Mystery: Series Lineup | January 2014

missdimplepicksapeckoftrouble013114Ballard, Mignon F. Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Feb. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9781250035622. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250035639. M

Teacher Miss Dimple Kilpatrick puts her sleuth hat on for the fourth time (after Miss Dimple Suspects) when a young local woman is found dead, and subsequently, the Klan makes its appearance in the tight-knit Georgia community. This cozy historical is perfect for World War II buffs interested in the home front scene.

Benson, Raymond. The Black Stiletto: Secrets & Lies. Oceanview. Jan. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9781608091010. $26.95. M

Fleshing out a real-live action hero (Judy Talbot is actually the Black Stiletto), Benson keeps Judy’s son and granddaughter hopping as they battle modern crime and search for details about The Black Stiletto’s adventures in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, circa 1961 (after The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes).

Canadeo, Anne. A Dark and Stormy Knit: A Black Sheep Knitting Mystery. Gallery: S. & darkandstormyknit013114S. Jan. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781451644807. pap. $15.; ebk. ISBN 9781451644821. M

Maggie Messina’s knitting shop is a community hub for picturesque Plum Harbor. Valentine’s Day nears in Canadeo’s sixth cozy (after The Silence of the Llamas), and a tangled love triangle leaves a murder victim, and the knitters worrying about one of their own. Trifecta: knitting, recipe, and cocktail links included.

Delany, Vicki. Gold Web: A Klondike Mystery. Dundurn, dist. by Ingram. Jan. 2014. 328p. ISBN 9781459707726. pap. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781459707740. M

Once again, irrepressible dance-hall owner Fiona MacGillivray must help solve a murder when a mysterious man dies at her feet. The rollicking historical series set during the 1898 Yukon Gold Rush is up to number four (after Gold Mountain). Value-adds: bibliography, author’s notes.

Harris, Tessa. The Devil’s Breath: A Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery. Kensington. Jan. 2014. 356p. ISBN 9780758267009. pap. $15.; ebk. ISBN 9781617730276. M

This third stunning entry (after The Dead Shall Not Rest) features the cataclysmic 1783 volcanic eruption that transfixed Iceland and northern Europe. Dr. Silkstone must use scientific reasoning to fight crime and quell hysteria. Enhancement: glossary and author’s notes. Perfect book club fodder.

Hollis, Lee. Death of a Chocoholic: A Hayley Powell Food & Cocktails Mystery. Kensington. Jan. 2014. 348p. ISBN 9780758294494. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780758294500. M

Just before Valentine’s Day, a local chocolatier is murdered in her kitchen, and with her usual bad timing, newspaper columnist/amateur sleuth Hayley Powell finds the corpse. The fourth entry for the Maine-set cozy (after Death of a Coupon Clipper) indexes its food and cocktail recipes.

Myers, Beverle Graves. Whispers of Vivaldi: A Tito Amato Mystery. Poisoned Pen. Jan. 2014. 300p. ISBN 9781464202087. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781464202100. $14.95. M

Difficult Maestro Torani is killed during preparations for Venice’s Carnival. Tito must sleuth fast since he’s a prime suspect in this intricate historical set in 1745. This is the sixth outing for the castrato opera singer/director (after 2009’s Her Deadly Mischief).

moriarityreturns013114Robertson, Michael. Moriarty Returns a Letter: A Baker Street Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9781250016461. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466840560. M

Present-day brothers Reggie and Nigel answer Sherlock Holmes-related correspondence since their law practice is at 221 Baker Street. This time, a case transcends reality and puts the brothers in danger. Sherlockians will grab this fourth entry (after The Baker Street Translation).

Todd, Charles. Hunting Shadows: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery. Morrow. Feb. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780062237187. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062237118. M

War memories always filter through Inspector Rutledge’s consciousness, but World War I rears up again when a sniper ruins a wedding in Ely Cathedral—and the killer doesn’t stop at one. This is number 16 for the popular 1920s set series (after Proof of Guilt). [See Prepub Alert, 7/15/13.]

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