Wednesday, February 29, 2012

March 2012 New Mystery Releases!

I may be stitching up a storm, scrubbing down the house in preparation for a greatly anticipated house guest, and enjoying this great weather, but that doesn't mean that I'm not keeping my eye on the new mysteries that are going to be published in March! In fact, my trouble has been to narrow down the list of the books I want to tell you about.

There's a bumper crop of new crime fiction that I can't wait to get my hands on, and now's the time to share the bounty with all of you.

As usual, the books are grouped by release dates, and I've included the information you'll need to find them at all your favorite book spots. Hopefully I've chosen a title or two that you just can't do without either. Happy reading!

===March 1===

Author: Frances Brody
Series: #3 in the Kate Shackleton series set in 1920s Bradford, England 
ISBN:  9780749954871
Publisher: Piatkus
Paperback, 400 pages

*UK paperback release*

Synopsis: "Young Harriet and her brother Austin have always been scared of the quarry where their stone mason father works. So when they find him dead on the cold ground, they scarper quick smart and look for some help.

When help returns, the quarry is deserted and there is no sign of the body. Were the children mistaken? Is their father not dead? Did he simply get up and run away?

It seems like another unusual case requiring the expertise of Kate Shackleton. But for Kate this is one case where surprising family ties makes it her most dangerous – and delicate – yet…

This series is being recommended for those of us who love Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series.

Series: #4 in the Sarah Burke series set in Tucson, Arizona
ISBN: 9780727881168
Publisher: Severn House
Hardcover, 192 pages

Synopsis: "Detective Sarah Burke is called to a mass shooting in a quiet residential street; it looks like a ‘home invasion’ gone very wrong. There are several dead bodies but the crime scene just doesn’t make sense – until one of the ‘dead’ victims suddenly escapes and another man is seen running from the house . . . Once again, as well as juggling her complicated home life, Sarah Burke is faced with a ballistics mystery to find out exactly what went down – and why."

===March 6===

Author: Cara Black
Series: #12 in the Aimée Leduc series set in Paris, France
ISBN:  9781616950613
Publisher: Soho Crime
Hardcover, 320 pages

Synopsis: "Aimée Leduc is happy her long-time business partner René has found a girlfriend. Really, she is. It’s not her fault if she can’t suppress her doubts about the relationship; René is moving way too fast, and Aimée’s instincts tell her Meizi, this supposed love of René’s life, isn’t trustworthy. And her misgivings may not be far off the mark: Meizi disappears during a Chinatown dinner to take a phone call and never comes back to the restaurant. Minutes later, the body of a young man, a science prodigy and volunteer at the nearby Musée, is found shrink-wrapped in an alleyway—with Meizi’s photo in his wallet.

Aimée does not like this scenario one bit, but she can’t figure out how the murder is connected to Meizi’s disappearance. The dead genius was sitting on a discovery that has France’s secret service keeping tabs on him. Now they’re keeping tabs on Aimée. A missing young woman, an illegal immigrant raid in progress, botched affairs of the heart, dirty policemen, the French secret service, cutting-edge science secrets and a murderer on the loose—what has she gotten herself into? And can she get herself—and her friends—back out of it all alive?

Series: #1 in the Mystery in the Islands series set on the island of St. John
ISBN: 9780425246658
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

Synopsis: "No one knows better than resort manager Pen Hofstra that the idea of a tropical paradise is an illusion. So when a young woman named Hannah Sheridan disappears off the island of St. John, she is not surprised that all is not what it seems to be. Pointing out Hannah's resemblance to the Amina Slave Princess from the 1733 slave revolt on St. John--whose ghost is rumored to haunt the island--the local community quickly latches on to the belief that her spirit is behind the sinking and the disappearance...."

Series: #1 in the Haunted Souvenir series set in Florida
ISBN: 9780425246665
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages

Synopsis: "Glory Martine has inherited her uncle's Florida souvenir shop, one stuffed with collectibles, mementos of times gone by--and ghosts--who, like her customers, refuse to let go of the past. But things take an even more unexpected turn when a local football hero dies far too suddenly and suspiciously. Now, Glory has to uncover the truth before someone makes her history...."

Title: Plunder
Series: #7 in the Faye Longchamp archaeological series set in Louisiana
ISBN: 9781590589298
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Hardcover, 250 pages

Synopsis: "Time is not on Faye Longchamp's side. She and her husband Joe are working near the mouth of the Mississippi, researching archaeological sites soon to be swamped by oil. The Deepwater Horizon disaster has morphed her run-of-the-mill contract job into a task that might swamp her fledgling company. It isn't helping that an injured babysitter has left Faye to work with a toddler underfoot.

An adolescent girl is drawn to Faye, perhaps because she idolizes the confident archaeologist. Young Amande is bright and curious, and a poverty-stricken life on a houseboat with an eccentric grandmother doesn't look like a good to get the education Amande deserves. When the girl's grandmother and her no-account uncle are murdered, her prospects worsen. With only two known relatives--neither of them much more respectable than the dead uncle--Amande seems destined for neglect or worse.

Soon, Faye and Joe find themselves among people fighting hard for Amande's pathetic inheritance: a raggedy houseboat, a few shares of stock, and a hurricane-battered island that's not even inhabitable. Pirate-era silver coins are found and disappear. Shadowing it all is the fact that there's a murderer on the loose. But why should Faye be surprised by such shady events, here in these watery lands settled by the greatest pirates of them all? And the oil slick looms, because this country is still being plundered, after all these years...."

===March 13===

Author: M.J. Rose
Series: #4 in teh Reincarnationist series
ISBN: 9781451621303
Publisher: Atria Books
Hardcover, 384 pages

Synopsis: "Jac L'Etoile has always been haunted by the past, her memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up surrounded by as the heir to a storied French perfume company. In order to flee the pain of those remembrances--and of her mother's suicide--she moved to America. Now, fourteen years later she and her brother have inherited the company along with it's financial problems. But when Robbie hints at an earth-shattering discovery in the family archives and then suddenly goes missing--leaving a dead body in his wake--Jac is plunged into a world she thought she'd left behind.

Back in Paris to investigate her brother's disappearance, Jac becomes haunted by the legend the House of L'Etoile has been espousing since 1799. Is there a scent that can unlock the mystery of reincarnation - or is it just another dream infused perfume?

Title: The Girl Next Door
Author: Brad Parks 
Series: #3 in the Carter Ross series set in New Jersey
ISBN:  9780312667689
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Hardcover, 336 pages

*Upcoming review and author interview on Kittling: Books*

Synopsis: "Reading his own newspaper’s obituaries, veteran reporter Carter Ross comes across that of a woman named Nancy Marino, who was the victim of a hit-and-run while she was on the job delivering copies of that very paper, the Eagle-Examiner. Struck by the opportunity to write a heroic piece about an everyday woman killed too young, he heads to her wake to gather tributes and anecdotes. It’s the last place Ross expects to find controversy—which is exactly what happens when one of Nancy’s sisters convinces him that the accident might not have been accidental at all.

It turns out that the kind and generous Nancy may have made a few enemies, starting with her boss at the diner where she was a part-time waitress, and even including the publisher of the
Eagle-Examiner. Carter’s investigation of this seemingly simple story soon has him in big trouble with his full-time editor and sometime girlfriend, Tina Thompson, not to mention the rest of his bosses at the paper, but he can’t let it go—the story is just too good, and it keeps getting better. But will his nose for trouble finally take him too far?

Brad Parks’s smart-mouthed, quick-witted reporter returns in
The Girl Next Door—another action-packed entry in his award-winning series, written with an unforgettable mix of humor and suspense."

===March 15===

Series: #3 in the Inspector Vaara series set in Finland
ISBN: 9780399158322
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Hardcover, 336 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books*

Synopsis: "Two days after their daughter is born, Kari Vaara drops a bombshell on his American wife, Kate: He has a brain tumor . . . and he's been handpicked to run a rogue black-ops unit, using crime to fight crime.

After recovering from surgery, he gets to work. The black-ops unit is small, and reports directly to Finland's national chief of police. They have secrecy, autonomy, and the cash to buy all the high-tech gear. Soon the unit is cleaning house, robbing Helsinki's mobsters blind of their cash, dope, and illegal firearms. But Kari's team is too good, and their actions have unintended consequences. . . .

Meanwhile, Finland roils with hatred as its most extreme right political party gains popularity despite having no agenda besides xenophobia. When the country's leading immigrants' rights advocate is assassinated and her head sent by mail to the Finnish Somalia Network, the president assigns Kari to the murder. Cracking this case will involve the unsolved kidnapping of a billionaire's children, a Faustian bargain with a former French legionnaire-and Kate."

===March 27===

Series: #3 in the Thóra Gudmundsdottir series set in Iceland
ISBN: 9780312641740
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Paperback, 368 pages

Synopsis: "Named One of the Year’s Top Ten Crime Books in the UK… 

A Masterwork of Suspense from "Iceland’s Crime Queen" (The Scotsman)

 In 1973, a volcanic eruption buried an entire Icelandic village in lava and ash. Now this macabre tourist attraction proves deadly once again—when the discovery of fresh bodies casts a shadow of suspicion onto Markus Magnusson, a man accused of killing his childhood sweetheart. His attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir finds that her client has a most inventive story to tell. But the locals seem oddly reluctant to back him up… 

Filled with unforgettable characters, unexpected twists, and superb psychological suspense, Ashes to Dust is a superlative thriller from an acclaimed master of Nordic fiction."

Title: Elegy for Eddie
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Series: #9 in the Maisie Dobbs series set in 1930s England
ISBN: 9780062049575
Publisher: Harper
Hardcover, 352 pages

Synopsis: "Maisie Dobbs—psychologist, investigator, and "one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting" (Parade)—returns in a chilling adventure, the latest chapter in Jacqueline Winspear's bestselling series.

Early April 1933. To the costermongers of Covent Garden—sellers of fruit and vegetables on the streets of London—Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. When Eddie is killed in a violent accident, the grieving costers are deeply skeptical about the cause of his death. Who would want to kill Eddie—and why?

Maisie Dobbs' father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, so she had known the men since childhood. She remembers Eddie fondly and is determined to offer her help. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are equally determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie's death. Plunging into the investigation, Maisie begins her search for answers on the working-class streets of Lambeth where Eddie had lived and where she had grown up. The inquiry quickly leads her to a callous press baron; a has-been politician named Winston Churchill, lingering in the hinterlands of power; and, most surprisingly, to Douglas Partridge, the husband of her dearest friend, Priscilla. As Maisie uncovers lies and manipulation on a national scale, she must decide whether to risk it all to see justice done.

The story of a London affected by the march to another war years before the first shot is fired and of an innocent victim caught in the crossfire, Elegy for Eddie is Jacqueline Winspear's most poignant and powerful novel yet."

===March 29===

ISBN: 9780399157899
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Hardcover, 384 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "Four friends, recent college graduates, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it's no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise-quick, efficient, low risk-works like a charm. Until they kidnap the wrong man.

Now two groups they've very much wanted to avoid are after them-the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot young FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organized-crime outfit looking for payback. As they all crisscross the country in deadly pursuit and a series of increasingly explosive confrontations, each of them is ultimately forced to recognize the truth: The true professionals, cop or criminal, are those who are willing to sacrifice . . . everything.

A finger-burning page-turner, filled with twists, surprises, and memorably complex characters, The Professionals marks the arrival of a remarkable new writer."

See what I mean? March is a marvelous month for mysteries!


  1. Cathy - I do indeed see what you mean! There are lots of good 'uns coming out. I can't wait to read Ashes to Dust. That's been out for a while elsewhere and I just haven't got my hands on it yet. I will, though. I will. I like this series a lot.

  2. I do so want the books by Cara Black and Jim Thompson. I'm looking forward to reading Adrift on St. John and the Book of Lost Frangrances. Lots of good books this month!

  3. I'm SO looking forward to the new Maisie Dobbs, although I've two to go in the series yet. I need to get reading!

    1. I'm looking forward to that one-- especially since it's one of the series I tend to stay caught up on-- so you know that means that I love it.

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    1. It's better than having no books on that list at all!

  5. I have a copy of them waiting in my TBR pile...and now see I have to buy the Thompson too. I read the previous two in the series and enjoyed them.

    1. I really like Thompson's series, too. I can't wait to start reading Helsinki White.

  6. Lots of good ones! thanks for the list.


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