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Berkley

Close Knit Killer (A Knitting Mystery) by Maggie Sefton (Berkley 04 June 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: Kelly Flynn's good friend, the owner of the House of Lambspun, has something exciting up her sleeve. Her knitting shop has outgrown itself and she is looking to turn an old storage building into a classroom space for her shop's spinners and weavers.

But when an old familiar face shows up in town, nerves quickly become frayed.

Years ago Jared Rizzoli, a former financial advisor, operated a Ponzi scheme that defrauded countless Fort Connor residents--including Barbara, one of the shop's knitters. Jared went to jail for his crime, but after being released for good behavior, he's back to ruin more lives.

When Jared is found dead in his car outside of Lambspun, Barbara becomes a prime suspect, much to the shock of the knitting community. To save one of their own, Kelly and her friends need to sort through a long list of fleeced suspects to pin the crime on the true killer. (see review)

Death on the Greasy Grass (Manny Tanno) by C.M. Wendelboe (Berkley 04 June 2013 / $16.00) - Product Description: FBI agent Manny Tanno is taking some much needed R&R at the site of the Battle of Little Big Horn. But when a death on the reservation cuts his vacation short, he learns that the secrets of the past have a way of stirring up trouble in the present.

As a scout for the legendary General Custer, Crow tribe member Levi Star Dancer kept a journal chronicling his exploits from the Battle of the Greasy Grass onward. Now, the missing journal has been found and the descendents of those mentioned in the account, including Levi's own, want to keep their family secrets hidden at all costs.

Manny's trip to the Crow Agency Reservation turns out to be ill timed when a re-enactor of the Battle of Little Big Horn is killed right in front of him. It turns out the victim was the one who found Levi Star Dancer's famed diary and was planning on selling it to the highest bidder. And while the dead body is hard to miss, the coveted book is nowhere to be found. Now, Manny has to watch his back while searching for a murderer and the missing journal, because this slippery killer will do anything to make sure the past stays buried. (Source: Berkley)

Mayhem at the Orient Express (League of Literary Ladies) by Kylie Logan (Berkley 04 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: At a local Chinese restaurant, it's the owner who gets taken out.

Most folks aren't forced by court order to attend a library-book discussion group, but that's just what happens to B and B proprietor and ex-Manhattanite Bea Cartwright, hippy cat lover Chandra Morrisey, and winery owner Kate Wilder after a small-town magistrate has had enough of their squabbling. South Bass, an island on Lake Erie, is home to an idyllic summer resort, but these three ladies keep disturbing the peace.

The initial book choice is Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, and that sets their mouths to watering. The Orient Express is the island's newest Chinese restaurant. They might not agree about much, but the ladies all love the orange chicken on the menu. But their meal is spoiled when the restaurant's owner, Peter Chan, has the bad fortune of getting murdered. Now, with Christie as their inspiration, the League of Literary Ladies has a real mystery to solve...if they can somehow catch a killer without killing each other first. (Source: Berkley)

Monument to the Dead (A Museum Mystery) by Sheila Connolly (Berkley 04 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: As president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society in Philadelphia, Nell Pratt relies on the generosity of philanthropists. But when someone starts killing benefactors, it's Nell's turn to come to their aid.

When Nell reads the obituary of a former board member, Adeline Harrison, she makes a mental note to send flowers and doesn't think twice about it--until FBI agent James Morrison shares his suspicions about the nature of Adeline's death. It turns out that a number of other members of the local cultural community have died in the last few months, under similar circumstances.

Soon Nell uncovers what seems to be a plot to rid Philadelphia of harmless, elderly philanthropists—but why? If she can figure out the killer's motive, she has a chance of stopping the misanthropic murderer before another do-gooder is done in. (Source: Berkley)

Murder After a Fashion (An Accessories Mystery) by Grace Carroll (Berkley 04 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: These days, not even a new wardrobe can keep fashionista Rita Jewel from feeling blue. Perhaps the cure is a cooking class with a celebrity chef! But her appetite is ruined when murder becomes the main course.

As a salesgirl at Dolce's, a chic boutique outfitting San Francisco's wealthiest women, Rita has the world's greatest job. So why does she feel like last season's Christian Louboutin stilettos--worn and out of style? Maybe it's because her love life needs a makeover ASAP. From carrots to caviar, Guido Torcelli is the celebrity chef du jour. Perhaps signing up for his cooking class will serve as a much-needed distraction for Rita.

But when Guido's shot to death, Rita knows she'll soon top the list of suspects. Guido was killed at his culinary school the same night she scrawled her phone number on a menu and handed it to him. Now she's got to find the murderer before she's forced to take all her meals in the prison cafeteria. (Source: Berkley)

Steamed to Death (Gourmet De-Lite) by Peg Cochran (Berkley 04 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Gourmet health food caterer Gigi Fitzgerald is used to helping dieters drop a dress size. But when her clients start dropping dead, she's ready to switch her chef's hat for a detective's cap and track down a killer.

Aging soap star Felicity Davenport is looking to revamp her image, and she's using Gigi's Gourmet De-Lite to help her shed a few of those unwanted pounds. Having such a high-profile client is definitely good for business, but when Felicity is found murdered in her sauna, things start getting too hot for Gigi to handle.

The list of suspects is a mile long, and Gigi's best friend, Sienna, is at the top. Refusing to let her friend get blamed for a crime she didn't commit, Gigi is determined to hunt down the real killer. But, as the case reaches a boiling point, Gigi will have to be careful or she could be the next one getting burned. INCLUDES DELICIOUS--AND HEALTHY--RECIPES!
(Source: Berkley)

The Diva Frosts a Cupcake (A Domestic Diva Mystery) by Krista Davis (Berkley 04 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Sophie Winston and her BFF, Nina Reid Norwood, share a sweet spot for animals. So Sophie is delighted to help when Nina cooks up Cupcakes and Pupcakes--a fundraising event for animal shelters.  All the local bakeries will be selling treats, with the profits going to pups and kitties in need. But Old Town is in for a whole batch of trouble when a cupcake war erupts between two bakeries.

Tongues wag and tempers rise when a partner leaves Sugar Baby Bakery and unveils her competing cupcakery, Sugar Mama, precisely as the fundraiser gets under way. Just as it seems nothing else can go wrong, Sugar Baby's sole remaining employee is found dead. Suspicion falls on the feuding owners, but the scrumptious new guy in town is also raising some eyebrows. Now Sophie and Nina have to sift through the clues and discover who isn't as sweet as they seem. (Delicious recipes and entertaining tips included!) (Source: Berkley)

Thread and Buried (Threadville Mystery) by Janet Bolin (Berkley 04 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: In Threadville, Pennsylvania, known for its textile art courses and shops, everyone's stories are connected by a common thread--even the ones ending in murder.

Every town has a legend. For Threadville, it's the story of Snoozy Gallagher, the hotel owner who disappeared thirty years ago with a bag full of stolen jewelry, never to be heard from again. That is, until now—when Snoozy's loot is discovered buried behind Willow Vanderling's embroidery shop In Stitches.

When villagers mysteriously become ill, and a body shrouded in materials from Threadville shops appears in the exact spot where the treasure was--along with two abandoned kittens--Willow needs answers. The random events are too coincidental to be unrelated, but Willow will have to act quickly to unravel the deadly mystery, or she might get tangled up as the killer's next victim.
INCLUDES ORIGINAL MACHINE EMBROIDERY PROJECT (see review)

Trouble Vision (A Raven's Nest) by Allison Kingsley (Berkley 04 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: In quaint Finn's Harbor, Maine, cousins and best friends Clara and Stephanie Quinn run The Raven's Nest bookstore. But thanks to Clara's ability to read minds and see the future, selling books sometimes gets shelved in favor of saving lives.

When the new mayor calls a press conference about the controversial hotel resort being built on the edge of the city, the residents of Finn's Harbor have an opportunity to express their concerns about traffic and tourists. But when the debating turns into outright fighting, Clara gets a premonition that's nothing but trouble.

While Stephanie is enthralled with her cousin's vision, Clara just wants it to go away. Then a customer comes into The Raven's Nest talking about a fatal fall at the hotel's construction site, and Clara knows better than to ignore her Quinn Sense. In a town full of citizens who want the project to fail, Clara and Stephanie have to figure out who made the jump from anger to murder. (Source: Berkley)

Cinco Puntos Press

Long Fall from Heaven by George Wier with Milton T. Burton (Cinco Puntos Press 25 June 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: Cueball Boland and Micah Lanscomb--both ex-cops with troubled pasts--stumble into the path of a serial killer. The murderer leads them into the dark history of Galveston when the city was Texas' Sin City. The killer has roots sunk deep into that history, but the FBI and the old Galveston families don't want Cueball and Micah to solve the crimes. Listen closely. There's an echo of another serial killer who stalked the city back during World War II.

(see review)

Exhibit A

Cambodian Book of the Dead (Detective Maier) by Tom Vater (Exhibit A 25 June 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: Cambodia, 2001 – a country re-emerges from a half century of war, genocide, famine and cultural collapse.

Detective Maier travels to Phnom Penh, the Asian kingdom's ramshackle capital, to find the missing heir to a Hamburg coffee empire.

As soon as the private eye and former war reporter arrives in Cambodia, his search for the young coffee magnate leads into the darkest corners of the country's history and back in time, through the communist revolution to the White Spider, a Nazi war criminal who hides amongst the detritus of another nation's collapse and reigns over an ancient Khmer temple deep in the jungles of Cambodia.

Maier uncovers a tale of mass murder that reaches from the Cambodian Killing Fields back to Europe's concentration camps. But it is a tale not yet finished and Maier soon realises that, if he is to prevent more innocent lives from being destroyed, he will have to write the last terrifying chapter himself. (Source: Exhibit A)

Five Star

Care Homes are Murder by Mike Befeler (Five Star 13 June 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: In this, the fifth of the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, crotchety octogenarian Paul Jacobson returns to Hawaii for a vacation with his family and becomes involved in a series of crimes while struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss. The morning after arriving in Honolulu, Paul finds a dead body in the Honolulu Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. Things go down-hill from there as he becomes enmeshed in a number of strange coincidences including acts of vandalism and another murder in a care home. Paul is reunited with his friends Meyer Ohana and Henry Palmer. (Source: Five Star)

Death was in the Blood by Linda L. Richards (Five Star 13 June 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: Kitty Pangborn has her own demons to battle. When her father killed himself after the stock market crash of 1929, Kitty's life was altered forever. Everything she knew and was brought up to understand has been changed by forces beyond her control.

Raised to be a debutante, she found herself instead trying to keep food on the table and a roof over her head. When she got a job with Los Angeles private investigator Dex Theroux, she found herself unconcerned about justice. Mostly, she cares that her boss solves enough cases to keep her in paychecks--thought that's not always as easy as it sounds.

Kitty finds herself challenged by what-might-have-beens. When Dex is charged with finding out who is threatening the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, Kitty discovers herself back in the social class she was raised to, only now she's expected to come in the service entrance, and that's not sitting very well.

It doesn't help that the young woman they've been hired to look out for doesn't want Dex and Kitty's protection. A competitive equestrienne, she is headstrong, willful, and -- in too many ways -- not unlike Kitty herself. (see review)

Faith on the Rocks: A Daisy Arthur Mystery by Liesa Malik (Five Star 13 June 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: Retired and widowed special education teacher, Daisy Arthur, has decided to take up writing–romance writing. She joins a local romance critique group only to discover two big problems:

    One, she can’t write even a grocery list to save her soul.
    And two, group member and Catholic priest, Rico Sanchez, has just been found in the Platte River, murdered.
Enter Gabriel Caerphilly, the local police expert assigned to the case. Although Daisy sees Gabe as husband potential, he seems to view her as a promising murder suspect, even though she taught his daughter's high school special education class. (see review)

Murder in Paris by D-L Nelson (Five Star 19 June 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: Tech writer and Third Culture Kid Annie Young breaks her engagement to Roger Perret when he forbids her to take an assignment documenting a Paris dig supervised by her old lover/archeologist Luca Martinelli.

The dig, at the site of a thirteenth century inn, has a tight deadline before new construction starts.

Amelie LaFolette, another dig volunteer, is found shot on the site. Because Luca had been her lover and is in the process of a divorce form his long-suffering wife Crystal, he is a prime suspect.

In the fourteenth century, Jacques Fournier, promised to the priesthood at birth, is a dedicated Cistercian brother/scholar. His uncle, aboot at the abbey in Fontfroide where Jacques is cloistered, sends Jacques to Paris to complete his studies and have a real-world experience. Once there he becomes infatuated with Madeleine, the daughter of the inn-keeper, where he is lodging. Her attraction tests his faith.

Annie is caught up in both in the modern drama while helping to unravel the past. (see review)

Forge Books

Hollywood Strip by Shamron Moore (Forge Books 18 June 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Callie Lambert is sexy, beautiful, ambitious—and undiscovered. Callie knows exactly what she wants: fame, fortune, and a fabulous career as a Hollywood actress.

Packing her bags, Callie leaves her mundane life in Michigan for Los Angeles, determined to be a star. Her schedule is grueling: waitressing long hours to make ends meet and auditioning for anything and everything in the hopes that she'll land a big break. After suffering what feels like thousands of heartbreaking rejections, she finally lands the lead in an unlikely hit movie, Nympho Cheerleaders Attack!, bringing her dry spell to an end.

The film opens a new world of glamorous possibilities.  Coupled with a budding romance with Evan Marquardt, a sexy, chart-topping singer, Callie's on top of the world.  But she's  thrown for a loop when tragedy strikes, unleashing a string of events  she never in her wildest dreams anticipated.  She quickly discovers that success in Hollywood creates a feeding frenzy of money-hungry producers, two-faced friends, and privacy-robbing paparazzi. It seems that life as an on-the-rise starlet is not as glamorous as she once imagined.

Dishing the dirt on the secret world of Hollywood's nasty side, Hollywood Strip is a heartfelt story about ambition, empowerment, and what it means to make it in the City of Angels. (Source: Forge Books)

Pray for Us Sinners by Patrick Taylor (Forge Books 18 June 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: In Belfast in 1973 the Troubles are raging. Two Ulstermen. Two sides. On one, British Army bomb-disposal officer Marcus Richardson; on the other, Davy MacCutcheon, Provisional IRA armourer who has been constructing bombs since his teens. Both men are committed to their causes until events shatter their beliefs, leaving each with a crisis of faith and an overpowering need to get out—but with honour.

When he is nearly killed by an exploding car bomb, Marcus welcomes the offer of a transfer to the elite SAS—provided that he first accept an undercover mission to infiltrate the Falls Road ghetto, join the Provisional IRA, identify their upper echelon, and expose their bomb-maker.

When Davy's devices are used for civilian disruption rather than military targets, the bomb-maker begins to question what he's doing. His work is being used to maim and kill innocent people. His request to be discharged is countered by an order that he go on one last mission. Success will bring Davy redemption and permission to leave Ireland with Fiona Kavanagh, the woman he loves.

When the paths of the two men cross, Davy realizes that he can use Marcus's expertise in plastic explosives. A runaway series of events leaves both men in an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of a plot to kill the British Prime Minster. Can Marcus find a way to thwart the plan and escape with his life? (Source: Forge Books)

Sandstorm by Alan L. Lee (Forge Books 04 June 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Lurking in the shadows, away from any government oversight, a secret partnership has been formed between an Israeli spymaster pulling the strings of the most efficient killing machine the Mossad has to offer and an exclusive billionaire boys club that wants to dictate the New World Order. In their pocket is a powerful U.S. senator who aspires to the presidency. Success means vast wealth and increased power, and they'll stop at nothing to succeed.

CIA operative Nora Mossa is trained to kill when the situation calls for it. She's also capable of disappearing into thin air. Being efficient, deadly, and beautiful, however, won't be enough to protect her after her mentor Erica Janway is assassinated in her Maryland home. With everyone in the Agency suspect, Nora turns to the only person capable of keeping her alive while she uncovers the truth behind Janway's demise—her former lover and ex–CIA agent Alex Koves. That is, if he will even speak to her.

With danger lurking in every corner of the globe, Koves and Nora must stay alive long enough to piece together the clues to a deadly plot capable of killing thousands in the Middle East. And the clock is ticking….
(Source: Forge Books)

The Confessions of Al Capone by Loren D. Estleman (Forge Books 11 June 2013 / $27.99) - Product Description: Multiple award-winner Loren D. Estleman has produced a major biographical novel on the infamous Mobster known as Scarface, rigorously researched and deftly nuanced to offer an intimate portrait of the gangster whose terrible crimes and larger-than-life persona have both fascinated and appalled the world for nearly a century; whose legacy is still widely debated; and whose brutally ambitious career in the Mafia continues to inspire filmmakers and writers to plumb its excesses and its contradictions.

In 1944, after Al Capone has been released from prison, J. Edgar Hoover assigns an FBI junior agent to insinuate himself into Capone's life and gain his trust so that Hoover can nail as many of Capone's Mob confederates as possible. Capone, suffering from the neurological effects of syphilis, is alternately lucid, full of the passion and energy that fueled his rise to the pinnacle of American crime…and rambling or ranting, the broken shell of a man released from prison so he could die at home with his family.

With the superb narrative gifts honed in dozens of novels, Estleman has captured the essence of this American icon as never before. With subtly nuanced portrayals of those in Capone's circle--his underrated wife Mae Capone, members of the Chicago Outfit including the deadly Frank Nitti--as well as his nemesis, J. Edgar Hoover, Hoover's secretary Helen Gandy and others, The Confessions of Al Capone is a major literary achievement. (Source: Forge Books)

The Navigator by Michael Pocalyko (Forge Books 11 June 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: On the darkest night of 1945, a 20-year-old B-24 navigator assists in the liberation of a German concentration camp. His haunting trauma is prologue to destiny.

Flash forward to present-day Manhattan. Warren Hunter, reigning master of the financial universe, is poised to close the world's first trillion dollar deal. ViroSat is the Street's biggest-ever technology play--an entirely new worldwide communication system. It will catapult his investment bank and the global economy into a bright future... if the deal goes through.

In Washington, ViroSat captures the attention of Senate political aide Julia Toussaint. Meanwhile, battered tech start-up veteran Rick Yeager has just landed his dream job at a mysterious but well-connected financial firm whose partners want a piece of the action.

Warren, Julia, and Rick are caught in a web of intrigue, money, power, and dangerous secrets. Coincidences are not what they seem as the past collides with the present in a way that will change their lives forever. (Source: Forge Books)

Gallery Books

Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa by Benjamin Constable (Gallery Books 04 June 2013 / $16.00) - Product Description: What writer Benjamin Constable needs is a real-life adventure wilder than his rampant imagination. And who better to shake up his comfortable Englishman-in-Paris routine than the enigmatic Tomomi "Butterfly" Ishikawa, who has just sent a cryptic suicide note?

She's planted a slew of clues—in the pages of her journal, on the hard drive of her computer, tucked away in public places, under flowerpots, and behind statues. Heartbroken, confused, and accompanied by an imaginary cat, Ben embarks upon a scavenger hunt leading to charming and unexpected spaces, from the hidden alleys of Paris to the cobblestone streets of New York City.

But Butterfly's posthumous messages are surprisingly well informed for the words of a dead person, and they're full of confessions of a past darkened by insanity, betrayal, and murder. The treasures Ben is unearthing are installments of a gruesome memoir. Now he must draw a clear line between the real and surreal if he is to save himself, Butterfly, and what remains of their crazy and amazing friendship. (Source: Gallery Books)

Harper

The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva (Harper 25 June 2013 / $9.99) - Product Description: After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to His Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome. The Vatican police suspect suicide, though Gabriel believes otherwise. So it seems, does Donati, who calls upon Gabriel to quietly pursue the truth--with one caveat.

Gabriel soon leans that the dead woman had uncovered a dangerous secret that threatens a global criminal enterprise involved in looting timeless treasures of antiquity. But there is more to this dark network than just greed. And unless Gabriel can prevent a mysterious operative from committing a devasting act of sabotage, the world will be plunged into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions.... (see review)

Minotaur Books

Blood Orange by Karen Keskinen (Minotaur Books 04 June 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Santa Barbara private investigator Jaymie Zarlin has built her fledgling agency on finding missing people. Still struggling with the death of her troubled brother, who died in police custody, Jaymie is determined to help others in similar situations find their way home.  Homicides are not in her repertoire.

But when Lili Molina, a local teenager chosen for the coveted role of Daphne in the annual solstice parade, is murdered, Jaymie is urged to take on the case. Reluctant at first, she soon learns police are mishandling the investigation and can't refuse. In a town where some people are filthy rich and some are dirt poor, Jaymie finds herself slipping into the fault lines between privilege and race. Her investigation turns up an array of suspects, including con artists, spoiled rich kids, and an eccentric oil heiress. Jaymie must move fast  to unravel a twisted conspiracy - before she becomes the next victim.

(see review)

Blood Tango: A Mystery by Annamaria Alfieri (Minotaur Books 25 June 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: It is the most dramatic and tumultuous period in Argentina's history. Colonel Juan Perón, who had been the most powerful and the most hated man in the country, has been forced out of power. Many people fear that his mistress, radio actress Evita Duarte, will use her skill at swaying the masses to restore him to office. When an obscure young woman is brutally murdered, police detective Roberto Leary concludes that the murderer mistook the girl for Evita, the intended target of someone out to eliminate the popular star from the political scene. 

The search for the killer soon involves the murdered girl's employer, who is Evita's dressmaker; her journalist lover; and Pilar, a seamstress in the dress shop and a tango dancer. The suspects include a leftist union leader who considers Juan Perón a fascist and a young lieutenant who feels Perón has dishonored the army. Their stories collide in this thrilling and sensuous historical mystery. (see review)

Death of a Dyer (Will Rees Mysteries) by Eleanor Kuhns (Minotaur Books 18 June 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Will Rees feels at home. It's been a long time since he last felt this way--not since before his wife died years ago and he took to the road as a traveling weaver. Now, in 1796, Rees is back on his Maine farm, living with his teenaged son, David, and his housekeeper, Lydia—whose presence contributes more towards his happiness than he's ready to admit. But his domestic bliss is shattered the morning a visitor brings news of an old friend's murder.

Nate Bowditch and Rees hadn't spoken in many long years, but as children they were closer than brothers, and Rees feels his loss acutely. Asked to look into the circumstances surrounding Nate's death, Rees simply can't refuse. At the Bowditch farmstead, Rees quickly discovers that everyone--from Nate's frosty wife to his missing son to the shy serving girl--is hiding something. But are any of them actually capable of murder? Or does the answer lie elsewhere, behind stones no one even knew needed unturning? (see review)

Death Rides Again (Jocelyn Shore Mysteries) by Janice Hamrick (Minotaur Books 18 June 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Texas high school teacher Jocelyn Shore had been looking forward to spending Thanksgiving at her Uncle Kel's ranch, but her visit takes an unexpected turn when she discovers Uncle Kel threatening his son-in-law Eddy with a shotgun. It seems that Kel, who is hosting the whole Shore clan, is none too happy about how Eddy has been treating his daughter Ruby June, and tensions are about to boil over.

Thanks to Jocelyn's quick thinking, Eddy makes it out alive, and it looks like Ruby June is going to toss him out for good. Yet no one knows for sure because that is the last anyone saw of Ruby June. The family pins the disappearance on Eddy and files a missing-persons report. Still, it isn't until Jocelyn and her sometime-boyfriend, Austin homicide detective Colin Gallagher, find Eddy's body at the bottom of a caliche pit that the police really take notice. Unfortunately, all eyes--including Colin's--are on Jocelyn's family as the most likely suspects. While Colin assists the local police, Jocelyn and her cousin Kyla decide to investigate on their own. Their hunt turns up a shady ranch manager, a mysterious racehorse owner, and an overly persistent goat, but no sign of Ruby June ... or a killer who is poised to strike again. (Source: Minotaur Books)

Green-Eyed Lady: A Mystery by Chuck Greaves (Minotaur Books 25 June 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: U.S. Senate candidate Warren Burkett has a history of marital infidelity. Three weeks before Election Day, Burkett comes to the aid of a beautiful green-eyed lady, only to find himself alone and naked in a stranger's home from which a priceless painting is missing. As the resulting scandal threatens to tilt the election, the painting turns up in a most unexpected place ... and so does a dead body.

Hired to defend Burkett and unravel the deepening mystery, attorney Jack MacTaggart must traverse a minefield of ruthless politicians, felonious art dealers, swarming paparazzi, the amorous wife of Burkett's billionaire opponent, her mobbed-up brother, and a district attorney with an old score to settle.

With the electoral clock ticking and the press following his every move, Jack's investigation leads him on a roller-coaster ride through the lofty heights and gritty depths of Los Angeles and Southern California, lending new meaning to the adage that all's fair in love and politics. (Source: Minotaur Books)

Lethal Treasure: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery by Jane K. Cleland (Minotaur Books 25 June 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: For antiques dealer Josie Prescott, an abandoned storage unit is the perfect place to find some killer treasure, but finding a dead body amongst the wares is more than she bargained for

With Valentine's Day a week away and the sun sparkling on the fresh-fallen snow in Rocky Point, New Hampshire, it is the perfect day for antiques dealer Josie Prescott to pursue her newest source of unexpected treasures—the contents of abandoned storage units sold at auction.

A crowd gathers at the storage facility, including the owner of a local interior design store, Henri Dubois, who bids against a man who is new to the local auction scene. Josie is thrilled with her win, a small unit filled with Depression-era glassware and stunning vintage jewelry. The unit won by Henri includes hand-painted silent movie posters, which he eagerly hands over to Josie for appraisal.

The next morning, Josie receives a frantic call from Henri's wife and learns that he never made it home. When the police open Henri's storage unit they find him dead amidst a jumble of objects. Was he killed over one of the objects? Is his wife hiding secrets that led to his death? And who was the stranger who bid against Henri? The police turn to Josie's antiques expertise and she discovers more than provenance—she uncovers a murderer. (Source: Minotaur Books)

Stolen (Lucy Kincaid) by Allison Brennan (Minotaur Books 04 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Nothing is more important to private investigator Sean Rogan than his relationship with FBI trainee Lucy Kincaid. But when his past catches up with him, Sean faces an ultimatum: clear his name and help the FBI take down a rogue agent, or go to prison and lose everything he holds dear. With only Agent Noah Armstrong as his back-up and forced to keep Lucy in the dark, Sean steps back into his old world. But the longer he's undercover, the more dangerous the game becomes. More than Sean's future with Lucy is at stake--so is his life.

Lucy can't imagine Sean would keep secrets from her--until an FBI agent casts doubt about who he really is...and who he used to be. Why did Sean quit his job with his brother and move to New York? Why hasn't he told her anything about his new job? With more questions than answers, Lucy doesn't know who to believe or who she can trust. All she knows is that Sean is in grave danger, and this time, it's personal. (Source: Minotaur Books)

The Ides of April (Flavia Albia) by Lindsey Davis (Minotaur Books 11 June 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Falco: The Next Generation––Flavia Albia has taken up her father's profession. Only, now Rome is a more dangerous, mercurial place than it was back in dear old dad's day.

Flavia Albia is the adopted daughter of Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina. From her mother, she learned how to blend in at all levels of society; from her father, she learned the tricks of their mutual professional trade. But her wits and (frequently) sharp tongue are hers alone.

Now, working as a private informer in Rome during the reign of Domitian, Flavia has taken over her father's old ramshackle digs at Fountain Court in the Surbura district, where she plies her trade with energy, determination, and the usual Falco luck. Recently hired to help investigate a fatal accident, she finds herself stuck with a truly awful person for a client and facing a well-heeled, well-connected opponent.

That is, until her client unexpectedly dies under what might be called "suspicious circumstances." While this is not a huge loss for society, it is a loss for Flavia Albia's pocket. Even worse, it's just one of a series of similar deaths for which she now finds herself under suspicion. Before things go from abysmal to worse, Flavia must sort out what is happening, and who is responsible. (Source: Minotaur Books)

The Last Kind Word (Mac Mckenzie) by David Housewright (Minotaur Books 04 June 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Rushmore McKenzie is both a millionaire and an unlicensed PI, which means he can afford to do the occasional favor and, as a former detective for the St. Paul (Minnesota) Police Department, he's got the necessary skills and connections to do them right. But this time, he's really stepped in it.

When the ATF gets a lead on a much sought-after cache of illegal guns near the Canadian border, they call McKenzie in to help them track down the elusive gunrunners. Their only lead is a guy who is part of a small-time gang of armed robbers working north of the Twin Cities. Their idea is for McKenzie to infiltrate the group and wait for them to lead him to the guns. Their plan is to fix McKenzie with a false identity as a serious bad guy and then fake an escape with the captured gang member. Which seemed like a bad idea to McKenzie at the time, but even he had no idea just how bad things were going to get. (see review)

NAL

A Cookbook Conspiracy (Bibliophile) by Kate Carlisle (NAL 04 June 2013 / $23.95) - Product Description: It's a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook.

Brooklyn has always been a little obsessed with food, but it was her sister Savannah who became a chef, graduating from the prestigious Cordon Bleu school in Paris. She and her classmates all went on to successful careers, but none of them achieved culinary superstardom like Savannah's ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell.

When Baxter invites the old gang to participate in his new restaurant's gala opening in San Francisco, Savannah looks forward to seeing her friends, and even asks Brooklyn to restore a tattered cookbook--an old gift from Baxter--as a present for him. But Brooklyn immediately recognizes that the book, which has strange notes and symbols scrawled in the margins, is at least two hundred years old. She thinks that it probably belongs in a museum, but Savannah insists on returning it to Baxter.

Shortly after receiving the gift, Baxter is found dead, with Savannah kneeling over him, bloody knife in hand, and the rare cookbook has disappeared. Brooklyn knows her sister didn't kill him, and she suspects the missing cookbook might lead to the real villain. Now Brooklyn will have to turn up the heat on the investigation before Chef Savannah finds herself slinging hash in a prison cafeteria. (Source: NAL)

Pantheon

Aftershock by Andrew Vachss (Pantheon 11 June 2013 / $26.95) - Product Description: The idyllic facade of a small coastal tourist magnet hides its secrets well. But when the shining star pitcher of the girls' softball team guns down the most popular boy in school, the shockwaves reverberate far beyond the school's walls. In the wake of the killing, two of the town's newer residents turn over deeply embedded rocks, exposing a subculture of almost unimaginable horror lurking beneath.
 
Formerly a nurse with Médecins Sans Frontières, Dolly has become a defender and confidante to dozens of local teenage girls, and she refuses to accept that MaryLou ("Mighty Mary") McCoy's gunning down Cameron Taft in a high school hallway is a typical school shooting. Although MaryLou's guilt is not in doubt—it's even captured on the school's security camera—the girl insists on a trial . . . but inexplicably refuses to cooperate with her own defense. Enlisting her troupe of teenagers and the local contacts she has cemented, Dolly calls on all of her resources to get to the truth . . . and to whatever secret MaryLou is guarding.
 
When Dolly's husband, Dell, sees his beloved wife begin her quest, he immediately signs on. A former mercenary and ex-Legionnaire, Dell treats this "job" as he would any other--with no boundaries. His entire arsenal is put into play: guile, extortion, tracking devices, shadow networks, and, finally, an act of terrorism that blows the cover off the soul-killing rite of passage demanded of the town's most vulnerable girls. Dell's discovery of MaryLou's true motive and the community's shocking failure to protect its children culminates in a decision to put the town itself on trial. The explosive verdict blows away the facade ... and forces the village to stand in judgment of itself. The aftershocks keep coming until the foundation itself fractures, leaving cracks too deep to patch ever again. (Source: Pantheon)

Never Fuck Up: A Novel by Jens Lapidus (Pantheon 18 June 2013 / $26.95) - Product Description: From Sweden's internationally best-selling crime novelist, the author of Easy Money comes the riveting second installment of the Stockholm Noir Trilogy. With his trademark live-wire staccato prose and raw energy, Jens Lapidus returns to the streets of Stockholm with an electrifying tale of seedy police officers and vicious underworld criminals.

Mahmud, an iron-pumping gym fiend raised among the city's many concrete high-rises, is fresh out of jail and heavily indebted to a Turkish drug lord. To get free he accepts a job from the henchman of brutal mob boss Radovan--a job that quickly becomes something Mahmud wishes he'd never agreed to.

Meanwhile, Niklas is living at home with his mother and keeping a low profile after working as a security contractor in Iraq. When a man is found murdered in the laundry room of their building--a startling event that coincides with Niklas's discovery of a young Arab girl being beaten by her boyfriend--Niklas decides to put his weapons expertise and appetite for violence to use and begins to mete out his own particular brand of justice.

Thomas is the volatile cop called to investigate the murder in Niklas's building. When his efforts are suspiciously stymied and the evidence tampered with, he goes off the grid in search of answers. As the identity of the murdered man is discovered, the paths of these three men intertwine, and crimes and secrets far greater than a mere murder come to light—raising the stakes of Stockholm's criminality to staggering new heights. (Source: Pantheon)

Picador

The Wild Beasts of Wuhan: An Ava Lee Novel by Ian Hamilton (Picador 25 June 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: Meet Ava Lee, alluring but deadly, with a mind like a steel trap, as she chases millions of dollars and dangerous criminals around the globe in this exotic and fast-paced new crime series by Ian Hamilton.

In The Wild Beasts of Wuhan, Wong Changxing, a rich Chinese powerbroker, has just been bilked out of $100 million in an elaborate art forgery con. His one hope of recovering the money, and of saving face, is Ava Lee--a forensic accountant with a talent for tracking down untraceable funds. With the help of her mentor, the Triad-connected Uncle, Ava traces the provenance of the meticulously forged paintings to Denmark, the Faroe Islands, New York, and London. As she infiltrates one of the most prestigious auction houses in the world, she uncovers a massive web of corruption, where high art and high-stakes fraud threaten more than just her client's business—this is one scam that could get her killed. Ava Lee is one of the most scintillating, unique heroines to come along in years. (Source: Picador)

Pocket Books

Resurrection Express by Stephen Romano (Pocket Books 18 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: But for the past two years, he's been incarcerated in a maximum-security hellhole after a job gone bad, driven to near-madness by the revelation of his beloved wife's murder. Now a powerful and mysterious visitor who calls herself a "concerned citizen" offers Elroy his freedom if he'll do another job, and sweetens the deal with proof that his wife might still be alive. All Elroy has to do is hack into one of the most complicated and deadliest security grids in the world—clear and simple instructions for the best in the business. Or so he thinks.

Quickly drawn into the epicenter of a secret, brutal war between criminal masterminds, Elroy is forced to run for his life through a rapid-fire labyrinth of deception, betrayal, and intrigue—where no one is to be trusted and every fight could be his last ... and the real truth hidden beneath the myriad levels of treachery may be too shocking to comprehend.

Read our review of Resurrection Express in our September 2012 issue. (Source: Pocket Books)

Poisoned Pen Press

Capacity for Murder: A Professor Bradshaw Mystery by Bernadette Pajer (Poisoned Pen Press 04 June 2013 / $24.95) - Product Description: At the dawn of the 20th century, Healing Sands Sanitarium, southwest of Seattle, Washington, sits on the sandy doorstep of the Pacific Ocean. Famed for its restorative rest cures, fermented diets, and Dr. Hornsby's electrotherapeutics, no one has ever died at Healing Sands. Until now.

When Professor Bradshaw is summoned to investigate, he knows this was no accident, but his only clue to foul play is as insubstantial as smoke--to anyone other than an electrical engineer. Suspects in this isolated location are limited to a handful whose lives--and lies--must be exhumed and examined.

A sinister tale emerges as deep undercurrents turn personal, provoking Bradshaw to make a decision about the woman he loves. And then an everyday object provides the key, alerting Bradshaw that one among them is a walking dead man, and another possesses the capacity for murder.

(Source: Poisoned Pen Press)

Seventh Street Books

Corrupt Practices: A Parker Stern Novel by Robert Rotstein (Seventh Street Books 11 June 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: Parker Stern's legal career is on the rise. But when his mentor Harmon Cherry commits suicide, Parker gets stage fright so severe that he becomes paralyzed whenever he steps into a courtroom. Rich Baxter, an ex-colleague, calls from jail and asks Parker to represent him. Baxter has been charged with embezzling millions from his church, a powerful cult that Parker despises. At their first meeting, Baxter surprises Parker by claiming that Harmon Cherry did not commit suicide, but was murdered by someone connected to the church. Parker doesn't believe it until Baxter is found hanging in his cell. Ultimately, Parker agrees to represent Baxter's father in a lawsuit brought by the church. In the process of representing his client and uncovering the truths behind the deaths of his friends, Parker must overcome his own long-buried secrets and deep-seated fears. (Source: Seventh Street Books)

Escape from Paris by Carolyn Hart (Seventh Street Books 11 June 2013 / $13.95) - Product Description: Romantic suspense amid the chaos of a world at war. The year is 1940. As England braces for invasion and the German army overruns Europe, two American sisters in Paris risk their lives to save a downed British airman from Nazi arrest. Linda Rossiter and Eleanor Masson soon realize the price they may pay when they read this ominous public notice: "All persons harbouring English soldiers must deliver same to the nearest Kommandantur not later than 20 October 1940. Those persons who continue to harbour Englishmen after this date without having notified the authorities will be shot." On Christmas Eve, the Gestapo sets a trap, and death is only a step behind the two American women. (see review)

The Trojan Colt: An Eli Paxton Mystery by Mike Resnick (Seventh Street Books 11 June 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: Hired to guard a high-priced yearling of "Trojan", a recently retired classic winner in Lexington, Kentucky, Eli Paxton is only days into the job when the yearling's young groom goes missing.  Asked by the boy's parents to investigate his disappearance, Paxton focuses on the Lexington breeding farm. It turns out that another staff member has disappeared in the past couple of months. As Paxton worries that the missing boys may never be found, he becomes a target himself when a secret threatens to derail the world of professional horse racing. (Source: Seventh Street Books)

Signet

Bled & Breakfast: An Immortality Bites Mystery by Michelle Rowen (Signet 04 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Fledgling vampire Sarah Dearly knew what she was getting into when she married master vampire Thierry de Bennicoeur. As an agent of the Ring, Thierry is sent all over the world to solve vampire crimes and keep them secret from humans. And now Sarah's on the job with him--for better or worse.

Right after their wedding in Las Vegas, Sarah and Thierry get their next assignment: Three vampires have gone missing in Salem, Massachusetts, and they need to find out why. Their contact in Salem turns out to be a local lothario with a penchant for witches, but before he can help them, he suddenly goes up in smoke--leaving behind nothing but a stain on the ground and a seemingly impossible mystery.

Did a witchy ex-mistress cast a deadly spell, or is there something even more sinister happening to the vampires of Salem? Getting to the truth may require raising the undead, with a little help from the owners of a vampire-friendly bed and breakfast. But uncovering Salem's darkest secrets may drag some of Thierry's own past into the light. (see review)

Looming Murder: A Weaving Mystery by Carol Ann Martin (Signet 04 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Della Wright has come to peaceful and picturesque Briar Hollow, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, to realize her lifelong dream of owning a weaving studio. To promote her new business, Dream Weavers, Della is offering weaving workshops for all levels of ability. In her first class, she meets half a dozen of the town's colorful characters, who seem as eager to gossip as to learn how to work a loom.

But when a shady local businessman is found murdered, Briar Hollow suddenly appears a lot less idyllic. And when one of her weaving students is suspected of the crime, Della can't help getting entangled in the investigation—with some help from her criminologist friend, Matthew. But can she weave together clues as well as she weaves together yarn—and stop a killer from striking again? (Features weaving tips.) (see review)

Soho Crime

Hour of the Rat by Lisa Brackmann (Soho Crime 18 June 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: Iraq War vet Ellie McEnroe has a pretty good life in Beijing, representing the work of controversial dissident Chinese artist Zhang Jianli. Even though Zhang's mysterious disappearance of over a year ago has her in the sights of the Chinese authorities. Even though her Born-Again mother has come for a visit and shows no signs of leaving. But when her mom takes up with "that nice Mr. Zhou next door," Ellie decides that it's time to get out of town—given her mother's past bad choices of men, no good can come of this.

An old Army buddy, Dog Turner, gives her the perfect excuse. His unstable brother Jason has disappeared in picturesque Yangshuo, a famous tourist destination, and though Ellie knows it's a long shot, she agrees to try to find him. At worst, she figures she'll have a few days of fun in some gorgeous scenery.

But her plans for a relaxing vacation are immediately complicated when her mother and the new boyfriend tag along. And as soon as she starts asking questions about the missing Jason, Ellie realizes that she's stumbled into a dangerous conspiracy that may or may not involve a sinister biotech company, eco-terrorists, an art-obsessed Chinese billionaire and lots of cats--one that will take her on a wild chase through some of China's most beautiful--and most surreal--places.

(Source: Soho Crime)

Masaryk Station (John Russell) by David Downing (Soho Crime 18 June 2013 / $26.95) - Product Description: Berlin, 1948. Still occupied by the four Allied powers and largely in ruins, the city has become the cockpit of a new Cold War. The legacies of the war have become entangled in the new Soviet-American conflict, creating a world of bizarre and fleeting loyalties—a paradise for spies. As spring unfolds, a Western withdrawal looks increasingly likely. Berlin's German inhabitants live in fear of the Soviet forces who occupy half the city, and whose legacy of violence has ripped apart many families.
 
John Russell works for both Stalin's NKVD and the newly created CIA, trying his best to cut himself loose from both before his double-agency is discovered by either. As tensions between the great powers escalate, each passing day makes Russell's position more treacherous. He and his Soviet liaison, Shchepkin, seek out one final operation—one piece of intelligence so damning it could silence the wrath of one nation and solicit the protection of the other. It will be the most dangerous task Russell has ever taken on, but one way or the other, it will be his last. (see review)

Soho Press

Evil and the Mask by Fuminori Nakamura (Soho Press 11 June 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: The second book by prize-winning Japanese novelist Fuminori Nakamura to be available in English translation, a follow-up to 2012's critically acclaimed The Thief, another fantastically creepy, electric literary thriller that explores the limits of human depravity--and the powerful human instinct to resist evil.

When Fumihiro Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly, enigmatic father calls him into his study for a meeting. "I created you to be a cancer on the world," his father tells him. It is a tradition in their wealthy family: a patriarch, when reaching the end of his life, will beget one last child to dedicate to causing misery in a world that cannot be controlled or saved. From this point on, Fuminori will be specially educated to learn to create as much destruction and unhappiness in the world around him as a single person can. Between his education in hedonism and his family's resources, Fuminori's life is one without repercussions. Every door is open to him, for he need obey no laws and may live out any fantasy he might have, no matter how many people are hurt in the process. But as his education progresses, Fuminori begins to question his father's mandate, and starts to resist. (see review)

St. Martin's

Always Watching by Chevy Stevens (St. Martin's 18 June 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire--healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn't want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years.

When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her--and learns of some troubling parallels with her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island.  What happened to Nadine?  Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group's leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today?

And then, the unthinkable happens, and Nadine realizes that danger is closer to home than she ever imagined. She has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most...and fight back.

(Source: St. Martin's)

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