Hillerman, Perry, & Lots of Cozies | Mystery Previews, Apr. 2018

Albert, Susan Wittig. Queen Anne’s Lace. Berkley. Apr. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780425280058. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698190306. MYSTERY
There’s a box of antique lace in the attic, an old Scottish ballad in the air, lavender sprigs in odd places, and a woman picking flowers nearby who suddenly disappears. China Bayles has to admit that her Thyme and Seasons shop is haunted, but by whom? The 26th entry in a New York Times best-selling series.

Bannalec, Jean-Luc. The Fleur de Sel Murders: A Brittany Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250071903. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466883130. MYSTERY
Visiting Britanny’s Guérande Peninsula was supposed to be a work break for Commissaire Dupin, but when a journalist friend disappears after asking him to investigate some odd barrels found in the area’s haunting, violet-scented salt marshes, Dupin is back on the job. Third in a series with great international popularity; Death in Brittany, the series opener, won an LJ star.

Cleland, Jane K. Antique Blues: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250148742. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250148759. MYSTERY
Up New Hampshire way, antiques expert Josie Prescott is delighted to appraise both the distinctive Japanese woodblock print friend Mo just bought and the vintage Martin guitar owned by Mo’s dad and reputedly played by blues genius Robert Johnson. Then Mo is murdered, and Josie has a whole new assignment. Twelfth in the series from Agatha Award winner Cleland.

Coyle, Cleo. Shot in the Dark. Berkley. Apr. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780451488848. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780451488855. MYSTERY
Smartphone-swiping folks hook up for coffee and then some at the Village Blend, where manager Clare Cosi just keeps pouring until someone lies dead. A dating app maniac, the victim dumped a lot of people along the way, but Clare doubts that the brokenhearted accused is the real culprit. There are over a million copies of this series out there somewhere, so this 17th entry should do well.

Duncan, Elizabeth J. The Marmalade Murders. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781250101495. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250101501. MYSTERY
Pigs and pugs, pies and pastries all vie for prizes at the agricultural show in charming Llanelen, Wales. But when the president of the Women’s Institute is found dead under the baked goods table, artist and spa owner/artist Penny Brannigan again does double duty as amateur sleuth. From Agatha and Arthur Ellis finalist Duncan.

Fredericks, Mariah. A Death of No Importance. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781250152978. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250152985. MYSTERY
When wealthy bad-boy Norrie Newsome is murdered after his engagement to Charlotte Benchley, suspects abound, from the family of the woman Norrie jilted before getting engaged, to survivors of a recent disaster at a Newsome-owned mine, to the anarchists emerging in gilded 1910 New York. But Jane Prescott, Charlotte’s observant ladies’ maid, will find the real killer. An adult first from YA author Fredericks.

Grimes, Martha. The Knowledge: A Richard Jury Mystery. Grove Atlantic. Apr. 2018. ISBN 9780802128010. $26. MYSTERY
This latest from Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Grimes opens in a London cab whose black driver knows every winding street and byway (the title references not just a pub only black cabbies can find but the famously onerous test London cabbies must take). Robbie Parsons’s passenger has just committed a crime and, gun in hand, is planning his escape to Nairobi. Enter D.S. Richard Jury, ready to take on a case that cleverly veers from Tanzanian gem mines to a closed casino in Reno.

Harris, C.S. Why Kill the Innocent. Berkley. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780399585623. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399585630. MYSTERY
During 1814 London’s knifingly cold winter, gifted pianist Jane Ambrose lies bloody and dead in a snow drift, but investigation into her death is quickly quashed because of her connection to Princess Charlotte, only child of the Prince Regent. Does that stop Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and wife Hero? Of course not. Next in the nationally best-selling, punch-in-the-gut series, strongly reviewed in the trades.

Hillerman, Anne. Cave of Bones. Harper. Apr. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780062391926. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062391940. lrg. prnt. MYSTERY
Set to speak at an outdoor program for at-risk teens, tribal Police Officer Bernadette (“Bernie”) Manuelito arrives to find that a girl who had gone missing has returned, frantic after finding a human skeleton. Meanwhile, an instructor looking for her is now lost in the ominous volcanic landscape of El Malpais. A drowning, a blizzard, and an angry young man sent to prison by Bernie’s husband, Sgt. Jim Chee, complicate matters. With a 150,000-copy first printing.

Kope, Spencer. Whispers of the Dead. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781250072887. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466884847. CD: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY
Part of the FBI’s elite Special Tracking Unit, Magnus “Steps” Craig has a remarkable gift he calls shine: whatever a person has touched he sees marked by a distinctive color. Steps needs a lot of shine when a pair of severed feet, hidden in a cooler, appear at the house of a federal judge in El Paso. Following Collecting the Dead, of which LJ said, “Mystery readers will be talking about this book for months.”

Malliet, G.M. In Prior’s Wood: A Max Tudor Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2018. ISBN 9781250092809. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250092816. MYSTERY
Max Tudor may be vicar of St. Edwold’s Church in the village of Nether Monkslip, but his MI5 training often comes in handy. Here,  the lady of the local manor house dies in a suicide pact with her young lover and Lord Duxter seems perfectly content to continue with plans to open his house to a writers retreat. Next in a multi-awarded nominated, Agatha Award–winning series.

Perry, Anne. Twenty-One Days: A Daniel Pitt Novel. Ballantine. Apr. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780399179884. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399179891. MYSTERY
After 32 adventures, Perry decided that the series starring Det. Thomas Pitt and unimpeachably smart wife Charlotte had run its course and is launching a new series starring their lawyer son, Daniel. Daniel’s client, biographer Russell Graves, appears to have been framed for the murder of his wife, and Daniel thinks it’s because he was writing an unflattering biography of the former head of Special Branch (a Pitt family friend, no less). He’s got 21 days to find the real killer before Graves hangs.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @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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