Andrews, Donna. Some Like It Hawk: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. 2012. c.244p. ISBN 9781250007506. $24.99. M
Meg Langslow’s little town, Caerphilly, is foreclosed, and the lender is ready to take possession of the civic center. Alas, an executive is shot, and the townsfolk scramble to find a killer in Meg’s 14th humorous adventure (after The Real Macaw). [See Prepub Alert, 3/21/12.]
Andrews, Sarah. Rock Bottom: A Mystery Featuring Forensic Geologist Em Hansen. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2012. c.292p. ISBN 9780312676599. $24.99. M
Welcome back forensic geologist Em Hansen (after 2005’s Dead Dry), whose Grand Canyon rafting expedition goes seriously awry. When her husband is accused of murder, Em digs in; her 11th expedition promises a thrilling ride.
Blackwell, Juliet. In a Witch’s Wardrobe: A Witchcraft Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. 2012. c.312p. ISBN 9780451237477. pap. $7.99. M
Someone sinister is evoking “Sleeping Beauty” poisonings in Blackwell’s engrossing fourth entry (after Hexes and Hemlines). Vintage clothier witch Lily Ivory realizes deadly botanicals are being concocted to haunt the San Francisco Bay Area witch population.
Buckley, Fiona. Queen’s Bounty: An Ursula Blanchard Mystery. Créme de la Crime: Severn House. Aug. 2012. c.236p. ISBN 9781780290249. $28.95. M
For your Tudor enthusiasts, grab Buckley’s tenth title featuring Ursula Blanchard (after Queen Without a Crown). An old nemesis accuses Ursula of witchcraft, and treachery abounds. [See Prepub Alert, 4/2/12.]
Cleverly, Barbara. Not My Blood: A Joe Sandiland Investigation. Soho Crime. Aug. 2012. c.348p. ISBN 9781616951542. $25. M
Cleverly’s tenth case in her award-winning historical series (after The Blood Royal) revolves around an elite school with a disturbing history of missing boys—and a murdered teacher. Scotland Yard detective Joe Sandiland’s interest is personal this time. [See Prepub Alert, 3/21/12.]
Crider, Bill. Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen: A Dan Rhodes Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2012. c.272p. ISBN 9780312640170. $24.99. M
Sheriff Rhodes puzzles over a death by hairdryer in his 19th outing (after The Wild Hog Murders). Count on Crider to entertain readers with his low-key humor and mellow hero.
Douglas, Carole Nelson. Cat in a White Tie and Tails: A Midnight Louie Mystery. Forge: Tor. Aug. 2012. c.368p. ISBN 9780765327475. $24.99. M
It’s not too late to meet Midnight Louie, Las Vegas’s celebrated feline PI, in his 24th outing (after last year’s Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta). This time, troubles begin in the Windy City where Temple Barr has gone to meet her fiancé’s family.
Krueger, William Kent. Trickster’s Point. Atria: S. & S. Aug. 2012. c.332p. ISBN 9781451645675. $24.99. M
A hunting trip goes horribly wrong when Minnesota’s governor-elect is murdered with Cork O’Connor’s arrow. The detective becomes the number-one suspect in his
12th outing (after Northwest Angle). [See Prepub Alert, 3/21/12.]
Martin, Nancy. No Way To Kill a Lady: A Blackbird Sisters Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. Aug. 2012. c.312p. ISBN 9780451237057. $23.95. M
The high-society Blackbird sisters swoop back in their eighth madcap case (after 2008’s Murder Melts in Your Mouth) when their great-aunt dies and leaves them an inheritance hiding a grisly secret.
Rowe, Rosemary. A Whispering of Spies: A Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain. Severn House. 2012. c.232p. ISBN 9780727881632. $28.95. M
Libertus, the puzzle master of ancient England (191 CE), is on the run once again in his 13th case (after The Vestal Vanishes), when he is falsely accused of being involved in a local massacre.