Mostly Domestic, but Not Bliss | Mystery Previews, Jun. 2018

Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom. Viking. Jun. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780525522652. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780525522669. MYSTERY
Lori Shepherd drops off husband Bill at a client in rural England, then heads into a storm that strands her at the creepy King’s Ransom inn, where mysterious footsteps echo. Adviser-from-another-world Aunt Dimity reminds her that not all ghosts mean harm and that what goes bump in the night isn’t always ghostly. Twenty-third in the popular series.

Carlisle, Kate. Buried in Books: A Bibliophile Mystery. Berkley. Jun. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780451477743. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780698411128. MYSTERY
Bad news when book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright is gifted with two rare books by sort-of friends Heather and Sara when they throw her a bridal shower. One friend is murdered, one book proves to be a forgery, and Brooklyn wonders about the connection. From the New York Times best-selling author.

Connolly, Sheila. Murder at the Mansion: A Victorian Village Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250135865. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250135872.  MYSTERY
In this series launch from the New York Times best-selling Connolly, hospitality specialist Kate Hamilton is invited back to the Maryland hometown she eagerly escaped to help with the town’s shaky finances. But when high school enemy Cordelia is found murdered, Kate finds herself in the glare of suspicion.

Cotterill, Colin. Don’t Eat Me. Soho Crime. Jun. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781616959401. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616959418. MYSTERY
Dr. Siri Paiboun, formerly Laos’s national coroner, abandons plans to film War and Peace and helps friend and newly promoted Senior Police Inspector Phosy Vongvich investigate the death of an unknown woman whose clean-picked skeleton leads them into the depths of the black market. From a Dilys and CWA Dagger in the Library award winner.

Goldberg, Leonard. A Study in Treason: A Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250101068. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250101075. MYSTERY
Sherlock Holmes’s daughter, Joanna, joins forces with the now venerable John Watson and his son John Jr., in the next in the USA Today, People Page-Turner series, which involves the nimble lifting of the original copy of a secret treaty between England and France from the country estate of Lord Halifax.

Greenlaw, Linda. Bimini Twist: A Jane Bunker Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250107589. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250107596. CD. MYSTERY
Best-selling mystery writer and lobster-boat captain Greenlaw (seen in Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm) takes us to small-town Maine, where part-time deputy sheriff Jane Bunker is directed to drop her intense gaze at the drug trade (bad publicity for the tourist business) and look for the foreign exchange student missing from her job at the Bar Harbor Inn.

Housewright, David. Like To Die. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250094537. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250094544. MYSTERY
Former police detective Rushmore McKenzie, now super-rich and doing occasional unlicensed detective work for friends, looks into burgeoning harassment at the local food company Salsa Girl. Superglue stuffing the locks is just the beginning of a campaign that’s looking to get deadly, and McKenzie has his suspicious about owner Erin Peterson.

King, Laurie R. Island of the Mad: A novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. Bantam. Jun. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780804177962. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780804177979. MYSTERY
In this latest from King, whose last nine titles featuring Sherlock Holmes and wife Mary Russell have been top 20 New York Times best sellers, Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has disappeared from a supervised day trip from the asylum, which takes our protagonists from Bedlam to a Blackshirt-infested Venice (at least Cole Porter sits playing in the background).

Walker, Martin. A Taste for Vengeance: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel. Knopf. Jun. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780525519966. $25.9; ebk. ISBN 9780525519973. MYSTERY
Monica Felder didn’t make the fabulous cooking vacation she’s scheduled in charmant St. Denis (in the Dordogne), her retired British major husband cannot be reached, and now Monica turns up dead along with the Irish former intelligence officer with whom she was traveling. Bruno Courreges, chief of police, has his hands full, though he would rather be cooking.

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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