A Skeleton in the Family (A Family Skeleton Mystery) by Leigh Perry
(Berkley 03 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Moving back into her parents' house with her teenage daughter had not been Georgia Thackery's Plan A. But when she got a job at the local college, it seemed the sensible thing to do. So she settled in and began reconnecting with old friends.
Including Sid. Sid is the Thackery family's skeleton. He's lived in the house as long as Georgia can remember, although no one, including Sid, knows exactly where he came from and how he came to be a skeleton.
Sid walks, he talks, he makes bad jokes, he tries to keep Georgia's dog from considering him a snack. And he manages to persuade Georgia to let him leave the house. But when she takes him to an anime convention--disguised as a skeleton, of course--he sees a woman who triggers memories of his past.
Now he is determined to find out how he died--with Georgia's help. But their investigation may uncover a killer who's still alive and well and bad to the bone. (First in a new series) (Source: Berkley)
Bran New Death (Merry Muffin) by Victoria Hamilton
(Berkley 03 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Expert muffin baker Merry Wynter is finally ready to turn her passion into a career. But when a dead body is found on her property, she's more worried about cooking up an alibi.
Merry is making a fresh start in small-town Autumn Vale, New York, in the mansion she's inherited from her late uncle, Melvin. The house is run-down and someone has been digging giant holes on the grounds, but with its restaurant-quality kitchen, the place has potential for her new baking business. She even has her first client--the local retirement home.
Unfortunately, Merry soon finds that quite a few townsfolk didn't like Uncle Mel, and she has inherited their enmity as well as his home. Local baker Binny Turner and her crazy brother, Tom, blame Melvin for their father's death, and Tom may be the one vandalizing her land. But when Tom turns up dead in one of the holes in her yard, Merry needs to prove she had nothing to do with his death--or her new muffin-making career may crumble before it starts.
First in a new series. Includes recipes. (Source: Berkley)
Going Through the Notions (A Deadly Notions Mystery) by Cate Price
(Berkley 03 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: A retired schoolteacher--and yes, daughter of an F. Scott Fitzgerald fan--Daisy Buchanan has finally found her calling in the quaint village of Millbury, Pennsylvania. While her husband endlessly renovates their old house, Daisy happily presides over Sometimes a Great Notion, a quirky shop that sells sewing bits and bobs, antiques, and jewelry.
Daisy has her eye on an antique dollhouse and a classic Singer Featherweight at the local auction--until her friend and mentor, auctioneer Angus Backstead, is led away in handcuffs. It appears he bashed in the head of a drinking buddy who stole a set of fancy fountain pens. Daisy's sure the sprightly old-timer couldn't have done it. But if Daisy can't stitch together the bidder truth--and soon--Angus will be going once, going twice... gone forever.
Includes creative tips for vintage notions! (Source: Berkley)
Killing Custer (Wind River) by Margaret Coel
(Berkley 03 September 2013 / $26.95) - Product Description: Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley are caught between two cultures that won't let go of the past--and a killer who won't leave any witnesses.
The whole town of Lander has turned out for the big parade celebrating the start of the new rodeo season. The main spectacle this year is the appearance of Colonel Edward Garrett--a spot-on impersonator of General George Armstrong Custer--and a troop of men acting as the ill-fated Seventh Cavalry.
The problem is they are being followed by a group of Arapaho warriors from the Wind River Reservation, who proceed to encircle Garrett and his men in a "dare ride" just to remind them exactly who won the Battle of the Little Bighorn. But when the ride is over, history seems to have repeated itself: Garrett is dead in the street with a bullet hole in his chest.
No one is sure what happened, but public sentiment quickly turns against the Arapaho--and the prime suspect is Colin Morningside, a descendant of Crazy Horse. When a local attorney connected to Morningside disappears, the accusations only grow stronger.
Father John O'Malley knows in his heart the Arapaho are not guilty. And Vicky Holden finds herself professionally and personally compromised from getting involved. But what begins as a murder soon reveals itself as a conspiracy that neither Father John nor Vicky could have foreseen. And someone wants to ensure that the truth they discover will die with them. (Source: Berkley)
Mortal Arts (Lady Darby) by Anna Lee Huber
(Berkley 03 September 2013 / $16.00) - Product Description: Scotland, 1830. Lady Kiera Darby is no stranger to intrigue--in fact, it seems to follow wherever she goes. After her foray into murder investigation, Kiera must journey to Edinburgh with her family so that her pregnant sister can be close to proper medical care. But the city is full of many things Kiera isn't quite ready to face: the society ladies keen on judging her, her fellow investigato--—and romantic entanglement--Sebastian Gage, and ultimately, another deadly mystery.
Kiera's old friend Michael Dalmay is about to be married, but the arrival of his older brother--and Kiera's childhood art tutor--William, has thrown everything into chaos. For ten years Will has been missing, committed to an insane asylum by his own father. Kiera is sympathetic to her mentor's plight, especially when rumors swirl about a local girl gone missing. Now Kiera must once again employ her knowledge of the macabre and join forces with Gage in order to prove the innocence of a beloved family friend--and save the marriage of another. (see review)
Silent Knife (A Celebration Bay Mystery) by Shelley Freydont
(Berkley 03 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Celebration Bay is full of yuletide cheer--but it's hard to remain festive when someone's out to slay Santa.
It's Liv Montgomery's first Christmas out of Manhattan and in Celebration Bay. They've got a tree to rival Rockefeller Center's, but this year's holidays are turning out to be a disaster. As the small town's event planner, Liv wants everything to be perfect. Unfortunately, the local Christmas shop has been replaced by the gaudy Trim a Tree--complete with tacky ornaments and a new replacement Santa who isn't spreading any cheer.
At the town's annual Celebration of Lights, Trim a Tree is the only shop left unlit. Liv, furious, goes to investigate, and discovers something even less festive--the store's new Santa has been murdered. Small-town gossip begins to stir, and Liv must clear the name of the previous town Santa just in the nick of time before the real killer ruins Christmas. (Source: Berkley)
Sup With the Devil (An Abigail Adams Mystery) by Barbara Hamilton
(Berkley 03 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: 1774: Spring brings uncertainty to Boston as the entire city awaits the Crown's response to the infamous Tea Party. Urged on by the Sons of Liberty--and Abigail's husband, John--militias form and arm themselves. But when a Harvard Loyalist is murdered, the only side Abigail finds herself on is the side of justice.
After an attempt on the life of her scholarly young nephew Horace, Abigail travels to Harvard to investigate. A mysterious woman had hired Horace to translate some Arabic, only to leave him disoriented and frightenedÂ—and at the mercy of her henchmen. But Horace survived--with a tale of pirate treasure.
While Abigail and Horace try to unravel the strange circumstances, one of his fellow students--a young man loyal to the King--is murdered. And though the Sons of Liberty are desperate to find the rumored gold, Abigail is more interested in the truth. For the Devil's treasure comes with a curse that could bring down anyone, regardless of where their allegiance lies. (Source: Berkley)
The Cakes of Wrath (A Piece of Cake Mystery) by Jacklyn Brady
(Berkley 03 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Rita Lucero, owner of New Orleans cake shop Zydeco Cakes, can't seem to stop saying "yes". Even though things at the bakery are busy, Rita finds herself accepting a seat on the local small business alliance--a group full of colorful characters like Chopper Shop owner Moose Hazen and his wife, Destiny, whose personal life is messier than a cake someone left out in the rain.
On the street following a heated alliance meeting, Moose pulls Rita out of the path of a speeding van. Shaken and bruised, Rita notices the next day that her prescribed pain killers are missing. When she discovers Destiny's body in the couple's shop, the stolen pill bottle in her lifeless hand only adds another layer to her mysterious death. But getting the frosty NOPD detective to stop focusing on Rita and look for Destiny's real killer will be anything but a cakewalk. (INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES!) (Source: Berkley)
The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star by Susan Wittig Albert
(Berkley 03 September 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to the small town of Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s--where the Darling Dahlias, the colorful ladies of a garden club, are anything but shrinking violets when it comes to rooting out criminals.
The Texas Star herself--Miss Lily Dare, the "fastest woman in the world"--is bringing her Dare Devils Flying Circus to Darling. Unfortunately, she's also bringing a whole lot of trouble. As the Dahlias prepare for the annual Watermelon Festival--where they will present the famous female aviatrix with her own Texas Star hibiscus--rumors are flying.
Dahlias president Liz Lacy learns from newspaperman Charlie Dickens that Miss Dare has been threatened and her plane sabotaged. Apparently the bold and beautiful barnstormer has made plenty of enemies. And is it possible she may even be involved with the husband of one of Darling's local ladies?
And speaking of wings, the new cook at Myra May's Darling Diner can fry a chicken and whip up a sweet potato meringue pie like nobody's business. But why is she keeping her past such a mystery?
As the Texas Star barnstorms into town, Liz and Verna Tidwell offer to help bring down a saboteur who may be propelled by revenge. Before it's all over, there will be plenty of black eyes and dark secrets revealed. (Includes Southern-Style Depression-Era Recipes!) (Source: Berkley)
The Scottish Play Murder (A Restoration Mystery) by Anne Rutherford
(Berkley 03 September 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: When charming Scotsman Diarmid Ramsay asks to play the titular role in Macbeth, he sets off a flurry of excitement among The New Globe Players. Despite protests from the company director that performing the "Scottish play" will lead only to disaster, Suzanne decides that the show must go on--with herself acting the part of Lady Macbeth, opposite the handsome stranger.
Rehearsals begin--but then rumors about Ramsay arise, implicating him in the death of a sailor found behind the Goat and Boar. Is the man a murderer, possibly involved in a plot against the newly restored king? Suzanne refuses to believe it, until another murder connected to Ramsay occurs.
It seems the curse of Macbeth may have been unleashed, leaving Suzanne no choice but to use her wits and her wiles to determine if Ramsay is a gifted actor--or a murderous villain. (Source: Berkley)
Hitler's Secret by William Osborne
(Chicken House 24 September 2013 / $17.99) - Product Description: Otto and Leni thought they were safe: They escaped -- barely -- from war-torn Europe and are living as refugees in England. But now the Crown has recruited them: Great Britain wants them to go back. As spies!
Dropped behind enemy lines, Otto and Leni embark on a top-secret operation. Code name: Wolfsangel. Their mission? Capture the one person who can defeat the ultimate evil of Nazism! Der Fuhrer has destroyed Otto's and Leni's families, but what if the tables were turned? What if Hitler's ultimate legacy was in their hands? (Source: Chicken House)
A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair) by Emma Jane Holloway
(Del Rey 24 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there's a murderer to deal with--not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse.
In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines--something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty's secret laboratories. What's a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she's never found out?
But then there's that murder. As Sherlock Holmes's niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask. (see review)
Letters From a Murderer (Jameson & Argenti) by John Mathews
(Exhibit A 24 September 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: New York, 1891: a rapidly changing city, torn between lamplight and electric light, where the burgeoning steel and railway industries attract a flood of humanity from every corner of the globe, fuelling cut-throat gangs, corruption and vice.
A prostitute is found brutally murdered. Immediately fear starts to spread. The victim bears the same hallmarks as Jack the Ripper's recent killing spree in England. Could it be that the Ripper has crossed the Atlantic to fresh killing grounds? Or is this simply a copycat murder?
To solve the case, one of the original English Ripper pathologists, Finley Jameson, is teamed up with Joseph Argenti, one of the new 'untouchable' detectives, hand-picked by a New York Mayor eager to fight corruption.
But Michael Tierney, the city's leading gangster, has his own ideas about how the city should be run. And as the body-count rises, and Jameson & Argenti are taunted by the killer in open letters, they find themselves fighting not just to save the next victim, but for the city's very soul. (Source: Exhibit A)
A Player to be Maimed Later by John Billheimer
(Five Star 11 September 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: Lloyd Keaton--who killed a successful sportswriting career with a gambling addiction--gets a second chance at the big time. Blaze Stender, a retired Major League superstar, asks his old friend to write his biography, and offers a good slice of the impressive publishing advance. Stender hopes the book will help him capture the only honor that has eluded him, election to baseball's Hall of Fame.
Keaton is barely on the job two weeks when Stender's pleasure boat crashes into a Lake Erie breakwall; the pitcher is missing and presumed dead. The accident triggers an outpouring of an praise not only for the popular pitcher's on-field exploits but also his charity work, including the Tommy Fund, founded in memory of his only child.
With the help and encouragement of Stender's widow, Keaton continues his work on the biography. He soon discovers, however, that the facts of his old friend's life are at odds with his popular image, and that Stender was keeping some dark secrets, including blackmail payments that could be related to a mysterious death. Stender's widow tells him to stop; she doesn't want her husband's image tarnished by a tell-all biography. But Keaton can't stop following a story, even when it leads to another killing and the reporter himself becomes the target of an unknown assailant.
The answers lie beneath the ice of Lake Erie, and when Stender's body is finally discovered, those answers threaten Keaton's ethics, his career, and even his life. (see review)
Death Over Easy (Emma Trace Mystery) by Toby Speed
(FIve Star 18 September 2013 / $25.95) - From author's website: Growing up risk-averse in a family of gamblers and aerial daredevils, shy editor Emma Trace has never quite gotten used to the wild dares of her dad and uncles. On the eve of her thirty-fifth birthday, as she races to win a bet and dodge a flight in her uncle's aerobatic airplane, the cook at her favorite breakfast spot is found dead in the pancake batter. Police tie the crime to Emma when they find her library card at the scene.
Forced to look for clues to clear her name, Emma becomes the target of a vicious killer when she uncovers an elaborate blackmail scheme involving members of her small community. Using her improv acting skills and insider's knowledge of the town, Emma and her sidekick LaRue confront a string of sleazy characters as they track down the murderer. And although she's terrified to fly, Emma knows there may be no other way to prevent further killings and save the life of the man she loves. (Source: FIve Star)
Dime if I Know by Maggie Toussaint
(Five Star 11 September 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: Cleopatra Jones has visions of marriage dancing through her head, but her boyfriend, sexy gold pro Rafe Golden, is happy with the status quo. With three puppies, a St. Bernard, two teenaged daughters, a free-spirited live-in mother, a kooky best friend, and an accounting firm to run, Cleo's household is hopping. But after months of dating Rafe, her relationship should be headed somewhere.
A former girlfriend of Rafe's turns up dead in a seedy motel. His fancy red sports car was spotted there the night she died. Cleo questions him, but he swears he didn't shoot her. The police identify Rafe as their top suspect, but Cleo is having none of that. She hires him a lawyer, gets crossways with his snooty family, and sets out to prove his innocence.
The more she digs, the more questions arise. Rafe's been keeping secrets from her, but are they deadly secrets? (see review)
Loot (Buster Hightower) by Gary Alexander
(Five Star 18 September 2013 / $25.95) - From back of book: Why has a crime that took place in 1954 Seattle remained unsolved until now? Because stand-up comic Buster Hightower wasn't on the job, that's why.
Buster's true love, Carla Chance, owner of the Last Chance Insurance Agency, has written an auto policy for aristocratic man-child Tyler Polk (Tip) Taylor III's exotic sports car with one of her bottom-feeding companies. Tip, a recent GOIPD (Gumshoe Online Institute of Private Detection), is embarking on a career as a Private Eye.
Tip has a new client, Judith Poswell, owner of a decaying Victorian home on a Seattle hilltop. She claims she's being stalked, but lies and says she doesn't know why. That isn't true. Her stalker is an ex-con, Dicky (Mad Dog) Coll, idolater of Vincent (Mad Dog) Coll, the Depression-era mobster. He's there at the behest of his uncle, Randall Coll, a lowballing pawnbroker who will take in virtually anything. Randall suspects that Judith Roswell has a secret and he wants to get to the bottom of it.
Besides the Colls, other with their own agendas include Harriet Hardin, a randy septuagenarian who lived a the Victorian in the 1950s, a defrocked tabloid reporter with literary pretensions, and Judith's estranged brother.
Is there a nearly-70-year-old pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? (Source: Five Star)
Peak Season for Murder (Leigh Girard) by Gail Lukasik
(Five Star 18 September 2013 / $25.95) - From back of book: Twenty-three years ago local actress Danielle Moyer vanished after starring in a play at the Bayside Theater--Door Country's professional residential theater. Her body was never found. And no one knows what happened to her.
Now the specter of her ghost seems to be haunting the Bayside Theater's summer season. Two of the actors who appeared with Danielle that fateful summer have returned--Julian Finch, a renowned stage actor; and Nate Ryan, Hollywood's reformed bad boy. Has their return unleashed the bizarre events now plaguing the theater? From a proliferation of bats invading the stage one night to the planting of a real knife in the prop box. And strangest of all are the unnerving clues someone is leaving inside the abandoned Moyer cabin.
Door County Gazette reporter Leigh Girard chalks the pranks up to theatrical hijinks. She's engrossed in investigating the murder of Brownie Lawrence, a formerly homeless man she befriended. Desperate to prove Brownie's long-time friend, Ken Albright didn't kill him, Leigh digs into Brownie's past and discovers Brownie had assumed another man's identity. But unraveling the secrets to Brownie's real identity doesn't bring her any closer to proving Albright's innocence.
Then things turn deadly. Leigh suspects that the fate of Danielle Moyer has triggered a murderous revenge. What she never expects to find is a killer so vengeful--anyone is fair game including her. (see review)
The Devil Laughed by Gerrie Ferris Finger
(Five Star 11 September 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: In this Moriah Dru/Richard Lake mystery, Dru, owner of Child Trace, and Lake, an Atlanta police lieutenant, have been invited to Lake Lanier in the mountains of North Georgia for the scorcher of a 4th of July holiday. There, Dru discovers the stern of a boat protruding from a deep water cove. Extreme drought had uncovered the sailboat Scuppernong, missing nearly four years.
Two couples -- Johnny and Candice Browne and Laurant and Janet Cocineau -- had been partying on the boat in a year when the lake was full pool. Johnny's body was discovered with his head bashed in near the marina, but the sailboat and the other three disappeared that night without leaving a clue.
Raising the sailboat yields no bodies but a cadaver dog alerts. However, investigators find no bodies and theories continue to run rampant. Popular among them is that adulterers Candice and Laurant also killed Janet then skipped to Rio, a country they visited together. A body is found but not one of the boaters, but a woman from Yarrow, the small mountain town on the lake. It brings that tight community under suspicion. The investigation also takes Dru to Cape Fear wine country, the region the boaters called home.
In a reverse of her child finder role, Dru is hired to find Candice by thirteen-year-old Evangeline, a precocious girl who has unahakeable faith that her mother is alive. (Source: Five Star)
The Study of Murder by Susan McDuffie
(Five Star 18 September 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: The Study of Murder pits Scottish sleuth Muirteach MacPhee against a mysterious adversary in the medieval town of Oxford in 1374.
At the command of the Lord of the Isles, Muirteach and his wife Mariota accompany Donald, the lord's surly thirteen-year-old son, to Oxford where Donald is to enroll in university. Shortly after their arrival a winsome tavern maid disappears. At his charge's insistence, Muirteach attempts to help Undersheriff Grymbaud with the investigation, as well as keep Donald at his studies and out of the taverns. He has little success with either venture, although the discovery of some bizarre and suggestive drawings on old parchments piques the curiosity of Donald and his peers. Meanwhile, Mariota thirsts to attend medical lectures at the schools, which are closed to women, and seeks a way to gain admittance to them.
When an Oxford master is found brutally bludgeoned to death, Grymbaud asks Muirteach to investigate the slaying. The eventual arrest of an aged servant at the college stirs the ever-simmering discord between townsfolk and university students. The unrest culminates in riots and another senseless killing occurs, endangering Mariota. Gleaning clues from a cryptic manuscript and desperate to save his wife, a determined Muirteach tracks a wily killer through a dark and twisted labyrinth of deceit. (Source: Five Star)
The Third Eye by Andrew Seewald and Jacqueline Seewald
(Five Star 11 September 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: Ariel Spencer, a sensitive artist, is an emotionally troubled woman who has repressed memories stemming from her father's death. Her younger son, Jim Spencer, is a teenager entering his first year of high school. He makes friends with Sara Woodson, who turns out to be a distant cousin; together they end up discovering two dead bodies and some surprising truths. Unfortunately, the trail of evidence leads the police to Jim's immediate family, specifically his mother, Ariel, which cases Jim to assume the role of amateur sleuth. With some help from his older brother, Raven, who possesses "the third eye", JIm is able to investigate and solve the disturbing murder mysteries. (see review)
Beloved Enemy (Jack McClure) by Eric Van Lustbader
(Forge Books 10 September 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Shortly after McClure leaves a late night meeting with Dennis Paull, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Paull is found--shot dead. The President is furious but equally frightened of a scandal, since Jack McClure is one of their own--an operative and Paull's friend. Who will protect the country if even McClure cannot be trusted?
With top officials in the CIA and FBI after him, McClure, still devastated over his friend's death, goes on the run. Someone framed him for Paull's murder, possibly to prevent him from accomplishing Paull's last request--a task vital to U.S. National Security. Someone in the intelligence community has gone rogue and is reporting to The Syrian, one of the most cruel, aggressive terrorists McClure and Paull have ever come across. McClure has been charged with securing the name of the mole, but when Paull's informant goes missing, McClure realizes his mission has only begun.
Jack may be setting off after a mole, but he knows that ultimately he will have to confront The Syrian. Which also means confronting The Syrian's lover, Annika Dementieva, the woman Jack once loved and lost.
On a quest to find the mole before cloaked agents around the world are exposed and murdered, Jack will soon find himself facing his own beloved enemy.... (see review)
The Cure by Douglas E. Richards
(Forge Books 17 September 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Erin Palmer had a devastating encounter with a psychopath as a child. Now a grad student and scientist, she's devoting her life to studying these monsters. When her research catches the attention of Hugh Raborn, a brilliant neuroscientist who claims to have isolated the genes responsible for psychopathic behavior, Erin realizes it may be possible to reverse the condition, restoring souls to psychopaths. But to do so, she'll not only have to operate outside the law, but violate her most cherished ethical principles.
As Erin becomes further involved with Raborn, she begins to suspect that he harbors dark secrets. Is he working for the good of society? Or is he intent on bringing humanity to its knees?
Hunted by powerful, shadowy forces, Erin teams up with another mysterious man, Kyle Hansen, to uncover the truth. The pair soon find themselves pawns in a global conspiracy--one capable of destroying everything Erin holds dear. And forever altering the course of human history. (see review)
The Wrong Girl (Jane Ryland) by Hank Phillippi Ryan
(Forge Books 10 September 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Award-winning and Boston Globe bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan presents a spine-chilling, heart-wrenching suspense novel that explores a terrifying scenario striking at the heart of every family.
Does a respected adoption agency have a frightening secret? Tipped off by a determined ex-colleague on a desperate quest to find her birth mother, Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that the agency is engaging in the ultimate betrayal—reuniting birth parents with the wrong children.
For detective Jake Brogan and his partner, a young woman's brutal murder seems a sadly predictable case of domestic violence, one that results in two toddlers being shuttled into the foster care system. Then Jake finds an empty cradle at the murder scene. Where is the baby who should have been sleeping there?
Jane and Jake are soon on a trail full of twists and turns that takes them deep into the heart of a foster care system in crisis and threatens to blow the lid off an adoption agency scandal. When the threatening phone calls start, Jane knows she is on the right track…but with both a killer at large and an infant missing, time is running out. (see review)
What Are the Chances by Kenny Rogers with Mike Blakely
(Forge Books 03 September 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Country music legend Kenny Rogers teams up with Spur Award–winning author Mike Blakely for a rousing tale set in the heyday of Nashville in What Are theÂ Chances.
It's 1975, and Ronnie Breed's chart-topping rock band has just self-destructed in a recording studio fistfight. Ronnie makes a bold decision—return home to Texas and reinvent himself as a solo act.
Enter Dan Campbell, Ronnie's cousin, who recruits Ronnie for a new kind of venture. Dan, who always had a penchant for wild schemes, wants to televise a Texas Hold 'Em tournament…and Ronnie could never say no to his cousin Dan.
As celebrity spokesman for the poker tournament, Ronnie soon finds himself recruiting world-class gamblers in illegal card games while trying to put together a new country band and win a Nashville recording contract—not to mention trying to avoid falling head-over-heels in love with his new manager, Dorothy. But when things start to get weird—hidden cameras, secret high-stakes side-bets, a visit from the FBI—it seems that Dan's poker tournament may be a façade for something much bigger and much more dangerous.
Ronnie begins to wonder if he will end up with the girl of his dreams in the Country Music Hall of Fame, or broke and lonely in some prison cell. What are the chances? (Source: Forge Books)
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things (Book 1) by Cynthia Voigt
(Knopf Books for Young Readers 10 September 2013 / $16.99) - Product Description: Max's parents are missing. They are actors, and thus unpredictable, but sailing away, leaving Max with only a cryptic note, is unusual even for them. Did they intend to leave him behind? Have they been kidnapped?
Until he can figure it out, Max feels it's safer to keep a low profile. Hiding out is no problem for a child of the theater. Max has played many roles, he can be whoever he needs to be to blend in. But finding a job is tricky, no matter what costume he dons.
Ironically, it turns out Max has a talent for finding things. He finds a runaway child, a stray dog, a missing heirloom, a lost love. So is he a finder? A detective? No, it's more. Max finds a way to solve people's problems—he engineers better outcomes for them. He becomes Mister Max, Solutioneer.
Now if only he could find a solution to his own problems.... (see review)
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead (Agatha Raisin) by M.C. Beaton
(Minotaur Books 17 September 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Gloria French was a jolly widow with dyed blonde hair, a raucous laugh and rosy cheeks. When she first moved from London to the charming Cotswolds hills, she was heartily welcomed. She seemed a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she had a nasty habit of borrowing things and not giving them back, just small things, a teapot here, a set of silverware there. So it's quite the shock when she is found dead, murdered by a poisoned bottle of elderberry wine. Afraid the murder will be a blight on the small town, Parish councillor, Jerry Tarrant, hires private detective Agatha Raisin to track down the murderer.
But the village is secretive and the residents resent Agatha's investigation. Of course that doesn't stop the ever-persistent Agatha from investigating and sticking her nose where no one wants it—especially as the suspect list grows. And, as if it isn't enough that Agatha's ex has reentered the picture, the murderer is now targeting Agatha! (see review)
Strangled in Paris: A Victor Legris Mystery by Claude Izner
(Minotaur Books 03 September 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: The coast of Normandy, 1894: A mysterious young woman is rescued by an anonymous man after a deadly shipwreck. Paris, a few months later: The body of a well-dressed woman in a velvet mask is found in the abattoir district of La Villette in Paris. Next to the brutally strangled corpse, the drunk watchman--who witnessed the crime but was too terrified to intervene--finds a pendant featuring a black unicorn. Newly married bookseller Victor Legris is asked by an acquaintance to solve the murder of Louise Fontane, but he is initially baffled by the case. Louise was poor, so where did her finery come from? And what is the significance of the black unicorn? Within days, two more murders startle Paris--both victims were well-respected and seemingly wealthy, both have been killed in a similar fashion, both men's apartments have been defaced and ransacked, and both were members of the Black Unicorn Society, an organization bent on finding the philosopher's stone. Victor and his assistant (and brother-in-law), Jojo, struggle to draw the connections between the murders. And they struggle to keep their sleuthing from their wives, who frown upon their interest in mysteries. As their secret investigation progresses, they discover that in belle époque Paris, young girls with no money or background are as ruthlessly preyed on as ever they were.... Strangled in Paris is the sixth installment in Claude Izner's mystery series starring Victor Legris. (Source: Minotaur Books)
The Impersonator by Mary Miley
(Minotaur Books 17 September 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: In 1917, Jessie Carr, fourteen years old and sole heiress to her family's vast fortune, disappeared without a trace. Now, years later, her uncle Oliver Beckett thinks he's found her: a young actress in a vaudeville playhouse is a dead ringer for his missing niece. But whenÂ Oliver confronts the girl, he learns he's wrong. Orphaned young, Leah's been acting since she was a toddler.
Oliver, never one to miss an opportunity, makes a proposition--with his coaching, Leah can impersonate Jessie, claim the fortune, and split it with him. The role of a lifetime, he says. A one-way ticket to Sing Sing, she hears. But when she's let go from her job, Oliver's offer looks a lot more appealing. Leah agrees to the con, but secretly promises herself to try and find out what happened to the real Jessie. There's only one problem: Leah's act won't fool the one person who knows the truth about Jessie's disappearance. (see review)
The Red Queen Dies (Det. Hannah McCabe) by Frankie Y. Bailey
(Minotaur Books 10 September 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Frankie Bailey introduces readers to a fabulous new protagonist and an Alice in Wonderland-infused crime in this stunning mystery, which kicks off an exciting new series set in the near future.
The year is 2019, and a drug used to treat soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, nicknamed "Lullaby", has hit the streets. Swallowing a little pill erases traumatic memories, but what happens to a criminal trial when the star witness takes a pill and can't remember the crime? When two women are murdered in quick succession, biracial police detective Hannah McCabe is charged with solving the case. In spite of the advanced technology, including a city-wide surveillance program, a third woman is soon killed, and the police begin to suspect that a serial killer is on the loose. But the third victim, a Broadway actress known as "The Red Queen", doesn't fit the pattern set by the first two murders.
With the late September heat sizzling, Detective Hannah McCabe and her colleagues on the police force have to race to find the killer in a tangled web of clues that involve Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Abraham Lincoln's assassination. (Source: Minotaur Books)
Death in the Ashes: A Fourth Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger by Albert A. Bell Jr.
(Perseverance Press 09 September 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: A few years after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, where he lost his adoptive father and mentor, Pliny the Younger is asked by his friend Aurelia to help her husband Calpurnius, who has been accused of murder in Naples. He has solved previous crimes, but never before has so much time and distance elapsed before his arrival on the murder scene…nor has he carried so much emotional baggage. With the help of his wisecracking sidekick Tacitus, he now must investigate cunning plots by some descendants of Augustus, which include murders and babies switched at birth. One fortunate circumstance in Pliny's detective activities is that the hardened ash crust makes good impressions of hand- and foot-prints. But now, for the first time, Pliny must swallow his phobias and ghastly memories and face a deadly challenge in the ruins of a buried villa. (Source: Perseverance Press)
Death Rides the Zephyr by Janet Dawson
(Perseverance Press 09 September 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: December 23, 1952. A transcontinental train is stopped cold by an avalanche in a remote Colorado canyon. There's a murderer aboard, one who has already killed, and will kill again unless stopped. The California Zephyr, with its run from Oakland to Chicago and back, was famous for 21 years for its Vista-Domes, providing a 360-degree view of the spectacular Western scenery. It is a veritable small city on tracks, populated by passengers from all walks of life and a large crew whose duty it is to keep them safe. Zephyrette Jill McLeod is the passengers' primary point of contact. She's armed for any emergency-with a first-aid kit, a screwdriver, and her knowledge of human nature. But can she figure out a clever plot and stop a ruthless killer? (see review)
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Cold Tuscan Stone (Rick Montoya) by David P. Wagner
(Poisoned Pen Press 03 September 2013 / $24.95) - Product Description: Rick Montoya has just moved from Santa Fe to Rome, embracing the life of a translator. He's beginning to embrace la dolce vita when school friend Beppo, now senior in the Italian Art Squad, recruits Rick for an unofficial undercover role. Armed with a list of galleries, suspects, and an expense account, Rick would arrive in Tuscany posing as a buyer for a Santa Fe gallery and flush out traffickers in priceless burial urns.
But, before sunset on his first day in Volterra, the challenge intensifies. Rick has one quick conversation with a gallery employee who dies minutes later in a brutal fall from a high cliff. Has the trade in fraudulent artifacts upgraded to murder? Are the traffickers already on to Rick?
The local Commissario and his team consider Rick an amateur, and worse, a foreigner. Plus Rick is a suspect in what proves to be the dead man's murder. While the Volterra squad pursues its leads, Rick and the Volterra museum director continue to interview his list: a top gallery owner, a low-profile import/export businessman and his enterprising color-coordinated assistant, a sensuous heiress with a private art specialty and clientele. When Rick's lover Erica, an art history professor, arrives from Rome to visit him, she rekindles a friendship with an alluring, maybe dangerous, heiress. Has Rick's role made him the target of both cops and criminals? (see review)
Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb
(Putnam 17 September 2013 / $27.95) - Product Description: In the latest suspense thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, the year 2060 is drawing to a close in New York City and loved ones are coming together for Thanksgiving. But sometimes the deepest hatreds seethe within the closest relationships, and blood flows faster than water.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas has plenty to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it's a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood.
Other couples aren't as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying in their home stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned--and heartbroken by the evidence that they were murdered by their own son. Twenty-six-year-old Jerry hadn't made a great impression on the bosses who fired him or the girlfriend who dumped him--but they didn't think he was capable of this.
Turns out Jerry is not only capable of brutality but taking a liking to it. With the money he's stolen from his parents and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Eve and her team already know the who, how, and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry's going to strike next. (see review)
The Men from the Grassy Knoll by Irving Eachus
(Renaissance Ebooks 01 September 2013 / $11.00) - Product Description: An enthralling, genre-crossing novel about the Kennedy assassination that weds the thriller to science fiction for an illuminating and surprising examination of what actually happened that day. As history records it, John F. Kennedy was killed at 12:30 p.m. on November 22, 1963 by two of three bullets fired from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository by Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone. But there are far too many matters that history failed to record.
Charlie Cross woke up late one summer morning in 1962, exactly forty years in his own past. Why he was sent back, and who sent him, are a complete mystery, until he begins to detect differences between the past as he knew it and the one playing out around him now; a paradox that could have apocalyptic consequences for both Charlie and his reborn world.
With the aid of characters from both past and current lives, including Laura Mills, a journalist who becomes his supporter, rival and lover, and Secret Service Agent Ed Rossi, who has some secrets of his own, Charlie undertakes a mission that will literally change the course of history; a mission that will earn him powerful allies including John and Robert Kennedy, and Chief Justice Earl Warren, and dangerous enemies like J. Edgar Hoover. In Dallas, on November 22, 1963, the truths of both of Charlie's lives will lead him to the grassy knoll, and the horrific choice between his future and ours. (Source: Renaissance Ebooks)
La Salle's Ghost by Miles Arceneaux
(SFA Press 01 September 2013 / $24.00) - From publicity material: La Salle's Ghost is set in 1995 against the backdrop of the discovery and excavation of the 17th century shipwreck La Belle, a vessel that carried famed French explorer La Salle to the Texas coast. Conflict, intrigue and violence ensue as one character's obsessive search for the ruins of Fort St. Louis, the doomed colony that La Salle established near the shipwreak, leads the protagonists into mortal peril. (Source: SFA Press)
First-Degree Fudge: A Fudge Shop Mystery by Christine DeSmet
(Signet 03 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: New candy store owner Ava Oosterling specializes in making heavenly homemade fudge and fresh starts. But she's just found out that her newest flavor is to die for.
Between getting her store up and running and uneasily settling back into her charming Lake Michigan hometown, Ava Oosterling has her plate full. She hopes using local fresh dairy and her own flavorful imagination to cook up one-of-a-kind fudge will also create a brand-new start for her. And if she can tempt wealthy ex–film star Rainetta Johnson to try her newest creation, Cinderella Pink, at a local fund-raiser, maybe her road to big-time success will be short and sweet.
But when Rainetta chokes to death on a stolen diamond hidden in the fudge's fluffy depths, Ava is pegged as the prime suspect. Now saving her business and reputation means investigating a batch of townspeople who had numerous reasons to hate disdainful, hard-bargaining Rainetta. With Ava's best friend and her former flame in the suspect mix, she must figure out who the real culprit is fast or face a very bitter end. (Includes Delicious Fudge Recipes and Fudge-Making Tips!) (First book in a new series.) (Source: Signet)
Murder of a Stacked Librarian: A Scumble River Mystery by Denise Swanson
(Signet 03 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: There's no place like Scumble River at Christmastime, and this year, school psychologist Skye Denison has twice as much to celebrate--and to do. In addition to the usual holiday frenzy, Skye's wedding to police chief Wally Boyd is less than a week away--that is, if the groom isn't too busy working to attend. The town's sexy new librarian, Yvonne Osborn, has just been murdered, and the list of suspects is piling up faster than late fees on an overdue book.
Yvonne's strict sense of right and wrong annoyed some townspeople and infuriated others. Did her high standards lead to her death? Skye is distracted by worries about what havoc the crazy Dooziers will wreak on her wedding day and whether she'll fit into her dress. But Skye can't afford to leave any page unturned because unless she works quickly to expose the scheming killer, her happy ending may be put on permanent hold. (see review)
Murder, Plain and Simple (Amish Quilt Shop) by Isabella Alan
(Signet 03 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: When Angela Braddock inherits her late aunt's beautiful Amish quilt shop, she leaves behind her career and broken engagement for a fresh start in Holmes County, Ohio.
With her snazzy cowboy boots and her ornithophobic French bulldog, Angie doesn't exactly fit in with the predominantly Amish community in Rolling Brook, but her aunt's quilting circle tries to make her feel welcome as she prepares for the reopening of Running Stitch.
On the big day, Angie gets a taste of success as the locals and Englisch tourists browse the store's wares while the quilters stitch away. But when Angie finds the body of ornery Amish woodworker Joseph in her storeroom the next morning, everything starts falling apart.
With evidence mounting against her, Angie is determined to find the culprit before the local sheriff can arrest her. Rolling Brook always appeared to be a simple place, but the closer Angie gets to the killer, the more she realizes that nothing in the small Amish community is as plain as it seems.... (First book of a new series.) (Source: Signet)
A Blind Goddess (Billy Boyle World War II Mysteries) by James R. Benn
(Soho Crime 03 September 2013 / $26.95) - Product Description: March, 1944: US Army Lieutenant Billy Boyle, back in England after a dangerous mission in Italy, is due for a little R&R, and also a promotion. But the now-Captain Boyle doesn't get to kick back and enjoy his leisure time because two upsetting cases fall into his lap at once.
The first is a personal request from an estranged friend: Sergeant Eugene "Tree" Jackson, who grew up with Billy in Boston, is part of the 617th Tank Destroyers, the all-African American battalion poised to make history by being the US Army's first combatant African American company. But making history isn't easy, and the 617th faces racism at every turn. One of Tree's men, a gunner named Angry Smith, has been arrested for a crime he almost certainly didn't commit, and faces the gallows if the real killer isn't found. Tree knows US top brass won't care about justice in this instance, and asks Billy if he'll look into it.
But Billy can't use any of his leave to investigate, because British intelligence agent Major Cosgrove puts him on a bizarre and delicate case. A British accountant has been murdered in an English village, and he may or may not have had some connection with the US Army--Billy doesn't know, because Cosgrove won't tell him. Billy is supposed to go into the village and investigate the murder, but everything seems fishy--he's not allowed to interrogate certain key witnesses, and his friends and helpers keep being whisked away. Billy is confused about whether Cosgrove even wants him to solve the murder, and why.
The good news is the mysterious murder gives Billy an excuse to spend time in and around the village where Tree and his unit are stationed. If he's lucky, maybe he can get to the bottom of both mysteries--and save more than one innocent life. (Source: Soho Crime)
Nightmare Range: The Collected Sueno and Bascom Short Stories by Martin Limon
(Soho Crime 24 September 2013 / $26.95) - Product Description: Twenty years ago, Martin Limón published his first mystery story featuring Sergeant George Sueño, a young Mexican American army detective stationed on the US 8th Army base in South Korea in the early 1970s, the heart of the Cold War. George and his investigating partner, the rowdy and short-fused Sergeant Ernie Bascom, are assigned cases in which the 8th Army has come into conflict with local Korean law enforcement—often incidents in which American soldiers, who are not known for being on their best behavior in their Asian host country, have committed a crime. George Sueño's job is partially to solve crimes, but mostly to cover top brass's backside and make sure the US Army doesn't look bad. Thoughtful, observant George, who is conversant in Korean, constantly faces difficult choices about whether to follow his orders or his conscience.
Nine critically acclaimed novels later, Soho Crime is releasing a collection of Martin Limón's award-winning short stories featuring Sergeants Sueño and Bascom. The stories within have been published over the last twenty years in a variety of magazines, mostly in Alfred Hitchcock, but have never before been available in book form. This beautifully produced limited-edition hardcover volume is sure to attract both critical attention and to appeal to collectors. A must-have for literary mystery readers. (Source: Soho Crime)
Projection by Risa Green
(Soho Teen 03 September 2013 / $17.99) - Product Description: Three girls battle a dangerous secret society that will do anything to protect an ancient Greek power in this murder mystery for fans of Dan Brown.
In ancient Rome, it was whispered that the great philosopher Plotinus could project his soul into another human being in a ritual that hinged on a kiss.
In present-day Delphi, California, the sole remaining guardians of the Plotinus Ability hide in plain sight as members of the exclusive Oculus Society--until their leader, Octavia Harris, is killed in her own home. With no leads on the case, Octavia's daughter, Gretchen, vows to find her mother's murderer at any cost.
One piece of the puzzle falls into place when Gretchen's best friend, Jessica Shaw, discovers the Plotinus Ability. Skeptical but curious, the two can't resist trying the ritual, but they're not alone. Ariel Miller, an outsider with a well-known hatred of all things Oculus Society, films the friends exchanging their first kiss, and it isn't long before the YouTube video ("Popular Girls = Secret Lovers") goes viral. As Ariel's guilt and the girls' suspicions of her mount, the three must forget the past and trust one another if they are to find the murderer still in their midst. (Source: Soho Teen)
Strange Bird (Maria Wern) by Anna Jansson
(Stockholm Text 10 September 2013 / $14.95) - Product Description: As the bird flu pandemic reaches Gotland Island, panic spreads among the inhabitants who are frantic for an elusive cure. In the desperation that rises, the hunt for scapegoats begins, and extremist and anti-immigrant groups gain ground. Meanwhile, nurse Sandra Hägg makes a gruesome discovery at the health clinic where she works--a discovery that will cost her life. Soon Detective Inspector Maria Wern is assigned to solve the murder. Strange Bird, the first novel in the Maria Wern series in English, showcases Anna Jansson's mastery of both hair-raising crimes and the inner lives of her beloved characters.
Ruben Nilsson stepped outside into the dusk of a summer's evening, knocked his pipe against the veranda railing and looked around the garden. Had he known how short was the time he would be allowed to live, he might have been less leisurely. (Source: Stockholm Text)
Catch and Release by Lawrence Block
(Subterranean 30 September 2013 / $30.00) - Product Description: The Master Returns--With Never-Before-Collected Tales of Murder and Desire. One of the most highly acclaimed novelists in the crime genre, Lawrence Block is also a master of the short story, with award-winning work ranging from the macabre to the slyly comic, from heart-stopping tales of revenge to memorable explorations of lust and greed, all told in Block's unforgettable style. The sixteen stories (and one stage play!) collected here feature appearances by some of Block s most famous characters, including gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr and alcoholic private detective Matt Scudder, as well as glimpses into the minds of a rogue's gallery of frightening killers, dangerous sociopaths, crooked cops, and lost souls whose only chance to find themselves may be on the wrong side of a gun.
You'll meet a compulsive hoarder whose towering piles of trash and treasures hide disturbing secrets...a beautiful young tennis star with a rather too possessive secret admirer...a dealer in stolen art who is unwilling to part with his most prized possession at any price...poker players with agendas that have nothing to do with the cards in their hands...and a catch-and-release fisherman whose preferred catch walks on two legs.
Terror and passion, cruelty and vindication--it's all here, in a collection that will thrill you, scare you, and remind you why Lawrence Block is still the best there is at what he does. (see review)
Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer
(Tor Books 17 September 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia's most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.
Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free...until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.
It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again. And who is now aware of Delia's existence. (see review)
Long Gone Man by Phyllis Smallman
(TouchWood Editions 17 September 2013 / $14.95) - Product Description: Singer Brown's life takes a nosedive after the suspicious death of her lover, Michael, a roadie for a rock band called Vortex. Twenty years later, she is looking for revenge. In a thick fog, a ferry docks on Glenphiddie Island and Singer's decrepit van unloads. The homeless singer is there to find the man who destroyed her life all those years ago. But she arrives too late. Someone has already killed Vortex's lead singer, Johnny Vibes. And now the murderer is coming after Singer.
Each of the former band members is hiding sins, both old and new--secrets worth killing for. But Singer has one potential ally: Johnny Vibes' wife, who has just as much to lose as Singer. While trying to clear her name and solve the mystery of Michael's death, Singer enters a dangerous and deadly world of jealousy, greed, and murder.
Set in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, this series follows Singer Brown, a homeless woman who sings on the streets for coins and watches life ebb and flow around her. With a knack for being in the right place at the wrong time, Singer is one of society's invisible people. And being unseen is an incredible advantage to have when you're digging for secrets. (Source: TouchWood Editions)
Cut to the Bone: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass
(William Morrow 24 September 2013 / $26.99) - Product Description: Jefferson Bass's Cut to the Bone, the long-awaited prequel to his New York Times bestselling mystery series, turns the clock back to reveal the Body Farm's creation--and Dr. Bill Brockton's deadly duel with a serial killer.
In the summer of 1992, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton and Tennessee Senator Albert Gore begin their long-shot campaign to win the White House. In the sweltering hills of Knoxville at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Bill Brockton, the bright, ambitious young head of the Anthropology Department, launches an unusual--some would call it macabre--research facility, unlike any other in existence.
Brockton is determined to revolutionize the study of forensics to help law enforcement better solve crime. But his plans are derailed by a chilling murder that leaves the scientist reeling from a sense of déjà vu. Followed by another. And then another: bodies that bear eerie resemblances to cases from Brockton's past.
But as the body count rises, the victims' fatal injuries grow more and more distinctive--a spiral of death that holds dark implications for Brockton...and everyone he holds dear. (Source: William Morrow)
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