Dams, Jeanne M. The Evil That Men Do. Severn House. Feb. 2012. c.224p. ISBN 9780727880901. $28.95. M
A Cotswolds vacation turns into a busman’s holiday for Dorothy Martin and her husband, retired Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt (A Dark and Stormy Night), when they discover a corpse in a quarry and Dorothy suspects murder. A pleasing traditional cozy for Anglophiles. [See Prepub Alert, 8/2/11.]
Flora, Kate. Redemption: A Joe Burgess Mystery. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Feb. 2012. c.364p. ISBN 9781594153792. $25.95. M
Det. Joe Burgess of Portland, ME, struggles with Vietnam War memories when his latest case involves a dead vet. The third entry (after The Angel of Knowlton Park) in a gritty procedural series that has received starred LJ reviews. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/11.]
Fluke, Joanne. Cinnamon Roll Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes. Kensington. Mar. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780758234933. $24. M
Lake Eden’s spring jazz festival is off to a rocky start when the headliner act’s tour bus overturns, killing a musician. In her 15th outing, Hannah (Devil’s Food Cake Murder) thinks there is something suspicious about the accident. Save some time to drool over the delectable recipes.
Hess, Joan. Deader Homes & Gardens: A Claire Malloy Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Feb. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780312363628. $24.99. M
Real-estate problems escalate into murder when newly married Claire Malloy (Mummy Dearest) stumbles into a dangerous housing market. This long-running series never loses steam.
James, Miranda. File M for Murder: A Cat in the Stacks Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Feb. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780425246184. pap. $7.99. M
Librarian Charlie’s daughter is accused of murdering her old boyfriend, a famous playwright. Charlie and his detecting Maine coon cat settle in for serious research in James’s third charming Southern cozy (after Classified as Murder).
Lourey, Jess. November Hunt: A Murder-by-Month Mystery. Midnight Ink. Mar. 2012. c.288p. ISBN 9780738731360. pap. $14.95. M
Tom Kicker dies in a freak hunting accident, but aspiring PI Mira (October Fest) learns Tom had a dark secret that probably led to his untimely death. Seventh in this engaging series.
Lutz, Lisa. Trail of the Spellmans: Document #5. S. & S. Mar. 2012. c.384p. ISBN 9781451608120. $25. M
The Spellmans make a business out of quirkiness, and they’re running at full tilt in title number five (after The Spellmans Strike Again). Izzy’s the one who must maintain order. [See Prepub Alert, 8/26/11.]
Stabenow, Dana. Restless in the Grave: A Kate Shugak Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Feb. 2012. c.384p. ISBN 9780312559137. $25.99. M
A suspicious small plane crash turns out to be tied into big crimes with a long history in Alaska. Series favorite Aleut Kate Shugak (Though Not Dead) goes undercover to find the crooks, with cop Liam Campbell involved as well. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/11.]
White, Kate. So Pretty It Hurts: A Bailey Weggins Mystery. Harper: HarperCollins. Mar. 2012. c.336p. ISBN 9780061576607. $24.99. M
Sexy true crime journalist Bailey Weggins (Lethally Blond) gets tangled up in a supermodel’s death in her breezy sixth outing. [See Prepub Alert, 9/19/11.]