Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Have Yourself a Mysterious Little Christmas!

These should get you into the proper holiday spirit. I can see a cup of hot chocolate and a roaring fireplace in your future. Curl up and enjoy!

  • Aunt Dimity's Christmas by Nancy Atherton
  • Away in a Manger by Rhys Bowen
  • The Bark Before Christmas by Laurien Berenson
  • Ben Franklin and a Case of Christmas Murder by Robert Lee Hall
  • A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd
  • The Body in the Sleigh by Katherine Hall Page
  • Busy Body by M.C. Beaton
  • Candy Cane Murder, novellas by Joanna Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier
  • Cat Crimes for the Holidays, edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Ed Gorman, and Larry Segriff
  • Cat Deck the Halls: a Joe Grey Mystery by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
  • A Cat on Jingle Bell Rock by Lydia Adamson
  • A Catered Christmas: a Mystery with Recipes by Isis Crawford
  • Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop: 'tis the Season to be Deadly:  Stories of Mistletoe and Mayhem from 17 Masters of Suspense
  • Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry
  • Christmas Cookie Murder by Leslie Meier
  • The Christmas Crimes at Puzzel Manor by Simon Brett
  • The Christmas Garden Affair by Ann Ripley
  • Christmas Mourning by Margart Maron
  • Christmas Stalkings: More Tales of Yuletide Murder
  • The Cinderella Killer by Simon Brett
  • Classic Christmas Crime edited by Tim Heald
  • A Cold Christmas by Charlene Weir
  • Cold Snap by Allison Brennan
  • The Con Artist of Catalina Island by Jennifer Colt
  • Corpus Christmas by Margaret Maron
  • A Crossworder's Gift by Nero Blanc
  • Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark
  • The Dons and Mr. Dickens: the Strange Case of the Oxford Christmas Plot by William J. Palmer
  • Eggnog Murder by Leslie Meier
  • Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer
  • The Fat Man: a Tale of North Pole Noir by Ken Harmon
  • Frost at Christmas by R.D, Wingfield
  • The Gingerbread Bump-off: a Fresh-baked Mystery by L. J. Washburn
  • Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • Hard Christmas: a Cat Marsala Mystery by Barbara D"Amato
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
  • Herald of Death by Kate Kingsbury
  • A Highland Christmas by M.C. Beaton
  • Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle
  • Holmes for the Holidays edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, and Carol-Lynn Waugh
  • I Am Half-sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
  • Inspector Proby's Christmas by John Gano
  • Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron
  • A Killer’s Christmas in Wales by Elizabeth J. Duncan
  • Kissing Christmas Goodbye: an Agatha Raisin Mystery by M.C. Beaton
  • A Kudzu Christmas: Twelve Mysterious Tales edited by Jim Gilbert & Gail Waller
  • The Last Noel by Heather Graham
  • Mad as the Dickens by Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
  • Merry, Merry Ghost by Carolyn Hart
  • The Midnight Before Christmas by William Bernhardt
  • A Midnight Clear by Kathy Hogan Trocheck
  • Mistletoe and Murder by Carola Dunn
  • Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P.D. James
  • More Holmes for the Holidays edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, and Carol-Lynn Waugh
  • Murder for Christmas edited by Thomas Godfrey
  • Murder for Christmas and Three Other Great Mysteries by Agatha Christie
  • A New York Christmas by Anne Perry
  • The Nightingale Before Christmas: a Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews
  • Ornaments of Death by Jane K. Cleland
  • Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • The Queene's Christmas by Karen Harper
  • A Rumpole Chrismas by John Mortimer
  • Santa Clawed by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown
  • Santa Cruise by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Shakespeare's Christmas by Charlaine Harris
  • Six Geese A-Slaying by Donna Andrews
  • The Snow White Christmas Cookie by David Handler
  • Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
  • The Twelve Deaths of Christmas by Marian Babson
  • The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt
  • Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich
  • We Wish You a Murderous Christmas by Vicki Delany
  • A Wee Christmas Homicide by Kaitlyn Dunnett

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Curl Up With A Cozy Homicide

Looking for a touch of murder without the blood and gore? Then Cozies are the way to go. Check out these new releases.
  • Dead, Bath, and Beyond [Victoria Square Mystery] by Lorraine Bartlett with Laurie Cass
  • Egg Drop Dead [Cackleberry Club Mystery] by Laura Childs
  • The Catsitter and the Canary [Dixie Hemingway Mystery] by Blaize & John Clement
  • Spouse on Haunted Hill [Haunted Guesthouse Mystery] by E.J. Copperman
  • Buried in the Country [Cornish Mystery] by Carola Dunn
  • Prose and Cons [Magical Bookshop Mystery] by Amanda Flower
  • Frosty the Dead Man [Snow Globe Shop Mystery] by Christine Husom
  • The Ghosts of Misty Hollow [Ghost of Granny Apples] by Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • Above the Paw [Paw Enforcement] by Diane Kelly
  • Better Off Thread [Embroidery Mystery] by Amanda Lee
  • Crime and Catnip [Nick and Nora Mystery] by T.C. LoTempio
  • Pot Luck [Elliot Lisbon Mystery] by Kendel Lynn
  • The Reek of Red Herrings [Dandy Gilver] by Catriona McPherson
  • The Red Queen Rules [Red Solaris Mystery] by Bourne Morris
  • Trigger Yappy [Roundup Crew] by Diana Orgain
  • Curried Away [Spice Shop Mystery] by Gail Oust

Friday, December 2, 2016

Holidays Are Murder!

In between shopping for the perfect gift, find yourself something suitably mysterious to read. Here are the new releases for December:

Egg Drop Dead [Cackleberry Club] by Laura Childs

The Gentleman from Japan [Inspector O] by James Church

The Cat Sitter and the Canary [Dixie Hemingway] by Blaize & John Clement

Death on the Patagonian Express [Amy’s Travel] by Hy Conrad

Dead Cold Brew [Coffeehouse] by Clea Coyle

Dark Fissures [Rick Cahill] by Matt Coyle

Ill Met by Murder [Shakespeare in the Catskills] by Elizabeth J. Duncan

Buried in the Country [Cornish] by Carola Dunn

Brazen [Valentino] by Loren D. Estleman

Bryant & May: Strange Tide [Peculiar Crimes] by Christopher Fowler

A Decline in Prophets [Rowland Sinclair] by Sulari Gentill

The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe

Curtain of Death [Clandestine Operations] by W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV

Denny’s Law [Sarah Burke] by Elizabeth Gunn

The Midnight Bell [Sean Dillon] by Jack Higgins

Painted Skins [Grey and Villere] by Matt Hilton

Expecting To Die [Selena Alvarez & Regan Pescoli] by Lisa Jackson

Death Ship [Shaw and Valentine] by Jim Kelly 

Plaid and Plagiarism [Highand Bookshop] by Molly MacRae

A Pinch of Poison [Lady and Lady's Maid] by Alyssa Maxwell

The Reek of Red Herrings [Dandy Gilver] by Catriona McPherson

Renting Silence [Roaring Twenties] by Mary Miley

Don’t Turn Out the Lights [Martin Servaz] by Bernard Minier

Trigger Yappy [Roundup Crew] by Diana Orgain

Curried Away [Spice Shop] by Gail Oust

Onslaught: The War with China [Dan Lenson] by David Poyer

The Seventh Plague
[Sigma Force] by James Rollins

Louise’s Lies [Louise Pearlie] by Sarah R. Shaber

Footprints to Murder [Hannah Ives] by Marcia Talley

Who Watcheth [Irene Huss] by Helene Tursten

 by Carter Wilson

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

What's New for November?

'Tis the season to give thanks for all our blessings. One thing I'm grateful for is the diversity of mystery reading, always something for everyone! I just got my eager little fingers on the new Michael Connelly book, The Wrong side of Goodbye, that dropped yesterday. Don't expect to hear from me until I close that last page! In the meantime, here's an eclectic offering of new releases:

  • This Was a Man [Clifton Chronicles] by Jeffrey Archer
  • No Man’s Land [John Puller] by David Baldacci
  • To the Last Drop [Maggy Thorsen] by Sandra Balzo
  • The Twenty-Three [Promise Falls] by Linwood Barclay
  • The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha [Chocoholic] by JoAnna Carl
  • Night School [Jack Reacher prequel] by Lee Child
  • Moral Defense [Samantha Brinkman] by Marcia Clark
  • Odessa Sea [Dirk Pitt] by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
  • The Singularity Race by Mark de Castrique
  • The Glow of Death [Antiques] by Jane K. Cleland
  • Lone Wolf [FBI K-9] by Sara Driscoll
  • Stone Coffin [Ann Lindell] by Kjell Eriksson
  • The Inheritance [Charles Lenox] by Charles Finch
  • Conclave by Robert Harris
  • The Operator [Peri Reed] by Kim Harrison
  • Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino
  • The Primrose Pursuit [Francis Oughterard] by Suzette A. Hill
  • Desolation Flats [Art Oveson] by Andrew Hunt
  • Expecting To Die [Selena Alvarez & Regan Pescoli] by Lisa Jackson
  • When All The Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz 
  • There Was a Crooked Man [Cat DeLuca] by K.J. Larsen
  • The Mayakovsky Tapes by Robert Littell
  • Death Comes to the Fair [Kurland St. Mary] by Catherine Lloyd
  • Ash Island [Harry Belltree] by Barry Maitland 
  • Better Late Than Never [Library Lover] by Jenn McKinlay
  • Ruler of the Night [Thomas De Quincey] by David Morrell
  • The Iron Water [Tom Harper] by Chris Nickson
  • The Hanging Club [Max Wolfe] by Tony Parsons
  • A Christmas Message [Christmas Mystery] by Anne Perry
  • Say No More [Jane Ryland] by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Storm Rising by Douglas Schofield

Cozies to Read by the Fire:
  • The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole [Taste of Texas Mystery] by Rebecca Adler
  • Twice Told Tail [Black Cat Bookshop Mystery] by Ali Brandon
  • Deck the Hallways [Fixer-Upper Mystery] by Kate Carlisle
  • The Champagne Conspiracy [Wine Country Mystery] by Ellen Crosby
  • We Wish You a Murderous Christmas [Year-Round Christmas Mystery] by Vicky Delany
  • Cupcakes, Butterflies & Dead Guys [Gianna Mancini Mystery] by Jennifer Fischetto
  • Death at First Sight [Bay Island Psychic Mystery] by Lena Gregory
  • A Killer Kebab [Greek to Me Mystery] by Susannah Hardy
  • Hooking for Trouble [Crochet Mystery] by Betty Hechtman
  • Skydive [Nicki Valentine Mystery] by Susan O'Brien
  • A Composition in Murder [Cherry Tucker Mystery] by Larissa Reinhart
  • Mystic Mistletoe [Mystic Isle Mystery] by Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens  
  • Illegally Blonde [Barb Jackson Mystery] by Anna Snow
  • Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue [Gaslight Mystery] by Victoria Thompson

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October's Mysterious Crop

  • A Terrible Beauty [Lady Emily Ashton] by Tasha Alexander
  • Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
  • Without Mercy [Body Farm] by Jefferson Bass
  • The Killing Forest [Louise Rick & Camilla Lind] by Sara Blaedel
  • Skin and Bone [Titus Cragg & Luke Fidelis] by Robin Blake
  • Casting Bones [Quentin Archer] by Don Bruns
  • Teetotaled [Discreet Retrieval Agency] by Maia Chance
  • No Witness but the Moon [Jimmy Vega] by Suzanne Chazin
  • Smile and Be a Villain [Dorothy Martin] by Jeanne M. Dams
  • Permanent Sunset [Sabrina Salter] by C. Michele Dorsey
  • Crepe Factor [Scrapbooking] by Laura Childs & Terrie Farley Moran
  • Death of a Toy Soldier [Vintage Toyshop] by Barbara Early
  • Poison Feather [Gibson Vaughn] by Matthew FitzSimmons
  • Triple Crown [Jeff Hinkley] by Felix Francis
  • The Trespasser [Dublin Murder] by Tana French
  • Broken Trust [Badge of Honor] by W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV
  • Smoke and Mirrors [Magic Men] by Elly Griffiths 
  • Fields Where They Lay [Junior Bender] by Timothy Hallinan
  • Crimson Death [Anita Blake] by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • All the Little Liars [Aurora Teagarden] by Charlaine Harris
  • Ghost Times Two [Bailey Ruth Raeburn] by Carolyn Hart
  • Fever in the Dark [Jane Lawless] by Ellen Hart
  • Murder in Style [Ellie Quicke] by Veronica Heley
  • The Name of the Game Is Kidnapping by Keigo Higashino
  • Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman
  • Wait for Dark [Bishop SCU] by Kay Hooper
  • Pocketbooks and Pistols [Haley Randolph] by Dorothy Howell
  • Love You Dead [Roy Grace] by Peter James
  • The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories [SS, two with Dalgliesh] by P.D. James
  • The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin
  • Night Watch by Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen
  • Death Among Rubies [Lady Frances Ffolkes] by R.J. Koreto                 
  • The Lost Boy [Patrik Hedström & Erica Falck] by Camilla Läckberg
  • With Six You Get Wally [John Bekker] by Al Lamanda
  • Strong Cold Dead [Caitlin Strong] by Jon Land
  • Incensed [Taipei Night Market] by Ed Lin
  • Flash Point [Dr. Jenna Ramey] by Colby Marshall
  • Precious and Grace [No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency] by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Ambush [Steve Flynn] by Nick Oldham
  • The Obsidian Chamber [Aloysius Pendergast] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • The Twelve Dogs of Christmas [Andy Carpenter] by David Rosenfelt
  • Escape Clause [Virgil Flowers] by John Sandford
  • Something Buried, Something Blue [Lily Dale] by Wendy Corsi Staub
  • Hell Bay [Cyrus Barker & Thomas Llewelyn] by Will Thomas
  • Doggone It [Dreamwalker] by Maggie Toussaint
  • A Dreadful Past [Hennessey & Yellich] by Peter Turnbull
  • A Most Novel Revenge [Amory Ames] by Ashley Weaver
  • Seduced [Hannah Smith] by Randy Wayne White
  • Sex, Lies, and Serious Money [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Brighton Belle

If you enjoyed Susan Elia MacNeal's series starting with Mr. Churchill's Secretary, you'll want to read Sara Sheridan's Brighton Belle. While the book was just released here in the U.S. this past spring, Sheridan published four additional Mirabelle Bevan books in Britain.

This cozy crime novel with its feisty heroine takes place in the 1950s. The austerities of postwar Britain created a variety of challenges for a population recovering from years of warfare. Mirabelle Bevan spent the war in Intelligence, rather than in the field. But since the death of her lover, all she wanted to do is flee her past life and forget. Belle finds a quiet, undemanding job in a debt collection office in Brighton, far away from London and all her old acquaintances.

For two years she lead an unexceptional life. But one day when her boss is absent, she is asked to collect a debt from Romano Laszlo, a pregnant Hungarian refugee who has moved to the coast to have her baby. Belle soon finds that the facts about; the woman don't add up, so she can't resist doiong a little detective work to discover the truth. She's joined in her investigations by a young insurance clerk from the office down the hall. Between them, they uncover a complex and deadly plot which involves the war, several corpses, a betting scam and a prostitution ring.

Brighton Belle is a light and pleasant read with plenty of color and action. The engaging Belle and the cast of characters kept me turning the pages. It is similar in tone to Mr. Churchill's Secretary with maybe a little more humor. I highly recommend it if you enjoy historical mysteries.

Author Sara Sheridan was born and lives in Edinburgh. She studied at Trinity College in Dublin and has received a Scottish Library Award and was shortlisted for the Saltire Book Prize.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September's New Releases

There's a great line-up of mysteries this month. Of particular note is The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. As you may remember, Mr. Moore's debut novel, The Sherlockian, was published in 2011 to many accolades. Then Moore went on to win an Oscar for his screenplay, The Imitation Game. His new novel, Last Days of Night, is part legal thriller and part historical fiction. It's a look at an exciting period of American history -- the battle to bring power to the country. Real-life trailblazers in science, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse take to the stage in a colossal duel of genius. EW has posted that Eddie Redmayne will star in the upcoming film adaptation of Last Days of Night.

Also of interest is a new offering by Sophie Hannah, Closed Casket. It's the second novel featuring Agatha Christie's beloved detective, Hercule Poirot.

Addictive, ferociously clever, and packed with clues, wit, and murder, Closed Casket is a triumph from the author whose work is "as tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie" (Alexander McCall Smith, The New York Times Book Review).
  • Victim Without a Face [Fabian Risk by Stefan Ahnhem 
  • Stripped Bare [Kate Fox] by Shannon Baker
  • Pushing Up Daisies [Agatha Raisin] by M.C. Beaton
  • Blue Madonna [Billy Boyle] by James R. Benn
  • Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton
  • Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d [Flavia de Luce] by Alan Bradley
  • This Is Not Over by Holly Brown
  • Body on the Bayou [Cajun Country] by Ellen Byron
  • Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Home [Myron Bolitar] by Harlan Coben
  • Winter’s Child [Wind River Reservation] by Margaret Coel
  • Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay [Jessie Stone continuation] by Reed Farrel Coleman
  • Insidious [FBI] by Catherine Coulter
  • Pirate [Sam & Remi Fargo] by Clive Cussler & Robin Burcell
  • Wake the Devil [Jack Kale & Beth Sturgis] by Robert Daniels
  • The Dread Line [Liam Mulligan] by Bruce DeSilva
  • Because I’m Watching [Virtue Falls] by Christina Dodd
  • The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  • Against The Light by Marjorie Eccles
  • Playing with Fire [Daniel Jacobus] by Gerald Elias
  • Christmas Caramel Murder [Hannah Swensen] by Joanne Fluke
  • The Authentic William James [Sebastian Becker] by Stephen Gallagher
  • Final Act [John Lambert & Bert Hook] by J.M. Gregson
  • End Game [Kirk McGarvey] by David Hagberg
  • The Vanished [Konrad Simonsen] by Lotte & Søren Hammer
  • Closed Casket [Hercule Poirot continuation] by Sophie Hannah
  • The White Mirror [Li Du] by Elsa Hart
  • Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen
  • Red Right Hand [Michael Hendricks] by Chris Holm
  • Downfall [Joanna Brady] by J.A. Jance
  • An Obvious Fact [Walt Longmire] by Craig Johnson
  • The Dead Hand [Rachel Gold] by Michael A. Kahn
  • Reckless Creed [Ryder Creed] by Alex Kava
  • Dragon Fruit [Jaymie Zarlin] by Karen Keskinen
  • Manitou Canyon [Cork O’Connor] by William Kent Krueger 
  • Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaître
  • Presumption of Guilt [Joe Gunther] by Archer Mayor
  • British Manor Mystery [lucy Stone] by Leslie Meier
  • The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan
  • Stalking Ground [Timber Creek K-9] by Margaret Mizushima
  • The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
  • Ghosts of Havana [Judd Ryker] by Todd Moss
  • Darktown by Thomas Mullen
  • Murder in Schwyz [Third-Culture Kid] by D-L Nelson
  • So Say the Fallen [Serena Flanagan] by Stuart Neville
  • Blind Sight [Kathleen Mallory] by Carol O’Connell
  • What Gold Buys [Silver Rush] by Ann Parker
  • Woman of God by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
  • Revenge in a Cold River [William Monk] by Anne Perry
  • Apprentice in Death [Eve Dallas] by J.D. Robb
  • Santorini Caesars [Andreas Kaldis] by Jeffrey Siger
  • The Kept Woman [Will Trent & Sara Linton] by Karin Slaughter
  • Lady Cop Makes Trouble [Kopp Sisters] by Amy Stewart
  • Infamy [Butch Karp & Marlene Ciampi] by Robert K. Tanenbaum
  • A Taste of Blood and Ashes [Jared McKean] by Jaden Terrell
  • A Fragile Spring [Francis Sadler & Connie Childs] by Sarah Ward
  • Foreign Bodies [Marcus Corvinus] by David Wishart