Brett, Simon. The Corpse on the Court. Crème de la Crime: Severn. Feb. 2013. 217p. ISBN 9781780290324. $28.95. M
In this 14th series entry (after Guns in the Gallery) Jude’s new man has a love of tennis, but the game takes a turn when a man dies on the court. Meanwhile, Jude’s neighbor Carole is doing some sleuthing of her own to discover the identity of the “Lady in the Lake.” The women soon discover their cases are connected.
Harris, C.S. What Darkness Brings: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. Mar. 2013. 368p. ISBN 9780451239273. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101615119. M
Sebastian comes to the aid of his former love when her husband is accused of murder. With a missing diamond, accusations of dark magic, and secrets piling up, Sebastian and his new wife, Hero, will find their marriage and love tested while a killer lurks in the shadows. Historical mystery enthusiasts will enjoy this eighth in Harris’s Regency-set series (after When Maidens Mourn).
Hendricks, Gay & Tinker Lindsay. The Second Rule of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery. Hay House. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9781401941024. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781401941031. M
The second of the “Tenzing Norbu, Dharma Detective” series (after The First Rule of Ten) finds private investigator Tenzing in the midst of new cases, a new love, and a family crisis. Can his past experiences as an LAPD officer and a Buddhist monk bring him enlightenment and answers to all of these troubles?
Jones, Merry. Winter Break: A Harper Jennings Mystery. Severn House. Feb. 2013. 216p. ISBN 9780727882202. $28.95. M
In this third outing (after Behind the Walls), Harper Jennings finds that a visit from her mother and the woman’s new boyfriend may be too much. Is it just pregnancy hormones making Harper think her mother’s boyfriend is hiding something or is she on to something? And what about that body in the woods?
Kelly, Diane. Death, Taxes, and Peach Sangria. St. Martin’s. Jan. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9781250023063. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466814769. M
IRS special agent Tara Holloway has been getting a lot of respect around the office lately. In her latest case, she tries to track down cash being sent to terrorist groups. Meanwhile, in this fourth series entry (after Death, Taxes and Extra-Hold Hairspray), everyone else seems to be looking for love in the online dating world, including her own special agent crush..
Kelly, Jim. Nightrise: A Phillip Dryden Mystery. Crème de la Crime: Severn House. Feb. 2013. 244p. ISBN 9781780290331. $28.95. M
In journalist Phillip Dryden’s sixth outing (after 2007’s The Skeleton Man), he works to find ties between two seemingly unrelated cases: a possible gang killing and a baby burial gone wrong. A third twist comes when the police inform Phillip that his father was killed in a car accident—except his father drowned 35 years ago.
Loweecey, Alice. Veiled Threat: A Falcone & Driscoll Investigation. Midnight Ink. Feb. 2013. 288p. ISBN 9780738726403. pap. $14.95. M
While former nun Giulia Falcone prepares for the holidays with her boss-then-boyfriend-then-boss-again Frank Driscoll, her friends’ adopted baby girl is kidnapped. Worse, the police are ignoring clues that other same-sex couples in neighboring communities have experienced the same crime, with horrifying results. Loweecey’s third book (after Back in the Habit) does not shy away from the grim topics.
Reilly, Linda S. Some Enchanted Murder: An Apple Mariani Mystery. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Feb. 2013. 276p. ISBN 9781432826819. $25.96. M
Paralegal and title searcher Apple Mariani is used to digging for clues in her work, but nothing prepares her for the murder of a local appraiser, or her aunt being named the prime suspect. And when a friend disappears, Apple knows she must dig through the past to ensure that everyone still has a present before the killer strikes again. This series debut will be sure to attract cozy fans.
Taylor, Caroline. Jewelry from a Grave. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Mar. 2013. 276p. ISBN 9781432826871. $25.95. M
Investigator P.J. Smythe does not believe in coincidences. When her roommate disappears after informing P.J. that two previous roommates died mysteriously, and by the way, they both worked for the same company, a trashed apartment and fenced jewelry lead P.J. on a dangerous path in her second outing (after What Are Friends For?).