Barrett, Lorna. Murder on the Half Shelf: A Booktown Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Jul. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780425247754. $24.95. M
Mystery bookstore owner Tricia (Sentenced to Death) can’t escape murder cases even when she and her sister are trying out a new bed-and-breakfast for fun. But this time an old flame is the accused.
Barrick, Ella. Dead Man Waltzing: A Ballroom Dance Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. Jun. 2012. c.288p. ISBN 9780451237347. pap. $7.99. M
When one of her instructors is suspected of killing a renowned ballroom dance leader, studio owner Stacy (Quickstep to Murder) glides into action to clear his name.
Haines, Carolyn. Bonefire of the Vanities: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9780312641870. $24.99. M
Sarah goes undercover as a maid in her 12th adventure (after Bones of a Feather) to try to figure out who’s scamming an eccentric old gal from her fortune. This Mississippi-based cozy series always circulates well.
Hudgins, Maria. Death of a Second Wife: A Dotsy Lamb Travel Mystery. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Jul. 2012. c.272p.
ISBN 9781432825928. $25.95. M
It’s off to the Swiss Alps in Hudgins’s fourth Dotsy Lamb series entry (after Death on the Aegean Queen). Breathtaking sights coupled with clever prose make for an unforgettable wedding party cum murder plot.
Littlefield, Sophie. A Bad Day for Mercy: A Crime Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780312648381. $24.99. M
Stella is not losing her touch in her fourth outing (A Bad Day for Scandal) from an Anthony Award‚ winning author. Wisconsin won’t know what’s hit it when the vigilante crosses the state line.
Munger, Katy. Angel of Darkness: The Dead Detective Series. Severn House. Jun. 2012. c.220p. ISBN 9780727881311. $28.95. M
Spooky and most decidedly dead, Kevin Fahey works from beyond his own grave in his third entry (after Angel Interrupted). This paranormal procedural has a dark tone, for Kevin seeks redemption for his own mistakes.
Nunn, Malla. Blessed Are the Dead: A Novel. Emily Bestler: Atria: S. & S. Jun. 2012. c.336p. ISBN 9781451616927. pap. $14. M
Once again, South African Det. Emmanuel Cooper (Let the Dead Lie) must straddle conflicting cultures; this time the victim is a teenage Zulu girl. Edgar nominee Nunn writes strong and exciting crime fiction.
Sefton, Maggie. Cast On, Kill Off: A Knitting Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Jun. 2012. c.296p. ISBN 9780425247594. $25.95. M
Will Megan’s wedding go off without a hitch, or will intrepid Kelly Flynn need to step in? When the seamstress is murdered, the group gets to work. Number ten in a popular cozy series (Unraveled).
Tremayne, Peter. Behold a Pale Horse: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2012. c.384p. ISBN 9780312658632. $25.99. M
In her most dangerous outing yet, Sister Fidelma tries to break up a conspiracy in Italy. A standard-bearing historical series (The Chalice of Blood) that’s been running since 1994.