Mystery Series Lineup | April 1, 2013

Befeler, Mike. Care Homes Are Murder: A Paul Jacobson Geezer-Lit Mystery. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Jun. 2013. 268p. ISBN 9781432826925. $25.95. M

A Hawaiian vacation goes awry for memory-challenged Paul when a death at an assisted-living facility seems suspicious. Enjoy the laughs as he tackles his fifth case (after Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder).

Doudera, Vicki. Final Settlement: A Darby Farr Mystery. Midnight Ink. Apr. 2013. c.336p. ISBN 9780738734286. pap. $14.99. M

In her fourth outing (after Deadly Offer), realtor Darby returns to Maine for a colleague’s wedding. But a death near the local lighthouse mars the festive mood.

Frommer, Sara Hoskinson. Her Brother’s Keeper: A Joan Spencer Mystery. Perseverance. Apr. 2013. 240p. ISBN 9781564745255. pap. $15.95. M

Family members and murder complicate wedding plans for Joan, the mother of the bride, in Frommer’s seventh small-town Indiana series entry (after Death Climbs a Tree). Luckily, there’s a cop in the house, too.

Gaus, P.L. The Names of Our Tears: An Amish-Country Mystery. Plume: Penguin Group (USA). May 2013. 256p. ISBN 9780452298194. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781101612880. M

Drug dealers from Florida infiltrate the Ohio Amish community, and violent death follows. Sheriff Bruce Robertson and his trusted partners return for their eighth case (after Harmless as Doves) in this well-regarded series.

Grabenstein, Chris. Free Fall: A John Ceepak Mystery. Pegasus Crime. May 2013. 320p. ISBN 9781605984759. $25. M

It’s back to the Jersey Shore (after Fun House) for the dynamic cop duo of Ceepak and Boyle. Case number eight finds them suspecting a home health-care nurse of offing her client.

Grant, Teresa. The Paris Affair. Kensington. Apr. 2013. 436p. ISBN 9780758283931. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780758283948. M

British attaché and intelligence agent Malcolm Rannoch and his wife, Suzanne, turn up in Paris for their third print appearance (after Imperial Scandal). A dead family member brings long-held secrets to the surface in this suspenseful Regency-era historical.

Johnson, Craig. A Serpent’s Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery. Viking. Apr. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9780670026456. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101622797. M

Sheriff Longmire and his team find themselves entangled with an armed and dangerous polygamist Mormon community in this ninth case (after As The Crow Flies). The TV series, Longmire, returns for its second season this summer.

MacInerney, Karen. Brush with Death: A Gray Whale Inn Mystery. Midnight Ink. May 2013. 336p. ISBN 9780738734590. pap. $14.99. M

A welcome return to Maine’s Cranberry Island and its sleuthing innkeeper, Natalie Barnes (after Berried to the Hilt). In her fifth cozy installment, Natalie ponders the suspicious death of a local artist. Recipes included.

Sampson, Fay. The Overlooker: A Suzie Fewings Genealogical Mystery. Severn House. Apr. 2013. 204p. ISBN 9780727882417. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781780103716. M

Susie Fewings’s visit to her husband’s elderly relative turns deadly in the fifth outing for the British genealogist (after Father Unknown). Genealogy tips and links included.

Talton, Jon. The Night Detectives: A David Mapstone Mystery. Poisoned Pen. May 2013. 236p. ISBN 9781464201325. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781464201349. $14.95. M

The knocked-around Phoenix PI returns in his seventh entry (after South Phoenix Rules) and heads to San Diego for a disturbing case of hidden identities and human trafficking.

Trow, M.J. Scorpions’ Nest. Crème de la Crime: Severn. May 2013. 220p. ISBN 9781780290393. $28.95. M

Spy Christopher Marlowe infiltrates a college for exiled priests to sleuth out unexplained deaths. Number four (after Witch Hammer) in a most engaging Tudor series.