Corris, Peter. The Dunbar Case. Allen & Unwin. Oct. 2013. 248p. ISBN 9781743310229. pap. $19.95. M
Nineteenth-century maritime disasters aren’t his usual territory, but PI Cliff Hardy wades into the ultimate cold case with his usual bravado. Corris is one of Australia’s premier crime writers; this is his 38th case for Hardy (after Comeback).
Curtis, Waverly. The Big Chihuahua: A Barking Detective Mystery. Kensington. Oct. 2013. 316p. ISBN 9780758274977. pap. $7.99. M
Pepe and Geri suspect a dog-worshipping cult outside of Seattle of causing a misguided woman’s demise. Third in a refreshingly funny canine series (after Chihuahua Confidential).
Ernst, Kathleen. Heritage of Darkness: A Chloe Ellefson Mystery. Midnight Ink. Oct. 2013. 348p. ISBN 9780738736983. pap. $14.99. M
All is not serene in rural Iowa when a craft instructor’s corpse turns up in an antique trunk. Historian Chloe’s sleuthing instincts kick in; this is her fourth cozy outing (after The Light Keeper’s Legacy).
Graham, Barbara. Murder by Sunlight: The Charity Quilt. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Oct. 2013. 292p. ISBN 9781432827274. $25.95. M
A Fourth of July celebration really heats up when an outdoor quilt display reveals a corpse. For Sheriff Tony, his troubles are just beginning. Graham’s fifth entry (after Murder by Vegetable) nicely mixes mayhem with small-town meddling, Tennessee style. Quilting pattern included.
Hall, Tarquin. The Case of the Love Commandos: From the Files of Vish Puri, India’s Most Private Investigator. S & S. Oct. 2013. 312p. ISBN 9781451613261. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781451613292. M
Vish Puri becomes embroiled in a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story set in India. As she is wont to do, his mother helps investigates in her own inimitable style. Do try Hall’s fourth entry (after The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken) in his charming and gently humorous series.
Hart, Ellen. Taken by the Wind: A Jane Lawless Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9781250001870. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250036438. M
The 21st case (after Rest for the Wicked) in a long-standing and much-lauded Lambda Literary Award–winning series finds PI Jane vowing to find two runaway teen boys, secretly worrying that they might have been abducted. Meanwhile, her personal and business relationships continue to be a challenge.
Mayor, Archer. Three Can Keep a Secret: A Joe Gunther Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2013. 324p. ISBN 9781250026132. $25.99. M
Disastrous Hurricane Irene has left Vermont reeling, and Joe’s VBI team ends up with a hodgepodge batch of cases that might be related. Old crimes collide with new in this consistently excellent series. This is case number 24 (after Paradise City).
Roby, Kinley. Beyond Redress: A Harry Brock Mystery. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Oct. 2013. 368p. ISBN 9781432827267. $25.95. M
Action abounds when PI Harry Brock’s new client is a prime suspect in a Latino activist’s murder. In his ninth case (after Birds of Winter), the southwest Florida setting is key.
Spencer-Fleming, Julia. Through the Evil Days: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2013. 356p. ISBN 9780312606848. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250022653. M
Demand will be high for the eighth entry in this multi-award winning series (after One Was a Soldier). Pregnant Clare is directly in harm’s way in this chilling January tale.