Cleeves, Todd, Weaver, & More | Mystery Previews, Sept. 2018

Blauner, Peter. Sunrise Highway. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781250117410. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250117434. CD. MYSTERY
During a sun-blasted mid-Seventies summer on Long Island, troubled teen JT’s testimony helps convict a high school football star of a schoolgirl’s murder. Decades later, with numerous women found murdered along Long Island’s Sunrise Highway, tough NYPD detective Lourdes Robles yanks away at the tangled threads connecting the victims and numerous local high-ups, including JT, now a chief of police. Second in the Edgar Award–winning, New York Times best-selling author’s Robles series, after Proving Ground.

Cleeves, Ann. Wild Fire: A Shetland Island Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781250124845. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250124852. CD. MYSTERY
The good news: here’s the next in Diamond Dagger Award Winner Cleeves’s beloved Shetland Island series (e.g., Cold Earth), starring Inspector Jimmy Perez. The bad news: it’s the finale. Here, designer Helena Fleming and architect husband Daniel have happily remade their lives by moving with their children to a distant corner of the Shetlands. Then Helena starts receiving spooky hanged-man-and-gallows drawings.

Deveraux, Jude. A Willing Murder. Mira: Harlequin. Sept. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780778369295. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488095214. MYSTERY
Are you surprised that the author is Deveraux, mega-best-selling author of romance and women’s fiction? Here she switches gears to write a mystery that opens with two corpses found in small-town Lachlan, FL. Everyone wants them buried figuratively as well as literally, and it takes a trio of risk-taking protagonists to uncover the truth. With a 150,000-copy first printing.

Hamilton, Steve. Dead Man Running. Putnam. Sept. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780399574443. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399574450. MYSTERY
Captured in Scottsdale, AZ, after an atypically careless crime, serial killer Martin T. Livermore insists that he will talk only to PI Alex McKnight. And though McKnight doesn’t know Livermore, it’s soon clear that he is being set up for a fall. Next in the long-running McKnight series from Hamilton, also recently the author of the high-profile hit The Second Life of Nick Mason and its forthcoming follow-up, Exit Strategy.

Johnson, Craig. Depth of Winter: A Longmire Mystery. Viking. Sept. 2018. NAp. ISBN 9780525522478. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780525522485. MYSTERY
What’s Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire doing alone in the broiler-oven heat of Mexico’s northern deserts? Trying to find the international hit man and Mexico drug-cartel boss who has kidnapped his daughter, Cady, intending to auction her off to his worst enemies. Next in the New York Times best-selling series that inspired the popular Netflix original series.

McGeorge, Chris. Guess Who. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Sept. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781335652829. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488098680. MYSTERY
After 11-year-old Morgan Sheppard figures out that a teacher’s death was not suicide but murder, he’s crowned a baby Sherlock and featured solving lightweight mysteries on TV’s Resident Detective. Then he wakes up handcuffed and told that he must determine in three hours which of the five strangers awakening with him killed the person in the bathtub—or they all die. Classic locked-room situation, contemporary creepiness; a debut. With a 40,000-copy first printing.

Mayor, Archer. Bury the Lead. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250113283. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250113290. MYSTERY
When a young woman is found murdered along a ski trail, Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) get an immediate confession from Mick Durocher, once employed at a local firm experiencing lethal acts of sabotage. Is there a connection? Is his skimpy confession valid? And what about that outbreak of Ebola at the local hospital? Next in the New York Times best-selling series, following Trace.

McKinlay, Jenn. Hitting the Books. Berkley. Sept. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780451492678. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780451492692. MYSTERY
Alas for library director Lindsey Norris, police are convinced that library materials found at the scene of a hit and run were borrowed by the driver of the stolen car. But the victim suffers another so-called accident, the driver turns up dead, and the real clues seem to lie in the materials themselves. Next in the New York Times best-selling “A Library Lovers Mystery” series, following Death in the Stacks.

Munier, Paula. A Borrowing of Bones. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781250153036. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250153043. MYSTERY
On a Fourth of July weekend, retired soldiers Mercy Carr and Belgian Malinois Elvis are out hiking  when bomb-sniffer Elvis detects explosives. There’s more trouble–a baby wailing near a shallow grave—and Mercy and Elvis are soon joined by U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner and his search-and-rescue Newfoundland, Susie Bear. Nonfiction writer Munier turns in a first mystery, inspired by her work with MissionK9Rescue.

Todd, Charles. A Forgotten Place: A Bess Crawford Mystery. Morrow. Sept. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780062678829. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062678850. lrg. prnt. MYSTERY
The fighting has ended, but the Great War is not over for soldiers or battlefield nurses like Bess Crawford. The Welsh amputees she’s been tending won’t be able to work in the coal mines back home, and she’s worried enough to follow them to their village after receiving a despairing letter from their captain. But the captain has vanished, and trying to locate him lands Bess among hostile strangers. Next in the New York Times best-selling series; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Weaver, Ashley. An Act of Villainy: An Amory Ames Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250159755. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250159762. MYSTERY
With husband Milo, Amory Ames glides through 1930s London to the dress rehearsal of a new play directed by friend Gerard Holloway. Unfortunately, Gerard has cast his mistress, Flora Bell, in the lead (Amory is friends with his wife), and he wants her to figure out who’s sending threatening letters to Flora. Curtains up for another charmer from Louisiana librarian Weaver.

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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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