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SEATTLE MYSTERY BOOKSHOP
117 Cherry St. Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: 12-5 Sun, Mon 10-5, Tues – Sat 10-6
Bill / JB / Fran / Amber
cops—private eyes—courtroom--thrillers—suspense—espionage—true crime—reference
For Mystery Lovers Who Know What They Want And For Those Who Haven’t A Clue!
New From The Northwest
Ellie Alexander - Fudge and Jury - In her 5th delectable case, Ashland bakery owner Jules Capshaw is up to her apron in chocolate and crime as the Shakespeare Festival starts, accompanied by a chocolate festival. AKA Kate Dyer-Seeley. Signing – Saturday January 7th at Noon.
Kimberly Belle - The Marriage Lie - While no marriage is perfect, what Iris and Will had in Atlanta seemed like it to her. One day Will leaves on a trip to Orlando. During the day she hears of a catastrophic plane crash but this one was on the way to Seattle. Before she knows it, the airline calls to tell her he was on that flight. To Seattle?
Marc Cameron - Field of Fire - After a series of nerve gas attacks across the country, special agent Jericho Quinn is dispatched to Alaska to find the reclusive Russian scientist who created the gas. The Russian has been trying to defect and is in the early stages of dementia. To make it worse, Russian agents are hunting him too.
Carola Dunn - Buried in the Country - 4th in her 1960s Cornish series. A secret meeting of the Commonwealth is to be held nearby and the organizing committee reaches out to Eleanor for help due to her past work for international charities. At the same time, her niece DS Megan Pencarrow is taken away from an investigation about a missing attorney and detailed to provide security for the conference. It will be a tense meeting, with great controversy over South African policies. Signing – Saturday December 17th at Noon.
V.M. Giambanco - Blood and Bone - A burglary went bad, ending with a gruesome murder. SPD homicide Det. Alice Madison takes the case and begins to see that something – or someone – bigger is at play. She begins to hear rumors about an assassin, someone who scares the bad guys. In paper, The Dark, 2nd in the series.
Edward Kay - At Rope’s End - Seattle professor of forensic psychology Dr. James Verraday is known for his ability to profile criminals and recall minute details of what he sees. He’s equally known for his scorn for authority – especially the police. He’s surprised then by the appearance of a young cop who asks for help. Det. Constance Mclean knows a veteran cop has made an arrest in a murder but she doesn’t think he got the right guy. Verraday agrees to look over the case assuming it’ll allow him to once again bash the SPD for corruption. But he begins to think Maclean is right. Debut mystery by an award-winning Toronto writer.
Kate Kingsbury - Dead and Breakfast - Melanie’s grandfather’s idea to open a B&B on the Oregon Coast is just the ticket to escape her messy divorce. The old mansion they find and buy is said to be haunted but the pair don’t believe the stories. While fixing it up, they remove some old wallpaper and hidden behind it is a very real skeleton. Maybe there is something to the stories… First in a new series.
M.A. Lawson - K Street - Since she was fired by the DEA, Kay Hamilton has been working for a shadowy intelligence outfit. Her injuries from her last mission (2nd in the series, Viking Bay) have left her questioning the wisdom of working for the Callahan Group. Arriving at the office to quit she interrupts an invasion in which her boss is badly injured and the company safe is stolen. The last thing Callahan whispers to her is “…NSA…” and she knows they’re up against serious power. Signing - Saturday January 21st at Noon. As Mike Lawson he writes the DeMarco books.
R.J. Noonan - Where the Lost Girls Go - Rookie Oregon cop Laura Mori investigates a fiery crash. The body of the driver is unrecognizable but the car belongs to a famous writer. He says it was taken by his teenage daughter – is the victim her? The case deepens when forensics shows the victim was a runaway who was connected to a string of runaways who have vanished from the streets. First mystery by Rosiland Noonan.
Gigi Pandian - The Elusive Elixir - In their 3rd adventure, Zoe Faust rushes to find the answer to stop Dorian Robert-Houdin – her 3.5” tall gargoyle buddy who fancies himself to be Poirot’s equal – from turning to stone. The search takes the pair from Portland to Paris, where a connection to another gargoyle who looks like Robert has been found. Fran recommends this series. Signing – Saturday January 28th at Noon.
James R. Scarantino - Compromised - 2nd with Sante Fe Det. Denise Aragon. She finds herself unable to trust anyone as a web of corruption and blackmail tightens around her. Port Townsend author.
Sam Siciliano - The Moonstone’s Curse - Charles Bromley asks Holmes for help. His wife has the fabled Moonstone, a diamond said to be cursed. She refuses to sell it and a jeweler involved with them has been murdered. Signing – Saturday February 18th at Noon.
Clover Tate - Blown Away - Debut with Oregon Coast Kite Shop Emmy Adler. The morning of the opening of her shop, Emmy finds a body on the beach. The police chief determines it was murder and, for some freaky reason, suspects her of the crime. Tate is a former congressional investigator who now lives in Portland.
Ingrid Thoft - Duplicity - Fina Ludlow and her family’s firm wade into a moral mess when they’re hired to investigate a mega-church. Their client believes it has brainwashed her daughter. Dealing with questions of faith and persecution are always dicey – more dangerous still when death enters into the mix. 4th with the Boston private eye. In paper, Brutality. Signing – Saturday January 21st at Noon.
Tracy Weber - A Fatal Twist - 4th with yoga instructor Kate Davidson. As if training to be a doula to help her best friend and being foster mom to two puppies isn’t enough, Kate is drawn into a murder investigation when a philandering physician is found dead and one of her yoga students is seen leaving the vicinity. Signing – Saturday January 28th at Noon.
Northwest True Crime
Teresa Norheim - Murder & Mayhem in Seattle - A pictorial history of deadly criminality in the Emerald City, from its founding to the Green River case. Serial killers, bloody heists, villainous doctors – all together in 129 pages. Signing – Saturday December 10th at Noon.
Reissues of Note
Carola Dunn - Requiem for a Mezzo - 3rd Daisy Dalrymple, from 1996.
Now In Paperback
Lisa Jackson - Expecting to Die
J.A. Jance - Clawback
Steve Martini - Blood Flag
Matt Ruff - Lovecraft Country - Fran recommends.
Eli Sanders - While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Wake-Up Call for Mental Health - Fran strongly recommends.
Coming This Spring
Lisa Jackson - You Will Pay
J.A. Jance - Man Overboard
Jeff Johnson - Lucky Supreme
Owen Laukkanen - The Forgotten Girls
Steve Martini - The Secret Partner
Candace Robb - A Twisted Vengeance
Chevy Stevens - Never Let You Go
Sam Wiebe - Invisible Dead
James W. Ziskin - Cast The First Stone
New from the Americas
Kristi Abbott - Pop Goes the Murder - 2nd in the popcorn shop series.
Winnie Archer - Kneaded to Death - Photographer Ivy Culpepper has fallen in love with baking and the sisters who are teaching the class at their bakery. When one of her classmates is found murdered and the sisters are suspected, Ivy sets out to clear them.
Kelley Armstrong - A Darkness Absolute - 2nd with homicide cop Casey Duncan now living in the secretive town of Rockton. While she’s relieved to be away from her own past, she finds that dealing with the present of all of the others who also escaped their pasts has its trials. Then a blizzard hits and covers the actions of a killer – one of the residents, or has another outsider arrived? In paper, City of the Lost, first with Duncan. Recommended by Fran.
Bartlett & Cass - Dead, Bath & Beyond - Katie Bonner owner of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square feels like nothing can spoil her perfect day off, sailing Lake Ontario with her good friend and lawyer Seth Landers. Then she runs into her ex-boss Jake on the dock. It was never smooth sailing with Josh, and Katie is only too happy to get away from him as he makes a scene. Unfortunately, the next day her unpleasant former employer is found drowned in a bathtub at a bed-and-breakfast in Victoria Square. Who would pull the plug on Josh?
Lisa Black - Unpunished - Cleveland forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner and homicide Det. Jack Renner work to find out who killed a high-profile newspaper editor. In paper, That Darkness Pen name of Elizabeth Becka.
Stephanie Blackmoore - Murder Wears White - Mallory Shepard's wedding planning business is off to a shaky start when a member of the bridal family drops dead at a food tasting . . .
Bethany Blake - Death by Chocolate Lab - Pet sitter Daphne Templeton tries to find out who killed the arrogant cad Steve Beamus. Her sister was his last conquest and she’s the prime suspect.
Chris Bohjalian - The Sleepwalker - When she sleepwalks, Annalee does odd and dangerous things. Her children can’t find her, her husband is out of town on business and the only trace of her is a torn bit of fabric that the cops find on a tree branch. To her older daughter, none of it makes sense. Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did her mother sleepwalk only when her father wasn’t home? If her mother died while asleep, why can’t anyone find her body?
Laura Childs - Egg Drop Dead - 7th in the cozy Cackleberry Club series.
Carol Higgins Clark - Knocked - 16th Regan Reilly, postponed from 1/15.
Blaize and John Clement - The Cat Sitter and the Canary - 11th in her Dixie Hemingway series.
Reed Farrel Coleman - What You Break - 2nd with former Long Island cop Gus Murphy. He finds himself caught between the demands of a wealthy client and Russian thugs. In paper, Where It Hurts (Jan., Putnam, 16.00).
Cleo Coyle - Dead Cold Brew - A mysterious Will bequeathing treasure, a poisoned jeweler, an Italian curse – it’s all enough to cool the joy in Clare’s engagement. 16th in one of Amber’s favorite series.
Mason Cross - Winterlong - In his 3rd book, Carter Blake been separated from the secret government organization for 5 years. The organization is under new control and the new head is not a fan of “loose ends”. She wants former operators like Blake silenced. Everything Blake knows about hunting people he learned on the job. Now the job is coming for him. In paper, The Samaritan. Fran recommends this series.
J.A. Davis - Crisis Blue - As tensions mount around the world due to North Korean missile launches and Islamic attacks on the US fleet in the Middle East, Louisiana emergency room Dr. Rex Bent is alarmed by the Asian sailors who are showing up with radiation poisoning. Debut thriller.
Krista Davis - Mission Impawsible - 4th with Sugar Hill Inn proprietress Holly Miller. A matchmaking festival for pet owners goes badly.
Maddie Day - When the Grits Hit the Fan - 3rd in the South Lick, IN, country store series.
Tim Dorsey - Clownfish Blues - 20th with Serge Storm! He finds himself in the midst of a plan to rig the state lottery. Signing – Wednesday February 22nd at Noon.
Elizabeth J. Duncan - Ill Met by Murder - 2nd in the Catskills Shakespeare Theatre series. Costume designer Charlotte Fairfax stumbles onto a murder right before the performance to honor the wedding of the daughter of the company’s biggest benefactor.
Loren D. Estleman - Brazen - 5th with film archivist Valentino. A madman is recreating the deaths of famous Hollywood bombshells, all the blondes. Valentino works to stop him. AND The Lioness Is the Hunter. In his 26th book, Detroit PI Amos Walker is hired to find a missing real estate developer. Before he can get far, the man who hired him is murdered and the missing man’s daughter – part of the company – muddies the case. There are accusations of this group working on behalf of someone else… a dragon lady Walker had heard was dead.
Susan Furlong - War and Peach - Latest in the Peach Orchard series.
Andrew Grant - False Friend - Birmingham Det. Cooper Devereaux works to stop whoever is burning down churches.
James Grippando - Most Dangerous Place - While waiting at the airport to see an old friend who is coming to Miami on a family medical emergency, Jack Swyteck is shocked to see the man’s wife arrested. She’s accused of conspiracy to murder a man who raped her in college. Jack agrees to defend her but he’s entering a hall of mirrors. In paper, Gone Again.
Parnell Hall - A Puzzle to be Named Later - 18th whodunnit with the Puzzle Lady.
Sam Hawken - Walk Away - Camaro Spinoza rushes to California to help her sister who is being threatened by an abusive mate. While Camaro is more than able to deal with Jake Collier, Jake’s friend Lukas might be more than her match. 3rd with the former combat medic. In paper, The Night Charter.
K.J. Howe - The Freedom Broker - As a child, Thea Paris saw her older brother kidnapped. Though he was freed, it defined her life and she is now one of the top kidnapping negotiators in the world. Her abilities are universally respected though she herself harbors secret fears. Now one has come true: her father, an oil magnate, has been taken.
Gregg Hurwitz - The Nowhere Man - Evan Smoke – “The Nowhere Man” – returns. The Orphans, the assassins group he left, has been after him and now they’ve got him. But it really may be more of a case of the hunted has got the hunters. Sequel to Orphan X. Highly recommended by Fran.
Christine Husom - Frosty The Dead Man - Cami finds Frosty dead, and the very snow globe she sold him earlier that day lies in sparkling shards on his carpet along with a large diamond. Does the snow globe which features a peculiar tableau of an armed man and three menacing bears hold a clue to Frosty's demise? One way or another, it's up to Cami to shake things up before the killer's trail goes cold...
Stephen Mack Jones - August Snow - Debut by a poet and playwright. After winning $12 million in a wrongful dismissal suit against the Detroit Police Dept., half-Black/half-Mexican August Snow is now a private investigator who only takes cases that are meaningful to him. He’s a man without friends and scads of enemies, a man who belongs nowhere but who can literally afford to go where he wants. He’s dangerous.
Leslie Karst - A Measure of Murder - 2nd in her culinary series.
Faye Kellerman - Bone Box - 24th with Decker and Lazarus. Rina discovers remains long buried in the woods near their home. They’ll lead to a decades’ long hunt for a serial killer who may’ve been in plain sight all along.
Diane Kelly - Above the Paw - 6th with Fort Worth Officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner Bridgit.
Kathellen Kent - The Dime - Det. Betty Rhyzyk is the product of a tough family of Brooklyn cops. Relocating to Dallas, she joins the force there and is met with a storm of challenges – Mexican cartels, rebellious subordinates, an entrenched criminal network, and zero support from her girlfriend. Still, generations of her family have faced such ugliness and won out. Betty is determined to be among them.
Lucy Kerr - Time of Death - Leaving Chicago for her hometown, ER nurse Frankie Stapleton hopes to find some peace and stability in her life. On her first night at Stillwater’s hospital, she saves a man’s life. He dies the next day and the hospital is blaming her.
Joe R. Lansdale - Rusty Puppy - In their 12th book, West Texas PIs Hap and Leonard look into the death of a straight-A black student. Months before, he began documenting the actions of the racist cops who harassed his sister. Now he’s dead in a gang fight at a project, something he never would’ve been involved in. His mother wants to guys to get at the truth. In paper, Honky Tonk Samurai (Feb., Mulholland, 15.99). Signing Thursday March 2nd drop by - Reserve your book now!
John Lescroart - Fatal - A stand-alone thriller detailing the disastrous effect on a solid marriage after one slip of adultery.
James L’Etoile - At What Cost - Debut from a writer with long experience in the judicial system. Sacramento Det. John Penley has a new partner. With Paula Newberry, he’ll investigate a killer who seems to be killing in order to supply organs for the black market.
T.C. Lotempio - Crime and Catnip - While catering a gala for the Cruz Museum, Nora Charles agrees to look into the disappearance of director Violet Crenshaw's niece, a case previously undertaken by her frisky feline friend Nick's former owner, a private eye whose whereabouts are also currently unknown.
Peter Manus - Fickle - On a winter night in Boston, a man brushes by a young woman on a subway platform and is killed by a train. The police at first take her testimony at face value until they find a link to her blog on his computer. Was she being stalked or is she a master manipulator of men? The story is told all in blog entries.
Jenn McKinlay - Assault and Beret - 5th with cousins Vivian and Scarlett, who close their millinery shop so that Viv can teach a hat-making class in Paris. They become involved in the disappearance of an insurance investigator and a painting found in a junk shop that may be worth a lot of money. Amber recommends this series.
Glenn Meade - Unquiet Ghosts - Amy believes her husband and children are dead, killed in a light plane crash that was never found. Now questions are coming to light that link her husband to $8 million that went missing while he was serving in Iraq. Was the disappearance staged?
Elmer Mendoza - Acid Test - In his 2nd book, Det. Lefty Mendieta has a personal element to his latest investigation. Mayra was a well-known and adored stripper, and outrage at her brutal murder is high. Lefty counts himself amongst her fans though he’s supposed to be unemotional about the case. But his investigation takes him ever closer to the general narco-terror of Mexico. Tension is ratcheted up when the vacationing father of the US President is attacked. In paper, Silver Bullets, debut in this series. Professor Mendoza is a recognized giant of “narco-noir”.
Stephenie Meyer - The Chemist - She used to work for a faction of the government; it had no name. An expert in her field, she’s been on the move since she left. People really aren’t allowed to leave and the only person she ever trusted in the group was killed. Now someone has reached out to her, promising that she’ll be left alone if she does one more job for them…Amber Highly Recommends.
Jonathan Moore - The Dark Room - SFPD homicide inspector Gavin Cain is pulled off a cold case to run a special, quiet investigation for the mayor who is being blackmailed by lurid photographs. The mayor has been told that more photos will be mailed if he doesn’t kill himself.
Liz Mugavero - Custom Barked Murder - Mayor Falco's dogged ambition isn t popular among locals, but it's his executive coach, Eleanor Chang, who's inspired a dangerous grudge. When Eleanor is found dead, there's a whole pack of suspects to choose from. Stan has first-hand experience of Eleanor's unsavory business tactics. But finding out who forced her to take a fatal plunge off the corporate ladder means unearthing some shady secrets and a killer who's too close for comfort.
Diana Orgain - Third Time’s a Crime - Ex-cop Georgia Thornton is now a bona fide reality TV star. A new series has been created. She and a group of contestants will be locked in a haunted mansion and tasked with solving the disappearance of a girl in 1960.
Thomas Perry - The Old Man - Dan Chase appears to be a simple retiree in the wilds of Vermont. 35 years ago he was a rising star in Army Intelligence but a mission in Libya went sideways when he showed some initiative. He’s been laying low ever since, prepared to run should his past catch up with him. It now has. How fast can a 60-year-old man move? In paper, Forty Thieves (Jan., Mysterious Press, 16.00).
Steph Post - Lightwood - Middle son of the notorious Cannon Clan, Judah is out of prison and determined to go straight. Patriarch Sherwood has other ideas and insists he take part in the robbery of a motorcycle gang. What the Cannons don’t know is the money the bikers are carrying belongs to Sister Tulah, a megalomaniacal preacher who holds them all responsible for her missing money. Judah finds himself in a war.
Scott Reardon - The Prometheus Man - Tom Reese is in Paris, having taken the identity of a CIA agent. He’s trying to find out how his brother Eric died. He’s following the subject of a secret project to create super soldiers. Soon, though the CIA figures out that there are two agents using the same identity and the super soldier sees that he’s got a shadow. Tom is not going to be stopped easily. He’s the product of a secret project as well. Debut thriller.
J.D. Rhoades - Hellhound On My Trail - 5th with bounty hunter Jack Keller. Keller rescues a man being beaten up. The man says he’s been looking for Keller, says he has a message for Jack from his father who vanished long ago. In paper, Ice Chest.
James Rollins - The Seventh Plague - A British archaeologist, missing with his team for 2 years, is found in the Egyptian desert. That he dies soon afterward is a shame – he doesn’t answer any questions – but what kills him also begins to mummify him. The Sigma Team investigates and finds something odd, something that links Mark Twain, Nikola Tesla and Henry Morgan Stanley. In paper, with Grant Blackwood, War Hawk.
Barbara Ross - Iced Under - The snow is deep in Maine's Busman's Harbor and the mighty rivers are covered in ice. Snowden Family Clambake Company proprietor Julia Snowden and her mother, Jacqueline, are hunkered down for the winter when a mysterious package arrives heating up February with an unexpected case of murder . . .
Annelise Ryan - Dead in the Water - 11th with deputy coroner Mattie Winston.
Sofie Ryan - Telling Tails - 4th with Maine shopkeeper Sarah Grayson and her cat, Elvis.
April Smith - Home Sweet Home - An epic tale of an American family, their struggles achieving success and the nightmare that engulfs them. The Kuseks left NYC after WWII to start over on a North Dakota ranch. Cal ranched, Betsy became a visiting nurse and the two children grew up healthy and strong. Cal gave back by serving in the State assembly for three terms. It all turns to dust when he runs for the US Senate. It’s the height of the Red Scare and an FBI investigation publicizes that Betsy had a brief dance with Communism. A controversial libel suit is won by the parents but the vicious damage is done. Decades later, son Lance and his family are attacked. Are the murders connected to what happened back in the 50s or something else? A deadly brew of politics, hypocrisy and violence.
Carrie Smith - Forgotten City - 2nd with NYPD Det. Clair Codella. Back on the job after treatments for cancer, Codella is given a political and public case. A Broadway legend has died after being secluded due to Alzheimer’s. Her wealthy husband is ready to hold a funeral while her daughter demands an investigation.
Fran Stewart - A Wee Homicide in the Hotel - 3rd with Vermont ScotShop owner Peggy Winn.
Peter Swanson - Her Every Fear - Always neurotic, Kate Priddy’s nerves were shattered when she was kidnapped by an ex-lover. Trying to put her life back together, she jumps at the chance to switch apartments with a distant cousin and live in Boston. Once there things get worse. A neighbor has been found murdered and people suspect her cousin. And then things get weird.
Dave White - Blind to Sin - In his 5th crime novel, Jackson Donne finds himself released from prison along with a man who has been his mentor. The price is they must pull off a dangerous heist. Add in a dying wife, a crooked ex-partner, and a son who is torn between stopping crime and helping his parents and you have a toxic and volatile mix.
Nick Wilkshire - Escape to Havana - After the embarrassments of his ex-wife’s indiscretions, Charlie Hillier welcomes the transfer to the Canadian embassy in Havana. But things begin to go horribly wrong from the start. Why are there packages of cocaine under the floor in his rented room?
Stuart Woods - Below the Belt - 40th Stone Barrington.
Vincent Zandri - The Corruptions - After a prison break in Upstate NY, the Governor asks PI Jack Marconi to find the two escapees and personally deliver them to the capital. Marconi and his pal Blood start the trace but stumble across something within the bowels of the prison that alters their case. 4th in the series. In paper, Orchard Grove.
Now In Paperback
Bill Beverly - Dodgers
Alafair Burke - The Ex
Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg - The Pursuit
Brian Freeman - Goodbye to the Dead
Scott Frank - Shaker - JB recommends.
Carol Goodman - River Road
Derek Haas - A Different Lie
Michael Harvey - Brighton
Jane Haseldine - The Last Time She Saw Him
Mark Henshaw - The Fall of Moscow Station
Linda Howard - Troublemaker
Barry Lancet - Pacific Burn
Laura Lippman - Wilde Lake
Lisa Lutz - The Passenger - Fran recommends.
David McCallum - Once a Crooked Man
Charles McCarry - The Mulberry Bush
T.T. Monday - Double Switch
Katherine Hall Page - The Body in the Wardrobe
Chris Pavone - The Travelers
Preston & Child - Beyond the Ice Limit
Daniel Silva - The Black Widow
Coming This Spring
Nancy Atherton - Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse - Amber Recommends This Series
Ace Atkins - Little White Lies
David Baldacci - The Fix
Peter Blauner - Proving Ground
C.J. Box - Vicious Circle
Laura Bradford - The Silence Of The Flans
Henry Chang - Lucky
Laura Childs - Pekoe Most Poison
Mary Higgins Clark - All By Myself Alone
Maddie Day - When The Grits Hit The Fan
Jeffery Deaver - Burial Hour
Brian Freeman - Marathon
Ian Hamilton - The Princeling Of Nanjing
Steve Hamilton - Exit Stategy
B.B. Haywood - Town In A Maple Madness
Jenn McKinlay - Caramel Crush
Sara Paretsky - Fallout
Bill Pronzini - The Violated
John Sandford - Golden Prey
Lisa Scottoline - One Perfect Lie
Scott Turow - Testimony
Lea Wait - Tightening The Threads
Gordon McAlpine - Holmes Entangled: The Final Endeavor of Sherlock Holmes (Feb., Seventh Street tpo, 15.95) - In the 1920s, living incognito and teaching at Cambridge, Holmes is alarmed when a somewhat successful writer named Doyle comes to him and asks for help. Blast! How does this fellow know who he is?
Roger Riccard - Sherlock Holmes: Further Adventures for the Twelve Days of Christmas - Six more new stories with Holmes and Watson to complete the twelve days begun with last year's release. Each story corresponds to the first six days in the song.
Sam Siciliano - The Moonstone’s Curse – see New from the Northwest
Michael Sims - Arthur and Sherlock: The Origins of the Man and the Character - The life of the author, his development into authorship, the influences that formed him and his immortal creation.
Coming This Spring
Rennie Airth - The Death of Kings - 5th John Madden. Now retired, in 1948 Madden is called back to investigate a case that all thought was long closed. The 1938 murder of an actress on the estate of a friend of the Prince of Wales was solved when a local man confessed. But now a valuable necklace has been found and it has raised questions about the justice a decade ago. Favorite series of Fran’s.
Phillip DePoy - The English Agent - It’s 1583, Marlowe’s latest play is a bust and he was beat up in the streets afterward. When the Crown’s spymaster sends for him, he sees a way to get away from his messy life. His mission: meet up with an ally in Holland and do everything he can to thwart an assassination plan that is but one part of a scheme to take the throne from Her Majesty.
Kate Ellis - A High Mortality of Doves - Like all of England in 1919, the village of Wenfield is trying to put itself back together after the great losses of the Great War. Just when things begin to feel better, a young woman who had served as a nurse for wounded soldiers is found murdered in the woods with a dove inserted into her sliced mouth. Two similar murders follow. London dispatches Insp. Albert Lincoln, a man with his own losses, to investigate.
Indrek Hargla - Apothecary Melchior and the Ghost of Rataskaevu Street - In his 2nd case, Melchior is detailed to investigate the deaths of three people who each reported seeing a ghost around the same house. The three had no connection, other than what they claimed to have seen. [Learned of this release too late to be included in our Autumn issue]
Janice Law - Afternoons in Paris - 5th with the young painter Francis Bacon. In trouble again and with the rise of the brownshirts in Berlin, Bacon has fled to the more hospitable streets of Paris. But trouble has a way of finding the young man and he’s soon caught up in intrigue and charges of espionage.
Mary Lawrence - Death at St. Vedast - All manner of strange things happen during Henry VIII’s reign. Not all are happy. London alchemist Bianca Goddard is therefore happy when her friend Boisvert the silversmith announces he’s to marry a wealthy widow. At the celebration after the wedding, the bride drops dead and the groom is the prime suspect. Can Bianca prove him innocent?
Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini - The Dangerous Ladies Affair - 6th with Carpenter and Quincannon, private eyes in 1890s San Francisco. Stopping blackmail is a lucrative business but not pleasant when the victims are your friends. Amber Enjpys this series.
James Naughtie - Paris Spring - Paris Embassy-attached spy Will Flemyng is worried about his family and his work when a stranger on the Metro whispers something that could mean exposure. At the same time, a female journalist is found murdered in a cemetery. She was known to be chasing a big story that had Cold War ramifications. In 1968, all of this is very deadly. In paper, The Madness of July (Jan., Overlook, 17.95), First book with Flemyng.
Deanna Raybourn - A Perilous Undertaking - In her 2nd adventure, Victorian sleuth Veronica Speedwell is asked to prove a painter innocent of killing his mistress, herself a painter. As soon as she accepts, Speedwell discovers that the case is a tangled web of deceit and death. Amber recommends.
Laura Joh Rowland - The Ripper’s Shadow - Sarah Bain is an independent young lady making her way as a photographer. To make extra money, she quietly produces “boudoir” photos of some of the area’s prostitutes to sell to gentlemen. Then two of her subjects are savagely murdered. Her studio is in Whitechapel, and it is 1888.
Charles Todd - Racing the Devil - 19th with Insp. Rutledge. A death in a car accident may be tied to a reunion of British officers who met in Paris a year before. Part of the reunion was a race down to Nice. An accident happened on the way and the car involved in the recent death was one of the cars in the race. The dead man was not part of the race or reunion. Coincidence?
Now In Paperback
Stephanie Barron - Jane and the Waterloo Map
Rhys Bowen - Time of Fog and Fire
P.J. Brackston - The Case of the Fickle Mermaid
Susanna Gregory - The Chelsea Strangler
Kate Mosse - The Taxidermist’s Daughter
Anne Perry - Treachery at Lancaster Gate
Sara Sheridan - Brighton Belle
Jacqueline Winspear - Journey to Munich
Coming This Spring
Belinda Bauer - Finders Keepers
Michael Crichton - Dragon Teeth
David Downing - Lenin’s Roller Coaster
Emily Brightwell - Mrs. Jeffries Rights A Wrong
Susanna Gregory - The Executioner Of St. Paul's
C.S. Harris - Where The Dead Lie
Philip Kerr - Prussian Blue
Anne Perry - Murder On The Serpentine
Dan Simmons - Omega Canyon
Victoria Thompson - Murder on the Bowery
Peter Tremayne - Penance Of The Damned
Jacqueline Winspear - In This Grave Hour
Noel Balen & Vanessa Barrott - Minced, Marinated, and Murdered - Food journalist Laurie Grenadier arrives in Lyon to review the famed eateries and interview the city’s top chefs. The tone of the city changes when a restaurateur is murdered, followed soon by a second killing. Panic grips the city and Grenadier investigates.
Sara Blaedel - The Lost Woman - The murder of a woman in England has ties to Denmark when it’s discovered that she’s been reported missing for almost two decades. She has ties to Louise Rick’s colleague and lover. He becomes a prime suspect, so it’s up to Det. Rick to clear him, if she can.
Jorgan Brekke - The Fifth Element - Searching for his estranged wife who has vanished in a snowstorm, Insp. Odd Singsaker awakens to find himself in an unfamiliar room, holding a shotgun, with a victim shot dead nearby. He has no memory of what has happened. In paper, Dreamless.
James Church - The Gentleman from Japan - 6th with North Korean Insp. O. A machine near Barcelona is theoretically making parts for a dumpling-making machine, but in fact is making bomb parts for North Korea. Detective O is asked to help disrupt the shipment, making sure it doesn’t reach its destination. But not all the information he has is accurate.
Sandrone Dazieri - Kill the Father - 1st of a planned trilogy, an Italian bestseller. Rome homicide detective Colomba Caselli works with Dante Torres, a savant who, though damaged, escaped from a sinister kidnapper known as The Father. As they search for this shadowy figure, clues begin to point towards a secret project launched decades ago by an intelligence outfit. Said to measure up to Silence of the Lambs!
Tracee de Hahn - Swiss Vendetta - Debut. Recently widowed Swiss-American Det. Agnes Luthi has transferred to Violent Crimes to shake up her life. Her first case is to investigate a woman found stabbed to death on the shores of Lake Geneva. The woman had been making an inventory of the nearby castle’s holdings of artworks and historical treasures. A blizzard traps her in the castle with those who care for it and a variety of locals…
Sebastian Fitzek - The Nightwalker - American debut of a bestselling German author who has been translated into 21 languages. Years ago as a young man, Leon Nader was treated for his violence while sleepwalking. Since then, his insomnia has continued but not the sleepwalking. Now his wife has vanished in the middle of the night and Nader has to wonder if his old habits have returned and if he’s to blame. To find out what he might be doing while asleep, he puts a camera on himself and what he discovers is very disturbing.
Candice Fox - Hades - Ned Kelly Award winner in Australia. Homicide Det. Frank Bennett isn’t sure what to make of his new partner. Eden Archer is distant, cold, beautiful and focused. Her brother Eric is much the same. Things change when a number of metal toolboxes are found in Sydney’s harbor, each holding a body part.
Camilla Grebe - The Ice Beneath Her - Grebe’s first solo mystery. Investigator Peter Lindren and profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön are assigned to a grisly case. A young woman has been found beheaded in the home of a tycoon. They’re stymied because, first, they can’t identify the woman and, second, the tycoon is missing.
Jane Harper - The Dry - 20 years ago, two boys were one another’s alibis when one was accused of murder. The accused and his father were driven out of their small Australian town and Aaron became a respected Federal investigator. Luke remained behind. Aaron hears that he’s died after committing a terrible crime. It is time for Aaron to return home, find out what happened, and deal with what happened when they were boys. [postponed from 9/16.]
Chan Ho-kei - The Borrowed - 50 years of Hong Kong history told in most famous cases of the city’s legendary Det. Kwan. 6 different cases from 6 different eras presented in reverse chronological order, with a policeman held in awe by his colleagues. The author is a prize-winning Hong Kong writer.
Ragnar Jónasson - Snowblind - Debut by an Icelandic writer. Rookie cop Thór Arason’s first assignment is in a small, isolated town accessible only by a tunnel through the mountains. The residents don’t lock their doors. Then things change; a half-naked woman is found in the snow, badly beaten, and a noted author falls to his death. Arason is alone in the 24-hour darkness, not knowing who to trust or just who is capable of what. [Originally set to be released by a different publisher as a trade paperback in Oct. of ’15.]
Hans Olav Lahlum - The Catalyst Killing - 1970 Norway. Insp. Kristiansen sees a woman just miss getting on a train. He sympathizes with her frustration. The next time he sees her, she’s a murder victim. He and his assistant, Patricia, investigate and find the trail to the murder starts two years before.
Kristina Ohlsson - The Chosen - In their 5th case, detectives Bergman and Recht search for a killer who shot a pre-school teacher in front of children and parents, and still got away.
Mikel Santiago - The Last Night at Tremore Beach - Famous composer Peter Harper moves to an isolated Irish island for privacy only to be badly injured in an accident. His recovery is accompanied by lucid dreams, nightmares that become more and more real, until they seem to warn of bad things in his future.
Steven Savile - Parallel Lines - Adam Shaw is dying. He doesn’t want to leave his disabled son destitute so he decides to rob a bank. Things go wrong and a customer is killed. The odd thing is no one is eager to call the cops. The manager doesn’t want an audit, the security guard hated the dead guy and a women bystander tells them he was a cad. But of course crime really can’t pay - can it?
Yrsa Sigurdardottir - The Undesired - Thirty years ago, two boys vanished from a juvenile detention center in rural Iceland. Now, a man is investigating the center after charges of abuse. He’s disturbed to find links to an accident that killed someone – his ex-wife. In paper, The Silence of the Sea.
Helene Tursten - Who Watcheth - 9th and final with DI Irene Huss. There’s a stalker in town who is following his own twisted rules with those he watches: as along as they are good, he just watches. If they sin, he kills. In paper, The Treacherous Net.
Joakim Zander - The Believer - Two women are about to crash into one another. One, a Swede, returns home after her brother is murdered, among allegations he was involved in terrorism; the other works in London for human rights and travels to Stockholm to present a research on the privatization of police forces. Though they’ve never met, their lives are about to become entwined.
Now In Paperback
Jussi Adler-Olsen - The Hanging Girl
Roberto Costanini - The Root of All Evil
Arnaldur Indridason - Into Oblivion
Lene Kaaberbol & Angete Friis - The Considerate Killer
Fuminori Nakamura - The Gun
Jo Nesbø - Midnight Sun
Emelie Schepp - Marked for Life
Coming This Spring
Quentin Bates - Thin Ice
Anne Holt - Odd Numbers
Jens Lapidus - Stockholm Delete
Donna Leon - Earthly Remains
M.L. Longworth - The Curse Of La Fontaine
Barbara Nadel - Bright Shiny Things
Fuminori Nakamura - The Boy in the Earth
Eliot Pattison - Skeleton God
Leif GW Persson - The Dying Detective
Yrsa Sigurdardottir - The Undesired
Fred Vargas - A Climate Of Fear
Timothy Williams - The Second Day Of The Renaissance
From Great Britain
Belinda Bauer - The Beautiful Dead - Eve Singer’s career as a hotshot crime reporter is on the decline. Then, as grisly luck would have it, a series of murders start that are gruesome but also artistic. As she covers the crimes, her byline rises. The problem with luck is that it is double-edged. The killer has also watched her gain in popularity and he reaches out to her. Their communications fuel her stories – but it also makes her an accomplice of sorts, maybe even a target… [postponed from 8/16.]
M.C. Beaton - Death of a Ghost - 32nd Hamish Macbeth. In paper, Death of a Nurse (Feb., Grand Central, 7.99).
Mark Billingham - Rush of Blood - Vacationing in Florida, three British couples meet around the pool and get acquainted. Their fun is dampened by the murder of a young girl nearby. Once back in England, the couples reunite over dinners and begin to get to know each other better. As happens, as you learn more about people, you don’t always like everything you learn. Then another girl is murdered near them and they have to come to grips with the thought that one of them may be a killer.
Julia Chapman - Date with Death - Debut of a new series set in the Yorkshire Dales. Delilah Metcalfe has to work hard to keep her dating service going and to pay for the building that houses it. She takes a renter – a disgraced cop Samson O’Brien, who opens a PI office. It’s a odd mix of hardboiled cop and small village life but they’re hoping it will work to both their benefits. Then a case Samson takes leads him to Delilah’s dating service.
Ann Cleeves - The Crow Trap - The first Vera Stanhope, from 1999, released in the US for the first time - finally.
Simon Conway - The Agent Runner - After Bin Laden was killed, Edward Henry Malik’s MI6 work as an agent handler fell apart. Dismissed and discredited, Malik now works for a freight company and moons after his boss’s daughter. The world of spies is not done with him yet. Pakistan’s spymaster wants Edward to work for him.
Deborah Crombie - Garden of Lamentations - 17th book in the series, first in two years. A young woman is found dead in a private garden off Notting Hill. No sign of violence but this is the second death in recent weeks in this piece of London. Gemma investigates. Meanwhile, Kincaid is alerted to questions about a number of other cases and the police activities within them.
Charles Cummings - A Divided Spy - MI6 operative Thomas Kell retired simmering with rage for Moscow. There’s nothing he can do about it until he’s offered a way: try to recruit a specific Russian spy to turn double agent who has certain important knowledge. Kell realizes too late that he’s caught up in someone else’s game, one that will test his loyalties.
Paula Daly - The Trophy Child - Tiger moms are intense as it is. What if she takes it to an even further extreme – to murder to clear the way for her children?
J.P. Delaney - The Girl Before - A European bestseller: “A damaged young woman gets the unique opportunity to rent a one-of-a-kind house. When she falls in love with the sexy, enigmatic architect who designed it, she has no idea she is following in the footsteps of the girl who came before: the house’s former tenant.”
Chris Ewan - Long Time Lost - Nick Miller’s team helps Europeans who need to vanish, vanish. It isn’t legal but it is necessary – ask Nick who has lived under an assumed identity for years. The team hears that one of their people has been found and is to be killed. Saving her will put the team and everyone they’ve ever helped in danger.
Emma Flint - Little Deaths - Based on a 1961 NYC crime. Ruth Malone is a single mother with two small children. She’s a cocktail waitress, working long hours. One night she comes home to find the children gone. The next day her young daughter’s body is found. Ten days later, her son’s. Public and media attention is furious, mostly pointing at her as the prime suspect at worst, a tart and bad mother and all three were the victim of a terrible crime. Or was it something else?
Christopher Fowler - Bryan & May: Strange Tide - 13th with the Peculiar Crimes Unit. The Unit investigates what appears to be an impossible crime. A woman was tied to a post at low tide and drowned as the Thames rose. The only footprints are those of her own shoes. Amber enjoys this series.
Mick Herron - Spook Street - Besides the terrorist bombing that his group of defunct MI6 mates are working on, River Cartwight has his hands full with his old man, a Cold War spy whose grip on reality has gone. Whose responsibility is it to care for a retired spy who knows too much but who can’t be trusted to keep silent?
Jack Higgins - The Midnight Bell - Sean Diller and terrorism.
Val McDermid - Out of Bounds - Landing in the hospital in a coma after a joy-riding crash, a teenager’s routine DNA test links him to a terrorist attack that happened 22 years ago. Insp. Karen Pirie is assigned to investigate. In paper, Splinter in Silence. Fran Recommends This Author.
Carlene O’Connor - Murder at an Irish Wedding - A small Irish town has geared up for a big wedding. The bride is a famous fashion model. The party dwindles when the best man is found murdered in the woods.
James Oswald - Prayer for the Dead - 5th with DI Tony McLean. The search for a missing journalist uncovers death in the caves and passages beneath the Edinburgh streets.
Chris Ould - The Killing Bay - 2nd in the Faroes Islands series. Tensions are high between islanders who hunt whales and international activists who have come to stop the hunt. The confrontation is heated and a woman is found murdered. Detectives Hentze and Reyna realize that the death serves both sides’ purposes so everyone is a suspect.
Ian Rankin - Rather Be the Devil - Constitutionally incapable of being retired, Rebus reopens a case from 40 years ago, that of a noted socialite found dead in a posh hotel. The murder was never solved but people still talk about it. And Rebus still thinks about it… In paper, Even Dogs in the Wild.
Alexander McCall Smith - The Bertie Project - 11th in the 44 Scotland Street series.
Luca Veste - Dead Gone- Liverpool detectives investigate a string of murders, all students at the university, each bearing a letter explaining the scientific experiments that went bad – experiments replicated on the victims.
Now In Paperback
Coming This Spring
Ann Cleeves - Cold Earth
Kate Ellis - The Mermaid's Scream
Elly Griffiths - The Chalk Pit
Jassy Mackenzie - Bad Seeds
Adrian McKinty - Police At The Station And They Don't Look Friendly
G.M. Malliet - Devil's Breath
James Runcie - Sidney Chambers And The Persistence Of Love
Alexander McCall Smith - My Italian Bulldozer
Mystery Specialty Presses
Carroll John Daly - The Snarl of the Beast - “The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 2”, covering stories from Black Mask, 1927-29. This collection also includes a piece by Williams about writing and a scholarly intro by James Madison University Prof. Brooks E. Hefner.
And Six books of stories from the pages of Dime Detective:
D.L. Champion - The Complete Cases of Marino Mercado (Nov., 19.95)
Merle Constiner - The Complete Cases of Dean, Volume 1 (Nov., 24.95)
John Lawrence - The Complete Cases of the Marquis of Broadway, Volume 2 (Nov., 24.95)
Fred MacIsaac - The Complete Cases of the Rambler, Volume 2 (Nov., 19.95)
John K. Butler - The Complete Cases of Steve Midnight, Volume 1 (Nov., 19.95)
Frederick C. Davis - The Complete Cases of Bill Brent, Volume 1 (Nov., 24.95)
Dean Street Press
Crime de Luxe (Feb.) From 1933.
Strange Holiday (Feb.) From 1931, published as The Crime Coast in the US.
What Dread Hand? (Feb.), from 1932.
Arrest the Bishop? (Oct.) From 1949, a pall falls upon the Bishop's Palace. The Rev. Ulder, a malicious and despised man, has been murdered. While the jubilation is kept quiet, nearly everyone had reason to see the horrid man dead.
The Warrielaw Jewel (Oct.) From 1933, an outside is exposed to the odd and secretive Warrielaws of Edinburgh. They're an old family, guarding their secrets as closely as they guard a priceless gem. She'll also be a witness to great crimes.
The Case of Sir Adam Braid - From 1930, the murder of a famous artist - disagreeable to all, friends and family alike - who was known to be about to change his will to leave out yet more people, is found stabbed to death in his London flat. CI Fenn investigates.
The Crime at the 'Noah's Ark' - From 1931. Chess master Dr. Constantine works to uncover the villain amongst a snow-bound group at a hotel. Emeralds have been stolen, automobile tires have been slashed, and a Major known for "horseplay" has been murdered - all at Christmas time.
Death in the Dentist's Chair - From 1932, Constantine is a patient of society dentist Humphrey Davenport and is waiting for his appointment when the doctor locks himself out of his surgery even as Mrs. Miller is inside. When they get the door open they discover the poor woman has had her throat cut. Dr. Constantine works to solve the locked-room mystery.
The Draycott Murder Mystery - From 1928, the owner of an isolated farm is convicted when a beautiful aristocratic woman writer is murdered on his property. But a local man, Allen "Hatter" Fayre, doesn't buy it and begins to investigate anew. The case will hinge on her fountain pen.
He Dies and Makes No Sign - From 1933, her third and last with Dr. Constantine. He probes the murder of an obscure violinist whose granddaughter was to be married to a duchess's son.
The Murder on the Enriqueta - From 1929, published in the US as The Strangler. CI Shad just happens to be crossing the Atlantic aboard the Enriqueta when the shady Mr. Smith is strangled. A steward was the only witness and all he saw was someone in green pajamas with a bandaged face.
Felony & Mayhem
Lenore Glen Offord - My True Love Lies - WWII is just over but San Francisco is still full of military. Noel Bruce plays it straight during the day as a Navy driver but lets loose at night with her bohemian friends. The party is always roaring – until a dead body is found one night in a sculptor’s studio. From 1947, 2nd mystery by the long-time mystery reviewer who won an Edgar for her work.
David Rosenbaum - Zaddik - 1994 Edgar nominee. Dov Taylor is out of everything: no longer married, no longer goes to synagogue, no longer a cop. He’s puzzled then when a rabbi comes to him seeking help solving a murder in the Hassidic community. The rabbi explains that long ago in Dov’s lineage was a famous Polish mystic and the rabbi hopes something was passed down to Dov and that it will help him find the killer.
L.C. Tyler - A Cruel Necessity - From 2014, 1st in a new series set during the Cromwell era in England. Lawyer John Gray is a young man with a taste for women, drink and fun. In 1657, fun is frowned upon. When an agent for the government is found murdered, the tension gets worse.
Hard Case Crime
Erle Stanley Gardner - The Knife Slipped - A lost Bertha Lam and Donald Cool. Intended to be the second in the series in 1939, it was deemed too much for that time – Bertha was too rough, too masculine, “too too”, so it was never published (what weenies!). Until now!
Gregory McDonald - Snatch - Two of his early books, out of print for decades, released in one volume, both about kidnapping.
Poisoned Pen Press
Sulari Gentill - A Decline in Prophets - In 1932, as Europe’s tensions begin to heighten, young and rich Rowland Sinclair has booked passage for a group of artistic types on the RMS Aquitania, sailing for Australia via NYC. Aboard is a broad range of political beliefs, some of them fascist. Clashes erupt and become more violent until the first body drops.
Priscilla Royal - The Proud Sinner - 13th in her Medieval series. In the winter of 1282, several abbots are on their way to see a papal legate when a violent storm strands them at Tyndal Priory. Prioress Eleanor does her best to host them, but one by one, the abbots begin to die off. Is there something wrong in Prioress Eleanor’s kitchen, or is something nefarious going on?
Betty Webb - Desert Vengeance - 9th in her Southwestern series with Lena Jones. When she was a child, Lena was assaulted by her foster father. He’s now out of prison, and Lena is waiting for him. He escapes to the small town of Black Canyon City, but he doesn’t escape a violent death. Lena’s the primary suspect, but not the only one with a motive.
Poisoned Pen: British Library Crime Classics
John Bude - The Lake District Murder - From 1935, by one of the founders of the British Crime Writers Association.
Freeman Wills Crofts - Mystery in the Channel - 1931, published in the US that same year as Mystery in the English Channel.
Maria Angelica Bosco - Death Going Down - A classic by an award winning author known as the Argentinian Christie. Early one morning, on a swanky Buenos Aires street, an elevator opens to reveal a very beautiful and very stylish woman, also very dead.
Reissues of Note
Margery Allingham - The White Cottage Mystery - Her first published mystery, released a year before her first Campion, in 1928.
Hugh Conway and Andrew Lang - Dark Days and Much Darker Days: A Detective Story Club Christmas Annual - From the early 1880s, a ‘shilling shocker’ from a bestselling author who died far too young of typhoid in 1885. Matched with it is the satire of it that was as popular as the original story by Scottish writer Lang.
Donald Hamilton - The Threateners - From ’92, the 26th and penultimate espionage novel with US agent Matt Helm.
Jason Goodwin - Yashim Cooks Istanbul - Fans had asked the Edgar winner for the recipes his detective Yashim cooked up in his mystery novels set in 19th C. Istanbul – so here they are. Goodwin provides the full spectrum of Turkish cuisine and will leave you drooling to read the novels.
In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper - Lawrence Block, ed. - 17 new stories, each with a color reproduction of the Hopper work which inspired it. Authors include, S. King, R.O. Butler, M. Connelly, M. Abbott, J.R. Lansdale, J. Deaver, L. Child and the editor.
John Hughes-Wilson - The Secret State: A History of Intelligence and Espionage - From the classical world to today’s cyber warfare, one of England’s foremost military historians gives us 528 pages of what has worked and what hasn’t, during times of war and times of peace.
Robert Knott - Revelation - 5th with Robert B. Parker’s Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch that he’s done, the 8th overall.
Henning Mankell - Quicksand: What it Means to Be a Human Being - An unsparing and poignant examination of his life by the bestselling Swedish author penned by after his diagnosis of cancer in 2014.
Serhii Plokhy - The Man With the Poison Gun - KGB assassin Bogdan Stashinsky defected to the West in 1961. His tales of Soviet assassinations and spying would shake the world and inspire Ian Fleming to create The Man with the Golden Gun. “A thrilling tale of Soviet spy craft, complete with exploding parcels, elaborately staged cover-ups, double agents, and double crosses, The Man with the Poison Gun offers unparalleled insight into the shadowy world of Cold War espionage.”
Douglas Preston - The Lost City of the Monkey God - From the catalog: “For 500 years, explorers searched for a cursed "Lost City" deep in the Honduran rainforest. Preston was aboard the historic flight that finally mapped out the terrain of an unexplored valley, ringed by impenetrable mountains, using space-age technology. They found not just an ancient city, but a lost civilization. The Lost City of the Monkey God is Preston's eyewitness account of the discovery of the century - a story of ancient curses, modern technology, a vanished culture and a deadly medical mystery.”
Urban Fantasy and Steampunk
Ben Arronovitch - The Hanging Tree - Where the Marble Arch stands today in London was once the Tyburn gallows also known as The Hanging Tree. The walk toward those gallows along Oxford Street and past the Mayfair mansions has a bloody and haunted history as the last trip of the condemned. Some things never change. For both blood and ghosts have returned to those mansions of the super-rich. And it's up to Peter Grant England's last wizard and the Metropolitan Police's reluctant investigator of all things supernatural to get to the bottom of the sinister doings. Fran & Amber Recommend
Keri Arthur - Winter Halo - The humanoid supersoldiers known as the dechet were almost eradicated by the war. Ever since, Tiger has tried to live her life in peace in hiding. But in the wake of her discovery that Central City's children are being kidnapped and experimented on, Tiger's conscience won t let her look the other way. The key to saving them lies within the walls of a pharmaceutical company called Winter Halo. But as she learns more about the facility, Tiger's mission is derailed by a complication: Winter Halo's female security guards are being systematically attacked by an unknown force. Fran & Amber Recommend This Author
Jordanna Max Brodsky - Winter of the Gods - Winter in NY is rough, but that doesn’t stop Selene DiSilva from prowling the streets looking for women in distress. When she finds a dead body atop the Charging Bull statue on Wall Street, she knows that what’s going on isn’t simple homicide. Someone’s sacrificing to one of her peers – one of the ancient gods. In paper, The Immortals. Fran recommends.
E.J. Copperman - Spouse On Haunted Hill - Where Alison Kerby's ex-husband goes, trouble follows. This time, unfortunately, he's brought that trouble right to her doorstep. On the run from a business deal gone bad, Steven, aka the Swine, owes some scary people a staggering sum of money. No need to panic, though. He has a plan: Sell Alison's Jersey Shore guesthouse to pay them off. Before Alison has a chance to read Steven the riot act, he disappears after a mysterious man trailing him ends up full of bullet holes. Now the police are next to darken her doorway. For all his faults, Steven is still the father of Alison's daughter, so with the help of ghosts Maxie and Paul, Alison sets out to find her ex and clear him of the murder. But if the bad guys get to him first, he may not have a ghost of a chance...
Jennifer David Hesse - Bell, Book and Candlemas - Family lawyer and practicing Wiccan tries to help when her local New Age bookshop is targeted for threats. The Wiccan holiday of Candlemas is near and it should be a time of celebration. Instead, it is a time of fear.
Richard Kadrey - The Wrong Dead Guy - Generally, Coop tries to steal things he can sell. But when he lifts a not-quite-dead and very lovesick mummy, things just go wrong. Especially when the mummy escapes, and Coop’s boss blames him! In paper, The Everything Box and The Perdition Score. Fran recommends.
Carrie Vaughn - Martians Abroad - Polly Newton’s plans to be a starship pilot are derailed when her mother, Director of the Mars Colony, sends Polly and her genius twin brother to the Galileo Academy on Earth. But strange things begin to happen to their classmates. Can Polly and Charlie figure it out? Fran Recommends This Writer.
Sam Wilson - Zodiac - Detectives Jerome Burton and astrological profiler Lindi Childs live in a world where everyone is divided by their zodiac sign. What sign you happened to have been born in determines everything about your life – whether you’re rich or not. Burton and Childs are under great pressure. Someone is killing people from all different signs and it is their job to figure out what the killer is doing and to stop him. Debut novel from a South African writer.
Special Interest: Geek
Max Wirestone - The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss - In her second appearance, Dahlia Moss encouraged by an anonymous internet commentator to attend a gaming tournament. Wary as she is to trust a stranger, she goes and finds out the identity of her anonymous friend – because he’s been murdered at the convention.
Now In Paperback
Anne Bishop - Marked in Flesh - Fran & Amber Recommend
Patricia Briggs - Fire Touched
John Connolly & Jennifer Ridyard - Dominion
Joe Hill - The Fireman - Fran recommends.
John Sandford and Ctein - Saturn Run - Fran HIGHLY recommends.
Coming This Spring
Anne Bishop - Etched In Bone - Fran & Amber Recommend
Adam Christopher - Standard Hollywood Depravity - Amber Recommends
Seanan McGuire - Magic for Nothing - Fran recommends this series
Chloe Neill - Blade Bound - Fran & Amber Recommend
Lilith Saintcrow - Cormorant Run - Fran recommends this series
Lynn Cahoon - Fatality by Firelight - Colorado B&B owner Kat Latimer starts off her Winter season with a writer’s retreat. One of the romance writers falls in with a local ski bum who is engaged. When he’s found dead in a hot tub and the woman is found covered in blood, the plot seems to have been completed. Kat doesn’t think so.
Judith Flanders - A Cast of Vultures - 3rd with London book editor Sam Clair. Dealing with a crushing hangover the morning after a book-launch party, Clair is stunned to find herself sucked into mess of arson, a charred body and a missing neighbor. Then there are the off-the-rack thugs threatening her and her assistant.
Amanda Flowers - Pros And Cons - October in Cascade Springs means tourists are pouring in for the annual Food and Wine Festival, and Daisy hopes to draw those crowds to the store. She asks Violet and the local writing group, the Red Inkers, to give a reading of the works of Edgar Allan Poe in the shop's back garden to entertain the revelers. Everyone eagerly agrees. Yet their enthusiasm is soon extinguished when Violet discovers one of the writers dead during the event. After the shop magically tells Violet she ll need to rely on Poe's works to solve the murder, she enlists the help of her trusty tuxedo cat, Emerson, and the shop's crow, Faulkner. But they must act fast before someone else's heart beats nevermore...
Lee Matthew Goldberg - The Mentor - Kyle Broder’s dream job as an editor at a big publishing house turns to ashes when his favorite college professor turns on him. The man had submitted a novel and Broder found it terrible and depraved. His mentor begins to torment Broder and his wife, attacking his job and threatening his life. As Broder tries to figure out how this man he loved could become so evil, he discovers crimes at the college that could be, might be, linked to his mentor.
Lee Irby - Unreliable - Failed novelist and upstate NY college writing teacher Edwin Stith is honest and upfront about being a liar. Just home from his mother’s wedding to a much younger man in Richmond, Edwin learns his wife has been murdered. Did he do it? Would he tell you if he had? If a man admits to being a liar, can you believe anything he tells you? A comic thrill ride.
Miranda James - Twelve Angry Librarians - 8th with widowed librarian Charlie Harris. She’s tapped to give the opening address at a library meeting but her old nemesis from library school is there and it throws her off. When he’s found murdered it gets worse. In paper, No Cats Allowed. Pen name of Dean James.
Charlie Lovett - The Lost Book of the Grail - English professor Arthur Prescott is most happy when he’s surrounded by old volumes within the Barchester Cathedral library. He’s on a private mission to hunt down a mythical book that will tie the construction of the building to the grail legend – and maybe find the missing written history that would lead to the grail itself.
Molly MacRae - Plaid and Plagiarism - 1st in a new biblio series. The new owners of the Highland Bookshop are ready to take possession of the shop with just a few short weeks before the annual Inversgail Literature Festival is set to begin. They’re puzzled when they begin running into all sorts of problems, some of them ominous and threatening.
James Patterson - The Store - Set in the near future where you can order and receive anything you want from The Store. Not only that but it anticipates what you might want or like and sends that to you, too. The public unthinkingly loves this but some do not. Among those are Jacob and Megan, writers in NYC whose livelihood is threatened by The Store’s policies. So they decide to write a book about the corporation and head to the Midwest to investigate it. They’ll find that The Store will do whatever it takes to protect its secrets, power, and profits.
Paige Shelton - Bookman Dead Style - 2nd with Clare Henry and her grandfather who repairs typewriters and books. During their Utah town’s film festival, a movie star is accused of murdering his sister. Clare doesn’t believe it.
Now In Paperback
Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli - A Most Curious Murder
Coming This Spring
BiblioMystery True Crime
Anders Rydell - The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance - An account of what the Nazis did to libraries and the librarians who worked to undo the damage – think Monuments Men for books.
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