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Amazon Digital Services

Decoupage Can Be Deadly (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery) by Lois Winston (Amazon Digital Services 05 November 2013 / ) - Product Description: Anastasia and her fellow American Woman editors are steaming mad when minutes before the opening of a consumer show, they discover half their booth usurped by Bling!, their publisher’s newest magazine. CEO Alfred Gruenwald is sporting new arm candy—rapper-turned-entrepreneur and Bling! executive editor, the first-name-only Philomena. During the consumer show, Gruenwald's wife serves Philomena with an alienation of affection lawsuit, but Philomena doesn't live long enough to make an appearance in court. She’s found dead days later, stuffed in the shipping case that held Anastasia’s decoupage crafts. When Gruenwald makes cash-strapped Anastasia an offer she can’t refuse, she wonders, does he really want to find Philomena's killer or is he harboring a hidden agenda? (Source: Amazon Digital Services)

Ardent Publishing

A Righteous Kill (A Shakespearean Suspense) by Kerrigan Byrne (Ardent Publishing 24 November 2013 / ) - Product Description: "'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall."--William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

A prolific serial killer is crucifying and 'baptizing' the working girls of Portland, and FBI Special Agent Luca Ramirez is locked in a desperate race to prevent the next casualty. The game changes when the latest victim is pulled out of the Willamette River alive, and Luca knows this witness may be his key to breaking the case. When the fanatical killer threatens her life a second time, Luca is assigned to protect the most unique and captivating woman he's ever met by going undercover as her lover. He finds himself locked in a relentless game of cat and mouse with an elusive and violent psychopath, while battling his temptation for the alluring woman he's charged to protect with his life. As the fatalities continue to mount, so does the intensity of his desire for a woman who should be forbidden, but is determined to dial up the heat. (Source: Ardent Publishing)

Berkley

For Better or Worsted (Crochet Mystery) by Betty Hechtman (Berkley 05 November 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: Molly Pink and her crochet group, the Tarzana Hookers, are always game for a new adventure. But when their newest member is accused of turning her wedding into happily-never-after for the groom, Molly's chance to find the truth is hanging by a thread.

When Molly is invited to a major society wedding, she expects some wedding drama. Though she never anticipated this much trouble. The bride is the daughter of Molly's close friend Mason--and has been planning this wedding for a long time.  But at the reception, things go amiss when the wealthy groom ends up dancing with the grim reaper.

To make matters worse, the bride's mother is found holding the murder weapon--and, as the newest addition to a reality show, she's happy to fuel the media frenzy. Molly agrees to open her home to Thursday, the distraught bride, who needs a little peace from the paparazzi. But when it turns out that Thursday and her groom were on shaky ground, the blushing bride takes the spotlight as the prime suspect.

Now Molly and the Hookers must quickly stitch together seemingly unrelated clues and high-profile suspects--before a killer strikes again. (Source: Berkley)

Freezer I'll Shoot (Vintage Kitchen) by Victoria Hamilton (Berkley 05 November 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Trying to escape her overbearing mother, vintage kitchenware enthusiast and soon-to-be columnist Jaymie Leighton retreats to her family's cottage on Heartbreak Island. While there she hopes to write an article about the Ice House restaurant, owned by good friends and neighbors, siblings Ruby and Garnet Redmond. Once an actual icehouse, the restaurant is charmingly decorated with antique tools of the trade, including a collection of ice picks.

One night, while working on her article, Jaymie overhears an argument and, ever the sleuth, sets out to explore. But when she stumbles upon a dead body her blood runs cold. It's Urban Dobrinskie, whose feud with the Redmonds is no secret, and he's got an ice pick through his heart. Now Jaymie's got to sharpen her sleuthing skills to chip away at the mystery and prove her neighbors' innocence--before someone else gets picked off. (Source: Berkley)

Read It and Weep (Library Lover's) by Jenn McKinlay (Berkley 05 November 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: William Shakespeare is credited with inventing how many words?* Answering Shakespeare trivia comes with the job description for library director Lindsey Norris. But when the Briar Creek Community Theater mounts their newest production of the Bard, she has no intention of leaving the stacks for the stage. Unfortunately a villain is waiting in the wings.

Former Broadway actress Violet La Rue is holding auditions for A Midsummer Night's Dream--and everyone from the sour spinster librarian Ms. Cole to Lindsey's youthful library pages are trying out for parts. Brought in to play the mischievous Puck is the flirtatious professional actor Robbie Vine, who seems to have eyes for Lindsey. Before her blush has faded, the Bard's dream turns into a nightmare--when one of the cast is poisoned. Now Lindsey and her crafternooners must take center stage to unmask the culprit before the final curtain call. (*Over 17,000.) (Source: Berkley)

The Quotient of Murder (Professor Sophie Knowles) by Ada Madison (Berkley 05 November 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Dr. Sophie Knowles loves using puzzles to make math fun for students. But when winter seizes Henley College, she must thaw out a cold case to track down a killer--her most difficult puzzle yet.

Winter Intersession is in full swing, and campus is buzzing over the concert celebrating the bell tower's reopening. The building has been shuttered for twenty-five years, and Sophie's shocked to learn why--a student leapt from it to her death. But she's even more troubled by the secrecy surrounding the case. After Sophie performs some quick calculations, she's left with a nagging question: Was it really suicide?

When one of Sophie's favorite students, a performer in the concert, is brutally beaten and left in a coma, Sophie's mind kicks into overdrive. The horrific incidents seem too coincidental to be unrelated, but can Sophie put together the pieces from a twenty-five-year-old murder before any other students get hurt? (Source: Berkley)

The Thrill of the Haunt (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery) by E.J. Copperman (Berkley 05 November 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Alison Kerby's guesthouse is already crowded with spirits. The last thing she needs is a whole new batch of haunts settling in.

As Alison's reputation as "the ghost lady" grows, so does her business--and not always in a way she'd like. Tourists may be flocking to her guesthouse for a chance to glimpse her resident spirits, but her special abilities are also bringing unwanted private investigation cases to her door. And she has no choice but to take a case when the local homeless man is found murdered under mysterious circumstances, just hours after asking for help in exorcising a specter.

If that weren't enough to deal with, Alison's other PI case soon turns fatal, as the mistress she was spying on for a jealous wife turns up dead as well. The cases seem like they couldn't possibly be linked, but with a mountain of clues, motives and suspects--both living and dead--Alison will have to think fast before someone else checks out for good. (Source: Berkley)

The Whispering of Bones (A Charles du Luc Novel) by Judith Rock (Berkley 05 November 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: The last thing Jesuit Charles du Luc and his elderly confessor expect to find in an ancient crypt is a newly murdered body. Even more troubling, the shock of discovering the victim--a young man about to enter their order--proves too much for Charles's companion. Vowing justice, Charles wants nothing more than to discover the killer, but is unexpectedly restrained from investigation.

At the same moment, a fellow soldier has also entered the Jesuit Novice House, bringing Charles's worst battlefield secret back to haunt him. And when another Jesuit disappears from the college of Louis le Grand and Charles himself is attacked, he begins to wonder whether there might be something more sinister afoot. All signs point to someone targeting Jesuits--and not even an ex-soldier like Charles may be able to escape. (Readers Guide Inside.) (Source: Berkley)

Words With Fiends (Black Cat Bookshop) by Ali Brandon (Berkley 05 November 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Brooklyn bookstore owner Darla Pettistone and her oversized black cat, Hamlet, have solved a few complicated capers. But after a recent brush with danger, Darla needs to get Hamlet out of a feline funk.

Lately, Hamlet hasn't been chasing customers or being his obnoxious self--something Darla surprisingly misses. Concerned, she hires a cat whisperer to probe Hamlet's feline psyche and then decides to get out of her own funk by taking up karate to learn how to defend herself in case the need arises again.

But when Darla finds her sensei dead at the dojo, it seems that even a master can be felled by foul play. Darla decides to investigate the matter herself, and the promise of a mystery snaps Hamlet out of his bad mood. After all, Darla may be the sleuth, but Hamlet's got a black belt in detection. (Source: Berkley)

Five Star

In Retrospect by Ellen Larson (Five Star 20 November 2013 / $25.95) - From author's website: Former elite operative Merit Rafi suffered during her imprisonment at the end of a devastating war, but the ultimate torment is being forced to investigate a murder she would gladly have committed herself.

The year is 3324. In the region once known as Turkey, the Rasakans have attacked the technologically superior Oku. The war is a stalemate until the Oku commander, General Zane, abruptly surrenders. Merit, a staunch member of the Oku resistance, fights on, but she and her comrades are soon captured. An uneasy peace ensues, but the Rasakans work secretly to gain control of the prized Oku time-travel technology. When Zane is murdered, the Rasakans exert their control over Merit, the last person on Earth capable of Forensic Retrospection.

Merit, though reinstated to her old job by the despised Rasakans, knows she is only a puppet. If she refuses to travel back in time to identify Zane’s killer, her family and colleagues will pay the price. But giving in to Rasakan coercion means giving them unimaginable power. She has only three days to make this morally wrenching choice; three days to change history.

As the preliminary investigation progresses, Merit uncovers evidence of a wider plot. How did the Rasakans defeat the technologically superior Oku? Why did the Oku surrender prematurely? How did the Rasakans discover her true identity? Merit realizes she will only find the answers by learning who killed the traitor, General Zane. (see review)

Leverage by Dan Doeden (Five Star 20 November 2013 / $25.95) - From author's website: Onetime Mob enforcer Frank Via rose through the ranks to become the Chicago Outfit's top lawyer. But when he lost his law license for jury tampering, the Mob no longer wanted him.

Now he's scraping by as a private dick and trying to get his life together. It isn't going well: he's way behind in his rent and child support, he's losing touch with his teen-age daughter, his girlfriend isn't sure she likes him, and his ex-wife is dating a state prosecutor who will do anything to get him out of her life.

So when Tony Brassi, Via's former capo, summons him to find his estranged stepdaughter, Annette, who has disappeared with the Mob's books, Via knows it just means more trouble. But when he declines, Brassi makes him an offer he can’t refuse: "You either find my kid, or lose your own."

Via is soon on a collision course with enemies old and new: Brassi's ex-wife, who is Annette's mother and Via's former lover; a giant hitman with a deadly grudge; a vicious loan shark Via owes money; and a host of rival mobsters who want Brassi’s books even more than he does. Suddenly, it's just like the old days--kill or be killed. Lucky for Via, he hasn't forgotten his old skills. (Source: Five Star)

Lying With Strangers by Jonnie Jacobs (Five Star 20 November 2013 / $25.95) - Book Description: Raised in foster homes, eighteen-year-old Chloe Henderson hopes for a sunnier future with boyfriend Trace Rodriguez and the child they're expecting. On what Chloe thinks is a Sunday outing, Trace pulls up to a convenience store in a rundown San Francisco neighborhood. Chloe is horrified when he robs the store and kills the clerk and a customer, ADA Roy Walker. Afraid of losing the one person who's ever loved her, Chloe helps Trace escape and becomes an accomplice to an appalling crime.

Reeling from her husband's death, Dianne Walker is shocked to discover the lies and dark secrets he's kept from her. When her young son plows into Chloe with his bike, the women's lives become entwined in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Joel RIchards, an enthusiastic young journalist covering recent developments in an old murder, has his own reasons for being interested in Roy Walker, and in Chloe. (Source: Five Star)

Marathon (Lynn Bryant Mystery) by Genie Davis (Five Star 20 November 2013 / $25.95) - From author's website: Ex-cop and private investigator Lynn Bryant finds her life in danger as she investigates the murder of troubled psychic Karen Shaw, uncovering a web of death and destruction involving Karen's artist boyfriend Johnny; the abusive home life of a teenage girl; and the girl's lying, womanizing father. Frank, Lynn's former Houston P.D. boss and boyfriend, advises stepping back. But Lynn's bound for Karen's high desert hometown, and discoveries about Karen's life that surprisingly and intimately effect her own.

Marathon is a page turning, high powered mystery thriller that moves from the high rises of Houston to the desert ranches of Big Bend Country, exposing the terrifying consequences of love, death, and family ties so twisted it takes all of Lynn's investigative skills to unravel them. (Source: Five Star)

Forge Books

Ghost Medicine (Ella Clah) by Aimée Thurlo & David Thurlo (Forge Books 12 November 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Aimee and David Thurlo's newest mystery Ghost Medicine, featuring Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah.

Ella takes all her cases personally, but some cases are more personal than others. The murder of Harry Ute is one of those--not only because Ella and Harry dated, years ago, but because Harry was once a member of her investigative team. Ella's team is as close to her as family and a blow against one is a blow against all.

Harry's been working for Bruce "Teeny" Little, a local security expert, but despite their long friendship, Teeny won't tell Ella much, just the job involves theft of government property. The dead man was found in an isolated area of the Rez that is reportedly haunted by skinwalkers and the scattered residents are too frightened of the Navajo witches to tell the police much.

County cop Dan Nez is also looking into the government thefts. The two detectives—each top dog in their own territory—will have to share jurisdiction, something complicated by their growing attraction to each other.

Ella finds evidence that connects Harry's murder to the secret sale of previously unknown Navajo artifacts. If Harry discovered a hidden—and illegal—dig, the artifact smugglers might have killed him to protect their lucrative operation.

Identifying the murderer isn't going to be easy. But Harry was one of her own and Ella is determined to bring his killer to justice. (Source: Forge Books)

Gallic Books

The Officer's Prey (The Napoleonic Murders) by Armand Cabasson (Gallic Books 01 November 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: June 1812. Napoleon Bonaparte begins his invasion of Russia leading the largest army Europe has ever seen. But amongst the troops of the Grande Armée is a savage murderer whose bloodlust is not satisfied in battle.

When a Polish woman is brutally stabbed, Captain Quentin Margont of the eighty-forth regiment is put in charge of an investigation to unmask the perpetrator. Armed with the fact that the killer is an officer, Margont knows that he faces an impossible task and the greatest challenge of his military career.

(Source: Gallic Books)

HMH Books for Young Readers

Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel (HMH Books for Young Readers 05 November 2013 / $16.99) - Product Description: A warning to all young ladies of delicate breeding who wish to embark upon lives of adventure: Don't.
< Sixteen-year-old Peggy is a well-bred orphan who is coerced into posing as a lady in waiting at the palace of King George I. Life is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that the girl she's impersonating might have been murdered. Unless Peggy can discover the truth, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate. But in a court of shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spy—perhaps even the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love. (see review)

Minotaur Books

Burnt Black: A Cliff St. James Novel by Ed Kovacs (Minotaur Books 19 November 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: New Orleans Homicide Detective Cliff St. James and his partner Honey are still trying to piece their lives together a year and a half after a killer storm decimated the city. They find themselves probing a succession of unusual deaths that may or may not be homicides.

The investigation not only proves frustrating, but it strains at the very fabric of St. James and Honey's relationship. The puzzling deaths connected to a secretive occult group seem to only lead them deeper into an unsolvable maze fraught with strange occurrences and brutal death.

When their sleuthing uncovers a connection to a ruthless Mexican drug cartel, a complex murder conspiracy emerges, but with shifting suspects. St. James and Honey catch nothing but bad breaks as they struggle to determine which of their suspects is the killer, or perhaps the next victim. (Source: Minotaur Books)

Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books 19 November 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Catriona McPherson has charmed readers everywhere with her fun and clever series set in 1920s Scotland. In this new adventure, witty, aristocratic sleuth Dandy Gilver travels to an all-girls school in the small seaside town of Portpatrick to investigate the disappearance of a childhood friend who taught there. Soon, Dandy discovers that her missing chum is not the only thing that's off in Portpatrick. Other teachers have been disappearing at an alarming rate. The BBC has optioned the Dandy Gilver series for television, and mystery fans will love Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses, the newest excursion with Scotland's most charming sleuth. (see review)

The Raven's Eye: A Brock and Kolla Mystery by Barry Maitland (Minotaur Books 12 November 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: DI Kathy Kolla of Scotland Yard is called in as a matter of course by the local Paddington police when a woman turns up dead in what appears to be an accident. On her houseboat, Vicky Hawks is found by one of her neighbors having apparently succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning due to improper ventilation of the narrowboat's heating system. But while the cause of death seems apparent and there's no reason for Kolla to think otherwise, something about this death still bothers her.

Meanwhile, her boss, DCI Brock, is wrestling with harsh budget cuts and a new Commander who is determined to make fundamental changes to the system--including limiting resources devoted to investigations. Struggling against the limitations imposed by the new order at Scotland Yard, Brock and Kolla find themselves pulling at the loose strings in the death of Vicky Hawks, trying to find out who she really was, what she was up to, and how her death might be related to another earlier tragic accidental death. (see review)

NAL

The Fatal Funnel Cake: A Fresh-Baked Mystery by Livia J. Washburn (NAL 05 November 2013 / $14.00) - Product Description: It's time for the State Fair of Texas--and cooking contests galore! Fryers are heating up and stomachs are growling. But Phyllis Newsom had better watch out. Someone's brought an appetite for murder.

Phyllis and her friends Carolyn and Sam are ready to whip up their best dishes and win some ribbons in Dallas. And they're excited to learn that one of their favorite celebrity chefs--Joye Jameson of The Joye of Cooking--is broadcasting her TV show from the fair. When Phyllis's funnel cake is picked as one of the best of that category, Joye invites her and the other finalists to prepare their delicious recipes live on the air.

But Phyllis's moment in the spotlight is spoiled after Joye suffers a deadly allergic reaction from one bite of her funnel cake. Now she's gone from top entry to top suspect. So in order to clear her name, Phyllis will have to turn up the heat on this investigation before the real killer slips through her fingers. (Includes recipes!) (Source: NAL)

Permanent Press

Cries of the Lost by Chris Knopf (Permanent Press 22 November 2013 / $28.00) - Product Description: When market researcher Arthur Cathcart emerged from a coma and set out to track down whoever murdered his wife, the results were far from pre-ordained. Wounded and alone, grief-stricken and hiding off the gris, he thought the only mystery was who killed Florencia, and why. But the quest for justice uncovered a host of fresh mysteries, just beginning with an elaborate fraud and embezzlement scheme, complete with dummy corporations and off-shore numbered accounts.

So in place of "who killed Florencia?" he was forced to ask "who was Florencia?" There was nothing about their lives together that answered this or any of a thousand questions she left behind. All he really knew was she came from Chile, had a knack for figures and owned her own insurance agency.

So Arthur takes off again to do what he knew he did best: Finding stuff out. What follows is a chase around the world, from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, and remote parts north and south. No longer alone, with Natsumi Fitzgerald at his side, armed with a portfolio of false identities, hard-learned tradecraft and the continued cloak of anonymity, Cathcart plunges into the world of international terrorism and government intrigue, where the currency is betrayal and the rewards are calculated in blood and revenge. (Source: Permanent Press)

Poisoned Pen Press

Rituals: A Faye Longchamp Mystery by Mary Anna Evans (Poisoned Pen Press 05 November 2013 / $24.95) - Product Description: Faye Longchamp doesn't believe in ghosts, but she's an archaeologist--dead people are her life. Yet while working in Rosebower, a rural New York town founded by Spiritualists, Faye is surrounded by people who talk to the dead on a regular basis. When influential Spiritualist Tilda Armistead invites Faye and her daughter to commune with the dead, Faye can't say no. She's just too curious.

Then an hour after her crystal ball shows Faye things no rational mind can explain, Tilda is dead. The evidence says that someone trapped Tilda in a small room, nailing its one door shut before setting her house afire. There is no possible way for her to have escaped the blaze, let alone drive for miles before finding Faye and dying in her arms. Yet Tilda did. How? And why?

It seems Rosebower is full of people who had reason to kill Tilda. Tilda's estranged daughter is the heir to the Armistead fortune. That daughter's husband is a stage magician with a long history of making things vanish. Against Tilda's wishes, a rich developer would like to turn Rosebower into a Disneyland with real ghosts. And then there is the famed root doctor whose mysterious herbal potions are anywhere else, these people would be dismissed as crazy. In Rosebower, "normal" is relative. As Faye watches the psychics and charlatans jockey for power, Tilda's sister, Myrna, is slowly dying. Will Rosebower reveal its secrets before more goes up in flames? (Source: Poisoned Pen Press)

Quercus

The Dinosaur Feather by S.J. Gazan (Quercus 05 November 2013 / $24.95) - Product Description: Selected by NPR's Maureen Corrigan as her favorite mystery of 2013 and one of the top ten mysteries of the year by The Wall Street Journal's Tom Nolan, S.J. Gazan's debut novel The Dinosaur Feather is a classic of Scandinavian noir. With keenly observed and deeply flawed characters, this scintillating thriller uniquely employs one of the most controversial and fascinating areas of contemporary dinosaur and avian research in its diabolical twists. The Dinosaur Feather has been published in more than a dozen countries and won the Danish Crime Novel of the Decade Award. The Financial Times called it "a top-flight thriller—smart and outrageously entertaining.
 
Biology postgraduate, PhD hopeful, and single mom Anna Bella Nor is just two weeks away from defending her thesis on the saurian origin of birds when her academic supervisor, the highly respected yet widely despised Dr. Lars Helland, is found dead in his office chair at the University of Copenhagen. The police discover a copy of Anna's thesis in the dead man's bloody lap. 

When the autopsy suggests that Helland was murdered in a fiendishly ingenious way, brilliant but tormented young Police Superintendent Søren Marhauge begins the daunting task of unraveling the knotted skeins of interpersonal and intellectual intrigue among the scientists at the university.

Everyone involved with the investigation— from Anna Bella Nor to Helland's numerous rivals to Marhauge's own ex-wife, who is pregnant with her current husband's child— has something to hide, complicating the investigation and presenting the detective with the greatest professional and personal challenge of his career.  (see review)

Sandstone Press

Closed For Winter (William Wisting) by Jorn Lier Horst (Sandstone Press 04 November 2013 / $16.95) - Product Description: The second William Wisting mystery to be translated into English, after the successful Dregs. Ove Bakkerud, newly separated and extremely disillusioned, is looking forward to a final quiet weekend at his summer home before closing for winter but, when the tourists leave, less welcome visitors arrive. Bakkerud's cottage is ransacked by burglars. Next door he discovers the body of a man who has been beaten to death. Police Inspector William Wisting has witnessed grotesque murders before, but the desperation he sees in this latest murder is something new. Against his wishes his daughter Line decides to stay in one of the summer cottages at the mouth of the fjord. (Source: Sandstone Press)

Seventh Street Books

Deadly Catch: A Mac McClellan Mystery by E. Michael Helms (Seventh Street Books 12 November 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: After twenty-four years in the marines, Mac McClellan is happy to be a civilian again and let others take charge, but that's not going to happen until he clears his name as the number one suspect in a murder.

When recently retired U.S. Marine Mac McClellan hooks a badly decomposed body while enjoying a leisurely fishing vacation in the Florida panhandle, and then a bag of rare marijuana is discovered stashed aboard his rental boat, he realizes someone is setting him up to take the fall for murder and drug smuggling. Mac and Kate Bell, a feisty saleslady at the local marina with whom he has struck up a promising relationship, launch an investigation to clear his name. Along the way Mac must butt heads and match wits with local law enforcement officials, shady politicians, and strong-armed thugs from the Eastern Seaboard to sniff out and bring the real smugglers and killer to justice. (Source: Seventh Street Books)

Death by Surprise (Carolyn Hart Classics) by Carolyn Hart (Seventh Street Books 05 November 2013 / $13.95) - Product Description: A woman is out to clear her cousin of murder charges after a blackmailer targeting the wealthy Carlisle family turns up dead.

K.C. Carlisle and her cousin Kenneth Carlisle both grew up rich. Kenneth is a corporate lawyer in an exclusive Northern California seaside community while K.C. has a storefront office on the seedy side of town. She takes whatever kind of case walks in her door.

But trouble appears one day when Francine Boutelle shows up pretending she wants to write an expose of the Carlisle family, including some dirt on K.C.'s late and highly respectable father. Francine has visited most of the family and is willing to keep the family secrets in exchange for cash.

When Kenneth is accused of murdering the blackmailer, K.C. is determined to prove his innocence, no matter where the trail of blood and deception leads. (Source: Seventh Street Books)

Signet

A Potion to Die For: A Magic Potion Mystery by Heather Blake (Signet 05 November 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: As the owner of Little Shop of Potions, a magic potion shop specializing in love potions, Carly Bell Hartwell finds her product more in demand than ever. A local soothsayer has predicted that a couple in town will soon divorce--and now it seems every married person in Hitching Post, Alabama, wants a little extra matrimonial magic to make sure they stay hitched.

But when Carly finds a dead man in her shop, clutching one of her potion bottles, she goes from most popular potion person to public enemy number one. In no time the murder investigation becomes a witch hunt--literally! Now Carly is going to need to brew up some serious sleuthing skills to clear her name and find the real killer--before the whole town becomes convinced her potions really are to die for! (Source: Signet)

Charms and Chocolate Chips (Magical Bakery) by Bailey Cates (Signet 05 November 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Between brewing magically spiced treats at Honeybee Bakery and volunteering with a local conservation group, Katie Lightfoot barely has time to see her firefighter boyfriend, Declan McCarthy, much less delve further into her destiny as a witch. But avoiding her fate won't be as easy as whipping up a new recipe--especially when Katie finds herself once again mixed up in murder.

When a fellow volunteer for the conservation group is found dead, Katie's mystical senses tell her that there's more to the death than meets the eye. Her suspicions are confirmed when members of her coven are targeted next. Katie will have to embrace her powers quickly...or she may find herself chewed up and spit out by some serious black magic. (Recipes included.) (Source: Signet)

Fixing to Die: Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper by Elaine Viets (Signet 05 November 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Mystery shopper Josie Marcus has been happily married to veterinarian Ted Scottsmeyer for months. But her newly wedded bliss is about to be cut short.

Josie and Ted have finally tied the knot, and they're ready for the next step: buying a house. Ted's business partner, Christine, has one she's willing to sell, but it needs a lot of love. Luckily, the newlyweds are up for the challenge.

But when they tear down a rickety gazebo in the backyard, they find the body of Christine's sister, a free spirit who supposedly took off six months before. The police arrest Christine for murder, leaving Ted to work overtime at the office to cover for his partner. With no time to work on the house or be with her husband, Josie will have to find the real killer quickly, before both her house and marriage are beyond repair. (Includes Shopping Tips!) (Source: Signet)

Soho Crime

Death of a Nightingale (Nina Borg #3) by Lene Kaaberbol (Soho Crime 05 November 2013 / $26.95) - Product Description: Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian woman who has been arrested for the attempted murder of her Danish fiancé, escapes police custody on her way to an interrogation in Copenhagen's police headquarters. That same day, the fiancé is discovered brutally tortured and murdered, and someone tries to abduct Natasha's eight-year-old daughter from the crisis center that has been caring for her while her mother was in jail.

Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg has been following Natasha's case for several years now, since Natasha first took refuge at the crisis center. Nina, who had tried to help Natasha leave her abusive Danish fiancé more than once, just can't see the young Ukrainian mother as a vicious killer. But in her effort to protect Natasha's daughter and discover the truth, Nina realizes there is much she didn't know about this woman and her past. The mystery has long and bloody roots, going back to a terrible famine that devastated Stalinist Ukraine in 1934. (Source: Soho Crime)

Tooth for a Tooth (Di Gilchrist) by T. Frank Muir (Soho Crime 12 November 2013 / $26.95) - Product Description: When a woman's skeleton is discovered in a shallow grave DCI Andy Gilchrist is tasked with finding her murderer. But a psychic's warnings and markings on a rusted cigarette lighter found among the rotted remains take Gilchrist on a journey into his own past that brings him closer to discovering the identity of his brother's killer from a hit-and-run case some thirty-five years before.

When dental records from an extracted tooth force Gilchrist to confront the unthinkable--that his brother was her killer--he keeps his fears to himself, only to be suspended on suspicion of destroying evidence. (Source: Soho Crime)

Thomas Dunne Books

A Nasty Piece of Work: A Novel by Robert Littell (Thomas Dunne Books 19 November 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Former CIA agent Lemuel Gunn left the battlefield of Afghanistan for early retirement in the desert of New Mexico, where he works as a private investigator from the creature comforts, such as they are, of a mobile home.

Into his life comes Ornella Neppi, a thirty-something woman making a hash out of her uncle's bail bonds business. The source of her troubles, Emilio Gava, was arrested for buying cocaine. Ornella has reason to believe he is planning to jump bail. Unless she can find him, her uncle is going to be $125,000 out of pocket.

For $95-a-day plus expenses (not to mention the pleasure of her company), Gunn agrees to help Ornella track the wayward suspect down. Curiously, no photographs of Gava seem to exist. Once Gunn begins his manhunt, he starts to wonder whether Gava himself existed in the first place. (Source: Thomas Dunne Books)

Tyrus Books

Country Hardball by Steve Weddle (Tyrus Books 18 November 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: After more than a decade spent in and out of juvenile detention, halfway houses, and jail, Roy Alison returns to his rural hometown determined to do better, to be better. But what he finds is a working-class community devastated by the economic downturn--a town without anything to hold onto but the past.

Staying with his grandmother, Roy discovers a family history of good intentions and bad choices, of making do without much chance of doing better. Around him, families lose their sons to war, hunting accidents, drugs. And Roy, along with the town, falls into old patterns established generations ago.

A novel-in-stories in the tradition of Bonnie Jo Campbell, Donald Ray Pollock, Denis Johnson, and Alan Heathcock, Country Hardball is a powerfully observed and devastatingly understated portrait of the American working class. (Source: Tyrus Books)

Sons of Moriarty and More Stories of Sherlock Holmes by (Tyrus Books 18 November 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description:

A follow-up collection to well-received The Perils of Sherlock Holmes!

Award-winning author Loren D. Estleman has curated a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories from some of the finest authors in Sons of Moriarty and More Stories of Sherlock Holmes. This is the first time that these stories appear together in one anthology, including "Sons of Moriarty," a Sherlock Holmes novella, appearing here for the first time.

Estleman's last Holmes collection, The Perils of Sherlock Holmes, was authorized by the Estate of Arthur Conan Doyle and was met with rave reviews. It was dubbed "an excellent collection of short stories and essays" by the New York Review of Books, "an entertaining and diverting read" by Bookpleasures.com, and was said to transport readers "to another place and time during the series of short stories that pay homage to the legend that is Sherlock Holmes" on the Pop Culture Guy Blog.

(see review)

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