Mystery Series Lineup | November 1, 2012

Bain, Donald. Margaret Truman’s Experiment in Murder: A Capital Crimes Novel. Forge: Tor. Nov. 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9780765326102. $24.99. M

Mac and Annabel unearth an assassination plot linked to a mind-control experiment gone awry. The late Truman’s popular and long-running series is ably continued by Bain (after her Monument to Murder: A Capital Crimes Novel). [See Prepub Alert, 7/2/12.]

Collins, Kate. Nightshade on Elm Street: A Flower Shop Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. Nov. 2012. c.336p. ISBN 9780451238504. pap. $7.99. M

Abby cannot sever old loyalties. So when her former fiancé is accused of drowning his new love, the flower shop owner doesn’t hesitate for long before she starts investigating in her 13th outing (after To Catch a Leaf).

Dams, Jeanne M. The Corpse of St. James’s: A Dorothy Martin Mystery. Severn House. 2012. c.212p. ISBN 9780727881854. $28.95. M

Once again, Dorothy stumbles—literally—into a murder investigation. This one might have royal connections. Her 12th case (after The Evil that Men Do) is perfect for those seeking British-infused cozies. [See Prepub Alert, 7/2/12.]

Duncan, Elizabeth J. A Small Hill To Die On: A Penny Brannigan Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. 2012. c.288p. ISBN 9781250008244. $24.99. M

The bucolic Welsh countryside is marred by the discovery of a dead pregnant teen on a hill. Soon salon owner Penny and her village colleagues find motives worth sharing with the authorities in her fourth cozy outing (after A Killer’s Christmas in Wales).

Finch, Charles. A Death in the Small Hours. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2012. c.320p. ISBN 9781250011602. $24.99. M

Away from London this time, Victorian sleuth Charles Lenox finds a strange evil surging through the normally placid village of Plumley. Protégé John Dallington helps out in the series’s sixth title (after A Burial at Sea).

Maron, Margaret. The Buzzard Table: A Deborah Knott Mystery. Grand Central. Nov. 2012. c.320p. ISBN 9780446555821. $25.99. M

This time NYPD Lt. Sigrid Herald is on Deborah and Dwight’s home turf when a murdered ornithologist is revealed to have unexpected connections to 1990s Somalia. Number 18 (after Three-Day Town) for this series favorite.

McCullough, Colleen. The Prodigal Son: A Carmine Delmonico Novel. S & S. Nov. 2012. c.320p. ISBN 9781451668759. $26. M

A toxin stolen from the university’s lab spells murder for fellow scientists. Capt. Delmonico’s team knows that brilliant professors can take diabolical actions. The fourth case for the Connecticut-set police procedural series (after Naked Cruelty).

Roby, Kinley. The Birds of Winter: A Harry Brock Mystery. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Dec. 2012. c.380p. ISBN 9781432825997. $25.95. M

Once again, the retired park ranger-turned-PI has his hands full when a missing-person case leads Harry and his colleague into grave danger in the wilds of Florida (after Death’s Long Shadow).

Royal, Priscilla. The Sanctity of Hate: A Medieval Mystery. Poisoned Pen. Dec. 2012. c.236p. ISBN 9781464200182. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781464200205. $14.95. M

Prioress Eleanor finds summer is less than idyllic when a drowning death turns out to be murder, in her ninth investigation (after A Killing Season).