A Fete Worse Than Death (A Hemlock Falls Mystery) by Claudia Bishop
(Berkley 05 March 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Sisters Meg and Sarah Quilliam make sure guests feel right at home when they visit the Inn at Hemlock Falls. Located in upstate New York, Hemlock Falls is a small town renowned for its scenic beauty--and scenes of crime.
Disaster strikes a mere week before the Hemlock Falls Ladies' Auxiliary hosts the annual Spring Fete when the festival's chairwoman—the redoubtable Adela Henry—gives up her job in a huff. Who's going to judge the justly renowned Jell-O architecture contest? Or stop the members of the Craft Guild from sabotaging their rivals, the Crafty Ladies? More to the point, who's got the tact, diplomacy, and iron will necessary to organize the booths and settle quarrels over the programming?
Hemlock's mayor hopes to assure the fete's success when he recruits professional organizer Linda Connally and her staff to take over Adela's duties. But when Connally's body turns up in the trunk of a used car at Peterson's Automotive, Meg and Sarah are back in the detecting business. (Source: Berkley)
Assaulted Pretzel (Amish Mystery) by Laura Bradford
(Berkley 05 March 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Claire Weatherly found the simple life she always wanted when she opened a gift shop in Heavenly, Pennsylvania--a small town in the heart of Amish country. But when murder disrupts her Heavenly home, it's up to Claire and Detective Jakob Fisher to find the not-so-simple truth.
The quiet town of Heavenly is buzzing with excitement over the latest guests at the local inn, Sleep Heavenly. Toy manufacturer Rob Karble is in town to meet the members of the Amish community who will soon be crafting a new toy line for his company. But when word gets out that Karble intends to use the Amish designs without employing the Amish to make them, someone sends the interloper to his final reward.
No one wants to believe anyone from the Amish community could commit such an act, but as Claire and Detective Fisher have learned, no one is above sin—or suspicion. (Source: Berkley)
Bowled Over (Vintage Kitchen) by Victoria Hamilton
(Berkley 05 March 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Vintage kitchenware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has been estranged from her high school best friend Kathy Cooper since they were teenagers, but she never knew what turned Kathy against her. After fireworks at a Fourth of July picnic, Jaymie discovers the body of her former friend in the park. On the ground nearby is Jaymie's own Depression-era glass bowl, broken in two.
With her fingerprints all over the bowl and a troubled history with the victim, Jaymie suddenly finds herself at the top of the list of suspects. Did the killer intend to frame her for the murder? If so, she is ready to mix it up, because solving crimes is vintage Jaymie Leighton.... (Source: Berkley)
Peach Pies and Alibis (Charmed Pie Shoppe) by Ellery Adams
(Berkley 05 March 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Ella Mae LeFaye's Charmed Pie Shoppe is wildly popular in Havenwood, Georgia—which is not surprising since Ella Mae can lace her baked goods with enchantments. The shop's extraordinary success seems destined to continue when Ella Mae meets an engaged couple who hire her to handle the dessert buffet at their wedding.
But Ella Mae has a lot on her plate. She is also searching for the origin of her magical powers—and hoping to determine if the spark of attraction she feels for the handsome Hugh Dylan is authentic or just her new abilities gone awry.
Then Ella Mae discovers a high-standing member of the community dead, and a wedding guest becomes seriously ill at the event she's catering. Now she'll have to use all her sleuthing skills and culinary talents to prove her pies don't contain a killer ingredient. (Source: Berkley)
Safe From Harm (A Sugar Land Mystery) by Stephanie Jaye Evans
(Berkley 05 March 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: The ominous text message Bear Wells received from his teenage daughter Jo simply said: "Come home." The Texas minister never imagined he'd rush back to find her cradling the dead body of her estranged friend Phoebe. While the death rocks Sugar Land, the apparent suicide seems like an open-and-shut case. But nothing is settled in the Wells household, especially for Jo. The deeper she digs into Phoebe's life, the more she realizes nobody knew her at all.
Bear found it hard enough dealing with Phoebe's skimpy Goth outfits, painful-looking piercings, and the outrageous scandals she brought to his idyllic Sugar Land congregation, but now it's his daughter who's acting out. Jo knows Phoebe caused major problems between her picture-perfect father and stepmom, but she has no idea what's at stake or whose lives are in jeopardy. Bear's painfully aware that his last private investigation resulted in a bullet wound, so when Jo sneaks out alone to confront her primary suspect, he's not only praying that he'll find her in time--he's asking forgiveness for what he may have to do to save her. (Source: Berkley)
Sweet Tea Revenge (A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs
(Berkley 05 March 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Agony of the Leaves, Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning may always be a bridesmaid, never a bride, but this groom is never going to make it to the altar.
Theodosia Browning's dear friend, Delaine Dish, has asked her to be a bridesmaid for her wedding. But when the big day arrives, everything seems to be going wrong. First, a massive storm is brewing over Charleston. A bad omen? Second, Delaine's maid of honor is late for the ceremony. And finally, the groom not only has cold feet—his whole body is cold. A murderer has crashed the wedding.
As Theodosia comforts a devastated Delaine, she needs to sort out the suspects on the groom's side from the suspects on the bride's side. One thing soon becomes apparent—revenge won't be the only dish served cold at this wedding. And if Theodosia doesn't watch her step, a cold-blooded killer may have a rude reception in store for her. (Includes Recipes and Tea Time Tips.) (Source: Berkley)
The Christie Curse (A Book Collector Mystery) by Victoria Abbott
(Berkley 05 March 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared—making headlines across the world--only to show up eleven days later at a spa under an assumed name. During those eleven days, did she have time to write a play?
Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. She's back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card–stealing ex and pending grad school loans.
Enter the perfect job, a research position that includes room and board, which will allow her to spend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. There's just one problem: her employer, Vera Van Alst--the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls.
Jordan's first assignment is to track down a rumored Agatha Christie play. It seems easy enough, but Jordan soon finds out that her predecessor was killed while looking for it, and there is still someone out there willing to murder to keep the play out of Vera's hands. Jordan's new job is good...but is it worth her life? (Source: Berkley)
The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
(Berkley 05 March 2013 / $16.00) - Product Description: 1845: New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two events will change New York City forever.
Timothy Wilde tends bar, saving every dollar in hopes of winning the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams are destroyed by a fire that devastates downtown Manhattan, he is left with little choice but to accept a job in the newly minted New York City Police Department.
Returning exhausted from his rounds one night, Tim collides with a girl no more than ten years old... covered in blood. She claims that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of Twenty-Third Street. Timothy isn't sure whether to believe her, but as the image of a brutal killer is slowly revealed and anti-Irish rage infects the city, the reluctant copper star is engaged in a battle that may cost him everything. (Source: Berkley)
Trouble in the Tarot (A Fortune Teller Mystery) by Kari Lee Townsend
(Berkley 05 March 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: For psychic Sunshine Meadows, sometimes fortunes can be deceiving. Lately Sunny has been experiencing a period of big opportunity: her business in Divinity, New York, is thriving, and Detective Mitch Stone has finally agreed to take Sunny on a date. But thanks to her clairvoyant abilities, Sunny knows better than anyone that life deals out bad cards along with the good.
When Sunny agrees to read tarot cards at the annual Summer Solstice Carnival, she meets her Granny Gert's "arch nemesis" Fiona Atwater, and is overcome by a vision of Fiona in a violent argument. Sunny knows trouble is brewing when Granny and Fiona start having squabbles all over town. But the fighting comes to a head when a local baker gets run over by a big white Cadillac--and Granny and Fiona are found at the crime scene.
Sunny knows she should step aside and let Mitch handle the investigating, but she's not about to ignore her visions and leave her granny's life in fate's hands. (Source: Berkley)
Wave Good-bye (Southern Beauty Shop) by Lila Dare
(Berkley 05 March 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: St. Elizabeth, Georgia, offers charm, Southern hospitality—and the occasional murder. This time, when a new hair salon tries to steal business, it's someone's life that gets cut short...
Violetta's salon is up in arms. Business is dead. Snippets, a big box haircutting chain, has opened in St. Elizabeth, undercutting prices and luring away loyal customers. Violetta's daughter, hairdresser Grace Terhune, is shocked to discover that it's her old high school rival Lisa Butterworth who's behind the big sweep—and Grace isn't going to take this sitting down. Snippets' cold-blooded prized employee is doing wonders with Violetta's client list. According to Lisa, it's just business--until a bitter confrontation leaves Grace more than frustrated, and Lisa less than alive. Now Grace is the prime suspect in her rival's murder. And only her friends at Violetta's can save her—before the charge proves permanent. (BEAUTY TIPS AND TRICKS INCLUDED!) (Source: Berkley)
Jewelry From a Grave by Caroline Taylor
(Five Star 20 March 2013 / $25.95) - From publicity material: P.J. Smythe's roommate Yolanda claims that two former roommates, both addicted to antique jewelry, might have died under suspicious circumstances. Then Yolanda disappears. Or was she kidnapped? The guy last seen with her looks like the thug who's just trashed their apartment and whose handiwork now decorates the side of P.J.'s face. In searching for clues to Yolanda's fate, P.J. unearths a file, written in some kind of code that eventually reveals a jewelry-fencing operation involving several former and current employees of Chatham Confidential Investigations, where P.J. works. Before she can connect the dots linking the stolen jewelry to one or more Chatham insiders, she's forced to go for a midnight swim--losing her car, her clothes, and almost her life. (Source: Five Star)
Josh Whoever by Michael Guillebeau
(Five Star 20 March 2013 / $25.95) - From back of book: Josh burned out on saving the world years ago. Enlisting in the Army as a patriot, Josh found himself caught in a massacre in a small, dusty war, then forced into the role of a hero to cover up. But the life of a bullshit hero proved too much, and he walked away in the middle of a TV game show. Now he's a small-time con man who wants to stay drunk in the back room of the Western World bar between scams. But the latest scam got out of hand, and now the Russian mob is convinced Josh is a private detective--the only detective who can find Mother Romanov's missing daughter, media darling Kiev Romanov. (Source: Five Star)
One Man's Castle by J. Michael Major
(Five Star 20 March 2013 / $25.95) - From publicity material: Is a man a serial killer if he only kills the burglars who break into his home? And what if one of them is the man who had murdered the homeowner's wife and was returning to kill him?
After avenging his wife's murder, the bodies of all the burglars are discovered in Walter Buczyno's crawlspace, and he becomes a Wanted Man on the run. While Riehle and Capparelli are investigating the Buczyno case, Riehle watches a fmaily friend descend into madness, and his life goes horribly wrong. (Source: Five Star)
Pecos Valley Rainbow by Alice Duncan
(Five Star 20 March 2013 / $25.95) - From back of book: Flooding is not uncommon in Rosedale, New Mexico, in 1923, but Annabelle Blue has never found a corpse floating in the floodwaters before. As if discovering the body of the murdered president of the Rosewater Farmer's and Rancher's Bank isn't bad enough, Annabelle is further dismayed when her brother-in-law Richard falls under suspicion. Since Annabelle has no faith in the local police, she sets out to discover who the true murderer is, dragging her long-suffering boyfriend, Phil Gunderson, along with her. (see review)
Evil in All Its Disguises by Hilary Davidson
(Forge Books 05 March 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Anthony Award-winner Hilary Davidson weaves a thrilling story of paranoia, vengeance, and murder with Evil in All Its Disguises.
When travel writer Lily Moore joins a group of journalists for an all-expenses-paid press junket to Acapulco, Mexico, she expects sun, sand, and margaritas. Instead, she finds that the Mexican city, once the playground of Hollywood stars, is a place of faded glamour and rising crime. Even the luxurious Hotel Cerón, isolated from the rest of the town, seems disturbing to her, with its grand, empty rooms, ever-watchful staff, and armed guards patrolling the grounds.
Lily isn't the only one who suspects something rotten under the hotel's opulent facade. Skye McDermott, another journalist on the trip, asks Lily for help with an article she's working on about fraud and corruption in the hotel industry. Skye claims she's eager to write a piece of real journalism rather than the fluff she's known for. But she also lets slip that she's deeply upset at a lover who jilted her, and she plans to exact her revenge by exposing his company's illegal activities.
After Skye disappears suddenly, Lily suspects that her friend is in grave danger. But the hotel's staff insists that everything is fine and refuses to contact the police. Only after Lily tries--and fails--to leave the Hotel Cerón does she discover the truth: the journalists are prisoners in a gilded cage.
Too late, Lily realizes that she has been maneuvered into the role of bait in a vicious, vengeful plot. Faced with unthinkable choices, Lily must summon all her strength to survive, confront the past she's still running from, and save other lives. (see review)
Leaving Everything Most Loved: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear
(Harper 26 March 2013 / $26.99) - Product Description: The year is 1933. Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview. Meanwhile, unfinished business from a previous case becomes a distraction, as does a new development in Maisie's personal life.
Bringing a crucial chapter in the life and times of Maisie Dobbs to a close, Leaving Everything Most Loved marks a pivotal moment in this outstanding mystery series. (Source: Harper)
The Money Kill by Katia Lief
(Harper 26 March 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Former New York City police detectives turned Brooklyn private investigators Karin Schaeffer and her husband Mac MacLeary become involved in an international conspiracy in The Money Kill, a new thriller by Katia Leaf.
An offer of $30,000 for one day's work in London, followed by a family vacation in the Mediterranean, seems too good an offer to refuse.
But the family's trip to sun-drenched Sardinia turns dark and terrible when the children vanish. Suddenly Karin and Mac must unravel a deadly web first spun when wronged wife Cathy Millerhausen walked into their world--as they discover firsthand the true evil of big money: how far it reaches, what it buys…who it kills. (Source: Harper)
The Ice Woman Assignment by Austin S Camacho
(Intrigue Publishing 01 March 2013 / $14.95) - Book Description: In The Ice Woman Assignment, Morgan Stark and Felicity O'Brian battle drug smugglers. A new drug known simply as Ice is being imported by a Colombian group known as the Escorpionistas. Morgan, a retired mercenary soldier, and Felicity, a retired jewel thief, operate a security business, and federal agencies hope their street connections can help them trace the source of the new drug before it becomes too popular to stop.
Morgan and Felicity have a special gift, a psychic link that alerts them to danger. But the leader of the Escorpionistas, a woman known as Anaconda, has a secret weapon too: clairvoyant brothers who warn her of the threat Morgan and Felicty will pose. Even before they begin the case, Morgan and Felicity are attacked, and in their first contact with the Escorpionistas, Felicity is injured in a way that shakes her confidence.
(Source: Intrigue Publishing)
A Simple Murder: A Mystery (Will Rees) by Eleanor Kuhns
(Minotaur Books 05 March 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: Five years ago, while William Rees was still recovering from his stint as a Revolutionary War soldier, his beloved wife died. Devastated, Rees left his son, David, in his sister's care, fled his Maine farm, and struck out for a tough but emotionally empty life as a traveling weaver. Now, upon returning unexpectedly to his farm, Rees discovers that David has been treated like a serf for years and finally ran away to join a secluded religious sect—the Shakers.
Overwhelmed by guilt and hoping to reconcile with his son, Rees immediately follows David to the Shaker community. But when a young Shaker woman is brutally murdered shortly after Rees's arrival, Rees finds himself launched into a complicated investigation where the bodies keep multiplying, a tangled web of family connections casts suspicion on everyone, and the beautiful woman on the edge of the Shaker community might be hiding troubling ties to the victims. It quickly becomes clear that in solving Sister Chastity's murder, Rees may well expose some of the Shaker community's darkest secrets, not to mention endanger his own life. (see review)
Deadly Virtues by Jo Bannister
(Minotaur Books 19 March 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: The town of Norbold, England is famous for its low crime rate, thanks to the zero-tolerance policy of Chief Superintendent John Fountain. And Norbold's newest police recruit, Hazel Best, is happy to help keep it that way. But numbers never tell the whole story, do they?
Jerome Cardy knew he was going to die. He also knew that it would be made to appear like an accident. He might not be able to prevent it, but Jerome was determined to make sure that someone knew what was going to happen--even if that someone was a man with a concussion lying with his dog in a jail cell next to him.
After Jerome is found beaten to death by a fellow inmate in another cell, Ash is unable to forget Jerome's last awkward words to him: "I had a dog once. Othello. That was its name. Othello." Certain there is a hidden message in these words, Ash is determined to discover the truth. But it won't be easy--no one believes his account of that night. And Hazel Best must decide whether pursuing the truth is worth her career. (see review)
Ice Cold Kill by Dana Haynes
(Minotaur Books 26 March 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Daria Gibron is a woman with a deadly past and an uncertain future. A former Shin-Bet agent now in exile in the U.S. and under the protection of the F.B.I., she works primarily as an interpreter. But Daria is a thrill junkie who can't resist the occasional freelance job as an operative—a habit that has left her with a trail of corpses behind her, and a few still living, very dangerous, high-powered enemies who would stop at nothing to get revenge.
En route to an impromptu meeting with an old contact from her days in the Israeli Secret Service, Daria gets an unexpected and anonymous tipoff that she's about to walk into an ambush. Unsure who is after her, or why, she slips away from her followers and soon learns that she's been set up--and set up good. Someone has linked her to a much sought-after terrorist, and now all the resources of the U.S. intelligence community are being marshaled against her.
As she tries to escape the ever-tightening snare laid out for her, someone else is using the operation against her as a distraction to hijack a very dangerous, highly guarded shipment. Now the only person who can keep this shipment from falling into terrorist hands is the one person they chose to set up as a diversion. Daria Gibron is many things—trigger-happy, resourceful, focused, and extremely dangerous —but the one thing she isn't is anybody's fool. (Source: Minotaur Books)
Scratchgravel Road (Josie Gray Mysteries) by Tricia Fields
(Minotaur Books 05 March 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: The twisty follow-up to the Hillerman Prize–winning The Territory, featuring tough smalltown Texas police chief Josie Gray.
It was pure luck that Josie Gray spotted Cassidy Harper's car, abandoned on the side of the road. If she hadn't, then she'd never have found Cassidy, lying nearly dead of heatstroke on the desert sand beside the body of a Mexican immigrant. But Cassidy can't explain why she was out for a walk in the midday desert heat, let alone how she happened upon the corpse. And once Josie sees the ominous wounds on the man's body, she knows she needs to find the answer fast, before her own life is in danger. (see review)
An Inquiry Into Love and Death by Simone St. James
(NAL 05 March 2013 / $14.00) - Product Description: In 1920's England, a young woman searches for the truth behind her uncle's mysterious death in a town haunted by a restless ghost…
Oxford student Jillian Leigh works day and night to keep up with her studies--so to leave at the beginning of the term is next to impossible. But after her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter, is killed in a fall off a cliff, she must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings.
Almost immediately, unsettling incidents--a book left in a cold stove, a gate swinging open on its own--escalate into terrifying events that convince Jillian an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the two-hundred-year-old ghost who haunts Blood Moon Bay? And who beside the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death no accident?
The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken, a former RAF pilot with mysteries of his own, leaves Jillian with more questions than answers—and with the added complication of a powerful, mutual attraction. Even as she suspects someone will do anything to hide the truth, she begins to discover spine-chilling secrets that lie deep within Rothewell...and at the very heart of who she is. (Source: NAL)
What Darkness Brings: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery by C.S. Harris
(NAL 05 March 2013 / $24.95) - Product Description: The death of a notorious London diamond merchant draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife Hero into a sordid world of greed, desperation, and the occult, when the husband of Sebastian's former lover Kat Boleyn is accused of the murder.
Regency England, September 1812: After a long night spent dealing with the tragic death of a former military comrade, a heart-sick Sebastian learns of a new calamity: Russell Yates, the dashing, one-time privateer who married Kat a year ago, has been found standing over the corpse of Benjamin Eisler, a wealthy gem dealer. Yates insists he is innocent, but he will surely hang unless Sebastian can unmask the real killer.
For the sake of Kat, the woman he once loved and lost, Sebastian plunges into a treacherous circle of intrigue. Although Eisler's clients included the Prince Regent and the Emperor Napoleon, he was a despicable man with many enemies and a number of dangerous, well-kept secrets--including a passion for arcane texts and black magic. Central to the case is a magnificent blue diamond, believed to have once formed part of the French crown jewels, which disappeared on the night of Eisler's death. As Sebastian traces the diamond's ownership, he uncovers links that implicate an eccentric, powerful financier named Hope and stretch back into the darkest days of the French Revolution.
When the killer grows ever more desperate and vicious, Sebastian finds his new marriage to Hero tested by the shadows of his first love, especially when he begins to suspect that Kat is keeping secrets of her own. And as matters rise to a crisis, Sebastian must face a bitter truth--that he has been less than open with the fearless woman who is now his wife. (Source: NAL)
Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations by
(Prime Books 19 March 2013 / $16.99) - Product Description: Paranormal investigators. Occult detectives. Ghost hunters. Monster fighters. Humans who unravel uncanny crimes and solve psychic puzzles; sleuths with supernatural powers of their own who provide services far beyond those normal gumshoes, shamuses, and Sherlocks can. When vampires, werewolves, and things that go "bump" in the night are part of your world, criminals can be as inhuman as the crimes they commit, and magic can seep into the mundane - those who solve the mysteries, bring justice, or even save the world itself, might utter spells, wield wands as well as firearms, or simply use their powers of deduction. Some of the best tales of the last decade from top authors of the 21st century's most popular genres take you down mean streets and into strange crime scenes in this fantastic compilation. (see review)
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The 500: A Novel by Matthew Quirk
(Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books 05 March 2013 / $15.99) - Product Description: A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now, he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he thought he'd never do again: lie, cheat, steal-and this time, maybe even kill. Mike grew up in a world of small-stakes con men, learning lessons at his father's knee. His hard-won success in college and law school was his ticket out. As the Davies Group's rising star, he rubs shoulders with "The 500," the elite men and women who really run Washington -- and the world. But peddling influence, he soon learns, is familiar work: even with a pedigree, a con is still a con. (Source: Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books)
Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death: A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery by Denise Swanson
(Signet 05 March 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Devereaux Sinclair's five-and-dime may be doing well, but her love life is in turmoil. She's torn between Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Del Vecchio, who is on an undercover assignment, and her ex-beau Noah Underwood, the local doctor from a high-society family. So she welcomes the distraction when Elise Whitmore offers her a great deal on antique chocolate molds that would be perfect for her Easter gift baskets. But do the molds actually belong to Elise's soon-to-be ex-husband? In buying them, has Dev committed a felony?
When Elise is found shot to death, the mystery deepens—and Dev's good friend Boone, who discovered the body, is taken into custody. With the help of her best buds, Dev must clear Boone's name and find the real killer. Good thing that when it comes to amateur sleuths, they broke the mold with Dev Sinclair. (see review)
Murder Below Montparnasse (Aimee Leduc) by Cara Black
(Soho Crime 05 March 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: A long-lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother's blood vendetta, a Soviet secret that's been buried for 80 years—Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc's current case is her most exciting one yet.
When Aimée's long-term partner and best friend Rene leaves their detective agency for a new job in Silicon Valley, Aimée knows she can handle the extra workload. At least, that what she tells herself. Repeatedly.
But all bets are off when Yuri Volodya, a mysterious old Russian man, hires Aimée to protect a painting. By the time she gets to his Montparnasse atelier, the precious painting has already been stolen, leaving Aimée smelling a rat. The next day, Yuri is found tortured to death in his kitchen. To top it all off, it looks like Aimée isn't the only one looking for the painting. Some very dangerous people are threatening her and her coworkers, and witnesses are dropping like flies. Now Aimée has to find the painting, stop her attackers, and figure out what her long-missing mother, who is on Interpol's most wanted list, has to do with all this—fingers crossed she wasn't Yuri's murderer, despite clues pointing in that direction.
Obviously, Rene doesn't need to worry. Aimee has things under control. (Source: Soho Crime)
The Leviathan Effect by James Lilliefors
(Soho Crime 19 March 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: Homeland Security Secretary Catherine Blaine receives a frightening communication from a hacker identified only by the pseudonym Janus. The message is the latest in a series correctly predicting natural disasters around the world—disasters that, Janus claims, were manufactured, not natural at all. And, according to the email, unless the United States does as Janus instructs, another disaster is coming—a Category 5 hurricane that will hit the Eastern Seaboard and destroy the lives of tens of millions of people.
Unaware of the crisis in Washington, investigative journalist Jon Mallory stumbles on a list of seven prominent scientists who have been murdered over the past dozen years. When the person who gave him the list disappears herself, Jon realizes he has unwittingly become part of a deadly chain of events and contacts his brother, private intelligence contractor Charles, for help. Meanwhile, Catherine Blaine has also come to Charles for help tracking down the hacker Janus and uncovering the frightening new weather technology that threatens the world. (Source: Soho Crime)
Escape Theory by Margaux Froley
(Soho Teen 12 March 2013 / $17.99) - Product Description: Sixteen-year-old Devon Mackintosh has always felt like an outsider at Keaton, the prestigious California boarding school perched above the Pacific. As long as she's not fitting in, Devon figures she might as well pad her application to Stanford's psych program. So junior year, she decides to become a peer counselor, a de facto therapist for students in crisis. At first, it seems like it will be an easy fly-on-the-wall gig, but her expectations are turned upside down when Jason Hutchins (a.k.a. "Hutch"), one of the Keaton's most popular students, commits suicide.
Devon dives into her new role providing support for Hutch's friends, but she's haunted by her own attachment to him. The two shared an extraordinary night during their first week freshman year; it was the only time at Keaton when she felt like someone else really understood her. As the secrets and confessions pile up in her sessions, Devon comes to a startling conclusion: Hutch couldn't have taken his own life. Bound by her oath of confidentiality--and tortured by her unrequited love--Devon embarks on a solitary mission to get to the bottom of Hutch's death, and the stakes are higher than she ever could have imagined. (Source: Soho Teen)
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Island 731 by Jeremy Robinson
(Thomas Dunne Books 26 March 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Mark Hawkins, former park ranger and expert tracker, is out of his element, working on board the Magellan, a research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But his work is interrupted when, surrounded by thirty miles of refuse, the ship and its high tech systems are plagued by a series of strange malfunctions and the crew is battered by a raging storm.
When the storm fades and the sun rises, the beaten crew awakens to find themselves anchored in the protective cove of a tropical island...and no one knows how they got there. Even worse, the ship has been sabotaged, two crewman are dead and a third is missing. Hawkins spots signs of the missing man on shore and leads a small team to bring him back. But they quickly discover evidence of a brutal history left behind by the Island's former occupants: Unit 731, Japan's ruthless World War II human experimentation program. Mass graves and military fortifications dot the island, along with a decades old laboratory housing the remains of hideous experiments.
As crew members start to disappear, Hawkins realizes that they are not alone. In fact, they were brought to this strange and horrible island. The crew is taken one-by-one and while Hawkins fights to save his friends, he learns the horrible truth: Island 731 was never decommissioned and the person taking his crewmates may not be a person at all—not anymore. (see review)
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