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Berkley

A Study in Death (Lady Darby) by Anna Lee Huber (Berkley 07 July 2015 / $25.95) - Product Description: Scotland, 1831. After a tumultuous courtship complicated by three deadly inquiries, Lady Kiera Darby is thrilled to have found both an investigative partner and a fiancé in Sebastian Gage. But with her well-meaning--and very pregnant--sister planning on making their wedding the event of the season, Kiera could use a respite from the impending madness.

Commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Drummond, Kiera is saddened when she recognizes the pain in the baroness's eyes. Lord Drummond is a brute, and his brusque treatment of his wife forces Kiera to think of the torment caused by her own late husband.

Kiera isn't sure how to help, but when she finds Lady Drummond prostrate on the floor, things take a fatal turn. The physician called to the house and Lord Drummond appear satisfied to rule her death natural, but Kiera is convinced that poison is the real culprit.

Now, armed only with her knowledge of the macabre and her convictions, Kiera intends to discover the truth behind the baroness's death—no matter what, or who, stands in her way.

(Source: Berkley)

Butter Off Dead (Food Lovers' Village) by Leslie Ann Budewitz (Berkley 07 July 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: As the national bestselling Food Lovers' Village Mysteries continue, the merchants of Jewel Bay, Montana, try to heat up chilly winter business with a new film festival. But their plans are sent reeling when a dangerous killer dims the lights on a local vendor.

In an attempt to woo tourists to Jewel Bay and cheer up the townies, Erin Murphy, manager of the specialty local foods market known as the Merc, is organizing the First Annual Food Lovers' Film Festival, filled with classic foodie flicks and local twists on favorite movie treats. But when her partner in planning, painter Christine Vandeberg, is found dead only days before the curtain rises, Erin suspects someone is attempting to stop the films from rolling.

To make matters worse, Nick—Erin's brother and Christine's beau--has top billing on the suspect list. Convinced her brother is innocent and determined that the show must go on, Erin has to find who's really to blame before Nick gets arrested or the festival gets shut down. But the closer she gets to the killer, the more likely it becomes that she'll be the next person cut from the program. (Includes recipes.)

(Source: Berkley)

Caught Read-Handed (Read Em and Eat) by Terrie Farley Moran (Berkley 07 July 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: From the national bestselling author of Well Read, Then Dead comes the second mystery featuring Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield, who bring Fort Myers Beach, Florida, residents plenty of sinful treats and killer reads at their bookstore café, Read 'Em and Eat.

Happy to help her fellow bibliophiles, Sassy visits the local library with book donations for their annual fundraising sale. Unfortunately, the welcoming readers' haven is in turmoil as an argument erupts between an ornery patron and new staff member, Tanya Lipscombe--also known as "Tanya Trouble". She may lack people skills, but everyone is shocked when she's later found murdered in her own hot tub.

The man last seen arguing with Tanya is soon arrested. But Alan Mersky, a veteran with PTSD, happens to be the brother of Sassy's former boss--and he's no murderer. Now it's up to Sassy and Bridgy to clear Alan's name and make sure the real killer gets booked. (Includes a recipe for Miss Marple scones!) (Source: Berkley)

Dead Men Don't Eat Cookies (Cookie Cutter Shop) by Virginia Lowell (Berkley 07 July 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: As the national bestselling Cookie Cutter Shop mysteries return, things are heating up for Olivia Greyson, her best friend, Maddie, and the rest of the crew at The Gingerbread House--until a cold case puts their plans on ice.

Olivia's mom, Ellie, is always cooking up new schemes, but her latest idea has Livie and Maddie especially excited. Ellie's converting an old boarding house into an arts and crafts school--one that, of course, houses a kitchen for those interested in baking. But right as renovations start, the workers discover a pile of bones buried within the boarding house's walls, evidence of a long forgotten crime.

A silver necklace with a cookie cutter charm is found within the remains, convincing one of the workers that the bones are the remains of her father, who's been missing for over five years. Of course, Livie and Maddie can't resist the allure of investigating. But they're about to discover that digging up the secrets of the past can be deadly dangerous. (Recipes included.)

(Source: Berkley)

Death of an English Muffin (Merry Muffin) by Victoria Hamilton (Berkley 07 July 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: From the national bestselling author of Muffin But Murder, baker Merry Wynter returns with a fresh tray of muffins and a case that has authorities stumped.

They say one's home is one's castle, but when it comes to Wynter Castle, Merry would like it to belong to someone else. But until a buyer bites, she could use some extra dough, so she decides to take in renters. The idea pans out, and Merry's able to find a handful of tenants eager to live in a real castle. The only problem is most of them are crumby, tea-swilling old biddies.

The Legion of Horrible Ladies, as Merry calls them, is led by the terribly nasty--and fabulously wealthy--Cleta Sanson. The abrasive Englishwoman keeps everyone whipped into a frenzy--until she meets an embarrassing end behind a locked door. Evidence reveals that Cleta was murdered, yet no one is privy to how the deed was done. Merry knows she must quickly find the killer before another of her guests gets greased. (Includes delicious recipes.)

(Source: Berkley)

Death Under Glass (Stained-Glass Mystery) by Jennifer McAndrews (Berkley 07 July 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: In the latest novel from the author of Ill-Gotten Panes, Georgia Kelly has made a home for herself and her stained glass business in Wenwood, New York. But not everything in the sleepy Hudson River town is as transparent as it seems.

While Georgia has come to love her new hometown, her stained glass windows haven't exactly been raking in the dough. So when her best friend, Carrie, offers her the opportunity to create a made-to-order window for Wenwood's latest bed and breakfast, Georgia jumps at the chance.

But when Carrie's ex-husband's office suddenly burns to the ground and Carrie's own office and apartment are robbed, Georgia has to put down her glass and cutter to get to the bottom of the trouble. Carrie insists she doesn't have enemies, but Georgia is determined to do everything in her power to find out who's targeting her friend--and why--before anyone else's life is smashed to pieces.

(Source: Berkley)

Grace Cries Uncle (Manor House Mystery) by Julie Hyzy (Berkley 07 July 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: When Grace Wheaton's estranged sister Liza shows up on her doorstep, the timing couldn't be worse. Grace's beloved boss and benefactor, Bennett Marshfield, has finally gotten her to agree to a DNA test to establish if he is, in fact, her uncle. If so, Grace would move from being the trusted curator and manager of Marshfield Manor to Bennett's heir. And her duplicitous sister would be right behind her in the line of inheritance.

Liza is not the only mysterious visitor to arrive in town. A man claiming to be an FBI agent has shown up, and a swarm of avaricious antique collectors have descended on Emberstowne for a prestigious convention. When Bennett reveals he's in mind to acquire a secret antique and the FBI agent turns up dead, the plot thickens. And Grace can't help but wonder if Liza is at the center of it all.

(Source: Berkley)

Hooked on Ewe (Scottish Highlands) by Hannah Reed (Berkley 07 July 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: In national bestselling author Hannah Reed's latest Scottish Highlands mystery, aspiring romance novelist Eden Elliott discovers the landscape isn't the only thing that's dramatic when a local woman is done in.

It's early September in Glenkillen, Scotland, when American expat (and budding romance novelist) Eden Elliott is recruited by the local inspector to act as a special constable. Fortunately it's in name only, since not much happens in Glenkillen.

For now Eden has her hands full with other things: preparing for the sheepdog trial on the MacBride farm--a fundraiser for the local hospice—and helping her friend Vicki with her first yarn club skein-of-the-month deliveries. Everything seems to be coming together—until the head of the welcoming committee is found strangled to death with a club member's yarn.

Now Eden feels compelled to honor her commitment as constable and herd together the clues, figure out which ones are dogs, and which ones will lead to a ruthless killer.

(Source: Berkley)

Peaches and Scream (Georgia Peach Mystery) by Susan Furlong (Berkley 07 July 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: In the first Georgia Peach Mystery, when murder threatens her family's orchard, Nola Harper is ready to pick out the killer and preserve the farm's reputation.

To help run the family peach farm during her parents' absence, Nola Harper returns to her childhood home of Cays Mill, Georgia, and soon discovers that things back at the farm aren't exactly peachy. A poor harvest and rising costs are threatening to ruin the Harpers' livelihood, and small-town gossip is spreading like blight thanks to Nola's juicy reputation as a wild teenager way back when. But Nola really finds herself in the pits when she stumbles upon a local businessman murdered among the peach trees.

With suspicions and family tensions heating up faster than a cobbler in the oven, this sweet Georgia peach will have to prune through a list of murder suspects—before she too becomes ripe for the killer's picking. (Includes Recipes.) (Source: Berkley)

The Royal Assassin (Victorian Bookshop) by Kate Parker (Berkley 07 July 2015 / $15.00) - Product Description: From the author of The Vanishing Thief and The Counterfeit Lady comes an all-new Victorian mystery featuring antiquarian bookseller Georgia Fenchurch, who doubles as a private investigator for the secret Archivist Society.

When the Duke of Blackford enters her bookstore, Georgia knows the Archivist Society is in need of her services. The Tsar of Russia and his family are visiting Queen Victoria on the auspices of the engagement of the Russian princess Kira to the son of the Queen's cousin. When Kira's bodyguard is found dead on a train returning from Scotland, the Queen calls on Blackford to discreetly protect the princess and prevent an international incident.

The Russian royalty refuses help in finding the murderer, suspecting anarchists and demanding every extremist in London be hanged. But that is far from the English way. To get the job done, Georgia must go undercover as Kira's English secretary. She soon discovers that anarchy isn't the only motive in the case—and that someone is determined to turn royal wedding bells into a funeral dirge.

(Source: Berkley)

Wound Up in Murder (Yarn Retreat) by Betty Hechtman (Berkley 07 July 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: In the newest Yarn Retreat Mystery from the national bestselling author of Silence of the Lamb's Wool, dessert chef Casey Feldstein continues to develop her hidden talents for knitting...and solving murders.

With two yarn retreats in the bag, Casey is looking forward to running her third one at Cadbury by the Sea's Vista Del Mar hotel on the Monterey Peninsula. This time, each knitter will get a Mystery Bag of knitting materials to turn into a personal project.

But Casey gets tangled up in another retreat at the same hotel, when the organizer and his wife have a very public spat. As Casey is delivering her baked goods later that night, she finds the woman dead in the bushes with a magician's silk scarf nearby—just like the scarf Casey's ex-boyfriend, Sammy, used during his magic act at the retreat. As Sammy takes center stage as the prime suspect, Casey and her friends will have to stitch together the clues before the real killer pulls a disappearing act. (Includes knitting patterns and a recipe.)

(Source: Berkley)

Evernight Books / Book View Cafe

Bodkin for the Bride (Wisteria Tearoom Mystery) by Patice Greenwood (Evernight Books / Book View Cafe 14 July 2015 / $14.99) - Book Description: Something old, something new, something dead.

It's autumn in Santa Fe, and Ellen Rosings is planning her Aunt Nat's wedding at the Wisteria Tearoom. Her progress is derailed by a dead body--yes, another one--that she finds in her aunt's driveway.The corpse is an artist Ellen saw that morning selling gem-handled knives at the Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market. The detective assigned to the case--not, alas, the handsome, sympathetic Tony Aragon--is looking to Ellen to explain why the body ended up in Nat's driveway. Tony is busy on his own case and can't help. Soon the dead artist starts appearing in Ellen's dreams, holding the knife that was found beside him. He wasn't stabbed.

What does it mean? Between the dreams, the looming wedding, work pressures and a tenacious case of hiccups, Ellen fears she's unraveling. Then a gem-handled knife is left embedded in Nat's door, and Ellen knows she must solve the artist's death before another crime strikes closer to home.

(Source: Evernight Books / Book View Cafe)

Five Star

The Bad Actor (Laura Magee) by Glen Ebisch (Five Star 22 July 2015 / $25.95) - Book Description: Although only in her late twenties, Laura Magee is Auntie Mabel, the advice columnist for the Ravensford Chronicle, the local newspaper for the western Massachusetts town of Ravensford. Only those who work on the newspaper and one member of the police department are supposed to know Auntie Mabel's true identity.

Problems begin for Laura when she receives an Auntie Mabel letter form a woman who believes that her younger boyfriend is interested in her solely for her money. Laura's blunt reply is that she should break it off with him and see a lawyer if he refused to repay the money he has already borrowed. Shortly after, Laura sees that this woman has died in a fall down her cellar stairs. Concerned that the boyfriend may have killed her and feeling guilty about her own role in the event, Laura begins to investigate.

Soon after, she receives a threatening letter from someone who knows she is Auntie Mabel. After further digging she comes to the conclusion that the boyfriend and the person threatening her are one and the same. Although Michael Farantello, the chief of detectives and her sometime boyfriend, gives her as much protection as he can, she narrowly survives an attempt on her life. Undaunted Laura continues to investigate, drawing closer and closer to the man who has killed before and plans to kill again.

(see review)

Forge Books

Assassins by Mukul Deva (Forge Books 14 July 2015 / $27.99) - Product Description: International bestselling writer Mukul Deva thrills again in Assassins, the scorching sequel to Weapon of Vengeance.

Seven years after they conspired to kill Pakistani politician Benazir Basheer, two men, Pakistani Premier Asif Zardosi and ex-dictator General Pervaiz Masharrat, will reach Delhi on the very same day. Also converging on Delhi is assassin Leon Binder, who is seeking to bring down the curtain on a deadly three-decades-long career with a spectacular double hit.

Standing between Leon and his targets is one man: retired Inspector General of Police Ravinder Singh Gill. But Ravinder is reeling from the death of his daughter, Ruby, and for failing to prevent her from destroying the Israeli-Palestinian peace summit. His self-confidence has been shattered. To make matters worse, his mission becomes immediately treacherous when his most senior officer is found brutally tortured and murdered; it is obvious Ravinder's team has been penetrated.

Will Ravinder be able to stop Leon and prevent disaster in India and Pakistan?

(Source: Forge Books)

Fast Shuffle: A Novel by David Black (Forge Books 07 July 2015 / $27.99) - Product Description: Harry Dickinson is a used car salesman living in Springdale, Massachusetts, who believes he is a private detective. His girlfriend, Friday, finds this charming, though she warns him not to get carried away. The local cops are becoming fed up with him. His sister and brother-in-law think he's unstable and too old for such fantasies. They want him locked up.

When Harry stumbles upon the case of a missing woman, he decides to investigate. However, the situation is far more complex-and more dangerous-than he imagines.

Turning to the authorities only makes things worse. Harry witnesses a murder, but no one believes him. With Harry and Friday on the run-hunted by the police, the killer, and even Harry's friends and relatives-their chances for survival look grim. But the man everyone believes is crazy may be the only one who can crack the case.

(Source: Forge Books)

Looking Through Darkness by Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo (Forge Books 07 July 2015 / $25.99) - Product Description: Few writers have captured the flavor of the American Southwest better than Aimee and David Thurlo, in both mysteries and romantic suspense. Looking Through Darkness is the latest in their Trading Post series.

Josephine Buck runs a trading post just off the Navajo Reservation. Widow Leigh Ann Vance is Jo's right-hand-woman, filling the emptiness in her own life. Shortly after her husband, Kurt, was killed, Leigh Ann discovered he had been having a string of affairs. Leigh Ann's trust issues affect her feelings for blind sculptor Melvin Littlewater.

Kurt's business partners accuse Leigh Ann of helping Kurt embezzle and the police wonder if Leigh Ann killed him. When she turns to Melvin for help, she finds him fighting his own demons, haunted by memories of a young girl he saw moments before the car crash that cost him his sight.

Together, Leigh Ann and Melvin delve into the darkest moments of their pasts, searching for truth and light.

(Source: Forge Books)

Gallic Books

The Poisoning Angel by Jean Teule (Gallic Books 14 July 2015 / $15.95) - Product Description: Another real-life character tour de force from Jean Teulé featuring a famous female serial killer from the nineteenth century.

Little Hélène Jégado had always been different. Schooled in the ancient beliefs of the Breton people by her mother, the beautiful child grows up feeling detached from the nineteenth-century world around her and yet destined for a terrible vocation. Beginning with the demise of her mother.

(Source: Gallic Books)

Knopf Books for Young Readers

Outrage (The Singular Menace, 2) by John Sandford and Michele Cook (Knopf Books for Young Readers 14 July 2015 / $18.99) - Product Description: Shay Remby and her gang of renegades have struck a blow to the Singular Corporation. When they rescued Shay's brother, Odin, from a secret Singular lab, they also liberated a girl. Singular has been experimenting on her, trying to implant a U.S. senator's memories into her brain—with partial success. Fenfang is now a girl who literally knows too much.

Can the knowledge brought by ex-captives Odin and Fenfang help Shay and her friends expose the crimes of this corrupt corporation? Singular has already killed one of Shay's band to protect their secrets. How many more will die before the truth is exposed? (see review)

Minotaur Books

After the Storm (Kate Burkholder) by Linda Castillo (Minotaur Books 14 July 2015 / $25.99) - Product Description: When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones--and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty year old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged.

Meanwhile, turmoil of an emotional and personal nature strikes at the very heart of Kate's budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti. A reality that strains their fragile new love to the breaking point and threatens the refuge they've built for themselves--and their future.

Under siege from an unknown assailant--and her own personal demons--Kate digs deep into the case only to discover proof of an unimaginable atrocity, a plethora of family secrets and the lengths to which people will go to protect their own.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

Deadly Election (Flavia Albia) by Lindsey Davis (Minotaur Books 14 July 2015 / $25.99) - Product Description: In the first century A.D., during Domitian's reign, Flavia Albia is ready for a short break from her family. So despite the oppressive July heat, she returns to Rome, leaving them at their place on the coast. Albia, daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, the famed private informer (now retired), has taken up her father's former profession, and it's time to get back to work. The first order of business, however, is the corpse that was found in a chest sent as part of a large lot to be sold by the Falco family auction house. As the senior family representative in Rome, it falls upon Albia to identify the corpse, find out why he was killed, who killed him, and, most important, how did it end up in the chest.

At the same time, her potential young man, Faustus, comes looking for help with his friend Sextus's political campaign. Between the auction business and Roman politics, it's not quite clear which one is the more underhanded and duplicitous. Both, however, are tied together by the mysterious body in the chest, and if Albia isn't able to solve that mystery, it won't be the only body to drop.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

Murder at Barclay Meadow by Wendy Sand Eckel (Minotaur Books 28 July 2015 / $25.99) - Product Description: A delightful cozy debut featuring Rosalie Hart--an endearing, bread-baking heroine--and a supporting cast of highly original small-town characters on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Rosalie Hart's world has been upended. After her husband confesses to an affair, she exiles herself to her late aunt's farmhouse on Maryland's Eastern Shore. With its fields untended and the house itself in disrepair, Barclay Meadow couldn't be more different than the tidy D.C. suburb she used to call home. Just when Rosalie feels convinced things couldn't get any worse, she finds a body floating in her marsh grasses. When the sheriff declares the death an accident, she becomes suspicious. The dead girl, Megan, reminds her of her own daughter, and she feels a responsibility to find out the truth.

Rosalie confides her doubts to her friends in her creative writing class, and they ask to join her investigation, beginning the search in earnest. Meanwhile, Rosalie works on restoring Barclay Meadow to its former glory--with help from the rugged Tyler Wells, a farmer who once leased the land. When Rosalie discovers her aunt's favorite bread recipe on a yellowed index card, she begins baking, and with her deep love for nourishing others rekindled, she starts to feel alive again. But as she zeroes in on the truth about what happened to Megan, she begins getting ominous threats. Determined to get justice for Megan and protect the new home she's begun to build for herself, Rosalie races to catch the killer in this deftly plotted and heartwarming debut.

(see review)

One Way or Another by Elizabeth Adler (Minotaur Books 07 July 2015 / $26.99) - Product Description: One moment Angie Morse is standing on the deck of a large luxury yacht and the next she feels a stinging blow to her head, a champagne bottle welded by a beautiful woman. And then a push. She is in the water. She can see people on the yacht, but they don't seem to notice that she is gone, and all seem to have deliberately turned their backs as the yacht begins to slowly pull away from her. These are her friends and one is her love. Each one had a reason for getting rid of her, though she would never have thought it would come to this. Until now.

Revenge burns so deeply inside her that she knows she will survive somehow. She will get them. Each one of them-three men and one woman. She will get them all. One way or another.

Told with Elizabeth Adler's trademark attention to luxurious detail of people and places, One Way or Another is a glamorous, twisty novel of vengeance and vindication.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

Open Grave (Ann Lindell) by Kjell Eriksson (Minotaur Books 14 July 2015 / $25.99) - Product Description: Professor Bertram von Ohler has been awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine. This news causes problems in his otherwise quiet upper-class neighborhood in Uppsala, Sweden, as not everybody is happy with the choice of winner. Mysterious incidents start to occur. 'Boyish pranks' say the police, but what follows is certainly not innocent amusement. Detective Inspector Ann Lindell becomes involved in the case and immediately is transported back into her own past.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

The Counterfeit Heiress: A Lady Emily Mystery (Lady Emily Mysteries) by Tasha Alexander (Minotaur Books 28 July 2015 / $15.99) - Product Description: In Tasha Alexander's novel The Counterfeit Heiress, after an odd encounter at a grand masquerade ball, Lady Emily becomes embroiled in the murder investigation of one of the guests, a sometime actress trying to pass herself off as the mysterious heiress and world traveler Estella Lamar. Each small discovery, however, leads to more questions. Was the intended victim Miss Lamar or the imposter? And who would want either of them dead?

As Emily and Colin try to make sense of all this, a larger puzzle begins to emerge: No one has actually seen Estella Lamar in years, since her only contact has been through letters and the occasional blurry news photograph. Is she even alive? Emily and Colin's investigation of this double mystery takes them from London to Paris, where, along with their friend Cécile, they must scour the darkest corners of the city in search of the truth.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

The Devil's Seal (Sister Fidelma) by Peter Tremayne (Minotaur Books 28 July 2015 / $26.99) - Product Description: Ireland, A.D. 671. An Anglo-Saxon delegation arrives in Cashel to debate the new religious rules that have been handed down from Rome. The Abbot of Imleach leads the Irish delegation, which is hostile to the new rules from outsiders. Among the Anglo-Saxon group is Brother Eadulf's own younger brother, Egric, whom Eadulf hasn't seen for many years.

When the debate quickly becomes acrimonious, a local abbess has to step in as a mediator between the two sides. But not even a day later her body is discovered, bludgeoned to death. The Chief Brehon Aillín accuses young Egric of murder, and suspicions and tempers run high. With the war of words threatening to spill over into bloodshed, Fidelma is sure there is something more sinister behind the murder than religious differences, and she is resolved to find out what really happened-and why.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

Who Let the Dog Out? (Andy Carpenter) by David Rosenfelt (Minotaur Books 21 July 2015 / $25.99) - Product Description: A lawyer by day--and then only when he's forced to take on new cases--Andy Carpenter's true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend Willie Miller. So it's frightening when Willie calls him to say the alarm has gone off at the foundation building, and there's clearly been a break-in. It turns out that a recently rescued dog, nicknamed Cheyenne since her arrival at the foundation, has been stolen. Andy and Willie track the missing dog to a house in downtown Paterson, New Jersey and sure enough, they find the dog...standing right next to a dead body. The man had been gruesomely murdered mere minutes before Andy and Willie arrived. Could it be a coincidence? Or could the dog theft somehow be connected to the killing?

Andy takes Cheyenne safely back to the foundation building, and that should be the end of his involvement, but Andy's curiosity-and his desire to keep the dog from further harm-won't let him stop there. The cops have just arrested a man named Tommy Infante for the murder, but as Andy looks into the circumstances surrounding the break-in and the dog theft, he starts to wonder if Infante might actually be innocent. And when Andy takes Infante on as a client and starts searching in earnest for evidence that will exonerate him, what Andy starts to discover terrifies him. The murder might be just one small cog in a plot with far-reaching implications, and unless Andy can uncover the truth in time, thousands of lives could be in imminent danger.

(see review)

NAL

Fatal Reservations (Key West Food Critic) by Lucy Burdette (NAL 07 July 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: Hayley Snow looks forward to reviewing For Goodness Sake, a new floating restaurant that promises a fresh take on Japanese delicacies like flambéed grouper with locally sourced seaweed. But nearby land-based restaurateurs would rather see their buoyant competition sink.

Sent to a City Commission meeting to cover the controversy, Hayley witnesses another uproar. The quirky performers of the daily Sunset Celebration are struggling to hold onto their performance space. The fight for Mallory Square has renewed old rivalries between Hayley's Tarot-card reading friend Lorenzo and a flaming-fork-juggling nemesis, Bart Frontgate--but things take a deadly turn when Bart is found murdered.

If Lorenzo could read his own cards, he might draw The Hanged Man. He can only hope that Hayley draws Justice as she tries to clear him of murder. (Includes recipes.)

(Source: NAL)

Macaroni and Freeze (Comfort Food) by Christine Wenger (NAL 07 July 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: In the latest from the national bestselling author of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Death, Trixie Matkowski finds herself in hot water after a killer gets cheesed off at a celebrity chef.

When the library roof collapses from the harsh winter weather, diner owner and comfort food chef Trixie Matkowski decides to organize a mac-and-cheese cook-off to raise funds for repairs. Priscilla Finch-Smythe, famous TV chef and former Sandy Harbor resident, is not only available to judge the contest—she's offering an appearance on her show as the grand prize.

Trixie hopes that winning first place in the cook-off will help boost publicity for her Silver Bullet Diner. But when another winner is announced, and Priscilla is later found frozen in a snowbank, Trixie starts getting attention from the police instead. Now she'll have to noodle over this mystery before everything really goes to pot. (Includes Delicious Home-Style Recipes.) (Source: NAL)

Magic and Macaroons (Magical Bakery) by Bailey Cates (NAL 07 July 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: From the New York Times bestselling author of Some Enchanted Éclair comes a tale of delicious desserts and supernatural sleuthing.

For magical baker Katie Lightfoot, the only way to beat the Savannah summer heat is to whip up some cool treats for the Honeybee Bakery's patrons. But when a meeting of the spellbook club is interrupted by a stranger collapsing on the floor of her shop, mumbling something about a voodoo talisman, Katie drops everything to begin investigating.

Her search for answers quickly leads her into a dangerous blend of Savannah's infamous voodoo queens, a powerful missing charm--and a deadly witch who seems to be targeting the city's magical community. And with the case getting hotter by the second, Katie will have to work fast to track down the talisman and the killer before the timer runs out. (Recipes included.) (Source: NAL)

Sense of Deception (Psychic Eye Mystery) by Victoria Laurie (NAL 07 July 2015 / $24.95) - Product Description: In New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie's newest Psychic Eye Mystery, Abby Cooper senses a convicted killer is innocent, but she'll need hard evidence to save the woman before it's too late.

A ticked-off judge has tossed Abby in the slammer for contempt of court, and during her brief but unpleasant stay she learns the story of a condemned woman who is facing a far more serious sentence. Skylar Miller has been found guilty of murder and faces the death penalty. Everyone believes she's guilty, including her own family and her ex-husband--everyone, that is, except Abby, whose finely honed intuition tells her this woman doesn't belong behind bars.

With the help of her husband Dutch and her friend Candice, Abby launches into her own investigation to clear Skylar and find the real killer. But after a final appeal is denied and Skylar's attorney scrambles for a stay of execution, time is running short--and the list of suspects keeps growing. There's no margin for error as the life of an innocent woman hangs in the balance.

(see review)

Spellcasting in Silk (Witchcraft) by Juliet Blackwell (NAL 07 July 2015 / $7.99) - Product Description: From the New York Times bestselling author of A Vision in Velvet comes more spooky sleuthing with Lily Ivory, vintage boutique owner and gifted witch.

Lily would like nothing better than to relax, enjoy her friends, and take care of business at her store, which is booming thanks to San Francisco's upcoming Summer of Love Festival.  But as the unofficial witchy consultant to the SFPD, she is pulled into yet another case.

A woman has jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, and her apparent suicide may be connected to a suspicious botanica in the Mission District. When the police investigate the shop, they ask Lily to look into its mysterious owner, whose granddaughter also appears to be missing. As Lily searches for the truth, she finds herself confronted with a confounding mystery and some very powerful magic.

(Source: NAL)

Prospect Park Books

Crush by Phoef Sutton (Prospect Park Books 14 July 2015 / $15.00) - Product Description: Caleb Rush, a.k.a. Crush, is the toughest, coolest bodyguard/bouncer in Los Angeles, a man who lives strictly by his own moral code, which doesn't exactly hew to the standards of US law. When Amelia Trask, the wild daughter of a scruples-free billionaire tycoon, comes to Crush for help, his quiet life roars into overdrive, and he has to use his wits, brawn, martial-arts training, and knowledge of the Russian mafia to stay alive and clean up the mess that young Amelia has created. Crush is a rollicking, page-turning ride through LA, full of action, suspense, memorable characters, and a sly wit.

(Source: Prospect Park Books)

Random House Books for Young Readers

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch (Random House Books for Young Readers 21 July 2015 / $17.99) - Product Description: 22 minutes separate Julia Vann's before and after.
Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.
After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that's what she tells the police.

Now that she's Lucy Black, her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school. And someone much more dangerous. She thought her brother's crimes were behind her. But now she's being forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind. How far will Julia go to keep her slate clean?

One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It's only just beginning....

In this deliciously twisted contemporary thriller, family can be a real killer. For fans of We Were Liars and readers who love unique multiple perspectives that leave clues like breadcrumbs until they reach the stunning conclusion.

(Source: Random House Books for Young Readers)

Seventh Street Books

Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day (Seventh Street Books 07 July 2015 / $15.95) - Product Description: Juliet Townsend is used to losing. Back in high school, she lost every track team race to her best friend, Madeleine Bell. Ten years later, she's still running behind, stuck in a dead-end job cleaning rooms at the Mid-Night Inn, a one-star motel that attracts only the cheap or the desperate. But what life won't provide, Juliet takes.

Then one night, Maddy checks in. Well-dressed, flashing a huge diamond ring, and as beautiful as ever, Maddy has it all. By the next morning, though, Juliet is no longer jealous of Maddy--she's the chief suspect in her murder.

To protect herself, Juliet investigates the circumstances of her friend's death. But what she learns about Maddy's life might cost Juliet everything she didn't realize she had.

(Source: Seventh Street Books)

Soho Crime

Down Among the Dead Men (Det. Peter Diamond) by Peter Lovesey (Soho Crime 07 July 2015 / $27.95) - Product Description: In a Sussex town on the southeast coast of England, a widely disliked art teacher at a posh private girls' school disappears without explanation. None of her students miss her boring lessons, especially since her replacement is a devilishly hunky male teacher with a fancy car. But then her name shows up on a police missing persons list. What happened to Miss Gibbon, and why does no one seem to care?

Meanwhile, detective Peter Diamond finds himself in Sussex, much against his wishes. His irritating and often obtuse supervisor, Assistant Chief Constable Georgina Dallymore, has made Diamond accompany her on a Home Office internal investigation. A Sussex detective has been suspended for failing to follow up on DNA evidence that linked a relative to a seven-year-old murder case—a bad breach of ethics if the allegations are true. Diamond is less than thrilled to be heading out on a road trip with his boss to investigate a fellow officer, but he becomes much more interested in the case when he realizes who the suspended officer is—an old friend, and not a person he knows to make mistakes.

As Diamond asks questions, he begins to notice unsettling connections between the seven-year-old murder and the missing art teacher. Could the two cases be connected? How many other area disappearances have gone unnoticed and uninvestigated? Diamond and his hapless supervisor have stumbled into a complicated web of related crimes. Will Diamond be able to disentangle them?
(Source: Soho Crime)

Tor Books

The Suspicion at Sanditon: Or, The Disappearance of Lady Denham by Carrie Bebris (Tor Books 14 July 2015 / $23.99) - Product Description: Suspicion at Sanditon, a new adventure in Carrie Bebris's award-winning Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery series takes Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy to Sanditon, the setting of Jane Austen's final work. There, accompanied by their friend Miss Charlotte Heywood, they encounter an array of eccentric villagers and visitors. Among Sanditon's most prominent residents: Lady Denham, a childless, twice-widowed dowager with a fortune to bequeath and a flight of distant relations circling for a place in her will.

The Darcys have scarcely settled into their lodgings when Lady Denham unexpectedly invites them to a dinner party. Thirteen guests assemble at Sanditon House--but their hostess never appears. As a violent storm rises, a search for Lady Denham begins. The Darcys, like most of their fellow attendees, speculate that one of her ladyship's would-be heirs has grown impatient ... until the guests start to vanish one by one.

Does a kidnapper lurk in the centuries-old mansion, or is a still more sinister force at work? As the night grows short, the dwelling's population grows thin, and tales of Sanditon House's storied past emerge, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy find themselves leading a desperate effort to discover what has happened to Lady Denham and the missing guests, before they all-perhaps even Elizabeth and Darcy themselves-disappear.

The Regency era's answer to Nick and Nora Charles, the Darcys once again demonstrate their quick wits and signature wit as they search for the truth-universally acknowledged and otherwise.

(see review)

Vintage

Perfidia by James Ellroy (Vintage 07 July 2015 / $16.95) - Product Description: Los Angeles. December, 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. War fever and racial hatred grip the city.

The hellish murder of a Japanese family summons three men and one woman. LAPD captain William H. Parker is superbly gifted, corrosively ambitious, liquored-up, and consumed by dubious ideology. He is bitterly at odds with Sergeant Dudley Smith—Irish émigré, ex-IRA killer, fledgling war profiteer. Hideo Ashida is a police chemist and the only Japanese on the L.A. cop payroll. Kay Lake is a twenty-one-year-old dilettante looking for adventure. The investigation throws them together and rips them apart. The crime becomes a political storm center that brilliantly illuminates these four driven souls—comrades, rivals, lovers, history's pawns.

Here, Ellroy gives us the party at the edge of the abyss and the precipice of America's ascendance. Perfidia is that moment, spellbindingly captured.

(Source: Vintage)

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