Summer Mysteries | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Castillo, Linda. A Gathering of Secrets: A Kate Burkholder Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250121318. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250121332. CD. MYSTERY
In this next in the popular Amish mystery series featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder, a stately old barn burns to ash with 18-year-old Daniel Gingerich inside. It’s no accident, and Kate soon learns that Daniel wasn’t the sweet, self-effacing guy he appeared to be, with plenty of people having reason to want him dead. Major promotion.

Daheim, Mary. A Case of Bier: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery. Morrow. Jul. 2018 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, 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 best-selling “Bed-and-Breakfast” series; originally scheduled for November 2017.

Davis, Lindsey. Pandora’s Boy. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2018. 400. ISBN 9781250152688. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250152695. MYSTERY
Davis has followed up her celebrated Marcus Didius Falco mysteries with a new series starring Falco’s daughter, Flavia Albia, who here contends with the death of a girl on Quirinal Hill—reputedly owing to a love potion. The neighborhood witch who supplied it seems to be into darker stuff, and with the murder of one of Albia’s friends, a whole Pandora’s box of trouble opens. Cozy doings in ancient Rome.

Doiron, Paul. Stay Hidden. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250102386. $26.99. CD. MYSTERY
On a chilly Maine island, contentious author Ariel Evans appears to have been shot to death by a local deer hunter. But ballistic evidence proves otherwise, and then freshly minted warden investigator Mike Bowditch gets the real surprise: the victim isn’t even Ariel, who walks off the ferry determined to solve the murder herself. From multi-award-nominated Doiron.

Fesperman, Dan. Safe Houses. Knopf. Jul. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780525520191. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780525520207. MYSTERY
While visiting one of the CIA safe houses for which she is responsible in 1979 West Berlin, Helen Abell is disturbed to catch a conversation between two people she can’t identify whose coded language suggests that something suspicious is going on. Sorting out the truth will put her up against someone powerful indeed. Fesperman has both John Creasey and Ian Fleming daggers tucked in his belt.

McCafferty, Keith. A Death in Eden: A Sean Stranahan Mystery. Viking. Jul. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780525557531. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780525557548. MYSTERY
It’s bad enough that scarecrows bearing signs protesting the projected Smith River Mine are popping up along the river’s cliffs. Now fishing guide and sometime investigator Sean Stranahan must float a party downriver that includes both the manager of the mine and the leader of the local group protesting it. And they’ve got swords drawn about more than just the mine. From a Spur Award winner.

McCall Smith, Alexander. Untitled. Pantheon. Jul. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780307908964. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307908971. MYSTERY
Because their sons attend school together, single mother Patricia has latched onto a reluctant Isabel Dalhousie, who doesn’t like the shady company Patricia keeps. She starts wondering whether little Basil’s father is really a celebrated local organist, as Patricia claims, and learns that the man feels shut out of his son’s life. Now what? More Edinburgh charm from blockbuster author McCall Smith.

Rosenfelt, David. Rescued: An Andy Carpenter Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781250133069. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250133083. CD. MYSTERY
When a truck driver is murdered, lawyer Andy Carpenter eagerly takes on the 70 abandoned dogs the truck was transporting from the South to the open-armed Northeast, bringing many to his famed dog-rescue organization, the Tara Foundation. But he’s not so thrilled about having to defend the murder suspect, his wife’s former fiancé. From the Edgar and Shamus Award–nominated author, last seen with Collared.

Straley, John. Baby’s First Felony. Soho Crime. Jul. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781616958787. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616958794. MYSTERY
When Sitka, AK, criminal defense investigator Cecil Younger reluctantly trudges to a famously crime-ridden apartment complex to retrieve unspecified evidence for a client, he finds a box full of money and his daughter Blossom, whom he yanks home. When trouble quickly follows, ranging from drug-stuffed fish to Blossom’s kidnapping to murder, Cecil must turn for help to some aspiring young felons he’s been trying to keep within the law. From Shamus Award winner Straley, whose entire Cecil Younger series is being reissued in a snazzy new format.

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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