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Akashic Books

Providence Noir (Akashic Noir) by (Akashic Books 02 June 2015 / $15.95) - Product Description: Featuring brand-new stories by: John Searles, Elizabeth Strout, Taylor M. Polites, Hester Kaplan, Robert Leuci, Amity Gaige, Peter Farrelly, Pablo Rodriguez, Bruce DeSilva, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Luanne Rice, Dawn Raffel, Thomas Cobb, and Ann Hood.

Anyone who has spent time in Providence, Rhode Island, knows that lurking in the shadows are many sinister noir elements and characters. The city is ripe for this volume, and Akashic is proud to have recruited the amazing Ann Hood as editor. The impressive contributor list conveys the caliber of Providence Noir, which joins Cape Cod Noir, Boston Noir, and Boston Noir 2: The Classics in sketching a dark and alternative portrait of these New England locales.

From the introduction by Ann Hood: "Providence was founded in 1636 by a rogue named Roger Williams. Williams escaped here when Massachusetts was ready to deport him back to England. In the almost four hundred years since, we've become infamous for all sorts of crimes and misdemeanors, including serving as home base for the Patriarca crime family for decades. My very own Uncle Eddie--I can hear Mama Rose screaming at me: 'He wasn't a blood relative! He was related through marriage!'--was gunned down in the Silver Lake section of town in 1964, just a year after he drove me in his white Cadillac convertible in a parade as the newly crowned Little Miss Natick. The writer Geoffrey Wolff told me that once he went to a barber in Princeton, New Jersey and the barber asked him where he was from. 'Providence,' Wolff told him. The barber put down his scissors, raised his hands in the air, and said, 'Providence? Don't shoot!'

"I've asked fourteen of my favorite writers to contribute short stories to Providence Noir. We have stories to make you shiver, stories to make you think, stories that will show you my beautiful, noirish city in a way it's never been highlighted before."

(Source: Akashic Books)

Berkley

A Fatal Chapter (A Booktown Mystery) by Lorna Barrett (Berkley 02 June 2015 / $25.95) - Product Description: While out walking Sarge, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. She’s startled when she recognizes Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, who appears to be suffering from cardiac arrest. When Pete later dies in the hospital, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered.

Haunted by Pete’s enigmatic last words to her, Tricia begins to consider who had a motive to kill her friend. Did Pete take his flirting too far, only to have a jealous husband teach him a lesson? Or did he discover something in the town’s historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history.

(Source: Berkley)

Bodice of Evidence (Perfect Proposals) by Nancy J. Parra (Berkley 02 June 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: The author of Engaged in Murder returns with her second Perfect Proposals Mystery. This time Pepper Pomeroy discovers that shopping for the dream wedding dress can be a nightmare.

Pepper's new wedding proposal planning business, Perfect Proposals, seems like a perfect fit. If only shopping for her sister Felicity's bridal gown could be so simple.

After a long day of lace, tulle, and tears, Pepper, Felicity, and their mother pull it together to try one last bridal boutique. Maybe they'll be surprised. And indeed they are—when they enter a deserted shop and soon discover the owner of the boutique slain in the alley out back.

Distressed by their proximity to the crime, Pepper vows to unveil the killer. As difficult as it is to draw a pattern from the clues, it's still easier than finding Felicity's perfect wedding gown. But as the killer begins to feel hemmed in, Pepper may be the one brought to her knees.

(Source: Berkley)

Bushel Full of Murder (A Farmers' Market Mystery) by Paige Shelton (Berkley 02 June 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: The New York Times bestselling author of Merry Market Murder returns to Bailey's Farmers' Market where Becca Robins must get her cousin out of a jam.

This summer, Becca is looking forward to selling her delicious jams and preserves, but things are changing fast at the farmers' market. A fleet of food trucks has arrived for a two week visit, peddling cupcakes, tacos, chicken wings, and more--including a gourmet hot dog truck operated by Becca's own cousin, Peyton.

Tensions between truck operators and market vendors over their required licenses reach a crescendo when the town's business manager is murdered. With Peyton already under suspicion of stealing money and a secret recipe from the restaurant where she worked in Arizona, the cops start grilling her as their prime suspect. Now it's up to Becca to clear her cousin and find out who at the market gave themselves a license to kill.

(Source: Berkley)

Fat Cat Spreads Out by Janet Cantrell (Berkley 02 June 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: Butterscotch tabby Quincy is back and hungrier than ever in this frisky follow-up to Fat Cat At Large.

A booth at the Bunyan County Harvest Fair seems like the perfect opportunity for Charity "Chase" Oliver and Anna Larson to promote their Bar None bakery business. Unfortunately, plus-sized pussycat Quincy has plans for their delicious dessert bars other than selling them to customers. After tearing through their inventory, Quincy goes roaming the fairgrounds in search of more delights.

But what he finds is murder. One of the top contenders in a butter-sculpting contest has been killed, and Chase is churning on the inside when she sees Quincy's handsome veterinarian, Dr. Mike Ramos, being led away by the police. With a little help from a kitty with butter on his whiskers, Chase needs to find the real killer and clear the doctor's good name. (Includes recipes for people and cats.)

(Source: Berkley)

Privy to the Dead (Museum Mystery) by Sheila Connolly (Berkley 02 June 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: In the latest Museum Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Razing the Dead, a suspicious death has Nell Pratt down in the dumps.

Nell Pratt, president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society, has something to smile about thanks to a generous donation from a major Philadelphia developer who's willing to help update their museum. But renovations have barely begun when a man is struck by a car in front of the building and killed.

The victim is a construction worker who found a curious metal object while excavating an old privy in the museum's basement. Nell thinks the death is somehow connected to the Society, and her suspicions are confirmed when an antiques expert reveals a link between the objects from the cellar and a fellow staff member's family.

Now Nell must unearth a mystery with ties to the past and the present. Because when someone is willing to kill over scrap metal, there's no telling what they'll do next.

(Source: Berkley)

Purl Up and Die (Knitting Mystery) by Maggie Sefton (Berkley 02 June 2015 / $25.95) - Product Description: In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Yarn Over Murder, Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun Knitters must unravel the truth from the lies to clear a friend's son suspected of murder.

Kelly Flynn's summer in Fort Connor, Colorado, is off to a great start with romantic celebrations with her boyfriend, Steve, and enjoyable--albeit challenging--knitting classes taught by her friend Barb at the House of Lambspun. But while Barb's advanced stitches are giving Kelly the slip, a more deadly problem soon has her friend coming apart at the seams.

A young woman has accused Barb's son, Tommy--a young doctor doing his residency--of assaulting her. The yarns spun by the local rumor mill are bad enough, but when the young woman is found dead in her ransacked apartment, Tommy becomes the number one suspect.

The police are ready to close the case, but Kelly is convinced that there are a few more likely suspects. Now she has to knit together the clues herself to uncover a killer who doesn't seem to drop a stitch.

(see review)

The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss (A Domestic Diva Mystery) by Krista Davis (Berkley 02 June 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: The New York Times bestselling author of The Diva Wraps It Up unwraps an all-new tale in which chocolate is the kiss of death.

Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is in charge of the sweetest event in Old Town this summer. Amore Chocolates is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company's CEO, Joe Merano--and Sophie is running the show. With cookies, candy, and five kinds of chocolate cake, it's a chocolate lover's dream! But when Joe goes missing, the celebration becomes bittersweet. And when Sophie discovers the body of a competing chocolatier in the guesthouse, the event turns downright deadly.

As if that wasn't enough, Sophie's been receiving daily boxes of sweet treats. After ruling out her new beau and her exes, Sophie wonders if someone's trying to send her a message--and if she's next on a chocoholic's hit list. (Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!)

(Source: Berkley)

Truffled to Death (Chocolate Covered Mystery) by Kathy Aarons (Berkley 02 June 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: Two best friends sell books and bonbons--and solve crimes--in this mystery from the author of Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates.

Hoping to sweeten sales for their shop, Chocolates and Chapters, Michelle and Erica host a reception highlighting a new museum display of ancient Mayan pottery curated by Erica's former mentor, Professor Addison Moody. The evening has a few hiccups, but the ladies soon smooth things over with ample servings of wine and chocolate.

Yet with the sweet comes the bitter. The very next day, the antiquities from the reception are discovered missing. The professor accuses Erica of having sticky fingers, claiming she wants revenge on him. And she's only in more trouble after he's found stabbed to death with one of the artifacts. Now Michelle must help Erica track down the real killer before someone else finds themselves in less than mint condition. (Source: Berkley)

Yarn Over Murder (A Knitting Mystery) by Maggie Sefton (Berkley 02 June 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: It's early summer in Fort Connor, Colorado, and a herd of alpacas requires rescuing from a raging wildfire. Kelly Flynn and the House of Lambspun knitters may be able to save the helpless animals, but not the unexpected victim of a cold-blooded murder.

Kelly and her knitting pals were checking out the wares at the annual Wool Market--one of the largest outdoor fiber and animal fairs in Colorado--when news spread about the wildfires raging across the canyon ranches. With temperatures scorching, Kelly receives word that the alpacas of her good friend, Jayleen, are in danger. Working fast, Kelly and her pals hightail the herd to the nearby pasture of one of Jayleen's friends--rancher Andrea Holt. But their rescue mission is interrupted by a screaming match during which Connie, a longtime employee of House of Lambspun, snaps and accuses Andrea of stealing her husband.

Days later, Andrea is found dead at her ranch--and suspicion immediately falls on Connie. Now Kelly and her friends must untangle this yarn before Connie ends up dangling by a thread.

(see review)

Curtis Brown Unlimited

A Grateful Nation by Ivan Weinberg (Curtis Brown Unlimited 19 June 2015 / $14.95) - Product Description: Public Defender Noah Shane receives a mysterious package from Veterans Affairs psychiatrist Dr. David Samson, who ministers to 28 exceedingly violent Vietnam veterans at a hospital compound in the remote jungle of the Big Island of Hawaii. Using unorthodox treatment, the doctor has recently achieved a breakthrough but, when one vet kills another, he is charged with complicity in the murder, and asks Noah to defend him. Though puzzled about this jungle doctor selecting an ordinary public defender as his defense lawyer, Noah decides that a brief adventure might help ease a growing case of PD burnout. He has no way of knowing that this foray will turn out to be much more. Investigation discloses that the charges have been manufactured by Dr. Samson's superior, who masterminded a plot to cover up unspeakable biological experiments with support from shadowy figures as far up the chain of command as the Pentagon. As the criminal case against Dr. Samson unfolds simultaneously with a makeshift court-martial at the isolated "Heart of Darkness" jungle compound, the sinister project that has been hidden with these forsaken bush vets for 40 years is revealed. Staggered by shocking discoveries about his history in the course of the proceedings, Noah struggles with the strength of his own character as it is profoundly challenged in the explosive climax. "In his outstanding debut novel, Ivan Weinberg serves up a legal thriller unlike any I've ever read before. He combines his intricate knowledge of the law, gained from over 30 years practicing at the bar, with a thrilling look at combat-stressed veterans living in self-imposed exile on the lush island of Hawaii. Ivan gives us a rare blend of action and legal intrigue in this courtroom drama about a bizarre military experiment gone horribly wrong. It will stick with you long after you've turned the last page." -- STEPHEN J. CANNELL, television writer, director and producer, and best selling author. (Source: Curtis Brown Unlimited)

Five Star

A Promise to Die For by Jacqueline Pelham (Five Star 10 June 2015 / $25.95) - Book Description: In A Promise to Die For, an unknown assailant stalks Evangeline Raines and threatens those she loves. She suspects it's because of her promise to her dying grandmother to continue the search for the family's small collection of Old Masters which were stolen in France during World War II.

Recently divorced, Evangeline joins a private investigative firm in Houston where she seeks the paintings from coast to coast as well as abroad. But a killer, eager for revenge for an alleged injustice, will stop at nothing to ultimately possess the art.

Evangeline and a charming group of characters such as a hoodoo root doctor, a smart-mouthed runaway, and her adopted police canine struggle to outwit the sinister perpetrator planning their demise and absconding with the art.

(see review)

A Twist of Hate by VR Barkowski (Five Star 17 June 2015 / $25.95) - Product Description: After his family's priceless Cézanne disappears from a local museum, security consultant Del Miller leaves the investigation to the FBI. But that's before an art dealer alleges that Del's grandfather, a victim of the Nazi death camps, stole the masterpiece from a Paris gallery seventy years before. After the dealer is found dead, and Del's father is implicated, Del sets out to uncover the truth.

From present-day San Francisco to war-torn France to Nazi death camps and betrayal, A Twist of Hate is a story of family honor, about one man's quest for answers about the grandfather he never knew, the father he idolizes, and the secrets behind a missing painting that lay buried deep within his family's past.

(Source: Five Star)

Bubba Done It (Dreamwalker Mystery) by Maggie Toussaint (Five Star 10 June 2015 / $25.95) - Book Description: Amateur sleuth and dreamwalker Baxley Powell is called in on a stabbing case. She arrives in time to hear the dying man whisper, "Bubba done it." Four men named Bubba in Sinclair County, Ga., have close ties to the victim, including her goofball brother-in-law, Bubba Powell.

She dreamwalks for answers, but the dead guy can't talk to her. Baxley sleuths among the living. The suspects include a down-on-his-luck fisherman, a crackhead evangelist, a politically-connected investor, and her brother-in-law, the former sweetheart of the new widow. The more Baxley digs, the more the Bubbas start to unravel. Worse, her brother-in-law's definitely more than friendly with the new widow.

Between petsitting, landscaping, and dreamwalking, Baxley’s got her hands full solving this case.

(Source: Five Star)

Burnt Sienna by Sarah Wisseman (Five Star 17 June 2015 / $25.95) - Product Description: In the magical and historically rich city of Siena, Italy, old paintings are as common as cobblestones. But what if some of those paintings are forgeries? And what if your employers at a respected firm of art conservators might be smuggling antiquities? After colleague and roommate Ernst Mann is found dead in the street below their apartment balcony, Flora Garibaldi suspects her bosses are crooks and that her new job is disintegrating into desiccated paint flakes.

Burnt Sienna is a suspenseful mystery combining a spectacular Italian setting with complicated art historical dilemmas. The story of Flora Garibaldi and the colorful Lorenzetti family will take the reader on a labyrinthine journey while probing family and professional loyalties that no amount of yellowed varnish can hide.

(see review)

Death of a Bride and Groom by Allan J. Emerson (Five Star 10 June 2015 / $25.95) - Book Description: Care for some marital murder? Enjoy a nice parade? Then it's time to visit Honeymoon Falls, the little resort town that celebrates all things matrimonial.

When the body of writer Iris Morland is discovered in full bridal array atop a gigantic wedding cake parade float, Honeymoon Falls is left reeling.

Suspects include Iris's husband, Kenneth, whose faltering grip on a mechanical mouse plunged him into a hideously embarrassing scene with Iris and her latest lover, television host Arnold Reifel. Arnold was finding the affair burdensome, and his wife, Marjorie, was seething because Iris, not content with appropriating her husband, had turned Marjorie's interior decoration schemes into a very public humiliation. Then there's haughty French film auteur, Pierre Blondin, in town filming his adaptation of Iris's novel. Did Iris trigger his murderous wrath by opposing a nude scene featuring ninety-five-year-old actress Hermione Hopkins?

Captain Will Halsey, head of Honeymoon Falls' three-person police force, struggles to find the killer while coping with small-town politics, feuding among his subordinates, and the ferocious attentions of the media.

(Source: Five Star)

Her Majesty's Mischief (A Simon & Elizabeth Mystery) by Peg Herring (Five Star 18 June 2015 / $25.95) - Product Description: Simon Maldon is sent by Queen Elizabeth to form an honest assessment of the Scottish queen's character. With Simon gone, his son Henry, wife Hannah, and old friend Calkin delve into the murder of Simon's brother-in-law, Will Clark. Determined to hide his crimes, the killer is willing -- even eager-- to murder again.

Simon faces his own trials when Scottish outlaws capture his party. In order to thwart their leader's grandiose schemes, Simon must escape and make his way to Edinburgh. Will the rough men of the Marches help or leave the Englishman to make his way as best he can?

(see review)

The Woman Who Did by Lou Allin (Five Star 10 June 2015 / $25.95) - Book Description: In the late 1800s, young Edwin DesRosiers willingly gave his virginity to a beautiful young woman who had posed for his artist mother Naomi, a somewhat flamboyant widow considered to be something of a local character in the Vancouver Island capital city of Victoria.

Thus, when the grown-up Edwin--by this time a police officer, is called upon to investigate his first-ever murder case, the death of once and perhaps still a prostitute Vicky Cross, whose pictures have been as much a part of his life as his memories of their bief sexual encounter, he finds his personal involvement both a help and a hindrance as he powls the underbelly of the west coast Canadian city in a search through memories and todays and tomorrows.

(see review)

This Side of Midnight (John Bekker) by Al Lamanda (Five Star 17 June 2015 / $25.95) - Product Description: John Bekker is called back to action when his close friend Sheriff Jane Morgan seeks his help with a perplexing mystery.

Norman Felton, a resident of Midnight Island, drove his car to the mainland county high school and, in an out-of-control rage, beat an exchange student nearly to death with a baseball bat before being shot by sheriff's deputies. Felton's fourteen-year-old daughter Amanda is missing, and with each passing day the odds of finding her grow slimmer. Bekker works around the clock ferreting out details until slowly the puzzle comes together and he makes a shocking discovery that will take him to a dark and dangerous place.

(Source: Five Star)

Forge Books

Collision by William S. Cohen (Forge Books 02 June 2015 / $25.99) - Product Description: Sean Falcone, former National Security Adviser to the president of the United States, attacks a gunman during a mass killing at an elite Washington law firm. A second shooter flees with a laptop containing vital information about an asteroid being mined by an American billionaire and his secret Russian partner. The incident plunges Falcone into a Washington mystery involving the White House, NASA, corrupt Senators, an international crime lord ... and the possible destruction of all humankind.

(Source: Forge Books)

Devil's Harbor by Alex Gilly (Forge Books 23 June 2015 / $24.99) - Product Description: Nick Finn and his partner and brother-in-law, Diego Jimenez, are used to rough water. As Marine Interdiction Agents for Customs and Border Protection, the two hunt drug smugglers, human traffickers, and other criminals who hide in the vastness of the waters surrounding southern California.

One night, Finn and Diego track a phantom boat off the Los Angeles coast, but it disappears before they can intercept it. They find a dead body in its wake, ravaged by sharks. Their investigation into the floater stalls when Finn is accused of using excessive force following the death of a suspected drug smuggler.

Then Diego is murdered--and Finn is the number-one suspect. As he races to find the real killer and save his marriage, Finn is forced to partner with Linda Blake, the desperate captain of the Pacific Belle and mother of Lucy, a very sick little girl, to attempt the one thing he has devoted his life to stopping.

In order to clear his name and save a child's life, Finn must smuggle narcotics by sea into the United States…and avoid the net that his CBP colleagues have cast for him.

(Source: Forge Books)

Hover by Anne A. Wilson (Forge Books 02 June 2015 / $24.99) - Product Description: Helicopter pilot Lt. Sara Denning joins a navy battle group with little fanfare--and that's just the way she likes it. After her brother Ian's tragic death, her career path seemed obvious: step into his shoes and enter the Naval Academy, despite her fear of water. Sara's philosophy is simple--blend in, be competent, and above all, never do anything to stand out as a woman in a man's world.

Somewhere along the way, Sara lost herself--her feminine, easygoing soul is now buried under so many defensive layers, she can't reach it anymore.

When she meets strong, self-assured Lt. Eric Marxen, her defenses start to falter. Eric coordinates flight operations for a Navy SEAL team that requests Sara as the exclusive pilot. This blatant show of favoritism causes conflict with the other pilots; Sara's sexist boss seems intent on making her life miserable, and her roommate and best friend, the only other woman on the ship, is avoiding her. It doesn't help that her interactions with Eric leave her reeling.

The endgame of the SEALs' mission is so secret, even Sara doesn't know the reason behind her mandated participation. Soon, though, the training missions become real, and Sara must overcome her fears before they plunge her into danger. When Sara's life is on the line, can she find her true self again and follow the orders of her heart before it is too late?

(Source: Forge Books)

The Darkness Rolling (Yazzie Goldman) by Win Blevins and Meredith Blevins (Forge Books 02 June 2015 / $25.99) - Product Description: Upon his return from World War II, Seaman Yazzie Goldman realizes that not much has changed at his family's trading post in Monument Valley--and yet everything is different. His grandfather, Moses Goldman, has suffered a debilitating stroke, and while Yazzie's mother Nizhoni is doing her best, the post is slowly falling apart.

Nizhoni is thrilled that Yazzie has returned to help bring the trading post back to prosperity. Excitement comes from the nearby filming of a John Ford movie starring Henry Fonda. Director Ford enlists the tall, strong, half-Navajo and half-Jewish Yazzie to serve as a translator, and as a bodyguard for the beautiful actress Linda Darnell. Someone is sending Linda threatening letters, and as Yazzie investigates, he finds himself falling for her.

Yazzie isn't the only one to have recently returned home. A man who calls himself Zopilote, the Buzzard, has spent the last twenty-five years in jail steeping himself in the ancient Navajo chant "Darkness Rolling" and consumed with rage at the people who put him there--Yazzie's mother and grandfather.

(Source: Forge Books)

Vixen (Nameless Detective) by Bill Pronzini (Forge Books 23 June 2015 / $24.99) - Product Description: When Nameless is hired by Cory Beckett, a beautiful young woman who claims to be a model, to find her missing brother, Kenneth, it seems to be a routine matter. Kenneth has fled San Francisco in a drug-induced panic to avoid trial on a charge of stealing a valuable necklace from the alcoholic wife of the man for whom he works, wealthy yachtsman Andrew Vorhees. When agency operative Jake Runyon locates and questions the frightened young man, Cory Beckett's motives come into question and the case takes on darkly sinister complexities.

Cory lied to Nameless about her livelihood, her relationship with Vorhees, her brother's alleged drug use, and the nature of his alleged crime. Not only is she Andrew Vorhees' mistress, Cory has a secret second lover, factory owner Frank Chaleen, with whom she conspired to frame Kenneth. This bizarre sibling betrayal is part of a diabolical plan that reveals her to be a deadly, designing woman who will stop at nothing to achieve her warped desires.

A series of twists and turns drive the story to a truly shocking climax. For not until then do the detectives realize how devilish Cory Beckett really is, a femme fatale who has brought something new to the species--new, and terrible.

(Source: Forge Books)

Inkshares

One Murder More by Kris Calvin (Inkshares 01 June 2015 / $21.00) - Product Description: In Kris Calvin's debut mystery One Murder More, a beautiful legislative aide is found stabbed to death in California's Capitol building. Maren Kane, a lobbyist for a fledgling Sacramento-based toy company, is in the midst of a legislative fight that could make or break her career. She doesn't have time for a coffee break let alone involvement in a murder investigation.

But when police arrest Maren's colleague for the crime, she's certain they have the wrong man. The cops suspect a crime of passion--love gone wrong. Maren knows that in the capital, money and power drive all things tragic and scandalous. Sex and love are little more than window-dressing.

But will she be able to prove her theory--and free her friend--before she becomes the next victim?

(Source: Inkshares)

Kensington

Scam Chowder (A Five-Ingredient Mystery) by Maya Corrigan (Kensington 30 June 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: Val Deniston loves the historic Chesapeake Bay town where she lives with her grandfather, the Codger Cook. Running the fitness club's Cool Down Café--and salvaging the five-ingredient dishes Granddad messes up--keeps her busy. She's used to his catastrophes in the kitchen, but not in the dining room.

Especially when one of his dinner party guests winds up face down in the chowder. The demised diner apparently scammed Granddad's best buddy, and since the other dinner guests have suddenly clammed up, the police have all the ingredients to cook up a conviction for Granddad. With his freedom--and Val's café job--on the line, Val is in a sweat trying to avert a catastrophe. But dredging up old secrets might just be a recipe for murder. (Includes 6 five-ingredient recipes!)

(see review)

Minotaur Books

Atonement of Blood (Sister Fidelma) by Peter Tremayne (Minotaur Books 30 June 2015 / $16.99) - Product Description: Winter, 670 AD. King Colgú has invited the leading nobles and chieftains of his kingdom to a feast day. Fidelma and her companion Eadulf are finally home for an extended stay, and have promised their son, Alchú, that they'll be able to spend some time together after months of being on the road, investigating crimes. Fidelma and Eadulf are enjoying the feast when it is interrupted by the entrance of a religieux, who claims he has an important message for the King. He approaches the throne and shouts 'Remember Liamuin!' and then stabs King Colgú. The assassin is slain, but does enough damage to take out Colgú's bodyguard, and to put the king himself on the verge of death.

As King Colgú lies in recovery, Fidelma, Eadulf, and bodyguard Gormán are tasked with discovering who is behind the assassination attempt, and who Liamuin is. They must journey into the territory of their arch-enemies, the Uí Fidgente, to uncover the secrets in the Abbey of Mungairit, and then venture into the threatening mountain territory ruled by a godless tyrant. Danger and violence are their constant companions until the final devastating revelation.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec (Minotaur Books 30 June 2015 / $24.99) - Product Description: Commissaire Georges Dupin, a Parisian-born caffeine junkie recently relocated from the glamour of Paris to the remote (if picturesque) Breton coast, is not happy when he is dragged from his morning croissant and coffee to the scene of a curious murder. The local village of Pont-Aven--a sleepy community by the sea where everyone knows one other and nothing much seems to happen--is in shock. The legendary ninety-one-year-old hotelier Pierre-Louis Pennec, owner of the Central Hotel, has been found dead.

A picture-perfect seaside village which played host to Gaugin in the 19th century, Pont-Aven is at the height of its tourist season and is immediately thrown into uproar. Dupin and his team identify five principal suspects, including a rising political star, a longtime friend of the victim, and a wealthy art historian. An obstinate detective whose unconventional methods include good food, good wine, and taking in plenty of sea air, Dupin finds his case further complicated when ongoing incidents compound the mystery. As Dupin delves further into the lives of the victim and the suspects, he uncovers a web of secrecy and silence that belies the village's quaint image. A delectable read, Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec transports readers to the French coast where you can practically smell the sea air and taste the perfectly cooked steak frites in an expertly crafted, page-turning mystery.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

Death in Salem (Will Rees) by Eleanor Kuhns (Minotaur Books 16 June 2015 / $26.99) - Product Description: It's 1796, and traveling weaver Will Rees is visiting Salem, Massachusetts. He's in town to buy a luxurious gift for his pregnant wife, a few yards of well-made fabric from the traders at the famed Salem harbor. While traveling through Salem, however, Rees comes upon a funeral procession for the deceased Mrs. Antiss Boothe. When Rees happens upon Twig, a friend who fought alongside him in the war, he learns that Mrs. Boothe had been very ill, and her death had not come as a surprise. But the next morning, the town is abuzz with the news that Mr. Boothe has also died--and this time it is clearly murder. When the woman that Twig loves falls under suspicion, Twig persuades Rees to stay in Salem, despite the family waiting for him back home in Maine, and help solve the murder.

Rees is quickly pulled into the murky politics of both Salem and the Boothe family, who have long been involved in the robust shipping and trading industry on the Salem harbor. Everyone Rees meets seems to be keeping some kind of secret, but could any of them actually have committed murder?

(see review)

Enemies at Home (Flavia Albia) by Lindsey Davis (Minotaur Books 16 June 2015 / $15.99) - Product Description: "There are rules for private informers accepting a new case. Never take on clients who cannot pay you. Never do favours for friends. Don't work with relatives. If, like me, you are a woman, keep clear of men you find attractive.

"Will I never learn?"

In Ancient Rome, the number of slaves was far greater than that of free citizens. As a result, often the people Romans feared most were the "enemies at home," the slaves under their own roofs. Because of this, Roman law decreed that if the head of a household was murdered at home, and the culprit wasn't quickly discovered, his slaves—all of them, guilty or not—were presumed responsible and were put to death. Without exception.

When a couple is found dead in their own bedroom and their house burglarized, some of their household slaves know what is about to happen to them. They flee to the Temple of Ceres, which by tradition is respected as a haven for refugees. This is where Flavia Albia comes in. The authorities, under pressure from all sides, need a solution. Albia, a private informer just like her father, Marcus Didius Falco, is asked to solve the murders, in this mystery from Lindsey Davis. (see review)

For the Love of Mike (Molly Murphy) by Rhys Bowen (Minotaur Books 09 June 2015 / $15.99) - Product Description: Molly Murphy is starting to think the cards are stacked against her. She's determined to be a private detective, but hampering her investigations is the fact that she's finding many places in turn-of-the-century New York City where women are not welcome, something that's as frustrating to her fiery Irish pride as it is to her rapidly emptying pocketbook.

Then two business opportunities pop up simultaneously. An aristocratic family in Dublin fears their daughter has fled to the New World with her unsavory boyfriend, and they hire Molly to track the two down and send the young woman back home. Before she has time to consider her good luck, she's asked to go undercover as a piece worker in the garment business and investigate a potential case of industrial espionage. Now if she can only solve both cases without the help of Daniel Sullivan, the police captain who claims he loves her but who is engaged to someone else.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

Superfluous Women (Daisy Dalrymple) by Carola Dunn (Minotaur Books 09 June 2015 / $24.99) - Product Description: In England in the late 1920s, The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, on a convalescent trip to the countryside, goes to visit three old school friends in the area. The three, all unmarried, have recently bought a house together. They are a part of the generation of "superfluous women"--brought up expecting marriage and a family, but left without any prospects after more than 700,000 British men were killed in the Great War.

Daisy and her husband Alec--Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, of Scotland Yard--go for a Sunday lunch with Daisy's friends, where one of the women mentions a wine cellar below their house, which remains curiously locked, no key to be found. Alec offers to pick the lock, but when he opens the door, what greets them is not a cache of wine, but the stench of a long-dead body.

And with that, what was a pleasant Sunday lunch has taken an unexpected turn. Now Daisy's three friends are the most obvious suspects in a murder and her husband Alec is a witness, so he can't officially take over the investigation. So before the local detective, Superintendent Underwood, can officially bring charges against her friends, Daisy is determined to use all her resources (Alec) and skills to solve the mystery behind this perplexing locked-room crime.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

The Dead Assassin: The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Vaughn Entwistle (Minotaur Books 09 June 2015 / $26.99) - Product Description: 1895. Victorian England trembles on the verge of hysteria in Vaughn Entwistle's The Dead Assassin. Terrorist bombs are detonating around the Capitol and every foreigner is suspected of being an Anarchist lurking beneath a cape.

Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle is summoned to the scene of a gruesome crime that has baffled and outraged Scotland Yard's best. A senior member of Her Majesty's government has been brutally murdered, and the body of his attacker lies close by--riddled with bullets. More perplexing, one of the attending detectives recognizes the dead assassin as Charlie Higginbotham, a local Cockney pickpocket and petty thief. Higginbotham is not just an improbable suspect, but an impossible suspect, for the young detective watched him take the drop two weeks previously, hanged at Newgate Prison.

Conan Doyle calls in his friend Oscar Wilde for assistance and soon the two authors find themselves swept up in an investigation so bizarre it defies conventional wisdom and puts the lives of their loved ones, the Nation, and even the Monarch herself in dire peril. The murders continue, committed by a shadowy cadre of seemingly unstoppable assassins. As the sinister plot unravels, an implausible theory becomes the only possible solution: someone is reanimating the corpses of executed criminals and sending them shambling through the London fog… and programmed for murder.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

The Kill (Maeve Kerrigan) by Jane Casey (Minotaur Books 02 June 2015 / $26.99) - Product Description: Detective Maeve Kerrigan is away for a colleague's wedding, and she's enjoying an excuse to spend a beautiful fall weekend relaxing in the English countryside. It's a much-needed break from the grit and grime of her daily life on the London police force. But even at a wedding, the job is never far away.

Midway through the reception, Maeve and her abrasive but loyal partner on the police force, DI Josh Derwent, are called back to London. A fellow policeman has been murdered, in a compromising position in a public park at night. And when Maeve and Derwent arrive to speak with the victim's family, his wife and daughter are surprisingly cold and reticent, which adds further layers of complexity to an already delicate investigation. And Maeve knows the victim and his family aren't the only ones with things to hide: the dark secret that her boss, Superintendent Godley, has been keeping for years is threatening to blow up in his face, and if that happens, they'll all be caught in the aftermath.

Pulled between her loyalties to Godley, Derwent, the victim of a murder, and her own driving sense of right and wrong, Maeve will be forced to decide how much she's willing to risk in the name of justice.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

The Precipice (Mike Bowditch) by Paul Doiron (Minotaur Books 16 June 2015 / $25.99) - Product Description: When two female hikers disappear in the Hundred Mile Wilderness-the most remote stretch along the entire Appalachian Trail-Maine game warden Mike Bowditch joins the desperate search to find them.

Hope turns to despair after two unidentified corpses are discovered-their bones picked clean by coyotes. Do the bodies belong to the missing hikers? And were they killed by the increasingly aggressive wild dogs?

Soon, all of Maine is gripped with the fear of killer coyotes. But Bowditch has his doubts. His new girlfriend, wildlife biologist Stacey Stevens, insists the scavengers are being wrongly blamed. She believes a murderer may be hiding in the offbeat community of hikers, hippies, and woodsmen at the edge of the Hundred Mile Wilderness. When Stacey herself disappears along the Appalachian Trail, the hunt for answers becomes personal.

Can Mike Bowditch find the woman he loves before the most dangerous animal in the North Woods strikes again?

(see review)

Unidentified Woman (McKenzie) by David Housewright (Minotaur Books 02 June 2015 / $25.99) - Product Description: During one of the first heavy snows of the winter, on the Interstate outside the Twin Cities, Rushmore McKenzie is behind a truck behaving erratically when the man in the truck bed dumps a body out onto the road, right in front of McKenzie's car. McKenzie avoids hitting the body, a bound woman who is just barely alive, but his stopped car in the middle of the road starts a chain of accidents, resulting in a thirty-seven car pile-up. By the time the time the police arrive, and the EMTs and ambulances have taken care of the immediate injuries, the truck is long gone.

The injured woman awakens with no memories--not of the accident, not of anything--and is labeled by the police as Unidentified Woman #15. With few leads, the detective in charge, McKenzie's former partner and old friend Bobby Dunston, turns to McKenzie for a favor. Now McKenzie has to try to identify the grievously injured woman, find out who tied her up and dumped on the freeway to die. And why.

(see review)

NAL

Collared for Murder: A Pet Botique Mystery by Annie Knox (NAL 02 June 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: Groomed For Murder's Izzy McHale is back, and her pet boutique, Trendy Tails, is raking in the green. But someone else in town is seeing red.

The Midwestern Cat Fanciers' Organization is bringing its annual weeklong retreat to Merryville, Minnesota. While that's perfect for Izzy's business, it unleashes headaches for everyone else. The event has lots of workshops on the care and breeding of cats, and it culminates in a cat show with a fabulous prize--a platinum collar dangle worth some big bucks.

Cattiness, of course, ensues. But the claws really come out after the prize disappears, and the wealthy director, Phillip Denford, is done in with a pair of grooming shears. Now Izzy and her furry friends, Packer and Jinx, can't waste time pussyfooting around. They have to solve this case before a killer pounces again.

(Source: NAL)

Death of a Chocolate Cheater: A Food Festival Mystery by Penny Pike (NAL 02 June 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: At this year's chocolate festival, Darcy and her Aunt Abby hope to win the $10,000 prize in the chocolate contest with Aunt Abby's taste sensation: the chocolate raspberry whoopee pie. A little friendly competition from Darcy's sometime-beau Jake Miller, who plans to enter with his chocolate cream puff delight, only sweetens the deal. But things get sticky when one of the judges, Polly Montgomery, is taken out of commission--permanently.

The suspects include every contestant with reason to believe Polly wasn't too sweet on their sweets, including Aunt Abby's high school friend. Now Darcy must pick through an assortment of secrets to catch a killer before someone else gets a bittersweet finish. (Source: NAL)

Fatal Fortune (Psychic Eye Mystery) by Victoria Laurie (NAL 02 June 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: Fans of Harper Connelly and TV's Medium will love the psychic detective in this New York Times bestselling series.

Abby Cooper can't believe her eyes after the police show her surveillance video of her best friend and business partner, Candice Fusco, shooting a man in cold blood. And when the cops tell her they think the victim has ties to the Mob--and perhaps Candice does too--Abby can't believe her ears. Surely there is a logical explanation. But Candice is nowhere to be found.

Trusting her intuition, Abby decides to search for the truth in Vegas--which may be the biggest gamble of her life. Once in town she begins to uncover a rigged game of dirty double-dealing where the stakes are no less than life and death. And if she's not careful, Abby can forget about ever leaving Las Vegas...alive.

(see review)

Ripped From the Pages (Bibliophile) by Kate Carlisle (NAL 02 June 2015 / $24.95) - Product Description: When book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright temporarily relocates to her parents' place in Northern California, she finds that wooden barrels aren't the only things buried in the wine caves of Sonoma.

Excited to explore the secrets of wine country, Brooklyn attends an excavation of the caves hidden deep under her parents' commune--and the findings are explosive. A room is unearthed, and it contains a treasure trove of artwork, rare books, a chest of jewelry…and a perfectly mummified body.

A closer examination of the murdered man's possessions reveals a valuable first edition of Jules Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Hidden in the book is a secret map that unveils an even greater hoard of treasures brought to California by French winemakers fleeing the Nazi invasion with the commune leader's grandfather, Anton, among them.

As reporters and art appraisers flock to Sonoma to see the precious bounty, questions begin to rise--did Anton hide these items to protect them, or did he steal them for himself? Who is the mysterious man left for dead inside the cave? But not all crime is buried in the past. When a new presence threatens the town's peace, Brooklyn decides to do a little excavating of her own and solve the mystery of the treasure before anyone else is written off.

(Source: NAL)

The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts (NAL 02 June 2015 / $15.00) - Product Description: A deep and riveting psychological thriller inspired by true events of the Victorian era, The Medea Complex explores the nature of the human psyche: what possesses us, what drives us, and how love, passion, and hope for the future can drive us to insanity.

1885. Anne Stanbury wakes up in a strange bed, having been kidnapped from her home. As the panic settles in, she realizes she has been committed to a lunatic asylum, deemed insane and therefore unfit to stand trial for an unspeakable crime. But all is not as it seems….

Edgar Stanbury, her husband as well as a grieving father, is torn between helping his confined wife recover her sanity and seeking revenge for his ruined life. But Anne's future rests wholly in the hands of Dr. George Savage, chief medical officer of Bethlem Royal Hospital.

The Medea Complex is the darkly compelling story of a lunatic, a lie, and a shocking revelation that elucidates the difference between madness and evil.

(Source: NAL)

Tying the Knot: A Southern Quilting Mystery by Elizabeth Craig (NAL 02 June 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: Wedding bells are ringing in Dappled Hills, North Carolina. But when the festivities take an unexpected turn, quilter Beatrice Coleman must get crafty and catch a killer wedding-crasher.

Everyone loves a wedding, and with the sister of Beatrice’s beau, Wyatt, about to say "I do", Beatrice and the Village Quilters are pitching in to help with the nuptial plans. They're hard at work making everything from wool boutonnieres to a quilt-shaped wedding cake. And all the talk of love and marriage has Beatrice thinking seriously about her own budding romance with Wyatt.

But after she stumbles across the body of the best man on the church steps, Beatrice needs to stop threading her needle and start collecting clues. She, along with the Village Quilters, will need to turn all their attention to solving a murder before another victim gets cut out.

(Source: NAL)

Pantheon

SignWave (Aftershock) by Andrew Vachss (Pantheon 09 June 2015 / $26.95) - Product Description: Once a mercenary, later an assassin, and now living a different life, Dell has bone-marrow-deep loyalty and protective instincts that know no bounds when it comes to his wife, Dolly, a former battle-field nurse, and their close-knit group of Dolly's friends and Dell's allies. When Dolly receives a thinly veiled threat, Dell reverts to his old ways to untangle the background of a prominent local figure, George Byron Benton, whose actions have awakened Dell's obsessive need for security. This target combines the deadly patience of a gila monster and a complex agenda--including a public life that's all elaborate disguise. To penetrate Benton's dense facade, Dell methodically works his way through the only reliable source of news in the area--a blog called Undercurrents. If he manages to track Benton down, Dell will have to decide how far he is willing to go to recapture the sense of safety that Benton has stolen.

(Source: Pantheon)

Prospect Park Books

Marry, Kiss, Kill by Anne Flett-Giordano (Prospect Park Books 16 June 2015 / $24.95) - Product Description: In this fast-paced and funny Santa Barbara mystery, movie stars are in town for the film festival, powerful business interests are at stake, and detective Nola MacIntire and her partner, Tony, must untangle the complicated web behind three seemingly unrelated deaths in this idyllic beach town. It's got it all: snappy dialogue, memorable characters, and a captivating mystery. (Source: Prospect Park Books)

Robert Hale

A Killer Past by Maris Soule (Robert Hale 01 June 2015 / $29.95) - Product Description: Mary Harrington doesn't want to revive her past. She certainly doesn’t want her son and granddaughter to know what she did forty-four years ago. But when two teenagers from a local gang try to mug her, old habits are hard to forget.

Sergeant Jack Rossini, Rivershore, Michigan's lone investigative detective, initially doesn't believe an 'old' woman could have put the youths in the hospital, but once he meets Mary, he becomes curious. That curiosity grows when he discovers there’s no record of her existence prior to forty-four years ago.

Mary and Jack’s lives continue to intersect as the gang vows to teach Mary a lesson, and a man from Mary’s past arrives in Rivershore, threatening to reveal her secrets.

(see review)

Seventh Street Books

The Bomb Maker's Son (Parker Stern) by Robert Rotstein (Seventh Street Books 09 June 2015 / $15.95) - Product Description: A fugitive from justice shows up on Parker Stern's doorstep, seeking representation. Ian Holzner--better known as the Playa Delta Bomber--is about to be arrested for allegedly planting a bomb that killed four people in 1975. Parker turns down the case, until the revelation of a startling secret from Parker's estranged mother all but forces him, against his better judgment, to change his mind.

As media attention swirls around the reemerged Playa Delta Bomber, a bomb explodes and other violent acts occur. Is Holzner the mastermind behind these new attacks? At great personal risk, Parker tries to uncover the truth, all while discovering long-hidden, painful realities about his family and his own past.

(Source: Seventh Street Books)

The Reluctant Matador (Hugo Martson) by Mark Pryor (Seventh Street Books 02 June 2015 / $15.95) - Product Description: A nineteen-year-old aspiring model has disappeared in Paris. Her father, Bart Denum, turns to his old friend Hugo Marston for help. Marston, the security chief at the American Embassy, makes some inquiries and quickly realizes something is amiss: Bart's daughter was not a model, but rather a dancer at a seedy strip club. And she headed to Barcelona with some guy she met at the club.

With his friend and former CIA agent, Tom Green, Marston heads for Barcelona. The two sleuths identify the man last seen with the girl, break into his house, and encounter a shocking scene: Bart Denum, standing over the dead and battered body of their mysterious stranger. Though Bart protests his innocence, under the damning circumstances, Spanish authorities arrest him for murder.

The two American investigators are faced with their biggest challenge ever: find the real killer, prove Bart's innocence, and locate his missing daughter—without getting killed along the way. (Source: Seventh Street Books)

Soho Crime

Innocence; or, Murder on Steep Street by Heda Margolius Kovály (Soho Crime 02 June 2015 / $25.95) - Product Description: Famed Holocaust memoirist Heda Margoulis Kovály (Under a Cruel Star) knits her own terrifying experiences in Soviet Prague into a powerful, Raymond Chandler-esque work of literary suspense.

1950s Prague is a city of numerous small terrors, of political tyranny, corruption and surveillance. There is no way of knowing whether one's neighbor is spying for the government, or what one's supposed friend will say under pressure to a State Security agent. A loyal Party member might be imprisoned or executed as quickly as a traitor; innocence means nothing for a person caught in a government trap.

But there are larger terrors, too. When a little boy is murdered at the cinema where his aunt works, the ensuing investigation sheds a little too much light on the personal lives of the cinema's female ushers, each of whom is hiding a dark secret of her own.

Nearly lost to censorship, this rediscovered gem of Czech literature depicts a chilling moment in history, redolent with the stifling atmosphere of political and personal oppression of the early days of Communist Czechoslovakia.

(Source: Soho Crime)

St. Martin's

A Batter of Life and Death (Bakeshop) by Ellie Alexander (St. Martin's 30 June 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: Welcome to Torte--a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for...

It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon-'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally.

Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered-death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?

(Source: St. Martin's)

Tyrus Books

Dead Rapunzel (Loon Lake Fishing Mysteries) by Victoria Houston (Tyrus Books 01 June 2015 / $24.99) - Product Description: It's the dead of winter in Loon Lake when a wealthy widow is run down and killed by a logging truck on an icy street. The truck driver insists he saw a man shove the woman into the path of his truck. A lone witness who may have seen the man who shoved the victim is soon found dead--drowned in icy waters where he was ice fishing. Within hours, Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris finds herself dealing with malicious family members related to the dead woman, a cache of grisly paintings, and strange disturbances on the land surrounding the widow's contemporary mansion--all of which point to various people who may have wanted her dead.

Lew recruits her close friend and fellow flyfisherman, retired dentist "Doc" Osborne, for his forensic and interrogation skills. Meanwhile, Ray Pradt, ice fishing guide and expert tracker, helps with the initial investigation even as he threatens to engage in an inappropriate relationship with a key witness. Lew's life and career is further complicated when a young woman calls, convinced that Lew is her birth mother.

(Source: Tyrus Books)

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