Alexander, Gary. Loot: A Buster Hightower Mystery. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Sept. 2013. 264p. ISBN 9781432827175. $25.95. M
Stand-up comedian Buster and his girlfriend Carla find themselves unraveling a long-ago Seattle bank robbery mystery that is tied in with a shady group looking for the missing loot. Wacky geezer lit forms this fourth entry in a humorous series (after Interlock).
Berenson, Laurien. Gone with the Woof: A Melanie Travis Canine Mystery. Kensington. Sept. 2013. 284p. ISBN 9780758284525. $24. M
Welcome back Melanie Travis, Connecticut stay-at-home mom and dog breeder (after 2008’s Doggie Day Care Murder) in her 16th outing. This time her stint as a memoir writer puts her in danger.
Brandman, Michael. Robert B. Parker’s Damned If You Do: A Jesse Stone Novel. Putnam. Sept. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780399159503. $26.95. M
Brandman’s third Jesse Stone installment after Parker’s death (after Robert B. Parker’s Fool Me Twice) will help meet insatiable demand for all things Parker. Expect holds. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/13.]
Coel, Margaret. Killing Custer: A Wind River Mystery. Prime Crime: Berkley. Sept. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780425264638. $26.95. M
When a General Custer impersonator is killed, the locals want to blame a certain Arapaho. Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley seek the truth in the 17th entry in the series (after Buffalo Bill’s Dead).
Havill, Steven F. NightZone: A Posadas County Mystery. Poisoned Pen. Oct. 2013. 312p. ISBN 9781464200694. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781464200700. $14.95. M
One rancher’s dream of creating an astronomy-themed tourist attraction brings out an ecoterrorist attack, and things quickly spiral out of control in Havill’s 19th case (after One Perfect Shot).
Heywood, Joseph. Killing a Cold One: A Woods Cop Mystery. Lyons. Sept. 2013. 432p. ISBN 9780762791279. $26.95. M
Intrepid Grady Services returns for number eight (after Force of Blood) in Heywood’s compelling outdoor mystery series set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Mutilated victims are horrific enough that folks think a supernatural force is at work.
Masters, Priscilla. The Final Curtain. Severn House. Sept. 2013. 236p. ISBN 9780727883049. $28.95. M
Someone has hated child actor Timony Weeks for decades, and now DI Piercy must puzzle out who before the anger turns deadly. The 11th case for the Staffordshire detective (after The Velvet Scream).
Pearce, Michael. The Bride Box: A Mamur Zapt Mystery. Severn House. Sept. 2013. 204p. ISBN 9780727883032. $28.95. M
The old world confronts modern changes in 1912 Cairo. Gareth Owen—the Mamur Zapt—must investigate shocking allegations about human trafficking in his 17th case (after 2008’s The Mark of the Pasha).
Scott, A.D. North Sea Requiem. Atria: S. & S. Sept. 2013. 328p. ISBN 9781451665796. pap. $16. M
A local nurse finds a severed human foot inside a field hockey boot; then she is victimized by an acid-throwing attacker. Don’t miss the fourth installment in Scott’s Barry-nominated series (after Beneath the Abbey Wall) set in 1950s Scotland.
Swanson, Denise. Murder of a Stacked Librarian: A Scumble River Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. Sept. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780451416506. pap. $7.99. M
You owe yourselves this Christmastime mystery (after Murder of the Cat’s Meow), the 16th cozy for Swanson’s school psychologist Skye Denison. Just days before Skye’s wedding, she becomes distracted when the town’s new librarian is murdered.
Todd, Charles. A Question of Honor: A Bess Crawford Mystery. Morrow. Sept. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780062237156. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062237170. M
When Bess learns that an earlier crime committed in India involves her father, she must grapple with disturbing truths. Number five in this series (after the award-winning An Unmarked Grave) for the mother/son writing duo.