New Mysteries, June 2009

About Face Donna Leon, M LEO – Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti and his wife Paola meet a mysterious woman at dinner party.  Is she somehow connected with a suspicious death and illegal garbage hauling?

The Joys of My Life Alys Clare, M CLA – May 1199.Queen Eleanor has summoned five members of Hawkenlye Abbey to the Île d’Oléron to discuss the building of a chapel dedicated to the queen’s son, King Richard.

Borderline Nevada Barr, M BAR – Anna Pigeon is trying to recuperate on a rafting trip with her new husband, Paul, but an attempted murder pulls her into a labyrinth of intrigue.

Cream Puff Murder Joanne Fluke, M FLU – Hannah Swensen’s boyfriend becomes a murder suspect in this latest entry in the author’s bakery series.  Recipes, of course, included.

Cursed Carol Higgins Clark, M CLA – Private investigator Regan Reilly returns to her old haunts in L.A. to help out a friend find the “no good bum” who owes her $100,000.

Dante’s Numbers David Hewson, M HEW – A celebration in Rome of a new film version of Dante’s Inferno ends in chaos with one man dead, and the film’s star and a priceless relic missing. Detective Nic Costa finds himself in a terrifying limbo.

Dead Man’s Puzzle Parnell Hall, M HAL – Puzzles abound: who killed cranky hermit, Old Man Overmeyer?

Death and the Lit Chick G.M Malliet, M MAL – Chick lit mystery writer Kimberlee Kalder is being honored at an exclusive writers’ conference at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland. You know what happens next!

Dropped Dead Stitch Maggie Sefton, M SEF – Kelly’s friend Jennifer is a top-notch knitter and party girl. One night a stranger follows her home, and in the aftermath, Jennifer looks to her close-knit friends for support.

Execution Dock Anne Perry, M PER – Victorian police commander William Monk is confronted with evil of the sex industry in the dark alleys along the River Thames.

Fatally Flaky Diane Mott Davidson, M DAV – Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz encounters the bride from hell as well as another murder.  Goldy goes undercover in her chef’s outfit.

Frame Work Anne G. Faigen, M FAI – When Sarah Brandau travels to Prague for a literary conference, her innocent purchase of an ornate frame plunges her into danger.

Grave Goods Ariana Franklin, M FRA – England, 1176.  Adelia Aguilar, Mistress of the Art of Death, is called upon by Henry II to examine the skeletons of two individuals found in the ashes of Glastonbury Abbey.

Just Take My Heart Mary Higgins Clark, M CLA – The veteran mystery author returns with the story of a legal battle over the guilt or innocence of man accused of murdering his wife.

The Killing Way Tony Hays, M HAYS – Arthur has united most of Britain’s clans, but does not yet hold supreme power.  When Merlin is blamed for the brutal murder of a young woman, Arthur’s reputation is at stake.

The Long Fall Walter Mosley, M MOS – Leonid McGill is an old-school private investigator, but the Manhattan of the 21st century has gotten a bit fancier.

Malice Lisa Jackson, M JAC – Deception and betrayal confront New Orleans detective Rick Bentz as he is forced to confront the ghosts of his past.

Mating Season Jon Loomis, M LOO – Detective Frank Coffin, who moves to Cape Cod to escape from his panic attacks, finds that murder can happen even in a small town when heiress Kenji Sole is killed.

A Quiet Flame Philip Kerr, M KER – After being falsely accused of being a war criminal, ex-Berlin policeman Bernie Gunther is now in Argentina.  It’s 1950 and he is being  pressured by the local police to help in a case that began in 1930.

The Risk of Darkness Susan Hill, M HIL – A widowed husband’s grief turns to violence and terror. Chief inspector Simon Serrailler finds himself with romantic concerns as well as police issues in his third outing.

Shadow and Light Jonathan Rabb, M RAB – Berlin, 1927: the heyday of the Weimar Republic and German cinema is producing acclaimed films. The death of a studio executive exposes the desperate side of Germany.

She Shoots to Conquer Dorothy Cannell, M CAN – Amateur sleuth Ellie Haskell is stranded at Mucklesfeld Manor and finds herself in the middle of a TV reality show.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Alan Bradley, M BRA – Great reviews accompany this debut novel that revolves around Flavia de Luce, an 11-year-old science prodigy and her search for the murderer of the man she found in her cucumber patch.

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built Alexander McCall Smith, M MCC – Mma Ramotswe is in personal need of her own formidable detection talents in this latest outing in the popular series.

True Detectives Jonathan Kellerman, M KEL – The disappearance of Caitlin Frostig isn’t a usual case for theat-odds step-brothers, Moses Reed and Aaron Fox, as they descend into the seamy side of Los Angeles.

Wormwood Susan Wittig Albert, M ALB – Ex-lawyer and current herbalist China Bayles visits an historic Shaker Village for a brief respite and finds herself entwined in a modern-day mystery.

Wrongful DeathRobert Dugoni, M DUG – Successful attorney David Sloane takes on a challenging case in a suit against the U.S. government in the wrongful death of a national guardsman killed in Iraq.