s busy managing two families: the one at home, full of teenagers; and the crime family, one that is continually under threat. JB recommends.
Alan Furst, Mission to Paris (June, Ballantine). Hollywood star Frederic Stahl is sent to Paris to lead in a French film. It is 1938 and allegiances are challenged, sides are drawn and the French clandestine agents see in Stahl great propaganda gold. Will he be aware of the political forces that have designs on him?
Alex Grecian, The Yard (June, Putnam). Created after the Yard failed to catch Saucy Jack, the Murder Squad is undermanned. With only twelve detectives, there is no way for them to adequately attack the crime rate in London. When one of them is murdered, the public couldn’t care less but the Squad is unnerved. New addition Walter Day is given the task of solving this latest murder and he’ll need the help of the Yard’s new, and first, forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley. Debut by an American writer. Signed Copies Available.
Karen Harper, Mistress of Mourning (July, NAL). 1501 London is a pit of unrest and intrigue. The eldest son of Queen Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII, has died suddenly and the Queen dispatches two trusted aides to discover the truth of what happened to the young groom. As they gather the story in Wales, it becomes clear that something big is going on.
David John, Flight from Berlin (July, Harper). Two journalists work with British Intelligence to find and secure an explosive Nazi dossier which, in the right hands, could destroy the Nazi power structure. It is 1936 and the Germans want to put a clean and pretty face forward to the world during the Olympics. Can the journalists find the file?
Joseph Kanon, Istanbul Passage (June, Atria). Though WWII is over, it is taking time for the world to return to some illusion of normal. In Istanbul, there never has been a normal, as it straddles the space where East and West meet. It has always been a magnet for intrigue, refugees and spies. American businessman Leon Bauer had done a few ‘jobs’ in the intelligence community but now that the Cold War is heating up, will he be able to stay out of it? Signed Copies Available. One of Janine’s favorite authors.
Tabish Khair, The Thing about Thugs (July, HMH). Victorian London’s underclass is being stalked by a bloody killer who is removing heads from shoulders. Suspicion falls naturally on one of the newest immigrants, Amir Ali, a confessed member of the notorious Thugee cult. His reputation is as a fierce and feared killer. Only he knows how much of that is true, but he may need that reputation to clear his name.
Francine Mathews, Jack 1939 (July, Riverhead). The world is not yet at war but the Nazis have begun funneling money into the US to sway the presidential election. Hitler wants Roosevelt defeated. FDR needs someone in Europe he can trust, someone who can report back what is going on. He learns that a young man, the son of a political rival, is to tour Europe as part of his senior thesis. So FDR asks John F. Kennedy to do something special for him.
Carol McCleary, The Formula for Murder (July, Forge). 3rd with journalist Nellie Bly, who travels to the moors of Western England in search of answers to the death of a fellow reporter. Along with way, she’ll meet a young biology teacher named Wells and two writers, guys named Wilde and Doyle.
Sheldon Russell, Dead Man’s Tunnel (June, Minotaur). Railroad detective Hook Runyon, dispatched to Arizona to help stop scrounging near the Johnson County tunnel, gets into deeper trouble when one of the military guards is found dead mid-tunnel, supposedly hit by a train. Keeping the tunnel is important to the domestic war efforts as WWII nears an end. There’s something odd going on around this tunnel. 3rd in the series.
Pat McIntosh, The Fourth Crow (July, Soho). 9th set in medieval Glasgow with notary Gil Cunningham. One morning, a young woman is found tied to a cathedral’s cross, beaten and strangled.
Andrew Pepper, Bloody Winter (June, Phoenix). In his 5th case, DI Pyke was investigating a kidnapping in Wales but was unable to crack the case. Three months later, in Ireland, a young policeman finds what he assumes to be the body of a vagrant. However, the body is wearing a Saville Row suit. Has Pyke’s kidnap victim been found?
Anne Perry, A Sunless Sea (Aug., Ballantine). Monk’s investigation of a murdered prostitute will reopen wounds and fears buried since the end of The Opium Wars. The trail will lead him from this high-end hooker to a doctor’s widow and the doctor’s missing report on the misuse of opium. In paper, Acceptable Loss (Aug., Ballantine). Monk.
Elizabeth Speller, The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton (June, HMH). In his 2nd case, Laurence Bartram arrives in Easton Deadall to be a guest at the Easton manor. While the rest of England is rejoicing in the end of the war, the Eastons are still haunted by the disappearance of Kitty, who vanished 11 years ago at the age of 5. Worse still, while Bartram is visiting, a young maid goes missing and the circumstances echo Emily’s case. In paper, The Return of Captain John Emmett (June, Mariner).
Lloyd Shepherd, The English Monster: or, The Melancholy Transactions of William Ablass (June, Atria). A two-track historical novel based on real events. In 1564, young Bill Ablass signs on to one of Her Majesty’s own ships for adventure and riches. He’s about to come face to face with the ugliness of slave trading. In 1811, murders are taking place along the well-used Ratcliffe Highway. Magistrate John Harriot dispatches his most trusted officer, Charles Horton, to employ his talents of – to use a new word of the day – detection.
Jillian Stone, An Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis (Aug., Pocket). Scotland Yard’s Rafael Lewis walked away from his fiancé 5 years ago. He hasn’t seen her since. Fanny has spent those years working closely with her father, a man who is pioneering the use of steam power. Greyville-Nugent was somewhat controversial. Not everyone was in favor of this mechanical revolution. Questions arise as to the circumstances of the death of Fanny’s father, and Lewis is detailed to guard her.
Julia Stuart, The Pigeon Pie Mystery (Aug., Doubleday). When the Maharajah of Prindor dies, Queen Victoria grants his daughter a home in Hampton Court Palace. Indian Princess Alexandrina gratefully accepts even though word is the palace is haunted. When she and her lady’s maid Pooki move in, they’re relieved to meet a trio of eccentric widows. These women make the ghosts a bit less disturbing. Things turn troubling when visiting General-Major Gashot dies from arsenic in the pie Pooki bakes. Alexandrina must prove her innocent.
Charles Todd, Unmarked Graves (June, Morrow). As if caring for those wounded in battle was not overwhelming enough, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford and her colleagues are inundated with soldiers who have contracted the Spanish Flu. Amongst the countless corpses awaiting burial is found the body of a murdered officer.
Peter Tremayne, Behold a Pale Horse (July, St. Martin’s). Finished with her duties in Rome, Sister Fidelma takes a risky trip north to visit her ailing mentor. Old rivalries and Pagan rule still apply. In paper, The Chalice of Blood (Aug., Minotaur).
Jean Zimmerman, The Orphanmaster (June, Viking). It’s 1663 in the small settlement of New Amsterdam and someone is making the orphan children disappear. Are they being killed, sold into slavery… no one knows but the people are beginning to panic. A young Dutch trader begins to look into it and she’s joined by a English merchant who is secretly spying on the Dutch for the British crown.
Now in paper
Max Allan Collins, Bye Bye, Baby. JB recommends.
Scott Phillips, The Adjustment. JB recommends.
Kelli Stanley, City of Secrets. Fran recommends
Coming this Autumn
From a Parallel World: Urban Fantasy (vampires, werewolves, zombies, magic, witches psychics, paranormal) and Steampunk
From the Northwest
Yasmine Galenorn, Night Seeker (July, Berkley). Cicely and her small band of defenders must find the Summer Queen’s heartstone or else Myst’s winter will prevail. Signed Copies Available.
Rhiannon Held, Silver (June, Tor). Debut Urban Fantasy by a local writer. Andrew Dare is not only a werewolf, he's also the enforcer for his pack. He takes care of outsiders or fellow weres who stray. Someone has come into his territory but she doesn't smell or act like any being he's encountered before. She, too, is a were but she’s beautiful, crazy and tortured. Someone has injected her with silver. Does this represent a larger threat to his pack?
Allison Kingsley, A Sinister Sense (July, Berkley). 2nd in the Raven’s Nest Bookstore series by this Oregon author. A local hardware store owner is the prime suspect in a murder and only Clara Quinn’s paranormal abilities can help him.
Kat Richardson, Seawitch (August, Signet) A quarter century ago, the Seawitch disappeared with everyone on board. Now Harper Blaine, working with police detective Rey Solis, who really hates these creepy cases she gets him involved with, has been hired by the insurance company to find out what happened. Signing. In paper, Downpour (July, Roc).
From the Rest
Ellery Adams, Pies and Prejudice (July, Berkley). 1st in a new cupcake series, this one with enchantress Ella Mae LaFaye who grants herself a wish by opening the Charmed Pie Shoppe. She’s the prime suspect when her rival’s fiancée is found murdered and Ella Mae’s rolling pin was the weapon.
Keri Arthur, Darkness Devours (July, Signet). 3rd with half-werewolf/half-Aedh who works for the Vampire council.
Juliet Blackwell, In a Witch’s Wardrobe (July, Obsidian). 4th with witch and vintage clothing store owner Lily Ivory. She swings into action when a young woman at an art deco ball falls victim to a sleeping sickness spell. Amber likes this series.
Annette Blair, Cloaked in Malice (July, Berkley). 5th in the Vintage Magic series, with boutique owner Maddie Cutler. When she touches a child’s cloak, Maddie gets visions of mayhem.
Heather Blake, A Witch Before Dying (Aug., Obsidian). 2nd with Darcy Merriweather, Salem’s resident wishcrafter.
Jeff Crook, The Sleeping and the Dead (July, Minotaur). Memphis crime scene photographer Jackie Lyons gets help in her investigations by a ghost who appears only in the photos. Is the spirit trying to help? Debut mystery by a fantasy writer.
Warren Hammond, Kop Killer (June, Tor). 3rd in this dystopian sci-fi cop series.
Deborah Harkness, Shadow of Night (July, Viking). In this second book in the trilogy, Diana and Matthew go back in time to find someone who can help Diana control her magic. Their travels will take them from London to Prague and back again, and their presence influences key historical events. Fran and Amber really recommend this series! Signed Copies Available.
Victoria Laurie, Lethal Outlook (July, Obsidian). Psychic Eye Abigail Cooper is hired to find a missing woman. She’s happy to have a distraction from her upcoming wedding. In paper, Vision Impossible (June, Obsidian).
Michelle Rowen, Blood, Bath & Beyond (Aug., Obsidian). Debut comic Urban Fantasy, a spin-off from the bestselling author’s paranormal romance series. Newbie vampire Sarah Dearly tags along with her fiancé, Thierry, whose new job is keeping other vampires in line. First job: Vegas.
Rochelle Staab, Bruja Brouhaha (Aug., Berkley). Psychologist Liz Cooper and occult professor Nick Garfild probe the mystery while trying to avoid a hex cast by a Santeria witch. 2nd in the series.
Carrie Vaughn, Kitty Steals the Show (Aug., Tor). In London as the keynote speaker at the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies, the first meeting of its kind of scientists, activists, protestors and supernatural beings. Vampires are holding their own international conference simultaneously and this, naturally, leads to a mess. Fran recommends this series.
Sean Wallace, ed., The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (June, Running Press). A survey of the best in this new form, from the beginning to the current, such as Gaiman and Priest. Five of the stories are originals.
Coming this Autumn
Jussi Adler-Olsen, The Absent One (Aug., Dutton). Det. Carl Morck is quite satisfied at his post heading Copenhagen’s cold case squad. The new case to come to him concerns the double-murder of a brother and sister two decades before. Though one of the suspects confessed and was convicted, there have always been questions about its solution. Morck agrees that it needs reinvestigation. In paper, The Keeper of Lost Causes (Aug., Plume). Adele and Janine recommend this author.
Annamaria Alfieri, Invisible Country (July, St. Martin’s). Paraguay is a country destroyed by war but even in such a place murder cannot be condoned. Father Gregorio and a band of villagers hope to solve such a crime to forestall further reprisals by the dictator.
Sara Blaedel, Only One Life (July, Pegasus). A young girl from a Jordanian family is found drowned in a fjord and Insp. Louise Rick sees it was no accident. There’d been trouble with the father and arguments over honor. Soon another murder takes place and the victim’s younger sister vanishes. In paper, Call Me Princess (July, Pegasus).
Andrea Camilleri, Age of Doubt (June, Penguin). Insp. Montalbano’s dream of a storm at sea turns into a daytime horror when a corpse is found on a boat in port. Poison is the cause of death. What the inspector is not ready for is the pervasive attitude from those who work on the water that the laws are different at sea.
Alexander Campion, Killer Critique (July, Kensington). When a noted food critic is killed due to an obscure poison, everyone in the restaurant is suspect – the chef and owner, a bestselling author, a sexy starlet. Then a second critic is murdered. Capucine LeTellier is detailed to the investigation. Are all food writers in danger, even Capucine’s husband? Does she dare use him as bait? In paper, Crime Frâiche (June, Kensington).
Paul Cleave, The Laughterhouse (Aug., Atria). 15 years ago, cop Theodore Tate’s first crime scene was complete horror. The killer was found and punished and justice, it was thought, was done. Now, however, someone is attacking those in Christchurch who had ties to that case. Some sort of vengeance is being exacted. But by whom and why, if the real killer was caught?
Colin Cotterill, Granddad, There’s a Head on the Beach (June, St. Martin’s). 2nd set in rural Thailand with retired crime reporter Jimm Juree. A head appears on the beach near her family’s rundown ‘holiday camp’. Jimm resents having had to give up her career. Perhaps her career has followed her to the boonies!
Garry Disher, Port Vila Blues (Aug., Soho). Long explanation: last year’s Wyatt was the 7th in this terrific series about a professional thief. Think Stark’s Parker noir caper books set in the sunshine of Australia. That was the first time one was published in the US. Now – thank goodness – the 5th book in the series, from ’95, is being published in the US for the first time. We hope they will, sooner rather than later, publish them all. Wyatt slips into a place and slips out with a diamond-encrusted brooch. What he doesn’t know is that the jewelry he’s just taken was already hot. Now he’s got other criminals and crooked cops after him. In paper, Wyatt (July, Soho).
Giorgio Faletti, A Pimp’s Notes (Aug., FSG). It is 1978 and Italy is a mix of blood and money. The Red Brigades has kidnapped Aldo Moro while the upper crust entertains itself in trendy clubs. Bravo moves through this milieu, supplying the rich with what they desire. “Pimp” is really too narrow. He procures. One night he meets the mysterious and stunning Carla and what starts with a clandestine affair will result in Bravo being hunted by the police and the terrorists.
Zoë Ferraris, Kingdom of Strangers (June, LittleBrown). Outside Jeddah, a grave is discovered that contains the remains of 19 women. Lead inspector Ibrahim Zahrani has a private mystery as well; his mistress has vanished. To report it is to admit to adultery, an act punishable by death. Zahrani asks Det. Katya for help, but she too has secrets to keep.
Shamini Flint, Singapore School of Villainy: Inspector Singh Investigates (July, St. Martin’s). The inspector is given the case of the murder of a senior partner in an international law firm.
Karin Fossum, The Caller (Aug., HMH). First, a baby in a stroller is covered in blood – unharmed but a vicious prank. Then Insp. Sejer finds an envelope left on his doorstep. It contains a note saying “Hell begins now”. Another prank or was none of it meant to be funny? In paper, Bad Intentions (Aug., Mariner).
Sara Foster, Beneath the Shadows (June, St. Martin’s). Grace and her small family move to an isolated North Yorkshire cottage inherited by her husband. A week later, he disappears. A year passes and Grace returns to the village to seek answers. The residents offer no assistance. Debut by an Australian writer.
Santiago Gamboa, Necropolis (July, Europa). An author is invited to the International Congress of Biography and Memory. Many of the stories he hears are uplifting but none affect him more than that told by an evangelical pastor, recovering addict and ex-con. He relates his salvation at the hands of a Miami messiah. Hours later, this pastor is found dead in his room. It looks as if was suicide, but there are a few details that betray that finding. The unnamed author determines to find the truth.
Camilla Grebe and Åsa Träff, Some Kind of Peace (July, Free Press). Stockholm psychotherapist Siri Bergman lives in an isolated cottage outside the city. Terrified of the dark, she gets through the nights numbing herself with wine while all of the lights burn. She cannot shake the feeling that she’s being watched. One day, one of her patients, a young woman, is found floating in the nearby water. Siri is sure, now, that she was and is being watched. An international bestseller by a pair of sisters.
Tarquin Hall, The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken (July, Simon & Schuster). 3rd with Dehli PI Vish Puri. His new case requires him to insinuate himself into the world of illegal gambling to get information on the murder of a Pakistani national.
Timothy Hallinan, The Fear Artist (July, Soho). In his 5th adventure, ex-pat Poke Rafferty collides with a stranger on a Bangkok street. Within minutes, after he utters three words, the man is dead. Rafferty is sucked into the murky world of surveillance, faceless enemies, the war on terror, and an evil genius whose talent is with fear. Adele recommends this series.
Anne Holt, Blind Goddess (June, Scribner). Available in the US for the 1st time, the 1993 debut of Norwegian Insp. Hanne Wilhelmsen. On the outskirts of Oslo, a noted drug dealer is found dead. Within days, a shady lawyer is murdered and Wilhelmsen and her partner Håkon Sand make a few connections. What is strange are the coded messages that they discover in the lawyer’s apartment and ominous rumors circulating in the drug world. 1st of the 8 books in this Edgar-nominated series. In paper, 1222 (Aug., Scribner), which is actually the 8th as written, but released in the US first. Adele recommends this author.
Gerald Jay, The Paris Directive (June, Doubleday). Two former French agents hire a hit man to kill an American industrialist vacationing in Southwestern France. The job goes wrong and three innocents are also killed. The daughter of two of the victims is a NYC DA and she arrives to identify the bodies. She finds Insp. Paul Mazarelle on the case.
Mons Kallentoft, Midwinter Blood (June, Atria). 1st of 5 novels in the Malin Fors series. She’s the dedicated and driven police superintendent in her small remote Swedish village. She’s the 34 year-old, single mother of a teenage girl, and very good at her job. The crimes she’s going to have to deal with are gruesome and violent and make the dark night seem like a horrifying fairy tale. The body of a fat man is found hanging in a tree on a February night. Who is he is the question even before why he was killed and who killed him.
Lars Kepler, The Nightmare (July, FSG). DI Joona Linna is faced with two baffling cases: a woman is found dead on a drifting pleasure boat. She drowned, with brackish water in her lungs, but her clothes are dry and there’s no one onboard to have fished her out of the water. In Stockholm, a man is found hanging from a high light fixture with nothing nearby which would have allowed him to hang himself.
Håkan Nesser, Munster’s Case (Aug., Pantheon). 6th of his Van Veeteren books, originally published in ’98. Four retirees jointly win a small but respectable lottery. That night, one of them is murdered in his bed. His wife confesses to the crime but that’s not the last one to take place. In paper, The Inspector and Silence (June, Vintage).
Malla Nunn, Blessed Are the Dead (June, Atria). 3rd in this South African series. Det. Emmanuel Cooper is sent to a small trading post in the Natal Midlands. A teenage Zulu girl was reported missing in the wild foothills of the Drakensberg and the locals are afraid, for many reasons, to search for her.
Håkan Östlundh, The Viper (Aug., St. Martin’s). A double murder happens on the Swedish island of Gotland. The house belongs to a ruthless businessman. He’d been home from Japan for just 4 days when two bodies were discovered. One is his wife. The other could be him but the corpse is disfigured and identification is difficult. Originally published in ’08.
Peter Steiner, The Resistance (Aug., St. Martin’s). Det. Louis Morgon lives in a quiet French village. There has been an uneasy peace there since WWII. Some people collaborated while others resisted. Morgon stumbles upon evidence of a wartime massacre of resisters and this releases long-subsumed bitterness, fury and violence. 4th in the series by the novelist and cartoonist.
Marco Vichi, Death in August (July, Pegasus). 1st in this Italian series which has won awards in his home country. Florence is virtually empty in the hot summer of ’63. Insp. Bordelli is nearly alone, remaining on duty. The report of a possible death takes him to a hilltop villa and he must pick the locks to gain entrance to check on the wealthy signora who lives there. It appears that she died from an asthma attack but there are certain aspects of the death that leave him puzzled.
Martin Walker, The Crowded Grave (July, Knopf). Police Chief Bruno Courrèges is called to an archeological site when, among the remains of Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal a much more recent corpse is found. In paper, Black Diamond (July, Vintage).
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Prisoner of Heaven (June, Harper). 3rd in his Cemetery of Books series. Publisher provides no plot synopsis.
Carlos Zanon, The Barcelona Brothers (Aug., Other). One morning, a man walks into a neighborhood bar where there are four men: his brother, his best friend, the bartender and a Pakistani tourist. The man takes out a hammer and hits his friend, killing him, then flees. His brother and the bartender are shocked, and before running out to find the brother, the two agree to blame the crime on the tourist. If possible, things go downhill from there.
John Burdett, Vulture Peak. Adele recommends.
Chris Ewan, The Good Thief’s Guide to Venice. Adele recommends this series.
M.J. McGrath, White Heat. Fran recommends.
Coming This Autumn
From Great Britain
Mark Billingham, The Demands (June, Mulholland). A shopkeeper has taken some of his customers hostage. His demand is that the police re-investigate his son’s death, which happened a year ago, in prison. Det. Tom Thorne is assigned to the new probe. In paper, Bloodline (June, Mulholland).
S.J. Bolton, Dead Scared (June, St. Martin’s). DC Lacey Flint is sent undercover when a series of suicides rocks Cambridge. There’s something a bit too similar to the circumstances of each case for them to be unconnected.
Christopher Brookmyre, Where the Bodies are Buried (July, Atlantic Monthly). Out-of-work actress Jasmine agrees to help out at her uncle’s private eye agency. While she’s adept with subterfuge and lying, she’s not so great at tailing targets. Then her uncle Jim goes missing and she understands she’s going to have to learn her craft quickly. Dark, gritty and funny.
Tania Carver, The Creeper (Aug., Pegasus). A young woman awakens from a horrific nightmare in which someone is standing over her, touching her, and she can’t move. When she wakes up, she finds a picture taped to the window with a note “I’m watching over you.” Insp. Phil Brennan is hunting this maniac and he’ll come to find that the creep is a calculating monster.
Charles Cumming, A Foreign Country (Aug., St. Martin’s). MI6 is in an uproar. The woman who is going to become the services’ first female chief has vanished. Weeks before, Thomas Kell was tossed out of the service but he’s approached by his former colleagues with the chance to redeem himself. If he can find her, Kell gets redemption. If he doesn’t, the service has a ready-made patsy.
Brian Freemantle, Red Star Burning (June, St. Martin’s). MI5’s Charlie Muffin’s greatest secret is that he’s married to Natalia Fedova, a colonel in the Russian intelligence center. If word got out, she’d be executed, he’d be imprisoned and their daughter would be orphaned. Word is about to leak. 14th in this respected espionage series.
Tana French, Broken Harbor (July, Viking). Mick Kennedy and his rookie partner catch a big case that ought to be easy to solve. A family was attacked and only the mother survived. But there are a few things that are bizarre: the cameras of the security monitors are all pointed at holes in walls, parts of the family’s hard drives have been erased, and the wife had alluded to a shadowy intruder in the weeks before the attack. The case awakens personal memories for Kennedy and sends his sister into a spiral of fear. Fran highly recommends.
Elly Griffith, A Room Full of Bones (July, HMH). In her 4th case, Ruth Galloway arrives at a museum to supervise the opening of a coffin said to contain the bones of a medieval bishop. What she finds is the curator, dead beside the coffin. The police discover that the owner of the museum has been receiving threatening letters related to the return of Aboriginal skulls. Is the death related to that or something else?
Sophie Hannah, The Other Woman’s House (July, Penguin). 6th with detectives Charlie Zailer and Simon Waterhouse. An insomniac spends her nights looking at empty houses on a real estate website. One night, one of the live cameras shows a woman lying in a pool of blood. When she wakes up her husband to show him, the body is no longer there. Hallucination or cleaned up?
Elizabeth Haynes, Into the Darkest Corner (June, Harper). Catherine Bailey is a young and lovely lass and she can’t believe her fortune in meeting Lee, a handsome and charismatic lad. As their relationship grows, so will her danger.
Mischa Hiller, Shake Off (Aug., Mulholland). Michael Khoury has grown from a boy orphaned by Middle East violence to being a highly skilled intelligence operative. He uses his abilities to do all he can to bring peace to the region. Now his own life is about to be upended.
Quintin Jardine, Funeral Note (June, Headline). Bob Skinner investigates when an anonymous tip leads to a shallow grave. Oddly, the person dug up died of natural causes. So, was there a crime committed?
Graham Joyce, Some Kind of Fairy Tale (July, Doubleday). 20 years ago, Tara vanished without a trace and, though everyone else gave her up for dead, her family didn’t. Now, on Christmas Eve, she returns, looking disheveled, a little different, but no older than the day she disappeared. The story she tells simply does not make sense. In paper, The Silent Land (June, Anchor).
Lynda LaPlante, Blood Line (Aug., Harper). 7th with London cop Anna Travis. Now DCI and in charge of the city’s murder squad, Travis has to decide if a disappearance is just a missing persons case or a murder enquiry. There is a pool of blood, but with no body there is no way to know if a crime has taken place.
Peter Lovesey, Cop to Corpse (June, Soho). In the last 12 weeks, three young cops have been killed by a sniper. Peter Diamond is put in charge of the hunt. 12th in this noted series. Signed Copies Available. In paper, Stagestruck (June, Soho).
Glenn Meade, The Romanov Conspiracy (Aug., Howard). Archeologist Laura Pavlov is working with a team digging in the area where the Tsar’s family was executed in 1918. In a mineshaft, they discover two bodies. Clues surface that answer questions left from the extermination of the family. Can questions about Anastasia now be answered? In paper, The Second Messiah (June, Pocket).
Thomas Mogford, The Shadow of the Rock (Aug., Walker). Gibraltar lawyer Spike Sanguinetti is asked by an old school chum for help when he’s accused of murder in Tangier. Spike travels across the strait to look into the circumstances and finds out it is a swamp of politics, corruption and big business.
Alexander McCall Smith, A Conspiracy of Friends (June, Pantheon). More fun with the inhabitants of London’s Pimlico neighborhood who live in Corduroy Mansions. In paper, The Dog Who Came in from the Cold (May, Anchor), AND The Importance of Being Seven (Aug., Anchor), 6th in his 44 Scotland Street series.
Ruth Rendell, The St. Zita Society (Aug., Scribner). The tony block of Hexam Place in London is one of those quiet and elegant addresses that hides the turbulence going on upstairs and downstairs. Affairs, blackmail, distrust and agitation. Add to this a gardener who thinks that a voice in his cell phone is telling him what to do. A combustible mix. In paper, The Vault (July, Scribner).
Michael Ridpath, Far North (Aug., Minotaur). Magnus Jonson’s job is to discover who is killing those viewed as responsible for the Icelandic financial catastrophe. When Magnus was a boy, in 1934, he and a friend witnessed something horrible but it has been kept secret for 75 years. Until now. It will be something used to stop his investigation. But can it?
Minette Walters, Innocent Victims (July, Mysterious Press). First US release of these two novellas: “Chickenfeed” and “The Tender Box”, from ’06 and ’04.
Coming this Autumn
Mystery Specialty Presses
Patrick Conrad, No Sale (June). The Antwerp homicide detectives are stumped by a series of murders that have all been modeled on murders in Film Noir classics.
Felony & Mayhem
Edmund Crispen, Glimpses of the Moon (June). 9th and last of the whodunnits with Prof. Gervase Fen, published in 1977, a year before his death. The good professor is house-sitting for friends and caring for their tortoise. He has intended to spend the time finishing his magnum opus, a critique of the modern novel. But a murder in a neaby field has him distracted. The head of the victim keeps appearing and disappearing. Strange, that.
Ngaio Marsh, Death in Ecstasy (Mar.). 4th in her classic Golden Age series with Insp. Roderick Alleyn, from '36.
Fidelis Morgan, The Ambitious Stepmother (July). 3rd with 17th C. Countess Ashby de la Zouche, from 2002.
Sarah Rayne, Ghost Song (June). 1st US publication of her 2009 gothic thriller, billed as "'Upstairs, Downstairs' with a hint of horror. Before The Great War, Toby Chance headlined at the reknowned Tarleton Music Hall, but he vanished at some point before the fighting began. Since the war, the building has been locked and abandoned. An investment group hired Robert Fallon to look the place over. What he finds isn't pleasant.
L.C. Tyler, Herring on the Nile (May). 4th in this comic series. Hoping to get inspiration for a new whodunnit, writer Ethelred Tressider books passage on a ship cruising up the Nile. If it worked for Dame Agatha…
Nury Vittachi, The Shanghai Union of Industrial Mystics (July). 3rd in the Feng Shui Detective series. Master C.F.Chong works to free Shanghai when a band of vegan terrorists lay siege.
Hard Case Crime
Joseph Koenig, False Negative (June). When a beauty contestant is found strangled on an Atlantic City beach, disgraced journalist Adam Jordan sees the story as his ticket back to respect. But the city’s power brokers want it hushed up.
Ariel S. Winter, The Twenty-Year Death (Aug.). An audacious and ambitious first novel by a literary detective and bookseller, an epic story that spans twenty years, written as three separate novels, each penned in the style of a crime master of the 20th C.: Malniveau Prison takes place in 1931(Simenon), Falling Star in 1941(Chandler), and Police at the Funeral in 1951(Thompson). They tell the saga of an author whose life is exploded by violence and tragedy.
Ice Cold Crime
Seppo Jokinen, Wolves and Angels
(June). Winner of the 2002 Finnish Crime Novel of the Year. Det. Sakiari Koskinen investigates the murder of an unidentified disabled man in Tampere. The police learn that he was a member of the “Fallen Angels”, a gang of wheelchair-bound motorcycle enthusiasts. He won’t be the last one of the band to be murdered.
Harri Nykanen, Raid and the Kid
(May). A Bolivian drug gang is the source of trouble around Finland. In Helsinki, Det. Lt. Jansson investigates the murder of a Finnish flight attendant and a Bolivian warehouse worker who are found in a home brimming with stolen merchandise. In the north of the country, the son of a local shopkeeper, trying to evade a group of drug traffickers, hides out on Raid’s property. When the hitman helps the boy he, too, becomes a target of their wrath.
Carol Culver, Never Say Pie (Aug.). Food critic Heath Barr is murdered during the Crystal Cove Food Fair and pie shop owner Hanna is the prime suspect.
Robin Allen, Stick a Fork in It (July). 2nd with culinary cop Poppy Markham. As a health inspector, Poppy isn’t supposed to care what the theme of any restaurant is, just whether they obey the hygene rules. So when a new place opens up that features famous last meals from noted condemned men – well, ok, tasteless but not against the law. When one of the co-owners is found hanged, then the place will need a going over.
Jessie Chandler, Hide and Snake Murder (June). 2nd with Shay O’Hanlon, who is trying to find a stolen toy snake – oh, and find some missing cash.
Maggie Sefton, Deadly Politics (Aug.). DC has been mean to Molly Malone. She grew up there as the daughter of a Senator, her Congressman husband died tragically and the backstabbing and gossip drove her away. But she’s back now, since the economic collapse took everything away. Now she’s on a mission: her niece has been murdered. She was seeing a political operative and had told Molly about discovering strange campaign contributions. There are intimations of a sinister group in the backgroud as well. Something different from the knitting series author.
New Pulp Press
Steve Rasnic Tem, Ugly Behavior
(Aug.). 19 short stories by this award-winning noir writer. The publisher sent this great note: “These are the stories in that box under your bed, pushed all the way back against the wall, the one that takes some effort to get to, the one you thought your momma didn’t know about.”
Poisoned Pen Press
Aileen Baron, Return of the Swallows (June). 2nd with archaeological advisor to Interpol Tamar Saticoy. When she finds a body under a wall at the San Juan Capistrano Mission, the examination shows that the remains are recent and not a Native American. Her investigation will lead her to Thailand.
Janet Hubbard, Champagne: The Farewell (Aug.). Debut in the “Vengeance in the Vineyard” series. NYPD Det. Max Maguire flies to France’s wine country for her friend’s wedding. At the event, she meets Olivier Chaumont, the local examining magistrate and they have a dreamily romantic evening. The next day, they’re involved in a murder investigation when the bride’s aunt is found murdered.
Judy Clemons, Dying Echo (Aug.). 4th in the Grim Reaper series. Casey returns to her hometown to help her brother who has been jailed for killing his girlfriend. As Casey investigates, she finds the woman was not who she said she was.
Mark de Castrique, The 13th Target (July). Needing a change after the death of his wife, Rusty Mullins quits the Secret Service and joins a DC private protection outfit. His first assignment is to guard a prominent figure in the finance world of the federal government. From there he’ll be drawn into murder, conspiracy and paranoia.
John McEvoy, Photo Finish (June). 5th with horseracing publicist Jack Doyle. His latest client is a 17 year-old phenom from Ireland who has come to the States to make a mark as a jockey. Her debut is ruined by someone who has administered dangerous and illegal medications to the horses.
Frederick Ramsay, Scone Island (Aug.). Ike Schwartz and his fiancée travel to an isolated island off the Maine coast for some rest and romance. Won’t find it. 8th in the series.
Jeffrey Siger, Target Tinos (June). In his 4th case, Chief Insp. Kaldis works on the case of two incinerated bodies found chained together in an isolated olive grove on the small island of Tinos, revered as the Lourdes of Greece.
Reavis Z. Wortham, Burrows (July). Times are rockin’ with LBJ in the White House. Beatlemania is in full swing and Ned Parker is happy he’s now retired as constable of Center Springs, TX. But he’s drawn back into the world when his nephew, now the constable, tells him about a case that started with the discovery of a body in the Red River. That, it seems, is just one of many, many bodies being found.
Catherine Aird, Some Die Eloquent (July). 8th in her Insp. Sloan series, from ’79. Classic, timeless British crime set her fictionalized ‘shire’.
Clyde B. Clason, Blind Drifts (June). 3rd with historian Theocritus Lucius Westborough, from 1937. This particular Clason has been praised by Bill Pronzini for its ‘particular neat and satisfying variation on (the locked-room) theme’.
Charlie Stella, Rough Riders
(July). The sequel to Stella's first book, Eddie's World. Ten years have passed and the action has moved from the streets of New York to the prairie state of North Dakota. What happens when a multiple murderer, the mob, a former cop, and the FBI mix it up in the frozen heartland?
Kingston Noir, Colin Channer, ed. (June, Akashic). Original stories set in Jamaica’s capital city.
St. Petersburg Noir, Natalia Smirnova and Julia Goumen, eds. (Aug., Akashic). New stories by Russian crime writers.
Venice Noir, Maxim Jakubowski, ed. (June, Akashic). 14 new stories by a slew of European writers.
Love is Murder, Sandra Brown, ed. (June, Mira). 3rd anthology of brand new stories from members of the International Thriller Writers, including Lee Child, JT Ellison, Heather Graham, Carla Neggers, Alexandra Sokoloff, Debra Webb and Lori Armstrong.
Reissues of Note
Gypsy Rose Lee, Mother Finds a Body (June, Feminist Press at CUNY). 2nd of her mysteries, ghost-written by Craig Rice, published in ‘42. Gypsy’s mom finds a body in her trailer. Gypsy was born Rose Louise Hovick on Jan 9, 1911, in Seattle!
Seabury Quinn, The Devil’s Bride (July, Creation Oneiros Scorpionic). Jerome Burke was a lawyer who wrote a long series of stories featuring French occult detective Jule de Grandin. This is the only full novel that he wrote, originally published in 1932.
Daniel Stashower, The Houdini Specter (June, Titan). 3rd with Harry Houdini, from 2003.
Give Us a Kiss and Woe to Live On (June, Back Bay) Kiss is from ’96 and the first of his to be billed as ‘country noir’. Woe is his 2nd book, from ‘87, a Civil War novel and made into a movie (Ride with the Devil by Ang Lee).
Richard Bassett, Hitler’s Spy Chief: The Wilhelm Canaris Mystery (June, Pegasus). “The Most Dangerous Intelligence Man in the World” is the teaser on the cover and it certainly ought to be clear. Soon after the Nazis solidified their power, Hitler appointed Admiral Canaris to head the Abwerh, their spy agency. Quickly he turned secretly against the Nazis, understanding early that Germany was headed toward destruction, and he spent the war working against the Nazis. This American edition contains a new preface by the author.
Ben Macintyre, Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies (Aug., Crown). The inside story of Operation Bodyguard, the intelligence operation run to fool the Nazis about the Allied invasion of Europe – and the odd-ball assembly of agents who pulled it off.
Ken Perenyi, Caveat Emptor (Aug., Pegasus). Now that the statute of limitations on his crimes has passed, master art forger Perenyi tells the story of his life and escapades and his role in one of the biggest art scandals never before revealed – in fact, the FBI closed the case and marked it “Exempt from Public Disclosure”.
Massimo Picozzi, Cosa Nostra: An Illustrated History of the Mafia (June, Norton). The first century of the Italian Organized Crime, from the beginnings in Sicily in 1863 to the present day, with over 250 photos and archival images with detailed captions, covering not only the mobsters, thugs and godfathers, but the judges, cops and private citizens who fought them.
James Morton, ed., The Mammoth Book of Gangs (July, Running Press). A chilling look at gangs through time and from around the world.
Harold Schechter, Psycho USA: Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of (Aug., Ballantine). The cases that shocked the nation in their time and fed into popular culture and the imagination, carefully constructed in a narrative derived from new research.
Robert Zorn, Cemetery John: The Undiscovered Mastermind Behind the Lindbergh Kidnapping (June, Overlook). Working from the story his father told of witnessing the plotting of the crime, Zorn tears apart the story of the kidnapping and gives us what he says is the person behind the heinous act, a man who escaped justice.
Errol Morris, A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey Macdonald (July, Penguin). Did you know that Academy-award-winning director Errol Morris was a private eye? Neither did we. For the last 20 years, he’s investigated the case of Jeffrey MacDonald who was accused of murdering his wife and children in 1970. With court transcripts, new interviews and lab reports, Morris provides a story that explains how everything we thought about the case was wrong and how we need to better question offered proof, the criminal justice system as well as the media circus in these cases that take on a life of their own.
David Crist, The Twilight War: The Secret History of America’s Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran (July, Penguin). Crist is the senior historian for the US government and details the covert actions of both countries that raged behind and beneath the scenes since the Shah was disposed. He’s spent the last decade researching the book and the publisher promises a surprise on every page.
Lamar Waldron, Watergate: The Hidden History – Nixon, The Mafia, and the CIA (June, Counterpoint). Backed by full documentation, Waldron provides answers to the unanswered questions of Nixon’s downfall: what exactly were the burglars after and why was it worth risking the presidency over? While the book details how Bay of Pigs figures were involved in the break-ins, as is well known, others from the period are linked to the crimes, as were some present-day figures.