Bowen, McCall Smith, Perry, & More | Mystery Previews, Nov. 2017

Bowen, Rhys. The Ghost of Christmas Past. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781250125729. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250125736. MYSTERY
It’s not the happiest Christmas for private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan, who has just suffered a miscarriage, so spending the holiday at a mansion on the Hudson seems like a good thing. But the household remains less than jolly because ten years ago the young daughter of the hosts wandered off one snowy night and has never been found. So who’s that knocking on the door? Next in the Anthony and Agatha Award–winning series.

Bruen, Ken. The Ghosts of Galway. Mysterious: Atlantic Monthly. Nov. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780802127334. $25. MYSTERY
Bruen’s Jack Taylor, one tough former cop, is blasphemous as hell, so it’s fitting that here he goes up against a rogue priest. Recovering from a failed suicide attempt, Jack is working as a security guard when his Ukrainian boss asks him to track down what some consider the first true book of heresy, The Red Book, which the wily priest has in his possession at a hideout in Galway. With love-of-his-life Em back in the game, Jack finds his life twisted indeed. From the multi-award-winning Irish crime writer; following The Emerald Lie.

Daheim, Mary. A Case of Bier: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery. Morrow. Nov. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780062663818. $23.99. lrg. prnt. MYSTERY
A surprise trip to the Canadian Rockies, sprung on her by loving husband Joe, is just what busy innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn needs. Off they go with cousin Rene and her husband, Bill, only to find that the guests where they are staying are planning a final good-bye to a relative who is very much alive. Next in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Bed-and-Breakfast series.

Higashino, Keigo. Newcomer. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. tr. from Japanese by Alexander O. Smith. 320p. ISBN 9780062663818. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466876538. MYSTERY
Just transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo, Det. Kyochiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police Department is assigned to a team investigating the murder of a woman who seems to have enemies everywhere. But the reason for her murder lies buried in her past. From Japan’s best-selling novelist, an Edgar finalist.

Lehane, Con. Murder in the Manuscript Room: A 42nd Street Library Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250069993. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466879898. MYSTERY
A young woman staffer at New York City’s iconic 42nd Street Library is murdered, and crime fiction curator Raymond Ambler immediately gets involved. Shortly after he learns that the victim was working under an assumed name, the NYPD’s Intelligence Division pulls the case from its homicide division, and Raymond knows something big is up. Second in a series from the author of the Brian McNulty mysteries.

McCall Smith, Alexander. The House of Unexpected Sisters. (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency). Pantheon. Nov. 2017. 240p. ISBN 9781101871379. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101871386. MYSTERY
In Gaborone, Botswana, there’s a topnotch ladies’ detective agency run by Precious Ramotswe with the help of Grace Makutsi, and mystery readers worldwide hang on their every case. No word yet on the plot of their 18th outing, but perhaps McCall Smith is busy. On May 9, he receives the Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature from the National Arts Club in New York.

McKinlay, Jenn. Death in the Stacks: A Library Lover’s Mystery. Berkley. Nov. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780399583759. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780399583766. MYSTERY
The New York Times best-selling author of several series, McKinlay brings back her library-based series with Briar Creek Public Library director Lindsey Norris in quite a state. New board director Olive Davidson can’t stand her and is even trying to get rid of her new hire, Paula Turner. When Olive turns up dead after she and Lindsey have a fierce fight at the annual library fundraiser, you know who is a suspect.

Perry, Anne. A Christmas Return. Ballantine. Nov. 2017. 176p. ISBN 9780425285077. $20; ebk. ISBN 9780425285084. MYSTERY
Christmas puddings are supposed to be heavy, but this is ridiculous. Grandmama finds a cannonball baked into a pudding she’s been gifted and realizes that it’s time to make amends for cutting off a friend she jealously blamed for the death of a man she once loved. Joining forces with the victim’s grandson and her famous detective grandson-in-law, Thomas Pitt, she travels to lovely Surrey to discover who really committed the murder. Another Christmas novella from the New York Times best-selling Perry, responsible for the William Monk and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.

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