Mystery Series Lineup, March 1, 2012

Beaton, M.C. Death of a Kingfisher: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery. Grand Central. 2012. c.256p. ISBN 9780446547369. $24.99. M

The Scottish constable ( Death of a Chimney Sweep ) tackles a tourism-related murder in the latest installment of the popular cozy series.

Bowen, Rhys. Hush Now, Don’t You Cry: A Molly Murphy Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2012. c.308p. ISBN 9780312628116. $24.99. M

Snap up the latest entry in Bowen’s award-winning series. It’s 1904, and Molly Murphy is back (Bless the Bride ). Her dream honeymoon falls apart when the estate’s host turns up dead. [See Prepub Alert, 11/14/11.]

Childs, Laura. Agony of the Leaves: A Tea Shop Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Mar. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780425245538. $25.95. M

Charleston heats up again in Theodosia’s 13th outing (Scones & Bones) as the much-anticipated grand opening of the new aquarium goes awry. Complete with recipes and tea-related websites.

Evans, Mary Anna. Plunder: A Faye Longchamp Mystery. Poisoned Pen. Mar. 2012. c.296p. ISBN 9781590589298. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781590589311. $14.95. M

Working in Louisiana, archaeologist Faye Longchamp (Strangers) doesn’t expect a double murder and pirate plunder, but by now she’s used to the unexpected. [See Prepub Alert, 11/14/11; author tour.]

Haddam, Jane. Blood in the Water: A Gregor Demarkian Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2012. c.284p. ISBN 9780312644345. $25.99. M

Ex-FBI agent Gregor Demarkian (Flowering Judas) investigates a high-society double homicide that baffles the Philadelphia cops. [See Prepub Alert, 11/14/11.]

Harris, C.S. When Maidens Mourn: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. Mar. 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9780451235770. $24.95. M

Regency England comes alive in Harris’s seventh Sebastian St. Cyr novel (Where Shadows Dance). Sebastian’s honey moon with Hero Jarvis is disrupted by ancient legends and a fresh corpse.

Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia. Kill My Darling: A Bill Slider Mystery. Severn House. 2012. c.264p. ISBN 9780727881373. $28.95. M

A female anthropologist vanishes, and Detective Inspector Slider digs out clues and dark secrets in his team’s fourth outing (Body Line). [See Prepub Alert, 11/14/11.]

King, Jonathon. Midnight Guardians: A Max Freeman Mystery. Severn House. 2012. c.224p. ISBN 9780727881052. $28.95. M

Edgar Award-winning King’s sixth thriller (Acts of Nature) finds PI Max Freeman confronting unexpected danger as he investigates Medicare fraud in south Florida.

McCoy, Judi. Fashion Faux Paw: A Dog Walker Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. Mar. 2012. c.324p. ISBN 9780451236272. pap. $7.99. M

Our favorite dog walker, Ellie Engleman, is off to New York’s Fashion Week in her sixth entry (Till Death Do Us Bark). Once again, the four-legged detectives help solve the case; this time it’s a murdered designer.

Reed, Mary & Eric Mayer. Nine for the Devil: A John the Lord Chamberlain Mystery. Poisoned Pen. Mar. 2012. c.308p. ISBN 9781590589946. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781590589960. $14.95. M

Emperor Justinian wants John (Eight for Eternity) to investigate Empress Theodora’s murder, but perhaps the Emperor is mistaken as to how she died. The authors once again make the Byzantine Empire vibrant and nuanced. [See Prepub Alert, 11/14/11.]