Mystery Series Lineup | January 2013

Ballard, Mignon F. Miss Dimple Suspects: A Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9781250009678. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250012807. M

When a reclusive local artist is murdered, her assistant Suzy, a Japanese American woman, becomes the prime suspect. This is the third title (after Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause) in this engaging series set in rural Georgia during World War II.

Camilleri, Andrea. The Dance of the Seagull: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery. Penguin. Mar. 2013. 288p. tr. from Italian by Stephen Sartarelli. ISBN 9780143122616. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781101603086. M

In his 15th outing (after The Age of Doubt), Inspector Montalbano is distracted by a bird’s odd behavior and discovers that his colleague Fazio has gone missing. [See Prepub Alert, 8/20/12.]

Cavender, Chris. Killer Crust: A Pizza Lovers Mystery. Kensington. Jan. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780758271525. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780758286284. M

A pizza-baking contest goes badly for North Carolina sisters Eleanor and Maddy when the host dies from poisoned pizza in the amusing fifth series entry (after Rest in Pizza).

Hall, Parnell. Arsenic and Old Puzzles: A Puzzle Lady Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780312602482. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250020505. M

When a number of old men die suddenly, Cora can’t help but notice parallels to the movie Arsenic and Old Lace. This is number 14 (after $10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles) for the Puzzle Lady. Sudokus and crosswords included.

Helton, Peter. An Inch of Time: A Chris Honeysett Mystery. Severn House. Jan. 2013. 236p. ISBN 9781780290317. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781780103235. M

Artist and PI Chris Honeysett welcomes the chance to work in Corfu but finds the idyllic setting isn’t quite paradise. This is the fourth case (after Rainstone Fall) for the idiosyncratic sleuth.

Hunter, Maddy. Bonnie of Evidence: A Passport to Peril Mystery. Midnight Ink. Feb. 2013. 296p. ISBN 9780738727059. pap. $14.99. M

Travel group leader Emily braves the wilds of Scotland with her senior clients. Laugh along with Hunter’s eighth (after Dutch Me Deadly) pun-laden expedition.

Laurie, Victoria. What a Ghoul Wants: A Ghost Hunter Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. Jan. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9780451238979. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101607435. M

Globetrotting TV producer M.J. and her team might have met their match in Wales when a haunted castle turns vengeful. This is number seven (after Ghoul Interrupted) in Laurie’s fun paranormal series.

Meier, Leslie. Easter Bunny Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery. Kensington. Feb. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780758229359. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780758286307. M

How has Lucy Stone missed Easter thus far in this long-running holiday-themed series (after Chocolate Covered Murder)? This time she’s dealing with a dysfunctional family tree.

Oldham, Nick. Fighting for the Dead: A Detective Superintendent Henry Christie Novel. Severn House. Jan. 2013. 216p. ISBN 9780727882134. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781780103266. M

D.S. Christie’s 18th case (after Instinct) begins with a simple drowning and expands into a conspiracy that stretches from the UK to Eastern Europe. Henry has never felt more vulnerable.