Mystery Series Lineup | March 1, 2013

Allan, Barbara. Antiques Chop: A Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery. Kensington. May 2013. 240p. ISBN 9780758263629. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780758292353. M

It’s show time for Brandy and Vivian when a reality TV series plans to highlight them—until the producer is axed to death. Allan’s (pseudonym for Barbara and Max Allan Collins) seventh entry in the lighthearted cozy series (after Antiques Disposal) includes a cast of characters and map.

Bowen, Rhys. The Family Way: A Molly Murphy Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9781250011633. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250011640. M

Despite her pregnancy, Molly Murphy Sullivan can’t seem to stay away from sleuthing. In this, her 12th entry (after Hush Now, Don’t You Cry), she becomes embroiled in the Irish freedom movement of the early 20th century. [See Prepub Alert, 10/08/12.]

Fluke, Joanne. Red Velvet Cupcake Murder. Kensington. Mar. 2013.324p. ISBN 9780758280343. $25; ebk. ISBN 978075820367. M

Hannah Swensen’s cupcakes come under suspicion when an old rival dies from poisoning. Culinary cozies don’t get any tastier than this winning series, now serving up case number 18 (after Cinnamon Roll Murder).

Gunn, Elizabeth. Eleven Little Piggies: A Jake Hines Mystery. Severn House. Apr. 2013. 188p. ISBN 9780727882363. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780727882363. M

Thanksgiving plans are put on hold when a local farmer dies, perhaps because of a land dispute. This is the ninth case for the Minnesota police detective (after The Ten-Mile Trials). [See Prepub Alert, 10/08/12.]

McKevett, G. A Killer Honeymoon: A Savannah Reid Mystery. Kensington. Apr. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780758276513. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780758276537. M

Savannah and Dirk’s blissful island honeymoon goes suddenly stormy when a dead body—a celebrity at that—turns up on the beach. The plus-sized PI tackles her 18th case (after Buried in Buttercream).

Ryan, Annelise. Lucky Stiff: A Mattie Winston Mystery. Kensington. Mar. 2013. 384p. ISBN 9780758272751. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780758286024. M

Laugh and cry with Mattie, the Wisconsin RN-turned-coroner, in her fourth outing (after Frozen Stiff). A deadly arson fire claims a victim who had just reaped a fortune at the local casino.

Spencer, Sally. A Walk with the Dead: A Monica Paniatowski Mystery. Severn House. Apr. 2013. 220p. ISBN 9780727882424. $27.95. M

DCI Monika Paniatowski returns in her sixth procedural (after Lambs to the Slaughter) and finds herself emotionally torn up when young girl’s death strikes a bit too close to home. [See Prepub Alert, 10/08/12.]