Carl, JoAnna. The Chocolate Moose Motive: A Chocoholic Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. Oct. 2012. c.240p. ISBN 9780451238023. $22.95. M
Much to chocolatier Lee’s surprise, the folks of idyllic resort town Warner Pier are still suspicious of counterculture individuals. One of her employees fits that description and needs Lee’s sleuthing assistance. This is the 12th entry (after The Chocolate Castle Clue).
Childs, Laura. Postcards from the Dead: A Scrapbooking Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Oct. 2012. c.328p. ISBN 9780425252758. $25.95. M
Once again, New Orleans’s Mardi Gras turns deadly for scrapbooker Carmela Bertrand when a local newscaster dies while working the parade. Aided by her BFF, Ava, Carmela hunts for answers in their tenth cozy adventure (after Skeleton Letters).
Guttridge, Peter. The Thing Itself. Severn House. (Brighton Mysteries). Oct. 2012. c.216p. ISBN 9780727880819. $28.95. M
Guttridge’s concluding volume in his brutal trilogy (after The Last King of Brighton and City of Dreadful Night) is essential reading for those haunted by the echoes of unsolved cases. Brighton’s infamous “trunk murder” case of 1934 sits front and center, draped in history.
Hart, Ellen. Rest for the Wicked: A Jane Lawless Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2012. c.336p. ISBN 9781250001863. $25.99. M
Armed with her newly minted PI license, Jane spreads her wings in this wintry Twin Cities case involving the nephew of her business partner, Nolan. The long-running series (after The Lost Women of Lost Lake) mines the world of identities and betrayal.
Ifkovic, Ed. Make Believe: An Edna Ferber Mystery. Poisoned Pen. Nov. 2012. c.252p. ISBN 9781464200809. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781464200823. $14.95. M
Ifkovic’s series jumps ahead to author Edna Ferber’s Hollywood days, when her novel Showboat is being filmed and a blacklisted friend is killed. Mix in Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner for an unforgettable read. This is the third entry (after Escape Artist). [See Prepub Alert, 7/2/12.]
Lourey, Jess. December Dread: A Murder-by-Month Mystery. Midnight Ink. Oct. 2012. c.288p. ISBN 9780738731889. pap. $14.99. M
Intrepid Mira James returns to her hometown of Battle Lake, MN, for Christmas and PI school, never suspecting a serial killer has holiday plans for her. Lefty Award finalist Lourey pulls out all the stops in this eighth case (after November Hunt).
Mayor, Archer. Paradise City: A Joe Gunther Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780312681951. $25.99. M
Vermont detective Joe Gunther crosses state lines when a string of robberies he’s investigating ties in with a nasty murder in Boston. Once again, the long-running and best-selling police procedural series surprises and thrills (after last year’s Tag Man). [See Prepub Alert, 7/2/12.]
Templeton, Aline. Lamb to the Slaughter. Hodder & Stoughton: dist. by Trafalgar Square. Mar. 2009. c.409p. ISBN 9780340922293. $16.95. M
The possibility of a giant grocery store being built in Kirkluce, Scotland, has pitted factions of the populace against each other in Templeton’s fourth series entry (after Lying Dead). When a sheep and then a man are killed, DI Marjory Fleming’s team must sort out motive from rumor. Recommend to readers of Val McDermid and John Harvey.
Tallman, Shirley. Death on Telegraph Hill: A Sarah Woolson Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9781250010438. $24.99. M
Maverick attorney Sarah Woolson is forced into action in 1880s San Francisco. Her fifth entry (after Scandal on Rincon Hill) is personal: her brother Samuel has been shot.