Barnard, Robert. A Charitable Body: A Novel of Suspense. Scribner. Jan. 2012. c.256p. ISBN 9781439177433. $24. M
Yorkshire Detective Inspector Charlie Peace and his wife, Felicity, (The Killings on Jubilee Terrace) knew about the skeletons in the closet, but they didn’t expect to find one at the bottom of the lake. [See Prepub Alert, 8/2/11.]
Challinor, C.S. Murder of the Bride: A Rex Graves Mystery. Midnight Ink. Mar. 2012. c.240p. ISBN 9780738723358. pap. $14.95. M
This May wedding brings showers and corpses. Luckily, guests Rex Graves and his fiancée, Helen, are there to trap the killer in the Scottish barrister’s fifth entry (after Murder on the Moor).
Clark, Cassandra. A Parliament of Spies: A Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2012. c.384p. ISBN 9780312595746. $25.99. M
In her fourth outing (after The Law of Angels), the extraordinary medieval spy Abbess Hildegard meets physical and personal challenges while honoring her king’s orders.
Crawford, Isis. A Catered St. Patrick’s Day: A Mystery with Recipes. Kensington. Feb. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780758247407. $24. M
In the eighth delectable visit (after A Catered Thanksgiving) from sisters Bernie and Libby, a dead body in the beer vat doesn’t bode well.
Duffy, Margaret. Rat Poison: A Patrick Gillard and Ingrid Langley Mystery. Severn House. Jan. 2012. c.224p. ISBN 9780727880987. $28.95. M
Married sleuths with an MI5 history (Corpse in Waiting) must intervene when gang warfare erupts in Bath. Entertaining banter mixed with breathtaking danger.
Duncan, Alice. Ancient Spirits: A Daisy Gumm Majesty Novel. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Jan. 2012. c.272p. ISBN 9781432825706. $25.95. M
Endearing spiritualist Daisy is off to Egypt in her sixth outing (after Genteel Spirits). [See Prepub Alert, 8/2/11.]
Gregory, Susanna. Mystery in the Minster: The Seventeenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew. Sphere: Little Brown UK, dist. by Trafalgar Square. Jan. 2012. c.400p. ISBN 9781847442970. $26.95. M
Medieval physician Matthew Bartholomew (The Killer of Pilgrims) heads to Leeds when an inheritance due to a Cambridge college gets tied up in murder and deceit.
Hambly, Barbara. Ran Away. Severn House. Jan. 2012. c.256p. ISBN 9780727880826. $28.95. M
Travel further into freed slave Benjamin January’s (The Shirt on His Back) past as he recalls 1827 Paris. His memories are critical to saving the life and reputation of an old Turkish ally a decade later in New Orleans. [See Prepub Alert, 8/2/11.]
Laurie, Victoria. Ghoul Interrupted: A Ghost Hunter Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. Jan. 2012. c.352p.
ISBN 9780451235503. pap. $7.99. M
Supernatural sleuth and reality TV host M.J. Holliday (Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls )veers off to New Mexico when her boyfriend’s beloved uncle dies and a demon spirit appears to be holding his tribe hostage.