MiBryan, Mollie Cox. Death of an Irish Diva: A Cumberland Creek Mystery. Kensington. Feb. 2014. 344p. ISBN 9780758266330. pap. $7.99. M
A day after St. Patrick’s Day, an attractive Irish dance instructor is murdered; her abrasive personality means several folks have motives. Annie, the small-town journalist (and avid scrapbooker), finds hidden secrets that someone wants kept quiet. This third crafty entry (after Scrapped) in Bryan’s Agatha Award–nominated series includes a glossary and DIY tips.
Cleeves, Ann. Dead Water: A Shetland Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Feb. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9781250036605. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250036612. M
Broken-hearted DI Jimmy Perez sets aside his own grief to assist the local authorities with a case involving a murdered journalist. The victim had left the Shetland Islands for greener pastures, and it looks as if his return was the wrong move. This is the fifth series entry (after Blue Lightning) for the Gold Dagger Award–winning author. The books have become a BBC TV series, Shetland.
Collins, Kate. Throw in the Trowel: A Flower Shop Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. Feb. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780451415509. pap. $7.99. M
Just back from their honeymoon, Abby and Marco literally unearth a skeleton in the basement of Marco’s bar. Figuring out who and why keeps number 15 in the Indiana-set cozy series (after Seed No Evil) moving lightly and cleverly.
Duncan, Alice. Spirits Revived: A Daisy Gumm Majesty Mystery. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Mar. 2014. 252p. ISBN 9781432827984. $25.95. M
Widowed Daisy, still working as a medium in Pasadena, CA, finds herself in trouble with a drug ring when a séance goes awry. Duncan’s cozy historical series, circa 1923, features laughter and strong family connections. This is number seven for Daisy (after Ancient Spirits).
James, Miranda. The Silence of the Library: A Cat in the Stacks Mystery. Prime Crime: Berkley. Feb. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780425257289. pap. $7.99. M
National Library Week festivities go haywire when the planned visit by a centenarian author of a well-known girl detective mystery series (think: Nancy Drew) is disrupted by fans. Mississippi academic librarian Charlie has to watch his back when murder strikes again. This is case number five for Charlie and Diesel, his Maine Coon cat (after Out of Circulation).
Kurland, Michael. Who Thinks Evil: A Moriarty Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Feb. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780312365455. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466847392. M
It’s 1892, and one of Queen Victoria’s sons has gone missing—and he’s a suspect in the death of a young woman. With Sherlock unavailable to solve the case, Moriarty is the next best option. Don’t miss the fifth entry in the smartly structured historical (after 2006’s The Empress of India).
McKinty, Adrian. In the Morning I’ll Be Gone: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel. Seventh St: Prometheus. Mar. 2014. 308p. ISBN . pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616148782. M
Belfast’s DS Sean Duffy must balance his background (Irish Catholic) and his job (he’s currently with MI5). Hunting for an IRA bomber requires his immediate attention. Set in the 1980s, this is the concluding volume in a gritty trilogy (after I Hear the Sirens in the Street).
Ramsay, Frederick. Drowning Barbie: An Ike Schwartz Mystery. Poisoned Pen. Feb. 2014. 268p. ISBN 9781464202148. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781464202162. $14.95.; ebk. ISBN 9781615954704. M
Sheriff Ike wonders what he’s gotten into when meth heads make their presence known and two bodies turn up in one grave. This is the ninth case for the honorable sheriff (after Scone Island) working in a scenic Virginia college town.
Walker, Martin. The Resistance Man: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel. Knopf. Feb. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780385349543. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385349550. M
Bruno has his hands full with a case linked to the French Resistance movement of World War II, plus present-day troubles in the local gay community. The sixth entry in the enjoyable series (after The Devil’s Cave) set in France’s Dordogne region. [Prepub Alert, 8/19/13.]