Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Mystery Releases for April

So many lovely mysteries to enjoy!
  • Death Come Quickly [China Bayles] by Susan Wittig Albert 
  • Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well [Aunt Dimity] by Nancy Atherton
  • Aloha Betrayed [Murder She Wrote] by Donald Bain & Jessica Fletcher
  • The Target [Will Robie] by David Baldacci
  • Destroyer Angel [Anna Pigeon] by Nevada Barr
  • Warriors [Alex Hawke] by Ted Bell
  • From the Charred Remains [Lucy Campion] by Susanna Calkins
  • The Oxford Fellow  [Denton] by Kenneth Cameron
  • Death Money [Jack Yu] by Henry Chang
  • The Winter King [Hawkenlye] by Alys Clare
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Hanging by a Hair [Bad Hair Day] by Nancy J. Cohen
  • The Wolf in Winter [Charlie Parker] by John Connolly
  • The Marathon Conspiracy [Nicolaos] by Gary Corby
  • The Axe Factor [Jimm Juree] by Colin Cotterill
  • Blood Always Tells [Lily Moore] by Hilary Davidson
  • Under Cold Stone [Molly Smith] by Vicki Delany
  • Deadly Echoes [Donovan Nash] by Philip Donlay
  • Frog Music  by Emma Donoghue
  • The Blank Canvas by Glen Ebisch
  • Black Lies, Red Blood [Ann Lindell] by Kjell Eriksson
  • The Cold Nowhere [Jonathan Stride] by Brian Freeman
  • Waiting for Wednesday [Frieda Klein] by Nicci French
  • Don’t Ever Look Back [Buck Schatz] by Daniel Friedman
  • The Johnstown Girls by Kathleen George
  • Murder on High Holborn [Thomas Chaloner] by Susanna Gregory
  • Far Gone  by Laura Griffin
  • Everything To Lose by Andrew Gross
  • Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes 
  • Dead People [Glyn Capaldi] by Ewart Hutton
  • Natchez Burning [Penn Cage] by Greg Iles 
  • Live To See Tomorrow [Catherine Ling] by Iris Johansen
  • Death on the Rocks [John Rawlings] by Deryn Lake
  • By Its Cover [Guido Brunetti] by Donna Leon
  • Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell
  • Killer Physique [Savannah Reid] by G.A. McKevett
  • Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman
  • Classic in the Pits [Car Detective] by Amy Myers
  • High Crime Area: Tales of Darkness and Dread  by Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Ballad of a Small Player by Lawrence Osborne
  • The Kill Switch [Tucker Wayne] by James Rollins & Grant Blackwood
  • The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose
  • Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover [Miss Julia] by Ann B. Ross
  • Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline
  • Panthers Play for Keeps [Pru Marlowe] by Clea Simon
  • The Poor Boy’s Game by Dennis Tafoya
  • Gone and Done It [Dreamwalker] by Maggie Toussaint
  • A Few Drops of Blood [Natalia Monte] by Jan Merete Weiss
  • Carnal Curiosity [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods

Monday, March 17, 2014

Tempting Titles for Cozy Lovers

Avery Aames, aka Daryl Wood Gerber, is one busy lady. She just launched TWO new books recently. If you haven't dipped into her mystery series as yet, you are in for a real treat! The Cheese Shop mysteries are set in the fictional Ohio town of Providence and feature Charlotte Bessette, operator of Fromagerie Bessette, better known around town as The Cheese Shop.

Written under Daryl's pen name of Avery Aames, this delightful series gives you a hankering to check out the gourmet cheese section of your local market. Forget the American cheese, give me a nice wedge of cheddar. Thanks to the suggestive tips in Avery's books, I recently discovered the joys of English Cheddar Cheese with caramelized onions. Very yummy with apples and crackers.

The fifth outing in the Cheese Shop mysteries is Days of Wine and Roquefort. Charlotte Bessette’s life seems quieter than ever with her fiancé out of town and her cousin Matthew and his children out of the house. But before she can put up her feet and enjoy a glass of chardonnay, Matthew asks her to play host to Noelle Adams, a bright sommelier visiting to help grow business for the local winery.

Daryl's second Cookbook Nook mystery just came out this month. This cozy mystery series features Jenna Hart, avid reader and  foodie, who owns a cookbook store in a picturesque coastal California (think Carmel, California). In Inherit the Word, the Cookbook Nook is set to host the town’s upcoming Grill Fest, a tasty tradition, which pits local amateur chefs against one another. The expression “too many cooks” proves all too true when the eight-time champ is found murdered in the alley behind the café. Jenna has to douse the flames before the wrong person gets burned.

Visit Avery Aames/Daryl Wood Gerber website for more information on her books and lots of taste-tempting recipes. Daryl also writes on the Mystery Lovers' Kitchen blog. Check it out if you want more mouth-watering recipes!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New Mystery Releases for March

Spring is in the air and there's a fresh crop of mysteries to enjoy. The great thing about the mystery genre is that no matter what mood you're in, it's always possible to find a great read. Cozy readers will enjoy the latest installment of Laura Child's Tea shop mysteries. Looking for a little noir? Benjamin Black has channeled Raymond Chandler for a walk down the mean streets with  Philip Marlowe. Something historical? Anne Perry has a new Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novel and C.S. Harris takes us on another Sebastian St. Cyr adventure.

So many good books to enjoy...
  • Be Careful What You Wish For [Clifton Chronicles] by Jeffrey Archer
  • Roosevelt’s Beast by Louis Bayard
  • The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black
  • Murder in Pigalle [Aimée Leduc] by Cara Black
  • City of Darkness and Light [Molly Murphy] by Rhys Bowen
  • Stone Cold [Joe Pickett ] by C.J. Box
  • Notorious [Max Revere] by Allison Brennan
  • A Traitor’s Tears [Ursula Blanchard] by Fiona Buckley
  • The Backward Boy [Denton] by Kenneth Cameron
  • The Past Master [Denton] by Kenneth Cameron
  • The Seeker by R.B. Chesterton
  • Steeped in Evil [Tea Shop] by Laura Childs
  • Missing You by Harlan Coben
  • Apocalypse [Ethan Warner] by Dean Crawford
  • The Bootlegger [Isaac Bell] by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
  • Double Fault [Fran Harman] by Judith Cutler
  • The Alpine Yeoman [Emma Lord] by Mary Daheim
  • Trouble in Mind: Collected Stories, Volume 3 by Jeffery Deaver
  • Providence Rag [Liam Mulligan] by Bruce DeSilva
  • Dark Side [Ingrid Langley & Patrick Gillard] by Margaret Duffy
  • Spirits Revived [Daisy Gumm Majesty] by Alice Duncan
  • Don’t Look for Me [Amos Walker] by Loren D. Estleman
  • Chain Reaction [Lucinda Pierce] by Diane Fanning
  • Wrecked [Josie Gray] by Tricia Fields
  • The Outcast Dead [Ruth Galloway] by Elly Griffiths
  • Black Horizon [Jack Swyteck] by James Grippando
  • Blood Pact [Kirk McGarvey] by David Hagberg
  • The Coal Black Asphalt Tomb [Mitch Berger & Des Mitry] by David Handler
  • Why Kings Confess [Sebastian St. Cyr] by C.S. Harris
  • Verdict of the Court [Burren] by Cora Harrison
  • False Diamond [Abbott Agency] by Veronica Heley
  • The Detective by James Patrick Hunt
  • A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante
  • Kill Fee [Kirk Stevens & Carla Windermere] by Owen Laukkanen
  • World Gone By [Joe Coughlin] by Dennis Lehane
  • Rivers to Blood [John Jordan] by Michael Lister
  • Strongwood: A Crime Dossier [Sherlock Holmes & Shadwell Rafferty] by Larry Millett
  • Citadel [Languedoc] by Kate Mosse
  • The Disappeared [Fredrika Bergman] by Kristina Ohlsson
  • Murder on Insel Poel [Annie Young] by D-L Nelson
  • The Player [Carter Ross] by Brad Parks
  • Poisoned Ground [Rachel Goddard] by Sandra Parshall
  • The Accident by Chris Pavone
  • Death on Blackheath [Thomas & Charlotte Pitt] by Anne Perry
  • Murder at Cape Three Points [Darko Dawson] by Kwei Quartey
  • Ten for Dying [John, Lord Chamberlain] by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer
  • Children of the Revolution [Inspector Banks] by Peter Robinson
  • Watching You [Joseph O’Loughlin] by Michael Robotham
  • Without Warning by David Rosenfelt
  • Grey Howl [Dulcie Schwartz] by Clea Simon
  • Death’s Dark Shadow [Monika Paniatowski] by Sally Spencer
  • The Cairo Affair  by Olen Steinhauer
  • Death in Sardinia [Inspector Bordelli] by Marco Vichi
  • Bone Deep [Doc Ford] by Randy Wayne White
  • I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
  • Savage Girl  by Jean Zimmerman
  • The Lady of Sorrows [Hermes Diaktoros] by Anne Zouroudi

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sequel to "Cuckoo's Calling" Announced

I must say I really enjoyed reading Robert Galbraith's debut novel, Cuckoo's Calling last year (see the blog post here). The characters were memorable and the crime unusual. But truth be told, I may not have discovered the author quite as quickly if it hadn't been leaked that J.K. Rowling actually penned the crime novel.

It was just announced that a sequel to the bestseller will be released on June 19th in the UK and on June 24th in the US. The Silkworm features the London P.I. Cormoran Strike and his young assistant Robin Ellacott who face a most unusual assignment.

Here is Mulholland Books' description:

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first,
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Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Mysteries for February...Check These Out!

  • Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble [Miss Dimple] by Mignon F. Ballard
  • Death of a Policeman [Hamish Macbeth] by M.C. Beaton 
  • The Counterfeit Agent [John Wells] by Alex Berenson 
  • The Ghost Runner [Makana] by Parker Bilal 
  • Love Story, with Murders [Fiona Griffiths] by Harry Bingham 
  • Where Monsters Dwell [Odd Singsaker] by Jorgen Brekke
  • The Strangling on the Stage [Fethering] by Simon Brett
  • Do or Die [Reluctant Heroes] by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Murder in the Afternoon [Kate Shackleton ] by Frances Brody
  • The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley
  • Dead Water [Shetland Islands ] by Ann Cleeves
  • Cell by Robin Cook
  • The Deliverance of Evil [Michele Balistreri] by Roberto Costantini
  • The Breakfast Club Murder by Camilla T. Crespi
  • The Chase [Fox & O’Hare] by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
  • The Drowning Spool [Needlecraft] by Monica Ferris
  • Blackberry Pie Murder [Hannah Swensen] by Joanne Fluke
  • Brotherhood of Fear [Willi Kraus] by Paul Grossman
  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  • Moving Target [Alison Reynolds] by J.A. Jance
  • The Mangle Street Murders [Sidney Grice] by M.R.C. Kasasian
  • Killer [Alex Delaware] by Jonathan Kellerman
  • Baptism [Ed Mallory] by Max Kinnings
  • Who Thinks Evil [Professor Moriarty] by Michael Kurland
  • Runner [Sam Dryden] by Patrick Lee
  • After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman                
  • We Are Here by Michael Marshall
  • The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
  • The Red Road [Alex Morrow] by Denise Mina
  • The Stolen Ones [Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne] by Richard Montanari
  • The Cat, the Devil, and Lee Fontana by Shirley Rousseau Murphy & Pat J.J. Murphy
  • Chance by Kem Nunn
  • The Amazing Harvey by Don Passman
  • Private L.A. [Jack Morgan] by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
  • Free Falling, As If in a Dream by Leif GW Persson
  • Drowning Barbie [Ike Schwartz] by Frederick Ramsay
  • The Way You Die Tonight [Rat Pack] by Robert J. Randisi
  • A Killing of Angels [Alice Quentin] by Kate Rhodes
  • Concealed in Death [Eve Dallas] by J.D. Robb
  • Without Warning by David Rosenfelt
  • Raiders of the Nile [Roma sub Rosa prequel] by Steven Saylor
  • The Dealer and the Dead by Gerald Seymour
  • She’s Leaving Home [Cathal Breen & Helen Tozer] by William Shaw
  • Lion Plays Rough [Leo Maxwell] by Lachlan Smith
  • Cold Storage, Alaska by John Straley
  • Influx by Daniel Suarez
  • Bad Blood [Marjory Fleming] by Aline Templeton 
  • Bad Reputation [Madeline Maclin] by Jane Tesh
  • The Resistance Man [Bruno Courrèges] by Martin Walker
  • Don’t Talk to Strangers [Keye Street] by Amanda Kyle Williams


Thursday, February 6, 2014

View the Pilot of BOSCH Now!

We certainly live in interesting times! I'm still amazed that you can watch movies and TV on handheld devices. But now on to the new reality. Amazon has just launched a batch of pilots on their Prime Instant Video in the U.S. and LOVEFILM in the UK. Of the 10 released, the one I'm most interested in viewing is BOSCH. You can watch it here. It's available for free, with viewers encouraged to give feedback, which will help Amazon Studios to determine if the pilot goes to series.

Here's what the series' creators had to say:
Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch series and written by Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly, drama pilot Bosch follows a relentless LAPD homicide detective as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Bosch is played by Titus Welliver(Argo, The Good Wife) and stars Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (The Killing) produced and Jim McKay directed the pilot.

 “I’m really excited to be bringing Bosch to Amazon viewers. I think we’ve put together a show that is completely loyal to the books and presents in Titus Welliver a Harry Bosch relentless as a bullet and as complex as a DNA strand,” said Michael Connelly, bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Harry Bosch novels which the pilot is based on. “Whether you know the books or not, you’re going to want to follow this man into his own dark corners as well as those of L.A.”

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Agatha Award Nominees Announced

If the traditional mystery, á la Agatha Christie, is your cup of tea, be sure to check out these nominees for the Agatha Award. I see many of the usual suspects included on the list, and some I'm not familiar with and need to investigate further. Winners will be announced at the MALICE DOMESTIC convention on May 3, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland.
Best Historical Novel
  • Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen
  • Death in the Time of Ice by Kaye George
  • A Friendly Game of Murder by JJ Murphy
  • Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson
  • A Question of Honor by Charles Todd
Best Children's/YA Nominations
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  • Traitor in the Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery by Kathleen Ernst
  • Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Code Busters Club: Mystery of the Pirate's Treasure by Penny Warner
Best Contemporary Novel
  • Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • Pagan Spring by G.M. Malliet
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  • Clammed Up by Barbara Ross
  • The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Best Nonfiction
  • Georgette Heyer by Jennifer Kloester
  • Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova
  • Not Everyone's Cup of Tea: An Interesting & Entertaining History of Malice Domestic's First 25 Years by Verena Rose and Rita Owen (editors)
  • The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower
Best First Novel
  • Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz
  • You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa
  • Board Stiff by Kendel Lynn
  • Kneading to Die by Liz Mugavero
  • Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker
Best Short Story
  • "Evil Little Girl" in Don't Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman
  • "Nightmare" in Don't Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman
  • "The Hindi Houdini" in Fish Nets by Gigi Pandian
  • "Bread Baby" in Best new England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold by Barbara Ross
  • "The Care and Feeding of House Plants" by Art Taylor