Late-Summer Mystery, from Andrews to Muller | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Andrews, Donna. Toucan Keep a Secret: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250115478. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250115485. MYSTERY
Dashing over to Trinity Episcopal to check on the toucan the reverend is fostering, Meg Langslow finds an elderly parishioner murdered in the columbarium among the ashes of overturned urns. It soon materializes that someone broke in to steal the toucan and might be the murderer, too. A big 23rd in the award-winning series.

Bowen, Rhys. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding. Berkley. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780425283523. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698410268. MYSTERY
Star amateur sleuth of the 1930s-set “Royal Spyness Mystery” series, Lady Georgiana Rannoch is getting ready to walk down the aisle and is offered her godfather’s fully staffed country estate as a home. But the various staffers don’t seem very trustworthy, and the gas leak in her bedroom doesn’t seem like an accident. Following the Agatha/Anthony award winner’s On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service.

Burdette, Lucy. Death on the Menu: A Key West Food Critic Mystery. Crooked Lane. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781683317463. $26.99. MYSTERY
At a splashy three-day international event held at the Harry D. Truman Little White House in Key West, famously fierce food critic Hayley Snow is enjoying work as sous-chef for her mother’s new catering business. But what’s this? Ernest Hemingway’s Nobel medal has gone missing, along with family friend and coworker Gabriel? That’s bad enough, but the dead body in the storeroom is even worse. Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity finalist Burdette goes hardcover.

Frear, Caz. Sweet Little Lies. Harper. Aug. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780062823199. $26.99. ebk. ISBN 9780062823281. MYSTERY
With some trepidation, D.C. Cat Kinsella is investigating an Islington housewife’s strangling  Her estranged father’s pub is not far away, and an unexpected phone call links the victim to Irish lass Maryanne, who went missing years ago after Cat and her family met her on holiday. Back then, Cat knew her dad was being devious about Maryanne. A 75,000-copy first printing for this big-buzzing debut.

Handler, David. The Man Who Couldn’t Miss: A Stewart Hoag Mystery. Morrow. Aug. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780062851147. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780062412850. $15.99. ebk. ISBN 9780062412874. MYSTERY
Suave celebrity ghostwriter Stewart Hoag is hanging about as his former wife, Oscar-winning actress Merilee Nash, directs a stage production to benefit a local theater in Connecticut. You bet one of the glittery cast members gets axed in a big way, and it’s up to Hoagy and basset hound Lulu to find the killer. Next in the Edgar Award-winning series; with a 30,000-copy hardcover and 40,000-copy paperback first printing.

Hart, Elsa. City of Ink. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781250142795. $25.99. MYSTERY
Cast out to China’s far borders, former imperial librarian Li Du finds himself back in Beijing, facing painful memories at every corner as he investigates his mentor’s execution. Then he gets distracted by the murder of a factory owner’s wife, caught with her putative lover—an explanation Li Du rejects instantly. Next in the 18th century–set series, following the well-received Jade Dragon Mountain and White Mirror.

Hawken, Sam. Make Them Sorry. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Aug. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780316559386. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316559416. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316518376. MYSTERY
In the third thriller starring Camaro Espinoza (called the female Jack Reacher), accountant Faith Glazer wants loner-on-purpose Camaro to teach her self-defense so that she can waylay a stalker. Given the stalker’s clearly deadly intentions, Camaro reluctantly cooperates with Det. Ignacio Montellano, Miami PD homicide. With a 35,000-copy first printing.

Keller, Julia. Bone on Bone: A Bell Elkins Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250190925. $25.99. MYSTERY
Four years after the events in 2017’s Fast Falls the Night, West Virginia prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins takes on the opioid epidemic. The supplier of Brent and Linda Topping’s addicted son, Jeff, has murdered Brent, and when Linda sprints to stave off Jeff’s suicide threat, she’s shot in the head. Jeff claims that he’s innocent, but what does Bell think? From a Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee.

Krueger, William Kent. Desolation Mountain. Atria. Aug. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781501147463. MYSTERY
Cork O’Connor’s vision-visited son Stephen suddenly pictures a plunging bird, after which a private plane crashes on Desolation Mountain, killing a U.S. senator and most of her family. The FBI quickly takes over the investigation, but Cork quietly digs in, encountering—and soon mistrusting—private security consultant Bo Thorson. Fans have seen Bo before. From the New York Times best-selling author.

MacNeal, Susan Elia. The Prisoner in the Castle: A Maggie Hope Mystery. Bantam. Aug. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780399593826. $26. ebk. ISBN 9780399593833. Downloadable. MYSTERY
American-born spy Maggie Hope, a master code-breaker working in London during World War II, is being held prisoner with other Special Operations Executive agents on a far-flung Scottish island. She’s back to sleuthing when the agents start dying one by one. From a multi-award-winning and –nominated author and a New York Times best seller to boot.

Muller, Marcia. The Breakers. Grand Central. Aug. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781455538935. $26. ebk. ISBN 9781455538959. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538745045. Downloadable. MYSTERY
Trekking to the southwest San Francisco building being renovated by Chelle Curley, the out-of-touch daughter of old friends, private investigator Sharon McCone finds a hidden art gallery depicting various murder scenes, past and present. But no Chelle. Another gritty case from Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Muller.

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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