Wednesday, June 26, 2013

July 2013 New Mystery Releases!

So far this summer has been an excellent time for reading. This past week I've read two "A+" books back to back. No wonder I call book time in the pool my PT (Prune Time)-- more than once it's been almost impossible for me to close the book and get out of the water!

The end of June is here, and it's time for me to share with you some of the books being released next month that I'm really anticipating. This month I succeeded in keeping the list to thirteen (my lucky number). I've included all the information you'll need to find any of these titles in your favorite book spots, and they are grouped by release date.  Book synopses are courtesy of Amazon.

I hope you're having as great a summer as I am-- Happy Reading!

=== July 1 ===

Title: The Riddle of Solomon
Author: D.J. Niko
Series: #2 in the Sarah Weston Chronicles set in Israel, Saudi Arabia and India
ISBN: 9781605425290
Publisher: Medallion Press
Paperback, 472 pages

Synopsis: "Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston and anthropologist Daniel Madigan team up for another expedition and adventure in this second book in the Sarah Weston Chronicles. While working on the Qaryat al-Fau archaeological site in Saudi Arabia, the pair uncovers a mysterious ancient scroll composed as a riddle. As they attempt to date and decipher the scroll, a flurry of ills befalls their expedition and the scroll is stolen. A trail of clues leads to India, Jerusalem, and the Judean wilderness, where the two discover the scroll was written by the enigmatic King Solomon as a map to an ancient manuscript. Meanwhile a privileged young Briton, Trent Sacks, has invested years and a fortune looking for his manuscript. Believing he is the last descendant of the House of David in the line of Solomon, Sacks will do whatever it takes to amass the ancient relics which will prove he is the Jewish Messiah. Leaving a string of murders in his wake, Sacks vows to crush Sarah and Daniel for challenging his quest. Journeying through the worlds of the occult, corporate greed, geopolitical conflict, Judaic mysticism, and biblical archaeology, Sarah and Daniel race to uncover the powerful ancient message that could have an explosive impact on modern Israel."

=== July 2 ===

Title: Tulle Death Do Us Part
Author: Annette Blair
Series: #6 in the Vintage Magic series set in Mystick Falls, Connecticut
ISBN:  9780425251935
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages

Synopsis: "Maddie’s love of classic fashion has made her Vintage Magic boutique a success—even if the visions she experiences when touching certain items often lead her into trouble. Decades ago, at a Mystic Country Club costume ball, a secret scavenger hunt ended in an unexplained death, hastily concealed.

Now, Maddie's invited to participate in a similar anniversary event: but one touch of the vintage petticoat used to hide evidence of the original crime hurtles Maddie into a scavenger hunt of her own. She must find missing petticoat pieces and re-stitch the clues it expose a killer!

Title: The Fire Witness
Author: Lars Kepler
Series: #3 in the Joona Linna series set in Stockholm, Sweden
ISBN:  9780374298661
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Hardcover, 512 pages

Synopsis: "Flora Hansen calls herself a medium and makes a living by pretending to commune with the dead. But after a gruesome murder at a rural home for wayward girls, Hansen begins to suffer visions that are all too real. She calls the police, claiming to have seen a ghost, but only one detective puts aside his skepticism long enough to listen: Joona Linna.

Linna has spent more time at the scene of the crime than any other detective would. The case seems obvious on the face of it: One of the girls at the home escaped in the middle of the night, leaving behind a bloody bed with a hammer under the pillow. But why does Hansen insist that the murder instrument was a stone, not a hammer? And what’s the story behind the dark red grain of sand, almost like a splinter from a ruby, stuck beneath the dead girl’s fingernail? As Linna refuses to accept easy answers, his search leads him into darker, more violent territory, and finally to a shocking confrontation with a figure from his past.

Just as Lars Kepler’s
The Hypnotist and The Nightmare did, The Fire Witness has spent months at number one on the Swedish bestseller lists. As the newspaper Dagens Nyheter put it, you start the thriller “on the subway home, keep reading at the dinner table, and then don’t stop until well into the wee hours.” Kepler writes with the force of Stieg Larsson and the plotting of Jo Nesbø. The Fire Witness is an unflinching page-turner, sure to join the ranks of its predecessors as an international sensation.

Title: Dyeing Wishes
Author: Molly MacRae
Series: #2 in the Haunted Yarn Shop series set in fictional Blue Plum, Tennessee
ISBN:  9780451239563
Publisher: Signet
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Synopsis: "Kath Rutledge’s grandmother left her a charming fiber and fabric shop, a close-knit group of needlework lovers, and a television-addicted ghost in the attic. She may also have inherited the special skills required to untangle a murder.

Always up for trying something new, Kath and her friends from the fiber and needlework group TGIF—Thank Goodness it’s Fiber—are visiting Cloud Hollow Farm for the day to learn the fine art of dyeing.  With spring in the air, the friends head out to greet the sheep.  But the sheep are more interested in something else—two bodies spread under a tall tree.  And one of those bodies is someone they know.

Kath’s friends nudge her to investigate, and no one is more adamant than Geneva, the ghost who loves to play assistant sleuth. But when Kath discovers another murder cut from the same cloth, she’s more determined than ever to hang a roving killer out to dry…

Title: Not the Killing Type
Author: Lorna Barrett
Series: #7 in the Booktown series set in fictional Stoneham, New Hampshire
ISBN:  9780425252222
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover
Hardcover, 320 pages

Synopsis: "It’s November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and that means it’s time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The race is already a bit heated, as the long-standing Chamber president is being challenged by a former lover—Tricia’s own sister, Angelica. Then local small business owner Stan Berry throws his hat in the ring.

Unfortunately, it’s not there for long when he’s found murdered in the Brookview Inn. The murder weapon is a brass letter opener belonging to the inn’s receptionist. Tricia knows there’s no way the receptionist is a killer. And when Angelica asks Tricia to help clear her name and win the election, she sees little choice except to start snooping.

She soon uncovers a ballot box full of lies and betrayals, and a chamber full of people who had grudges against the victim. But were they serious enough to lead to murder? And who truly had something to gain? Tricia will have to do some serious sleuthing before she pulls the lever on a killer.

Title: Final Sentence
Author: Daryl Wood Gerber (AKA Avery Aames)
Series: #1 in the Cookbook Nook series set in fictional Crystal Cove, California
ISBN:  9780425258040
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Synopsis: "Welcome to A Cookbook Nook Mystery series, where Jenna Hart, an avid reader, admitted foodie, and new owner of a cookbook store and café in picturesque Crystal Cove, California, is up to her neck in trouble when she finds her college roommate, celebrity chef Desiree Divine, buried on the beach, and a fellow shop owner accuses Jenna of murder."

Title: A Murder in Passing
Series: #4 in the Sam Blackman series set in Asheville, North Carolina
ISBN: 9781464201516
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Paperback, 250 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "In Asheville, North Carolina, the Blackman & Robertson Detective Agency faces a disturbing reality – no clients. Sam Blackman finds inactivity intolerable. So when partner Nakayla Robertson suggests a mushroom hunt on the site of an historic, freed-slave commune called The Kingdom of the Happy Land, Sam reluctantly agrees. When he stumbles across a skeleton, his adventure mushrooms into a case of murder. But it isn’t his case. He has no client, and the local authorities tell him to butt out.

Then Marsha Montgomery comes to the office asking Sam and Nakayla to investigate a burglary at her mother’s home. Someone stole a rifle and a photograph of Marsha’s mother, grandmother, and great grandmother taken in 1932 by renowned photographer Doris Ulmann. The site of the photograph is The Kingdom of the Happy Land. The date of the burglary, 1967. Marsha’s visit is no coincidence. Sam’s being played. But why?

When Marsha’s eighty-five-year-old mother Lucille is arrested for murder, Sam has his answer and his case.  Is the skeleton that of Jimmy Lang, Marsha’s white father and her mother’s lover, who disappeared in 1967 right after interracial couples were allowed to marry in North Carolina? Jimmy’s brother says no. Jimmy left to seek his fortune after Lucille rejected his marriage proposal. But others stood to gain from his disappearance. A veil of betrayal and deceit hides a killer desperate to protect a dark secret, and no one, not even Sam, is safe from the deadly consequences of a murder in passing."

Title: The Fame Thief
Author: Timothy Hallinan
Series: #3 in the Junior Bender series set in Los Angeles, California
ISBN:  9781616952808
Publisher: Soho Crime
Hardcover, 336 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books
Synopsis: "There are not many people brave enough to say no to Irwin Dressler, Hollywood’s scariest mob boss-turned-movie king. Even though Dressler is ninety-three years old, LA burglar Junior Bender is quaking in his boots when Dressler’s henchman haul him in for a meeting. 

Dressler wants Junior to solve a 'crime' he believes was committed more than sixty years ago, when an old friend of his, once-famous starlet Dolores La Marr, had her career destroyed after compromising photos were taken of her at a Las Vegas party. Dressler wants justice for Dolores and the shining career she never had.

Junior can’t help but think the whole thing is a little crazy. After all, it’s been seventy years. Even if someone did set Dolores up for a fall from grace back then, they’re probably long dead now. But he can't say no to Irwin Dressler (no one can, really). So he starts digging. And what he finds is that some vendettas never die—they only get more dangerous.

=== July 4 ===

Title: An Act of Kindness
Author: Barbara Nadel
Series: #2 in the Hakim and Arnold series set in London
ISBN:  9780857387783
Publisher: Quercus
Paperback, 464 pages

Synopsis: "London's East End has always been a social and racial melting pot and never more so than today. PI Lee Arnold and his assistant Mumtaz Hakim don't mind - it keeps them on their toes. It is November. The days are getting darker and they have a new case on their hands. A young Asian couple moves into a dilapidated house in Upton Park. The woman, Nasreen, spends much of her time working alone on the house, her husband Abdullah preoccupied with his job. John Sawyer is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Since his discharge, he has been volatile and is now homeless. An unlikely friendship develops between Nasreen and John, one that her husband would frown upon. When John's body is discovered, Nasreen's suspicions light upon Abdullah. Did he know they were friends? Reluctant to go to the police, Nasreen reaches out to the Arnold Detective Agency. Mumtaz Hakim begins to dig into Abdullah's past and into the house itself which, she finds, holds its own grim secrets."

=== July 9 ===

Title: The Devil's Cave
Author: Martin Walker
Series: #5 in the Bruno Chief of Police series set in southwestern France
ISBN:  9780385349529
Publisher: Knopf
Hardcover, 352 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "It’s spring in St. Denis. The village choir is preparing for its Easter concert, the wildflowers are blooming, and among the lazy whorls of the river a dead woman is found floating in a boat. It’s another case for Bruno, the town’s cherished chief of police. With the discovery of sinister markings and black candles near the body, it seems to him that the occult might be involved. And as questions mount—regarding a troubling real estate proposal in the region; a suspicious, violent death made to look accidental; and the sudden reappearance of a politically controversial elderly countess—Bruno and his colleagues and friends are drawn ever closer to a climactic showdown in the Gouffre de Colombac: the place locals call the Devil’s Cave.

With the enchanting backdrop of France’s pastoral heartland, a cast of local characters as vibrant as their surroundings, enough sumptuous repasts to satisfy any literary gourmand, and a hero winningly capable of balancing the good life with a dogged dedication to solving the crimes that threaten it,
The Devil’s Cave invites readers to raise a glass and turn the page."

=== July 10 ===

Title: Care Homes Are Murder
Author: Mike Befeler
Series: #5 in the Geezer-Lit series featuring Paul Jacobson, an 80-something amateur sleuth with short-term memory loss
ISBN: 9781432826925
Publisher: Five Star
Hardcover, 268 pages

Synopsis: "In this the fifth of the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series crotchety octogenarian Paul Jacobson returns to Hawaii for a vacation with his family and becomes involved in a series of crimes while struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss. Paul finds a dead body in the Honolulu Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and must deal with a murder in the care home where his friends reside. He has to use all his geezer resources to solve a case involving the local drug cartel."

=== July 16 ===

Title: Countdown City
Series: #2 in the Last Policeman trilogy set in Concord, New Hampshire
ISBN: 9781594746260
Publisher: Quirk Books
Paperback, 320 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "The Last Policeman received the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original--along with plenty of glowing reviews.  

Now Detective Hank Palace returns in Countdown City, the second volume of the Last Policeman trilogy. There are just 77 days before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank's days of solving crimes are over...until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.

Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace—an easy feat in a world with no phones, no cars, and no way to tell whether someone’s gone 'bucket list' or just gone. With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from a college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off 'impact zone' refugees.

Countdown City presents another fascinating mystery set on brink of an apocalypse--and once again, Hank Palace confronts questions way beyond 'whodunit.' What do we as human beings owe to one another? And what does it mean to be civilized when civilization is collapsing all around you?"

=== July 30 === 

Title: The Highway
Author: C.J. Box
ISBN: 9780312583200
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Hardcover, 400 pages

Synopsis: "When two sisters set out across a remote stretch of Montana road to visit their friend, little do they know it will be the last time anyone might ever hear from them again. The girls—and their car—simply vanish.  Former police investigator Cody Hoyt has just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety.  Convinced by his son and his former rookie partner, Cassie Dewell, he begins the drive south to the girls’ last known location.  As Cody makes his way to the lonely stretch of Montana highway where they went missing, Cassie discovers that Gracie and Danielle Sullivan aren’t the first girls who have disappeared in this area.  This majestic landscape is the hunting ground for a killer whose viciousness is outmatched only by his intelligence.  And he might not be working alone.  Time is running out for Gracie and Danielle…Can Cassie overcome her doubts and lack of experience and use her innate skill?  Can Cody Hoyt battle his own demons and find this killer before another victim vanishes on the highway?"

I wonder if any of the rest of you noticed the same thing I did with the book covers. Take a look at all the book covers for the cozy mysteries I listed. I wonder if July is Put a Cat on a Book Cover Month?  *wink*

Hopefully my list includes a few titles that you just have to put on your wish lists. Which books jumped out at you and yelled, "Buy me! Buy ME!" ??? Inquiring minds want to know!


  1. Thanks for the book news. I just have to curtail my anxiety about how much there is out there to read and remember this isn't work; it's fun.

    I can't wait to read the reviews of those A-plus books.

    1. It's not work. It's fun! It's not work. It's fun! And-- as "Ernestine" would say, "That's the truth!"

  2. Ernestine! I love her! (And she's say it with a snort and a wink.)

    It's fun. Read David Ellis' The Wrong Man -- a great legal thriller, well-plotted and quite witty, with some global politics thrown in.

    A good, riveting book and iced tea as well as a/c is my idea of how to spent these hot days -- here in the 90s; in Arizona -- what? in the 120s? Stay cool.

    1. Yup. 120° by the weekend. My plans for plenty of tall, cold drinks and books in the shady end of the pool will go forward as planned. :-)

  3. I have an ARC of the C. J. Box book and can hardly wait to read it. Also in the middle of the new Karin Slaughter book and have a stack of others to read as well. I'm lost in a sea of new books - lovely position to be in.

  4. Omigod! I cannot even fathom 120 degrees. It hits 100 degrees in the Big Apple a few times each summer -- and we all hibernate in a/c.

    I grew up in Chicago and it would go into the low 100s during August, and we'd all sit in front of the fan, doing nothing and drinking iced tea by the gallon.

    1. The saving grace with these high temperatures here in the desert is that the humidity tends to stay very low. I know people laugh when someone mentions "it's a dry heat," but I grew up in the Midwest. Low humidity makes a tremendous difference. Plus... I lived in this house for several years with no working central AC or evaporative cooler. I have all sorts of tricks for staying cool! LOL

  5. Mystery is one of my absolute favourite genres. I read them solely for enjoyment and find when I am in a reading rut there's nothing like a good mystery to get me out of my funk. I'll have to look up some of these. Thanks.

    1. You're welcome, Shirley. I'm glad you stopped by! :-)

  6. all those darn cats....
    I read The Highway..rather creepy...and I can not wait to read Countdown City. Loved the first one!

    1. Thanks for that concise critique on The Highway-- I like it!

      I think you're going to love Countdown City, too. I did.

  7. Yes! I agree that fiction, and sometimes especially crime fiction can get one out of a funk and raise one's mood. I say that, iced tea and chocolate -- in the summer chocolate frozen yogurt -- is the healthy way to deal with bad moods and tough times.

    1. You know, it's been years and years since I've had a reading funk. Must be all those good mysteries I've been reading! ;-)


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