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Cast On, Kill Off (A Knitting Mystery) by Maggie Sefton (Berkley 05 June 2012 / $25.95) - Product Description: Wedding bells are ringing in Fort Connor, Colorado, and the House of Lambspun knitters are abuzz with excitement. But when a murder interrupts the wedding planning, Kelly Flynn will have to solve this crime fast to ensure the killer doesn’t wind up on the guest list…

Kelly Flynn’s knitting pal, Megan, is about to get hitched, and all the planning is falling into place. Megan has found the perfect seamstress, Zoe Yeager, to create the dresses for Kelly and the other bridesmaids. And each bridesmaid is knitting her own loose-knit shawl to drape over the lovely dresses. But Zoe has more than bolts of fabric and seam-cutters stashed away in her shop—she’s harboring a secret. Bruises on her face show a troubling side of her marriage, and just after she finds the courage to leave her husband, Zoe’s found dead from a single bullet shot.

Though her husband is a key suspect, it turns out there are others who might have had designs on Zoe’s death. One is fellow seamstress Leann O’Hara, who recently discovered Zoe won a bridal gown design contest with one of Leann’s own designs. Now it’s up to Kelly and her knitting pals to use their sleuthing savvy to solve the case, while helping Megan stay cool and collected as the big day approaches. They’ll have to stitch up all the loose ends before they can don their dresses and shawls and escort Megan into the land of happily ever after…

(see review)

Corpse in the Crystal Ball (A Fortune Teller Mystery) by Kari Lee Townsend (Berkley 05 June 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: Psychic Sunshine Meadows makes a dark discovery in the woods…

After clearing her name as the prime suspect in a murder, Sunny Meadows hopes she can finally enjoy some serenity in the idyllic town of Divinity in upstate New York. She'd also like a second chance with Detective Mitch Stone. But when Mitch's gorgeous ex-girlfriend Isabel Gonzales shows up, Sunny's not sure she can compete. Then Isabel mysteriously disappears.

When the police turn to Sunny for help, her visions lead to the discovery of Isabel’s corpse in the woods. Before she died, Isabel scrawled a message in the dirt implicating Mitch in her murder. Now Sunny must help the man she’s falling in love with as she sets out to find the real killer. But this time Sunny's clairvoyant abilities might not save her—as what she doesn't see can hurt her

(see review)

Faithful Unto Death (A Sugar Land Mystery) by Stephanie Jaye Evans (Berkley 05 June 2012 / $15.00) - Product Description: Everything looks perfect in Sugar Land, Texas. But it's not. No one knows that better than Walker "Bear" Wells, a former college football player now serving as a minister in this upscale Texas town, where famous athletes mix with ranchers and the local parish priest wants to arm wrestle. It's a beautiful master-planned community, but people can’t be held to neighborhood restrictions, and Bear deals daily with emotional and spiritual problems, in both his flock and his own family.

But never murder. Not until a man is found dead on the nearby golf course, his skull crushed.

Bear has no interest in playing detective. His job is praying for the dead, not searching for their killers. But every time he turns around, another facet of the investigation tangles with his own life…like the fact that the murdered man’s son—and a main suspect—is currently dating his own rebellious teenage daughter.

He made a promise to do the right thing. But keep­ing promises may be what led to murder. (Source: Berkley)

Grace Among Thieves (A Manor House Mystery) by Julie Hyzy (Berkley 05 June 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: When Grace's former professor calls to warn her that there has been a rash of thefts at various historical sites, Grace isn't surprised -- because Marshfield Manor has been targeted, too. (Source: Berkley)

Hearse and Buggy (Amish Mystery) by Laura Bradford (Berkley 05 June 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: Claire Weatherly has fled her high-stress lifestyle for one with a slower pace--in Amish country: Heavenly, Pennsylvania. She only planned for it to be a short visit to her aunt's inn, but instead found herself opening an Amish specialty shop, Heavenly Treasures, and settling in for the long haul. Claire loves her new home, and she's slowly making friends among the locals, including Esther, a young Amish woman who works in the shop with her.

So when the former owner of the store, an unlikable man named Walter Snow, is murdered, and the man Ester is sweet on becomes a suspect, Claire can't help but get involved.

To catch a killer, newly returned Detective Jakob Fisher, who left Heavenly--and his Amish upbringing--as a teenager, is on the case. But his investigation is stalled by the fact that none of his former community will speak with him. Claire's connections make her the perfect go-between.

As Claire starts to dig into who else might have wanted Snow dead, she uncovers more than she wanted to know about her neighbors. And suddenly, everything she had hoped to find in this peaceful refuge is at risk. (see review)

Hot Button (Button Box Mystery) by Kylie Logan (Berkley 05 June 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: Button collector Josie Giancola has a sharp eye for detail, and a love for keeping things together. But when a murder interrupts her button business, she's always ready to snap into action.

As chairwoman of an international conference for button collectors, Josie has plenty to worry about. Between greeting collectors, overseeing the dinner cruise, and attending to the many needs of the guest of honor, Thad Wyant, she barely has time to deal with her gorgeous ex-husband…let alone a dead body.

But when Thad is found dead in a hotel linen closet, Detective Nevin Riley needs Josie to help him solve the case. Mr. Wyant's historic Geronimo button has gone missing, and considering how many enemies he's made in the small and peculiar world of button collectors, Josie will have to act fast—before she becomes history herself. (Source: Berkley)

The Azalea Assault (A Garden Society Mystery) by Alyse Carlson (Berkley 05 June 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: Camellia Harris has achieved a coup in the PR world. The premier national magazine for garden lovers has agreed to feature one of Roanoke's most spectacular gardens in its pages--and world-famous photographer Jean -Jacques Georges is going to shoot the spread. But at the welcoming party, Jean-Jacques insults several guests, complains that flowers are boring, and gooses almost every woman in the room. When a body is found the next morning, sprawled across the azaleas, it's almost no surprise that the victim is Jean-Jacques.

With Cam's brother-in-law blamed for the crime--and her reporter boyfriend, Rob, wanting the scoop--Cam decides to use her skills to solve the murder. Luckily a PR pro like Cam knowns how to be nosy. (see review)

The Diva Digs Up the Dirt (A Domestic Diva Mystery) by Krista Davis (Berkley 05 June 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: Determined not to be a garden-variety diva, Sophie WInston's neighbor Natasha cultivates a plan to shine on television--using Sophie's backyard. As the cast and crew of the makeover show Tear It Up with Troy bulldoze through her backyard--and vacation--Sophie retreats to her perennial boyfriend Wolf's to replace a dead rosebush. But her tender deed goes awry when she digs up a purse belonging to Wolf's missing wife.

As speculations sprout. Wolf bolts, and then a body crops up in a garden. Is Wolf's thorny past raising a dead head? THis is one case the domestic diva can't let wither on the vine.... (Source: Berkley)

Threaded for Trouble (A Threadville Mystery) by Janet Bolin (Berkley 05 June 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: Welcome back to Threadville, Pennsylvania, where crafts are king, and a "killer" sewing machine lives up to its name.

Darlene Coddlefield, the winner of a national sewing competition, has come to Willow Vanderling's embroidery shop, In Stitches, to be presented with a top-of-the-line Chandler Champion sewing and embroidery machine as her prize. But Darlene’s triumph is short-lived after she’s found dead under her sewing table, apparently crushed by the heavy machine.

It soon becomes clear that this was no freak accident. Who had it in for Darlene Coddlefield? The long string of suspects includes Darlene’s fire chief husband. So Willow and her best friend, Haylee, become volunteer firefighters to uncover the truth. But when a second sewing machine sparks trouble, the friends realize they may have jumped from the frying pan into the fire. (Source: Berkley)


Double Trouble by Fred Lichtenberg (CreateSpace 19 June 2012 / $12.99) - Product Description: The day washed-out detective Charlie Quinn unexpectedly meets Frankie Marcone in a Fort Lauderdale parking lot his life changes forever. Little does he know that Marcone is a hit man for the mob. Or that he and Marcone are identical twins separated at birth! Marcone, who stole diamonds from his boss, isn't looking for a family reunion and disappears. When Quinn discovers that Marcone is killed in a fiery accident, he flies to New York to find out more about his long lost brother. But when the boss's henchmen bump into Quinn and demand the diamonds or else, Quinn defies reality and becomes Frankie Marcone. Delving into his brother's dark past, Quinn learns about his own and it's not pretty. Lies, betrayal and deception follow him every step of the way. The enemy is closing in. Will Quinn succeed in tracking down the diamonds before his fate mirrors his twin brother's? (see review)

Forge Books

Burning Midnight (Amos Walker) by Loren D. Estleman (Forge Books 05 June 2012 / $24.99) - Product Description: Amos Walker knows Detroit, from the highest to the lowest, and that includes the gangs of Mexicantown. When a friend asks Walker to get his son's brother-in-law out of one of two feuding gangs, Walker gets in trouble fast. First, dead bodies start to pile up; then come suspicious fires and the bottle bombs. Walker is caught in the middle of a gang war.

Whether or not a middle-aged gringo like him can cool things off between the Maldados and the Zapatistas, he's got to try; he did promise his friend. Once he gets involved, he realizes there's something else going on; the specter of an international conspiracy threatens to make this local trouble blow sky-high. And if he ends up dead or in jail for murders he didn't commit, he might have to put that promise on hold. It's tough being Amos Walker. (Source: Forge Books)

The Cryptos Conundrum by Chase Brandon (Forge Books 19 June 2012 / $25.99) - Product Description: A fifteen-foot-tall steel sculpture stands in the courtyard of the Central Intelligence Agency, emblazoned with a message that no one can decipher. The three-inch-high letters on the sculpture form a coded message that is central to the survival of mankind--a message hidden in plain sight, displayed in a public space, with the full text available to anyone who has an internet connection.

One man knows exactly what the statue's message says--because he created it. 

Dr. Jonathan S. Chalmers heads a CIA unit tasked with containing the greatest secret our government has ever kept—and planning for its consequences. He alone knows the full story of the threats that face America. Threats that would terrify us if we knew them.  Threats that have shaped our country's past, present, and future. Threats that have become his life's work, requiring all his talents, all his energy, and even the lives of members of his family. If Chalmers can't save us, nobody can.

(Source: Forge Books)


Gun Games: A Decker/Lazarus Novel by Faye Kellerman (Harper 26 June 2012 / $9.99) - Product Description: The Hesse suicide strikes a troubling chord in the household of Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, now that they've taken in Gabe Whitman—the gifted and brilliant fifteen-year-old son of a killer—whose own unexplained comings and goings only remind Decker that he knows almost nothing about the secretive boy living under his roof. But it's a second teen suicide—a young girl who attended the same exclusive prep school as Gregory Hesse—that points Decker and his detectives down a dark alley of twisted allegiances and unholy alliances . . . and toward a cold-blooded group of high schoolers with a shocking predilection for guns and violence.

(Source: Harper)

Vanishing Girls (Karin Schaeffer) by Katia Lief (Harper 26 June 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: GIRLS ARE VANISHING OFF THE STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY... Book 3 in the Karin Schaeffer series ...and young women are being murdered. When the violence descends on Karin Schaeffer and Mac MacLeary's comfortable Brooklyn neighborhood, and their best friend becomes the lead investigator, they are drawn into the bewildering series of crimes. As the mystery deepens, what looks like the work of a garden-variety serial killer turns out to be an evil darker than anyone imagined, with roots shockingly close to home. (Source: Harper)

ILT Publishing

The Devil's Bait by Jeffrey J. Mariotte (ILT Publishing 27 June 2012 / ) - Book Description: Jessie Dawn Cutler is a relationship banker, a single woman in Manhattan, climbing the rungs of the high-finance ladder on her way to the top.

Morgan Byrd is an aging mercenary soldier, suffering a crisis of conscience as profound as his bank account is low.

When Jessie’s biggest client is revealed as a criminal and a killer—protected from within and outside the bank—she becomes a target. But Jessie is courageous, resourceful, and when she teams up with Morgan, it’s just possible that both of their lives can be saved...


Niceville by Carsten Stroud (Knopf 12 June 2012 / $26.95) - Product Description: Something is wrong in Niceville ... A boy literally disappears from Main Street.  A security camera captures the moment of his instant, inexplicable vanishing. An audacious bank robbery goes seriously wrong: four cops are gunned down; a TV news helicopter is shot and spins crazily out of the sky, triggering a disastrous cascade of events that ricochet across twenty different lives over the course of just thirty-six hours.

Nick Kavanaugh, a cop with a dark side, investigates. Soon he and his wife, Kate, a distinguished lawyer from an old Niceville family, find themselves struggling to make sense not only of the disappearance and the robbery but also of a shadow world, where time has a different rhythm and where justice is elusive. ... Something is wrong in Niceville, where evil lives far longer than men do. (Source: Knopf)

Minotaur Books

A Bad Day for Mercy (Stella Hardesty) by Sophie Littlefield (Minotaur Books 19 June 2012 / $24.99) - Product Description: A call from Stella's little sister brings the news that Stella's step-nephew, Chip, has been threatened with serious bodily harm if he doesn't settle his unpaid gambling debts. Stella makes the drive to Chip's home in Wisconsin, only to walk in on a wee-hours dismemberment. Chip and his Russian girlfriend, Natalya, insist the man was left, already dead, on their porch. Suspicious but compelled to help family, Stella tracks down other suspects, including the deceased's business partner, a purveyor of black-market Botox, and a jilted violist. Matters are complicated by the unexpected arrival of BJ Broderson, who has picked the worst possible time to pursue his amorous intentions toward Stella. Meanwhile, thoughts of Sheriff "Goat" Jones make Stella blush and wonder where, and with whom, she will spend her fifty-first birthday.

(see review)

Curse of the Jade Lily (Mac McKenzie) by David Housewright (Minotaur Books 05 June 2012 / $25.99) - Product Description: A stolen gem with a tragic history, a curse and a million dollar ransom is McKenzie's latest case.

Several years ago, Rushmore McKenzie became an unexpected millionaire and set about doing not much of anything. Now, showing up at his doorstep is the insurance company that paid the settlement that made him rich—and they want a favor. Someone has stolen a very expensive gem from a local art museum and is willing to ransom it back. The only condition is that McKenzie has to be the go between. And this is no ordinary gem—it is a jade with a history going back to the Qing Dynasty and a reputed curse that stories claim has ruined or killed everyone who has ever owned it. McKenzie agrees to help but what starts out as a simple ransom quickly becomes complicated.

Suddenly other parties—including the State Department and a mysterious woman named Heavenly—start showing up, wanting McKenzie to turn over the gem to them. When the murdered body of on of the thieves turns up in a snow drift, it looks like the cursed Jade Lily has claimed its latest victim. And there may well be more to follow. (see review)

Dead Man's Tunnel (A Hook Runyon Mystery) by Sheldon Russell (Minotaur Books 19 June 2012 / $25.99) - Product Description: Dead Man's Tunnel is the third installment in Sheldon Russell's 1940s series featuring yard dog Hook Runyon.

Near the end of WWII, Hook Runyon, railroad bull, and his dog, Mixer, are sent to the West Salvage Yard in the high desert of Arizona. Not far away is the Johnson Canyon Tunnel. Though remote and ordinary as tunnels go, it is the gateway to the steepest railroad grade in North America and a potential bottleneck for the delivery of war supplies. So vital is this tunnel to the war effort that a twenty-four hour military guard has been assigned for the duration. Hook's orders are to catch copper thieves and to stay out of sight and out of trouble. But things go awry when Hook receives a call that one of the guards has been killed mid-tunnel by an oncoming train. Lieutenant Allison Capron from the Army Transportation Department is called in to help with the investigation. At first, suicide by train is suspected, but the evidence soon suggests homicide resulting from a love triangle. Unable to fit his own findings into either of these theories, Hook suspects something more sinister.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

Death and Transfiguration: A Daniel Jacobus Novel by Gerald Elias (Minotaur Books 19 June 2012 / $26.99) - Product Description: The fourth book in the series featuring the irascible but loveable amateur sleuth Daniel Jacobus.

Vaclav Herza, the last of a dying breed of great but tyrannical conductors, has been music director of Harmonium for forty years. The world famous touring orchestra was created for him when he fled Czechoslovakia for America during the political turmoil in Eastern Europe in 1956. It is the eve of the opening of a dramatic new concert hall designed by Herza himself. It is also the eleventh hour of intense contract negotiations with the musicians that have strained relations within the organization. When the acting concertmaster, Scheherazade O'Brien, is summarily dismissed by the despotic Herza for the permanent concertmaster position, an audition she was poised to win, O'Brien slits her wrists and the orchestra becomes convulsed. Now, blind, cantankerous violin teacher Daniel Jacobus, who had shunned O'Brien's earlier plea for help against Herza's relentless harassment, investigates Herza's dark past not only in Prague, but in Tokyo and New York. With the help of his old friends Nathaniel Williams, Max Furukawa, and Martin Lilburn, he seeks not only revenge but redemption from the guilt of his own past. (see review)

Hideout by Kathleen George (Minotaur Books 19 June 2012 / $15.99) - Product Description: This novel in Kathleen George's stunning Pittsburgh-set police procedural series begins when a young mother dies in a hit-and-run accident caused by two young delinquent brothers. Jack and Ryan Rutter flee to Sugar Lake, the summer community where they vacationed as children. As Detective Colleen Greer searches for the brothers, Jack and Ryan create a terrifying hostage situation. (Source: Minotaur Books)

Ice Cap (Jackie Swaitkowski) by Chris Knopf (Minotaur Books 05 June 2012 / $25.99) - Product Description: A new addition to Chris Knopf's fun, smartly-plotted series starring Jackie Swaitkowski, Hamptons lawyer to the rich and criminal

It's the middle of the worst winter on record in the Hamptons, and Jackie Swaitkowski's client, Franco Raffinni, is headed for a 1st degree murder rap.  The case pulls her reluctantly back into her late-husband's extended, and partly nutty family, entangles her in intrigue both criminal and romantic, and challenges her basic principles of right and wrong.  Crazy weather, crazy artists, the uniquely close-knit and colorful Polish-American community in the East End of Long Island, organized crime and digital wizardry all play a role in Ice Cap, a murder mystery that could only happen in the Hamptons. (Source: Minotaur Books)

Misery Bay: An Alex McKnight Novel by Steve Hamilton (Minotaur Books 05 June 2012 / $14.99) - Product Description: ALEX MCKNIGHT IS BACK in Misery Bay, the long-awaited return of one of crime fiction's most critically acclaimed series by Steve Hamilton.

On a frozen January night, a young man loops one end of a long rope over the branch of a tree. The other end he ties around his neck. A snowmobiler will find him thirty-six hours later, his lifeless eyes staring out at the endless cold water of Lake Superior. It happens in a lonely corner of the Upper Peninsula, in a place they call Misery Bay.

Alex McKnight does not know this young man, and he won't even hear about the suicide until another cold night, two months later and 250 miles away, when the door to the Glasgow Inn opens and the last person Alex would ever expect to see comes walking in to ask for his help.

What seems like a simple quest to find a few answers will turn into a nightmare of sudden violence and bloody revenge, and a race against time to catch a ruthless killer. McKnight knows all about evil, of course, having faced down a madman who killed his partner and left a bullet next to his heart. Mobsters, drug dealers, hit men—he's seen them all, and they've taken away almost everything he's ever loved. But none of them could have ever prepared him for the darkness he's about to face.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

The Hand That Trembles (Ann Lindell Mysteries) by Kjell Eriksson (Minotaur Books 05 June 2012 / $14.99) - Product Description: Winner of the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Novel, international sensation Kjell Eriksson has dazzled American audiences with his stunning thrillers. In this gripping tale, a man walks out of a meeting in Sweden and disappears without a trace. Years later, a neighbor spots someone who looks like the missing man in Bangalore. Could it be the same man? And what connection, if any, does he have to the baffling case that Inspector Ann Lindell is handling back home? Fabulous writing and nail-biting suspense combine in The Hand that Trembles to produce a story only a superstar like Eriksson could achieve.

Read our review of The Hand That Trembles in our October 2011 issue. (Source: Minotaur Books)

The Seven Wonders (Ancient World) by Steven Saylor (Minotaur Books 05 June 2012 / $25.99) - Product Description: The year is 92 B.C. Gordianus has just turned eighteen and is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime: a far-flung journey to see the Seven Wonders of the World. Gordianus is not yet called "the Finder"—but at each of the Seven Wonders, the wide-eyed young Roman encounters a mystery to challenge the powers of deduction.

Accompanying Gordianus on his travels is his tutor, Antipater of Sidon, the world's most celebrated poet. But there is more to the apparently harmless old poet than meets the eye. Before they leave home, Antipater fakes his own death and travels under an assumed identity. Looming in the background are the first rumblings of a political upheaval that will shake the entire Roman world.

Teacher and pupil journey to the fabled cities of Greece and Asia Minor, and then to Babylon and Egypt. They attend the Olympic Games, take part in exotic festivals, and marvel at the most spectacular constructions ever devised by mankind. Along the way they encounter murder, witchcraft and ghostly hauntings. Traveling the world for the first time, Gordianus discovers that amorous exploration goes hand-in-hand with crime-solving. The mysteries of love are the true wonders of the world, and at the end of the journey, an Eighth Wonder awaits him in Alexandria. Her name is Bethesda. (see review)


The Devil She Knows by Bill Loehfelm (Picador 05 June 2012 / $16.00) - Product Description: Maureen Coughlin's life isn't turning out as planned. At twenty-nine, she's stuck waiting tables in a Staten Island bar, and her only excitement comes from the next cigarette or a discreet dash of coke before her shift. But when a tryst between her coworker Dennis and an aspiring state senator named Frank Sebastian turns deadly, Maureen is jolted out of her routine. Soon she's on the run through the borough's seedy underbelly, desperate to stop Sebastian. She thinks she has seen the face of evil--and she doesn't know the half of it. A smoldering, hard-boiled crime story with a tough new heroine, The Devil She Knows has suspense to burn. (Source: Picador)


The Neruda Case: A Novel by Roberto Ampuero (Riverhead 14 June 2012 / $26.95) - Product Description: Published for the first time in English, an atmospheric, brilliant novel from an internationally bestselling literary luminary. Roberto Ampuero's novels starring the wonderfully roguish Cayetano Brulé are an international sensation. In The Neruda Case, readers are introduced to Cayetano as he takes on his first case as a private eye. Set against the fraught political world of pre-Pinochet Chile, Castro's Cuba, and perilous behind-the-Wall East Berlin, this mystery spans countries, cultures, and political ideas, and features one of literature's most beloved figures—Pablo Neruda.

Cayetano meets the poet at a party in Chile in the 1970s. The dying Neruda recruits Cayetano to help him solve the last great mystery of his life. As Cayetano fumbles around his first case, finding it hard to embrace the new inspector identity foisted upon him, he begins to learn more about Neruda's hidden agenda. Neruda sends him on a whirlwind expedition around the world, ending back in Chile, where Pinochet's coup plays out against the final revelations of their journey.

Evocative, romantic, and full of intrigue, Ampuero's novel is both a glimpse into the life of Pablo Neruda as death approaches and a political thriller that unfolds during the fiercely convulsive end of an era. (Also available as ebook.) (Source: Riverhead)


Dead Man Waltzing: A Ballroom Dance Mystery by Ella Barrick (Signet 05 June 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: When Corinne Blakely, a grande dame of international ballroom dancing, is poisoned, the dance community -- including champion dancer Stacy Graysin -- is left in an uproar. Corinne was penning a tell-all memoir, but now her secrets might well remain hidden, perhaps just as the killer intended.

The victim's dance card was full of people who might have wanted her silenced, if not dead. But when Maurice, a ballroom instructor at Stacy's dance studio, Graysin Motion, becomes the prime suspect, Stacy has no choice but to waltz in and that the lead.

Clearing Maurice's name is going to be harder than a running spin turn. But there's one thing Stacy knows for sure -- she's not about to let the murderer dance away scot-free.

No One Left to Tell by Karen Rose (Signet 05 June 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: A woman is dead and her fiancé is serving a life sentence for a murder he didn't commit. Now PI Paige Holden holds the only piece of evidence that could see him freed, and she cannot take it to the police. With the help of disarming state attorney Grayson Smith, Paige is determined to avenge the murdered woman and set an innocent man free. But Paige has only scratched the surface of a cover-up far deadlier than she could ever imagine. A string of mysterious deaths of women with a shared past sets Paige on the trail of a ruthless killer. The problem is, the killer's on her trail too. (Source: Signet)

Quilt or Innocence: A Southern Quilting Mystery by Elizabeth Craig (Signet 05 June 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: As the newest member of the Village Quilters guild, Beatrice has a lot of gossip to catch up on - especially with Posy's Patchwork Cottage quilt shop about to close. It seems that Judith, the landlord everyone loves to hate, wants to raise the rent despite being a quilter herself.

But when Judith is found dead, the harmless gossip becomes an intricate patchwork of mischievous motives. And it's up to Beatrice's expert eye to decipher the pattern and catch the killer before her life gets sewn up for good. (see review)

Soho Crime

Cop to Corpse: A Peter Diamond Investigation by Peter Lovesey (Soho Crime 12 June 2012 / $25.00) - Product Description: PC Harry Trasker is the third policeman in the Bath area to be shot dead in less than twelve weeks. THe assassinations are the work of a sniper no one has been able to pin down. The younger detectives are no match for this murderer and his merciless agenda. This is a job for Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond, and it might be the most dangerous investigation of his life. (see review)

St. Martin's Griffin

B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton (St. Martin's Griffin 05 June 2012 / $14.99) - Product Description: Beverly Danziger looked like an expensive, carefully wrapped package from a good but conservative shop. Only her compulsive chatter hinted at the nervousness beneath her cool surface. It was a nervousness out of all proportion to the problem she placed before Kinsey Millhone.

Still business was slow, and even a private investigator has bills to pay. Millhone took the job. It looked routine.

Elaine Boldt's wrappings were a good deal flashier than her sister's, but they signaled the same thing: The lady had money. According to the manager of her California building, the wealthy widow was last seen draped in her $12,000 lynx coat heading for Boca Raton. According to the manager of her Florida building, she never got there. But someone else had, and she was camping out illegally in Mrs. Boldt's apartment. The job was beginning to seem a bit less routine.

It turned tricky when Beverly Danziger ordered Millhone to drop the case, and it took on an ominous quality when Aubrey Danziger surfaced, making all kinds of wild accusations about his wife. But it only became sinister when Millhone learned that just days before Elaine Boldt went missing, her next-door neighbor and bridge partner had been murdered, and the killer was still at large.

As Millhone digs deeper into the case, she finds herself in a nightmarish hall of mirrors in which reality is distorted by illusion and nothing—except danger—is quite what it seems. (Source: St. Martin's Griffin)


The Inspector and Silence: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery by Hakan Nesser (Vintage 12 June 2012 / $15.00) - Product Description: In this enthralling new addition to Hakan Nesser’s acclaimed Inspector Van Veeteren series, the Swedish detective must crack a secretive and uncooperative religious sect in order to solve a string of brutal murders.

When one of the Pure Life’s members is found raped and strangled in the forest near the group's camp, the Chief Inspector is called to investigate. The Pure Life has chosen to remain silent about the incident rather than defend itself, so Van Veeteren's only lead is the anonymous caller who reported the body. As the unidentified woman continues to assist the authorities, her knowledge suggests she’s more than just a passing Good Samaritan, but her tips become doubly perplexing as a new string of increasingly horrifying crimes defy everything Van Veeteren and his team thought they knew about the case.

(Source: Vintage)

William Morrow

An Unmarked Grave: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd (William Morrow 05 June 2012 / $24.99) - Product Description: In the spring of 1918, the Spanish flu epidemic spreads, killing millions of soldiers and civilians across the globe. Overwhelmed by the constant flow of wounded soldiers coming from the French front, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford must now contend with hundreds of influenza patients as well.

However, war and disease are not the only killers to strike. Bess discovers, concealed among the dead waiting for burial, the body of an officer who has been murdered. Though she is devoted to all her patients, this soldier's death touches her deeply. Not only did the man serve in her father's former regiment, he was also a family friend.

Before she can report the terrible news, Bess falls ill, the latest victim of the flu. By the time she recovers, the murdered officer has been buried, and the only other person who saw the body has hanged himself. Or did he?

Working her father's connections in the military, Bess begins to piece together what little evidence she can find to unmask the elusive killer and see justice served. But she must be as vigilant as she is tenacious. With a determined killer on her heels, each move Bess makes could be her last.

(Source: William Morrow)

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