The Corpse Reader by Antonio Garrido
(AmazonCrossing 28 May 2013 / $14.95) - Product Description: After his grandfather dies, avid scholar and budding forensic investigator Cí Song begrudgingly gives up his studies to help his family. But when another tragedy strikes, he's forced to run and also deemed a fugitive. Dishonored, he has no choice but to accept work as a lowly gravedigger, a position that allows him to sharpen his corpse-reading skills. Soon, he can deduce whether a person killed himself--or was murdered.
His prowess earns him notoriety, and Cí receives orders to unearth the perpetrator of a horrific series of mutilations and deaths at the Imperial Court. Cí's gruesome investigation quickly grows complicated thanks to old loyalties and the presence of an alluring, enigmatic woman. But he remains driven by his passion for truth—especially once the killings threaten to take down the Emperor himself.
Inspired by Song Cí, considered to be the founding father of CSI-style forensic science, this harrowing novel set during the thirteenth-century Tsong Dynasty draws readers into a multilayered, ingenious plot as disturbing as it is fascinating. (Source: AmazonCrossing)
The Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julia Stuart
(Anchor 07 May 2013 / $14.95) - Product Description: When Indian Princess Alexandrina -- nickname Mink -- is left penniless by the sudden death of her father, Queen Victoria grants her a grace-and-favor home in Hampton Court Palace. Though it's rumored to be haunted, Mink and her lady's maid, Pooki, have no choice but to take the Queen up on her offer and join the palace's eccentric collection of guests. But when a reviled General-Major dies after eating a pie Pooki made, it makes her the number one suspect in a murder investigation.
Not about to let her faithful servant hang, Mink begins an investigation of her own ... only to discover that Hampton Court isn't such a safe place to live after all. (Source: Anchor)
Erased and Other Stories by Thomas Kaufman
(Antenna Books 07 May 2013 / $2.99) - Product Description: Erased and Other Stories is a collection of superb stories that show the skill and versatility of Thomas Kaufman, author of Drink the Tea.
Kaufman's unusual private eye Willis Gidney is on hand for two stories, as well as a devious ADD coach for adults, a Polish Jew attempting to smuggle a priceless violin out of Nazi Germany, a political operative with his own agenda, a sensible man pushed into a senseless crime, and a cameraman who's trying not to kill his client -- all caught up in more devious plots than you can shake a lead pipe at.
Antidote to Murder by Felicity Young
(Berkley 07 May 2013 / $16.00) - Product Description: In the scorching summer of 1911, London is a hotbed of political activity as women fight for their equality and Germany starts to pose a dangerous threat. But Dody McCleland, England's first female autopsy surgeon, has more immediate concerns--such as finding out who's trying to frame her for murder.
A distraught scullery maid appears at Dody's Women's Clinic begging for an abortion. It turns out she has a case of lead poisoning, which Dody believes she took to induce a miscarriage. Instead of reporting the girl to the authorities, Dody decides to council her and prescribes an antidote. But days later, the maid is found dead from a bungled criminal abortion--and the coroner receives a series of anonymous letters accusing Dody of the crime.
Now, Dody has to find out who has framed her for the maid's murder--or else she'll be embroiled in a criminal trial. Chief Inspector Pike is working undercover on another case, playing the piano for an exotic dancer who may be spying for the Germans, but when he hears Dody's in trouble, he insists on lending a hand. But as Pike and Dody are about to discover, she's not only fighting for her career, but for her life, too. (see review)
Cat Nap (A Sunny & Shadow Mystery) by Claire Donally
(Berkley 07 May 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Kittery Harbor, Maine, may not be a hotbed of criminal activity, but Sunny Coolidge and her feline companion, Shadow, have a knack for nosing out trouble. While Shadow copes with a sore paw and an irritating puppy invading his turf, Sunny gets mixed up in a financial dispute between rival vets and ex-spouses Jane and Martin Rigsdale. Sunny agrees to help Jane confront Martin about his moneygrubbing ways, only to find herself caught at the scene of a crime: Martin has been murdered.
Though Jane is pegged as the lead suspect in the investigation, Martin, with his greedy ways and his catting around, did not have a shortage of enemies. Did a scorned lover or cheated creditor put Martin down for good? It's time for Sunny and Shadow to team up again, sniff out a killer, and clear Jane's name before someone decides to put them to sleep, too. (Source: Berkley)
Dead, White, and Blue (Death on Demand) by Carolyn Hart
(Berkley 07 May 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: Summer is a hectic time of the year for Annie Darling. Sun and scorching temperatures never fail to bring swarms of tourists to her mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, for the latest beach reads. But Annie still finds time to enjoy herself. The Broward's Rock Fourth of July dance is just around the corner, and the island is buzzing with excitement--Shell Hurst included.
Shell is the kind of woman wives hate--for good reason--and most of them wish she would just disappear. But when she does, and a teenage girl is the only one who seems to notice, Annie can't help but feel like someone should be looking for her. Last seen walking into the pine trees at the Fourth of July fireworks display, Shell has seemingly vanished without a trace.
The residents of Broward's Rock grow uneasy when a second islander mysteriously disappears. Annie and her husband, Max, know something dangerous is brewing. They soon find themselves following a twisted trail marked by blackmail, betrayal, and adultery, winding from the corridors of the island's lovely inn to a pier lashed by pelting rain, to a gathering on the terrace of a country club where a trap is set for a calculating killer. (Source: Berkley)
Gluten for Punishment (A Baker's Treat Mystery) by Nancy J. Parra
(Berkley 07 May 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Gluten-free baker Toni Ryder may not cook with wheat, but when there's a criminal on the loose, she'll do what it takes to figure out who has their finger in the pie.
Even though Toni is used to going against the grain by preparing allergy-safe, gluten-free products for her online bakery, Baker's Treat, opening a storefront in the middle of wheat country Kansas might be biting off more than she can chew. The town is already skeptical of her flour-free ways, but when a local wheat farmer is murdered outside her patisserie, skepticism turns into outright suspicion.
With the help of her eccentric grandmother, her handsome lawyer, and the sexy new widower in town, Toni is determined to find the real criminal before bad publicity and increasingly personal acts of vandalism shut her down. But when another suspect winds up dead, Toni realizes that this half-baked killer isn't just trying to get her to close shop--he's trying to make sure that she's made her last gluten-free cookie. (INCLUDES GLUTEN-FREE RECIPES.) (see review)
Hex on the Ex (A Mind for Murder Mystery) by Rochelle Staab
(Berkley 07 May 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: From the author of Bruja Brouhaha and Who Do, Voodoo? --the new Mind for Murder Mystery!
When her ex-husband encounters a mysterious death omen, psychologist Liz Cooper turns to occult professor Nick Garfield for help in solving an all-too-real murder.
At a Dodgers game to celebrate her father's birthday, Liz is forced to watch her ex--star player, Jarret--on the pitcher's mound. To make matters worse, her former best friend, Laycee, is in the stands as well. Having betrayed her trust by having an affair with Jarret, Laycee is the last person Liz wants to see.
But when the appearance of a white pigeon--an omen of death--sets the superstitious Jarret off balance, it's a game changer both on and off the field. Because the next morning, Laycee is found dead in Jarret's home--and Liz is on deck as the prime suspect. (Source: Berkley)
Killer in Crinolines (A Consignment Shop Mystery) by Duffy Brown
(Berkley 07 May 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: It's August in Savannah, Georgia--hardly the season for a traditional Southern wedding with hoopskirts and crinolines. One could die from the heat--or from a cake knife in the back.
Reagan Summerside should be devoting all her energy to her consignment shop the Prissy Fox. But when her dear friend Chantilly Parker is arrested for murder, Reagan vows to clear her name. The victim is Simon Ambrose, who's found lying in his own wedding cake with a knife in his back.
Chantilly has motive (Simon broke her heart to marry wealthy Waynetta Waverly) and opportunity (crashing the wedding in her UPS delivery truck). And she has cake on her face, and the stolen bridesmaid dress the killer wore is in her truck. But Chantilly would never wear crinoline to kill a man!
With the help of her flamboyant auntie, KiKi, and vexing but attractive attorney Walker Boone, Reagan is determined to save her friend—before she's forced to turn in her brown uniform for an orange jumpsuit. (Source: Berkley)
Mrs. Jeffries Turns the Tide (A Victorian Mystery) by Emily Brightwell
(Berkley 07 May 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Beautiful and new in town, Ellen Langston-Jones doesn't have any enemies. So, when she's found dead in the communal gardens, Inspector Witherspoon quickly narrows the field of suspects down to one: Lucius Montague, who was seen threatening Mrs. Langston-Jones shortly before her death.
The Inspector and all of London are positive that he's the killer, but Mrs. Jeffries has doubts. Her biggest problem is that Lucius Montague is a very disagreeable character and no one--including Inspector Witherspoon's staff--is inclined to save his skin. Now, she must turn the tide of the investigation...or watch an innocent man take the fall for the real killer. (Source: Berkley)
Murder in Chelsea (Gaslight Mystery) by Victoria Thompson
(Berkley 07 May 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: Sarah Brandt is shattered when she learns that a woman has inquired at Hope's Daughters Mission for Catherine, the abandoned child she has taken as her daughter. The woman claims she was Catherine's nursemaid, now acting on behalf of the girl's mother to reunite them.
Unwilling to simply hand Catherine over to a complete stranger, Sarah asks Malloy to investigate. But when he goes to interview the woman at her tenement in Chelsea, he finds she has been murdered.
Though her death leaves Sarah's claim to Catherine unchallenged, her sense of justice compels her to work with Malloy to find the killer. Their search takes them from the marble mansions of the Upper West Side to the dilapidated dwellings of lower Manhattan and into the deepest and darkest secrets of Catherine's past.
And while Malloy helps Sarah determine the fate of the child she loves, he faces a challenge of his own--and his decision could change both their lives forever. (Source: Berkley)
The Begonia Bribe (A Garden Society Mystery) by Alyse Carlson
(Berkley 07 May 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Roanoke, Virginia, is home to some of the country's most exquisite gardens, and it's Camellia Harris's job to promote them. But when a pint-sized beauty contest comes to town, someone decides to deliver a final judgment.
A beauty pageant for little girls--the Little Miss Begonia Pageant--has decided to hold their event in a Roanoke park. Camellia is called in to help deal with the botanical details, the cute contestants, and their catty mothers. She soon realizes that the drama onstage is nothing compared to the judges row. There's jealousy, betrayal, and a love triangle involving local newsman--and known lothario--Telly Stevens. And a mysterious saboteur is trying to stop the pageant from happening at all.
But the drama turns deadly when Stevens is found dead, poisoned by some sort of plant. With a full flowerbed of potential suspects, Cam needs to dig through the evidence to uproot a killer with a deadly green thumb. (Source: Berkley)
The Sleeping Salesman Enquiry (An Ivy Beasley Mystery) by Ann Purser
(Berkley 07 May 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Save the date: Ivy Elizabeth Beasley is ready to share her golden years and plans to wed Roy Vivian Goodman on the fifth of May. A spinster no more, the private eye is in for marriage, murder, and mishaps galore.
It's the talk of Ivy Beasley's retirement community--her fiancé, Roy, has quite the hefty inheritance. She couldn't care less about his fortune, but it has a way of luring long-lost relatives out of the woodwork. And when, against Ivy's wishes, Roy asks his dubious nephew, furniture salesman Steven Wright, to be the best man, she cannot help but disapprove. After all, she suspects he's out for his uncle's fortune.
But after the banns of Ivy and Roy's marriage are announced at the Barrington village church and an anonymous voice shouts out a protest, the wedding may be off. And with the discovery of a body in a bed in a nearby furniture shop, Ivy and her team of sleuths at Enquire Within may be closer to a dangerous reception than they realize. (Source: Berkley)
Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter Mosley
(Doubleday 14 May 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: When Walter Mosley burst onto the literary scene in 1990 with his first Easy Rawlins mystery, Devil in a Blue Dress--a combustible mixture of Raymond Chandler and Richard Wright--he captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of readers (including future president Bill Clinton). Eleven books later, Easy Rawlins is one of the few private eyes in contemporary crime fiction who can be called iconic and immortal. In the incendiary and fast-paced Little Green, he returns from the brink of death to investigate the dark side of L.A.'s 1960s hippie haven, the Sunset Strip.
We last saw Easy in 2007's Blonde Faith, fighting for his life after his car plunges over a cliff. True to form, the tough WWII veteran survives, and soon his murderous sidekick Mouse has him back cruising the mean streets of L.A., in all their psychedelic 1967 glory, to look for a young black man, Evander "Little Green" Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Fueled by an elixir called Gator's Blood, brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem. Written with Mosley's signature grit and panache, this engrossing and atmospheric mystery is not only a trip back in time, it is also a tough-minded exploration of good and evil, and of the power of guilt and redemption. Once again, Easy asserts his reign over the City of (Fallen) Angels. (Source: Doubleday)
Braced For Murder (Beanie and Cruiser Mystery) by Sue Owens Wright
(Five Star 15 May 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: When Beanie volunteers to foster a homeless basset hound from Lakeside Animal Shelter, she's headed for calamity one way or another. Beanie and Cruiser are on the crime trail once again after a reviled shelter manager is discovered euthanized. Tahoe Animal Impoundment Liberation Society (TAILS), is a prime suspect in her murder, but there are plenty of other suspects among South Lake Tahoe's irate dog lovers, including the grieving owner of Gilda, an ill-fated basset rumored to haunt the shelter.
If Beanie doesn't have enough trouble unleashed on her with another murder to solve and daughter Nona's health scare, foster dog Calamity is living up to her name, creating havoc at the MacBean house. With all her behavioral issues, this crazy hound could make a dog whisperer scream. Beanie is eager to find an adopter for Calamity at the upcoming Basset Waddle fundraiser for a new no-kill animal shelter, but Calamity has other ideas. (Source: Five Star)
Dead, WIthout a Stone to Tell It by Jen J. Danna with Ann Vanderlaan
(Five Star 15 May 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: When a human bone is found on a lonely stretch of coastline, a determined homicide detective and a reluctant scientist risk their lives as they join forces to bring a serial killer to justice.
Trooper Leigh Abbott has something to prove, both to herself and to the chauvinistic men in her department. She’s been assigned a difficult challenge: solve a murder where the only evidence is a single bone. To identify the victim and find the killer, she must join forces with forensic anthropologist Matt Lowell. Matt’s initial refusal to join the team is only the first in a series of setbacks.
Matt and Leigh’s skills and tenuous partnership are tested when the evidence leads them to a burial ground of unidentified victims, where, to their horror, they stumble upon a freshly ravaged corpse. As the body count rises, the team must piece together a deadly puzzle spanning years of clandestine killings.
Before long, the serial killer raises the stakes and Matt and Leigh find themselves marked as targets. Now they must stop the killer before they become the next victims. (see review)
Odd Man Out by Brandon Hebert
(Five Star 15 May 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: When streetwise con man Darnell Sims is busted for a traffic violation, he has no idea how much his life is about to change. Already a fugitive, Darnell is back on the radar of hard-nosed ATF agent Max Bradford.
On their way out of a jailhouse pickup, Max and Darnell are run off the road by a gang headed by drug lord Raoul Garcia, sending Max to the hospital and Darnell into hiding. Raoul is holding a long grudge, after a stash of cash that Darnell and others stole from him three years ago. Max has questions about the accident -- who set him up and why? -- but suspects Darnell is holding back. It's a race to save anyone who might have answers when Raoul starts killing them off one by one.
But with all that missing money out there, no one is as they appear. There's Armando Hernandez, a vicious killer known as The Vulture; hired thugs Billy Poe and Lester Long; and, Alondra Ayala, a young woman with a somewhat ulterior motive for getting to know Max. With everyone coming out of the woodwork, Max and Darnell have to decide: who are the bad guys and who are the really bad guys? (Source: Five Star)
The Lady Flirts with Death (Simon & Elizabeth Mystery) by Peg Herring
(Five Star 15 May 2013 / $25.99) - Book Description: In this third book of the Simon & Elizabeth Mysteries, Elizabeth Tudor is accused of treason and imprisoned in the Tower of London. Most, including Elizabeth herself and her old friend Simon Maldon, believe she will never leave the place alive.
Loyal to a fault, Simon manages to get in to see his "Highness", once a princess but now demoted to simply Lady Elizabeth. After one of his visits, Simon meets another old friend, Peto the Pope. Accused of murder, Peto swears he is innocent. Simon can't resist investigating to learn what really happened.
At the same time, Simon's wife Hannah takes in a frightened pregnant girl who refuses to identify herself. Hannah is captivated when her guest has a baby girl. Childless herself, Hannah is determined to help this mother and child get a start in life.
Distracted by his own concerns, how to help Elizabeth escape and how to prove Peto's innocence, Simon pays little attention to what's happening at home. Neither he nor Hannah realizes they should be listening to each other. When they finally do, it's too late. In trying to help others, they have put themselves in deadly danger. (see review)
Cliff Walk (Liam Mulligan) by Bruce DeSilva
(Forge Books 14 May 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: Prostitution has been legal in Rhode Island for more than a decade; Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter at dying Providence newspaper, suspects the governor has been taking payoffs to keep it that way. But this isn't the only story making headlines…a child's severed arm is discovered in a pile of garbage at a pig farm. Then the body of an internet pornographer is found sprawled on the rocks at the base of Newport's famous Cliff Walk.
At first, the killings seem random, but as Mulligan keeps digging into the state's thriving sex business, strange connections emerge. Promised free sex with hookers if he minds his own business—and a beating if he doesn't—Mulligan enlists Thanks-Dad, the newspaper publisher's son, and Attila the Nun, the state's colorful Attorney General, in his quest for the truth. What Mulligan learns will lead him to question his beliefs about sexual morality, shake his tenuous religious faith, and leave him wondering who his real friends are.
Read our review of Cliff Walk in our July 2012 issue. (Source: Forge Books)
Mirror Image by Ice-T and Jorge Hinojosa
(Forge Books 07 May 2013 / $14.99) - Book Description: Marcus 'Crush' Casey should have it made. After two decades in Attica, he's back on top and ruling the streets he left behind. But maintaining control of New York's underworld is harder than he ever imagined.
Crush has built an uneasy alliance between most of the gangs in New York, with himself at the head. As long as he keeps producing, they've got his back. They're even helping him clean up the city.
But there's a new player in town, an Armenian gangster named Alek who's got his eye on kingpin status. Crush is faced with a dangerous choice: partner with Alek...or go to war. (Source: Forge Books)
Shattered Trident (Jerry Mitchell) by Larry Bond
(Forge Books 07 May 2013 / $27.99) - Product Description: While trailing a Chinese nuclear attack sub, Jerry Mitchell, the captain of USS North Dakota, is shocked to see the Chinese boat torpedo a Vietnamese merchant ship.
This blatant act of aggression is the opening gambit in a war that has blindsided the U.S. and quickly embroiled all nations in the western Pacific. These nations, bound together in the newly formed Littoral Alliance, have begun a covert submarine campaign aimed at crippling China's economy before China can set in motion its own plot to dominate the region.
In a desperate attempt to buy the president enough time to resolve the crisis diplomatically, Mitchell's submarine squadron is ordered to interfere with attacks by both sides. China and the Littoral Alliance are both determined to win, no matter the cost, and as each side increases the level of violence, they approach a dangerous tipping point. In a race against time, the submarines of Mitchell's squadron must execute their mission before the world witnesses an economic catastrophe—or worse, a nuclear exchange. (Source: Forge Books)
Sold for Endless Rue by Madeleine E. Robins
(Forge Books 14 May 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: After a blighted childhood, young Laura finds peace and purpose in the home of a midwife and healer. Later, she enrolls in Salerno's famed medical school—the first in the world to admit women. Laura and her adoptive mother hope that Laura can build a bridge between women's herbal healing and the new science of medicine developing in thirteenth century Italy.
The hardest lessons are those of love; Laura falls hard for a fellow student who abandons her for a wealthy wife. Worse, her mother rejects her as impure. Shattered, Laura devotes herself to her work, becoming a respected medico. But her heart is still bitter, and when she sees a chance for revenge, she grabs it--and takes for her own Bieta, the newborn daughter of a woman whose husband regularly raided the physician's garden for bitter herbs to satisfy his pregnant wife's cravings.
Determined to protect her adored daughter from the ravages of the world, Laura isolates the young woman in a tower. Bieta, as determined as her mother, escapes, and finds adventure--and love--on the streets of Salerno.
Bieta's betrayal of her mother's love comes at a terrible price as lives are ruined and families are torn apart. Laura's medical knowledge cannot heal her broken heart; only a great act of love can bring everyone forgiveness and peace. (Source: Forge Books)
A Case of Redemption by Adam Mitzner
(Gallery Books 14 May 2013 / $26.00) - Product Description: A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave-of-absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, page-turning tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner's novels are reminiscent of such bestselling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham. (Source: Gallery Books)
Scorpion Deception by Andrew Kaplan
(Harper 28 May 2013 / $9.99) - Product Description: Files containing highly classified information on CIA assets have been stolen from the U.S. embassy in Switzerland by a well-armed and well-trained hit squad. (Source: Harper)
Under intense political pressure to find those who orchestrated the attack, the CIA turns to the deadliest agent they know: Scorpion. But Scorpion is unwilling to get involved...until he learns his name is at the top of the stolen list.
Scorpion, a strong, intelligent, and lethal action hero, must travel to Iran to hunt down "the Gardener" before an all-out war erupts in this sensational spy thriller.
The Innocence Game by Michael Harvey
(Knopf 07 May 2013 / $24.95) - Product Description: They're young, brilliant, beautiful ... and naïve enough to believe they can make a difference. For three graduate students, the exclusive innocence seminar at the nation's most esteemed journalism school is supposed to teach them how to free the falsely accused from prison. Little do they know the most important lesson they'll learn is how to stay alive.
The first day of class for Ian Joyce and Sarah Gold starts like any other, until a fellow student, Jake Havens, pulls a wrinkled envelope from his backpack. Inside is a bloodstained scrap of shirt from a boy murdered fourteen years ago and an anonymous note taking credit for the killing. The only problem is the alleged murderer is already dead.
Suddenly, the class has a new assignment: find the real killer. As the case unfolds, the bodies and questions begin to pile up. Why are innocent men being framed Who's been getting away with murder?
Drawn into a web of deceit and corruption, the students realize they, too, are being hunted. Ian, Sarah, and Jake are smart ... but are they smart enough to stay alive? (Source: Knopf)
Hatteras Moon (Beach Murder Mysteries) by Stephen March
(Koehler Books 01 May 2013 / $14.95) - Product Description: "Hurricane" Jack Delaney, a Hatteras fisherman and marijuana smuggler, is desperate to raise money to pay off a debt to his Miami business partner. It's a debt to be paid in either money--or blood. Jack's boyhood friend, Virgil Gibson, is an English professor who has lost a sense of his life's true purpose. When Virgil signs onto Jack's trawler as a cook, what begins as a summertime adventure becomes a Dantean descent into a world of savage violence and primal struggle for survival. After Virgil takes on the challenge of finding a shadowy villain with no face or name, his quest quickly entangles him in a web of mystery, betrayal, and murder. It also puts him under the spell of a beautiful--but potentially deadly--woman. But nothing in Virgil's life has prepared him for the final, terrifying enemy he must face. (Also available as an ebook.)
A Dark Anatomy (Cragg & Fidelis) by Robin Blake
(Minotaur Books 28 May 2013 / $15.99) - Product Description: In 1740s England, the roots of evil run deep.... The year is 1740. George II is on the throne, but England's remoter provinces remain largely a law unto themselves. In Lancashire a grim discovery has been made: a squire's wife, Dolores Brockletower, lies in the woods above her home at Garlick Hall, her throat brutally slashed.
Called to the scene, Coroner Titus Cragg finds the Brockletower household awash with rumor and suspicion. He enlists the help of his astute young friend, doctor Luke Fidelis, to throw light on the case.
But this is a world in which forensic science is in its infancy, and policing hardly exists. Embarking on their first gripping investigation, Cragg and Fidelis are faced with the superstition of witnesses, obstruction by local officials, and denunciations from the squire himself. (see review)
Every Broken Trust: A Mystery by Linda Rodriguez
(Minotaur Books 07 May 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: A party to celebrate the arrival of George "Mel" Melvin, a Kansas City politician accompanied by his troubled teenage daughter, wealthy wife, even wealthier backer, and mysterious employee, rapidly turns into disaster when Skeet's best friend, Karen Wise, stumbles on a body in Chouteau University's storage caves and is attacked herself. Skeet gets to Karen in time, but she's still worried by Karen's increasing obsession with the dead man's drunken claim that her husband's accidental death years earlier was actually murder.
Skeet already has her hands full, serving as chief of campus police and also as the guardian of fifteen-year-old Brian. Brian's emotional entanglement with Mel's rebellious daughter, as well as Karen's fixation on who she believes to be her husband's murderer, frustrates Skeet's efforts to keep them both safe and out of trouble. Skeet must struggle against the clock to solve a series of linked murders before she loses Brian forever, and before her best friend winds up in jail—or worse. (Source: Minotaur Books)
Foal Play by Kathryn O'Sullivan
(Minotaur Books 07 May 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Colleen McCabe is enjoying an uneventful summer in North Carolina's Outer Banks supervising her firefighters, making rounds with her Border collie, Sparky, and keeping an eye on the wild horses escaped from the local sanctuary. But when a dead body washes up on shore, she knows trouble has arrived in Corolla.
Colleen is ready to start work on the investigation, but much to her irritation, her best friend, Sheriff Bill Dorman, makes it clear he doesn't want her butting her nose in or poking around. The stubborn Colleen, however, is not so easily deterred. When a man with a gun is spotted lurking around the lighthouse and her former school teacher's house explodes, she adds arson and a second suspicious death to her informal investigation. Colleen soon finds herself juggling her job, amorous advances from the town's developer, and intrusions from the local press, all while keeping information from Bill. Her secret sleuthing quickly comes to an end, however, when a bigger threat enters the picture. (see review)
Requiem Mass (Dci Andrew Fenwick) by Elizabeth Corley
(Minotaur Books 21 May 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: When Deborah Fearnside, a young wife and mother, goes missing, police interest is minimal. She would hardly be the first woman to abandon a tired marriage. Four weeks later it is DCI Andrew Fenwick, back from compassionate leave, who notices the set of coincidences that should have transformed a routine missing person's case into a suspected abduction. But by then it is too late for Debbie.
Twenty years ago, a young woman fell tragically to her death. The only people with her were four schoolfriends. One--or maybe all of them--is responsible. Now there's someone intent on letting them have their just deserts.
Fenwick is soon caught in a desperate race against time to find the murderer before he completes his brutal vendetta. As the death toll mounts, Fenwick stares failure in the face--unless he can draw the predator out of the shadows and into an unconventional and highly dangerous trap with the ultimate bait in Requiem Mass, a chilling mystery from Elizabeth Corley. (Source: Minotaur Books)
Angora Alibi: A Seaside Knitters Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum
(NAL 07 May 2013 / $24.95) - Product Description: The sun is shining in Sea Harbor and a group of friends, the Seaside Knitters, are spending Thursday evenings knitting the sweetest of gifts--a baby blanket. But as the due date draws near, they find they must take time away from their needles and yarn to confront a murder and untangle a mystery before a certain baby is brought into the world.
It's an exciting time for yarn shop owner Izzy Chambers Perry. She and her new husband are expecting a baby, and all of Sea Harbor seems to be rejoicing with them. As a mother-to-be, Izzy is having a heady summer—full of bike rides, runs along the shore, and time spent with her aunt Nell and the other Seaside Knitters--until the day she spots an abandoned baby car seat and hand-knit blanket on the beach. Izzy immediately recognizes the blanket's material--a soft yellow angora yarn she displayed in her shop window last fall. Maybe it's the hormones, but Izzy has a terrible premonition, and when she realizes no one is claiming the car seat, she shoves it in her trunk. Soon it starts taking over her thoughts and her dreams. What happened to the baby who once sat inside it?
Unfortunately, Izzy's fear of something bad happening comes true when a young man who did odd jobs at her doctor's clinic is killed during a scuba dive. When Izzy discovers the man was actually murdered and is connected to the abandoned car seat, the crime becomes too close for comfort and Izzy asks her aunt Nell and knitting pals to investigate. It'll take the Seaside Knitters' careful attention to patterns—and their fierce commitment to bringing Izzy and Sam's baby into a peaceful town—to knit this mystery together. (see review)
Board Stiff: A Dead-End Job Mystery by Elaine Viets
(NAL 07 May 2013 / $23.95) - Product Description: Husband and wife PI team Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont won't be sparing the sunscreen on their latest assignment, but they're about to find out murder is no day at the beach.
There's a dark cloud over Sunny Jim's Safety First Parasailing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding business on Florida's Riggs Beach--especially after one of his clients is killed in a tragic paddleboarding mishap. Sunny Jim is sure it was no accident, and he hires Helen and Phil to find the murderer.
Between cutthroat competitors poaching his territory, the city threatening to revoke his license, a restaurant owner wanting his beach spot for a parking lot, and a wrongful death suit filed by the victim's husband, Sunny Jim may soon be up the creek without a paddle.
But he does have Helen and Phil on his side, and as the couple start to investigate, they discover dark undercurrents of corruption behind the cheerful facades of the beachfront businesses, as well as domestic secrets. But the sands of time are running out, and if they don't catch the killer soon, Sunny Jim won't be the only one to go under. (see review)
Graveland by Alan Glynn
(Picador 28 May 2013 / $16.00) - Product Description: Someone is assassinating the financial industry's most powerful players--in cold blood and in broad daylight--in intricate, eerily relevant new thriller from Alan Glynn, the award-winning author of Bloodland and Limitless.
On a bright Saturday morning, a Wall Street investment banker is shot dead while jogging in Central Park. Hours later, one of New York City's savviest hedge-fund managers is gunned down outside a restaurant. Are these killings a coordinated terrorist attack, or just a coincidence? Investigative journalist Ellen Dorsey has a hunch they're neither, and when an attempt is made on the life of another CEO, her theory is confirmed. The story blows wide open, and as Ellen races to stay ahead of the curve, her path collides with that of a recession-hit architect, Frank Bishop, whose daughter's disappearance may be tied to the murders. (Source: Picador)
Quid Pro Books
Death of a One-Sided Man by Lawrence Friedman
(Quid Pro Books 03 May 2013 / $15.99) - Product Description: Frank May practices law, but not the glamorous kind. His bread and butter is the sedate sort—writing wills and handling estates. Or more to the point, handling heirs.
Even so, where there’s a will there’s a death. Try as he might, Frank just can't avoid some of the more unsavory sides of human existence. And of heirs.
There’s more than one unsavory side to the family Mobius, and Frank has front row seats to watch the quirks and squabbles of the various Mobiuses, after two older family members die. One, at least, was murdered in his squalid San Francisco apartment, while sitting on a family fortune that appears to be left to a fringe foundation connected to the victim's bizarre neighbor. Did she kill the old miser, or was it one of the loving children? Or perhaps the old man's arrogant attorney ... or a pregnant woman who dropped in from Australia?
Frank would prefer not to ask himself such unsettling questions—this is not the bland practice he signed up for. But the questions hold the key to unraveling the massive Mobius estate. And Frank is knee-deep in Mobius debris. (Source: Quid Pro Books)
Seventh Street Books
I Hear the Sirens in the Street (Det. Sean Duffy) by Adrian Mckinty
(Seventh Street Books 14 May 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case. But Sean Duffy isn't easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of distraction. So, with Detective Constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that's left of an American tourist who once served in the US military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles? The trail leads to the doorstep of a beautiful, flame-haired, twenty- something widow, whose husband died at the hands of an IRA assassination team just a few months before. Suddenly, Duffy is caught between his romantic instincts, gross professional misconduct, and powerful men he should know better than to mess with. These include British intelligence, the FBI, and local paramilitary death squads, enough to keep even the savviest detective busy. Duffy's growing sense of self-doubt isn't helping. But, being a legendarily stubborn man, he doesn't let that stop him pursuing the case to its explosive conclusion. (Source: Seventh Street Books)
The Crypt Thief (Hugo Marston) by Mark Pryor
(Seventh Street Books 14 May 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: It's summer in Paris and two tourists have been killed in Père La Chaise cemetery in front of Jim Morrison's grave. The killer leaves the bodies untouched but moves deeper into the cemetery, where he breaks into the crypt of a long-dead Moulin Rouge dancer. In a bizarre twist, he disappears into the night with part of her skeleton. The cemetery is locked down and put under surveillance, but the thief returns, flitting in and out like a ghost, taking more bones from another legendary can-can dancer under cover of night. One of the dead tourists proves to be an American and the other a woman linked to a known terrorist; so the US ambassador sends his best man and the embassy's head of security-Hugo Marston-to help the French police with their investigation. At first, Hugo is stumped. How does this killer operate unseen? And why is he stealing the bones of once-famous can-can girls? Hugo cracks the secrets of the graveyard, but soon realizes that old bones aren't all this serial killer wants: his ultimate plan requires the flesh and organs of the living. And when the crypt thief spots the former FBI agent on his tail, he decides that Hugo's body will do just fine. (Source: Seventh Street Books)
Severn House Publishers
The Silence by Sarah Rayne
(Severn House Publishers 01 May 2013 / $29.95) - Product Description: A century-old crime menaces the present in this spine-tingling tale of supernatural suspense. Antiques dealer Nell West is valuing the contents of her late husband Brad's childhood home, Stilter House. Set on the remote Derbyshire Peaks, there was once a much older property there, in which the notorious Isobel Acton committed a vicious crime. Warned against visiting the house by an elderly aunt of Brad's, Nell hears mysterious piano music soon after her arrival. It becomes clear that the music is tangled with Isobel Acton's macabre fate more than a hundred years earlier. A fate whose consequences still menace the present. (see review)
The Cat, the Mill and the Murder: A Cats in Trouble Mystery by Leann Sweeney
(Signet 07 May 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: When cat lover and quilter Jillian Hart volunteers to help a local animal shelter relocate a colony of feral cats living in an abandoned textile mill, she never expects to find a woman living there, too. Jeannie went missing from Mercy, South Carolina, a decade ago, after her own daughter's disappearance.
Jeannie refuses to leave the mill or abandon Boots, her cat who died years ago. After all, she and Boots feel the need to protect the premises from "creepers" who come in the night. After Jeannie is hurt in an accident and is taken away, those who've come to town to help repurpose the mill uncover a terrible discovery. As the wheels start turning in Jillian's mind, a mysterious new feline friend aids in her quest to unearth a long-kept and dark secret. (see review)
The Enemy by Tom Wood
(Signet 07 May 2013 / $9.99) - Product Description: THE HIRED KILLER. Victor, a former assassin-for-hire, has joined forces with a CIA special unit. His first assignment: Three strangers. Three hits. Fast and clean. Victor's a natural for this.
THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY. It should have been simple. But with each hit Victor is plunged deeper into an unimaginable conspiracy where no one, least of all the people he knows, can be trusted.
THE TRIPLE-CROSS YOU WON'T SEE COMING. With the stakes growing higher by the minute, Victor realizes he's been forced into playing a game he never expected. Because he's the next target. And there's no way out. (Source: Signet)
Topped Chef (Key West Food Critic) by Lucy Burdette
(Signet 07 May 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Hayley Snow loves her job as the food critic for Key Zest magazine, tasting the offerings from Key West's most innovative restaurants. She'd rate her life four stars, until she's forced into the spotlight...and another murder investigation.
Hoping for some good publicity, Hayley's boss signs her up to help judge the Key West Topped Chef contest. Stakes are high as the winner could be the next cooking-show superstar. Hayley shows up for the filming nervous but excited, until she sees who's on the judging panel with her: Sam Rizzoli, big shot businessman—and owner of the restaurant she just panned in her first negative review.
When Rizzoli turns up dead, the police assume his killer is one of his business rivals. But Hayley wonders whether someone is taking the contest a little too seriously. With the police following the wrong recipe, it's up to Hayley to find the killer before she's eliminated from the show…permanently. (Source: Signet)
Sacred Games (Athenian Mysteries) by Gary Corby
(Soho Crime 21 May 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: The third book in the critically acclaimed series set in Classical Athens, featuring the historically-inspiredÂ amateur detective Nicolaos.
It is the Olympics of 460 BC. Nico's best friend, Timodemus, is a competitor in the pankration, the deadlyÂ martial art of ancient Greece. Timo is hot favorite to win. His only serious rival isÂ Arakos from Sparta. When Arakos is found beaten to death, it is obvious Timodemus must be the killer. Who else could have killed the second-best fighter in all Hellas but the very best? The Judges of the Games sentence Timodemus to be executed in four days' time, as soon as the Sacred Games have finished.
Complicating everything is the fact that Athens and Sparta are already at each other's throats, in the opening stages of a power struggle for control of Hellas. If an Athenian is found to have cheated at the Games by murdering a Spartan, it will be everything the hawks in Sparta need to declare open war the moment the Sacred Truce is over. And that's a war Athens cannot hope to win.
Nico and his partner in sleuthing, the annoyingly clever priestess Diotima, have four days to save their friend and avert a war that would tear their world apart. (see review)
The Sweet Dead Life by Joy Preble
(Soho Teen 14 May 2013 / $17.99) - Product Description: "I found out two things today: One, I think I'm dying. And two, my brother is a perv."
So begins the diary of Jenna Samuels, who is having a very bad year. Her mother spends all day in bed. Dad vanished when she was eight. Her older brother, Casey, tries to hold together what's left of the family by working two after-school jobs--difficult, as he's stoned all the time. To make matters worse, Jenna is sick. Really sick. When she collapses one day, Casey tries to race her to the hospital in their beat-up Prius and crashes instead.
Jenna wakes up in the ER to find Casey beside her, looking pretty good. Better than ever, in fact. Downright... angelic. The flab and zits? Gone. Before long, Jenna figures out that her brother didn't survive the accident at all, and she isn't just sick; she's being poisoned. Casey has been sent back to help Jenna find out who's got it out for her, a mystery that leads to more questions about their mother's depression and their father's disappearance. (Source: Soho Teen)
The Red Herrings Press
Havana Lost by Libby Fischer Hellmann
(The Red Herrings Press 01 May 2013 / $16.99) - Product Description: On the eve of the Cuban Revolution, headstrong 18-year-old Francesca Pacelli flees from her ruthless Mafia-boss father in Havana to the arms of her lover, a rebel fighting with Fidel Castro. Her father, desperate to send her to safety in the US, resorts to torture and blackmail as he searches the island for her.
So begins the first part of a spellbinding saga that spans three generations of the same family. Decades later, the family is lured back to Cuba by the promise of untold riches. But pursuing those riches brings danger as well as opportunity, and ultimately, Francesca's family must confront the lethal consequences of their choices. From the troubled streets of Havana to the mean streets of Chicago, Havana Lost reveals the true cost of chasing power instead of love. (Source: The Red Herrings Press)
Mortal Lock by Andrew Vachss
(Vintage 07 May 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: A VINTAGE CRIME/BLACK LIZARD ORIGINAL
A hit man stalks his mark at a race track. A sociopath crosses every moral boundary to become a published author. An ex-mercenary obsessively defends his "perimeter" from a dangerous interloper. A man for hire grudgingly accepts help from a teenage girl to track an online predator. In a dystopian future, young people struggle for survival underground, forming themselves into vicious gangs with only the graffiti of the "last journalists" accepted as truth. Andrew Vachss collects twenty tight, powerful stories—all from the past decade of his career, including some now published for the first time—along with an original screenplay. Together,Â they form Mortal Lock, a searing portrait ofÂ the criminal underworld,Â with bothÂ its depravity andÂ humanity on display. (Source: Vintage)
Miss Montreal by Howard Shrier
(Vintage Canada 28 May 2013 / $19.95) - Product Description: After what happened in Boston, P.I. Jonah Geller can't show his face in the U.S. again. Which is fine with him. He's got a new case in Montreal, one of the world's most colourful and downright scandalous cities. An old friend has been brutally murdered there, and the police investigation is stalled. With an election looming and tensions seething, Jonah and former hit man Dante Ryan have to battle religious fanatics, gun runners and a twisted political dynasty to get to the truth. (Source: Vintage Canada)
Winter Goose Publishing
Theory of Remainders by Scott Dominic Carpenter
(Winter Goose Publishing 22 May 2013 / $18.89) - Book Description: At fifty-two, psychiatrist Philip Adler is divorced, alone, and gutted of passion. When a funeral draws him back to his ex-wife’s homeland of France, the trip reunites him with a trauma he has struggled to forget: the brutal death of his teenage daughter fifteen years earlier. Prodded by his former brother-in-law and stirred by the unspent embers of his marriage, he embarks on a mission to resolve lingering questions about this past, hoping to heal himself along the way. The search leads to a disturbed man who may hold more answers than anyone expects—if only Philip can hear what he’s trying to say. (Source: Winter Goose Publishing)
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