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Back Bay Books

Wild Thing: A Novel by Josh Bazell (Back Bay Books 26 February 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: Beat the Reaper left critics applauding, readers gasping, and Dr. Pietro Brnwa on the run from the mob. Wild Thing finds him adrift: at sea, literally, as a cruise ship doctor under an assumed name. So when a reclusive billionaire offers him a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Pietro reluctantly agrees. And that means an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers--not to mention the occasional lake monster--are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

Facing new and old monsters alike, Pietro proves he's one of the crime genre's most exciting new heroes, in this darkly funny and lightning-paced sequel to Josh Bazell's bestselling debut. (Source: Back Bay Books)

Berkley

Buried In a Bog (A County Cork Mystery) by Sheila Connolly (Berkley 05 February 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: National bestselling and Agatha Award-nominated author Sheila Connolly introduces a brand-new series set in a small village in County Cork, Ireland, where buried secrets are about to rise to the surface.

Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran.

In the pub, she's swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly one-hundred-year-old body in a nearby bog. When Maura realizes she may know something about the dead man—and that the body's connected to another, more recent, death—she fears she's about to become mired in a homicide investigation. After she discovers the death is connected to another from almost a century earlier, Maura has a sinking feeling she may really be getting in over her head. (see review)

Chance of a Ghost (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery) by E.J. Copperman (Berkley 05 February 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Alison Kerby's guesthouse is haunted all year round. Surviving the dead of winter, though? That's a spooky proposition.

Even with a blizzard bearing down on New Jersey, Alison can count on at least two guests--Paul and Maxie, the stubborn ghosts who share her shore town inn. Then there's her widowed mother, who hasn't just been seeing ghosts, she's been secretly dating one: Alison's father. But when he stands her up three times in a row, something's wrong. Is he a lost soul…or a missing apparition?

Their only lead is an overdramatic spirit--stage name Lawrence Laurentz--who doesn't take direction well and won't talk until they find his killer. Alison will reluctantly play the part of PI, but when the clues take a sinister turn, the writing is on the wall: If Alison can't keep a level head, this will be her father's final act—and maybe her own. (Source: Berkley)

Every Trick in the Book (A Novel Idea Mystery) by Lucy Arlington (Berkley 05 February 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: The national bestselling Novel Idea Mysteries return with Lila Wilkins, who has just been promoted to full-time literary agent. But great new writers aren't the only people she's trying to catch.

Lila Wilkins has it all: the home of her dreams in the charming town of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina; a perfect police officer boyfriend; and a new job she absolutely loves. At the Book and Author Festival, which is sponsored by the Novel Idea Literary Agency, Lila expects to discover some talented new authors, but what she finds instead is the body of an editor to whom she bears an eerie resemblance.

Trouble is, the editor's death isn't the only literary murder taking place. Soon a blossoming author is also killed, and Lila has a gut feeling that the two murders are linked. Now she must hunt down the dark figure who killed these women—and to her surprise, she just might find the clues hidden in a manuscript. (Source: Berkley)

Helsinki White (An Inspector Vaara Novel) by James Thompson (Berkley 05 February 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: Inspector Kari Vaara, recovering from brain surgery, is back to doing police work--under circumstances most cops only dream of. Reporting directly to the national chief of police, Kari and his partners Milo and Sulo have been granted secrecy and autonomy for their new black-ops unit, and plenty of cash to work with, including whatever they can steal from Helsinki's mobsters.

But Kari's team is too good, and their actions have unintended consequences. The president of Finland wants the team on a new case: the vicious assassination of a prominent immigrants' rights activist. Against a backdrop of simmering hatred spreading across the country, Kari must solve a case that involves the kidnapping of a billionaire's children, a Faustian bargain with a former French Legionnaire—and his own wife. (Source: Berkley)

India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy by Carol K. Carr (Berkley 05 February 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: In Victorian London, India Black has all the attributes a high-class madam needs to run a successful brothel--wit, beauty, and an ability to lie with a smile. Luckily for Her Majesty's Government, all these talents also make her a first-rate spy

India Black, full-time madam and occasional secret agent, is feeling restless, when one of Disraeli's men calls on her to meet the prime minister--alone. Even though all her previous meetings have been organized by the rakishly handsome spy French, it's been decided this is a mission India must attempt on her own.

Revolt has spread across Europe and reached the shores of England--anarchists have begun assassinating lords and earls, one by one. Now India must infiltrate the ranks of the underground group responsible for those attacks, the sinister Dark Legion. To stop their dread plot, India will go from the murkiest slums of London to the highest levels of society, uncovering secrets that threaten her very existence. (Source: Berkley)

One Hot Murder (Victoria Square) by Lorraine Bartlett (Berkley 05 February 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Katie Bonner, the reluctant manager of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square, is no stranger to ambivalence. Things have been going hot and heavy with pizza maker Andy Rust--so much so that Katie has moved in over his pizza parlor. But now that summer's ushered in a heat wave, an apartment above pizza ovens without an air conditioner is making Katie hot and bothered.

At the height of the heat wave, a tragic fire strikes Victoria Square. Wood U, a small store selling wooden gifts and small furniture, is destroyed. But the fire may just be a smoke screen—for murder. A body is found among the charred wreckage, and the victim didn't die from smoke inhalation. He was shot. Now--despite making Detective Ray Davenport hot under the collar--Katie is determined to smoke out a coldhearted killer. (Source: Berkley)

Oodles of Poodles (A Pet Rescue Mystery) by Linda O. Johnston (Berkley 05 February 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Shelter manager and pet rescuer Lauren Vancouver once again takes on the role of amateur sleuth when there's a murder on a film set.

Has Hollywood gone to the dogs? Pet rescuer Lauren Vancouver is observing production on a new movie called Sheba's Story. The title character--a white Miniature poodle--is played by many similar-looking poodles, and to make sure no animals are harmed, Lauren's friend, veterinarian Carlie Stellan, and Grant, a handsome representative from the American Humane Association, are on location. But when the film's director is killed in a suspicious hit-and-run after arguing with Carlie about animal safety, it's up to Lauren to clear her friend's name and catch a killer before someone else ends up in oodles of deadly trouble.

(Source: Berkley)

To Brie or Not To Brie by Avery Aames (Berkley 05 February 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Charlotte Bessette--owner of Fromagerie Bessette, known by locals as The Cheese Shop--has a lot on her plate: setting a date with her fiancé, feeding the actors in her grandmother's production of Hamlet, and planning the menu for her best friend and cousin's upcoming wedding. At least her new creation--sinfully delicious Brie blueberry ice cream--has turned out perfectly.

Just days before the wedding, a stranger turns up dead in the Igloo Ice Cream Parlor's freezer, his head bashed with a container of Charlotte's signature ice cream. But this stranger turns out to be more than he seems, and his death threatens to unravel all that Charlotte has worked for. She has no choice but to add one more thing to her to-do list: find the killer before the villain destroys all that she loves.

(see review)

Town in a Pumpkin Bash (Candy Holliday) by B.B. Haywood (Berkley 05 February 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: In the quaint seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine, Candy Holliday has a mostly idyllic life, tending to the Blueberry Acres farm she runs with her father and occasionally stepping in to solve a murder or two

Halloween is fast approaching, and preparations for the Pumpkin Bash, Cape Willington's annual autumn festival, are well underway. Candy is running this year's haunted hayride, in the hopes of making some extra cash. But when she discovers a real dead body near some fake tombstones, Candy's side job becomes a full-blown investigation to find out who turned a holiday attraction into a real horror show.

Will Candy's keen eye for detail unearth buried town secrets? As her search leads her through old graveyards and a haunted house, Candy will discover that not all of the skeletons hidden in this small town's closets are Halloween decorations. INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES!
(see review)

Creme de la Crime

Death's Door by Jim Kelly (Creme de la Crime 01 February 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: On a hot August day in 1994, 76 holidaymakers travel to an island off the North Norfolk coast. Only 75 return alive--a young man is murdered, the case left unsolved. Twenty years later, using state-of-the-art forensics, the DNA results of a bloodsoaked towel prompts DI Peter Shaw to summon all 75 original suspects to a mass screening. but one of them, the beautiful Marianne Osbourne, is found dead in her bed. Is there a link to the 1994 murder? DI Shaw and DS Valentine become immersed in the dark secrets of an isolated community. (see review)

Five Star

Dark Prairie by John D. Nesbitt (Five Star 14 February 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: A stranger named Dunbar comes to the town of Winsome, on the plains of Wyoming, on a summer day in the 1890s. He goes to work at the Little Six ranch where Grey Wharton works. Grey tells the story of how Dunbar begins to look into the affairs of Tut Whipple, a water project developer.

The investigation starts small, with the tracking down of stolen beef that was delivered to the crew working on the reservoir and canal project. Whipple puts up resistance through his hired men, who are able to intimidate other hands at the Little Six but have no luck with Dunbar, who is good with his fist as well as with his wits. Whipple himself avoids Dunbar, even when the newcomer develops an acquaintance with Whipple's wife, Ruth.

Shortly before Dunbar's arrival in Winsome, a young girl named Annie Mora disappeared. As the antagonism between Dunbar and Whipple becomes stronger, with one of the Little Six riders being killed by one of Whipple's men, it seems that the disappearance of Annie Mora might be related to Whipple's other shady dealings. Dunbar keeps on probing, and he takes an interest in Whipple's previous project, a dam and pond next to the town of Winsome. Now things really heat up. (Source: Five Star)

No Safe Ground by Julia Pomeroy (Five Star 15 February 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: Reynolds Packard's a down-at-heels limo driver who lives in a run-down house in the back woods of upstate New York, with no family or ties other than his ex-cop cousin, Millie. And then, into his life barrels the daughter he'd given up fifteen years before and who is now AWOL from the military and running for her life. (Source: Five Star)

Nursing Home Ninjas by Al Stevens (Five Star 15 February 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: At 87, Marvin's eyesight is failing, but even he can't miss the bruises on his fellow nursing-home residents. The staff dismisses his concerns, so Marvin begins snooping on his own. Unable to engage the enemy alone, Marvin enlists the aid of his two friends and fellow residents to expose the abuser and stop the abuse.

Armed with only their cunning and a collection of unlikely homespun weapons, they stalk suspects, collect documents, make clandestine videos and set booby traps to impede the enemy's advance.

As their investigation probes deeper, they uncover a corporate conspiracy designed and implemented to reclaim the nursing home's real estate, a conspiracy that employs a depraved staff member who enjoys tormenting elderly people.

When they are close to unmasking the conspiracy and exposing its motives, they realize that their adversary won't stop at bruises, but is willing to kill to advance his employer's agenda. With one resident dead, and more in the killer's sights, including themselves, the trio desperately steps up their investigation, hoping to reveal and thwart the conspiracy before more old people are hurt. (Source: Five Star)

Show Me The Murder by Carolyn Mulford (Five Star 15 February 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: After a bullet shatters Phoenix Smith's career as a CIA covert operative, she returns to her rural Missouri hometown to recuperate and regroup. She arrives as her lifelong friend, civic leader Annalynn Carr Keyser, buries her husband, the sheriff. Everyone except the widow believes he shot his mistress and himself. Annalynn begs Phoenix to help prove he, too, was murdered. The old friends employ their diverse skills and conflicting attitudes to discover what really happened and to survive. (see review)

Some Enchanted Murder (An Apple Mariani Mystery) by Linda S. Reilly (Five Star 15 February 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: Paralegal/title searcher Apple Mariani is accustomed to solving mysteries—mysteries such as missing heirs, lingering liens, and gaps in a chain of title. But when appraiser Lou Marshall is stabbed with an antique dagger at an estate sale, Apple finds herself plunged into the heart of a murder. For starters, she learns that the victim had entrusted her with a decades-old valentine only minutes before he was killed. Then things take a nasty turn when Apple’s Aunt Tressa—the victim’s new squeeze—is pegged as a prime suspect, and their elderly friend Lillian goes suddenly missing. Was Lillian kidnapped, or worse, because she witnessed the murder? And why had Lou been so anxious to get that faded old valentine, with its sugary poem, into Apple’s custody?

Despite the local police chief’s annoying lack of concern, Apple is sure Lillian is in trouble when a cryptic call from Lillian’s cell phone awakens her late at night. Still haunted by childhood memories of her own mother vanishing, Apple knows she has to find her friend before it’s too late. From the shelves of a local antique shop to the culinary horrors of the grungiest diner in New Hampshire, Apple and Tressa collect a series of clues that lead them in maddening circles... all the way to a frustrating dead end. But time is running out, because a desperate killer, whose patience is wearing thin, still has a deadly agenda.... (see review)

Gallery Books

Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason (Gallery Books 12 February 2013 / $24.99) - From back of book: More than a year ago, mild-mannered Jason Getty killed a man he wished he'd never met. Then he planted the problem a little too close to home. But just as he's learning to live with the undeniable reality of what he's done, police unearth two bodies on his property--neither of which is the one Jason buried.

Jason looks to stay one step ahead of the consequences of his crime, and while chaos reigns on his lawn, his sanity unravels with the help of a colorful cast of strangers.

(Source: Gallery Books)

Knopf

Ghostman by Roger Hobbs (Knopf 12 February 2013 / $24.95) - Product Description: Stunningly dark, hugely intelligent and thoroughly addictive, Ghostman announces the arrival of an exciting and highly distinctive novelist.

When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-thirties and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with. But within hours a private jet is flying this exceptionally experienced fixer and cleaner-upper from Seattle to New Jersey and right into a spectacular mess: one heister dead in the parking lot, another winged but on the run, the shooter a complete mystery, the $1.2 million in freshly printed bills god knows where and the FBI already waiting for Jack at the airport, to be joined shortly by other extremely interested and elusive parties. He has only forty-eight hours until the twice-stolen cash literally explodes, taking with it the wider, byzantine ambitions behind the theft. To contend with all this will require every gram of his skill, ingenuity and self-protective instincts, especially when offense and defense soon become meaningless terms. And as he maneuvers these exceedingly slippery slopes, he relives the botched bank robbery in Kuala Lumpur five years earlier that has now landed him this unwanted new assignment.

From its riveting opening pages, Ghostman effortlessly pulls the reader into Jack's refined and peculiar world—and the sophisticated shadowboxing grows ever more intense as he moves, hour by hour, toward a constantly reimprovised solution. With a quicksilver plot, gripping prose and masterly expertise, Roger Hobbs has given us a novel that will immediately place him in the company of our most esteemed crime writers. (Source: Knopf)

Melange Books

The Death of Anyone by D.J. Swykert (Melange Books 25 February 2013 / ) - Product Description: Detroit homicide Detective Bonnie Benham has been transferred from narcotics for using more than arresting and is working the case of a killer of adolescent girls. CSI collects DNA evidence from the scene of the latest victim, which had not been detected on the other victims. But no suspect turns up in the FBI database. Due to the notoriety of the crimes a task force is put together with Bonnie as the lead detective, and she implores the D.A. to use an as yet unapproved type of a DNA Search in an effort to identify the killer. Homicide Detective Neil Jensen, with his own history of drug and alcohol problems, understands Bonnie's frailty and the two detectives become inseparable as they track this killer of children.

Minotaur Books

A Medal for Murder (Kate Shackleton) by Frances Brody (Minotaur Books 12 February 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: A pawn-shop robbery. It's no rest for the wicked as Kate Shackleton picks up her second professional sleuthing case. But exposing the culprit of a pawn-shop robbery turns sinister when her investigation takes her to Harrogate--and murder is only one step behind ...

A fatal stabbing. A night at the theatre should have been just what the doctor ordered, until Kate stumbles across a body in the doorway. The knife sticking out of its chest definitely suggests a killer in the theatre's midst.

A ransom demand. Kate likes nothing better than a mystery - and nothing better than solving them. So when a ransom note demands £1,000 for the safe return of the play's leading lady, the refined streets of Harrogate play host to Kate's skills in piecing together clues - and luring criminals out of their lairs. (Source: Minotaur Books)

Airtight by David Rosenfelt (Minotaur Books 12 February 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Judge Daniel Brennan is only days away from achieving a seat on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals bench when he's brutally stabbed to death in his garage. An army of media and law enforcement descend on the case, and thousands of tips pour in from the public. When one tip leads New Jersey policeman Luke Somers to Steven Gallagher, things quickly go wrong, but Luke is instantly glorified for solving the case.

But to one man, Luke is no hero. Chris Gallagher raised his brother, Steven, almost single-handedly, and, certain that Steven is innocent, he won't rest until he sets the record straight. Thanks to Luke's newfound fame, he's an easy man to find, and Chris quickly makes it clear that Luke's own brother will die if Luke refuses to help clear Steven's name. So begins Luke's desperate attempt to find another suspect—any other suspect—in Judge Brennan's death. But Luke's investigation might open the door to powerful forces even more dangerous than Chris Gallagher. (see review)

Bad Blood (Kate Shugak) by Dana Stabenow (Minotaur Books 26 February 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: One hundred years of bad blood between the villages of Kushtaka and Kuskulana come to a boil when the body of a young Kushtaka ne'er-do-well is found wedged in a fish wheel. Sergeant Jim Chopin's prime suspect is a Kuskulana man who is already in trouble in both villages for falling in love across the river. But when the suspect disappears, members of both tribes refuse to speak to Jim. When a second murder that looks suspiciously like payback occurs, Jim has no choice but to call in Kate Shugak for help. This time, though, her Park relationships may not be enough to sort out the truth hidden in the tales of tragedy and revenge. (see review)

Black Sheep (Special Agent Caitlyn Tierney) by CJ Lyons (Minotaur Books 26 February 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: It's the one mystery Supervisory Special Agent Caitlyn Tierney has never solved: her father's unexplained suicide after arresting his best friend for murder. It drove Caitlyn to become one of the FBI's best agents--and often the most unorthodox. Her latest case is no exception when the man she holds responsible for her father's death asks for help in finding his missing daughter. Caitlyn's search brings her back to her North Carolina hometown, now vibrant with new money, old lies, and an unknown enemy who will do anything to keep Caitlyn from the learning the truth--and who will kill to keep it buried. (Source: Minotaur Books)

Hush Now, Don't You Cry (Molly Murphy) by Rhys Bowen (Minotaur Books 12 February 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description:

In the latest in Rhys Bowen's award-winning historical series, Molly Murphy is supposed to give up sleuthing now that she's married, but the murder of an alderman puts her on the trail of a killer.

Molly Murphy, now Molly Sullivan, and her husband Daniel, a captain in the New York Police department, have been invited to spend their honeymoon on the Newport, RI, estate of Alderman Brian Hannan in the spring of 1904. Molly doesn't entirely trust the offer. Hannan—an ambitious man—has his eye on a senate seat and intentions of taking Tammany Hall to get it. When Hannan is found dead at the base of the cliffs that overlook the Atlantic, Molly's suspicions are quickly justified, and as much as she wants to keep her promise to Daniel that she won't do any more sleuthing now, there isn't much she can do once the chase is on. Rhys Bowen's brilliant wit and charm are on full display in Hush Now, Don't You Cry, another outstanding addition to her Agatha and Anthony award-winning historical series.
(Source: Minotaur Books)

The Territory (Josie Gray Mysteries) by Tricia Fields (Minotaur Books 19 February 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: At the end of State Road 170 lies Artemis, population 2500. 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 drugrunners, 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 hitmen and killing another, Josie finds her own life at risk for doing a job which many people would rather see her quit. And when the town's self-appointed protector of the Second Amendment is murdered, it's clear that she doesn't have to pick sides in this war. She's battling them both.

Read our review of The Territory in our November 2011 issue. (Source: Minotaur Books)

Mulholland Books

The Crook Factory by Dan Simmons (Mulholland Books 05 February 2013 / $15.99) - Product Description: It's the summer of 1942, and FBI agent Joe Lucas has come to Cuba at the behest of the Director to keep an eye on Ernest Hemingway in the Caribbean. Lucas thinks of it as a demotion-a babysitting job for a famous writer who has decided to play spy, assembling a team of misfits including an American millionaire, a twelve-year-old Cuban orphan, a Spanish jai alai champion and more in a would-be espionage ring Hemingway dubs the "Crook Factory."

But when Hemingway uncovers a critical piece of intelligence that both threatens his life and endangers the political landscape, the fate of the free world and the life of one of its most preeminent writers lies in the hands of the FBI's most ruthless agent. (see review)

Putnam

Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb (Putnam 26 February 2013 / $27.95) - Product Description: On Manhattan's Upper East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.

A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn't seem the type to be on anyone's hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the building, the lieutenant knows Marta's murder was the work of a killer who's trained, but not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

But when someone steals the files out of Marta's office, Eve must immerse herself in her billionaire husband Roarke's world of big business to figure out who's cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer's violent streak begins to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait. (see review)

Seventh Street Books

Hammett Unwritten by Owen Fitzstephen (Seventh Street Books 12 February 2013 / $13.95) - Product Description: Notes and Afterword by Gordon McAlpine
Dashiell Hammett searches for the meaning behind the falcon statuette that haunts him in later life. A worthless bird statuette--the focus of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. And much more.

As Dashiell Hammett closes his final case as a private eye, the details of which will later inspire his most famous book, he acquires at a police auction the bogus object of that case, an obsidian falcon statuette. He casually sets the memento on his desk, where for a decade it bears witness to his literary rise. Until he gives it away.

Now, suffering writer's block, the famous author begins to wonder about rumors of the falcon's "metaphysical qualities", which link it to a powerful, wish-fulfilling black stone cited in legends from around the world. He can't deny that when he possessed the statuette he wrote one acclaimed book after another, and that without it his fortunes have changed. As his block stretches from months to years, he becomes entangled again with the scam artists from the old case, each still fascinated by the "real" black bird and its alleged talismanic power.

A dangerous maze of events takes Hammett from 1930s San Francisco to the glamorous Hollywood of the 1940s, a federal penitentiary at the time of the McCarthy hearings, and finally to a fateful meeting on New Year's Eve, 1959, at a Long Island estate. There the dying Hammett confronts a woman from his past who proves to be his most formidable rival. And his last hope. (see review)

The Devereaux Legacy by Carolyn Hart (Seventh Street Books 12 February 2013 / $13.95) - Product Description: In Devereaux Legacy (Carolyn Hart Classics), Leah Devereaux is a dead woman. At least, that's what the folks now running the Devereaux plantation tell her: Leah has been presumed dead for nineteen years—since the day that both her parents died.

Leah, very much alive, has returned to South Carolina to uncover the untold story of her parents' deaths. While some, like her cousin Merrick, welcome her, Cissy and John Edward tell her to stay away, tell her to stop meddling in secrets long kept.

When a ghost known only as the Whispering Lady appears once again at the Devereaux plantation after years of absence, the locals know it's an omen of death. Merrick and Leah may be the next targets. (Source: Seventh Street Books)

Signet

Cat Trick: A Magical Cats Mystery by Sofie Kelly (Signet 05 February 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Kathleen Paulson enjoys her life as a small-town librarian with two extraordinary cats, Owen and Hercules, who provide companionship during the quiet times and have a remarkable talent for sleuthing when murder disturbs the peace.

The local businesses of Mayville Heights hope to convince Chicago-based company Legacy Tours to sell a vacation package for their town. Legacy Tours partner Mike Glazer grew up in Mayville Heights, but he's no longer the small-town boy people once knew. Even the local bootlegger has an issue with the bossy loudmouth Mike has become—until someone shuts him up for good.

When Kathleen discovers Mike's body on the boardwalk, she can't help but get involved in the investigation—even if her beau, Detective Marcus Gordon, would rather she didn't. Now, with a little help from Owen and Hercules, it's up to Kathleen to make sure the killer is booked for an extended stay in prison before someone else takes a permanent vacation. (Source: Signet)

Knot What It Seams: A Southern Quilting Mystery by Elizabeth Craig (Signet 05 February 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: When former folk art curator Beatrice Coleman retired to Dappled Hills, North Carolina, for peace and quiet and quilting, she never expected that murder would disturb the peace.

Dwindling membership has the Village Quilters hanging by a thread, and group leader Meadow Downey is desperate to recruit some new folks. With Beatrice's blessing, she attempts to weave frequent quilt show judge Jo Paxton into their fold. As the town's irascible mail carrier, Jo delivers trouble wherever she goes. And with all that mail at her fingertips, she knows everyone's business. Soon Beatrice wonders if they've made the right choice.

After a car accident sends Jo to meet her Maker, it's discovered someone tampered with her brakes. Meadow believes someone's out to eradicate the Village Quilters, but Beatrice isn't so sure. Now she and her fellow quilters will have to piece together the clues, or a deadly killer might strike again
Includes quilting tips and recipes! (Source: Signet)

Veiled Revenge: A Crime of Fashion Mystery by Ellen Byerrum (Signet 05 February 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Home of the helmet hairdo and congressional comb-over, Washington, D.C., is a hotbed of fashion faux pas. If anyone should know, it's "Crimes of Fashion" columnist Lacey Smithsonian. She dishes out advice to the scandal-scorched and clothing-clueless, doing her part to change this town—one fashion victim at a time....

SHAWL TALE: Washington, D.C., fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian has always believed clothes can be magical, but she's never thought they can be cursed. Until now. Lacey's best friend, Stella, is finally getting married, and at her bachelorette party, fellow bridesmaid—and fortune-teller—Marie Largesse arrives with a stunning Russian shawl. A shawl, Marie warns, that can either bless or curse the wearer. When a party crasher who mocks the shawl is found dead the next day, the other guests fear the curse has been unleashed. But Lacey has her doubts, and she must employ all her Extra-Fashionary Perception to capture a villain who has vowed that nobody at this wedding will live happily ever after. (see review)

Soho Crime

Perfect Hatred (Chief Inspector Mario Silva) by Leighton Gage (Soho Crime 19 February 2013 / $25.00) - Product Description: Chief Inspector Mario Silva and his team have a heavy work load with several high-profile cases. First, a suicide bombing that was apparently the work of a militant Islamist group. Then, a gubernatorial candidate is assassinated in broad daylight at a campaign rally. Could the cases be related? To complicate Silva's investigation, a criminal with a very bad grudge against the Chief Inspector has been released from prison and is plotting ugly revenge. (Source: Soho Crime)

The Woman Who Wouldn't Die (Dr. Siri Paiboun) by Colin Cotterill (Soho Crime 19 February 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: The long-awaited follow-up to 2011's Slash and Burn and the ninth installment in Colin Cotterill's bestselling mystery series starring the inimitable Lao national coroner, Dr. Siri

In a small Lao village, a very strange thing has happened. A woman was shot and killed in her bed during a burglary; she was given a funeral and everyone in the village saw her body burned. Then, three days later, she was back in her house as if she'd never been dead at all. But now she's clairvoyant, and can speak to the dead. That's why the long-dead brother of a Lao general has enlisted her to help his brother uncover his remains, which have been lost at the bottom of a river for many years.

Lao national coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, are sent along to supervise the excavation. It could be a kind of relaxing vacation for them, maybe, except Siri is obsessed with the pretty undead medium's special abilities, and Madame Daeng might be a little jealous. She doesn't trust the woman for some reason--is her hunch right? What is the group really digging for at the bottom of this remote river on the Thai border? What war secrets are being covered up? (see review)

Thomas & Mercer

Rules of Crime (A Detective Jackson Mystery) by L.J. Sellers (Thomas & Mercer 26 February 2013 / $14.95) - Product Description: When a call from his daughter, Katie, interrupts his much-needed vacation, Detective Wade Jackson knows it's bad news. As Katie tearfully announces that her mom—Jackson's ex-wife, Renee—is missing, Jackson suspects alcoholic Renee has climbed back inside the bottle that destroyed their marriage. But the truth is far worse: kidnappers have snatched Renee and are demanding ransom from her wealthy fiancé.

The very same night, someone dumps a savagely beaten University of Oregon coed on the doorstep of the ER. Jackson's protégé, Detective Lara Evans, must identify the unconscious victim, then track down the assailant with no leads to go on…except the whispered rumor of a secret sorority.

Meanwhile, Eugene's new FBI liaison, Agent Carla River, takes charge of Renee's high-tech ransom operation while Jackson comforts his distressed daughter and retraces the steps of the mother she holds dear. But as the rescue takes a deadly twist and the suspects seem willing to let Renee die rather than crack under interrogation, Jackson worries that Katie will never forgive him if her mother is lost forever. (Source: Thomas & Mercer)

William Morrow

No Mark upon Her by Deborah Crombie (William Morrow 05 February 2013 / $13.99) - Product Description: When a K9 search-and-rescue team discovers a woman's body in the Thames, Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid finds himself heading an investigation fraught with complications. The victim, the talented and difficult Rebecca Meredith, was an Olympic rowing contender on the verge of a controversial comeback. She was also a high-ranking detective with the Met—a fact that raises a host of sensitive issues in an already tangled case.

To further complicate the situation, a separate investigation, led by Detective Inspector Gemma James, Kincaid's wife, soon reveals a disturbing—and possibly related—series of crimes, widening the field of suspects. But when someone tries to kill the search-and-rescue team member who found Rebecca's body, the case becomes even more dangerous. Pressured to find answers quickly while protecting the Yard at all costs and with his career and reputation on the line, Kincaid must race to catch the killer before more innocent lives are lost—including his own.

(Source: William Morrow)

The Sound of Broken Glass (James and Kincaid) by Deborah Crombie (William Morrow 19 February 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: In the past... On a blisteringly hot August afternoon in Crystal Palace, once home to the tragically destroyed Great Exhibition, a solitary thirteen-year-old boy meets his next-door neighbor, a recently widowed young teacher hoping to make a new start in the tight-knit South London community. Drawn together by loneliness, the unlikely pair forms a deep connection that ends in a shattering act of betrayal.

In the present... On a cold January morning in London, Detective Inspector Gemma James is back on the job now that her husband, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, is at home to care for their three-year-old foster daughter. Assigned to lead a Murder Investigation Team in South London, she's assisted by her trusted colleague, newly promoted Detective Sergeant Melody Talbot. Their first case: a crime scene at a seedy hotel in Crystal Palace. The victim: a well-respected barrister, found naked, trussed, and apparently strangled. Is it an unsavory accident or murder? In either case, he was not alone, and Gemma's team must find his companion—a search that takes them into unexpected corners and forces them to contemplate unsettling truths about the weaknesses and passions that lead to murder. Ultimately, they will begin to question everything they think they know about their world and those they trust most.

(Source: William Morrow)

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