Mystery Series Lineup, July 2012

Glidewell, Jeanne. Haunted: A Lexie Starr Mystery Novel. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Jul. 2012. c.240p. ISBN 9781432825942. $25.95. M

Halloween finds Lexie (The Extinguished Guest) transforming her boyfriend’s B and B into a haunted house. Things get too real when a corpse turns up in this spooky cozy. [See Prepub Alert, 3/21/12.]

Hamilton, Steve. Die a Stranger: An Alex McKnight Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2012. c.288p. ISBN 9780312640217. $25.99. M

Hamilton brings back detective Alex McKnight (after Misery Bay) in his ninth Michigan series thriller. The crash of a drug-smuggling small plane doesn’t bode well for the Upper Peninsula residents. [See Prepub Alert, 3/21/12.]

Laurie, Victoria. Lethal Outlook: A Psychic Eye Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. Jul. 2012. c.368p. ISBN 9780451236951. $23.95. M

A new client puts a damper on psychic Abby’s (Vision Impossible) wedding plans. A young mother is missing, and Abby and her best friend Candice must focus if there’s going to be any chance of saving her.

Loomis, Jon. Fire Season: A Frank Coffin Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780312668136. $24.99. M

A spate of deadly arson fires catches Provincetown’s police detective (and interim chief) Frank Coffin off guard in his third outing (after Mating Season). Expect plenty of action and humor before the firebug is caught.

Mahon, Annette. St. Rose Goes Hawaiian: A St. Rose Quilting Bee Mystery. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Jul. 2012. c.268p. ISBN 9781432825959. $25.95. M

The Quilting Bee’s Hawaiian tour goes off track when the hostess’s husband is murdered at a luau. The senior stitching sleuths piece together a solution in their fourth cozy (after Bits and Pieces).

McCleary, Carol. The Formula for Murder. Forge: Tor. Jul. 2012. c.336p. ISBN 9780765328694. $24.99. M

In Victorian reporter Nellie Bly’s third sleuthing adventure (after The Illusion of Murder), she is out in Bath and Dartmoor, and, yes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is involved, too.

McKinlay, Jenn. Red Velvet Revenge: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Jul. 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780425251386. pap. $7.99. M

When summer’s heat deadens walk-in traffic, the Scottsdale-based bakery gals (Death By the Dozen) head for the local rodeo to ply their tasty wares, but instead find a feisty cowboy dead by bull goring.

Pronzini, Bill. Hellbox: A Nameless Detective Novel. Forge: Tor. Jul. 2012. c.320p. ISBN 9780765325655. $24.99. M

Pronzini’s series sleuth’s (Camouflage) vacation in the Sierra foothills is disrupted when an angry individual takes his wife, Kerry, hostage. Clues are scarce, and so is the local help. Expect the best from Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Pronzini.

Smith, Frank. In the Shadow of Evil: A DCI Neil Paget Mystery. Severn House. 2012. c.236p. ISBN 9780727881526. $28.95. M

Beware of village life, thinks DCI Paget in Smith’s ninth tightly crafted procedural (after A Killing Resurrected). A horrific slaying in a barn opens up a whole slew of motives and leads to more deaths.

Talley, Marcia. The Last Refuge: A Hannah Ives Mystery. Severn House. 2012. c.200p. ISBN 9780727881533. $28.95. M

Hannah (A Quiet Death) jumps into a history-based reality TV gig but gets involved in a decidedly contemporary investigation when a cast member is murdered on the closed set. [See Prepub Alert, 3/21/12.]

Walker, Martin. The Crowded Grave: A Mystery of the French Countryside. Knopf. Jul. 2012. c.336p. ISBN 9780307700193. $24.95. M

Local police chief Bruno Courreges returns with his fourth case (after Black Diamond) set in France’s bucolic Dordogne region. A beautiful spring day darkens when a dead body turns up at the local archaeological dig site. [See Prepub Alert, 3/21/12.]