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Avon

Ghost in Trouble (Bailey Ruth, Ghost) by Carolyn Hart (Avon 25 October 2011 / $7.99) - Product Description: When Bailey Ruth Raeburn passed over into the great beyond, she was delighted to discover her sleuthing days would last an eternity—joining Heaven's Department of Good Intentions to help those in need and ensure the wicked get their just deserts.

On her latest mission, Bailey Ruth's finding it difficult to adhere to boss Wiggins's rules for good spirit deportment. The endangered woman she's supposed to save happens to be one of Bailey Ruth's oldest enemies—and she's determined to thwart the ghostly sleuth's good intentions at every turn. There's only so much any person, living or dead, can put up with! But to solve her toughest case yet, Bailey Ruth will have to manage her recalcitrant charge somehow—while dealing with a fraudulent medium, a mother's heartbreak . . . and a telltale rawhide dog bone. Heaven help her!

(see review)

To Have and to Kill (Wedding Cake Mysteries) by Mary Jane Clark (Avon 25 October 2011 / $7.99) - Product Description: A struggling actress with no immediate prospects and a recently broken engagement, Piper needs to take stock of her life—so she moves back home with her parents in New Jersey and steps tentatively into the family bakery business. Soon, she's creating a wedding cake for a friend, the star of a daytime television drama. But someone is ruthlessly determined that this wedding will never happen.

It begins with the horrific murder of the bride-to-be's co-star—but a psychopathic wedding-crasher isn't about to stop there. Before Piper knows it, she's joining forces with FBI agent Jack Lombardi—a handsome neighbor with a soft spot for the inquisitive cake-maker—to sift through the suspects and find a killer. But Piper's about to discover that it may be a lot hotter in the kitchen than she's able to handle . . .

Suspense. Romance. Family. Cake.

(Source: Avon)

Bantam

A Study in Sherlock: Stories inspired by the Holmes canon by (Bantam 25 October 2011 / $15.00) - Book Description: Neil Gaiman. Laura Lippman. Lee Child. These are just three of eighteen superstar authors who provide fascinating, thrilling, and utterly original perspectives on Sherlock Holmes in this one-of-a-kind book. These modern masters place the sleuth in suspenseful new situations, create characters who solve Holmesian mysteries, contemplate Holmes in his later years, fill gaps in the Sherlock Holmes Canon, and reveal their own personal obsessions with the Great Detective.

Thomas Perry, for example, has Dr. Watson tell his tale, in a virtuoso work of alternate history that finds President McKinley approaching the sleuth with a disturbing request; Lee Child sends an FBI agent to investigate a crime near today’s Baker Street—only to get a twenty-first-century shock; Jacqueline Winspear spins a story of a plucky boy inspired by the detective to make his own deductions; and graphic artist Colin Cotterill portrays his struggle to complete this assignment in his hilarious “The Mysterious Case of the Unwritten Short Story.”

In perfect tribute comes this delicious collection of twisty, clever, and enthralling studies of a timeless icon.

Berkley

Death by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery) by Jenn McKinlay (Berkley 04 October 2011 / $6.99) - Product Description: Melanie and Angie are determined to win the Challenge to the Chef to promote their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Mel's mentor from culinary school, Vic Mazzotta, may be one of the judges, but Mel and Angie will have to win fair and square. But, when Vic's dead body is found inside a freezer truck, Mel and Angie will need to use their best judgment to find the cold-blooded killer or they may lose more than the contest- they may lose their lives. (Source: Berkley)

Flipped Out (A Do-It-Yourself Mystery) by Jennie Bentley (Berkley 04 October 2011 / $7.99) - Product Description: Avery and her hunky handyman boyfriend are renovating a house belonging to a local news anchor who's thrilled to be filmed as part of a home renovation show. But cable television fame proves fleeting when the man is murdered and Avery faces the task of nailing the killer. Fast. (Source: Berkley)

India Black and the Widow of Windsor by Carol K. Carr (Berkley 04 October 2011 / $14.00) - Product Description: Black is back-Her Majesty's favorite spy is off to Scotland in this new adventure to ensure the Queen doesn't end up getting killed.

When Queen Victoria attends a séance, the spirit of her departed husband, Prince Albert, insists she spend Christmas at their Scottish home in Balmoral. Prime Minister Disraeli suspects the Scottish nationalists plan to assassinate the Queen-and sends the ever resourceful India and the handsome British spy, French, to the Scottish highlands.

French will take the high road, looking for a traitor among the guests-and India will take the low road, disguised as a servant in case an assassin is hiding among the household staff. India is certain that someone at Balmoral is determined to make this Her Majesty's last Christmas...

(see review)

Liver Let Die (A Clueless Cook Mystery) by Liz Lipperman (Berkley 04 October 2011 / $7.99) - Product Description: Jordan McAllister can't cook her way out of a macaroni & cheese box, but filling in for the culinary reporter at The Ranchero Globe is better than writing personal ads. Her first assignment to review the new steakhouse in town is a disaster that ends with her waiter murdered outside her door-with her name and number in his pocket. Now Jordan is the prime suspect, as well as the main course on the murder menu. (Source: Berkley)

Shoe Done It (An Accessories Mystery) by Grace Carroll (Berkley 04 October 2011 / $6.99) - Product Description: Rita Jewel has a dream job selling fabulous clothes and accessories to the socialites of San Francisco at Dolce's Boutique. But when a pair of heels becomes a clue in a murder, Rita finds herself engaged in a high- end crime of fashion.

Society maven MarySue Jensen has old San Francisco money and an eye for style. That's why she must have those handmade silver stilettos special ordered from Dolce's by their top fashionista, Rita Jewel. She'd die before she wore anything less at the biggest charity event of the season. That same night, Mary Sue Jensen's cold, lifeless body is found in Golden Gate Park...tragically barefoot. (Source: Berkley)

Skeleton Letters (A Scrapbooking Mystery) by Laura Childs (Berkley 04 October 2011 / $25.95) - Product Description: New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs sends her scrappy sleuths into New Orleans' French Quarter.

Is nothing sacred? The last thing Carmela Bertrand and her friend Ava expected to bear witness to in St. Tristan's Church was a crime. But now a beloved member of their scrapbooking circle lies lifeless next to a smashed statue of St. Sebastien-and a mysterious hooded figure has absconded with an antique crucifix.

As Carmela and Ava are drawn deeper into New Orleans' French Quarter in search of the missing crucifix, they may need the help of more than a few patron saints. Because this is one killer they don't want to cross...

(Source: Berkley)

Sup with the Devil (An Abigail Adams Mystery) by Barbara Hamilton (Berkley 04 October 2011 / $14.00) - Product Description: After an attempt on the life of her young nephew Horace, Abigail Adams, wife of attorney John Adams, travels to Harvard to investigate. A mysterious woman hired Horace to translate some Arabic, then left him at the mercy of her henchmen. He survived-with a tale of pirate treasure...

Meanwhile one of Horace's fellow students-loyal to the King-is murdered. The Sons of Liberty are desperate to find the rumored gold, but Abigail wants the truth. For the Devil's treasure comes with a curse that could bring down anyone, regardless of where their allegiance lies.

(Source: Berkley)

The More the Terrier (A Pet Rescue Mystery) by Linda O. Johnston (Berkley 04 October 2011 / $7.99) - Product Description: When shelter manager Lauren Vancouver finds out that her old mentor, Mamie Spelling, is an animal hoarder, no one is more shocked, and she jumps in to help re-home the cramped critters. But Mamie's troubles don't end there. She's accused of murder when the CEO of a pet shelter network is found dead. And Lauren's dogged determination to clear her former friend of murder may put a killer on her tail.

(see review)

Dark Oak Mysteries

Behind the Redwood Door: a Guy Mallon Mystery by John M. Daniel (Dark Oak Mysteries 19 October 2011 / $14.95) - Product Description: Guy and Carol Mallon own a used bookstore on the north coast of California, a land of rocky shores and redwood forests, with a rich history of gold, lumber, Native Americans, and hardy entrepreneurs. They are content with their small-town life until Pete Thayer, their friend and the publisher of the local alternative newspaper, is stabbed to death behind their favorite tavern. Urged on by Pete's girlfriend, River Webster, Guy begins to poke around, uncovering a past festering with power politics, a newspaper war, a multigenerational family feud, marijuana traffic—and murder. Guy's investigation takes him from the town square to the harbor to the forests and into the mountains, where he must confront evil in the form of a bully nearly twice his size. (Source: Dark Oak Mysteries)

Five Star

Picture of Lies by C.C. Harrison (Five Star 21 October 2011 / $25.95) - Product Description: Investigative journalist Keegan Thomas has been living a nightmare of guilt and grief since her little girl, Daisy, was kidnapped practically in front of her eyes. When the police investigation stalled, she turned her grief to anger and buried herself in her work searching for missing children, her own included. The result was an award-winning series of articles on unsolved child abductions. Then came the inevitable burnout.

On what is supposed to be a working vacation, Keegan travels to Monument Valley on the Navajo Indian Reservation seeking the whereabouts of people in an old photograph found in her grandfather s belongings after his death.

But the Indians do not welcome this nosy stranger carrying a picture of their old people, some of them dead. While navigating the mysterious ways of the Navajo, Keegan is told one of the children in the photograph was kidnapped by missionaries and taken to a boarding school.

Keegan s search for the child leads to a web of deception that stretches back two generations, and the truth Keegan learns about her own family is the most shocking betrayal of all. Nothing can prepare her for the danger she encounters when she becomes the target of a powerful U.S. senator who will do anything to stop her from telling what she knows about the Picture of Lies.

(see review)

Forge Books

Alone (Valentino Mysteries) by Loren D. Estleman (Forge Books 25 October 2011 / $15.99) - Product Description: The second wacky comedic murder romp for Hollywood film detective Valentino
Valentino wants to keep The Oracle, his beloved run-down movie palace, from being condemned before it even reopens, but murder keeps intruding into his otherwise quiet life. At a gala party held in memory of screen legend Greta Garbo, he's having fun until the host, a hotshot developer named Matthew Rankin, tells Valentino about a certain letter from Garbo to his late wife. She and Garbo had been…close.

Such a letter is of great interest to a film archivist like Valentino, but the the plot thickens when Rankin tells Val that his assistant, Akers, is using this letter to blackmail him. Val is appalled by the thought of blackmail…but that letter sounds juicier all the time. Returning to Rankin's mansion after the party, Val finds Rankin sitting at his desk with a pistol in his hand, looking at Akers's dead body on the floor.

Valentino's in a quandary. He'd love to see that letter, but he can't. He's gotten his girlfriend—who works for the police—in trouble, so his love life is, pardon the expression, shot to hell. Worse yet, the building inspector has kicked him out of his unfinished living space in the Oracle, so he takes his life in his hands and moves in with his eccentric mentor, the elderly, insomniac Professor Broadhead. No love, no sleep, no letter—life isn't fair!

(Source: Forge Books)

Black Thunder: An Ella Clah Novel by Aimee Thurlo and David Thurlo (Forge Books 25 October 2011 / $24.99) - Product Description: A construction crew found the first body. The cops found three more, in a cluster that lay on both sides of the border of the Navajo Reservation.

Because some of the bodies were buried outside the Rez, Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah and her team must work a delicate joint investigation with the New Mexico police. Identifying the dead isn't easy—some had been buried for years—and at first the cases look to be nothing but dead ends. Then one of the bodies turns out to be that of a missing man who was believed to have embezzled funds from his construction firm and suspicions focus on the man's partner.

With no obvious links between any of the corpses and the anniversary of their deaths fast approaching, Ella feels frustrated by the investigation's lack of progress. Unless they can find what connects these victims, someone else may soon be killed. Ella's ability to concentrate is battered by worries about her teenage daughter, who has been skipping school, and her mother, who is cooking up a storm, a sure sign that trouble is brewing in the household.

(Source: Forge Books)

Cold Glory by B. Kent Anderson (Forge Books 11 October 2011 / $24.99) - Product Description: Lost for 150 years, a secret document is discovered that threatens to destroy the US government… and only one man and one woman can prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.

History professor Nick Journey is shocked when a Civil War-era document that more than hints at treason is unearthed in Oklahoma with a cache of Union and Confederate weapons and an odd gold pin engraved with the initials GW. Before he can begin searching for the rest of this explosive document, Journey is attacked by two men armed with Special Forces weapons—and wearing gold GW pins.

The shadowy Glory Warriors have been desperately searching for the shocking document—a secret agreement signed by Generals Lee and Grant at Appomattox —to legitimize nothing less than a military coup. When the attempt to kill Journey fails, their leader orders the single father followed, knowing that Journey holds the key to finding the missing pages that will justify their treachery.

The file on Journey’s attack is assigned to Meg Tolman, part-time concert pianist and specialist in the federal Research and Investigations Office—also known as where cases go to die. When her probe uncovers more troubling questions than answers, she finds herself joining Nick Journey in the struggle to recover and protect the long-lost papers.

As the Glory Warriors begin assassinating key political figures and the country plunges into chaos, Journey and Tolman search frantically for the remaining pages. And the Glory Warrior operatives are hot on their trail...

(Source: Forge Books)

Gallery

Killer Sweet Tooth: A Daphne Martin Cake Mystery by Gayle Trent (Gallery 11 October 2011 / $15.00) - Product Description: In the latest delectable cozy mystery in Gayle Trent's series, cake decorator Daphne Martin finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation—and an Elvis impersonator convention—with accusations flying in her direction.

Brea Ridge is a small town where everybody knows everybody's business. So when one of the town's only two dentists is inexplicably murdered—and cake decorator Daphne Martin and her neighbor Myra stumble across his body—rumors fly. Daphne's sweet innocence is in question...again.

As Daphne sets out to solve the mystery of the dentist's demise, she learns that other Brea Ridge citizens might have had something against Dr. Bainsworth. Rumors of an affair spread…or could the murder have something to do with the arrival of a fleet of Elvis impersonators? (Source: Gallery)

Gallery Books

Thawed Out and Fed Up by Ryan Brown (Gallery Books 04 October 2011 / $15.00) - Product Description: Sam Bonham -- bad husband, deadbeat dad, and possible criminal on the run from the law -- wanders out of modern-day East Texas into an ersatz Wild West boomtown created for a movie that never happened. And when Sam strikes a blow against the gangsters who've been terrorizing the town, the locals look to him to save them. He's no hero, but he's stumbled upon someone who is: John Wayne. But the John Wayne of this story is not the stalwart lawman of Hollywood films -- he's a seventy-two-year-old man who had himself cryogenically frozen. He's weak, bald, frail...and unrecognizable to everyone but Sam.

In The Duke's defrosted state, he's not entirely himself. In fact, he believes he's actually Ethan Edwards, the character he played in The Searchers, one of Wayne's most beloved films. Ethan or Duke or Marion Morrison, at his side Sam learns how to be a man, and a hero -- and a pretty good shot! As he takes on the Old West gang of thugs, he finds that he might have become a family man at last. But back in the real world, someone has his eye on Sam's wife, and if Sam doesn’t get back soon, the results could be devastating. (Source: Gallery Books)

Harper

Bad Boy (Inspector Banks) by Peter Robinson (Harper 25 October 2011 / $7.99) - Product Description: A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But Banks is abroad, and the woman's revelation of a loaded gun hidden in her daughter Erin's bedroom leads to a shocking fatality when a police armed-response team breaks into her house. The fallout will have dark consequences for Banks and his partner, DI Annie Cabbot. It turns out that Erin's best friend is Banks' own daughter, Tracy... who was last seen in the company of the weapon's actual owner, a very bad boy indeed.

With his child on the run with a psychopath, Banks finds himself caught in a bloody tangle of betrayal and murder. But the rogue DCI is a bit of a bad boy himself, and he'll freely risk his life and career in the cause of love—and vengeance.

(Source: Harper)

Reckoning for the Dead: A Sweet Justice Novel by Jordan Dane (Harper 05 October 2011 / $7.99) - Product Description: The official story is that Garrett Wheeler, the Sentinels' chief, is dead--killed in a covert op gone horribly wrong. But Alexa Marlowe--his ex-lover and most trusted agent--isn't buying it.

Overnight, a new leader has mysteriously assumed control of the elite vigilante organization, a man Alexa Marlowe can't afford to trust. In search of Garrett and the truth, she goes rogue and off the grid, following a deadly trail that leads into Mexico, behind the fortress walls of a murderous drug cartel boss. Alone, Alexa has no one to watch her back, not even her new partner, Jessie.

Ex-bounty hunter, Jessie Beckett, has troubles of her own. Her world is turned upside down when her DNA turns up as evidence in a gruesome murder committed when Jessie was only a child, before her life was shattered by an infamous killer. Solving a very cold case may hold the key to who she really is or kill the only memory she has of a woman she believes is her mother.

For Alexa and Jessie, the dead must have a reckoning.

(Source: Harper)

Slash and Burn by Matt Hilton (Harper 25 October 2011 / $9.99) - Product Description: Joe Hunter uses the skills he perfected with the CIA and in Special Ops to solve problems. But his sojourn in Florida is recreational...until a beautiful, desperate woman walks into his life. Kate Piers wants Hunter to help her find her missing sister. But there are several things Hunter doesn't know...

Like the fact that the sister crossed a very bad man—a millionaire sadist who likes doing the wetwork himself. Or that the maniac has serious connections to the underworld...and runs a private army with enough firepower to blow a gaping hole through the heart of Texas.

When a violent encounter with a pair of twin killers in the Kentucky hills results in Kate's capture, Hunter realizes there'll be no backing down, no matter how badly the odds are stacked against him. There's a debt to be repaid and vengeance to be had...and when his scorched earth campaign is over, there won't be anything left to burn.

(Source: Harper)

The Ninth Day by Jamie Freveletti (Harper 05 October 2011 / $9.99) - Product Description: In less than nine days, terror crosses the border... Hiking in Arizona, biochemist Emma Caldridge inadvertently interrupts the operations of dangerous traffickers in human cargo—and is chased south into the arms of millionaire drug merchants. Suddenly a prisoner of Mexico's most feared cartel, Emma makes a shocking discovery in the marijuana fields outside Ciudad Juarez: plants rotting with a flesh-eating toxin that causes a truly horrible death within nine days of exposure. And there is no antidote.

The cartel believes that U.S. agents contaminated the plants, and, determined to make their enemy pay, they prepare to spread their lethal product across America. Emma Caldridge searches desperately for a cure, but time is running out more quickly than she anticipated. For Emma herself has been infected—and, barring a miracle, she will die before the terrible dawning of ...

(see review)

Krill Press

Shotgun Start by Mike Nettleton (Krill Press 31 October 2011 / $17.95) - Product Description: Neal Egan's life has reached the tipping point. When the former cop turned golf hustler's beautiful and manipulative ex-wife is accused in the brutal shotgun slaying of her washed-up action movie star lover and becomes a fugitive from justice, Neal is hired by her wealthy and powerful father to track her down. Suspected by the police as an accomplice and tormented by the explosive end of his turbulent marriage Neal fears success; finding Desiree Diaz means confronting his own unresolved feelings about her and facing his profound guilt about his relationship with his own family. Aided by his friends: an eccentric recording studio owner and information broker, a brilliant renegade computer hacker, and a roly-poly lothario of a private investigator, he tries to reconcile his memory of Dez with the overwhelming evidence that she is a cold-blooded killer. His quest leads him into a violent world of methamphetamine-stoked bikers, Mexican Mafia thugs, and twisted internet pornography. To find his way out, he must put everything on the line: his freedom, his self-respect, and the love of the woman who has long been his loyal friend and roommate. (Source: Krill Press)

L & L Dreamspell

Armed by Elaine Macko (L & L Dreamspell 01 October 2011 / $15.95) - Product Description: Murder, Mayhem, and Mannequins! It couldn't be creepier. When Alex Harris, owner of the Always Prepared temporary agency, trips over the body of Mrs. Scott, she becomes the prime suspect in the murder. And with the police about to lock her up for good, Alex decides it's time she took matters into her own hands before the real murderer strikes again and really ruins Christmas. Along with her sister and partner, Samantha Daniels, and their assistant, Millie Chapman, the Winston Churchill-quoting, M&M-addicted Alex probes and plods through red herring after red herring uncovering a lot more than murder. In between shuttling her loan shark grandmother to bingo games and her collections, Alex finds time to investigate with a bulldog tenacity that would make Winston proud. Not even a midnight caper in the factory and an attack from a mechanical mannequin gone berserk can keep her from finding out the truth to the deadly deeds lurking within. In this, the first Alex Harris Mystery, follow our heroine to Christmas night and the murderer's home where Alex unravels the secrets behind the murder, and manages to get clobbered in the bargain! (Source: L & L Dreamspell)

Minotaur Books

A Crimson Warning (Lady Emily) by Tasha Alexander (Minotaur Books 25 October 2011 / $24.99) - Product Description: Secrets prove deadly in this new novel from Tasha Alexander featuring Lady Emily Hargreaves. Some very prominent people in London are waking up to find their doorsteps smeared with red paint, the precursor to the revelation of a dark secret – and worse – by someone who enjoys destroying lives

Newly returned to her home in Mayfair, Lady Emily Hargreaves is looking forward to enjoying the delights of the season. The delights, that is, as defined by her own eccentricities—reading The Aeneid, waltzing with her dashing husband, and joining the Women's Liberal Federation in the early stages of its campaign to win the vote for women. But an audacious vandal disturbs the peace in the capital city, splashing red paint on the neat edifices of the homes of London's elite. This mark, impossible to hide, presages the revelation of scandalous secrets, driving the hapless victims into disgrace, despair and even death. Soon, all of London high society is living in fear of learning who will be the next target, and Lady Emily and her husband, Colin, favorite agent of the crown, must uncover the identity and reveal the motives of the twisted mind behind it all before another innocent life is lost.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

A Killer's Christmas in Wales (Penny Brannigan) by Elizabeth J. Duncan (Minotaur Books 25 October 2011 / $24.99) - Product Description: As the townsfolk of the Welsh valley town of Llanelen settle in for the snowiest winter in twenty-five years, an American stranger arrives. Harry Saunders charms the ladies, one of them in particular: Evelyn Lloyd, the town's former postmistress, who was left comfortably off after the death of her husband. After Mrs. Lloyd invests a good deal of money with him, Harry goes missing, as does her money. His body is soon discovered outside the walls of Conwy Castle, and Mrs. Lloyd is implicated in the murder.

Although Penny Brannigan and her business partner, Victoria Hopkirk, are busy overseeing the grand opening of their new spa, that doesn't stop Mrs. Lloyd from desperately seeking Penny's help to prove her innocence. It's quite possible that Harry made other enemies while in Llanelen and Penny's investigation unfolds while she juggles her work at the spa, her growing relationship with Detective Inspector Davies, and the Christmas window competition that she signed up to judge.

(see review)

As The Pig Turns (Agatha Raisin) by M.C. Beaton (Minotaur Books 11 October 2011 / $24.99) - Product Description: Winter Parva is a "picturesque" (touristy) Cotswold village with gift shops, a mediaeval market hall, and thatched cottages. After a disappointing Christmas season, the parish council has decided to hold a special event in January, complete with old-fashioned costumes, morris dancing, and a pig roast on the village green.

Always one for a good roasting, Agatha Raisin organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. The rotary spit turning over a bed of blazing charcoals is sure to please on this foggy and blistery evening. But as the fog lifts slightly, the sharp-eyed Agatha notices something peculiar about the pig: a tattoo of a heart with an arrow through it and the name Amy.

"Stop!" she screams suddenly. "Pigs don't have tattoos."

The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the locals, including Agatha herself. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police, everything changes when the Gary's ex-wife, Amy, hires Agatha's detective agency to investigate—and another murder ensues. With that provocation, how could any sleuth as vain and competitive (and secretly insecure) as Agatha do anything other than solve the case herself?

(see review)

Bad Moon by Todd Ritter (Minotaur Books 11 October 2011 / $25.99) - Product Description: On the same night that Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, ten-year-old Charlie Olmstead jumped on his bike to see if there was some way he could get a better look. It was the last anyone ever saw of him. After Perry Hollow Police Chief Jim Campbell found Charlie's bike caught in the water above Sunset Falls, he assumed the worst. Everyone did--except Charlie's mother.

Years later, Eric Olmstead--now a famous author and Charlie's younger brother--has come back to Perry Hollow to bury his mother and fulfill her last request: Find Charlie. To do so, he goes to the current police chief, his former sweetheart, Kat Campbell, who happens to be Jim Campbell's daughter. Together they soon discover that Eric's mother was convinced Charlie was kidnapped, and that finding him--whether he was dead or alive--was her secret obsession. While she never succeeded, she did uncover clues that suggested he wasn't the only boy across Pennsylvania to vanish into thin air during that time.

The haunting story of a boy missing for forty years, and of a small town that found lies easier to believe than the truth, explodes into the present in Bad Moon, Todd Ritter's excellent follow-up to his acclaimed debut--Death Notice.

(see review)

Chelsea Mansions: A Brock and Kolla Mystery by Barry Maitland (Minotaur Books 25 October 2011 / $25.99) - Product Description: The annual Chelsea Flower Show is one of the tourist highlights of London. But this year, the event is tainted by the murder of an American tourist in a random act of violence. But when DCI David Brock's Serious Crime division of Scotland Yard investigates, they quickly discover that the killer somehow avoided having both his face and his escape captured on any of the many closed circuit cameras in the area. The conclusion is inescapable - what seemed a senseless, but random, event was in fact a carefully planned murder.

But how could the victim- a retired widow traveling with a long time family friend - be worth the trouble and expense of such an elaborate killing? When a very wealthy Russian oligarch is killed in the garden of his palatial estate not far from the hotel where the murdered tourist was staying, Brock and Kolla suspect that something more complicated is going on and that the two killings are somehow related. In a case that  takes Brock and his team all the way to the States and back, secrets from a long forgotten past  are the key to a string of bloody murders that are just beginning... (see review)

The Blood Red Indian Summer (Berger and Mitry) by David Handler (Minotaur Books 11 October 2011 / $24.99) - Product Description: This newest mystery featuring Mitch Berger and Connecticut State Trooper Des Mitry presents Des with her first genuine racially charged case in the historic New England village of Dorset, the gem of Connecticut's Gold Coast.

Tyrone "Da Beast" Grantham, the famously volatile NFL superstar linebacker, has just been suspended for "conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the league." When Tyrone and his entourage decide to spend his season in exile in bucolic Dorset---much to the dismay of his early-to-bed, ultra-white neighbors---Des is put on the spot. And when Tyrone's eighteen-year-old sister-in-law, Kinitra, washes up on Mitch's beach one morning, bloodied and barely alive, Des is on the case. Especially when it turns out that Kinitra is eight weeks pregnant. Good thing there's nothing else serious going on in our heroes' lives right now. Like, say, Mitch's parents arriving from Florida at long last to meet the new woman of color in their nice Jewish boy's life.

(see review)

The Chalice of Blood: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland by Peter Tremayne (Minotaur Books 25 October 2011 / $25.99) - Product Description: Ireland AD 670: When an eminent scholar is found murdered in his cell in the Abbey of Lios Mor, fear spreads among his brethren. His door was secured from the inside, with no other means of exit.  How did the murderer escape? And what was the content of the manuscripts apparently stolen from the scholar's room?

Abbot Iarnla insists on sending for Sister Fidelma and her companion Brother Eadulf to investigate the killing.  But even before they reach the abbey walls, there is an attempt on their lives. As the mystery deepens, Fidelma and Eadulf must also wrestle with problems of their own, problems which threaten to separate them forever...

(see review)

The Devil's Ribbon (Hatton and Roumande) by D.E. Meredith (Minotaur Books 25 October 2011 / $25.99) - Product Description: July, 1858: London swelters under the oppressive heat of the hottest summer on record, and trouble is brewing. Forensic scientist Professor Adolphus Hatton and his trusty assistant, Albert Roumande, have a morgue full of cholera victims. The dead are all Irish, the poorest of London's poor. They came in their thousands ten years ago, forced into the London slums by the terrible famine.  Now they live segregated from the rest of Victorian society, a race apart in this heaving city who are at once everywhere and nowhere. But they are a close knit people, and deeply politicised.  From the docks in Limehouse to the taverns of St Giles, Fenian groups are talking of violence and of liberation.

When a series of violent murders threatens to cause tensions to boil over, Scotland Yard calls on Hatton and Roumande to help investigate.  The seemingly unconnected victims, who hail from all strata of society, are linked by the same macabre calling card: a bright Fenian green ribbon placed strategically about their corpses. While Hatton's search for clues leads him into the spell of a blindingly beautiful woman, a widow of one of the slain, rumblings of a bombing campaign led by an agitator priest and his gang of would-be terrorists build throughout the slums. As the orchestra of veiled motives, divided loyalties, and violent retribution reaches a crescendo, Hatton's skills are tested to the limit. With Roumande, he must race across London to an island with a shipwreck and a secret on a nail-biting race against time in this gripping, elegantly executed Victorian mystery in the tradition of The Dante Club and The Somnambulist.

(see review)

The Strange Death of Father Candy: A Suspense Novel by Les Roberts (Minotaur Books 25 October 2011 / $24.99) - Product Description: Vietnam veteran Dominick Candiotti has been long estranged from his family. His late parents were close to the ruling mob clan in Youngstown, his sister was a bad-tempered and dissatisfied nag, and his middle brother was a corruptible police lieutenant. But in 1985, their oldest brother Richard Candiotti--beloved by every Italian Catholic in Youngstown as "Father Candy"--dies, and Dominick returns home for the funeral.

Dominick is greatly disturbed by Richard's death, which has been ruled a suicide. Dissatisfied with this answer, he sets out to find the truth, revealing secrets and coming face-to-face with brutality and violence.

(see review)

The Territory by Tricia Fields (Minotaur Books 25 October 2011 / $24.99) - Product Description: At the end of State Road 170 and just past a ghost town lies Artemis, population 2,500. The townspeople had sought out this remote corner of Western Texas in hopes of living lives of solitude and independence. None of them realized that their small town would become a hot spot for Mexican drug runners, whose turf battles have turned both sides of the Rio Grande into a war zone. Still, many of the locals would rather take the law into their own hands than get help from police chief Josie Gray, even when they're up against a cartel's private army.

After arresting one of the cartel's hit men and killing another, Josie finds her life at risk for doing a job that many people would rather see her quit. And when the town's self-appointed protector of the Second Amendment is murdered and his cache of weapons disappears, it's clear that she doesn't have to pick sides in this war. She's battling them both.

(see review)

Troubled Bones: A Medieval Noir by Jeri Westerson (Minotaur Books 11 October 2011 / $25.99) - Product Description: Disgraced knight Crispin Guest gets himself into some serious trouble in London and as a result is forced to accept an assignment far out of town.  The Archbishop of Canterbury has specifically requested Guest to investigate a threat against the bones of saint and martyr Thomas a Beckett, which are on display in the cathedral in Canterbury.  The archbishop has received letters threatening the safety of the artifacts, and he wants Guest to protect them and uncover whoever is after them.

When he arrives at Canterbury, Guest is accosted by an old acquaintance from court--one Geoffrey Chaucer--and is surrounded by a group in town on a pilgrimage. Trapped amongst the pilgrims (who were, quite possibly, the model for Chaucer's famous story cycle), looking for a murderer, a hidden heretic and a solution to the riddle that will allow him to go back home, Crispin Guest finds his considerable wit and intellect taxed to its very limit.

(see review)

NAL

Cemetery Girl by David Bell (NAL 04 October 2011 / $14.00) - Product Description: Four years after Tom and Abby's 12-year-old daughter vanishes, she is found alive but strangely calm. When the teen refuses to testify against the man connected to her disappearance, Tom decides to investigate the traumatizing case on his own. Nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover.

(Source: NAL)

Murder, She Wrote: The Fine Art of Murder by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain (NAL 04 October 2011 / $23.95) - Product Description: While on vacation in Italy, Jessica joins a tour that takes her to where lesser-known Italian masterworks are displayed-and where a pair of young Italian gunmen steal a painting off a church wall, killing an off-duty policeman in the process.

Agreeing to help identify the crooks at a later date should they be caught, Jessica returns to Cabot Cove and puts the shocking experience behind her. But months later, both art and death land on her doorstep when the son of an old friend appears to beg her for help in solving his mother's murder-which may take Jessica all the way back to Italy...

(Source: NAL)

The Chocolate Castle Clue (Chocoholic Mystery) by JoAnna Carl (NAL 04 October 2011 / $22.95) - Product Description: Lee McKinney Woodyard discovers a dusty trophy inside TenHuis Chocolade that belongs to her aunt Nettie and her old high school singing group, the Pier-O-Ettes. It's a trophy that brings back terrible memories of an unsolved murder years ago.

Before Lee takes aim at the past, someone is murdered in the here and now. Lee needs to keep her eyes on the prize, hoping the trophy is a clue to finding the killer-before she's a target herself.

(Source: NAL)

The Gingerbread Bump-Off: A Fresh-Baked Mystery by Livia J. Washburn (NAL 26 October 2011 / $14.00) - Product Description: A Christmas killer has been icing Phylis Newsom's friends in the sixth Fresh-Baked mystery.

Not only will Phyllis Newsom's house be featured in the annual Christmas Jingle Bell Tour of Homes, she also has a Christmas Eve bridal shower and a New Year's Eve wedding to bake goodies for. But like her tasty treats, she rises to the occasion.

Before the tour gets under way, Phyllis makes a gruesome discovery on her porch: someone has tried to kill her friend. As Santa's naughty list gets longer, Phyllis tries to catch a half-baked killer.

(Source: NAL)

Other Press

The Secret in Their Eyes by Eduardo Sacheri (Other Press 18 October 2011 / $15.95) - Product Description: Benjami­n Chaparro is a retired detective still obsessed by the brutal, decades-old rape and murder of a young married woman in her own bedroom. While attempting to write a book about the case, he revisits the details of the investigation. As he reaches into the past, Chaparro also recalls the beginning of his long, unrequited love for Irene Hornos, then just an intern, now a respected judge. Set in the Buenos Aires of the 1970s, Sacheri's tale reveals the underpinnings of Argentina's Dirty War and takes on the question of justice--what it really means and in whose hands it belongs.

(Source: Other Press)

Poisoned Pen Press

The Sandburg Connection (The Sam Blackman Mysteries) by Mark de Castrique (Poisoned Pen Press 04 October 2011 / $24.95) - Product Description: A simple assignment for private investigator Sam Blackman and his partner Nakayla Robertson: follow Professor Janice Wainwright, who's suing a surgeon for malpractice, and catch her in activities that undercut her claim.

When Wainwright visits Connemara, Carl Sandburg's home in Flat Rock, N.C., and climbs the arduous trail to the top of Glassy Mountain, Sam believes he has the evidence needed to expose her--until he finds the woman semi-conscious and bleeding. Her final words: "It's the Sandburg verses. The Sandburg verses."

As the first person to discover the dying woman, Sam becomes the prime suspect. When an autopsy reveals painkillers in her blood and solid proof of the surgeon's errors, Sam is left with the haunting questions: why did this suffering woman attempt to climb the mountain? Did someone cause her death?

A break-in at the Wainwright farmhouse and the theft of Sandburg volumes convince Sam someone is seeking information worth killing for. But what did Pulitzer-Prize-winner Sandburg have in his literary collection that has inspired multiple murders? And who will be targeted next? This is the third installment in the Sam Blackman series. (Source: Poisoned Pen Press)

Signet

How to Party with a Killer Vampire: A Party-Planning Mystery by Penny Warner (Signet 04 October 2011 / $7.99) - Product Description: Party planner Presley Parker's new gig is the star-studded wrap party for a horror film. The location is a graveyard--conveniently, because the night of the bash, a tabloid journalist is murdered. (Source: Signet)

Murder of a Creped Suzette: A Scumble River Mystery by Denise Swanson (Signet 04 October 2011 / $7.99) - Product Description: When megamillionaire and imitation cowboy Rex Taylor proposes building a country music theater in Scumble River, everyone's ready to do the boot-scootin' boogie except school psychologist Skye Denison. She's been asked by Suzette Neal, Rex's assistant and a rising country star, to investigate her mother's suspicious death twenty-seven years earlier. No sooner does Skye agree to help than she finds Suzette literally flattened--and very dead. (see review)

Soho

London Calling by James Craig (Soho 18 October 2011 / $25.00) - Product Description: In the middle of a General Election, someone is targeting former members of the ultra-exclusive Merrion Club, youthful hedonists addicted to excess transformed into pillars of the political establishment.  Next in the killer's sights is charismatic, ruthless Edgar Carlton, the man poised to be the next Prime Minister. But, with power almost in his grasp, Edgar will not stand idly by while his birthright is threatened.

When Inspector John Carlyle finds a body in a luxury London hotel room he begins a journey through the murky world of the British ruling classes which leads all the way to the top. Operating in a world where right and wrong don't exist and the pursuit of power is everything, Carlyle has to find the killer before Carlton's people take the matter into their own hands.

(see review)

Soho Crime

Every Bitter Thing: A Chief Inspector Mario Silva Investigation by Leighton Gage (Soho Crime 04 October 2011 / $14.00) - Product Description: The son of the Foreign Minister of Venezuela is found dead in his apartment in Brasilia. Due to the political nature of the crime, Chief Inspector Mario Silva of Brazil's Federal Police is called in to investigate. As he delves deeper into the murder, he discovers that a chain of murders have occurred throughout Brazil, all with the same MO: victims are first shot in the stomach, then brutally beaten to death, and, even more puzzling, they were all passengers on TAB flight 8101 from Miami to São Paulo. What sinister motive connects these killings? And why does it appear one passenger on that flight, a fifteen-year-old boy who was later raped and killed in prison, is at the heart of it all? (Source: Soho Crime)

Jade Lady Burning by Martin Limon (Soho Crime 04 October 2011 / $9.99) - Product Description: Almost twenty years after the end of the Korean War, the U.S. Military is still present throughout South Korea, and tensions run high. Koreans look for any opportunity to hate the soldiers who drink at their bars and carouse with their women.  When Pak Ok-Suk, a young Korean woman, is found brutally murdered in a torched apartment in the Itaewon red-light district of Seoul, it looks like it might be the work of her American soldier boyfriend.  Sergeants George Sueño and Ernie Bascom, Military Police for the U.S. 8th Army, are assigned to the case, but they have nothing to go on other than a tenuous connection to an infamous prostitute. As repressed resentments erupt around them, the pair sets out on an increasingly dangerous quest to find evidence that will absolve their countryman. (Source: Soho Crime)

Stolen Souls: A Jack Lennon Investigation by Stuart Neville (Soho Crime 04 October 2011 / $25.00) - Product Description: Detective Inspector Jack Lennon of the Belfast Police has watched the developing cooperation between Northern Ireland's Loyalist gangs and immigrant Lithuanian criminals with unease. The Lithuanians traffic women from Eastern Europe and Asia for the Loyalists' brothels, and they're all making big money in spite of the recession that has stopped Northern Ireland's peace boom in its tracks. Lennon has a more intimate knowledge of the city's brothels than he'll ever admit, but the surge in trafficked girls makes him question his lifestyle, especially considering he has his daughter, Ellen, to care for now.

When a Lithuanian trafficker turns up dead on Christmas Eve with a shard of glass embedded in his throat, Lennon's plans to spend the holiday with Ellen are put in jeopardy. The dead man was the younger brother of a ruthless Lithuanian crime boss, Arturas Strazdas, and the young Ukrainian woman who killed him has escaped her captors. Now Strazdas holds the Loyalists responsible and won't let up until everyone involved has paid. A bloody gang war erupts across the city.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Belfast, Galya, the Ukrainian girl, is running for her life, alone and scared, clinging to the darkest corners as the frozen streets empty for the holiday. Galya's captors told her how the police deal with illegal immigrants, that she is a criminal in a foreign land, and the law will not help her. And now she is also a murderer. She cannot be discovered by anyone, not the cops, not the gang who held her prisoner. There is only one person she can go to: a man she met on her first day as a prostitute, a friend who gave her a crucifix and an address to run to if she ever got away. He'd saved four prostitutes before her, he's told her, and she can be his fifth. But when Galya arrives at the address, she finds something more evil than she had ever imagined. (see review)

Thomas & Mercer

Resuscitation by D.M. Annechino (Thomas & Mercer 11 October 2011 / $14.95) - Product Description: Two years ago, Detective Sami Rizzo narrowly escaped a brush with death at the hands of a serial killer. After apprehending the killer and bringing him to justice, this life-changing event compels her to resign from the police force. In her heart of hearts, however, she struggles with the decision. But a second serial killer—a well-respected doctor gone astray—uses his charm to seduce his victims and then performs horrific surgical experiments on them. In a final act of depravity, he scatters their mutilated bodies throughout San Diego County.

Feeling a sense of duty and obligation, Sami Rizzo appeals to the police chief and mayor, and they reinstate her as a homicide investigator. As the body count grows and the killer’s experiments become more and more brutal, Sami follows one dead-end lead after another, while trying to deal with a sickly mother and a turbulent relationship with her lover. But then the killer makes a crucial mistake: one of his victims survives. Sami does everything to protect the barely alive victim, but the killer has a different plan… (Source: Thomas & Mercer)

Tor Books

The Visitant (Anaszazi Mysteries) by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Micahel Gear (Tor Books 25 October 2011 / $16.99) - Product Description: With their bestselling First North Americans series, the Gears have astounded an avid international audience of millions. Now these master storytellers turn to the American Southwest, to one of the most enigmatic people to ever inhabit this continent—the Anasazi. At its pinnacle in A.D. 1150, their empire was vast and sophisticated, unequalled until the arrival of the Europeans—and then they simply disappeared.

Dr. Maureen Cole, one of the world's foremost physical anthropologists, is called in to examine and evaluate a mass grave discovered in New Mexico. The burial site contains nothing but the shatttered skulls of women and children. As Dr. Cole works to unravel the mystery of these deaths, strange things begin to happen around her. The walls of her laboratory crumble, her generator quits, and she begins to hear whispering voices emanating from the plastic bags of bones....

(Source: Tor Books)

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