Cleeves, Muller, & More | Mystery Previews, Aug. 2017

Andrews, Donna. Gone Gull: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781250078568. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466890886. MYSTERY
An Agatha, Anthony, and Barry Award winner, Andrews takes us to the Biscuit Mountain Craft gonegullCenter, where series heroine Meg Langslow is helping out her grandmother for the summer. Vandalism and a dead body distract from her duties, even as she joins her grandfather in his search for a rare gull. Sweet!

Camilleri, Andrea. A Nest of Vipers. Penguin. Aug. 2017. 272p. tr. from Italian by Stephen Sartarelli. ISBN 9780143126652. $16. pap. ebk. ISBN 9780698169715. MYSTERY
Next up for temperamental Sicilian inspector Montalbano: investigating the murder of wealthy widower Cosimo Barletta, who’s been living peaceably by the sea. But family secrets involving greed, corruption, and numerous mistresses soon make the case a whole lot racier. Camilleri is a steady seller, with 560,000 Montalbano books across formats now in readers’ hands, and two more titles in this series are already signed.

Cleeves, Ann. Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9781250122773. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250122780. CD: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY
This early entry in Cleeves’s Inspector Vera Stanhope series, basis of the big BBC hit Vera, cleevesopens with evidence that Jeanie Long did not murder 15-year-old Abigail Mantel a decade ago. Folks in the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are edgy about  the reopening of this too-close-for-comfort case in a way that has Vera suspicious. Note that Cleeves is getting this year’s Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain.

Crider, Bill. Dead, To Begin With: A Dan Rhodes Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781250078537. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466890831. MYSTERY
Everyone is pleased when the wealthy new guy in town leads efforts to restore the opera house, so that tumble to his death must be a tragic accident, right? Wrong, thinks Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Clearview, TX, who starts investigating the victim’s past even as he deals with small-town troubles like fights over baseball cards at a yard sale. From Edgar finalist Crider.

Johns, Roger. Dark River Rising. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250110091. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250110114. MYSTERY
A local criminal is found tortured to death, a snake stitched into his belly, and Baton Rouge Police Detective Wallace Hartman fears that she’s about to be one-upped when Federal Agent johnsrogerMason Cunningham arrives on the scene. But with the disappearance of a scientist from a government lab, she’s trading her local insight for his deep connections to solve both cases. Lots of in-house excitement for this debut from former corporate lawyer and college professor Johns.

Keller, Julia. Fast Falls the Night. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781250089618. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250098368. MYSTERY
A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, Keller attracted immediate attention with her 2012 mystery debut, A Killing in the Hills, starring West Virginia prosecutor Bell Elkins. Here, Bell rushes to find the source of some local heroin laced with a deadly tranquilizer, which has set off a string of fatal overdoses. Based on real-life events and unfolding tensely over 24 hours; with a national tour.

MacNeal, Susan Elia. The Paris Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery. Bantam. Aug. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780399593802. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399593819. Downloadable: Random Audio. MYSTERY
An American working in London as a codebreaker and sometime spy during World War II, Maggie Hope has a tough new assignment. The Germans have a mole buried deep within British intelligence, as a key British spy now captured has learned, and Maggie must uncover the villain to protect a secret: the site of the planned Allied invasion in Normandy. From a New York Times best-selling and Edgar-nominated author.

Muller, Marcia. The Color of Fear. Grand Central. Aug. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781455538928. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781455538911. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455542710. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. MYSTERY
Private investigator Sharon McCone takes on a deeply personal case: her father, a nationally mullerrecognized Shoshone artist, had been browsing through San Francisco’s shops when he was set upon and beaten nearly to death by a group of angry young men. When Sharon starts hunting for them, they direct their vitriol at her. From a six-time Anthony Award winner with ever stronger sales.

Murphy, Shirley Rousseau. Cat Shining Bright: A Joe Grey Mystery. Morrow. Aug. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062460318. $22.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062460882. lrg. prnt. MYSTERY
When beautician Barbara Conley is found dead at her salon with one of her customers, furry feline detective Joe Grey decides it’s time to take a break from the three new kittens he’s had with tabby cat Dulcie. Alas, the kittens tag along on his investigation at the salon and are further threatened by a stranger lurking around the place Dulcie calls home, so poor Joe has his paws full. Next in the long-running series, a relentless award winner from every cat writers’ association.

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