Mystery Sides | August 15, 2013


Bowen, Rhys. Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery. Prime Crime: Berkley. Aug. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780425260029. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101624920. M

Once again, Lady Georgiana Rannoch must use her wits when Jack, a young heir from Australia, needs her help. He’s been accused of murdering a duke, and things quickly tumble apart from there. This is the seventh entry (after The Twelve Clues of Christmas) for the lauded series, set in 1930s England.

Crider, Bill. Compound Murder: A Dan Rhodes Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780312641658. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250020468. M

Kudos to Crider for his 20th entry (after Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen). When a local college professor is gunned down, Sheriff Rhodes must research motives, some so subtle he almost misses them. As expected, humor and comfort are part of the mix.

Davidson, Diane Mott. The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense. Morrow. Sept. 2013. 372p. ISBN 9780061348174. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062184740. M

No chance you’ll want to forget ordering Davidson’s 17th series title (after Crunch Time). First a friend dies of poisoning, and then Goldy gets attacked. [See Prepub Alert, 3/27/13.]

Delany, Vicki. A Cold White Sun: A Constable Molly Smith Mystery. Poisoned Pen. Aug. 2013. 296p. ISBN 9781464201585. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781464201608. $14.95. M

The lack of motive for a high school teacher’s murder puzzles British Columbia officers Sergeant John Winters and Constable Molly Smith on their sixth case (after Among the Departed).

Douglas, Carole Nelson. Cat in an Alien X-Ray: A Midnight Louie Mystery. Forge: Tor. Aug. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9780765327482. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781429944090. M

The inimitable Midnight Louie is nearing the end of the alphabet with the 24th in this Las Vegas–based series (after Cat in a White Tie and Tails). Ratchet up the wackiness factor when the UFO believers come to the strip.

Dunnett, Kaitlyn. Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones: A Liss MacCrimmon Scottish Mystery. Kensington. Aug. 2013. 288p. ISBN 9780758272676. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780758289308. M

Halloween, a haunted house, and a dead body, oh my! Dunnett’s cheeky Maine-set and Scottish-infused cozy series is back with more fun in her seventh entry (after Bagpipes, Brides, and Homicides).

Ellis, Kate. The Shadow Collector: A Wesley Peterson Murder Mystery. Piatkus. Aug. 2013. 368p. ISBN 9780749958015. $29.95. M

When accusations of witchcraft stir again, a grim discovery dating back to the English Civil War brings together DI Wesley Peterson and his archaeologist pal Neil Watson. This is number 17 (after The Cadaver Game) for the duo.

Gregson, J.M. Brothers’ Tears: A Chief Inspector Peach Mystery. Severn House. 2013. 208p. ISBN 9780727882745. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781780104164. M

Two brothers die badly, and DCI Percy Peach must untangle a seriously dysfunctional family tree. Peach pursues his 17th case (after Least of Evils) in a notable British procedural series.

James, Darrell. Purgatory Key: A Del Shannon Novel. Midnight Ink. Aug. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9780738723716. pap. $14.99. M

Catch number three in James’s multiple-award-nominated series (after Sonora Crossing). His determined heroine, PI Del Shannon, heads to Louisiana when two teenagers disappear in Bayou country.

Myers, Amy. Classic Mistake: A Case for Jack Colby, Car Detective. Severn House. Aug. 2013. 212p. ISBN 9780727882653. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781780104188. M

Jack has his hands full investigating two cases, one involving his ex-wife, and the other involving a stolen car. In this fourth entry from Myers (after Classic in the Clouds), Jack unearths more family history than expected.