Beaton, M.C. Hiss and Hers: An Agatha Raisin Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780312616250. $24.99. M
Kudos to 20 years of sleuthing (after As the Pig Turns) for Agatha Raisin, a standard-bearer for the cozy. Expect abundant library marketing for the irrepressible detective.
Coel, Margaret. Buffalo Bill’s Dead Now: A Wind River Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Sept. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780425252710. $25.95. M
Chief Black Heart toured Europe with Buffalo Bill back in the 1800s, but only now are his belongings coming home to Colorado. When the artifacts go missing, Father John O’Malley and Vicki Holden look for the thieves in this 16th entry in an award-winning series (after The Spider’s Web). [See Prepub Alert, 7/2/12.]
Doherty, Paul. The Midnight Man. Créme de la Crime: Severn House. (Canterbury Tales). Sept. 2012. c.224p. ISBN 9781780290263. $28.95. M
Delight your medievalist fans with Doherty’s seventh tale (after A Haunt of Murder), in which the Physician shares an eerie tale with Chaucer’s pilgrims as they make their way to Canterbury.
Izner, Claude. In the Shadows of Paris: A Victor Legris Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2012. c.320p. ISBN 9780312662165. $25.99. M
Victor, a bookseller and amateur sleuth, cannot help but investigate when a bookbinder friend dies in his fifth outing (after The Assassin in the Marais) in 1890s Paris.
La Plante, Lynda. Blood Line: An Anna Travis Novel. Harper: HarperCollins. Nov. 2012. c.480p. ISBN 9780062134325. pap. $14.99. M
The bestselling series is up to number seven (after Blind Fury). Now a DCI, Anna tenaciously pursues a missing persons case. For all fans of the “Prime Suspect” television series, also La Plante’s creation.
Levine, Laura. Death of a Neighborhood Witch: A Jaine Austen Mystery. Kensington. Sept. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780758238498. pap. $7.99. M
Celebrate ten years of sleuthing and laughing with Los Angeles-based Jaine Austen. A Halloween event turns truly scary when an ornery neighbor is killed amidst the partying. Levine’s first in the series, This Pen for Hire, was a Lefty Award finalist.
Parshall, Sandra. Bleeding Through: A Rachel Goddard Mystery. Poisoned Pen. Sept. 2012. c.312p. ISBN 9781464200274. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781464200298. $14.95. M
When a stalker terrorizes veterinarian Rachel and her sister, Sheriff Tom Bridger helps the best he can, but he’s got a murdered law student on his hands. Parshall’s suspenseful procedural is the fifth in her Agatha Award–nominated series (after Under the Dog Star). [See Prepub Alert, 7/2/12.]
Rowland, Laura Joh. The Incense Game: A Novel of Feudal Japan. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780312658533. $25.99. M
At the dawn of the 18th century, a devastating earthquake strikes Japan. Amidst the chaos, a murderer attacks and Sano and his wife must find the killer in Rowland’s 16th thrilling series entry (after last year’s The Ronin’s Mistress).
Swanson, Denise. Murder of the Cat’s Meow: A Scumble River Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. Sept. 2012. c.272p. ISBN 9780451237811. pap.
Skye Denison’s home is still plagued by the ghost of the previous owner, but she’s more concerned with the cat show judge who died at the bowling alley in this 15th entry (after Murder of a Creped Suzette) in Swanson’s zany and romantic cozy series.