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New from the Northwest
Isaac Adamson - Complication: Lee Holloway’s quiet, ordinary and, yes, boring life is about to get far more exciting, like it or not. His brother Paul has disappeared in Prague and Lee tries to find him. Along the way will be the enigmatic Vera, an Eastern European gangster known as Rumpelstilskin, Soviet-era Czech secret police, and a priceless watch said to hold the power of eternal life. Portland, OR, author. Signing.
William Dietrich - The Emerald Storm: Ethan Gage once again finds himself in the midst of turmoil and adventure involving a slave revolt and a threat to the English Crown in a story that speeds from the Alps to the Caribbean in a search for Spanish treasure rumored to be magical. Signing.
Christy Fifield- Murder Buys a T-Shirt: Debut by a Lincoln City, OR, writer. Glory Martine inherits her uncle’s gift shop in Florida. It’s jammed with stuff, junk, ghosts, and mysteries.
Bruce Holbert - Lonesome Animals: In 1930s rural Washington State, Arthur Strawl was a lawman who let his own devils ruin his career and family. Recalled to service to help track a killer who is carving up Native Americans, Strawl's own penchant for violence becomes an asset and a liability as the search progresses and as the way of life so many are used to in the Cascade West disintegrates. Debut by a PNW writer who based the lead character on his own great-grandfather, Arthur Strawl. Signing? We’ve asked.
Jim Lynch - Truth Like the Sun: As a younger man, Roger Morgan masterminded the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 and dragged the city into the world’s limelight. He’s been a power behind the scenes ever since. Now 70 and running for mayor, the secrets, deals, and corruption that made it all possible decades ago are being dredged up by an ambition young reporter. Signed Copies Available.
Phillip Margolin - Capitol Murder: End of his DC thrillers trilogy. PI Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller face danger from opposite sides: they become aware of a terrorist plot to attack a crowded football stadium, and an old nemesis, convicted serial killer Clarence Little, has escaped from prison. Signing.
Kevin O’Brien, Terrified: Years before, Megan Keeler fled her abusive husband in order to protect herself and their unborn child. She vanished without a trace on purpose. When the authorities searched for her they found the remains of another woman and her husband Glenn was convicted of murder. Megan has been living in Seattle with her son Josh, who knows nothing about the past. In quick succession, Glenn gets out of prison, threatening letters and emails begin to arrive and Josh is kidnapped. Is Glenn behind it or does someone else know her secrets? Signing.
Bernadette Pajer - Fatal Induction: There’s a competition in Seattle in 1901 to see who can invent a system to deliver music from the Grand Theatre to the city’s residents. Professor Bradshaw is confident he can win. The assassination of McKinley puts a crimp on the festivities, as does the hunt for a missing man and child. Bradshaw begins to see that his new electronic gizmo may be the answer to the investigation. Signing.
Greg Rucka - Alpha: From the age of 18, Jad Bell was trained to save hostages. As a Master Sergeant in the elite Delta Force, he’s been undercover as head of security at a large theme park. He’s going to be the right man in the right place when terrorists announce that they’ve hidden a dirty bomb on its grounds. What no one knows is that this is not the worst of it. Signing. JB recommends.
Jon Talton - Powers of Arrest: Cincinnati cop Will Borders barely survived his last case, now walks with a cane and was moved to the information desk. When the murder of a media-star cop takes place, and is similar to a pair of murders on a nearby campus, Will becomes involved. Those victims were all nursing students of his friend Cheryl. Sequel to The Pain Nurse. Signing.
Kate Wilhelm, Death of an Artist: An Oregon coastal town, Silver Bay is home to a small population, among them three generations of women: Marnie, the matriarch of the family, runs a gift shop, Stef is the brilliant artist who refuses to sell her work, and granddaughter Van is set to graduate from medical school. Stef has had a long string of bad husbands and lovers and just discovered the latest was trying to secretly sell her work. Before anyone knows it, Stef is dead and hubby Dale claims he has a paper, signed by Stef, that allows him to sell her work. Marnie and Van disbelieve it.
D.D. Barant & Patricia Briggs & Stella Cameron & Amanda Quick: see Otherworldly
Now In Paperback
Robert Dugoni, Murder One: Fran recommends this author.
J.A. Jance, Betrayal of Trust: Beaumont. Adele recommends this series.
Erik Larson, In the Garden of Beasts: Bill, Adele and JB recommend.
Neal Stephenson, Reamde: Fran recommends.
Chevy Stevens, Never Knowing: Fran recommends.
Reissues of Note
William Seil, Sherlock Holmes and the Titanic Tragedy: Holmes and Watson are on a secret government assignment having to do with plans for a submarine, traveling to the US aboard this new, grand ocean liner. Danger lurks in the dark, on the ship and off. First published in 1996. Signing. Bill & JB recommend.
Coming This Summer
Chelsea Cain & Archie Sheridan
Mary Daheim & the Cousins
Robert Dugoni & David Sloane
J.A. Jance & Joanna Brady
Mike Lawson & DeMarco
Ann Littlewood & Iris Oakley
Jeanne Matthews & Dinah Perelin
Kat Richardson & Harper Blaine
New From The Rest
Nick Arvin, The Reconstructionist: Ellis lost his half-brother in a car wreck, which led him to become a forensic Reconstructionist. By putting the pieces back together, he helps to tell the story of what happened and effect justice where needed. But his life is complicated by the fact that the man who taught him what he knows is now married to
his dead brother's girlfriend, a woman he is fixated upon. Then his mentor goes missing and the pieces really start to scatter.
Nancy Atherton, Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch: Lori seems to be the only person to recognize that new neighbor Amelia is a world-famous artist. Amelia hopes to keep that secret so as to live a quietly in Finch. She’s come there to solve a family riddle: a family diary hints that one of her ancestors was an infamous witch. Lori is eager to help investigate. In paper, Aunt Dimity & the Family Tree (Mar., Penguin, 7.99). Amber adores this series.
Ace Atkins, Robert Parker’s Lullaby: The title is a tad misleading; this is all Atkins, nothing of it was written by Parker – but it IS a new Spenser! 14 year-old Mattie insists that the private eye reopen the case of her mother’s death. Mattie is taking care of her siblings and her grandmother and is nobody’s fool. The murder was 4 years ago and Mattie is certain that the guy convicted was innocent. As Spenser gives in and pokes around, he begins to think she’s right. In paper, The Ranger first in Ace’s Quinn Colson series and a 2012 Edgar nominee, recommended by Adele.
Jefferson Bass, The Inquisitor’s Key: Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton is called to Europe by his protégé. Miranda Lovelady has been helping to excavate a chamber recently discovered under the Palace of Popes in Avignon. A stone chest has been unearthed and the inscription says the bones are believed to those of Jesus of Nazareth. In paper, The Bone Yard
Steve Berry, The Columbus Affair: Tom Sagan’s career has crashed; he’s disgraced and avoided as a journalist. But he still knows what is what and how to get around. When his daughter is abducted by a madman, Sagan finds himself on a hunt for treasure that very well may alter how we view the Italian who ‘discovered’ the New World.
Gail Bowen, Kaleidoscope: In her 13th book, Joanne Kilbourn is set to retire from her university post when an intense dream reminds her of some-thing her late husband said many years before. This causes her to re-examine events from the past.
C.J. Box, Force of Nature: Pickett’s friend Nate Romanowski sees trouble coming and knows how it’ll arrive. When Nate was a Special Forces member in ’95, one of the team did something horrific. That man is now prominent in DC and is determined to erase the witnesses. Nate knows how the guy operates – he comes after his target’s friends and their families. Nate tells Joe to be alert. Signed Copies Available. Adele loved this book. In paper, Cold Wind. Adele loves this series.
Lisa Brackman, Getaway: Michelle’s private life is a mess: her husband just died leaving scandal and debt. But the trip to Puerto Vallarta had been paid for so why not get away? On the beach after a few drinks, she meets Daniel. From there, things really get ugly: Daniel is attacked in her hotel room; one of Daniel’s acquaintances lets her know she’s now in deep trouble; she’s in the middle of drug runners, desperate investors and various hard cases. She’s bright enough to know she can’t outrun the trouble. But can she survive it?
S.G. Browne, Lucky Bastard: San Francisco PI Nick Monday has a unique talent. By shaking hands with someone, he can absorb their luck and sell it to the highest bidder. It’s lucrative, as you can imagine. Then the daughter of the Mayor asks for help. She offers him $10,000 to find and return her father’s luck to him. Should be easy and profitable but it’ll land him in a world of trouble.
Marcia Clark, Guilt by Degrees: LA DA Rachel Knight feels as if someone is out to ruin her. First, she’s assigned to a case that appears impossible: a homeless man has been murdered. There are no witnesses. That, plus the usual infighting at the courthouse, is making her edgy. Strangely, a small clue is unearthed but it complicates matters: this death is tied somehow to the shooting of a cop a year before. In paper Guilt by Association. Signing.
Harlan Coben, Stay Close: Three people who don’t know each other are about to find out that the past is never really past: soccer-mom Megan led a wild life before settling into suburbia. Ray’s photographic talent is now wasted as a paparazzo, and Jack is a cop who can’t let go of a cold case. Their lives will intersect in a flash of desperation, temptation and a hunger for something more. Signed Copies Available. In paper, Live Wire
Bruce DeSilva, Cliff Walk: Though his Providence newspaper is dying around him, investigative reporter Liam Mulligan keeps digging in the dirt. He’s got the scent of something ugly – some kind of cross-connection between legalized prostitution and the murder of children.n Powerful people in Rhode Island warn him off. He can get free sex with hookers or he can take a beating. What’llitbe? Sequel to his Edgar-winning Rogue Island
Kevin Desinger, The Descent of Man: Jim is a mild-mannered wine steward until someone tries to steal his car one night. He simply goes out to get the thieves’ own license plate but, on a wild hair, gets into their truck and takes off. Nothing will be the same for him after that.
J.T. Ellison, A Deeper Darkness: Sam Owen is startled to hear from the mother of an old boyfriend. Her son is dead, supposedly killed during a car-jacking. But Eddie Donovan was an ex-MP and knew how to handle tough situations. Nothing makes sense. His mother wants Sam to perform a new autopsy. Fran recommends this author.
Peter Farris, Last Call for the Living: A Saturday morning bank robbery goes bad and bloody, and excon Hobe takes bank teller Charlie hostage. As the pair head into the mountains of Northern Georgia, they’ll have to hide from two groups on their tail: a local sheriff and a state cop, and two thugs from Hobe’s group of Aryan Brotherhood who don’t care who they kill to get the money. Debut.
Joanne Fluke, Cinnamon Roll Murder: After the bus carrying the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band overturns, their keyboardist is murdered in the hospital. Before baker Hannah Swensen can even get the rolls out of the oven, the town is in an uproar. Signing with rolls!
Brian Freeman, Spilled Blood: Two small towns in rural Minnesota have been in a running feud. Upstream is Barron – affluent, powerful and a secretive scientific corporate town – and downstream is St. Croix – blue-collar and chafing at the chemical waste that washes down to them. It all breaks into open warfare when the daughter of the company’s president is murdered and a girl from St. Croix is accused. Signing. Fran recommends this author.
Paul Goldstein, Havana Requiem: Two years after bottoming out, Michael Seeley is sober and back with his old law firm in NYC. One day, the aging and famous Cuban musician Hector Reynoso asks him to help get copyrights back for the music that he and his friends pioneered. This case will land Seeley in the hotspot between the US State Department and Cuban secret police.
Amelia Gray, Threats: In a small Ohio town, a retired dentist, seems to be losing his faculties. He’s relatively certain that his wife is dead but he is not sure what killed her. She’s nowhere to be found and as he searches the house he finds little messages left about the house – a series of escalating threats. He has no idea where they came from or who left them. The local cops suspect him of foul play but David is certain he can get to the bottom of this if only his mind wouldn’t keep failing him. Debut by an award-winning short story writer.
Jane Haddam, Blood in the Water: Gregor Demarkian investigates the swells of Phila-delphia. Martha Heydrich is one of those hoity-toity rich women whom everyone hates. One night her house burns and two bodies are found inside: one is the teen she was rumored to be sleeping with, the other is presumed to be her. Arthur Heydrich is the obvious suspect but Demarkian thinks it feels contrived.
Rebecca Hale, Adrift on St. John: First in a new series from the ‘Cats & Curios’ author. St. John’s resort owner Pen Hofstra understands that the illusion of a tropical paradise must be maintained for the visitors. When one visitor disappears, the illusion is threatened.
Julia Heaberlin, Playing Dead: Tommie McCloud’s life shatters. She receives a letter from a woman claiming to be her biological mother and that she had been kidnapped as a baby 31 years before.
Craig Johnson, As the Crow Flies: Walt Longmire’s efforts to set up his daughter’s wedding go up in smoke when the place burns down. While looking around the Cheyenne Reservation for a new spot with Henry Standing Bear, they see a woman fall to her death from a cliff. It isn’t his turf but the new tribal police chief, war vet Lola Long, asks him for help. Between mentoring Lola and dealing with his daughter’s wedding, well – Walt’s a busy guy. Signing. In paper, Hell is Empty
Helen Knode, Wildcat Play: After having nearly died due to the murder case that ensnared her, Hollywood film critic Ann Whitehead recuperates at her grandfather’s spread in the San Joaquin Valley. One of his friends owns an oil company that keeps the local economy humming and he offers to get her a job on a wildcat well. She’s looking for something simple and earthy and this is just the ticket. One of her fellow drillers is killed by a falling tool and, though it’s ruled accidental, Ann isn’t convinced. Having not learned the big lesson in LA, she’s poking into the case and the killer knows it.
Joe R. Lansdale, Edge of Dark Water: Murder and a grave on the Sabine River stopped May Lynn’s dreams of Hollywood fame. Her friends resolve to take her ashes to LA and leave them on her favorite actor’s grave. Fortune smiles on them. They find a cache of money and think they’ve found their way to get there. They will quickly find that their luck in finding the money is not good fortune. In paper, Devil Red
Owen Laukkanen, The Professionals: Debut thriller. Four friends are scuffling along, going nowhere fast as new college grads in a bad economy. They joke about committing the perfect crime – a kidnapping. Eventually the joking becomes a serious plan and it all goes well until they grab the wrong guy. The result is that they’re being pursued by professionals from both sides of the law. By the way, the 4 friends were students at the University of Washington. Signing.
James Lilliefors, Viral: Two brothers – one ex-CIA and the other a journalist – work to stop a worldwide bio-terrorist plot that has a virus sweeping through the 3rd World, and to expose the corporate interests who plan to profit from depopulation. Debut by a Florida author.
Elizabeth Lowell, Beautiful Sacrifice: Archeologist Lina Taylor is an expert on ancient Mayan artifacts. When a number of them vanish, customs officer Hunter Johnson enlists her to help him find them before they vanish forever into a private collection. Neither of them is very good at working with others and the friction brings romance.
David Lyons, Ice Fire: Jock Boucher is a Cajun who rose from a modest place to become a US District Judge in Eastern Louisiana. One of the first cases he’ll sit on involves science, corruption, intellectual property theft, revolutionary oil drilling ideas, and the threat of ecological disaster.
Brian McGreevy, Hemlock Grove: Debut novel by a young screenwriter, a reboot of the gothic novel: Outside Hemlock Grove, PA, a girl is found slaughtered in the woods. The hunt for the killer is hampered since they’re not sure the object of their manhunt is human. A teenager has been going round telling his friends that he’s a werewolf. A biotech firm has been doing some strange, secret experiments. The scion to an aristocratic family is a little sociopathic teen who scares everyone but whom no one will confront.
Clare O’Donohue, Life Without Parole: Cynical TV producer Kate Conway is getting back to normal after the death of her ex. One of her new projects is about a glitzy new restaurant being opened. That one is more complicated because one of the backers was once her ex-husband’s mistress. Lots of emotional weirdness there. Then, another of the backers is murdered and the ex-mistress is suspected. Help the bitch or not? Sequel to one of Amber’s favorite books of 2011, Missing Persons Signing
Michael Olson, Strange Flesh: Pryce is a brilliant, if rogue, hacker. 10 years ago, Blythe broke his heart. She’s back now, asking him for help. Her brother has become a billionaire multi-media artist who has been absorbed in the decadent on-line world called NOD. It is so sophisticated that the line between your ‘real’ life and your life on-line goes beyond fuzzy. To make it more complex, Pryce soon learns that Billy’s latest creation is a game within the game, something lavish and intoxicating called Strange Flesh.
Katherine Hall Page, The Body in the Boudoir: 20th with Faith Fairchild taking us back to when she first met her future husband. A young caterer in NYC, she one day has a chance meeting with Tom Fairchild and it is love at first sight. Before she can believe it, she’s heading upstate to meet his family and that’s where the fun really begins. In paper, The Body in the Gazebo
Chris Pavone, The Expats: Kate Moore is an American expat living in Luxembourg, living the easy life of mother, wife and drifting traveler. But she holds one explosive secret and she’s been holding it so long that it is beginning to make her a little crazy. Bit by bit, she begins to suspect others are not who they say they are, that her husband is acting strangely – and her idyllic life of wife, mother and gadabout begins to unravel. Debut by an American who recently returned to the US after years as an expat in that same city.
George Pelecanos, What It Was: Not known in time for our Winter issue. A short novel/novella from the early days of Derek Strange’s private-eye business. A young woman hires him to recover a missing ring that is worth little monetarily but is of great sentimental value. The trail leads Strange to a murder being investigated by his police partner, Hound Dog Vaughn. The former workmates team up to find the killer – and the ring. (Also available as a signed $35 slip-cased hardcover by special order.)
Thomas Perry, Poison Flower: A gravely wounded Jane Whitefield is on her own. She helped a man escape an LA courthouse after he was wrongly convicted of his wife’s murder. He got away but men working for the real killer got her. Now, many of the people who have looked for her over the years have banded together to hunt her down. They want to take her out of the action – but first they want the locations of those she’s helped to vanish. Adele recommends.
Linda Rodriguez, Every Last Secret: Winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. Marquitta Bannion decided to quit the Kansas City police department. Being the highest ranking woman on the force included stresses that got in the way of her work. She’s taken the job of campus police chief at the university in Brewster. Soon after taking charge, the editor of the campus paper is found murdered. The trail of clues will lead her into the heavy politics of the school, the powerful people and alumni who swim the waters.
John Sandford, Stolen Prey: Lucas Davenport has never seen a worse murder scene. The entire family was wiped out, even the dog. It looks like the revenge killings in the drug world. But the husband was a noted and respected banker. In paper, Buried Prey
Lisa Scottoline, Come Home: Pediatrician Jill Ruspoli and her daughter are finally finding some peace after a nasty divorce but all of that crashes to the ground when her former stepdaughter arrives with the news that her ex is dead, supposedly from an overdose. The young woman is certain that her father was murdered and she wants Jill to help prove it. In paper, Save Me
Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins, Lady, Go Die: 1st publication of this Mike Hammer novel, written between I, the Jury in 1947 and My Gun is Quick in 1950, but never published. Hammer and Velda head out of town for vac-ation and wind up in the middle of a murder of a NYC party girl.
Dorothy St. James, The Scarlet Pepper:2nd in the White House series. Organic gardener Casey Calhoun tugs at the weeds around a journalist’s death.
Janyce Stefan-Cole, Hollywood Boulevard: A reclusive movie star who stepped away from fame is visiting her husband on the set of a movie he’s directing. Once there, as she watches the scene, she begins to feel as if she’s being watched. A box of flowers is delivered to her – dead flowers. She calls the cops.
Olen Steinhauer, An American Spy: In his 3rd novel, CIA agent Milo Weaver hopes to return to a quiet civilian life. A top Chinese operative successfully decimated the Department of Tourism by turning the assassins against one another. Weaver’s boss can’t leave it alone and travels to Europe using one of Milo’s cover names, promptly disappearing. This draws Milo back into action. Perhaps he can get some revenge on the Chinese agent in addition to finding his boss. Janine recommends this author.
Denise Swanson, Little Shop of Homicide: 1st in a new series by the Scumble River writer, this one set in a Dime Store in a small Missouri town.
Duane Sweirczynski, Point & Shoot: End of the trilogy. Charlie Hardie is locked in steel box, wired to controls and parked in an orbit 500 miles up. He’s got supplies to last a year and, if he doesn’t, his captors promise to kill his family. While he’s up there, he discovers that the vault contains the world’s greatest secrets. Can he utilize them as leverage against his unknown kidnappers?
Steve Ulfelder, The Whole Lie: Life seems to have turned to the better for auto mechanic Conway Sax. But then comes trouble: a former flame whom he helped disappear 7 years ago shows up with a 6 year-old son and claims the father is the billionaire running for Lieutenant Governor. Big ugliness. Then the woman is found brutally murdered. In paper, Purgatory Chasm– 2012 Edgar nominee.
Andrew Vachss, That’s How I Roll: On death row for pleading guilty to a number of his crimes, assassin Esau is writing his life story. The only thing he wishes to accomplish is to protect of, and provide for, his younger brother Tory. They had a horrific life and Esau has done what he’s done to guard his brother who is younger, larger and dimmer. Can his gambit work?
Randy Wayne White, Chasing Midnight: At a reception hosted by a shady Russian businessman, Doc slips away to get an underwater look at the man’s yacht. Upon surfacing, he finds the private island has been overtaken by armed men. Are they who they say they are – environmental extremists – or is it something else, perhaps cooked up by the Russian himself? As far as Doc can tell, only Tomlinson knows he’s on the loose. Signed Copies Available. Adele recommends.
Edward Wright, From Blood: 1st US release for this 2010 UK release. Shannon Fairchild is young, brilliant and un-ambitious. After quitting her PhD program, she’s earning money cleaning the homes of academics. Her quiet life is shattered when her parents are brutally murdered. The aftermath reveals that they were 60s student radicals and were friends of two of the last un-captured fugitives from that time. Are their deaths tied to those fugitives and their shared past, were they responsible, or is someone wiping out the last of the 60s rebels? The denouement takes place here, in Seattle. Author of the treasured John Ray Horn books.
Now In Paperback
Edward Conlon, Red on Red - 2012 Edgar nominee.
John Connolly, The Infernals: Fran recommends.
Jonathan Hayes, A Hard Death: Fran recommends.
Lisa Lutz and David Hayward, Heads, You Lose: Fran recommends.
Don Winslow, Satori: JB & Adele highly recommend
Coming This Summer
Ace Atkins & Quinn Colson
Lorna Barrett & Tricia Miles
Lou Berney & Shake Bouchon
Alafair Burke & Ellie Hatcher
James Lee Burke & Dave Robicheaux
Cleo Coyle & Clare Cosi
Jeffery Deaver & Kathryn Dance
Loren D. Estleman & Amos Walker
William Kent Krueger & Cork O’Connor
Cornelia Read & Maddie Dare.
Kathy Reichs & Tempe Brennan
James Rollins & Sigma Force
David Rosenfelt & Andy Carpenter – and Tara
Daniel Silva & Gabriel Alon
Don Winslow & Ben, Chon and Or
Erika Chase, A Killer Read: 1st in a new series about a Southern book club that not only reads mysteries, but solves them.
Victoria Hamilton, A Deadly Grind: Debut in a new series with vintage cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton. She also collects vintage cookware. Her latest acquisition – a 1920s Hoosier cabinet – was on the back porch. In the morning, she and her sister find a dead man beside it and one of its corners is bloody.
Carolyn G. Hart, Death Comes Silently: 22nd Death on Demand book. Annie’s joy at hosting a prominent author’s premiere signing is dashed when she discovers Gretchen dead at the thrift shop. Gretchen has left messages during the signing that she had juicy news to share. One of Fran’s favorite series.
Ada Madison, The Probability of Murder: Mathematician and logician Dr. Sophie Knowles uses her talents to find out who murdered the school’s treasured librarian. 2nd in this series by Camille Minichino.
Jenn McKinlay, Due or Die: Library director Lindsey Norris is used to fielding odd questions but a murder in her small town leads to the biggest question of all: whodunit? Amber recommends this series.
Gyles Brandreth, Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders: While on holiday in Bath, Wilde encounters his friend Conan Doyle who is exhausted and badly in need of rest. Doyle’s brought a satchel of fan mail and they make a series of grisly discoveries among the post: a lock of hair, a finger and then the hand to which it belongs. Clues will lead them to Rome.
Reissues of Note
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Tragedy of the Korosko: Early novel from 1898. A band of European tourists sailing down the Nile are captured by a band of marauding dervishes who demand they convert to Islam.
Laurie R. King, Pirate King: Mary & Sherlock.
Laurent Binet, HHhH: Winner of the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman, hailed as ‘a work of breadth, and absolute originality.’ Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich was assassinated by Czech nationals. These men are forgotten and nothing is known about the short period of their lives between the attack and their deaths. This imagines that period.
Robin Blake, A Dark Anatomy: George II’s 1740 England is still rough and wild in the outer provinces. The citizens must police themselves. A squire’s wife is murdered, and local coroner Titus Cragg is tasked with solving the crime.
Rhys Bowen, Hush Now, Don’t You Cry: Newly married Molly Murphy has been offered the use of a Newport estate for her honeymoon but she’s leery to accept. The Alderman who owns the estate is a hustler and she and her new husband, NYPD captain Daniel Sullivan, suspect some kind of favor is expected in return. That all changes when the Alderman is found dead at the base of a cliff near the estate. In paper, Bless the Bride
William Boyd, Waiting for Sunrise: While in Vienna in 1913 to try this new psychotherapy business, young Englishman Lysander Rief falls into a passionate affair with a mysterious woman. After a few months, she accuses him of rape and only the help of two diplomats allow him to escape back to London. He finds that he won’t be able to return to his former life. The two diplomats blackmail him into a nefarious plot. One of Janine’s favorite authors.
Lindsey Davis, Master and God: An epic saga of 1st C. Rome. Gaius Vinius is not thrilled to be in the Praetorian Guard but being an imperial bodyguard does give one a ring-side seat at the circus. Emperor Domitian is the last of the Flavian dynasty. As he descends into madness and cruelty, some around him begin to talk of eliminating him from history early.
David Downing, Lehrter Station: US journalist John Russell is in Paris after the war, trying to put intrigue behind him. One night a Russian agent approaches him, telling Russell that the Allies will be asking him to do something for them. The Russians want him to comply, to inform them about his work. If he refuses… well, it could end badly for the two of them. In paper, Potsdam Station
Lindsay Faye, The Gods of Gotham: In 1845, NYC has its first professional police force and Timothy Wilde is one of its new members. He’s not sure about his new job but he is sure he’s stepped into the center of something ugly when, one night, he finds a young girl covered in blood. As if that isn’t horrific enough, she leads him to a gravesite where many are buried. Wilde and his colleagues see that they are facing a maniac who is trying to drive the Irish from the island.
Susanna Gregory, The Piccadilly Plot: 7th Restoration mystery with Thomas Chaloner. He’s stumped as to why he’s been asked to investigate what seems to be simple thefts from a construction site. Soon, however, the case has grown into something larger and stranger - and dangerous. In paper- The Body in the Thames
Regina Jeffers, The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy: On her way to visit her husband’s family home in Scotland, Darcy’s sister disappears. He and Elizabeth rush to help search for her and find that there is no shortage of strange and sinister people among the locals.
Phillip Kerr, Prague Fatale - Prague, 1941. Reinhard Heydrich hosts a party of Nazi figures none of whom he trusts and all of whom he suspects of plotting agains him. Oddly enough, one of them ends up dead and Heydrich turns to the only man he can trust to investigate this locked room mystery: Bernie Gunther. Signed Copies Available. In paper, Field Gray (Mar., Penguin, 16.00) – 2012 Edgar nominee. One of JB’s favorite series.
Eleanor Kuhns, A Simple Murder: Debut by a career librarian and winner of the MWA/Minotaur First Crime Novel Competition. Will Rees is a traveling weaver, former soldier and negligent father. He travels to Maine in 1796 in search of his runaway son and finds him living with Shakers. The morning after Will arrives, he’s arrested for the murder of a local woman but freed when alibied. The Shaker elder asks Will to investigate and he accepts, hoping to reconcile with his son.
Susan Elia MacNeal, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary: In town to sell her grandmother’s house when the war erupts, math wiz Maggie Hope wants to be of use. Women are not thought to be valuable in code breaking so she goes the traditional route and ends up working for the Prime Minister. He’ll discover that her talents lay in areas greater than math and codes. She’s also a superb investigator.
G.S. Manson, Coorparoo Blues and the Irish Fandango: Overnight, Brisbane has been transformed into the Pacific base of operations for the Allies in the war, stressing the social, sexual and racial balance of the city. WWI vet, ex-cop and PI Jack Munro has seen it all and can navigate through the morass. His new case will test him. He’s been hired by a bombshell blonde to find her missing husband.
Michael McGarrity, Hard Country: A slight departure from the author of the Kevin Kerney series. This tells the story of his grandfather, John Kerney. His life in Texas in ruins (his wife dead in childbirth, his brother murdered), Kerney heads West in pursuit of outlaws. We follow his adventures in the years 1875 to 1918 as he heads deeper into the hard country of the American southwest.
Catriona McPherson, Dandy Gilver and the Unsuitable Day for a Murder: When the heiress of a department store magnate goes missing, aristocratic sleuth Dandy is asked to investigate. In paper, Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Blood Stains (May, Minotaur, 14.99).
Mark Mills, House of the Hunted: Former intelligence agent Tom Nash lives quietly amongst the exiles and artists on the Riviera. He just wants to forget his past actions and last lover. But it is 1935 and new threats loom. One night, someone tries to kill him, His past is now his present.
Regina O'Melveny, The Book of Madness: In 16th C. Venice, Gabriella Mondini is unique - a woman practicing medicine, a trade learned from her respected father. But the elder Mondini has vanished and she's no longer allowed to see patients. She sets out to find him and the quest will take her across Europe.
Anne Perry, Dorchester Terrace: Newly promoted Thomas Pitt has no time to settle into his Foreign Office world when he’s assigned a crucial job – find the traitor who is selling national secrets as Europe’s troubles heat up. 27th in this bestselling series. In paper, Treason at Lisson Gate (April, Ballantine, 15.00).
Steven Saylor, The Seven Wonders: In a prequel that explains his past, this book follows an 18- year-old Gordianus as he travels the known world of 92 BC with his tutor Antipater of Sidcon, the most famous poet of his day. Their aim is to visit the Seven Wonders of the World. Along the way, the young man will see many things and sharpen his skills of observation and deduction.
Lynn Shepherd, The Solitary House: Disgraced and dismissed from the Metropolitan Police, Charles Maddox becomes one of the earliest independent detectives in Victorian London. He’s hired by one of the city’s most powerful and dangerous figures, solicitor Edward Tulkinghorn, to find the person who is bedeviling a client with threatening letters. To succeed, Maddox enlists the help of his uncle, a respected and retired inspector who still has flashes of brilliance.
Brian Thompson, The Player’s Curse: 3rd with Bella Wallis, Victorian widow and closet mystery writer. Her fiancée Westland must travel a great deal due to his shadowing government work, which strains their love, and then there is the matter of his sister, captive, it is said, in a French nunnery. Curses, kidnapping and crossdressing in this case.
Victoria Thompson, Murder on Fifth Avenue: Sarah Brandt’s father takes his place in Victorian NYC society very seriously. He is not happy that his daughter is involved with a simple Irish Catholic cop. But when a member of Mr. Decker’s Knickerbocker Club is murdered, he swallows his distaste and asks his daughter and Det. Sgt. Frank Malloy for help. In paper, Murder on Sisters’ Row (May, Berkley, 7.99).
Jacqueline Winspear, Elegy for Eddie: It’s April, 1933, and a death has upset the street peddlers of Covent Garden. Eddie Pettit was a kind man-boy, innately capable of soothing any rough feelings. His death strikes these people as wrong and the Yard’s view of it being a tragic accident frustrates them. They turn to Maisie Dobbs for help. In paper, A Lesson in Secrets Signing.
Felicity Young, The Anatomy of Death: London is in political and social turmoil as suffragettes agitate for the vote. One is murdered, and London’s first female autopsy surgeon, Dody McCleland, is called in. She’s shocked to find the victim is a good friend of her sister. The author has based the book on her own grandmother’s experiences.
Richard Zimler, The Seventh Gate: Intelligent 14-year-old Sophie is on the brink of woman-hood. But it is 1932 and the Nazis are on the rise in Berlin. She can’t share her thoughts and dreams with her father or brother. They’ve become Nazis. She finds an ally in her elderly neighbor Isaac Zarco, a Jew who works against the brown shirts with a secret group. One of the group is captured. Sophie and Isaac realize that the group contains a traitor. Who is it?
Now In Paper
Rebecca Cantrell, A Game of Lies: Fran recommends this series.
Coming This Summer
Rebecca Cantrell & Hannah Vogel
From a Parellel World: Steampunk and Urban Fantas
New From The Northwest
Cherry Adair, Afterglow: Paranormal romance with the members of Lodestone continues.
D.D. Barant, Back from the Undead: 5th in this series by the BC author. Jace needs to figure out how to get into, and stop, a ring trafficking in pire orphans. When she penetrates it, she finds that it is tied to a blood farm. Amber and Fran HIGHLY recommend this series.
Patricia Briggs, Fair Game: Charles has been his father's enforcer for 200 years, but since the wolves have come out to the public...well, the governing rules have tightened and the punishment being dealt out is taking its toll on Charles. To help take his mind off things, Anna and Charles are sent to consult on a serial killer case, a killer who has started targeting werewolves. The problem is, the killer targeted the Fae first. Signing. In paper, River Marked Amber and Fran HIGHLY recommend this author.
Stella Cameron, Darkness Bound: The charming Ms. Cameron brings her books to a new publisher and to Washington State: a recent widow, Leigh moved to Whidbey Island to start anew. She arrives to news that women have been disappearing, and she begins to experience unsettling visions. Also on the island is a group called The Team, a pack of were-hounds who are determined to prove their humanity. Their leader, Special Ops soldier Niles Latimer, senses Leigh will be an ally. Fran recommends. Signing.
Amanda Quick, Crystal Gardens: After being attacked in London, Evangeline Ames now lives in the quiet country. She’s fascinated by a nearby private garden that seems to emit a paranormal energy. The garden’s owner, Lucas Sebastian, doesn’t mind her intrusion and one day saves her from another attack. He’s happy to help but insists that this be kept quiet. She knows he’s trying to hide the garden and is even more entranced. 1st of the ‘Ladies of the Lantern Street’ books. In paper, Quicksilver Signing.
From The Rest
Walter Mosley, Crosstown to Oblivion: Two works of speculative fiction in a flip-book format: one hardcover, two ‘fronts’. In The Gift of Fire, the Titan Prometheus – he who gave mankind fire and knowledge and was to be forever chained to a rock for this sin – has been set free. When he walks free he walks into today’s South Central LA. In On the Head of a Pin, two co-workers make an advance in animatronic editing that will allow the line between reality and animation in film to vanish. But when they view the results they see something in the edges of the frame, an entity that they didn’t put there.
Jillian Stone, An Affair with Mr. Kennedy: Mystery debut by a writer of historical romance and steampunk. Det. Zeno Kennedy recently broke up a plot against the Crown and was hailed as a hero. Villainy never sleeps. He’s now on the trail of Irish anarchists. Along the way he bumps into the recently widowed Cassie St. Cloud who has become a tenant in a building he owns. He knows she’s linked to the case some-how but begins a torrid affair with her anyway. When she finds out he has ulterior motives, will she feel the same about him?
James Swain, Dark Magic: Magician Peter Warlock amazes audiences in performances at his private NYC theatre. What few know is that he’s a member of an underground group of psychics who look into the future to prevent crime. What they discover is a rival group that is using its powers for evil. This cult, the Order of Astrum, is hunting Peter’s group in order to eliminate them. Something different from the magician and thriller writer.
Coming This Summer
Laurell K. Hamilton & Anita Blake
Carrie Vaughn & Kitty
Cara Black, Murder at the Lanterne Rouge: Aimeé’s partner René is in love. Aimeé wants to be happy but she just doesn’t trust Meizi. Her doubts may be prescient; Meizi leaves in the middle of dinner, and not returning. The body of a young science prodigy is found in the alley nearby and her photo is found in his wallet. Government agents were keeping an eye on his man, so things quickly turn to merde. In paper, Murder in Passy (Mar., Soho, 14.00), the 11th in this series highly recommended by Amber. Signing.
Therese Bohman, Drowned: During the short-lived Swedish summer, a single young lady visits her older sister and her charismatic and violent husband. She knows he is trouble but she still falls under his spell. As the story spins toward disaster, the author weaves psychological fiction around the realities of the subjugation of women in the supposedly enlightened Scandinavian culture.
Peter Corris, Follow the Money: Facing financial ruin due to an un-scrupulous adviser, Sydney PI Cliff Hardy is not one to let it slide. How to find the man? Follow the money.
Diego De Silva, I Hadn’t Understood: Italian attorney Vincenzo Malinconico is intelligent, juvenile, generous, and witty but he has no work, his wife has left him and his teenagers hate him. He fills his day taking up space and air. That changes as the story starts. He’s appointed defense attorney to a prominent Neapolitan mobster, and the most beautiful woman ever seen in the courthouse professes to be in love with him. Things can and do change that quickly, though there is nothing to say they’re real.
Åke Edwardson, Sail of Stone: 6th from this bestselling Swedish writer. The Gothenburg police have a couple of strange cases on their hands; Chief Insp. Winter is off to Scotland to look for a missing man while Det. Aneta Djanali searches for a woman who reported she’d been battered by her husband but who can not be found anywhere. Signed Copies Available.
A.J. Kazinski, The Last Good: Pseudonym for two Danish writers, translated by former Seattleite Tiina Nunnally. Copenhagen police inspector Neils Bentzon is ready to dismiss as alarmist threats that are pointing toward the World Climate Summit that is about to begin. Granted, there have been a rash of odd deaths around the planet but why does that mean it is some great conspiracy? Janine and Adele recommend.
Andrey Kurkov, The Case of the General’s Thumb: First full English translation of this 2003 Ukrainian bestseller. A dead general is found tied to an advertising balloon – he’s missing his thumbs. Two men are assigned to investigate: a cop and a KGB agent. Unfortunately for them, they do not know the other is working the case and this causes con-tinual problems for each of them. Part farce, part satire, part social and political commentary and 100% fun.
Camilla Läckberg, The Stonecutter: 1st US publication of the 3rd book in her popular Hedstrom series, originally published in 2009. Det. Hedstrom is a new father, so it is doubly difficult to deal with the drowning of a young girl. The strange thing is that no children have been reported missing in the area. Adele recommends this series.
Donna Leon, Beastly Things: Commissario Brunetti probes the case of a body discovered in a canal. No ID, no papers, no crime scene and no way to know if there was a crime. Where to start? In paper, Drawing Conclusions (April, Penguin, 15.00).
Also available: Venetian Curiosities In seven essays, Leon writes about some of the myths and legends passed down in the ancient city of Venice, providing a way for you to en-joy the music of the city with an included CD from Il Complesso Barocco, playing music by Vivaldi, conducted by Minasi.
Liza Marklund, Last Will: 2006 Swedish release as Nobel’s Last Will, 6th in the series with investigative reporter Annika Bengtzon. She’s covering the prestigious Nobel dinner when gunfire erupts and she’s pushed to the floor. She turns and gets a glimpse of one of the gunman. She’s now a witness and an investigator and the trail will lead back to the beginnings of the prize itself.
Barbara Nadel, Dead of Night: 14th in her Turkish series. In Detroit for an international policing conference, Inspectors Ikmen and Suleyman are asked by a Turkish ex-patriot to investigate the long-unsolved murder of his son.
Fuminori Nakamura, The Thief: 1st US release of this Japanese award-winner. The Thief anonymously moves through crowds, so good at his work that he sometimes doesn’t even remember that he’s picked a pocket. One day, his first partner resurfaces to ask a favor – creep into a house, tie up the owner and empty the safe. Easy enough except that he finds out later the man was a prominent politician and was murdered. Suddenly, everyone is after The Thief.
Leif GW Persson, Another Time, Another Life: A story told in three stages: Stockholm radicals take the staff of the German embassy hostage in 1975 and it ends in death; in 1989, the investigation of a civil servant is shelved by a corrupt senior investigator to the frustration of the lead cop; a decade later a new member of the Swedish Security Police comes upon two old cases and decides to resolve them, something about collaborators on a 20-year-old embassy attack and the murder of one of them a decade ago.
Riikka Pulkkinen, True: 1st US appearance of a young, bestselling Finnish writer; this is her 2nd novel. As her mother nears death, daughter Eleonoora time looks through her mother’s things and finds an old dress. From this, she first hears about her mother’s nanny, Eeva, someone no one has ever been willing to discuss. Why? Why did she seem to vanish from the family’s life?
Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Ashes to Dust: From 2010, 3rd in this Icelandic series. Attorney Thóra Gudmundsdóttir’s new client is accused of killing his childhood sweetheart. His story is rather fanciful and there is little to back it up – still, that’s her job. Fran recommends this series.
Alexander McCall Smith, The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: Precious is calle to her adopted daughter’s school to help with a strange disciplinary problem. In paper, The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
James Thompson, Helsinki White: 3rd by this American living in Finland. Vaara has serious news for his American wife, Kate, just two days after she’s given birth to their daughter. He’s been named to lead a secret unit that is to attack criminals where they live: with the latest technology and full autonomy, they’re to steal all of the cash, drugs and weapons the criminals have. The problem will come when the criminals fight back. Signed Copies Available. Series highly recommended by Adele and Janine.
Jan Wallentin, Strindberg’s Star: Ancient symbol expert Don Titelman hears that a cave diver found the body of an ancient figure buried in an abandoned mine. It was wearing an ankh. Before he can talk to the diver, the man is murdered and Titelman is the suspect. As he works to clear himself he learns of ties to a mysterious North Pole expedition in 1897 and ties to gruesome Nazi experiments. Swedish debut and European bestseller.
Keigo Higashino, The Devotion of Suspect X- 2012 Edgar nominee.
Inaldur Indridason, Operation Napoleon- Adele recommends.
From Great Britain
J.J. Connolly, Viva la Madness: Sequel to his lunatic Layer Cake, which he adapted into the popular gangster film. The unnamed ‘hero’ of that book is still trying to make his escape from the rackets of London’s underworld. Before he can reach the sunny retirement he so badly wants, he’ll have to deal with a Venezuelan drug cartel, the exhausting night-life of the Caribbean, high-tech fraud and old pals who don’t want him to leave.
Christopher Fowler, The Memory of Blood: The Peculiar Crimes Unit gets involved when someone is murdered at a theatre company’s cast party. They’re attached to a theatre that has a particularly gruesome history and is said to be haunted. Their guide through this strange world is London’s last Punch-and-Judy puppeteer and it is going to be difficult to determine just which strings he’s pulling. 9th in this quirky series of books. Amber recommends this series.
Nick Harkaway, Angelmaker: Joe Spork leads a quiet life in London repairing clocks. His newest project will change that: sweet old Edie Banister asks him to fix an odd contraption. As he does, he accidentally activates it. It isn’t a clock – it is a doomsday machine and sweet Edie is a former deadly super-spy. Now that he’s triggered it, everyone wants a piece of him – the government, Edie’s nemesis (a tinpot dictator), mad monks, strange scientists, lunatic killers and, of course, babes in pink leather. Joe will have to help Edie stop it while trying to stay one step ahead of the crowd pursuing them.
Dorothy Koomson, The Ice Cream Girls: As teens, two girls were the only witnesses to a notorious murder and were soon accused of the crime in a media circus. One was convicted. She’s now out of prison and wants to clear her name. Her friend lives quietly and has told no one about her past. It seems that they couldn’t escape what happened years ago. Can they put it all to rest, finally?
Coming This Summer
Andrea Camilleri & Insp. Montalbano
Karin Fossum & Insp. Sejer
Anne Holt & Insp. Hilhelmsen
Peter Lovesey & Insp. Diamond
Jeffrey Siger & Chief Insp. Kaldis
Mystery Specialty Presses
Harri Nykänen, Nights of Awe: Finnish inspector Ariel Kafka is one of two Jewish cops in the entire country. It will fall to him to investigate the murder of four Arabs.
Ben Pastor, Liar Moon: It was September 1943 when Italy switched sides but Northern Italy stayed allied with the Nazis. A prominent local fascist has been murdered and his
young wife has been accused of the crime Wehrmacht Major Martin von Bora is sent to investigate. His own colleagues mistrust him so he must watch his steps. 2nd in the series.
Felony & Mayhem
(all trade paperbacks, 14.95, Feb. titles not known for Winter issue)
Elizabeth Daly, Somewhere in the House: 10th in the Gamadge series, from 1946. Henry is asked to oversee the revelation of a family fortune. Grandma Clayborn kept her intentions mum and her will and valuable button collection locked up in a little room in the mansion. Now she’s died and the family is ready to unlock the door. Henry’s job is to ensure there’s no funny business. Too late.
Maggie Joel, The Second-Last Woman in England: In1952, things are looking rosy for Great Britain as a whole and for Mrs. Harriett Wallis in particular. So what will happen over the next few months that will lead her to be the second-to last woman in the nation to be sentenced to death? Author’s US debut in print.
Laura Wilson, The Innocent Spy: From 2007, her first with DI Ted Stratton, set during WWII.
Hard Case Crime
Robert Silverberg, Blood on the Mink: First published under the pen name Ray McKensie in 1962 ‘Trapped Detective Story Magazine’, referred to as both a short story and a novel. This edition, the first under his real name, and as a book, includes a new after-word by Silverberg and two short stories from the same period. Mink tells the story of a government agent who goes undercover to crack a Philadelphia mob ring that’s turning out perfect forgeries of US currency.
Terri Thayer, Money Wrench: 4th in this quilting series. Dewey’s plans to prep for the upcoming Quilters Crawl are crimped when her assistant manager is arrested in the death
of her boyfriend.
New Pulp Press
Jake Hinkson, Hell on Church Street: Con man Geoffrey Webb has wormed his way into a small church in Arkansas but wasn’t aiming to fall for the preacher’s daughter. Gotta keep it secret, right? The town’s corrupt police chief knows and wants Webb to embezzle money from the church in exchange for silence. Love, money, or leave?
Poisoned Pen Press
Mary Anna Evans, Plunder: 7th Faye Longchamp, who is working frantically to protect an archeological dig near the mouth of the Mississippi before a catastrophic oil spill reaches the site. Worse still, a couple of people who live nearby have been found dead. Fran recommends this series.
Kerry Greenwood, Cooking the Books: In her 6th case, Australian baker and reluctant sleuth Corinna Chapman helps a friend catering for a new soap opera.
James Sallis, Driven: 7 years after the events of Drive, the wheelman has left that world behind and become Paul West, a successful businessman soon to marry. One day, he and his fiancé are attacked. While he kills the thugs, she's killed. He abandons his new life to hunt whoever ordered the attack. Sequel to the great noir novel, adapted into a great noir movie with Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks. Signed Copies Available.
Rue Morgue Press
Catherine Aird, Parting Breath: Insp. Sloan looks into a murder at the local university in this classic British mystery. #7 from ’77.
Frances Crane, The Amethyst Spectacles: Pat and Jean Abbott are back home in New Mexico during World War II and once again find themselves looking for a murderer in this fictional version of Taos. #6 from ’44.
Gladys Mitchell, A Hearse on May-Day: A Mrs. Bradley mystery in which a small English town is in need of skeletons. First published in 1972.
Craig Rice, The Corpse Steps Out: Lawyer John J. Malone and pals Jake and Helene Justus are hot on the trail of a moving corpse in 1940 Chicago. 3rd in this comic series. One of Bill’s Top 5 Mysteries of all Time.
James Hadley Chase, Come Easy-Go Easy/In a Vain Shadow: Two novels from the author of No Orchids for Miss Blandish, one of the bestselling gangster novels of all time. Called "the king of all thriller writers," the prolific Chase was a Brit who wrote like an American with the hard-boiled swagger and gloom of his compatriots in the US. Come Easy was first published in ’60, Shadow ’51 in the UK as by Raymond Marshall. New introduction by Rick Ollerman.
Bruce Elliot, One is a Lonely Number/ Elliott Chaze, Black Wings Has My Angel: Two of the noirest of the noir, the first one the story of an escaped con who gets tragically caught up in the lives of a small town, the other the story of an armored car heist and a destructive relationship. Two pitch-black novels. Lonely Number is from ’52, Blackn Wings from ’53, but also published as One for MY Money in ’62 and One for THE Money in the UK in ’85). With new introductions by Ed Gorman and Bill Crider.
Reissues of Note
Charles Warren Adams, The Notting Hill Mystery: Arguably the first British mystery, serialized in 1862, printed in one volume the following year – 6 years before Collin’s The Moonstone. Insurance investigator Ralph Henderson probes the death of Baron R’s wife, who is thought to have died by accident. Henderson is curious as the Baron took out a number of policies on the woman. As he investigates, the case opens into that of a series of murders. The book is then laid out as if it is Henderson’s findings, with diary entries, family letters, reports, interviews and even a crime scene map. Illustrations by George du Maurier from the original serial publication.
Arthur Bernède, Belphégor: The Phantom of the Louvre: 1927 novel about a ghost seen haunting the famed museum. It is exposed as being a masked villain who is trying to find a hidden treasure.
Maurice Dekobra, The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars: A hugely influential 1927 thriller by a multilingual journalist who became one of the bestselling French authors of the early 20th Century. This tells the story of two figures who board the Orient Express and ride into intrigue involving revolutionary socialism, early psychotherapy, oil rights in the young Soviet Union, predatory lotharios and financial danger. It’s been out of print since 1948.
The Damsel, The Dame and The Blackbird: The first three Grofeld novels, a secondary character from a couple of the Parker novels. Damsel is from ’67, the other two from ’69. Damsel picks up from the end of The Handle; Blackbird splits off from the start of Slayground, as the gang breaks up after a job goes bad. Favorite series of Bill & JB.
James W. Hall, Hit Lit: The subtitle is “Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century’s Biggest Bestsellers” and, knowing Hall, it promises to be amusing, enlightening and lively, looking at books such as To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone with the Wind, Peyton Place and The Godfather, illustrates what they have in common that made them irresistible to millions. A professor of English in Florida, Hall created a class on 20th C. bestsellers and the class was immediately popular. This book is the result of those years of looking at, reading and talking about enduring bestsellers.
Joshua Knelman, Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art: This is the story of the author’s five-year odyssey through the world of international art theft, and the thieves, cops and rogue agents that he met along the way.
Paul French, Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China: In early 1937, as the Japanese encircled Peking, a young woman was found mutilated. Even as their world is about to come to an end, two cops – one Chinese and one a Brit – raced to solve the crime. 75 years later, the author, an historian and China expert, re-creates the case and the world in which it took place.
Amy Reading, The Norfleet Gambit: A Daring Swindle, Its Cunning Revenge, and a Small History of the Big Con: A colorful and entertaining history of the con game in the US with a special focus of a Big Con: in 1919, a group swindled Texas rancher Big Joe Norfleet out of everything he had. Most victims slink away and lick their wounds. Not Norfleet – over the next four years he hunted down the gang one by one. She tells the tale.
Tim Weiner, Enemies: A History of the FBI: Assume this will do for the FBI what the author did for the CIA (Legacy of Ashes, Anchor, 16.95 – recommended by JB). “The Tug of War Between Security and Liberty at the Heart of American Political Life” is how the publisher characterizes the work. Title not known in time for our Winter newsletter.
Best Eaten Cold and Other Stories: A Murder Squad Anthology: Short Stories from a collection of British writers, two or three stories from each: Ann Cleeves, Martin Edwards, Margaret Murphy, Stuart Pawson and Cath Staincliffe. These stories have not been published before.
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