Mystery Series Lineup, December 2011

Balzo, Sandra. Triple Shot: A Maggy Thorsen Mystery. Severn House. Dec. 2011. c.208p. ISBN 9780727880796. $27.95. M
In her seventh outing, Milwaukee-based barista Maggy (A Cup of Jo) brews up an old-time mob case with contemporary connections.

Barbieri, Maggie. Physical Education: A Murder 101 Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2011. c.352p. ISBN 9780312593292. $24.99. M
In her fifth outing, professor Alison Bergeron (Third Degree), suspecting the college’s basketball coach didn’t die naturally, can’t resist investigating. Thankfully, her NYPD cop husband, Bobby, is never too far away.

Cohen, Nancy J. Shear Murder: A Bad Hair Day Mystery. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Jan. 2012. c.246p. ISBN 9781432825546. $25.95. M
Who knows more about the wedding party than your hairdresser? Welcome back south Florida’s Marla Shore, who trips over the dead matron of honor in her tenth cozy (Killer Knots). [See Prepub Alert, 8/2/11]

Coleman, Reed Farrel. Hurt Machine: A Moe Prager Mystery. Tyrus. Dec. 2011. c.320p. ISBN 9781440532023. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781440531996. $15.95. M
Facing his own mortality when cancer strikes, hardheaded Moe Prager (Innocent Monster) agrees to help his ex-wife once again. What’s the real story behind the murder of her sister, an FDNY emergency medical technician, and why is Moe the only one investigating?

Gage, Leighton. A Vine in the Blood: A Chief Inspector Mario Silva Investigation. Soho Crime. Dec. 2011. c.304p. ISBN 9781616950040. $24. M
There’s nothing low-key about Brazilian cop Mario Silva’s fifth case (Every Bitter Thing), especially since the kidnapping coincides with the FIFA World Cup and the victim is a Brazilian soccer star’s mother. [See Prepub Alert, 8/2/11.]

Lake, Deryn. Death at the Wedding Feast: A John Rawlings Mystery. Severn House. Dec. 2011. c.224p. ISBN 9780727880864. $28.95. M
Apothecary John Rawlings’s (Death and the Black Pyramid) uneasiness about a wedding match proves prescient. Lake brings Georgian England vividly to life in her 14th historical series title.

Medieval Murderers. Hill of Bones: A Historical Mystery. S. & S. UK, dist. by Trafalgar Square. Jan. 2012. c.416p. ISBN 9780857204264. pap. $16.95. M
This seventh entertaining collaborative novel (The Sacred Stone) presents a five-act novel written by five historical fiction authors (Karen Maitland, Susanna Gregory, Bernard Knight, Philip Gooden, and Ian Morson) and centered on the death of Bath’s prior in 1199. A clever epilog is part of the charm.

Meier, Leslie. Chocolate Covered Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery. Kensington. Jan. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780758229335. $24. M
Tinker’s Cove is promoting Valentine’s Day in a big way, but a chocolate-covered corpse wasn’t part of the business plan. Lucy must investigate in this 18th entry in a perennially popular series (English Tea Murder).

Norman, Hilary. Hell: A Sam Becket Thriller. Severn House. Dec. 2011. c.256p. ISBN 9780727880741. $28.95. M
Lock the doors and think smartly: serial killer Cal the Hater is back (Shimmer), terrorizing detective Sam Becket’s family and making their lives a living hell. Seriously psychologically scary stuff.