Mystery Series Lineup, May 1, 2012

Brandreth, Gyles. Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders. Touchstone: S. & S. May 2012. c.368p. ISBN 9781439153741. $24; pap. ISBN 9781439153734. $14. M

In Brandreth’s fourth engaging historical (after Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders), Wilde meets up with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and both are summoned to Rome. A well-crafted mix of the real-life and fictional by a Wilde scholar.

Cooper, Susan Rogers. Husband and Wives: A Milt Kovak Mystery. Severn House. 2012. c.200p. ISBN 9780727881267. $27.95. M

Oklahoma-based husband-and-wife team Sheriff Milt Kovak and psychiatrist Jean McDonnell (Rude Awakening) investigate a polygamist’s world when one of his wives turns up dead.

Housewright, David. Curse of the Jade Lily: A McKenzie Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780312642310. $25.99. M

PI Rushmore McKenzie returns in his ninth adventure (after Highway 61), investigating a stolen gem’s path. Problem is, the gem may be cursed.

Howell, Dorothy. Tote Bags and Toe Tags: A Haley Randolph Mystery. Kensington. Jun. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780758253323. $23. M

In her fifth outing (after Clutches and Curses), wisecracking handbag fashionista Haley once again finds dead bodies at her new place of employment.

Johnston, Paul. The Silver Stain: An Alex Mavros Mystery. Crème de la Crime: Severn House. 2012. c.256p. ISBN 9781780290188. $28.95. M

PI Alex Mavros (The Golden Silence) investigates a crime dating to World War II when a movie shooting on the island of Crete turns deadly. A strong sense of place with nonstop action.

Lovesey, Peter. Cop to Corpse: A Peter Diamond Investigation. Soho Crime. Jun. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9781616950781. $25. M

A cop-killing sniper is terrorizing the Bath, England, region, and Chief Superintendent Diamond must unravel the motives. The 12th title in the highly regarded (Stagestruck) series.

McPherson, Catriona. Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. May 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9781250007377. $24.99. M

Following last year’s stellar entry (Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains), amateur sleuth Dandy is learning more about department stores than she had planned. Scotland comes alive in this witty 1920s historical series.

Qiu Xiaolong. Don’t Cry, Tai Lake: An Inspector Chen Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. May 2012. c.272p. ISBN 9780312550646. $24.99. M

Inspector Chen (The Mao Case) gets mired in a toxic murder case when his vacation at beautiful Lake Tai goes awry. Don’t miss the crime fiction‚ writing poet’s eighth suspenseful series entry.

Viets, Elaine. Final Sail: A Dead-End Job Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. May 2012. c.272p. ISBN 9780451236746. $23.95. M

While PI Helen Hawthorne works the cruise ship circuit, her husband Phil Sagemont contends with problems on land. Both are masters at working undercover in number 11 of this fun series (Pumped for Murder).