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Akers, Tim. The Pagan Night. (The Hallowed War, Bk. 1.) Titan. Jan. 2016. 592p. ISBN 9781783297375. $14.95. ebk. ISBN 9781783297399. FANTASY/EPIC
Nearly ten years in the making, this epic fantasy by the North Carolina–born son of a theologian conspiracyputs us in a Braveheart world ruled ruthlessly by the Church. But gheists still roam the land, scaring folks half to death, and the north and south are about to erupt in bloodshed.

Belanger, Michelle. Conspiracy of Angels. (Novels of the Shadowside, Bk. 1). 2015. 368p. ISBN 9781783297337. pap. $7.99; ebk ISBN 9781783297344. DARK FANTASY
It takes a six-foot-six transexual decimus known as Saliriel to explain things to Zachary Westland after he awakens on the shores of Lake Erie, remembering only awful scenes of violence and death. Angelic tribes bound to Earth have maintained a truce that’s could soon shatter, and Zack might just be able to save the day. A self-proclaimed vampire and a psychic seen regularly on the TV series Paranormal State, Belanger has written nonfiction but here presents her first fiction.

Bruen, Ken & Jason Starr. Pimp. Hard Case Crime: Titan. Mar. 2016. 240p. ISBN 9781783295692. pap. $9.95; ebk. ISBN 9781783295708. NOIR
Having given us Barry finalist Bust, Anthony finalist Slide, and Max, the multi-award-winning authors again join forces, this time wrapping up the saga of would-be drug lord Max Fisher and his former assistant Angela. Pimp, by the way, is not what you think; it’s a drug.

Cartmel, Andrew. The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax. (The Vinyl Detective Mysteries, Bk. 1.) Titan. May 2016. 368p. ISBN 9781783297672. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781783297689. MYSTERY & DETECTIVE
Midsomer Murders screenwriter Cartmel launches a series starring an obsessive record collector who describes himself as a vinyl detective, and soon he’s hunting down a lost jazz recording on behalf of a shadowy client with money to burn. Zany elements but hard-boiled, too.

Collins, Max Allan. Quarry’s Cut. Hard Case Crime: Titan. Feb. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9781783298891. pap. $9.95. ebk. ISBN 9781783298907. MYSTERY & DETECTIVE/HARD-quarryBOILED
Collins, Max Allan. Quarry’s Deal. Jan. 2016. Hard Case Crime: Titan. 224p. ISBN 9781783298877.  pap. $9.95; ebk. ISBN 9781783298884. MYSTERY & DETECTIVE/HARD-BOILED
If you don’t know Quarry, Hard Case Crime’s most popular series character and the star of Collins’s longest-running series, you will soon. Cinemax is shortly introducing a new series based on the character, starring Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) and Peter Mullan (Trainspotting). In time for the series, the publisher is repackaging the first five “Quarry” titles, unavailable in stores for three decades and being rereleased over the next five months. Featured here: Quarry’s Cut, which has a serial killer visiting the set of an adult film, and Quarry’s Deal, which puts our hit-man hero up against a female killer.

Denning, G.S. Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone. Titan. 368p. May 2016. ISBN 9781783299713. pap. $12.95; ebk. ISBN 9781783299720. MYSTERY & DETECTIVE/HISTORICAL
In this laugh-out-loud mystery, Dr. John Watson is a brilliant crime solver forever rescuing flatmate Warlock Holmes, who’s a real dunce—though he does have magical powers. Written in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle, though he probably would not have introduced you to vampire Inspector Vladislav Lestrade and ogre Inspector Torg Grogsson. Denning has exercised his writing skills for the games company Wizards of the Coast, as well as Nintendo

Entwistle, Vaughn. The Angel of Highgate. Titan. Dec. 2105. 384p. ISBN 9781783295340. pap. $12.95; ebk. ISBN 9781783295357. THRILLER
In this 1859-set prequel to the author’s lauded “Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle” entwhseries, contemptuous philanderer Lord Geoffrey Thraxton insults the physician attending him after a duel and is punished for his nastiness, his doom sealed by a mysterious woman who emerges from the fog at Highgate Cemetery.

Leslie, Barbra. Cracked: A Danny Cleary Novel. Titan. Nov. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9781783296989. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781783296996. THRILLER
It’s not every crime novel that has a crack addict as heroine, but Danny Cleary is high-functioning, and when her twin sister is murdered, she proves up to the task of finding the killer and locating her nephews, too. Wondering if she’ll ever kick the habit adds to the suspense. From the author of Nerve.

Morfoot, Peter. Impure Blood (A Captain Darac Novel, Bk. 1.) Titan. Apr. 2016. 544p. ISBN 9781783296644. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781783296651. INTERNATIONAL MYSTERY & CRIME
Capt. Paul Darac of the Nice Brigade Criminelle has more than he can handle when a man is found murdered in the midst of a Muslim prayer group, even as terrorists threaten the Nice leg of the Tour de France. Morfoot, a Cambridge academic with several BBC television and radio plays to his name, has been visiting the Alpes Maritimes region of France for 30 years. Exploring the key theme of racial hatred, yet also said to be darkly funny and sexy.

Newman, Kim. The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School. Titan. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9781781165720. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781781165737. FANTASY/PARANORMAL
Designed for the daughters of criminal masterminds and wayward magicians, Drearcliff Grange School is the perfect place for little Amy after her mother finds her sleeping on the ceiling. When one of her friends is abducted, Amy musters other students with special powers to help save her. Boarding school was never this creepy; from a winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and British Science Fiction awards.

Ould, Chris. The Blood Strand. (A Faroes Novel, Bk. 1.) Titan. Feb. 2016. 448p. ISBN 9781783297047. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781783297054. MYSTERY & DETECTIVE
After learning that his father has been discovered unconscious in an out-of-the-way setting, bloodstrandBritish police detective Jan Reyna returns to the Faroe Islands, which he left with his mother when he was three, and confronts both family divisions and murder. From a BAFTA Award–winning screenwriter. [See “Walking The Blood Strand with Chris Ould.”]

Rodford. E.G. The Bursar’s Wife. (A George Kocharyan Mystery, Bk. 1). Titan. Mar. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9781785650031. pap. $14.95. ekb. ISBN 9781785650048. MYSTERY & DETECTIVE/HISTORICAL
Written pseudonymously by award-winning literary author Mischa Hiller (Sabre Zoo), this work stars Cambridge-based P.I. Kocharyan, who’s asked by the gorgeous wife of the bursar of fictitious Morley Hall to investigate her daughter’s sneaky behavior. Instead, her husband ends up a suicide after another woman is found dead. The author himself lives in Cambridge.

Scott, Gavin. The Age of Treachery. (A Duncan Forrester Mystery, Bk. 1.) Titan. Apr. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781783297801. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781783297818. INTERNATIONAL MYSTERY & CRIME
At the close of World War II, former Special Operations Executive agent Duncan Forrester returns to Oxford as a junior ancient history fellow, but he finds little peace. Another fellow is found dead in the quad and a don is arrested for murder, but our doubting hero begins a hunt for the true killer that eventually entails lost Viking sagas, satanic rituals, and wartime espionage. By a British-born Hollywood screenwriter; look for cameos by J.R.R. Tolkien, Ian Fleming, and Thor Heyerdahl

Williams, Conrad. Dead Letters: An Anthology. Titan. Apr. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9781783294503. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781783294510. HORROR/SHORT STORIES
Winner of an International Horror Guild Award and a stack of British Fantasy Awards, Williams dusanddesireedits an anthology about letters and packages that lie unclaimed in the Dead Letters Office. The original pieces come from the likes of Joanne Harris, China Miéville, Adam Nevill, and Williams himself, and, spookily, it’s just in time to honor the 500th anniversary of the Royal Mail.

Williams, Conrad. Dust & Desire. (A Joel Sorrell Novel, Bk. 1.). Nov. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781783295630. pap. $12.95; ebk. ISBN 9781783295647. THRILLER
P.I. Joel Sorrell may be a bad-mouthed tough guy, but since he’s been searching for his missing daughter after the murder of his wife, he’s willing to help enigmatic Kara Geenan find her brother. Sorrell is nearly killed for his efforts, and it seems that a bad new serial killer has arrived in London. Multi-award-winning Williams, who works mostly in the horror and fantasy genres, here crosses over into hard-edged crime.

 

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.