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Dying for Mercy by Mary Jane Clark (Avon 01 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: The recently renovated Pentimento, located in New York's exclusive moneyed enclave of Tuxedo Park, is no ordinary estate. Strange secrets have been ingeniously built into its fountains, frescoes, statues, and architecture—clues to a bizarre mystery that is first brought to light when the owner commits suicide during a lavish gala.

Eliza Blake, co-anchor of the popular morning television show KEY to America, is present when the party is cut short by the host's sudden, macabre death—and she's the first to discover that Pentimento is a giant "puzzle house." But each piece is leading Eliza and her KEY News colleagues—producer Annabelle Murphy, cameraman B. J. D'Elia, and psychiatrist Margo Gonzalez—deeper into darkness, toward a killer who believes that some puzzles must never be solved. And it soon becomes shockingly clear that no amount of wealth or privilege can keep the residents of Tuxedo Park safe . . . and alive.

(Source: Avon)

The Echo of Violence by Jordan Dane (Avon 01 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description:

The man she'd trust with her heart could sabotage everything . . .

When terrorists attack a missionary school, brutally killing their hostages and posting videos of the senseless murders online, time is running out. Sentinels' agent Alexa Marlowe is forced into an unlikely alliance with a relentless mercenary. But he is no stranger.

Jackson Kinkaid witnessed the raid, and only he can track the killers to their mountain stronghold. Guarding a dark secret, rumored to sell his services to the highest bidder, Jackson is not the same man Alexa once knew. And although he can lead her to the terrorist leader she's been ordered to take alive, how can she be sure he won't sabotage her mission to save the one person who got him through the worst nightmare of his life?

(Source: Avon)


A Deadly Row (A Math Puzzle Mystery) by Casey Mayes (Berkley 07 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: Capturing the hot new craze:
The new Math Puzzle mystery series.

Math whiz Savannah Stone makes a living creating Math puzzles in rural North Carolina. But when the mayor starts receiving death threats, Savannah needs to solve this puzzle-before the next box to be filled is the mayor's coffin. (Source: Berkley)

Angel Interrupted (A Dead Detective Mystery) by Chaz McGee (Berkley 07 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: Some cases are as cold as the grave...
A lost soul in limbo, Kevin Fahey is trying to prove he's a better ghost than he ever was a man. And trying to help Maggie Gunn, the detective who replaced him, is a good way to start.

A nurse has been murdered in her home. Across the street, a young boy has been abducted from a park. I'm not sure if they're connected, but both Maggie and I are on the case. See, I can go places she can't, and I know things she doesn't know. For the culprit is consumed by darkness--and I'm the only one who can drag the monster into the light... (Source: Berkley)

Buzz Off (Story Fischer) by Hannah Reed (Berkley 07 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: After her mentor in the honey business is found suspiciously stung to death in his apiary, beekeeper Story Fischer must sort through a swarm of suspects, including her ex-husband. (Source: Berkley)

Deadly Daggers (Renaissance Faire Mystery) by Joyce and Jim Lavene (Berkley 07 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: Jessie Morton's latest apprenticeship at the Renaissance Faire is in service to Daisy, the master swordsmith. But when a professional dueler-and Daisy's former flame-is murdered, it's up to Jessie to keep a sharp eye out for the killer. (Source: Berkley)

Royal Blood (A Royal Spyness Mystery) by Rhys Bowen (Berkley 07 September 2010 / $24.95) - From back of book: With my hateful brother, Binky, in town, I've been desperately seeking an escape. To my delight, it comes in the form of an invitation from the queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania--legendary home to the vampires. My freedom comes with some snags, though: the eminently boring Lady "Horse-face" Middlesex will be my chaperon, I'm to take my imaginary maid--the only one I can afford--and my erstwhile beau, Darcy O'Mara, will be present, undoubtedly dashing in his groomsman's suit...

I soon realize why I was the one honored with such an invitation. The bride, Princess Maria Theresa, happens to be my old school chum Matty. But I find my stay in her macabre-looking castle to be unnerving. There are spooky bumps in the night, and I even find dear Matty with blood running down her chin. Quality time with Binky is starting to seem appealing. Then during the preparations, a prominent--if vulgar and womanizing--wedding guest is poisoned. Something must be done lest the nuptial festivities go to ruin, or, worse yet, the couple's vows become: to love and to cherish, till undeath do us part... (see review)

The Spider's Web (Wind River) by Margaret Coel (Berkley 07 September 2010 / $24.95) - From back of book: A beautiful outsider, Marcy Morrison, moves to the Wind River Reservation, bringing murder in her wake. When Ned Windsong, the Arapaho she plans to marry, is shot to death, Marcy is the only witness. Even though she identifies two Arapaho troublemakers, Ned's family clings to the belief that Marcy herself was responsible. Convinced of Marcy's innocence, Vicki agrees to represent her--and finds herself at odds with her own people.

She also finds herself at odds with Father John, because the mission priest has glimpsed something int he beautiful girl that shakes him to his core. Then the men Marcy has accused of murdering her fiancé are found dead in an abandoned barn, and another suspect surfaces: Roseanne Birdwoman, Ned's former girlfriend. Vicky and Father John realize they are caught in a web of lies and deceit woven by a master--a psychopathic killer determined to play out the game to the deadly end. (see review)

The Tale of Oat Cake Crag (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter) by Susan Wittig Albert (Berkley 07 September 2010 / $23.95) - From back of book: Miss Beatrix Potter has returned to Near Sawrey, seeking refuge from the bluster of London in the quiet of a mild March. But it is 1912, and elsewhere in England, Winston Churchill, the First Lord of the Admiralty, is said to be preparing for the unpleasant possibility of war. In the Lake District, the country peace has been interrupted by the numerous and noisy flights of a new flying machine: the hydroplane.

The constant buzz is disrupting life all through the village, for animals and Big Folk alike, and Beatrix can barely hear herself think--which she very much needs to do, given the difficulty new case she's just taken up. Her friend Grace Lythecoe has been receiving some anonymous letters of an unfriendly nature, threatening her good name and her plans to marry.

Now, Beatrix must proceed as quietly as possible so as not to arouse village gossip. And while her visit has proven to be anything but quiet, there is yet another piece of business for Beatrix to address: that of her own future. When she's offered a second chance at love, through her parents are against it, she decides that sometimes causing a disturbance is well worth the trouble. (see review)

Forge Books

Beat by Stephen Jay Schwartz (Forge Books 28 September 2010 / $14.99) - Product Description: LAPD Robbery-Homicide Detective Hayden Glass has always had trouble controlling his urges. No longer trolling the streets looking for working girls, he has a new obsession--the Internet. Infatuated with a woman he finds on a website, Hayden Glass's sex addiction drags him to San Francisco and into a web of corruption and crime.

Glass's search for this woman leads him to a massive sex slave trade, run by the Russian mafia and protected by a group of powerful and corrupt San Francisco cops. Glass gets co-opted by the FBI to aid in their investigation...but his presence is doing much more harm than good.

(Source: Forge Books)

Double Shot (Lew Fonesca) by Stuart M. Kaminsky (Forge Books 14 September 2010 / $19.99) - Product Description: Abe Lieberman: A strong, sympathetic Chicago cop. His love for his family is matched by his quiet, zealous commitment to do what is right. Sometimes he's faced with some uncomfortable ethical choices in order to see that justice—rather than the letter of the law—is meted out.

Lou Fonesca: a world-weary guy who got in a car and just started driving after his wife died and wound up in front of a Dairy Queen in Sarasota. He now makes his way amid bail jumpers and lost wives, solving the little cases and trying to get by.

What do these two men have in common?  They are both created by one of America's best loved mystery authors, Stuart Kaminsky.  Putting two of his most beloved series into one volume gives readers an introduction into Kaminsky's world. Not Quite Kosher and Bright Futures and are two full length novels that Kaminsky fans will cheer at. Double Shot introduces new readers to a national treasure in the mystery field. (see review)

My Lost Daughter by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg (Forge Books 14 September 2010 / $25.99) - Product Description: Following her success with The Cheater, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg returns to her most memorable character, Lily Forrester. Lily is a tough judge in Ventura County, California, who has overcome adversity and heartache to achieve a position of power to help those who can't help themselves. Like the current case before her, the sensational murder trial of a woman who tortured and killed her beautiful two-year old son. Lily is determined to see justice done but she's thrown for a loop when she receives word that her own daughter, Shana, months away from graduating from Stanford Law School, is on the verge of dropping out. Lily rushes north and what she discovers causes her to fear for her daughter's mental state. She must get back to the trial and decides that she will take Shana to a facility where they can evaluate her and if needed give her some counseling or medication.

Which is when things go horribly awry. For the institution that Lily has chosen is far less interested in treating patients than it is with bilking the insurance companies out of extravagant fees...and they are less than scrupulous about patient's rights. Discovering the awful truth, Lily will have to summon all her intelligence and street smarts to find a way to free Shana.  She will have to work fast however, for there is someone at the facility who seems to have his own agenda separate from the institution. And Lily's daughter may not only be in danger of losing her sanity but her life. (Source: Forge Books)

Texas Standoff: A Novel of the Texas Rangers by Elmer Kelton (Forge Books 28 September 2010 / $24.99) - Product Description:

In Texas Standoff, Ranger Andy Pickard and his partner, Logan Daggett, are sent to central Texas to investigate a series of killings and cattle thefts. The two biggest cattlemen in the area blame each other for the violence, but it seems to Andy that neither man may be guilty. The case is complicated by the rise of a gang of "regulators"-masked vigilantes-and the arrival of a notorious hired gunman whose employer is unknown. The murder of a captured regulator and a standoff in the county jail wind up bringing to justice the men responsible for the killings and thievery. Among the culprits is a man whose guilt no one would have guessed, and among the ironies of the case is a telegram to the Rangers from the State of Texas notifying them that their services are no long required.
(Source: Forge Books)

The Damage Done by Hilary Davidson (Forge Books 28 September 2010 / $24.99) - Product Description: Lily Moore, a successful travel writer, fled to Spain to get away from her troubled, drug-addicted younger sister, Claudia. But when Claudia is found dead in a bathtub on the anniversary of their mother's suicide, Lily must return to New York to deal with the aftermath.

The situation shifts from tragic to baffling when the body at the morgue turns out to be a stranger's. The dead woman had been using Claudia's identity for months. The real Claudia had vanished, reappearing briefly on the day her impostor died. As Claudia transforms from victim to suspect in the eyes of the police, Lily becomes determined to find her before they do.

Is Claudia actually missing, or is she playing an elaborate con game? And who's responsible for the body that was found in the bathtub? An obsessive ex-lover? An emotionally disturbed young man with a rich and powerful father?  Or Lily's own former fiancé, who turns out to be more deeply involved with Claudia than he admits?

As Lily searches for answers, a shadowy figure stalks her and the danger to her grows. Determined to learn the truth at any cost, she is unprepared for the terrible toll it will take on her and those she loves. (see review)


Evidence of Murder: A Novel of Suspense by Lisa Black (Harper 01 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: Jillian Perry has been found dead in the woods, leaving behind a husband of three weeks and a young daughter. Her body shows no visible marks, and the autopsy reveals no sign of foul play. Apparently it was a suicide—Jillian purposely wandered into the forest and succumbed to the freezing weather. But something doesn't feel right to forensic investigator Theresa MacLean, and she can't let it go.

Still emotionally shattered by a devastating loss months ago, Theresa focuses all her attention on the case—one that gets stranger with the appearance of the dead woman's ex-boyfriend seeking custody of Jillian's little girl. Every twist the investigation takes raises the stakes lethally higher. And unless Theresa can find evidence of murder—evidence that doesn't seem to exist—someone may soon share Jillian's ghastly fate.

(Source: Harper)

The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd (Harper 01 September 2010 / $9.99) - Product Description: People are dying... Each victim has been a thorn in the side of the FBI, and, inexplicably, domestic terrorists who claim to be anti-Bureau are claiming responsibility—and threatening more murders if their huge financial demands aren't met.

The trap has been set. The Bureau's best agents attempt to follow the detailed demands of the blackmailers, only to be drawn into intricate mazes which are ingeniously riddled with hazards, ensuring that no one will emerge alive. The FBI has used every technological secret at their disposal to beat the killers at their game—and they have failed.

The clock is ticking. Deputy Assistant Director Kate Bannon knows that the solution will not be found by following the rules. It's time to call in someone from her past, someone who has routinely handled the impossible—a loose cannon ex-agent fired for insubordination but still the very best she has ever seen. It's time to call in Steve Vail...The Bricklayer.

(Source: Harper)

Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game by John Feinstein (Knopf Books for Young Readers 28 September 2010 / $16.99) - Product Description: Teen sportswriters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are thrilled to be covering "America's Game." The Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of Navy have met on the football field since 1890, and it's a rivalry like no other, filled with tradition. But this year, the match-up is also filled with intrigue.

For weeks, Stevie and Susan Carol have been spending time at Annapolis and West Point, getting to know the players, and coaches. And the secret service agents. Since the president will be attending the game, security will, of course, be tighter than tight. As the game draws nearer Stevie and Susan Carol can tell that the agents are getting tenser.

But as usual when Stevie and Susan Carol cover a big event--nothing is quite as it seems, and the coaches aren't the only ones calling plays... (Source: Knopf Books for Young Readers)

McArthur & Company Publishing, Ltd.

A Brewski for the Old Man: A Sherri Travis Mystery by Phyllis Smallman (McArthur & Company Publishing, Ltd. 01 September 2010 / $17.95) - Product Description: John Ray Leenders, the brutal man who tried to rape Sherri Travis when she was thirteen, is back in Jacaranda, living with the single mother of a teenage daughter. Sherri does not want to get involved and tries hard to ignore what she sees happening to Lacey, but it's impossible to look away. Then Sherri's father, Tully Jenkins, also reappears in her life, dragging Sherri deep into the swamp in search of alligator poachers. (Source: McArthur & Company Publishing, Ltd.)

Minotaur Books

On the Line: A Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novel by S. J. Rozan (Minotaur Books 28 September 2010 / $24.99) - Product Description: P.I. Bill Smith is sent on a high stakes chase when an electronically modified voice on his cell phone informs him that Lydia Chin, his occasional partner, has been kidnapped. Now if Bill wants to keep Lydia alive, he'll have to play an elaborate game of the kidnapper's devising. The first move sends him to an abandoned building where Bill finds the corpse of a small Chinese woman dressed like Lydia and the building being rapidly surrounded by police. Now Bill is on the run from the cops and in the worst trouble of his very troubled life. With the help of Lydia's hacker cousin Linus, and Linus's cohort Trella, Bill has to not only stay one step ahead of the cops, he has to uncover the secret behind the kidnapper's identity and the reason he's come after Bill, if he's to reach Lydia before it's too late. (see review)

Serpent in the Thorns: A Medieval Noir (The Crispin Guest Novels) by Jeri Westerson (Minotaur Books 28 September 2010 / $14.99) - Product Description: Convicted of treason, Crispin Guest was stripped of his title, his land, his money and his friends. Now with only his considerable wits to sustain him, Guest works the mean streets of 14th century London, building a small reputation for his skill. In 1383, a simple-minded tavern girl comes to his door--a body was found where she works and she's the only person who could have killed him. Except for the fact that the man was killed in place by a precisely aimed crossbow bolt. Making matters worse, the murdered man was one of three couriers from the French king, transporting a relic intended to smooth the troubled relations between France and England. Events quickly spin out of control and Guest now finds himself the prime suspect in the murder, one with terrible diplomatic implications. As the drumbeat of war between the two countries grow, Guest must unravel the conspiracy behind the murder to save not only his country, but himself as well. (Source: Minotaur Books)

Skating Around the Law: A Mystery by Joelle Charbonneau (Minotaur Books 28 September 2010 / $24.99) - Product Description: Rebecca Robbins is a woman on a mission---to sell the roller rink she inherited from her mother and get back to Chicago. Fast. However, when she discovers the dead body of the town's handyman headfirst in a rink toilet, potential buyers are scared off. Now Rebecca is stuck in a small town where her former neighbors think she doesn't belong, living with her scarily frisky grandfather, Pop, and relying on a police department that's better at gardening than solving crimes.

Eager to move forward with her life, Rebecca begins investigating the murder herself, reluctantly accepting help from Pop and his extensive social network, which includes a handsome veterinarian and a former circus camel named Elwood. Nevertheless, someone isn't happy she's looking into the case, and their threats will have her questioning whether playing sleuth was such a good idea after all.

Joelle Charbonneau's debut is a sheer delight---a laugh-out-loud mystery with plenty of heart.

(see review)

The Detroit Electric Scheme: A Mystery by D.E. Johnson (Minotaur Books 14 September 2010 / $24.99) - Product Description: Will Anderson is a drunk, heartbroken over the breakup with his fiancée, Elizabeth. He's barely kept his job at his father's company--Detroit Electric, 1910's leading electric automobile manufacturer. Late one night, Elizabeth's new fiancé and Will's one-time friend, John Cooper, asks Will to meet him at the car factory. He finds Cooper dead, crushed in a huge hydraulic roof press. Surprised by the police, Will panics and runs, leaving behind his cap and automobile, and buries his blood-spattered clothing in a garbage can.

What follows is a fast-paced, detail-filled ride through early-1900s Detroit, involving murder, blackmail, organized crime, the development of a wonderful friendship, and the inside story on early electric automobiles. Through it all, Will learns that clearing himself of the crime he was framed for is only the beginning. To survive, and for his loved ones to survive, he must also become a man. (see review)

The Unbelievers by Alastair Sim (Minotaur Books 14 September 2010 / $23.99) - Product Description: A brooding, Victorian murder mystery set in the Scottish Highlands and featuring Inspector Allerdyce and Sergeant McGillivray.

Scotland's richest man has been shot dead and dumped down a well. Was the Duke of Dornoch murdered by one of the miners whose wages he cut because of “market forces"? Was he killed in return for his part in clearing the Highlands of their people? Did a discarded lover take their final revenge?

Inspector Allerdyce and Sergeant McGillivray VC must find out before the killer strikes again. But their search, from the material heights of Victorian society to its moral dregs, threatens to overturn everything Allerdyce believes and loves. (see review)

Unholy Awakening: A Novel by Michael Gregorio (Minotaur Books 28 September 2010 / $14.99) - Product Description: A woman's body has been found at the bottom of a well. The death wounds are startling: two small, round punctures to the jugular vein....

Vampire fever is spreading throughout the countryside, and suspicions soon fall on the recently arrived Emma Rimmele. Investigator Hanno Stiffeniis must do everything he can to find the true culprit before the mob's hysteria reaches its breaking point and turns violent.

Set in a nineteenth-century world where people truly believed in vampires, Unholy Awakening pits rational, scientific detection against unhindered, violent superstition. (Source: Minotaur Books)

Voyeur by Daniel Judson (Minotaur Books 28 September 2010 / $24.99) - Product Description:

Remer was an effective Manhattan P.I. until one of his targets found a nasty way to force him into an early retirement. Since then, he has been living an anonymous life, running a liquor store in Southampton, and doing his best to stay in the shadows without ties to anyone or anything. Then a voice from his past reaches out for help, and he agrees to work one last case---a missing person---in order to escape the threat he's lived under for six years.

Trouble is, even if he finds Mia Ferrara, even if she's safe, that might not be enough. (see review)


The Crocodile's Last Embrace: A Jade del Cameron Mystery by Suzanne Arruda (NAL 07 September 2010 / $15.00) - From back of book: When a letter arrives from France, Jade hopes it is Sam sending word of his return. Instead it is a message written in the hand of her long-dead fiancé asking, "Why did you let me die?" Who would play such a cruel prank on her? She sets aside these preoccupations when she witnesses a car go over the side of a bridge. At first Jade suspects the driver was killed for his share in a northern gold mine, but soon a second man dies, his body prey to a man-eating crocodile. Are the murders part of a larger, more sinister scheme?

When Jade discovers that her old nemesis Lilith Worthy has escaped from prison, the mysterious deaths--and the threatening letters--begin to form the most dangerous case Jade has ever faced, pitting her against a ferocious crocodile and an even more deadly and devious adversary, who is all too human. (see review)

Oceanview Publishing

Fly By Wire by Ward Larsen (Oceanview Publishing 06 September 2010 / $25.95) - Product Description: With its revolutionary fly-by-wire technology, the C-500 had become the freight airframe of choice. Until a routine delivery goes horribly wrong.

Falling like a stone from six miles up, a brand new C-500 crashes in central France, killing two pilots aboard. When French officials take over this highly public investigation, they call in the best there is: they call Frank 'Jammer' Davis.

A retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Davis is part of the NTSB's 'go-team.' With a reputation for getting things done-and for steamrolling anyone who gets in his way-Davis starts to dig. But just as Davis starts his investigation, news of the crash is overshadowed by a more spectacular disaster: suicide bombers attack oil refineries worldwide, sending governments and financial markets into a tailspin.

A relentless Davis keeps investigating, but uncovering the cause of the crash, and its terrifying connection to this worldwide disaster, reveals a conspiracy of unthinkable proportions-a conspiracy he might not be able to stop.

Jammer Davis won't stop until he gets answers-or until somebody stops him from getting answers. (Source: Oceanview Publishing)

Perseverance Press

Arsenic and Old Paint: The Art Lover's Mystery Series by Hailey Lind (Perseverance Press 09 September 2010 / $14.95) - Product Description: Former art forger Annie Kincaid has been operating a legitimate decorative painting business for quite a while, but memories are long in the art world. Now, with the blessing of the FBI Art Squad, Annie's using her underworld connections to boost her new art investigation business, where she's partnered with none other than ex-art thief/ love interest Michael X. Johnson. At first it's strictly business, but when she stumbles across a body in an exclusive Nob Hill men's club, and an insurance adjuster asks and an insurance adjuster asks her to find a stolen (and forged) erotic painting, and then her Uncle Anton is attacked, Annie's on the trail of more than just art. This time, she's looking for justice. Annie is a strong woman protagonist. She has reinvented herself from a checkered past as an art forger to a legitimate businesswoman/artist. She moves easily between high and low social circles. as she makes the rounds of San Francisco and Bay Area locales, including tunnels beneath the pavements of Nob Hill and Chinatown; the homes and hideouts-even a downtown sex club-of the rich and famous; and the artists' studios South of Market. The Art Lover's series has an entertaining light touch, especially when either of Annie Kincaid's two romantic interests appear. But Arsenic and Old Paint also deals with serious social issues- some history of slave trading in Chinatown, and its connection with San Francisco powers-that-were; and the male exploitation of the female and immigrant powerless, an issue that continues to this day. (see review)

The Paramour's Daughter: A Maggie MacGowen Mystery by Wendy Hornsby (Perseverance Press 09 September 2010 / $14.95) - Product Description: Did you ever fantasize that an unknown relative has died and left you a fortune? Be careful what you wish for. When a stranger insists she's kin to filmmaker Maggie MacGowen, Maggie assumes the woman is what the LAPD calls a "5150," a mentally disturbed person. But after the stranger dies, Maggie discovers that she has an extended family in France-all of whom have "expectations" for their share of the inheritance. It's a legacy tangled in a complicated weave of issues, history, desires, legalities, and financial desperation. If the elders of this apparently genteel family did not hesitate to slit the throats of German occupiers to save their estate during the last war, to what lengths will they and their heirs go to claim their birthright? Traveling to France, Maggie is thrown into this parallel universe, trying to remember "the ghosts of comfort, fear, or love" from her earliest years. She must question everything she's ever known about herself and her life-and deal with a large cast of previously unknown blood relatives, some of whom may not have affectionate feelings for the little girl who vanished so long ago. Especially when large sums of euros are involved.... (see review)


The Double Cross: A Someday Quilts Mystery by Clare O'Donohue (Plume 28 September 2010 / $14.00) - Product Description: Nell Fitzgerald and the Someday Quilts ladies are asked to lead a quilting workshop at a new bed and breakfast in upstate New York. However, the retreat quickly takes an unexpected dark turn. When a body is found in the woods, and one of their own is the chief suspect, the ladies must rely on their craftiest thinking as they embark on their most personal case yet.

With smart, sassy Nell leading the charge to clear her friend's name and find the real murderer, The Double Cross is sure to confirm Clare O'Donohue as a master of the mystery genre. (see review)

Renaissance eBooks

The Raid: A Novel of Nuclear Terrorism by Irv Eachus (Renaissance eBooks 09 September 2010 / $15.99) - Product Description: In Irv Eachus' acclaimed suspense novel a highly-trained team of seven men and women seize a U.S. Navy nuclear cruiser docked at Long Beach and turn its number-one reactor into a weapon aimed at the millions of Southern Californians who live just miles from the dock. Opposing them are the ship's most unorthodox sailor and best reactor technician; the outspoken chief of base security who must decide whether to go in or give up; and the admiral's seventeen-year-old daughter, who discovers just how tough she can really be. Suspense and danger build until the stress-in the people and the reactor-cannot be contained. Here is a unique thriller with profound implications for the more than thirty million Americans who live in the dozen U.S. cities that harbor nuclear-powered ships.

Irv Eachus served for eight years in the United States nuclear navy as a reactor control operator, technician, and senior instructor in the Reactor Training Division aboard the nuclear-powered cruiser USS Long Beach. He holds degrees in electrical engineering and in political science and is currently at work on a new techothriller, Blackout. [NOTE: Book also available as an eBook.] (see review)


Driven to Ink: A Tattoo Shop Mystery by Karen E. Olson (Signet 07 September 2010 / $6.99) - Product Description: Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of Vegas's hottest tattoo shop, The Painted Lady. And in her spare time, she does some sleuthing. After discovering the corpse of a Dean Martin impersonator-sporting a spider web tattoo and a clip cord from a tattoo machine wrapped around his neck-Brett infiltrates That's Amore, a drive-through wedding chapel, as a bride-to-be looking for the mark of a murderer... (Source: Signet)

Scoop to Kill: A Mystery a La Mode by Wendy Lyn Watson (Signet 07 September 2010 / $6.99) - Product Description: During the local college's annual Honor's Day festivities, a graduate student is killed. When the English professor suspected of his murder also meets an untimely end, Tallulah Jones steps out from behind the counter of Remember the a-la-Mode to clear the professor's name-before anyone else gets put on ice... (Source: Signet)

Soho Constable

A Darker Night by P.J. Brooke (Soho Constable 01 September 2010 / $25.00) - Product Description: Paco, a gypsy, has just been released from prison where he served a sentence for murdering his wife. He heads home to his cave in the rural Sacromonte Valley outside Granada. The next day, Max Romero, half-Scottish, half-Spanish, and a sub-inspector in the Spanish National Police, is out for a hike with his sister when he is summoned by a passerby who has found a dead body. The officer in charge of the investigation has no time to waste on another dead gypsy, but Max and a brand new judge think that even an ex-convict gypsy is entitled to justice.

P.J. Brooke is the pseudonym of husband and wife writing team Philip O'Brien and Jane Brooke. They live part of the year in Scotland and part of the year in the Moorish district of Granada. Their first novel, Blood Wedding, was published to acclaim.

(see review)

Blood Wedding: A Sub-Inspector Max Romero Mystery Set in Granada by P.J. Brooke (Soho Constable 01 September 2010 / $15.00) - Product Description: Inspector Max Romero investigates the death of a Muslim girl in Granada, Spain. The prime suspect may have terrorist links, but insensitive handling of the case leads to his suicide. As a result, Max is co-opted into a dangerous anti-terrorist operation.

P.J. Brooke is the husband and wife writing team of Philip O'Brien and Jane Brooke. They divide their time between Scotland and the old Moorish district of Granada. Blood Wedding is the first novel in the Inspector Max Romero series.

(see review)

Soho Crime

Skeleton Hill: An Inspector Peter Diamond Investigation by Peter Lovesey (Soho Crime 01 September 2010 / $14.00) - Product Description: On Lansdown Hill near Bath, a battle between Roundheads and Cavaliers that took place over 350 years ago is annually reenacted. Two of the reenactors discover a headless skeleton, and soon after one of them goes missing and is found murdered. The hill becomes the setting for one of the most puzzling cases Peter Diamond has investigated.

Read our review of Skeleton Hill from our September 2009 issue. (Source: Soho Crime)

Soho Press

Evil for Evil: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery by James R. Benn (Soho Press 01 September 2010 / $14.00) - Product Description: Fifty rifles have been stolen from a US army base in Northern Ireland. Billy's "uncle", Ike Eisenhower, sends him to recover the weapons, which he fears will be used in a German-sponsored IRA uprising. Bodies begin to accumulate as Billy finds unexpected challenges to his Boston-Irish upbringing and IRA sympathies. (Source: Soho Press)

Rag and Bone: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery by James R. Benn (Soho Press 01 September 2010 / $25.00) - Product Description: Billy is sent to London in the midst of a Luftwaffe bombing offensive to investigate the murder of a Soviet official. There's reason to believe that the crime could be connected to the recent discovery of mass graves in the Katyn Forest, where thousands of Polish officers were executed. Is a killer is out there, targeting Soviet officials in revenge for the Katyn Massacre? If so, the diplomatic stakes couldn't be higher as the uneasy relationship between the Soviets and the other allied powers hangs in the balance. Further complicating matters, Scotland Yard names Billy's friend Kaz, now working for the Polish government in exile, as the prime suspect. Billy must track the killer through London's criminal underworld and save his friend. (Source: Soho Press)

William Morrow

An Impartial Witness: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd (William Morrow 01 September 2010 / $24.99) - Product Description: It is the early summer of 1917. Bess Crawford has returned to England from the trenches of France with a convoy of severely wounded men. One of her patients is a young pilot who has been burned beyond recognition, and who clings to life and the photo of his wife that is pinned to his tunic. While passing through a London train station, Bess notices a woman bidding an emotional farewell to an officer, her grief heart-wrenching. And then Bess realizes that she seems familiar. In fact, she's the woman in the pilot's photo, but the man she is seeing off is not her husband.

Back on duty in France, Bess discovers a newspaper with a drawing of the woman's face on the front page. Accompanying the drawing is a plea from Scotland Yard seeking information from anyone who has seen her. For it appears that the woman was murdered on the very day Bess encountered her at the station.

Granted leave to speak with Scotland Yard, Bess becomes entangled in the case. Though an arrest is made, she must delve into the depths of her very soul to decide if the police will hang an innocent man or a vicious killer. Exposing the truth is dangerous—and will put her own life on the line.

(Source: William Morrow)

Bad Boy: An Inspector Banks Novel by Peter Robinson (William Morrow 01 September 2010 / $25.99) - Product Description: A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But since Banks is away on holiday, his partner, Annie Cabbot, steps in. The woman tells Annie that she's found a loaded gun hidden in the bedroom of her daughter, Erin—a punishable offense under English law. When an armed response team breaks into the house to retrieve the weapon, the seemingly straightforward procedure quickly spirals out of control.

But trouble is only beginning for Annie, the Eastvale force, and Banks, and this time, the fallout may finally do the iconoclastic inspector in. For it turns out that Erin's best friend and roommate is none other than Tracy Banks, the DCI's daughter, who was last seen racing off to warn the owner of the gun, a very bad boy indeed.

Thrust into a complicated and dangerous case intertwining the personal and the professional as never before, Annie and Banks—a bit of a bad boy himself—must risk everything to outsmart a smooth and devious psychopath. Both Annie and Banks understand that it's not just his career hanging in the balance, it's also his daughter's life.

(see review)

The Queen of Patpong (Poke Rafferty) by Timothy Hallinan (William Morrow 01 September 2010 / $24.99) - From publicity material: For American travel writer Poke Rafferty, life finally seems to have stabilized. He and his longtime love, Rose, have gone through with their much-deferred marriage ceremony, their adopted daughter, Miaow--a former street child--has turned into a complicated and sometimes difficult sixth grader, and the family has reached a semblance of financial security thanks to Poke's recent book, Living Wrong.

Then a nightmare figure from Rose's time as a Patpong dancer barges into their world. His appearance threatens everything they cherish: their love, their home, their very lives. As a foreigner who's seen through some of Bangkok's many viels and survived confrontations with the city's richest, most powerful, and most dangerous elements, Poke feels equal to most of the challenges Bangkok can throw at him. But now his only hope is to discover the whole truth of Rose's past--a journey into darkness that turned a shy, awkward village teenager into the queen of Asia's most lurid red-light street, Patpong Road. And there are secrets back there he's not certain he can truly accept...or survive. (Source: William Morrow)

Trail of Blood: A Novel of Suspense (Theresa Maclean) by Lisa Black (William Morrow 01 September 2010 / $24.99) - Product Description: Seventy-five years ago, a madman nicknamed the Torso Killer terrorized Cleveland. His horrific spree lasted four years and crisscrossed the entire city. Overall, he was credited with more than a dozen murders. And he was never caught.

Today, forensic scientist Theresa MacLean is called to an abandoned building where a desiccated, decapitated body has been found in a room that's been sealed off for years. Although there's no immediate proof, everyone assumes the same thing: that the newly discovered corpse was a Torso Killer victim. The body has decayed beyond recognition, leaving few forensic clues, but Theresa sees this as an opportunity to shed some light on a big piece of Cleveland's past that until now has been shrouded in mystery.

But then another body—this one recently deceased—turns up, and all signs at the scene seem to indicate the work of a new Torso Killer. Suddenly, Theresa's investigation takes on a whole new meaning. Her examination of the old body has opened a door to the past—a door someone wanted to keep closed—and she shifts her focus from solving a historical puzzle to catching a very dangerous, present-day psychopath.

But as the body count rises, Theresa finds herself nearer to danger than she ever imagined. For the killer is keeping a watchful eye on Theresa, and she begins to feel his presence everywhere. Each step brings them closer and closer to each other—at one point separated by no more than a speeding train in a railroad switchyard—as Theresa scours the city in her hunt for a murderous lunatic intent on reliving a terrifying past.

(Source: William Morrow)

Warlord: An Alex Hawke Novel by Ted Bell (William Morrow 01 September 2010 / $27.99) - Product Description:

Counterspy Alexander Hawke races to stop a madman hell-bent on murdering the British royal family in this latest spellbinding action thriller in Ted Bell's New York Times bestselling series.

Alex Hawke has all but given up on life. The British-American MI6 counter-terrorism operative lost the woman he loved almost a year ago and has sought refuge at the bottom of a rum bottle ever since. But late one night at his home on Bermuda, he receives a wake-up call . . . literally.

His Royal Highness Prince Charles, an old friend, desperately needs his help. The prince has discovered a not-so-subtle threat directed toward the British royal family. What's more, the evidence reveals an ominous connection to Charles's god-father, Lord Mountbatten—the beloved family patriarch assassinated by an ingeniously designed bomb thirty years before. A shadowy figure from the past has the British crown in his sights, and has proven once before that his warnings are not to be taken lightly. Several clues point to IRA involvement, but the authorities have little to go on and answers are scarce. This is just the call to duty Hawke needs to get back into action—if the madman doesn't strike first.

Alex Hawke, one of the most dashing and compelling action heroes in all of thriller fiction, faces his most formidable challenge yet in Warlord, a gripping, white-knuckled adventure told with verve and swashbuckling panache by a master of the art.

(Source: William Morrow)

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