Clemens, Judy. Leave Tomorrow Behind: A Stella Crown Mystery. Poisoned Pen. Dec. 2013. 292p. ISBN 9781464202025. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781464202049. $14.95. M
After a five-year break, the Harley-riding, suffer-no-fools dairy farmer returns in her sixth outing (after Different Paths). Her wedding plans go on hiatus when a dead country singer turns up in the county fair stables.
Emery, Anne. Blood on a Saint. ECW. Nov. 2013. 324p. ISBN 9781770411227. $24.95. M
Halifax duo attorney Monty Collins and Fr. Brennan Burke are driven apart when a loudmouth talk show host is accused of murder; trouble is, he’s Collins’s client and Burke’s confessee. Seventh outing (after Death at Christy Burke’s) for an Ellis Award winner.
Finch, Charles. An Old Betrayal: A Charles Lenox Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9781250011619. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250038395. M
Still a Member of Parliament, Lenox once again takes up detecting when he learns that Queen Victoria might be in danger. The seventh entry for the gentleman sleuth (after A Death in the Small Hours).
Gavin, Rick. Nowhere Nice: A Crime Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2013. 288p. ISBN 9780312583194. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250016003. M
Deadly—yet wacky—mayhem ensues when meaner-than-a-junkyard-dog Boudrot escapes jail, planning to get even with Nick, the repo man, and his buddy Desmond. Number three in the hilarious Mississippi Delta noir series (after Beluga).
McCall Smith, Alexander. The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon. Pantheon. Nov. 2013. 252p. ISBN 9780307378415. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307908148. M
A reader favorite, the irresistible Precious juggles two cases with her usual aplomb. She has more trouble grappling with changes within her own agency in her 14th adventure (after The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection). [See Prepub Alert, 5/13/13.]
McCullough, Colleen. Sins of the Flesh: A Carmine Delmonico Novel. S. & S. Nov. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9781476735337. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781476735368. M
Summertime in a college town should be lazy, but 1969 is the exception in McCullough’s Connecticut-set procedural series. It’s bad enough contending with one serial killer, but Carmine fears a second murderer lurks. The fifth case for the police captain (after The Prodigal Son). [See Prepub Alert, 5/13/13.]
McPherson, Catriona. Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses: A Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9781250028907. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250030009. M
No one might have noticed that schoolteachers were going missing, if one of them hadn’t been Dandy’s old chum Fleur. The seventh case for the witty amateur detective (after the Agatha Award–winning Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder) who beguiles as she sleuths across 1920s Scotland.
Rendell, Ruth. No Man’s Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel. Scribner. Nov. 2013. 288p. ISBN 9781476744483. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781476744490. M
Perhaps he retired officially, but Wexford is eager to jump in when asked to by his former deputy. What to make of a strangled vicar in Wexford’s 25th case (after The Vault)? Noteworthy: this series is on the cusp of its 50th anniversary! (Starts with From Doon with Death) [See Prepub Alert, 5/13/13.]
Trow, M.J. Crimson Rose: A Tudor Mystery Featuring Christopher Marlowe. Crème de la Crime: Severn House. Nov. 2013. 220p. ISBN 9781780290539. $28.95. M
Marlowe’s friend Will Shakespeare stands accused of murder when an onstage musket shot kills a member of the audience. Kit must get to the root of the problem in his fifth entry (after Scorpions’ Nest).