Barbieri, Maggie. Extra Credit: A Murder 101 Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2012. 376p. ISBN 9781250001887. $24.99. M
In her seventh outing (after Physical Education ), English professor Alison Bergeron grapples with family disorder when her husband Bobby’s former brother-in-law is murdered and a whole lot of cash is left behind.
Clark, Mary Jane. Footprints in the Sand: A Piper Donovan Mystery. Morrow.
Jan. 2013372p. ISBN 9780062135445. $25.99. M
Beautiful Florida and a cousin’s wedding can’t keep cake-decorator Piper out of danger when a corpse is found on the beach—and that’s just for openers. This is Piper’s third outing (after The Look of Love ). [See Prepub Alert, 8/20/12.]
Cooper, Susan Rogers. Dead Weight: An E.J. Pugh Mystery. Severn House. Dec. 2012. 200p. ISBN 9780727881953. $27.95. M
E.J.’s cobbled-together family jumps into a case that involves tangled identities and old family hatreds. Big as Texas itself, this family-themed entry is number ten (after Full Circle ) in a series that’s celebrating 20 years. [See Prepub Alert, 7/2/12.]
Elkins, Aaron. Dying on the Vine. Berkley Prime Crime. Dec. 2012. 296p. ISBN 9780425247884. $25.95. M
After a three-year hiatus, “Skeleton Detective” Gideon Oliver heads to Tuscany in his 17th entry (after Skull Duggery ). The vineyards hold dark secrets for his friends.
Gregson, J.M. More Than Meets the Eye: A Lambert & Hook Mystery. Severn House. Dec. 2012. 196p. ISBN 9780727881984. $27.95. M
The steady British duo of CS John Lambert and DS Bert Hook mix horticulture with their golf when their 25th case (after Die Happy ) involves a murder on the grounds of Westbourne Gardens.
James, Peter. Not Dead Yet. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2012. 448p. ISBN 9780312642846. $25.99. M
Hollywood comes to Brighton in James’s eighth thriller with DS Roy Grace at the helm (after his Barry Award-winning Dead Man’s Grip ). [See Prepub Alert, 7/2/12.]
Lee, Amanda. Thread on Arrival: An Embroidery Mystery. NAL: Penguin Group (USA). Dec. 2012. 308p. ISBN 9780451238856. pap. $7.99. M
Tales of shipwrecks off the Oregon coast capture shop owner Marcy’s attention when a family tapestry is actually a treasure map. Her fifth outing (after The Long Stitch Good Night ).
Medieval Murderers. The First Murder: A Historical Mystery. S. & S. UK: dist. by Trafalgar Square. Jan. 2013. 376p. ISBN 9781849837361. $27.95. M
Stretching across many centuries—from 1154 to the eve of World War II, this intriguing mystery explores the curse hanging over a play about Adam’s sons, Cain and Abel. Eighth collaborative entry (after Hill of Bones ).
Murphy, Shirley Rousseau. Cat Bearing Gifts: A Joe Grey Mystery. Morrow. Dec. 2012. 268p. ISBN 9780061806940. $19.99. M
California’s favorite kitty sleuth, Joe Grey, works with his feline and human friends on a case overflowing with desperation and greed. Murphy brings in number 18 (after Cat Telling Tales) just in time for the holidays.
Pattison, Eliot. Mandarin Gate. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2012. 312p. ISBN 9780312656041. $25.99. M
Don’t miss Edgar Award–winning Pattison’s seventh Tibetan case (after 2009’s The Lord of Death). Inspector Shan must discover who would murder innocents on the grounds of a Buddhist temple, and also protect a witness.