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Bantam

Garment of Shadows (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes) by Laurie R. King (Bantam 04 September 2012 / $26.00) - Product Description: Laurie R. King's New York Times bestselling novels of suspense featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, comprise one of today's most acclaimed mystery series. Now, in their newest and most thrilling adventure, the couple is separated by a shocking circumstance in a perilous part of the world, each racing against time to prevent an explosive catastrophe that could clothe them both in shrouds.

In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

Meanwhile, Holmes is pulled by two old friends and a distant relation into the growing war between France, Spain, and the Rif Revolt led by Emir Abd el-Krim—who may be a Robin Hood or a power mad tribesman. The shadows of war are drawing over the ancient city of Fez, and Holmes badly wants the wisdom and courage of his wife, whom he's learned, to his horror, has gone missing. As Holmes searches for her, and Russell searches for herself, each tries to crack deadly parallel puzzles before it's too late for them, for Africa, and for the peace of Europe. (see review)

Berkley

Buffalo Bill's Dead Now (Wind River) by Margaret Coel (Berkley 04 September 2012 / $25.95) - Product Description: After more than 120 years, the regalia worn by Arapaho Chief Black Heart in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show were supposed to be returned to his people. But the cartons containing the relics were empty when they arrived at the Arapaho museum. Rancher and Indian artifact collector Trevor Pratt had them shipped from Germany and believes thieves must have stolen them en route.

Vicki and Father John suspect Trevor knows more about the theft than he's telling—a suspicion that’s confirmed when they witness a car speeding from his home and he's found murdered inside. To find the killer, they must first uncover the truth about a blood feud between two Arapaho families—and the original theft of Black Heart’s possessions dating back more than a century....

(Source: Berkley)

Foul Play at the Fair (Celebration Bay Mystery) by Shelley Freydont (Berkley 04 September 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: As more and more tourists flock to Celebration Bay, New York, to enjoy their seasonal festivals, the town is in need of a professional coordinator. Enter Manhattan event planner Liv Montgomery, tired of big-city stress and looking for an idyllic spot where she and her Westie terrier, Whiskey, can put down roots. The Harvest by the Bay Festival is Liv’s first chance to prove herself, and everything from apple bobbing to pumpkin painting goes perfectly--until the body of an itinerant juggler is discovered stuffed into an antique apple press.

With a murderer on the loose, town leaders threaten to shut down the upcoming Halloween and Christmas festivals. But the town's livelihood is at stake, and there is no way Liv is going to let that happen, even if she has to solve the murder herself. No matter how many balls she needs to keep in the air, Liv is determined to find a killer who’s rotten to the core. (Source: Berkley)

How to Tail a Cat (Cats and Curios Mystery) by Rebecca M. Hale (Berkley 04 September 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: WHEN IS A WHITE ALLIGATOR A RED HERRING?
Okay, granted, an albino alligator on the loose in San Francisco is pretty darn exciting. But my two cats, Rupert and Isabella, and I have better things to do than tail a reptile from Nob Hill to Fisherman’s Wharf. We're investigating the mysterious Steinhart brothers, the 1900s-era benefactors who provided the original funding for Clive the alligator’s aquarium. Follow the money, as my uncle Oscar used to say.

In the media circus surrounding Clive, one clown gets a little too close to the renegade gator—our very own aspiring mayor, Montgomery Carmichael. We’d hate to see Monty meet an undignified end, but we’re on a hunt of our own—for Uncle Oscar’s latest treasure. Of course, that’s assuming the whole thing isn’t a crock. (see review)

Murder Unmentionable (Sweet Nothings) by Meg London (Berkley 04 September 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: Emma Taylor thought she knew what to expect when she abandoned life as a big-city fashionista to help her aunt, Arabella, breathe new style into Sweet Nothings, her waning lingerie boutique. As Emma settles back in to Paris, Tennessee--a world where pie is served with a parable and a pitcher of sweet tea is the cure for most of life's ills--her escape seems smooth as silk.

But when the town acquires a touch of unneeded je ne sais quoi with the arrival of Emma's philandering ex, an unseemly murder turns her world inside out. As the police's top suspect, Emma is going to need more than fishnets to snare the real killer. And when she and Arabella refuse to let death threats wrapped in knifed nighties stall Sweet Nothings’ vintage lingerie fashion show, it becomes increasingly clear that any garter may hide a gun and that bullet bras might have to live up to their name. (Source: Berkley)

Supernatural Born Killers (A Pepper Martin Mystery) by Casey Daniels (Berkley 04 September 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: Former cemetery tour guide and reluctant medium Pepper Martin is thrilled when she gets her job back—with a promotion. But her new position is turning out to be more than she can handle, especially with the dead clamoring for her attention.

As Garden View Cemetery’s new community relations manager, Pepper is feeling overwhelmed with planning the annual party to attract new sponsors. Luckily, some of the cemetery’s permanent residents have volunteered to give Pepper a ghostly hand, and she’s not about to turn away the help. But when a murdered ghost starts leaving puddles everywhere, Pepper quickly finds her newly acquired free time occupied.

The dead man is her ex-boyfriend Quinn's former partner Jack Haggarty—and he isn’t going away until Pepper figures out the real reason behind his murder. And while Quinn recently had a brush with the afterlife, he still isn’t ready to accept Pepper’s abilities—or offer his skills as a detective. Now, Pepper has to convince Quinn she’s the real deal and investigate Jack’s death—before someone else meets their end in a watery grave. (Source: Berkley)

The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose by Susan Wittig Albert (Berkley 04 September 2012 / $24.95) - Product Description: National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to the small town of Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s—and the Darling Dahlias, the ladies of a garden club who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty solving mysteries.

Just in time for the Confederate Day celebration, the Darling Dahlias are ready to plant Confederate roses along the fence of the town cemetery. Of course, Miss Dorothy Rogers, club member and town librarian, would be quick to point out the plant is in fact a hibiscus.

The Confederate rose is not the only thing that is not what it first appears to be in this small Southern town. Earle Scroggins, the county treasurer, has got the sheriff thinking that Scroggins' employee Verna Tidwell (also the Darling Dahlias’ trusted treasurer) is behind a missing $15,000. But Darling Dahlias president Liz Lacy is determined to prove Verna is not a thief.

Meanwhile Miss Rogers has discovered her own mystery—what appears to be a secret code embroidered under the cover of a pillow, the only possession she has from her grandmother. She enlists the help of a local newspaperman, who begins to suspect the family heirloom may have larger significance. (Source: Berkley)

The Ninth Step by Grant Jerkins (Berkley 04 September 2012 / $15.00) - Product Description: Is it true what they say? That we’re only as sick as our worst secret? Because Helen Patrice has one. Last night, she murdered a stranger.

Helen is a recovering alcoholic struggling through a twelve-step program. Now it’s time to make amends for a crime she got away with—a hit and run accident that killed the wife of school teacher Edgar Woolrich. It's time to face the consequences. When she finally gathers the courage to meet him, the ninth step begins with a lie--the first of many as their relationship grows, and Helen knows it's far too late to reveal the truth to a man she's come to love. Then one day, she receives an anonymous note: Does he know you killed his wife?

Now her devastating trail of deceit is about to lead her into the darkest place so far--that of other people's secrets.... (Source: Berkley)

Treacherous Toys (Renaissance Faire Mystery) by Joyce and Jim Lavene (Berkley 04 September 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: Hail ye, hail ye, and welcome to the Renaissance Faire Village. Here, associate professor Jessie Morton spends her summers honing her skills and finding the lady, lord, or serf whodunit. But when she comes for Christmas, will murder mean a very unhappy holiday?

Jessie Morton is getting just what she wished for this holiday season at the Renaissance Faire Village--working as an apprentice to the new toy maker. But when Chris Christmas is discovered dead just hours after her arrival, Jessie's holiday plans start to melt away.

Jessie can't imagine who would want to silence the toy maker, but apparently the red-cheeked Chris Christmas liked toying with the ladies. Although it may be her shortest apprenticeship ever, she wants to unwrap the truth before word gets out in the village that it's not safe to be Santa—or one of his helpers. (Source: Berkley)

Wall-to-Wall Dead (A Do-It-Yourself Mystery) by Jennie Bentley (Berkley 04 September 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: Avery Baker never thought she’'d leave Manhattan, until she inherited her aunt’'s old Maine cottage and found her true calling: —home renovation. But when Avery goes to work restoring a condominium, she discovers it’'s another condo owner who'’s been condemned….

Avery and her fiancé Derek are fixing up a cute little condo in homey Waterfield, Maine, hoping for a quick turnaround and some extra money for their wedding. It seems like a simple project, —and Avery is looking forward to using her big-city experience with small spaces.

But they didn’'t expect to have their every move watched by the resident busybody, Hilda Shaw, who loves snooping on everyone'’s comings and goings. When the busybody becomes a dead body, Avery suspects foul play. Soon she'’s doing some snooping of her own, —and it seems everyone in the complex has a secret. Could one of them be worth killing for? Avery needs to work fast, before someone decides to fix her…... for good. (Source: Berkley)

Berkley Trade

Death Where the Bad Rocks Live (A Spirit Road Mystery) by C.M. Wendelboe (Berkley Trade 04 September 2012 / $15.00) - Product Description: FBI agent Manny Tanno thought he had left his tribe and the Pine Ridge Reservation behind him years ago. But now with a cold case unearthed in the hot plains sun, he knows that the past never really goes away.

In Badlands National Park, there is a desolate area the Lakota refer to as the Stronghold. General Custer called it hell on earth. During World War II, the Army Air Corps used it as a bombing range. At the end of the war, many unexploded ordnances were swallowed up in its sweltering sands. But that’s not all that’s buried there…

Sixty-five years after the war, the Sioux tribe has contracted an ordnance removal company to defuse any remaining ammunition in the Stronghold. When the company finds a human arm near a live bomb, Tanno and the Tribal police are called to investigate. As the body is exhumed, two more are discovered. The remains are close together, but the murders were decades apart—and the story behind them is about to blow up.

(Source: Berkley Trade)

Cozy Cat Press

It Takes Two to Strangle: A Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective Mystery by Stephen Kaminski (Cozy Cat Press 26 September 2012 / $14.95) - Product Description: When the owner of a traveling carnival is strangled––not once but twice––on opening night of the summer fair in Hollydale, the police surmise he was not well liked. As the head of Hollydale's citizens' association and local liaison with the carnival, Damon Lassard feels obligated to help his dear friend, Detective Gerry Sloman, solve the crime. Damon is determined to bring the killer to justice, to the fascination of his mother, best gal pal Rebecca, and lovely local weather girl Bethany Krims. To unravel the threads underpinning this peculiar mystery, Damon will travel far from Hollydale as his quest to find a murderer leads to the discovery of long hidden and horrific crimes. IT TAKES TWO TO STRANGLE introduces Hollydale's lovable neighborhood leader, Damon Lassard, and twists the dabbling detective through an intricate maze of greed, deception and murder. (Source: Cozy Cat Press)

Five Star

Death in Her Face by Sheila York (Five Star 19 September 2012 / $25.95) - From back of book: Mala Demara, the sultry European beauty and box-office goldmine, has vanished; Mickey Triton, her gangster boyfriend, lies dead in the burned-out hulk of their secret love nest, shot through the head.

Marathon Studios needs help, fast, and they know just where to get it: Screenwriter Lauren Atwell and her lover, private investigator Peter Winslow. Both know how to get results and they've saved the studio from scandal before.

Peter will search for Mala and hope to find her before the police start looking. Once they do, even if she's innocent, the publicity could destroy her. Lauren will rewrite the script for another star if Mala turns out to be an undercover agent. The beautiful, phony face of Hollywood is slipping, and there are terrors beneath. Now Peter and the studio bosses want Lauren out of harms way. let the men handle it, stay out of the investigation, stay out of trouble. Fat chance.

Lauren's not going to stick to the script. She'll follow a tangled trail of betrayal, secrets, greed and murder to discover the truth. And she'll face down the FBI, who can crush her career, and a vicious mobster who demands Peter find Triton's killer or else they'll both never work in Hollywood again. Or breathe. (see review)

Field of Schemes (Lloyd Keaton Mystery) by John Billheimer (Five Star 19 September 2012 / $25.95) - From back of book: In Field of Schemes, one lie told with the best of intentions leads to murder and threatens to ruin the man who told it.

Dale Loren, an ex-pitcher whose promising career was short-circuited by mismanagement, now helps others reach the majors as a trainer for a triple-A baseball team. When a hot-shot outfielder asks him for steroids, he provides a harmless mixture of cold cream and lemon juice, telling him it's a brand-new steroid that can't be detected by baseball's drug testing regimen. Believing the mixture gives him an illegal edge, the outfielder goes on a hitting spree and is called up to the majors where, cut off from his supply of "steroids", he falls into a deep slump. THen he tests positive for drugs and names Loren as his supplier. Loren unsuccessfully pleads his innocence before a congressional committee and is fired. Shortly afterward, the outfielder is found dead under mysterious circumstances.

Local sportswriter Lloyd Keaton--who lost his money, marriage and a major-market career to a gambling addiction--sets out to clear Loren's name. In the process he is threatened by mobsters, shot at, and learns his teenage son is hooked on steroids. When a long-time friend is critically injured in a suspicious accident, Keaton's world spirals out of control, and he reverts to his destructive gambling habit.

Keaton soon discovers that the highest stakes are off the field...and he'll risk more than he ever imagined to protect his family and find the truth. (see review)

Hopsquatch by Michael Newton (Five Star 19 September 2012 / $25.95) - From back of book: On the eve of his hotly-contested reelection campaign in Cascade County, Oregon, Sheriff jason Pruett finds himself in the midst of an unprecedented crime wave. The richest man in town has been murdered, neck broken by someone--or something--with extremely large, powerful hands. The victim, CEO of Cascade County's primary industry, leaves behind a marriage fraught with tension and a county torn by both political and racial animosity.

Sheriff Pruett races against time to find the killer(s), while the victim's company--Paul Bunyan Logging--faces violent opposition from radical environmentalists and a tribe of Native Americans bent on preserving their homeland's virgin forest at all costs. To that end, a tribal shaman claims that he has conjured Omah, a vengeful nature spirit better known to Cascade County's white inhabitants as Sasquatch or Bigfoot. Sheriff Pruett is a skeptic, but as mayhem escalates around him, claiming other lives, he must follow every lead available to solve the crime and restore order.

(see review)

Sacrificial Offerings (Leal and Hart) by Michael A. Black (Five Star 19 September 2012 / $25.95) - From back of book: Things couldn't be worse for Sergeant Frank Leal. First, he's assigned a homicide at a seedy motel that suddenly develops into a "heater" once the victim is found to be a washed up TV star. Then his regular partner, Olivia Hart, is reassigned to the SWAT team. Leal is also saddled with a nerdy college intern who's been tweeting his every move and Hart's replacement is a rubber-gun-squad candidate who has conversations with a hand-puppet named Oscar.

Hart's secretly assigned to an internal affairs investigation to determine which members of the SWAT team are stealing the money during drug raids. After completing some rigorous training, Hart is thrust into a non-stop series of danger that requires all of her skills.

Add a few more murders by a ruthless street gang intent on thwarting the police, and Leal is left wondering if they'll all end up as sacrificial offerings in the escalating conflict. (see review)

Forge Books

Rogue Warrior: Blood Lies by Richard Marcinko and Jim DeFelice (Forge Books 18 September 2012 / $25.99) - Product Description: When the daughter of a retired Navy SEAL is kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico, Rogue Warrior Richard Marcinko and his band of Red Cell International warriors head south of the border to rescue her. Along the way, they encounter drug dealers and human traffickers, break into a cartel kingpin's mansion, and do battle with a hundred of the meanest banditos since Pancho Villa. And just for good measure, Marcinko uncovers a secret Hezbollah camp funded by the Iranian government and sheltered by the drug lords.

But the founder of SEAL Team 6 finds his toughest opponent may actually be the woman he's come to rescue. And then there's the question of who really sent Dick to find her.…

(Source: Forge Books)

The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books 04 September 2012 / $24.99) - Product Description: Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news...until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, Jane isn't content to work on her assigned puff pieces, and finds herself tracking down a candidate's secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election.

Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. Twice, bodies of unidentified women have been found by a bridge, and Jake is plagued by a media swarm beginning to buzz about a "bridge killer" hunting the young women of Boston.

As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected…and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.

(see review)

Gallery Books

Resurrection Express by Stephen Romano (Gallery Books 18 September 2012 / $25.00) - Product Description: A cutting edge storm of white-knuckle action and suspense—the year’s most exciting debut thriller!

Meet Elroy Coffin. He's a twenty-first century high-tech thief with deadly hands. Trained from his youth to be the best there is at what he does. There is no code he can’t break, nothing he can’t hack, no safe he can’t crack. But even the best can fall. Sold up the river after a job by a depraved Texas mob boss, Coffin has spent the past two years incarcerated in a maximum security hellhole, driven to near-madness by the death of his beloved wife. When a mysterious "concerned citizen" arrives at the prison one morning with evidence that Coffin's wife is still alive, and offers him the chance to find her in return for cracking the most deadly security system ever designed, Coffin knows something big is going down. Back on the street and relentlessly hunted by the same man who left him to rot in jail, Coffin is drawn into a breakneck maelstrom of action, betrayal and intrigue that will test the limits of his skills, and puts him in the center of a death-defying escape through the criminal underworld. But what he doesn’t know is that the men who hired him are running the deadliest game of all time—an endgame that could spell the death of billions, altering the very course of human history. And Elroy Coffin holds the key to it all. (see review)

Harper

Judgment and Wrath by Matt Hilton (Harper 25 September 2012 / $9.99) - Product Description: Former Special Forces military operative-turned-problem solver Joe Hunter is enjoying a quiet, new life in Florida when he's approached by a man who wants Hunter to bring his daughter home. Marianne, her father says, is being held by an abusive boyfriend, millionaire Bradley Jorgenson, and her rescue is imperative. But the girl Hunter discovers at Jorgenson's luxurious island residence seems happy, and her beau harmless and loving. the real problem is Dantalion.

A brilliant, sadistic psychopath—a merciless contract killer with a terrifying personal agenda—Dantalion has his sights set on the couple when he shows up at Jorgenson's mansion. Suddenly the only choice is to run, as a simple snatch-and-grab becomes a deadly game of cat-and-mouse in the Florida swamplands, a desperate battle for survival against a maniac who'll let nobody live who stands in his way . . . not even Joe Hunter.

(Source: Harper)

Sleepwalker by Wendy Corsi Staub (Harper 25 September 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: The nightmare of 9/11 is a distant but still painful memory for Allison Taylor MacKenna—now married to Mack and living in a quiet Westchester suburb. She has moved on with her life ten years after barely escaping death at the hands of New York's Nightwatcher serial killer. The monster is dead, having recently committed suicide in his prison cell, but something is terribly wrong. Mack has started sleepwalking, with no recollection of where his nighttime excursions are taking him. And here, north of the city, more women are being savagely murdered, their bodies bearing the Nightwatcher's unmistakable signature.

Suddenly Allison must confront a devastating truth: her life is in jeopardy once again ... and quite possibly from the man she trusts and loves.

(Source: Harper)

Melange Books

Selvage by Nell Duvall (Melange Books 10 September 2012 / ) - Book Description: A bank scam, a series of accidents that end as murders, and police too ready to accept simple explanations for deaths push freelance writer Brooke Beldon and systems programmer Paul Counts ever deeper into a tangled conspiracy. She struggles to clear her brother's name. Paul, a sucker for a blue-eyed blonde, initially wants to help her, but also ends the chief suspect in murder. He must clear his name and unravel the bank theft to identify the culprits.

The only clue they have is the name of a sleazy strip club. Paul gets stonewalled at the club, so Brooke enlists the help of a sympathetic hostess. Going undercover, she tries to learn all she can about her kid brother Stan and the woman who left with him the night he died. (Source: Melange Books)

Minotaur Books

A Death in Valencia by Jason Webster (Minotaur Books 18 September 2012 / $24.99) - Product Description: A Death in Valencia is the electrifying second Max Cámara Valencian crime novel from Jason Webster, author of Or the Bull Kills You.

Max Cámara is feeling low. Ominous cracks have appeared in the walls of his flat; the body of a well-known paella chef has been washed up on the beach; there are rows and threats about abortion clinics in anticipation of the Pope's visit to Valencia; and Town Hall officials are set on demolishing El Cabanyal, the colorful fisherman's quarter on Valencia's seafront. As Cámara untangles these threads, he stumbles into a web of corruption and violence, uncovering deep animosities and hidden secrets, and forcing him to question his own doubts and desires.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

Dead Man's Grip (Detective Superintendent Roy Grace) by Peter James (Minotaur Books 18 September 2012 / $14.99) - Product Description: Carly Chase is still traumatized ten days after being in a fatal traffic accident that kills a teenage American student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next.

The student had deadly connections. Connections that stretch across the Atlantic to America and an organized crime group. Someone has sworn revenge and won't rest until the final person involved in that fateful accident is dead. The police advise Carly her only option is to go into hiding and change her identity. The terrified woman disagrees. She knows these people have ways of hunting you down anywhere. If the police are unable to stop them, she has to find a way to do it herself. But already the killer is one step ahead of her, watching, waiting, and ready.

Read our review of Dead Man's Grip from our February 2012 issue.

Detroit Breakdown by D.E. Johnson (Minotaur Books 04 September 2012 / $25.99) - Product Description: Will Anderson and Elizabeth Hume are called to the vast Eloise Insane Asylum outside of Detroit, where Elizabeth's cousin Paul is a patient and now a murder suspect. The victim, like three others before him at the asylum in recent months, was killed with the infamous "Punjab lasso," the murder weapon of the Phantom of the Opera.

Certain of Paul's innocence, they begin an investigation with the help of Detective Riordan. Will has himself committed to the asylum to investigate from the inside, and Elizabeth volunteers at Eloise and questions people outside the asylum. While Will endures horrific conditions in his search for the killer, Elizabeth and Riordan follow the trail of a murder suspect all the way to Kalamazoo, where they realize the killer might still be at Eloise, putting Will in extreme danger. They race back to Detroit, but will they arrive in time to save Will and bring the killer to justice?

(see review)

Hiss and Hers (Agatha Raisin) by M.C. Beaton (Minotaur Books 18 September 2012 / $24.99) - Product Description: Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of everyone's favorite sleuth, M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin is as feisty as ever—armed with her famous wit and biting sense of humor. This time, though, there's some biting of a whole other sort going on. Agatha has fallen head over heels in love—again. This time, she has her eye on the local gardener, George Marston, but so do other women in their little Cotswold village. Shamelessly determined, Agatha will do anything to get her man—including footing the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him. And then George doesn't even show up. Only partly deterred, Agatha goes looking for him, and finds his dead body in a compost heap. Murder is definitely afoot, but this killer chose no ordinary weapon: A poisonous snake delivered the fatal strike.

(see review)

In the Shadows of Paris by Claude Izner (Minotaur Books 04 September 2012 / ) - Book Description: In the turbulent Parisian summer of 1893,Victor Legris has vowed to his fiancée to give up the dangerous hobby of amateur sleuthing to concentrate on selling books.

But a killer is at large, leaving mysterious references to a leopard in his notes, and intent on revenge for events that took place many years before during the Commune. When a bookbinder friend of Victor's dies in a house fire that does not seem to be accidental, the young bookseller feels impelled to resume his detective work and uncover the identity of the Batignolles predator. Alongside his trusty assistant Jojo, Victor embarks on a new investigation in the bourgeois quarters of Paris, where scoundrels abound and streethawkers call out their wares among market stalls, under the bloody shadow of the Commune. (Source: Minotaur Books)

NAL

Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay (NAL 04 September 2012 / $25.95) - Product Description: Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen.

Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon—but has not—in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

Thomas’s brother, Ray, takes care of him, cooking for him, dealing with the outside world on his behalf, and listening to his intricate and increasingly paranoid theories. When Thomas tells Ray what he has seen, Ray humors him with a half-hearted investigation. But Ray soon realizes he and his brother have stumbled onto a deadly conspiracy. And now they are in the crosshairs.... (see review)

What the Heart Remembers by Debra Ginsberg (NAL 04 September 2012 / $15.00) - Product Description: When young Eden Harrison receives a heart transplant from an unknown donor, her seemingly charmed life falls apart. Haunted by dreams of people and places she doesn't recognize, Eden is convinced that her new heart carries the memories of its original owner. Eden leaves her old life behind as she is mysteriously drawn to the city of San Diego.

There, Eden becomes fast friends with Darcy, a young woman recently widowed by Peter, her wealthy, much older husband. But Darcy is unsettled by her inability to mourn, and more unsettled by recurring thoughts of Adam, a young musician she was having an affair with--who has suddenly vanished.

Yet, the more Eden learns about Darcy, the more she realizes that all is not as it seems, and she begins to suspect foul play behind Peter's and Adam's fates. As the tension around them escalates, Eden's mysterious dreams become more and more frequent. Can Eden listen to what her heart is trying to tell her before it is silenced forever?

(Source: NAL)

Perseverance Press

The Hanging: A Maggie MacGowen Mystery by Wendy Hornsby (Perseverance Press 10 September 2012 / $15.95) - Product Description: When her television series is abruptly canceled, investigative filmmaker Maggie MacGowen accepts a short-term contract to teach film production at a local community college-an interesting diversion, she thinks, until the next TV gig comes along. But if Maggie expects her sojourn in the ivory tower to be peaceful, she is dead wrong. Instead, she finds herself in the middle of an explosive power struggle. In the current era of budget cuts and fee increases, community college president Park Holloway arouses faculty and student animosity with his expensive building program, especially an admin building derisively nicknamed the Taj Ma'Holloway. When Maggie finds the college president hanging in the building's stairwell, suspicion falls not on her, but on her young friend Sly Miller. A world-class artist, his sculpture was supposed to be hanging in place of the body. That's only the beginning of a twisty plot dealing with the aesthetics and business of art, a billion-dollar art-for-arms deal; political corruption and cronyism; and issues of art forgery and journalistic ethics, all capped off by a stunning denouement. (Source: Perseverance Press)

What You Wish For by Janet Dawson (Perseverance Press 10 September 2012 / $15.95) - Product Description: History professor Lindsey Page has a quiet, well-ordered life, but it's about to get complicated. Her daughter, with whom she has a troubled relationship, shows up on her doorstep. The immigrant woman Lindsey is interviewing for a book asks her for help in reclaiming the son taken from her during a massacre in her Salvadoran village. And her closest friends, the three women Lindsey has known since their college days in Berkeley where they witnessed the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, are hiding secrets that will forever change those friendships. Lindsey must grapple with questions of family identity, nature vs. nurture, truth in wartime, the ethics of power for latter-day robber barons in the US and Central America, and the law of unforeseen consequences. Moving back and forth from the 1970s to the present, from the San Francisco Bay Area to El Salvador this sprawling saga follows Lindsey, her friends, and family through tumultuous political, social, and cultural changes and choices. (Source: Perseverance Press)

Putnam

Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb (Putnam 11 September 2012 / $27.95) - Product Description: It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks...until something went terribly wrong. And after twelve minutes of chaos and violence, eighty people lay dead.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas is trying to sort out the inexplicable events. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing things—monsters and swarms of bees. They describe sudden, overwhelming feelings of fear and rage and paranoia. When forensics gives its report, the mass delusions make more sense: It appears the bar patrons were exposed to a cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that could drive anyone to temporary insanity—if not kill them outright.

But that doesn’t explain who would unleash such horror—or why. And if Eve can’t figure it out fast, it could happen again, anytime, anywhere. Because it’s airborne. (see review)

Signet

Death in Four Courses (Key West Food Critic) by Lucy Burdette (Signet 04 September 2012 / $7.99) - Product Description: The annual Key West Loves Literature seminar is drawing the biggest names in food writing from all over the country, and Haley Snow is there to catch a few fresh morsels of insider gossip. Superstar restaurant critic Jonah Barrows has already ruffled a few foodie feathers with his recent tell-all memoir, and as keynote speaker, he promises more of the same jaw-dropping honesty.

But when Hayley discovers Jonah's body in a nearby dipping pool, the cocktail hour buzz takes a sour turn, and Hayley finds herself at the center of attention--especially with the police. Now it's up to her to catch the killer before she comes to her own bitter finish. (see review)

Last Wool and Testament: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery by Molly MacRae (Signet 04 September 2012 / $7.99) - From back of book: Kath Rutledge is about to learn the true meaning of TGIF--Thank Goodness It's Fiber....

That's the name of the spunky group of fiber and needlework artists founded by Ivy McClellan, Kath's beloved grandmother. Though Ivy has recently passed on, the members still meet regularly at her fiber and fabric shop, the Weaver's Cat, which Kath has now inherited. But that's only the first in a series of surprises when Kath returns to the small town of Blue Plum, Tennessee, to settle her grandmother's affairs.

There's been a murder, and it seems her grandmother was the prime suspect. Before Kath can begin to clear Ivy's name, she encounters a looming presence in the form of a gloomy ghost. It turns out the specter has just as much interest in solving the murder as Kath. So, with a little help from the members of TGIF--and a stubborn spirit from beyond--she sets out to unravel the clues and hook the real killer. (see review)

Murder of the Cat's Meow: A Scumble River Mystery by Denise Swanson (Signet 04 September 2012 / $7.99) - From back of book: When ex-Vegas showgirl and local business owner Bunny Reid starts an online dating service called Cupid's Cat's Meow, out-of-town visitors flock to her bowling alley for the speed-dating and cat show events that she hosts to bring in extra cash. Bunny's scheme sounds harmless enough, but school psychologist Skye Denison knows all too well that an influx of strangers in Scumble River always spells trouble.

Meanwhile, Skye is convinced that her house is haunted and is afraid that her fiancé, police chief Wally Boyd, won't move in until the ghost moves out. But ghost-hunting takes a backseat when Skye is called to the bowling alley, where a riled-up contestant is choking a cat show judge for insulting his feline. Skye breaks up the scuffle, but the next morning the judge's dead body is found strangled with a cat toy. Now Skye must solve the purrplexing mystery--and show a devious killer that her sleuthing skills are the cat's meow. (see review)

Soho Crime

Death's Door (Billy Boyle World War II Myste) by James R. Benn (Soho Crime 04 September 2012 / $25.00) - Product Description: In this seventh installment of James R. Benn’s hit WWII-era mystery series, Lieutenant Billy Boyle goes undercover in the Vatican.

Lieutenant Billy Boyle could have used a rest after his last case, but when his girlfriend, Diana Seaton, a British spy, goes missing in the Vatican, where she was working undercover, he insists on being assigned to a murder investigation there so he can try to help her.

An American monsignor is found murdered at the foot of Death's Door, one of the five entrances to Saint Peter's Basilica. Wild Bill Donovan, head of the OSS, wants the killing investigated. The fact that the Vatican is neutral territory in German-occupied Rome is only one of the obstacles Billy must overcome. First is a harrowing journey, smuggled into Rome while avoiding the Gestapo and Allied bombs. Then he must navigate Vatican politics and personalities--some are pro-Allied, others pro-Nazi, and the rest steadfastly neutral--to learn the truth about the murdered monsignor. But that's not his only concern; just a short walk from the Vatican border is the infamous Regina Coeli prison, where Diana is being held. Can he dare a rescue, or will a failed attempt alert the Germans to his mission and risk an open violation of Vatican neutrality? (Source: Soho Crime)

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