December 2014/January 2015
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Adams, Jane A. Paying the Ferryman (SH, 28.95) Dec. Retired police detective Naomi Blake is called in when a double murder leads back to the last case she handled before she was blinded.
Anekwe, Adolphus A. Mark of the Beast (STM, 25.99) Jan. When a medical researcher discovers a genetic marker that indicates the carrier is prone to psychotic violence, she comes under attack from those who want to stop her research at any cost.
Axelrod, Steven. Nantucket Five-spot (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Jan. A threat to blow up the summer Boston Pops concert on Nantucket brings agents from the Department of Homeland Security to help the island police chief deal with the situation.
Bannister, Jo. Perfect Sins (STM, 25.99) Dec. Police constable Hazel Best investigates when an archaeologist excavating outside of town discovers that what he thought was a burial mound contains the bones of a child dead for three decades.
Beauman, Ned. Glow (Knopf, 25.95) Jan. A young man suffering from a rare sleep disorder who spends his nights at raves discovers a mysterious connection between a new designer drug, the disappearance of Burmese immigrants, and the strange behavior of foxes in London in a comic thriller.
Bertsch, David Riley. River of No Return (SS, 26.99) Jan. Wyoming fishing guide and sometimes PI Jake Trent reconnects with an old girlfriend, now a DC lobbyist, and must call on her when a friend’s girlfriend disappears in Mexico.
Blevins, Win and Meredith Blevins. Moonlight Water (STM, 25.99) Jan. A burnt-out rock star fakes his own death and finds a new life among the Navajo, where he helps a park ranger protect the area’s artifacts.
Burgess, Matt. Uncle Janice (BDD, 25.95) Jan. A well-written book set on the mean streets of Queens where an NYPD narcotics officer goes undercover to fight the never-ending and futile war on drugs.
Carver, Tania. The Doll’s House (Peg, 25.95) Dec. When the eviscerated body of a woman is found inside an ordinary suburban home, with the inside decorated as if it were a doll’s house, DI Phil Brennan must find a twisted killer.
Chazin, Suzanne. Land of Careful Shadows (Ken, 24.00) Dec. A Latino homicide detective in an upstate New York town investigates when the body of a murdered Hispanic woman is found with a note advising her to go back to her country, but the photograph of a baby girl in her handbag indicates that the murder may be more than a hate crime in an engrossing debut.
Childs, Laura. Scorched Eggs (Brk, 25.95) Dec. When the County Services building goes up in flames and one of the workers is killed, the women from the Cackleberry Club suspect arson and murder, and vow to smoke out a killer.
Cleland, Jane K. Blood Rubies (STM, 25.99) Dec. Antiques expert Josie Prescott is asked to appraise a Fabergé snow globe, but when she arrives she finds the body of an investment banker and the globe smashed to bits.
Collett, Chris. Dead of Night (SH, 26.95) Jan. Birmingham DCI Tom Mariner and his team investigate the disappearance of the daughter of a local council member when it turns into something sinister.
Conrad, Hy. Mr. Monk and the New Lieutenant (NAL, 23.95) Jan. Monk and Natalie must investigate when their police captain friend becomes the target of a killer, and the only one who can help them is his insufferable new lieutenant.
Coyle, Cleo. Once Upon a Grind (Brk, 26.95) Dec. Clare finds the body of a murdered model in Central Park during a fairy-tale themed event, but the police dismiss the death as a drug overdose, even though suspects abound, including a wolf of Wall Street and a wicked witch of the West Side.
Depp, Daniel. Devil’s Dance (SH, 28.95) Jan. LA PI David Spandau takes a job investigating who is trying to sabotage a comeback director in a case that brings together Hollywood moguls and mobsters.
Dorsey, Tim. Sharkskin Suite (HC, 26.99) Jan. Psychopath and defender of justice Serge Storms helps a young attorney go after the scammers and sociopaths responsible for Florida’s foreclosure crisis. Unfortunately, a number of the most outrageous stories are all too true.
Estleman, Loren D. You Know Who Killed Me (STM, 24.99) Dec. Fresh out of rehab, Amos Walker is hired to run down anonymous tips in the case of a suburban man found murdered in his basement.
Fowler, Christopher. Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart (Ban, 26.00) Dec. The seven ravens of the Tower of London have disappeared, and Bryant and May and their colleagues at the Peculiar Crimes Unit are on the case, a case that could have grave consequences for the British realm.
Fredrickson, Jack. Silence the Dead (SH, 28.95) Jan. A mystery based on a real-life murder case that begins with the exhumation of the corpse of a teenager shot decades earlier, the discovery that the body in the grave belongs to someone else, and the realization that the cover-up continues to the present day.
Gerritsen, Tess. Die Again (Ball, 27.00) Jan. When a taxidermist and avid hunter is found eviscerated in his home, Rizzoli and Isles trace the crime to a Botswana safari on which his son disappeared six years before—and to unsolved killings across the U.S.
Graves, Sarah. Winter at the Door (Ban, 26.00) Jan. In the first of a new series, a woman moves to Maine to accept a position with the county sheriff’s department hoping to find her missing niece, but she’s soon involved in the case of suspicious deaths of retired policemen in the area.
Griner, Paul. Second Life (Per, 25.00) Jan. A disgraced, former body broker, now working for a medical examiner while on parole, discovers that the body of her friend has disappeared and rushes to find it because she knows what can happen to a body after death. Gruesomely good.
Grippando, James. Cane and Abe (HC, 24.99) Jan. A Miami prosecutor comes under suspicion when his new wife goes missing while the FBI is working on the case of a savage serial killer in South Florida.
Hall, James W. The Big Finish (STM, 25.99) Dec. Thorn is deceived by the FBI that his son has been killed and is sent undercover to a small Carolina town to find the gang who killed him, but he discovers that his son is still alive and is involved with a dangerous woman who wants to attack a local hog farming operation that has been destroying the environment of the area.
Hall, Parnell. Puzzled Indemnity (STM, 24.99) Jan. The Puzzle Lady agrees to help an attorney who wants to find out if her client’s philandering husband is planning to kill her to collect the insurance money, but a car bomb raises the stakes to murder.
Hannah, Sophie. The Carrier (Put, 27.95) Jan. In the latest Zailer and Waterhouse mystery, a woman is forced by a delayed plane to share a room with a terrified young woman who tells her that the man she loves is innocent of murdering his wife, a crime to which he has confessed.
Harrison, Mette Ivie. The Bishop’s Wife (Soho, 26.95) Jan. The wife of a Mormon bishop investigates when a young wife and mother disappears from their small Utah town, leaving her young daughter behind, but the more she looks into the matter, the more she suspects the husband of having murdered his wife in a strong debut mystery.
Hawkins, Paula. The Girl on the Train (Riv, 26.95) Jan. A debut novel of psychological suspense about a divorced woman who is obsessed with her ex-husband, and when his London neighbor disappears, she becomes the main suspect.
Higgins, Jack. Rain on the Dead (Put, 26.95) Dec. Sean Dillon and Capt. Sara Gideon of a secret British antiterrorist unit happen to be on hand to foil a terrorist plot against a former U.S. president on Nantucket.
Hill, Susan. The Soul of Discretion (Png, 26.95) Jan. CS Simon Serailler is asked by the Chief Constable to work undercover in the cathedral town of Lafferton to catch criminals among the town’s most respected citizens.
Hoag, Tami. Cold Cold Heart (Dut, 27.95) Jan. A former sports reporter from Minneapolis returns to her Indiana hometown after being tortured and raped by a serial killer and begins to investigate the disappearance of her best friend after high-school graduation seven years before.
Hogan, Phil. A Pleasure and a Calling (STM, 25.00) Dec. A brilliantly creepy novel of psychological suspense about an estate agent in an English village who keeps the keys of the houses he sells to enter the homes surreptitiously and spy on the owners, but when he falls in love with a young woman who is involved with a married man, his efforts to discredit the lover have deadly results.
James, Bill. Disclosures (SH, 28.95) Dec. London policeman Harpur and Iles have minor roles in this procedural that concentrates on local gang leader Ralph Ember.
James, Diane. Swimming in the Shadows (SH, 28.95) Dec. A woman who left her unhappy marriage and set herself up in a quiet village in the Yorkshire Dales with a new identity is torn whether to reveal her identity when two girls are murdered.
James, Miranda. Arsenic and Old Books (Brk, 25.95) Jan. Asked to authentic some alleged Civil War diaries, librarian Charlie Harris and his sleuthing partner Diesel the cat are plunged into a current mystery when a reporter disappears.
Jerkins, Grant and Jan Thomas. Done in One (STM, 25.99) Jan. A police sniper, himself suffering the psychic toll of his job, fears that his mentor may be the rogue sharpshooter responsible for killing cops.
Kahn, Ausma Zehenat. The Unquiet Dead (STM, 25.99) Jan. A powerful debut police procedural set in Toronto, with a second-generation Canadian Muslim who investigates the death of a man who turns out to be the Serb who oversaw the slaughter of thousands of Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica.
Kahn, Michael A. The Sirena Quest (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp. A standalone mystery about a St. Louis lawyer who agrees to join the quest when a wealthy alum of his prestigious New England college offers a $25 million for the return of the statue of a beautiful woman missing from the college for thirty-five years.
Kava, Alex. Breaking Creed (Put, 26.95) Jan. Ryder Creed, a former Marine who trains search-and-rescue dogs teams up with FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell when his dogs discover a cache of humans in a Colombian cargo ship suspected of running drugs and the cartel comes after him.
Lane, Harriet Her (LB, 26.00) Jan. A novel of psychological suspense about an affluent artist who offers her help to a former friend, but clearly for ulterior motives that we only gradually come to see.
Lawson, M.A. Viking Bay (Png, 26.95) Jan. Former DEA agent Kay Hamilton joins the mysterious Callahan Group to help broker a deal for U.S. access to Afghan lithium deposits, but when the deals blows up, she must find out who betrayed them.
Loehfelm, Bill. Doing the Devil’s Work (FSG, 26.00) Jan. NOLA police officer Maureen Coughlin is faced with a mysterious corpse and a police department filled with corruption and dysfunction in the third in the series. Highly recommended.
Margolin, Phillip. Woman with a Gun (HC, 26.99) Dec. A woman is so struck by a photograph in a NYC museum of a woman holding a gun that she travels to Oregon to discover the backstory of a murder years before.
Mariaffi, Elisabeth de. Devil You Know (SS, 24.99) Jan. A Toronto reporter tries to discover who killed a friend of hers when she was 11 years old, and she may herself be stalked by the same man. I loved this.
Masterman, Becky. Fear the Darkness (STM, 25.99) Jan. Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn finds her life in Tucson is disrupted when she agrees to help a couple by looking into the death of their son. Masterman is excellent. Signing.
McBride, Eve. No Worst, There Is None (Dundurn, 25.99) Dec. A compelling debut focusing on a family’s grief after an eleven-year-old girls is sexually assaulted and murdered told from multiple points of view including that of the murderer.
McDermid, Val. The Skeleton Road (Atl, 25.00) DCI Karen Pirie investigates the murder of an intelligence expert with ties to the Croatian army when a skeleton is found atop an Edinburgh building slated for demotion.
McEvoy, John. High Stakes (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Dec. Horse racing enthusiast Jack Doyle goes to Ireland to see a jockey friend win a major award, and is asked to help a bookmaker who’s had several suspicious accidents. A nicely horsey series.
Miller, Carol. A Nip of Murder (STM, 25.99) Dec. In the second in the Appalachian-set series filled with charm and moonshine, waitress Daisy McGovern is trying to convert her diner into a bakery, but when she suffers a robbery and finds one of the thieves dead on the floor, she must take time out to find a killer.
Myers, Amy. Classic Cashes In (SH, 28.95) Jan. A longstanding family dispute between the buyers and sellers of a 1936 Packard leads to murder in the latest case for the car detective.
O’Mara, Tim. Dead Red (STM, 25.99) Jan. NYC schoolteacher, formerly a policeman, Raymond Donne investigates when a friend from the force is shot and killed in his taxi in a case that may be tied to an investigation of the disappearance of a PR mogul’s daughter.
Oust, Gail. Kill ‘Em with Cayenne (STM, 25.99) Dec. When one of two rivals is killed during the Brandywine Creek Barbecue Festival, spice shop owner Piper Prescott vows to find the killer in a well-seasoned cozy set in a small Georgia town.
Patterson, James and Maxine Paetro. Private Vegas (LB, 28.00) Jan. PI Jack Morgan goes to Las Vegas when a hunt for two criminals leads him to a murder ring that is seductively threatening in a way he’s never seen before.
Pelecanos, George. The Martini Shot (LB, 25.00) Jan. A collection of short stories and a novella by the master of contemporary noir.
Perry, Thomas. A String of Beads (Grove, 26.00) Jan. Jane Whitefield agrees to help out her Seneca clan by finding a now-fugitive friend from the rez accused of shooting a man, but she soon discovers that the mission is far from easy when some mob-related bad guys try to kill him first.
Purser, Ann. Suspicion at Seven (Brk, 25.95) Dec. Lois Meade investigates when a woman is found murdered at the local hotel and the only clue is a bag of costume jewelry left by the body.
Pyne, Daniel. Fifty Mice (Png, 26.95) Jan. An ordinary guy is abducted and told that he has been put in the Witness Protection Program because of a murder investigation, and as his memory of events reveals itself, he struggles to discover the truth.
Rotella, Sebastian. The Convert’s Song (LB, 26.00) Dec. A former Border Patrol agent working as a PI in Argentina runs across an old friend from Chicago, who later becomes implicated in a terrorist attack at a shopping mall, and to clear his name he joins forces with a French agent to find his former friend.
Seskis, Tina. One Step Too Far (HC, 25.99) Jan. A runaway wife leaves Manchester to make a new life for herself in London, but in the midst of her exciting new life, she recalls the secret that made her leave in a novel of psychological suspense.
Sherm, Rebecca. Unbecoming (Vik, 27.95) Jan. A debut novel of suspense about an art heist that goes bad, but not before the small-town woman who planned it makes off with a stolen canvas on an airplane to Europe in a twisty study of slippery identity.
Simsion, Graeme. The Rosie Effect (SS, 25.99) Jan. Geneticist Don Tillman is shocked when his new wife Rosie tells him she is pregnant in the sequel to the wonderfully funny Rosie Project.
Stacy, Lyndon. Nothing but Lies (SH, 28.95) Dec. Ex-cop Daniel Whelan and his trained police dog Taz agree to help a friend whose fiancée is being stalked, and a fatal hit-and-run reveals that a homicidal psychopath is lurking in the neighborhood.
Sullivan, Mark. Thief (STM, 26.99) Dec. A former CIA agent who has worked as a thief for years breaks into the mansion of shady investor and political power intending a little wealth distribution, but he discovers the lead to a South American tribe that may have the secret of eternal life.
Turner, Tom. Palm Beach Nasty (Perm, 29.00) Jan. A debut mystery featuring a NYC homicide detective who moves to Palm Beach and who is handed the case of a murdered small-time crook, an investigation made more difficult when the main suspect is a billionaire playboy who feels his wealth makes him immune from the law.
Walker, Casey. Last Days in Shanghai (Per, 26.00) Dec. The aide to a California congressman with presidential aspirations loses his boss on a night of drinking during a trip to China and finds himself accepting a briefcase full of bribe money from the local mayor, but after the mayor turns up dead, the situation veers out of control in a funny, all-too-plausible debut.
Wiley, Michael. Blue Avenue (SH, 28.95) Dec. A Jacksonville, Florida business man and his employee pursue a serial killer who has just murdered his first love, and his quest to find out what happened to her in life and in death uncovers some unpleasant secrets in a noir first of a series.
Wisniewski, Mark. Watch Me Go (Put, 26.95) Jan. A man who hauls trash in the Bronx travels upstate to dump a sealed oil drum finds himself the main suspect in the murders of three men, and it takes the help of a young jockey who testifies about corruption at the Finger Lakes racetrack to save him.
Woods, Stuart. Insatiable Appetites (Put, 27.95) Jan. Stone Barrington remains enmeshed in politics even after his friend is elected to the presidency when a first-term congressman goes public with a story that will taint his party.
Zurkova, Krassi. Wildalone (HC, 25.99) Jan. When a woman from Eastern Europe becomes a freshman at Princeton, she begins a relationship with an enigmatic young man and his equally mysterious brother, and she becomes drawn into a sensual underworld that threatens them all in a debut novel of paranormal suspense.
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Cavender, Chris. The Missing Dough (Ken, 7.99) Jan.
Child, Lee. Bad Luck and Trouble (BDD, 9.99) Dec. Reissue.
Childs, Laura. Eggs in a Casket (Brk, 7.99) Dec.
Conrad, Hy. Mr. Monk is Open for Business (NAL, 7.99) Dec.
Cook, Robin. Cell (Brk, 9.99) Dec.
Deaver, Jeffrey. The Kill Room (GC, 10.00) Dec.
Grippando, James. Black Horizon (HC, 9.99) Dec.
Hagberg, David. Blood Pact (STM, 8.99) Jan.
Higgins, Jack. The Death Trade (Brk, 9.99) Dec.
Hunter, Stephen. Sniper’s Honor (Pkt, 9.99) Jan.
Jance, J.A. Moving Target (Pkt, 9.99) Jan.
Krenz, Jayne Ann. River Road (Brk, 7.99) Jan.
Laukkanen, Owen. Kill Fee (Brk, 9.99) Dec.
Lee, Patrick. Runner (STM, 9.99) Dec.
Levine, Laura. Killing Cupid (Ken, 7.99) Jan.
Mansbach, Adam. The Dead Run (HC, 7.99) Dec.
Meltzer, Brad. The Fifth Assassin (GC, 10.00) Dec.
Patterson, James and David Ellis. The Mistress (GC, 10.00) Dec.
Patterson, James and Michael Ledwidge. Gone (GC, 10.00) Jan.
Picoult, Jodi. Salem Falls (Pkt, 7.99) Dec.
Rollins, James and Grant Blackwood. The Kill Switch (HC, 9.99) Jan.
Rosenfelt, David. Without Warning (STM, 7.99) Dec.
Slaughter, Karin. Cop Town (BDD, 9.99) Jan.
Woods, Stuart. Carnal Curiosity (NAL, 9,99) Dec.
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Alan, Isabella. Murder, Served Simply (NAL, 7.99) Dec. Angie and her knitting circle are on the case when an actress in an Amish-themed Christmas play is found dead and tensions rise between Rolling Brook and its Amish community.
Alexander, Ellie. Meet your Baker (STM, 7.99) Jan. In the first of a new cozy series, a pastry chef returns to her small Oregon hometown to help in her mother’s bakery, but when a troublemaking newcomer is murdered, she discovers that there are some unsavory characters in town, one of whom is a murderer.
Allen, Beverly. For Whom the Bluebell Tolls (Brk, 7.99) Jan. When one of the hosts of a wedding reality show that is featuring her floral creations is found dead and her ex is the main suspect, floral designer Audrey Bloom must weed out the real killer.
Becker, James. Knights of the Lord (NAL, 9.99) Dec. When an antiquarian bookseller finds an ancient parchment, she enlists the help of an encryption expert, sending them on a hunt for a missing Templar fortune.
Blackwell, Juliet. Keeper of the Castle (NAL, 7.99) Dec. Mel’s boyfriend wants her to check on paranormal activity in ancient Scottish building he is reconstructing, but when they find a body, she needs to find a killer in the fifth in the haunted home renovation series.
Bourbon, Melissa. A Seamless Murder (NAL, 7.99) Jan. When one of a local women’s group is found dead in the cemetery, Harlow Jane sets out to cuff the killer once and for all.
Brown, Duffy. Geared for the Grave (Brk, 7.99) Dec. In the first in a cozy, new series set on Mackinac Island, a resourceful visitor investigates when a prominent local is killed while bicycling through town.
Burdette, Lucy. Death with all the Trimmings (NAL, 7.99) Dec. When she is assigned to interview the chef/owner of Key West’s newest hot restaurant, food critic Hayley Snow must investigate a murder after the restaurant is set on fire and a charred body is found in the ashes.
Christopher, Paul. Secret of the Templars (NAL, 9.99) Jan. Retired Army Ranger John Holliday vows to avenge the brutal murders of his niece and her fiancé, but he stumbles upon a conspiracy linking the Roman Catholic Church and an art forgery tied to the Nazis.
Cook, J.J. In Hot Water (Brk, 7.99) Jan. Fire Chief Stella Griffin must solve a mysterious lake house murder that killed a local congressman in the third in this fiery cozy series.
Copperman, E.J. Inspector Specter (Brk, 7.99) Dec. After asking for the help of Alison and her ghostly friends in the death of her former partner, a skeptical policewoman disappears.
Curtis, Waverly. The Chihuahua Always Sniffs Twice (Ken, 7.99) Dec. Aspiring PI Geri and her chihuahua Pepe investigate when the dogs to whom a wealthy woman left all her money are being poisoned, but they soon discover that it’s not just the dogs that are in danger.
Davis, Krista. The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer (Brk, 7.99) Dec. In the second in this cozy series, Holly’s dog and kitten find a body in a hotel’s haunted bathhouse, and she realizes that there isn’t a ghost of a chance it’s an accident.
Hale, Rebecca M. Aground on St. Thomas (Brk, 7.99) Dec. The tropical island paradise is shut down while the FBI hunts for a corrupt governor and two senators, but one of the senators is innocent, and joins forces with the other to escape wrongful arrest.
Hardy, Susannah. Feta Attraction (Brk, 7.99) Jan. The manager of a Greek restaurant in upstate New York must investigate when her husband disappears after her main competitor is found dead in the first of a new series.
Harris, Sherry. Tagged for Death (Ken, 7.99) Dec. In the first of a new series, a woman whose husband has run off with a nineteen-year-old girl spends her time going to yard sales looking for treasures, but when she discovers one of her former husband’s shirts covered in blood in a bag of bargains, she must save him from a murder rap.
Husom, Christine. Snow Way Out (Brk, 7.99) Jan. In the first in a crafty new series, curio shop owner Cami Brooks finds the body of a man stabbed in the back in a town park—a scene identical to one in a snow globe she’s just seen.
Hyzy, Julie. All the President’s Menus (Brk, 7.99) Jan. White House executive chef Olivia Paras must hunt for a killer when a tour of foreign chefs ends in murder.
Jaffarian, Sue Ann. Ghost in the Guacamole (Brk, 7.99) Jan. With the help of her ancestor Granny Apples, a spirit medium tries to help two sisters feuding over the family business and prevent one murder while solving another.
Kelly, Diane. Paw and Order (STM, 7.99) Jan. Fort Worth police officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner Brigit are after a mugger who is targeting tourists at the annual stock show and rodeo, but when he turns up dead, they must find a murderer.
Laurie, Victoria. No Ghouls Allowed (NAL, 7.99) Jan. When they visit her father’s home, M.J. and the Ghoul Getters find that the plantation house that his fiancée is renovating may be plagued by spirited saboteurs.
Lavene, Joyce and Jim. Spell Booked (Brk, 7.99) Dec. In the first in a new paranormal cozy series, three aging witches must recruit and train three new witches, but when one of them is killed and their precious spellbook stolen, the two find themselves facing a dangerous young witch.
Lee, Elizabeth. Snoop to Nuts (Brk, 7.99) Jan. When someone dies after eating one of her grandmother’s treats from the Nut House, Lindy must find a not-so-nutty killer.
LoTempio, T. C. Meow if it’s Murder (Brk, 7.99) Dec. In the first of a new series, a crime reporter and her cat suspect that the fatal accident of a local socialite was really murder, but it’s going to take all of her wits and her cat’s nine lives to catch a killer.
Pressey, Rose. If You’ve Got It, Haunt It (Ken, 7.99) Dec. A woman who opens a vintage clothing shop in a small Georgia town discovers that among the gorgeous clothing she bought at an estate sale is the ghost of the socialite who wants her to find a murderer in the first of a new series.
Price, Cate. Lie of the Needle (Brk, 7.99) Jan. Notion shop owner Daisy Buchanan must pin down a killer when the hunky male pin-ups of the historical society’s fund-raising calendar are targeted by murder.
Purser, Ann. Scandal at Six (Brk, 7.99) Dec. When her daughter’s store is overrun with reptiles and insects, Lois Mead investigates only to find a seemingly unhinged zookeeper and a suspicious death at the zoo in the latest in this charming village mystery series.
Rosen, Delia. Fry me a Liver (Ken, 7.99) Jan. When a van comes crashing through the roof of her deli, Gwen is trapped inside with a Nashville mayoral candidate, and must discover who was the intended victim of the attack.
Wait, Lea. Twisted Threads (Ken, 7.99) Jan. When the body of her mother who disappeared when she was a child is found, a woman returns to her Maine hometown, but her joyful reunion with an old friend who has started a needle-working business turns deadly when a shady business associate is found murdered in the first of a new series.
Wenger, Christine. Diners, Drive-ins, and Death (NAL, 7.99) Jan. Trixie is helping her friend open a drive-in movie theater next to her diner, but when her friend’s missing fiancé turns up dead, she must turn to finding a killer.
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Allende, Isabel. Ripper (HC, 15.99) Jan. When her mother disappears after a string of murders have rocked San Francisco, the daughter of the deputy homicide chief uses her own investigative skills to find her.
Baker, Tiffany. Mercy Snow (GC, 15.00) Jan. When her brother is blamed for a tragic bus accident, a young woman vows to save him, putting her at odds with the wife of the local paper mill owner, who has her own secrets to hide.
Billingham, Mark. From the Dead (Per, 16.00) Jan. DCI Thorne investigates when a woman who has spent 10 years in prison for killing her husband receives an anonymous letter with his photograph—alive and well.
Clark, Mary Jane. That Old Black Magic (HC, 14.99) Jan. Piper must find a killer in New Orleans’ French quarter in a mystery of history, voodoo, and murder.
Collins, Wilkie. The Dead Secret (Per, 15.95) Jan. A classic novel of mystery set in a Cornish mansion by the Victorian master of crime novels.
Deaver, Jeffrey. Trouble in Mind (GC, 15.00) Dec. The third volume of collected short stories, including four written especially for this collection.
Doughty, Louise. Apple Tree Yard (FSG, 16.00) Jan. A woman—a wife, mother, and successful scientist--on trial with her lover for murder thinks back on the events leading to her being in the dock in a suspenseful novel of obsession and betrayal.
Elo, Elisabeth. North of Boston (Png, 16.00) Jan. A young woman the daughter of a Russian immigrant is on a fishing boat that is rammed by a freighter, killing the boat’s captain, leading her to question whether the tragic incident was indeed an accident—or part of something more sinister.
Finch, Paul. Sacrifice (HC, 14.99) Jan. A London detective must hunt a calendar killer who’s on the loose in London, publicly and gruesomely murdering people on holidays.
French, Nicci. Waiting for Wednesday (Png, 16.00) Jan. When a London mother of three is found dead in a pool of blood, psychotherapist Frieda Klein is called in and discovers that the victim has led a lurid secret life that her family wants to keep under wraps.
Gordon, Alex. Gideon (HC, 14.99) Jan. In a debut paranormal thriller, a woman discovers that her father has another name and a different past, so she follows the only clue—the name of a town—to solve the mystery of his past and hers.
Graham, L.T. The Blue Journal (Prom, 15.95) Jan. In the first of a new series, an NYPD detective who has taken a police job in Connecticut investigates the shooting death of a woman whose diary describes in explicit detail her many sexual encounters, including with the members of her therapy group—as well as their husbands.
Griffiths, Elly. The Outcast Dead (HMH, 14.95) Jan. Archaeologist Ruth Galloway uncovers the bones of a notorious Victorian child murderer, while DCI Harry Nelson is working on a case of three murdered children in Norfolk. Highly recommended.
Hannah, Sophie. The Orphan Choir (STM, 16.00) Jan. A woman who is driven mad by the sound of loud choral music comes to realize that only she can hear it and believes it to be a sinister warning in a novel of psychological suspense.
Hayes, Samantha. Until You’re Mine (RH, 15.00) Jan. With her husband away and her pregnancy and her job taking her from her family, a woman hires a nanny for the children, but she begins to feel suspicious, especially after pregnant women are being violently attacked. Highly recommended.
Hayes, Terry. I Am Pilgrim (SS, 16.00) Dec. An award-winning debut thriller featuring an American intelligence agent who must fight a conspiracy to commit an appalling crime against humanity. If you are looking for a keep-you-up-at-night thriller, here it is.
Javorsky, Earl. Down Solo (Per, 13.95) Dec. A PI investigating a case of fraud, gold, and religious zealots awakes to find himself on a slab in the morgue with a bullet in his head and that his beloved teenaged daughter has been abducted.
Jones, Stephen Lloyd. The String Diaries (Mull, 16.00) Jan. A family is haunted by a centuries-old monster—an obsessed man who can take on any identity in a thriller that moves from the present day back to Hungary 200 years ago.
Katzenbach, John. Just Cause (Per, 15.00) Dec. A Miami reporter begins to believe an African-American death-row inmate who swears he is innocent of murdering a white woman, but his investigation disturbs the real killer, who is not finished killing.
Kernick, Simon. The Last 10 Seconds (SS, 15.00) Dec. A London DI discovers that the killings by a serial killer are part of a wider criminal conspiracy, a conspiracy that has been infiltrated by an undercover cop, and neither may survive.
King, Maggie. Murder at the Book Group (SS, 15.00) Dec. A charming debut cozy featuring members of a book group who concentrate on mysteries with a shared geographical setting, and when one of the co-founders dies of cyanide poisoning, the other co-founder hunts for the killer. The Clues book club is safe, I swear.
Kinnings, Max. Baptism (Quer, 14.99) Jan. A London hostage negotiator must stop a religious fanatic with a chilling disregard for human life.
Koryta, Michael. Those Who Wish Me Dead (LB, 16.00) Jan. After he witnesses a murder, a boy is placed into a new life, hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens in Montana, but the murderers are on his trail and will do anything to silence him.
LaPlante, Lynda. Wrongful Death (HC, 15.99) Jan. DCI Anna Travis reopens the case of the suicide of a London nightclub owner with the help of an FBI agent who’s in Europe doing research on forensic psychology, a pairing that’s often uncomfortable.
Lippman, Laura. Baltimore Blues (HC, 14.99) Jan. A reissue of the first in the series featuring PI Tess Monahan. Bosco wants you to know that she has a greyhound.
McBeth, Collette. Precious Thing (STM, 15.99) Jan. When her childhood friend goes missing—perhaps abducted, perhaps a suicide—a television reporter discovers that she didn’t really her at all.
McHugh, Laura. The Weight of Blood (RH, 16.00) Jan. A teenaged girl whose mother disappeared years before vows to find her missing friend, but when she discovers her friend’s necklace in an abandoned trailer on her family’s property, she begins to fear that the two disappearances are connected to her family in a debut mystery set in the Ozarks.
Miller, Emma. Plain Killing (Ken, 15.00) Jan. When bed-and-breakfast owner Rachel Mast discovers the body of a young woman who also left the Amish church, she works as a liaison between the local police and the Old Order Amish to investigate the crime as well as the disappearance of other young women.
Nunn, Kem. Chance (SS, 16.00) Dec. A San Francisco psychiatrist becomes involved with one of his patients, a woman who suffers from multiple personality disorder with a violent homicide detective husband. Highly recommended.
O’Connor, TJ. Dying for the Past (MidInk, 14.99) Jan. Ghostly gumshoe Tuck Tucker attends a charity ball organized by his wife, but when a wealthy man is murdered, he must help find a killer, leading him to be transported to the prohibition era.
Oswald, James. The Hangman’s Song (HMH, 13.95) Jan. Edinburgh’s Inspector McLean investigates a string of suicides that might, in fact, be murders or people coerced into suicide.
Pandian, Gigi. The Accidental Alchemist (MidInk, 14.99) Jan. In the first of a new series, a herbalist finds that she is accompanied by a gargoyle who asks for her help in deciphering a centuries-old text, and a murder on her front porch overcomes her doubts about helping him.
Pastan, Rachel. Alena (River, 16.00) Jan. A young Midwestern museum curator accepts a job at a Cape Cod art museum only to discover that her predecessor died under mysterious circumstances and that the museum’s staff harbor dark secrets.
Patterson, James and Marshall Karp. NYPD Red 2 (GC, 16.00) Dec. A string of horrific murders rocks New York as the NYPD Red team hunts for a killer who’s trying to send a message.
Patterson, James and Maxine Paetro. Unlucky 13 (GC, 16.00) Jan. Lindsay Boxer receives a photo from the FBI of the most dangerous and deranged killer that the Women’s Murder Club has even dealt with, and they must find her before she finds them.
Pavone, Chris. The Accident (Rh, 15.00) Jan. A New York book publisher receives an anonymous manuscript filled with explosive revelations about powerful people in government while the author is hiding out in Europe with a CIA agent on his trail. Excellent.
Robertson, Michael. Moriarty Returns a Letter (STM, 15.99) Jan. An exhibit of Sherlock Holmes letters leads to the return of a character from Reggie and Nigel’s past in the latest in this Sherlockian series with a contemporary twist.
Sarton, May. The Fur Person (Nor, 13.95) Dec. When a nameless Cat About Town decides that he needs to give up his vagabond lifestyle for a home, he looks for the right house and the right voices that will transform him into a Fur Person in a delightful, beautifully-illustrated story of life with a cat.
Sayers, Dorothy L. Five Red Herrings (HC, 14.99) Dec. and Murder Must Advertise (HC, 14.99) Dec. The reissue of two more classic detective novels.
Smith, Tom Rob. The Farm (GC, 15.00) Jan. An original and chilling thriller about a man who receives a call from his father saying that his mother has suffered a psychotic break—and then she arrives saying that his father is lying. First rate.
Spector, Liv. The Beautiful and the Wicked (HC, 14.99) Dec. In the second in this time-travelling series homicide detective Lila Day goes back in time to find out who really killed a software magnate aboard his yacht when her sister is accused of the crime.
Straley, John. Cold Storage Alaska (Soho, 15.95) Dec. A man recently released from prison returns to his remote Alaskan hometown to help his brother take care of their elderly mother and open a bar/church, but he brings trouble with him in the form of his vengeful former business partner, a cop who wants to bust him for narcotics, and a scary ability to hear animals talking to him. Highly recommended.
Swanson, Peter. The Girl with a Clock for a Heart (HC, 14.99) Jan. When his former girlfriend re-enters his life, a man finds himself caught in a web of murder and betrayal. Recommended.
Tartt, Donna. The Goldfinch (LB, 20,0) Jan. A 13-year-old boy survives an explosion in New York’s metropolitan Museum that kills his mother, and as he is growing up he clings to a captivating painting that leads him into the underworld of art.
Weber, Tracy. A Killer Retreat (MidInk, 14.99) Jan. Giving yoga classes at a popular wedding resort, Katie tangles with an unpleasant guest and her terrible terrier, so when the woman is found dead, Kate becomes the number-one suspect.
Wright, June. Duck Season Death (Per, 12.95) Dec. A comic classic detective story set at a remote duck-hunting lodge, where a publisher is murdered and everyone has a motive, except for the crime-fiction reviewer who investigates the killing.
____. So Bad a Death (Per, 14.95) Dec. Maggie Byrnes returns in this mystery first published in 1949, and must find the killer of her landlord in a Melbourne suburb because she suspects someone is also trying to poison his infant heir.
New and Forthcoming in International Mysteries
Archer, Ursula. Five (STM, 25.99) Dec. A debut mystery set in Austria, where a Salzburg police detective investigates when a woman’s body is found at the bottom of a rock face, her feet tattooed with a series of GPS coordinates that lead to a box containing a man’s severed hand in a grisly treasure hunt.
Aspe, Pieter. The Midas Murders (Peg, 15.95) Dec. The death of a prominent businessman in Bruges, and then the death of his Dutch friend appear to be tied to an explosion in a popular downtown tourist area may be connected to a terrorist plot, according to Inspector Van In.
Bates, Quentin. Chilled to the Bone (Soho, 15.95) Dec. When a businessman is found dead, tied to a bed in his hotel room in Reykjavik, Sergeant Gunnhilder Gisladottir investigates and discovers a bondage ring that powerful and wealthy men would prefer to keep secret.
Berenson, Alex. The Secret Soldier (Brk, 15.00) Jan. The Saudi King asks former CIA agent John Wells for help when a series of terrorist attacks threaten the kingdom, but he discovers a dangerous conspiracy.
Brekke, Jørgen. Where Monsters Dwell (STM, 15.99) Jan. A Virginia homicide detective and a Norwegian detective must join forces when identical, grisly murders occur in their countries, and they both fear that an international serial killer is at work tied to a sixteenth-century manuscript.
Davidsen, Lief. The Serbian Dane (Duf, 16.95) Jan. An Serbian assassin raised in Denmark is assigned to carry out the assassination of an Iranian dissident author, but he runs up against a tough Copenhagen policeman who is assigned to protect her.
Gage, Leighton. The Ways of Evil Men (Soho, 14.95) Jan. Chief Inspector Mario Silva is sent to a remote Amazonian town when genocide against a native tribe leads to the death of 39 people in the final book in the Brazilian series.
Gapper, John. The Ghost Shift (Ball, 26.00) Jan. In Guangdong, China a police detective investigates the death of a young woman who worked at a technology factory, and finally must infiltrate in order to discover what is going on.
Giuttari, Michele. The Black Rose of Florence (IPG, 14.95 and The Dark Heart of Florence (IPG, 14.95) Dec. Florence policeman Michele Ferrara lands a high-profile case—the murder of the daughter of a powerful businessman, and in the sequel, he faces both a cunning killer and bureaucratic ineptitude.
Hochgatterer, Paulus. The Sweetness of Life (Quer, 26.99) Dec. During Christmas in a picturesque Austrian village, a young girl witnesses her grandfather murdered, and in the investigation the police detective and the psychiatrist sent to work with the speechless child discover that a darkness affects the inhabitants of the village. A bestseller in Germany.
Holmberg, John-Henri. A Darker Shade of Sweden (Per, 15.00) Dec. A collection of Swedish crime stories, including a previously unpublished story by Stieg Larsson.
Jacobsen, Steffen. When the Dead Awaken (Quer, 26.99) Jan. A Neapolitan district attorney investigates when a container being loaded onto a ship falls and reveals its contents—the bodies of illegal worker and those in the witness protection program—in a case with ties to the murder of her policeman father.
Jones, Kelly. Lost and Found in Prague (Brk, 15.00) Jan. A woman returns to the city of her youth where she works with an Italian priest and a Czech investigator to solve a murder.
Kaaberbol, Lene and Agnete Friis. Death of a Nightingale (Soho, 15.95) Jan. When a Ukrainian woman escapes police custody after being convicted of trying to murder her Danish ex-fiancé, his tortured body is found and police are now hunting for a murderess, but Nina Borg doesn’t believe that she is capable of such violence in a case with its roots in the 1934 famine in the Ukraine.
LeMaitre, Pierre. Iréne (Quer, 26.99) Dec. The first in the series featuring Parisian police detective Camille Verhoeven (although the second to be published), finds him investigating a serial murderer who appears to be reenacting scenes from crime novels.
Matthews, Jeanne. Where the Bones Are Buried (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Jan. Dinah Pelerin is living in Berlin with her Norwegian lover when her Seminole mother arrives, seeking money from a drug-dealing partner of her ex-husband, a German who belongs to a club devoted to American Indians. Signing.
Nesbo, Jo. The Son (Vin, 15.95) Jan. A heroin addict in prison in Oslo for a crime he didn’t commit discovers the truth of his policeman father’s death and escapes to find those responsible for the wrongs done to him, but the question arises—will the police or the criminals find him first?
Neuhaus, Nele. Bad Wolf (STM, 16.99) Jan. The discovery of an unidentified body of a young woman outside of Frankfort leads detectives Kirchhof and von Bodenstein to child pornography ring with ties to the highest echelons of society.
_____. The Ice Queen (STM, 25.99) Jan. In a prequel, Kirchhof and Bodenstein investigate the murders of three elderly people in Frankfort who are connected by their friendship with a wealthy baroness in a case that leads them back to WWII and the area of Poland that was part of East Prussia.
Reilly, Matthew. The Great Zoo of China (SS, 26.00) Jan. In a scientific thriller, the Chinese invite an American delegation to the opening of a ground-breaking new zoo, populated with a flying dinosaur, but when the protective measures fail, it’s Jurassic Park all over again.
Shoham, Liad. Asylum City (HC, 25.99) Dec. Tel Aviv police detective Anat Nachmias investigates when an activist for the rights of illegal African immigrants is found murdered and the evidence implicates one of the people she has been helping.
Silva, Diego de. My Mother-in-Law Drinks (Europa, 17.00) Dec. When a computer engineer kidnaps a mafia boss he holds responsible for his son’s death, a less-than-decisive Neapolitan lawyer is in charge of negotiating the release in a comic mystery.
Steinhauer, Olen. The Cairo Affair (STM, 16.00) Jan. When an American diplomat is assassinated at the embassy in Hungary, the fallout leads to a CIA agent, an American analyst, and an Egyptian intelligence agent meeting in Cairo in powerful espionage novel of betrayal. Highly recommended.
Takano, Kazuaki. Genocide of One (LB, 26.00) Dec. A scientific thriller about a deadly threat that has been discovered in the Congo, a new life form that threatens mankind as a host of players around the globe seek to stop it.
Thilliez, Franck. Bred to Kill (Vik, 27.95) Jan. When a Parisian genetic researcher is found dead at a primate research center, homicide inspector Franck Sharko discovers that she was doing research on a “violence gene” that shows up in serial killers.
Tursten, Helene. The Fire Dance (Soho, 15.95) Dec. When a ballerina disappears and the charred remains of another dancer are found, Inspector Huss investigates and wonders if there is a connection with the fire that killed the missing woman’s stepfather years ago.
Walker, Martin. The Resistance Man (Vin, 15.95) Jan. Police inspector Bruno investigates three cases that may be connected: a veteran of the French Resistance may be implicated in a train robbery, the burglary of a former British spymaster’s house, and the murder of an antiques dealer in this wonderful series set in the Dordogne.
Williams, Timothy. Black August (Soho, 14.95) Jan. Commissario Trotti investigates the death of a local schoolteacher and begins to wonder if there is a connection with a suicide in the River Po.
_____. The Honest Folk of Guadalupe (Soho, 26.95) Jan. French-Algerian judge Anne-Marie Levaud is called in when a female tourist is found dead on a beach with no identification, no belongings, and indications that she’s been dead for three days.
_____. Persona non Grata (Soho, 14.95) Dec. Commissario Trotti is beset with both personal and professional problems, but when a young girl is attacked in her bed by an intruder, he vows to find the attacker.
New and Forthcoming in Historical Mysteries
Arlen, Tessa. Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman (STM, 25.99) Jan. In the first of a new series set in an English country house in 1912, a countess and her housekeeper join forces when the son and heir falls under suspicion of murdering his degenerate cousin.
Bayard, Louis. Roosevelt’s Beast (STM, 16.99) Jan. The Amazonian expedition let by Theodore Roosevelt in 1914 becomes even more dangerous when he and his son are taken captive by an Indian tribe that demands that they find and kill a ravenous, unseen beast that leaves no tracks in a novel of adventure with a touch of horror.
Bommersbach, Jana. Cattle Kate (PP, 24.95 hc., 14.95 tp) Oct. A novel based on a woman who was lynched for alleged cattle rustling in the Wyoming Territory in 1889, a homesteader who made enemies of the powerful cattle ranchers of the area.
Bowen, Rhys. City of Light and Darkness (STM, 15.99) Jan. Molly and her young son go to Paris to stay with friends, but when they arrive the friends are nowhere to be found, and she discovers that the Impressionist artist who might be able to help her has just been murdered.
Brackston, P.J. Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints (Peg, 24.95) Jan. Gretel, now grown up and living with her gluttonous brother Hans, has become a private investigator in Bavaria in 1776, and is hired to find some missing art prints for Albrecht Durer the Much Much Younger.
Bradley, Alan. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Dela, 25.00) Jan. Flavia de Luce is sent to Canada to attend the girls’ school her mother had attended, but on her first night she discovers not only that three students have disappeared, but also a mummified corpse in the chimney.
_____. The Dead in their Vaulted Arches (Ban, 15.00) Jan. Flavia de Luce uses her chemistry skills as well as her detecting skills to investigate the disappearance of her mother in this excellent series set in England after WWII.
Brown, Eric. Murder at the Chase (SH, 28.95) Dec. Mystery writer Donald Langham and his girlfriend go to Suffolk for a romantic holiday in 1955, but they learn that a friend’s father has disappeared from his locked study.
Camilleri, Andrea. The Brewer of Preston (Png, 15.00) Jan. A comic novel set in Vigata in 1870 where the newly-appointed Prefect finds the townspeople unwilling to accept the government of the newly-formed Kingdom of Italy.
Cabasson, Armand. Memory of Flames (IPG, 15.95) Dec. A mystery set in 1814 during the Napoleonic Wars that begins with the murder of an officer working with Joseph Bonaparte to fortify Paris, possibly by the Royalist forces.
Christie, Pamela. Death and the Cyprian Society (Ken, 15.00) Jan. In the third in this Regency series, courtesan Arabella Beaumont must help a friend who is being blackmailed over her affair with wealthy lover’s footman.
Clare, Alys. Blood of the South (SH, 28.95) Jan. Apprentice healer Lassair helps rescue a foreign woman from a mob in Cambridge in 1093, while her Norman lover is on a covert mission to Byzantium in the sixth in this series that combines historical knowledge with spiritualism.
Cleverly, Barbara. Enter Pale Death (Soho, 26.95) Dec. When a wealthy noblewoman is killed by a horse at her country estate, Joe Sandilands suspects that it may actually be a case of murder, putting him at odds with the victim’s husband who is the influential mentor to Dorcas, the woman he wishes to marry. Highly recommended.
Doherty, Paul. The Book of Fires (SH, 29.95) Jan. Brother Athelstan hunts for a killer known as the Ignifer, who roasts his victims using Greek fire, and who appears to have ties to the execution of a woman who poisoned her husband.
Eccles, Marjorie. The Firebird’s Feather (SH, 28.95) Dec. In this stand-alone set in London in 1911, a young debutante investigates when her Russian mother is shot while riding in Hyde Park in a case involving suffragettes and anarchists.
Ekbäck, Cecelia. Wolf Winter (Per, 26.00) Jan. In a historical mystery set in eighteenth-century Finland, a group of settlers in Swedish Lapland must find the killer of a man found in the snow.
Finn, Alan. Things Half in Shadow (SS, 16.00) Jan. A Philadelphia crime reporter in 1869 uses what he learned from his magician father to expose fraudulent spirit mediums preying on grieving families, but when a woman who is considered a legitimate medium is murdered in mid-séance he must find a killer.
Hambly, Barbara. Crimson Angel (SH, 29.95) Dec. Freed slave Benjamin January goes to Cuba and Haiti in 1838 after his wife’s half-white brother is murdered after having told them of a mysterious family treasure.
Horowitz, Anthony. Moriarty (HC, 26.99) Dec. A Pinkerton on the trail of an American Moriarty teams up with a Scotland Yard detective to bring them both to justice in a Sherlock Holmes pastiche.
Hummel, Maria. Motherland (Per, 15.95) Jan. A woman living in Germany at the end of the Third Reich while her surgeon husband is on the front lines must save her stepchild who is unravelling mentally and in danger of being placed in Hadamar, the infamous hospital for “unfit” children.
Inbinder, Gary. The Devil in Montmartre (Peg, 25.95) Dec. When the mutilated corpse of a dancer is found in a sewer in Paris in 1898, people fear that the Ripper has crossed the Channel, but Inspector Achille Lefebvre uses the new science of fingerprints to find the killer.
Johnson, Deborah. The Secret of Magic (Brk, 16.00) Jan. In a mystery set in 1946, a young attorney working for Thurgood Marshall goes to Mississippi to investigate the murder of an African-American war hero at the behest of a reclusive writer.
Kalla, Daniel. The Far Side of the Sky (STM, 15.99) Jan. A Jewish doctor who fled Germany in 1938 finds that his refuge in Shanghai is under attack by the invading Japanese Imperial Army and must fight to keep his family safe.
Kasasian, M.R.C. The Curse of the House of Foskin (Peg, 25.95) Jan. In the second in the charming Victorian series, a member of the Final Death Society dies on detective Sidney Grice’s study floor, sending him and his ward on a quest for a killer.
_____. The Mangle Street Murders (Peg, 14.95) Jan. When a young woman is murdered and her husband is the chief suspect, the victim’s mother convinces the ward of London’s most famous detective to take the case in a debut that brings Victorian London to life.
Knott, Robert. Robert B. Parker’s The Bridge (Put, 26.95) Dec. Territorial Marshalls Virgil and Hitch are back in Appaloosa, where the sheriff goes missing, troubles both natural and manmade are plaguing the construction of the bridge outside of town, and a troupe of itinerant players arrives with a warning of danger for Hitch. Signing.
Lepore, James and Carlos Davis. God’s Formula (Per, 14.95) Dec. Ian Fleming and J.R.R. Tolkien must find a young Hitler Youth who has a formula developed by a German scientist to reduce the time it takes to enrich uranium, a plan he doesn’t want to fall into the hands of the Nazis, so he has encoded it in Elvish.
Lloyd, Catherine. Death Comes to London (Ken, 15.00) Dec. In London for her first season, Miss Lucy Harrington turns from balls to sleuthing when the Dowager Countess of Broughton falls dead at her feet, the victim of poison, in the second in the Regency series.
Macallister, Greer. The Magician’s Lie (Source, 23.95) Jan. Set at the turn of the twentieth-century, this is the story of a female stage illusionist whose husband is found murdered after a performance in Iowa, and who relates her life story to a skeptical policeman to prove her innocence.
Muller, Marcia and Bill Pronzini. The Body Snatchers Affair (STM, 25.99) Jan. San Francisco private enquiry agents Carpenter and Quincannon must battle drug lords, missing millionaires, corrupt cops, and the threat of a Chinese tong war in the latest in this series set in the early twentieth century.
Nickson, Chris. Gods of Gold (SH, 28.95) Dec. Set in Leeds in 1890, this is the first of a Victorian series featuring DI Tom Harper who investigates the disappearance of a young girl in a case that may be tied to a gas workers’ strike.
O’Malley, Thomas and Douglas Graham Purdy. Serpents in the Cold (LB, 26.00) Jan. An atmospheric and gritty debut mystery set in Boston in the 1950s about a recent widower who investigates when his sister-in-law is found murdered, apparently by a serial killer.
Pinborough, Sarah. Murder (Quer, 26.99) Jan. A scary mystery set in London in the 1880s when Jack the Ripper is still at large and a police surgeon hunts for clues to stop him.
Ramsay, Frederick. The Wolf and the Lamb (PP, 24.95 hc, 14.95 tp) Dec. In the third in this series set in Jerusalem at the time of Christ, Pontius Pilate, the prefect of Judea, is accused of killing a rival, and turns to the chief rabbi of the Sanhedrin to help him find justice.
Rowe, Rosemary. The Fateful Day (SH, 28.95) Jan. With his patron in Rome , Libertus goes to his estate to check on things and discovers the gatekeeper hanged and the gate open in a suspenseful and twisty-plotted mystery set in Roman Britain.
Rowland, Laura Joh. The Iris Fan (STM, 25.99) Dec. Sano Ichiro must investigate in 1709 when the elderly, ailing shogun is stabbed with a painted fan, in a court that is filled with treachery and conspiracy as different enemy factions await the shogun’s fate in the suspenseful conclusion to the series set in feudal Japan.
Samson, C.J. Dominion (Mull, 17.00) Dec. An alternative history set in England in 1952—twelve years after Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany—featuring a resistance fighter who seeks to free a scientist held captive in a mental hospital and get him out of the country.
Saville, Guy. Afrika Reich (STM, 16.99) Jan. In an alternate history set in 1952, the British colonies in Africa are at the mercy of the Nazi colonies that stretch across the continent, and a British assassin must stop the ambitious leader of the Reich in Afrika.
Selby, Scott Andrew. A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin (Brk, 16.00) Dec. A model German railway worker used the cover of the WWII bombing blackouts to rape and murder women on the commuter trains.
Shaw, William. The Kings of London (Mull, 26,00) Jan. In November, 1968 DS Cathal Breen discovers a cache of contemporary paintings and the body of a playboy god of the art world after a gas explosion in London.
_____. She’s Leaving Home (Mull, 15.00) Jan. In the first of a trilogy set in 1960’s London, DS Cathal Breen investigates the murder of a teenager just steps away from the Beatles’ Abbey Road recording studio.
Simmons, Dn. The Abominable (LB, 18.00) Dec. In 1925, three climbers attempt to scale Mount Everest, their expedition financed by the mother of a young man who disappeared the year before who wants her son returned but the climbers discover a secret more horrible than any mythical creature.
Speller, Elizabeth. The First of July (Peg, 15.95) Dec. This novel of the first Battle of the Somme is not a mystery—unless one considers the whole of WWI a mystery of how a generation of young men could be sent to slaughter based on incompetence and blinding stupidity—but it is the heart-wrenching story of four young men and their fates on that day in 1916. Highly recommended.
Tallis, Frank. The Voices (Peg, 25.95) Dec. When a young couple move into a North London row house in 1976, they become aware of mysterious voices, and when the husband decides to create a symphony using the voices, things go horribly awry in a reinvention of the haunted-house tale.
Thomas, Donald. Death on a Pale Horse (Peg, 15.95) Dec. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are called upon by Queen Victoria to protect England from an international conspiracy led by a disgraced British army officer.
Thomas, Sam. The Harlot’s Tale (STM, 15.99) Dec. In the second in this series set in Civil War-era England, someone is murdering sinners in York in the summer of 1645, and midwives Bridget and Martha rush to find a sanctimonious murderer.
_____. The Witch Hunter’s Tale (STM, 25.99) Jan. Bridget is up against an implacable enemy when witch-hunting fever overtakes York.
Todd, Charles. A Fine Summer’s Day (HC, 26.99) Jan. In a prequel, Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge investigates his final case before the beginning of WWI.
_____. Hunting Shadows (HC, 14.99) Jan. When a guest is shot at a wedding in Ely Cathedral and later a solicitor is shot nearby, Ian Rutledge investigates after the Yard is called in, but the only witness describes a killer so horrifying that it’s unbelievable.
Williams, Kirby. Rage in Paris (Nor, 16.95) Dec. An African-American jazz player in Paris in 1934 is hired to find a missing American heiress, supposedly kidnapped by a fellow musician, in an investigation that places him in the violent street fighting between the Socialists and the pro-Fascists taking place at the time.
Of Special Interest
There have been some wonderful mysteries released in 2014—here are some of my favorites:
James Carlos Blake’s The Rules of Wolfe is a gritty border story that I couldn’t put down.
Barbara Cleverly’s latest Joe Sandilands mystery, Enter Pale Death, is a classic British mystery set in a country house.
Bad Country by C B McKenzie is a wonderfully written Tucson-set mystery that will make you appreciate the Old Pueblo in all its quirkiness.
Chris Pavone’s The Accident is a wonderful spy thriller as well as a fascinating look at the publishing world.
Gerard de Villiers’ The Madman of Benghazi is a smart, sexy spy thriller that will make you hope all of the French author’s books will be translated into English.
John Straley’s Cold Storage Alaska is a very funny novel about a small Alaska town, crime, and redemption.
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