New Mysteries – March 2010

Bellfield Hall: Or, The Observations of Miss Dido Kent Anna Dean, M DEA – Miss Dido Kent is called on to help her niece, Catherine, find her fiancé who mysteriously vanished from Bellfield Hall in the early 1800s.

Blacklands Belinda Bauer, M BAU – Twelve-year-old Steven is determined to find the body of his uncle and begins to write to an imprisoned serial killer.

Blood Vines Erica Spindler, M SPI – Alexandra Clarkson’s worst nightmares are about to come true. Creepy suspense.

Broken Places Sandra Parshall, M PAR – Murder. Blackmail. Old secrets that refuse to stay buried.  Summer has become deadly in the mountain community of Mason County, Virginia.

Cook the Books Jessica Conant-Park and Susan Conant, M CON – Gourmet Girl Chloe Carter is compiling a book of recipes.  When she comes across the body of one of Boston’s top chefs, killed by a grease fire, she knows it was no accident.

Death by the Book Lenny Bartulin, M BAR – Jack Susko is enjoying a quiet life as the owner of a secondhand bookstore.  When Hammond Kasprowicz, a wealthy collector, offers Jack some easy money, he doesn’t turn it down.

Death Without Tenure Joanne Dobson, M DOB – After six years in the English Department at Enfield College, Kate Pelletier is hoping to be tenured. Unfortunately, her rival for the coveted position is found dead.

The Devil’s Star Jo Nesbø, M NES – Oslo is sweltering in the summer heat when a young woman is murdered in her flat.  Detective Harry Hole is assigned the case with a colleague he neither likes nor trusts.  Cool Scandinavian crime.

Doors Open Ian Rankin, M RAN – Three friends descend upon an art auction.  Soon they seize on an impossible idea: steal the art.  There has to be a way, or is there?

Faces of the Gone Brad Parks, M PAR – Four bodies, each with a single bullet in the back of the head, is the story facing investigative reporter, Carter Ross, with the Newark Eagle-Examiner.

The Fifth Servant Kenneth Wishnia, M WIS – In 1592, Prague is a relatively safe city for its Jewish people.  However, when a Christian girl is murdered on the eve of Passover, a Talmudic scholar must bring the true killer to justice.

The Fourth Assassin Matt Beynon Rees, M REE – Palestinian Omar Yussef travels to New York for a UN conference and is looking forward to visiting his son, Ala.  The latest title in a great series, beginning with The Collaborator of Bethlehem.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest Stieg Larsson, M LAR – The last book in the wildly popular series featuring Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.

Her Highness’ First Murder Peg Herring, M HER – In London, several young women are found dead, their corpses dressed as nuns. When one of her ladies  becomes a victim, Princess Elizabeth decides to act.

The Information Officer Mark Mills, M MIL – Summer 1942: Malta has become most bombed place on the planet.  After a young Maltese woman is murdered, presumably by a British officer, the fragile spirit of the Maltese people may be shattered.

Last Nocturne Marjorie Eccles, M ECC – Chief Inspector Lamb struggles to learn why two men took their own life.  A postmortem reveals some surprising results.

The Man from Beijing Henning Mankell, M MAN – January 2006: In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjövallen, nineteen people have been massacred.  The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene.

The Merry Wives of Maggody Joan Hess, M HES – Sheriff Arly Hanks of Maggody, Arkansas must solve the death of the winner of the town’s hole-in-one contest. More amusing mayhem from a long-running series.

Murder in the Palais Royal Cara Black, M BLA – Just as P.I. Aimée Leduc is about to leave for New York City, her partner, René Friant, is wounded by a near fatal gun shot.  Even more horrifying is that eyewitnesses identify Aimée as the culprit.

Murder on the Cliffs Joanna Challis, M CHA – Daphne du Maurier herself is at the center of this mystery along the rugged cliffs of Cornwall.  Atmospheric.

A Night Too Dark Dana Stabenow, M STA – Another suspenseful outing for Aleut detective Kate Shugak, especially when she finds a body.  A very popular series.

Paganini’s Ghost Paul Adam, M ADA – A Parisian art dealer is found dead the day after a sold-out concert featured the playing of Paganini’s violin.  Great reviews.

Short Squeeze Chris Knopf, M KNO – Jackie Saitkowski is a smart-aleck attorney whose legal turf is the buzzing Hamptons real-estate market.  But when a new client turns up dead, things take a more dangerous turn.

Split Image Robert B. Parker, M PAR – The body in the trunk of car was just the beginning.  Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone team up.

The Teaberry Strangler Laura Childs, M CHI – It was a beautiful evening for the shop owners of Charleston, until Theodosia, tea shop owner, finds one of them dead.

Wake Up Dead Roger Smith, M SMI – On a hot night in Cape Town, American Roxy Palmer and her gunrunner husband, Joe, are carjacked, leaving Joe lying in a pool of blood.  Roxy makes a fateful choice that changes her life forever.

Winterland Alan Glynn, M GLY – The worlds of business, politics, and crime collide when two men with the same name, from the same family, die on the same night.