Mystery

Under the Dog Star by Sandra Parshall

By Diane Holmes

Sandra Parshall’s latest thriller begins with a feral dog pack under the silver moonlight and half-hidden by dark shadow.  They seem to warn that there are some acts even good people cannot control.  And there are some things that bad people must pay for.

Under the Dog Star, this fourth book in Sandra’s series featuring Veterinarian Rachel Goddard and Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger, is superb at doing what thrillers do so well: showing how good people can and do risk their lives to stop innocents from being hurt.
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Half-Past Dawn by Richard Doetsch

By Gary Kriss

Half-Past Dawn on September 29.

That’s when, despite all efforts to head it off, fate catches up with The Thieves of Legend.

It’s a dark tale that best-selling author Richard Doetsch relates, but that’s because he’s sitting lightless in his New York suburban home, which had its power stolen by Tropical Storm Irene. No problem for Doetsch: he relishes challenges and thrives on the unexpected. Half-Past Dawn, his new stand-alone thriller, is proof of that.

Half-Past Dawn was originally slated to come out this month, and The Thieves of Legend, the fourth book in Doetsch’s uber-popular series featuring former thief, Michael St. Pierre, next year. Atria, Doetsch’s publisher, wanted to alternate his Thieves stories with his stand-alone books. But when 2010’s The Thieves of Darkness became an international success, Atria decided to immediately follow up with another Thieves novel.
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Dandy Gliver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains by Catriona McPherson

By Cathy Clamp

Dandelion Gliver, known to her friends as Dandy, has all the benefits of an upper middle class existence in 1920s Scotland—a loving, but conservative husband, a faithful Dalmatian, and a comfortable life. But not all of Edinburgh is as quiet. Strikes and riots have turned the city into a war zone and Dandy finds herself being contacted by Walburga Balfour, who writes that her husband is going to kill her and “I would rather he didn’t.” Dandy is persuaded to take a position in Walburga’s home as a downstairs maid. She writes to her friend Alec Osborne (the Watson to her Sherlock) to joke about it, saying “Guess who is setting her virgin shoulder to its very first wheel? I am dressed in serge and sensible footwear, sleeping in an iron bed and dining off pickled tongue at six o’clock.” Fortunately, her old police friend, Superintendent Hardy, recognizes her disguise and begins to rely on Dandy to help solve a murder that happens shortly after she arrives.
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The Square Root of Murder by Ada Madison

By Kira Peikoff

Author Ada Madison, a.k.a. Camille Minichino and Margaret Grace, debuts a brand-new series this July with The Square Root of Murder (Berkley), starring math professor Sophie Knowles. In this first installment, Sophie’s colleague—the most disliked professor on campus—turns up dead after a party, and Sophie’s own assistant is suspected of the murder. Sophie is confident that her assistant is innocent, and is determined to get to the bottom of the crime, using her talent for solving puzzles to arrive at the truth.

Madison is an expert in her genre: The Square Root of Murder is her fourteenth published mystery. Her other books include eight novels in the Periodic Table Mysteries series and five novels in the Miniatures Mysteries series. As if that weren’t enough accomplishments for one career, Madison also holds a doctorate in physics; is on the faculty at Golden Gate University, San Francisco; and is a science editor at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.
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Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta by Carole Nelson Douglas

By Rick Reed

The newest Midnight Louie mystery novel from Carole Nelson Douglas, Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta, revolves around amateur sleuth Temple Barr when she gets her first official private investigator assignment: investigate the death of a rich, dying “cat lady’s” yardman.  While murderously greedy heirs and killers circle the human crime-solvers, Temple Barr’s secret weapon—hard-boiled feline PI, Midnight Louie—is working overtime to tip off and protect his humans.

While Temple investigates the death of the yardman, a serial killer known as the Barbie Doll killer threatens homicide lieutenant Carmen Molina’s teenage daughter.   When both cases collide, many burning questions find surprising answers . . . and Temple lands dead center in a fiery finale that will unmask the crazed killers.  Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta will be released by Forge Books in August, 2011.
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Steal the Show by Thomas Kaufman

by Ian Walkley

Willis Gidney needs money because he’s found a girl.

No, no, not that kind of girl. This is an abandoned baby girl.

So he hands the girl to the cops, right? Wrong, because Gidney started life the same way—abandoned. But unmarried private eyes aren’t usually thought of as ideal parents. So now Gidney needs a lawyer, and that means money.
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Cowboys by Gary Phillips

By Rick Reed

The newest graphic novel from mystery and crime writer Gary Phillips revolves around what is believed to be a racially-motivated shooting inside a fancy restaurant/nightclub.  The victim is a young black man named Deke Kotto.  The suspect is white undercover FBI Agent Tim Brady, and the meeting of the two men is the formula for a heart-stopping race to find the truth.  Cowboys will be released by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics on July 13th.

Gary Phillips is best known for Ivan Monk Mystery series and the Nate Hollis Investigations series set in Los Angeles.  He is also the author of the Martha Chainey Mystery series.
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Bones of a Feather by Carolyn Haines

Mississippi Delta P.I. Sarah Booth Delaney is called to verify the theft of a priceless necklace for an insurance claim, but before she can file her report, Monica Levert, Natchez, heiress is kidnapped. The ransom is the $4 million from the insurance claim. Sarah Booth and her partner Tinkie are caught up in the Levert family history, which is filled with blackguards, pirates, and murder. Now the past deeds are coming home to roost. Not even Jitty can bully Sarah Booth out of harms way.
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The Brothers of Baker Street by Michael Robertson

by Derek Gunn

People still write letters to Sherlock Holmes every day. What if you had to answer them?

This one was easy. I contacted the author about this piece and within a day a beautifully hardbound edition arrived in the post. Presentation is everything and, as you will see above, the cover is striking. It tells so much about the story in one picture; a man alone, Baker Street and the small note enticing you with the words ‘A Mystery’. This is the second book in this series and, while there are references and updates on what happened in the first book, it is not necessary to have read it, advisable – but not strictly necessary.
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County Line by Bill Cameron

by George Ebey

Bill Cameron is the author of the dark, Portland-based mystery series featuring ex-cop Skin Kadash.  His latest book, County Line, puts Skin in one of his toughest situations yet.

When the steadfast Ruby Jane Whittaker drops out of sight, Skin sets out to discover what drove her to leave her life behind so suddenly and without explanation.
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Mr. Monk on the Couch by Lee Goldberg

by Paula Tutman

Another person dead on arrival.  Another mystery to be solved.  But for Adrian Monk, the finicky gumshoe consultant who never gets it wrong, it’s a no-brainer.  Monk’s critical eye is like a calculator adding up everything that fits, and most importantly absolutely everything that doesn’t.  Monk announces it’s a wrap.  Case closed.  The guy died of natural causes, let’s wash our hands and get outta here.  But not so fast, according to Monk’s ever faithful, ever present assistant.  There’s more to this cold body than meets his cold calculating eye and she wants a crack at solving the unknown.  And that’s the first twist in Lee Goldberg’s newest Monk novel, Mr. Monk On The Couch (Penguin/Putam June 2011).
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Dance of the Dead by Ines Eberl

By John T. Cullen

Art expert Hans Bosch’s mentor, Prof. Arnulf Salchenegger, dies myseriously of mushroom poisoning. Famous gallery owner Tobias Tappeiner lies dead in the fish pond at Castle Hellbrunn. Bosch rules out accidental death in both cases, and suspects murder. His investigation takes him to a wealthy art collector’s villa, where he comes upon a faked Medieval Madonna. As his involvement deepens, he blends into the shadowy and dangerous  underworld of the art trade—filled with fascinating personalities, including both genuine artists and talented forgers. Hans Bosch’s dramatic and dangerous investigation leads to a harrowing climax.
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Concrete Pearl by Vincent Zandri

Ava “Spike” Harrison might be a beautiful, classically schooled woman, but the single, 38 year old construction business owner is also plenty ballsy. Her late father taught her long ago how to handle the rough boys in an industry that’s almost entirely filled with hard-boiled men on the make. But now, with “the business dad built” from the ground up failing due to an unusual series of job-site injuries and just plain bad luck, Spike has no choice but to take on one last project she believes can pull the fledgling commercial firm from the depths of almost certain bankruptcy and family shame: The Renovation of Albany PS 20.
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Hunter’s World by Fred Lichtenberg

By J. H. Bogran

The Village of Eastpoint, Long Island is suddenly in turmoil after John Hunter, a celebrity romance columnist resident is murdered. But murder is only the beginning of the town’s troubles. Hunter, an outsider, left dark secrets that have surfaced after the chief of police discovers paintings of Hunter and local women in compromising positions. Hank Reed, the chief of police is torn between his allegiance to protect his beloved town and the honor of his shield. As that balance bends toward justice, the townspeople rise against him, including his wife, who Reed suspects might be Hunter’s killer. As the emotional walls begin to crumble, Reed forges ahead without compromise, risking his job, his wife, and the townspeople he so desperately wants to save from the outside world.
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The Last of the Good Guys by Ernesto Patino

by J. H. Bográn

When an ex-cop commits suicide in Miami, his widow turns to her husband’s best friend P.I. Alec Santana for assistance. Soon after, two more ex-cops commit suicide and Santana knows it’s not a coincidence. Alec hits one dead end after another in his search for answers until he discovers a shocking secret from the past…
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Killer Routine by Alan Orloff

by Austin Camacho

If your idea of a great murder mystery includes nerve shattering suspense and a plot that will keep you guessing until the very end, you need look no further this spring than Alan Orloff’s latest novel, Killer Routine.

The story revolves around a comedian named Channing Hayes who lost his fiancée in an auto accident.  Hayes runs a comedy club and is mentoring his fiancée’s sister Heather, who wants to be a comedian too.  When a killer targets Heather’s past lovers, Hayes has to protect her while finding the killer.
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Running on Empty by Sandra Balzo

by Christine Goff

It was the call every adult child dreads: “AnnaLise? You should come home. Your mother Daisy went and drained all the blood out of poor Ema Bradenham.”

Well, maybe not every adult child.

While life on Sutherton’s Main Street had often been inexplicably hazardous, the day Daisy Griggs siphoned nearly three pints from Mrs. Bradenham during the annual blood drive seemed to set a new standard, even by the unusual measure of this North Carolina resort town.
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Dogs Don’t Lie by Clea Simon

by Jeannie Holmes

Clea Simon is a former journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, American Prospect, and other magazines. She’s written three nonfiction books and her essays have appeared in anthologies. A graduate of Harvard, Clea now lives in Cambridge with her husband and feline companion, Musetta. I recently caught up with her to discuss her two upcoming releases, Dogs Don’t Lie and Grey Zone.
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Grey Zone by Clea Simon

by Jeannie Holmes

Clea Simon is a former journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, American Prospect, and other magazines. She’s written three nonfiction books and her essays have appeared in anthologies. A graduate of Harvard, Clea now lives in Somerville with her husband and feline companion, Musetta. I recently caught up with her to discuss her two upcoming releases, Dogs Don’t Lie and Grey Zone.
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Death by Misfortune by AM Riley

by Michael F. Stewart

My interviewee today is as interesting as her next novel Death by Misfortune. A novel which Literary Nymphs Reviews hails as “…a well written superb cop thriller that weaves a tale of Hollywood’s dirty little secrets.”
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Bermuda Heat by P. A. Brown

by J. H. Bográn

A letter. A secret. A tragedy. David’s mother told him his father died when he was born. His mother lied.

Now, that’s a hook!

Let the Bermuda Heat make you feel the warmth of the story:

David Eric Laine always believed his father had died in Vietnam before his birth. His mother remarried and he was adopted by his stepfather and grew up knowing Graham Laine as his only father. Forty years later, a letter arrives and David finds out everything he thought was a lie.

Join Pat Brown and I into this journey to know a bit more about her new release.
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Lucky Stiff by Deborah Coonts

By Deborah Coonts

I have the distinction of being a writer who decided the world was ready for a funny story…in the year of Stieg Larsson.  Okay, I was a bit off (timing never was one of my best things).  But, being part hambone and part funny bone, it’s what I do.  Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe in death and dismemberment—I simply can’t live there.  And since, as a writer, I pretty much live in my story…well, you get the picture.

I didn’t start out wanting to write funny.  No, I wanted to be Sandra Brown.  Seriously, who wouldn’t?  But some wise soul along the way told me, “We already have a Sandra Brown, and she’s doing quite nicely.”  Good point.  So, now I simply lust after her clothes on the off chance that someday I might make my body tiny enough to fit in them.  And I have resigned myself to just being me.
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Mr. Monk on the Road by Lee Goldberg

In Lee Goldberg’s newest, Mr. Monk on the Road, with his job secure and his wife’s murder finally solved, Adrian Monk is feeling strangely…satisfied. He’d like his agoraphobic brother Ambrose to feel the same way, so Monk puts a secret ingredient in Ambrose’s birthday cake: sleeping pills. When Ambrose wakes up, he’s in a motorhome on the open road with Monk determined to show him the outside world. more »

 
 

Bitter Legacy by H. Terrell Griffin

By J. H. Bográn

When you think of what you want to leave behind after you’re gone; when you think how you will be remembered, then you are thinking about legacy. Common folks don’t spend much time thinking of what their legacy would be. However, when you think of grandeur, your brain, or at least mine, usually associates the word legacy with something good.

Thus, a “bitter legacy” such as in the title of the H. Terrel Griffin’s latest entry into the Matt Royal series is intriguing to say the least.
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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Don Bruns

By Milton Toby

What’s an aspiring writer to do when an established author with a history of successful books to her credit says that a manuscript needs work—lots and lots of work—and probably is not publishable?

Don Bruns faced that question a few years ago when he was the successful bidder for a critique session from noted mystery writer Sue Grafton.  She read the manuscript and then sent Bruns a detailed, eight-page critique identifying serious problems with the characters, the plot, the structure of the novel, with just about everything in the book.  Grafton thought Bruns had potential as a writer and she suggested that he might want to just throw away the manuscript he had submitted for the critique and start over using her suggestions as a roadmap.
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Set the Night on Fire by Libby Fischer Hellmann

By Dana Granger

Chicago author Libby Hellman, former broadcast journalist and author of award-winning author of two crime fiction series, heats up December with the release of her her new standalone Thriller, Set The Night On Fire.  I recently had a chat with her about the inspiration for her new book, her writing schedule, and how she made her first book sale.
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The Last Matryoshka by Joyce Yarrow

By Selena Robins

THE LAST MATRYOSHKA by Joyce Yarrow takes the reader into a world of suspense and mystery, from Brooklyn to Vladimir Central Prison and to the brooding Russian forest, where criminals enforce a 19th-century code of honor.

THE LAST MATRYOSHKA is garnering rave reviews, and with its unique plot and international backdrop it will please mystery and suspense readers.

VERDICT – Intricately layered like the Russian nested doll of the title, this tale of vengeance and hatred flavored with a Russian cultural backdrop will appeal to readers who enjoy unusual mysteries with an international setting.” –Library Journal
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Silver Serenade by Nancy J. Cohen

silver-seranade.jpgIn Nancy J. Cohen’s latest, Silver Seranade, ace pilot Jace Vernon is forced to flee his home world after being framed for murder. He seeks justice, but S.I.N. agent Silver Malloy gets in his way. The platinum-haired beauty counters his every move in the quest to clear his name. As he makes it his mission to break down her defenses, he doesn’t count on the personal consequences of success.
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Detour to Murder by Jeff Sherratt

detour-to-murder.jpgFans of Jeff Sherratt’s mystery series have come to expect certain things from his novels. Jimmy O’Brien books are clever, gripping, and addictive. Known for their multi-layered suspense, Sherratt’s novels immerse the reader in the politics, society, and industry of Los Angeles in the 1970s, all the while maintaining a style more reminiscent of 1940s who-dunnit narratives than anything else. They’re classy, surprising, and endearing – in a murder mystery kind of way.
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A Cutthroat Business by Bente Gallagher

a-cutthroat-business.jpgBy Bente Gallagher

Recently, Bente Gallagher sent The Big Thrill the following interview about her new novel, A Cutthroat Business.

Tell us about the new book.

It’s the first book in a new series, featuring recovering Southern Belle Savannah Martin. Savannah has always been a good girl, always doing what was expected, fully expecting that if she does everything perfectly, everything will fall into place in its turn. When things don’t work out that way, she starts reassessing everything she’s always believed to be the truth and starts to build the kind of life she wants, not the one she’s expected to have. She gets her real estate license and starts plying her trade, and pretty much immediately finds herself tangled up in a murder mystery, when one of her colleagues is murdered in an empty house and Savannah is the one who stumbles over the body. It’s a part mystery, part romance, part suspense novel, with – according to one early reader – “enough wit and sexual chemistry to rival Janet Evanovich.” Can’t ask for better than that!
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