Bowen, Rhys. City of Darkness and Light: A Molly Murphy Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2014. 312p. ISBN 9781250011664. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250011657. M
The year is 1905, and Molly’s friends, currently residing in Paris, extend an invitation to visit. While this should be the trip of a lifetime for Molly and baby Liam, she finds murder and mayhem abroad almost immediately in Bowen’s 13th entry in her award-winning historical series (after The Family Way).
Chisholm, P.F. An Air of Treason: A Sir Robert Carey Mystery. Poisoned Pen. Mar. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781464202209. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781464202223. $14.95. M
Elizabeth I relies upon Sir Robert Carey to investigate troublesome problems. This time, the queen is the prime suspect in a long-ago murder, and Carey might be overwhelmed. Tudor fans will be captivated by the sixth, well-researched historical adventure (after A Murder of Crows); glossary included.
Estleman, Loren. Don’t Look for Me: An Amos Walker Novel. Forge: Tor. Mar. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780765331212. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781429946575. M
The winner of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America isn’t resting on his laurels. Estleman’s PI sees a familiar enemy (Charlotte Sing) aiming for him in the concluding title in a trilogy (American Detective and Infernal Angels) within the long-running series that began in 1980 with Motor City Blue. The Walker series now stands at number 24. [See Prepub Alert, 9/16/13.]
Fields, Tricia. Wrecked: A Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2014. 308p. ISBN 9781250021373. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250022790. M
Tough-as-nails police chief Josie Gray strikes back when a Mexican drug cartel kidnaps her lover from their Texas border town. This is Fields’s third entry in her impressive Hillerman Award–winning series (after Scratchgravel Road).
Hale, Rebecca M. How To Paint a Cat: A Cats and Curios Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Mar. 2014. 364p. ISBN 9780425258866. pap. $7.99. M
Continuing the mystery surrounding the murder of the mayor’s intern (in How To Tail a Cat), this fifth in the clever San Francisco-based paranormal cozy series leads up the Bohemian Highway. Perhaps the city’s famous New Deal-era murals will provide the necessary clues.
Harris, C.S. Why Kings Confess: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery. Obsidian: NAL. Mar. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780451417558. $24.95. M
Intrigue complicates the Viscount’s life when a French couple sent by Napoleon on a secret peace mission fall prey to those of the opposite persuasion. The Regency-era investigator is on his ninth thrilling case (after What Darkness Brings).
Ryan, Annelise. Board Stiff: A Mattie Winston Mystery. Kensington. Mar. 2014. 364p. ISBN 9780758272768. pap. $7.99. M
Nurse-turned-coroner Mattie picks up extra helpers when the residents join in the sleuthing after the owner of their nursing home is murdered. Small-town laughs and romantic miscommunication round out the series’s fifth entry (after Lucky Stiff).
Swanson, Denise. Dead Between the Lines: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery. Obsidian: NAL. Mar. 2014. 264p. ISBN 9780451418883. pap. $7.99. M
Dev (“tough chick”) Sinclair—now hosting a book club—is stunned when a guest poet is killed outside her store. Three’s the charm in Swanson’s fresh, new series (after Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death) set in Missouri.
Zouroudi, Anne. The Lady of Sorrows: A Seven Deadly Sins Mystery. Little, Brown. Mar. 2014. 264p. ISBN 9780316217842. $25.; ebk. ISBN 9780316217835. M
The remarkably astute and morally upright detective Hermes Diaktoros (aka “the fat man”) uncovers forgery and deceit on the tiny island of Kalkos in his fourth case (after The Doctor of Thessaly). Map included.