Wednesday, February 25, 2015

March 2015 New Mystery Releases!

With the horrendous winter that so many people are experiencing, I almost feel guilty for living in balmy Phoenix, Arizona. Notice that I said "almost." I knew when I lived in cold country that I didn't do low temperatures, snow, and ice very well, so I moved out at the first opportunity. I've had my share of looking out to see snow packed against the windows, ice that downed power lines so I had to read by the light of a kerosene lamp and have the room heated by the oven on a gas stove. No, I'm very happy where I am-- even when it gets hot. I just hope that all of you experiencing a Siberian winter are staying safe and warm!

And just in case you may need some new reading material, I've rounded up my picks of the new mysteries that are being released throughout the month of March. They're grouped according to release date, and I've included all the information you'll need to order them from your favorite "book procurement sites." Book synopses are courtesy of Amazon.  Happy Reading!

=== March 1 ===

Title: The Death Season
Author: Kate Ellis
Series: #19 in the Wesley Peterson police procedural series set in South Devon, England.
ISBN: 9780349403137 
Publisher: Piatkus
Hardcover, 304 pages

Synopsis: "When a middle-aged man is found dead in a hotel room, it seems like a routine matter—until it becomes clear to DI Wesley Peterson that it is a case of cold blooded murder and that the identity the victim has been using isn't his own. Then DCI Gerry Heffernan, frustrated at being given only cold cases during his recovery from being shot in the line of duty, discovers from a DNA review that Wesley's mystery man was responsible for the murder of a child back in 1979. But soon, as Wesley delves in to the events of the past more people die. Meanwhile archeologist Neil Watson is investigating a ruined village that tumbled into the sea during a storm at the time of World War I. Events take a cryptic turn when he encounters a 100-year-old mystery with echoes in the present. As a terrifying truth is revealed, Wesley has to face a great danger, especially if he is to save someone very precious to him." With its perfect blend of history and crime, this has been one of my favorite series since the first book!

=== March 3 ===

Title: Dead to Me
Author: Mary McCoy
Debut YA mystery set in 1940s Hollywood, California
ISBN: 9781423187127
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Hardcover, 304 pages

Synopsis: "'Don't believe anything they say.'

Those were the last words that Annie spoke to Alice before turning her back on their family and vanishing without a trace. Alice spent four years waiting and wondering when the impossibly glamorous sister she idolized would return to her--and what their Hollywood-insider parents had done to drive her away.

When Annie does turn up, the blond, broken stranger lying in a coma has no answers for her. But Alice isn't a kid anymore, and this time she won't let anything stand between her and the truth, no matter how ugly. The search for those who beat Annie and left her for dead leads Alice into a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets--and onto the trail of a young runaway who is the sole witness to an unspeakable crime. What this girl knows could shut down a criminal syndicate and put Annie's attacker behind bars--if Alice can find her first. And she isn't the only one looking

Evoking classic film noir, debut novelist Mary McCoy brings the dangerous glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age to life, where the most decadent parties can be the deadliest, and no drive into the sunset can erase the crimes of past.

Title: The Edge of Dreams
Author: Rhys Bowen
Series: #14 in the Molly Murphy historical series set in New York City
ISBN: 9781250052025
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Hardcover, 320 pages

Synopsis: "Molly Murphy Sullivan’s husband Daniel, a captain in the New York City police force, is stumped. He’s chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common—nothing except for the taunting notes that are delivered to Daniel after each murder. And when Daniel receives a note immediately after Molly and her young son Liam are in a terrible train crash, Daniel and Molly both begin to fear that maybe Molly herself was the target.

Molly’s detective instincts are humming, but finding the time to dig deeper into this case is a challenge. She’s healing from injuries sustained in the crash and also sidetracked by her friends Sid and Gus’s most recent hobby, dream analysis. And when Molly herself starts suffering from strange dreams, she wonders if they just might hold the key to solving Daniel’s murder case

Title: The Perfect Game
Author: Leslie Dana Kirby
Standalone contemporary thriller set in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona
ISBN: 9781464201776  
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Paperback, 338 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "Lauren Rose has recently moved to Phoenix to begin a new life as she starts a prestigious emergency medicine residency, but she could end up doing life in the Arizona State penitentiary instead. Lauren has always lived in the shadow of her more glamorous sister Liz, the wife of baseball superstar Jake Wakefield. But when Liz is found viciously murdered in her Scottsdale home, the spotlight turns to Lauren as prime suspect in the high-profile investigation. Having lost both parents at an early age, Liz’s death leaves Lauren all alone in a new city. Jake’s support proves invaluable as she navigates the nightmare her life has become. As Lauren spends time with Jake, they develop a closeness that she finds both comforting and confusing. It’s an intimacy forged by their shared grief, their mutual love of baseball, and by the thrill of him pitching a perfect game for the Diamondbacks. Meanwhile, the Scottsdale police repeatedly question Lauren. She objects to a lie detector test as bad science. An arrest warrant is issued. The ensuing trial leads the evening news every night as a rabid public just can’t get enough of the sordid proceedings, quickly dubbed The Trial of the Millennium. Will the outcome be influenced by this media circus? The Perfect Game is Leslie Dana Kirby’s compelling debut novel.

Title: Murder on the Champ de Mars
Author: Cara Black
Series: #15 in the Aimée Leduc private investigator series set in Paris, France
ISBN: 9781616952860
Publisher: Soho
Hardcover, 320 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "Paris, April 1999: Aimée Leduc has her work cut out for her—running her detective agency and fighting off sleep deprivation as she tries to be a good single mother to her new bébé. The last thing she has time for now is to take on a personal investigation for a poor manouche (Gypsy) boy. But he insists his dying mother has an important secret she needs to tell Aimée, something to do with Aimée’s father’s unsolved murder a decade ago. How can she say no?

The dying woman’s secret is even more dangerous than her son realized. When Aimée arrives at the hospital, the boy’s mother has disappeared. She was far too sick to leave on her own—she must have been abducted. What does she know that’s so important it’s worth killing for? And will Aimée be able to find her before it’s too late and the medication keeping her alive runs out?

Title: Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Japan
Author: Vasudev Murthy
Series: #1 in the Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years historical series set in Japan and various other locations
ISBN: 9781464203633
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Hardcover, 275 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "It’s 1893. King Kamehameha III of Hawaii declares Sovereignty Restoration Day ... Tension grows between China and Japan over Korea ... The Bengal Famine worsens ... A brilliant scientist in Calcutta challenges the system … The senior priest at Kyoto’s Kinkaku-ji temple is found dead in mysterious circumstances. Dr John H. Watson receives a strange letter from Yokohama. Then the quiet, distinguished Mr. Hashimoto is murdered inside a closed room on a voyage from Liverpool to Bombay. In the opium dens of Shanghai and in the back alleys of Tokyo, sinister men hatch evil plots. Professor Moriarty stalks the world, drawing up a map for worldwide dominion. Only one man can outwit the diabolical Professor Moriarty. Only one man can save the world. Has Sherlock Holmes survived the Reichenbach Falls? In a seriocomic novel that radically ups the ante, Sherlock Holmes and Watson find their match in more than one man (or indeed, woman) as a clock inexorably ticks. History, mystery, romance, conspiracies, knife-edge tension; a train in Russia, roadside crime in Alexandria, an upset stomach in Bombay, careening through Cambodia, nasty people in China, monks in Japan–here’s a thrilling global chase that will leave you breathless (occasionally with laughter) as the Sherlock Holmes: The Missing Years series begins."

Title: Too Bad to Die
Author: Francine Mathews
Standalone historical thriller set in Egypt and Iran
ISBN: 9781594631795
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Hardcover, 368 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "November, 1943. Weary of his deskbound status in the Royal Navy, intelligence officer Ian Fleming spends his spare time spinning stories in his head that are much more exciting than his own life…until the critical Tehran Conference, when Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Josef Stalin meet to finalize the D-Day invasion.

With the Big Three in one place, Fleming is tipped off that Hitler’s top assassin has infiltrated the conference. Seizing his chance to play a part in a real-life action story, Fleming goes undercover to stop the Nazi killer. Between martinis with beautiful women, he survives brutal attacks and meets a seductive Soviet spy who may know more than Fleming realizes. As he works to uncover the truth and unmask the assassin, Fleming is forced to accept that betrayal sometimes comes from the most unexpected quarters—and that one’s literary creations may prove eerily close to one’s own life.

Brilliantly inventive, utterly gripping and suspenseful, Too Bad to Die is Francine Mathews’s best novel yet, and confirms her place as a master of historical fiction

=== March 10 ===

Title: Endangered
Author: C.J. Box
Series: #16 in the Game Warden Joe Pickett series set in Wyoming
ISBN: 9780399160776
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Hardcover, 384 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "She was gone. Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more—Joe’s eighteen-year-old ward, April, has run off with him.

And then comes even worse news: The body of a girl has been found in a ditch along the highway—alive, but just barely, the victim of blunt force trauma. It is April, and the doctors aren’t sure if she’ll recover. Cates denies having anything to do with it—says she ran away from him, too—and there’s evidence that points to another man. But Joe knows in his gut who’s responsible. What he doesn’t know is the kind of danger he’s about to encounter. Cates is bad enough, but Cates’s family is like none Joe has ever met before.

Joe’s going to find out the truth, even if it kills him. But this time, it just might

Title: The Valley
Author: John Renehan
Standalone thriller
ISBN: 9780525954866 
Publisher: Dutton
Hardcover, 448 pages

Synopsis: "Black didn’t know its name, but he knew it lay deeper and higher than any other place Americans had ventured. You had to travel through a network of interlinked valleys, past all the other remote American outposts, just to get to its mouth. Everything about the place was myth and rumor, but one fact was clear: There were many valleys in the mountains of Afghanistan, and most were hard places where people died hard deaths. But there was only one Valley. It was the farthest, and the hardest, and the worst.

When Black, a deskbound admin officer, is sent up the Valley to investigate a warning shot fired by a near-forgotten platoon, he can only see it as the final bureaucratic insult in a short and unhappy Army career. What he doesn’t know is that his investigation puts at risk the centuries-old arrangements that keep this violent land in fragile balance, and will launch a shattering personal odyssey of obsession and discovery as Black reckons with the platoon’s dark secrets, accumulated over endless hours fighting and dying in defense of an indefensible piece of land

=== March 17 ===

Title: A Dangerous Place
Series: #11 in the Maisie Dobbs historical series set in Gibraltar
ISBN: 9780062220554
Publisher: Harper
Hardcover, 320 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "Four years after she set sail from England, leaving everything she most loved behind, Maisie Dobbs at last returns, only to find herself in a dangerous place....
In Jacqueline Winspear‘s  powerful story of political intrigue and personal tragedy, a brutal murder in the British garrison town of Gilbraltar leads Maisie into a web of lies, deceit, and peril.

Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability—and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now, all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn in the hills of Darjeeling is cut short when her stepmother summons her home to England; her aging father Frankie Dobbs is not getting any younger.

But on a ship bound for England, Maisie realizes she isn’t ready to return. Against the wishes of the captain who warns her, “You will be alone in a most dangerous place,” she disembarks in Gibraltar. Though she is on her own, Maisie is far from alone: the British garrison town is teeming with refugees fleeing a brutal civil war across the border in Spain.

Yet the danger is very real. Days after Maisie’s arrival, a photographer and member of Gibraltar’s Sephardic Jewish community, Sebastian Babayoff, is murdered, and Maisie becomes entangled in the case, drawing the attention of the British Secret Service. Under the suspicious eye of a British agent, Maisie is pulled deeper into political intrigue on “the Rock”—arguably Britain’s most important strategic territory—and renews an uneasy acquaintance in the process. At a crossroads between her past and her future, Maisie must choose a direction, knowing that England is, for her, an equally dangerous place, but in quite a different way."  

=== March 24 ===

Title: Inspector of the Dead
Author: David Morrell
Series: #2 in the Thomas de Quincey historical series set in London
ISBN:  9780316323932
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Hardcover, 352 pages

Synopsis: "The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation.

This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself.

=== March 31 ===

Title: The Strangler Vine
Author: M.J. Carter
Series: #1 in the William Avery and Jeremiah Blake historical series set in India
ISBN: 9780399171673
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Hardcover, 384 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "India, 1837: William Avery is a young soldier with few prospects except rotting away in campaigns in India; Jeremiah Blake is a secret political agent gone native, a genius at languages and disguises, disenchanted with the whole ethos of British rule, but who cannot resist the challenge of an unresolved mystery. What starts as a wild goose chase for this unlikely pair—trying to track down a missing writer who lifts the lid on Calcutta society—becomes very much more sinister as Blake and Avery get sucked into the mysterious Thuggee cult and its even more ominous suppression.

There are shades of Heart of Darkness, sly references to Conan Doyle, that bring brilliantly to life the India of the 1830s with its urban squalor, glamorous princely courts and bazaars, and the ambiguous presence of the British overlords—the officers of the East India Company—who have their own predatory ambitions beyond London's oversight

Title: Game of Mirrors
Author: Andrea Camilleri
Series: #18 in the Inspector Salvo Montalbano police procedural series set in Sicily
ISBN: 9780143123774
Publisher: Penguin Books
Paperback, 288 pages

Synopsis: "Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano novels have become an international sensation, with fans eagerly awaiting each new installment.

In Game of Mirrors, Inspector Montalbano and his colleagues are stumped when two bombs explode outside empty warehouses—one of which is connected to a big-time drug dealer. Meanwhile, the alluring Liliana Lombardo is trying to seduce the Inspector over red wine and arancini. Between pesky reporters, amorous trysts, and cocaine kingpins, Montalbano feels as if he’s being manipulated on all fronts. That is, until the inspector himself becomes the prime suspect in an unspeakably brutal crime

Title: The World Before Us
Standalone literary mystery
ISBN: 9780553418521
Publisher: Hogarth
Hardcover, 368 pages

Synopsis: "Deep in the woods of northern England, somewhere between a dilapidated estate and an abandoned Victorian asylum, fifteen-year-old Jane Standen lived through a nightmare.  She was babysitting a sweet young girl named Lily, and in one fleeting moment, lost her. The little girl was never found, leaving her family and Jane devastated.

Twenty years later, Jane is an archivist at a small London museum that is about to close for lack of funding. As a final research project--an endeavor inspired in part by her painful past--Jane surveys the archives for information related to another missing person: a woman who disappeared over one hundred years ago in the same woods where Lily was lost. As Jane pieces moments in history together, a portrait of a fascinating group of people starts to unfurl. Inexplicably tied to the mysterious disappearance of long ago, Jane finds tender details of their lives at the country estate and in the asylum that are linked to her own heartbroken world, and their story from all those years ago may now help Jane find a way to move on.

In riveting, beautiful prose, The World Before Us explores the powerful notion that history is a closely connected part of us--kept alive by the resonance of our daily choices--reminding us of the possibility that we are less alone than we might think

Title: Whiskers of the Lion
Author: P.L. Gaus
Series: #9 in the Michael Brandon series set in Ohio Amish country
ISBN: 9780142181737
Publisher: Plume
Paperback, 256 pages

Synopsis: "P. L. Gaus’s widely praised Amish-Country Mysteries continue to 'probe the tension between the self-reliance of the Amish world and the urgencies of the English world' (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
In Whiskers of the Lion, Sheriff Bruce Robertson is charged with finding a young Amish woman on the run from a murderous drug ring so she can testify in federal court. Wrestling with a recurring childhood nightmare of a deadly lion, the Holmes County sheriff finds himself torn between allegiance to the legal system he upholds and the beliefs of the people he is sworn to protect.

Whew! March sure does have a bumper crop of crime fiction for all of us readers, doesn't it? You all can see which titles caught my eye. Which one(s) caught yours? Inquiring minds would love to know!


  1. Oh, this is just not fair, Cathy! A Cavilleri, a Winspear, a Bowen, all in the same month!? Must. Resist. Temptation.

    1. If you noticed all the "*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books" notations, you can see that I did not resist temptation!

  2. First of all, I totally hear you on the "I live where I live partly because I don't like the cold". Ditto for Central Texas. That being said, we've got snow flurries this morning. Nothing to write home about. LOL

    I'm interested in several of these, but primarily in THE WORLD BEFORE US. Sounds like one I'd enjoy. Kate Ellis - I read a couple of that series when I was still working at the library and now she's up to 19. Sheesh! Well, I can try to catch up. Probably a slim hope. Thanks for doing this, Cathy! And enjoy!

    1. I'm a few behind on Kate Ellis myself, and-- something that is rare for me-- I do feel guilty about it.

      I've just started reading THE WORLD BEFORE US... and it's going to be an interesting experience. Right now, I don't know if it will be a good one or a bad one.


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