Mystery: Series Lineup | May 1, 2013

Goldenbaum, Sally. Angora Alibi: A Seaside Knitters Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. May 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780451415349. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101613764. M

Pregnant Izzy Chambers Perry is dismayed when she finds an empty car seat and a knit blanket at the beach, but no baby. Then a scuba diver dies suspiciously in the seventh in this Massachusetts-set cozy craft series (after A Fatal Fleece).

Hambly, Barbara. Good Man Friday: A Benjamin January Novel. Severn House. Jun. 2013. 252p. ISBN 9780727882554. $29.95. M

When money becomes tight, January takes on an unusual assignment that requires him to leave New Orleans for Washington. Needless to say, 1838 wasn’t the safest of times for a free man of color. This is the 12th installment in a memorable historical series (after Ran Away).

Hart, Carolyn. Dead, White, and Blue: A Death on Demand Mystery. Prime Crime: Berkley. May 2013. 288p. ISBN 9780425260777. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101622421. M

Tourists aren’t supposed to just disappear during the Fourth of July celebrations, but a well-known visitor does. When a second person vanishes soon after, Annie Darling’s radar goes up. This is the 23rd entry (afterDeath Comes Silently) of a standard-bearer series.

Housewright, David. The Last Kind Word: A McKenzie Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2013. 312p. ISBN 9781250009609. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 97814250037398. M

McKenzie knows that his posing as an undercover agent for the ATF won’t go smoothly when the authorities need his help with a gunrunning case. The resourceful detective figures it out in his tenth episode (afterCurse of the Jade Lily).

Myers, Tamar. The Girl Who Married an Eagle: A Mystery. Morrow. May 2013. 260p. ISBN 9780062203854. pap. $13.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062203861. M

Don’t miss the finale (and fourth entry) to this haunting and inspirational story out of 1950s Congo (after The Boy Who Stole the Leopard’s Spots), partially derived from Myers’s own background as a child of missionaries.

Palumbo, Dennis. Night Terrors: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery. Poisoned Pen. May 2013. 352p. ISBN 9781464201295. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781464201318. $14.99. M

Snowstorms only make a nightmarish case worse for Dr. Rinaldi and the others trying to save a former FBI profiler whose life is in grave danger in this thrilling case, number three for the psychologist (after Fever Dream).

Slan, Joanna Campbell. Picture Perfect Corpse: A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery. Midnight Ink. May 2013. 328p. ISBN 9780738735382. pap. $14.99. M

She survives a shooting and that’s just for openers. It’s a wild week for pregnant Kiki, whose life reads more “thriller” than “crafter” in her sixth outing (after Ready, Scrap, Shoot).

Stanley, Michael. Deadly Harvest: A Detective Kubu Mystery. Bourbon Street: HarperCollins. May 2013. 496p. ISBN 9780062221520. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062221537. M

Newcomer Det. Samantha Khama helps Det. David “Kubu” Bengu when a serial killer targets girls in Botswana, possibly to use their bodies in a potion called muti. A father, devastated by loss, seeks revenge by murdering a politician in this complicated case, Kubu’s fourth (after Death of the Mantis).

Sweeney, Leann. The Cat, the Mill and the Murder: A Cats in Trouble Mystery. Obsidian Mysteries: NAL. May 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780451415417. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101609682. M

Amateur sleuth, quilter, and cat lover Jillian Hart was expecting to find feral cats in an abandoned mill, not a human corpse. The South Carolina-set cozy series is up to number five (after The Cat, The Wife and the Weapon).