Wednesday, January 30, 2013

February 2013 New Mystery Releases!

January has flown by-- but then it usually does. It seems as though I just finished packing away all the Christmas decorations, but I do know that I've had a house guest and spent a week down in Bisbee since then!

February has some gems in store for all of us: old favorites like Lorraine Bartlett, Colin Cotterill, Deborah Crombie, Leighton Gage, and Andrea Camilleri all have books coming out this month, and then there are new-to-me authors like Sheila Connolly, Stephen Gallagher, and Peggy Blair that I want to try.

Hopefully I've got a title or two here that tickles your fancy. I've included all the information you need to find them at your favorite book spots, and they're also grouped according to their release dates. Enough yakking-- let's get to my picks of the month!

=== February 5 ===

Title: One Hot Murder
Series: #3 in the Victoria Square series set in upstate New York
ISBN: 9780425251904
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Mass market Paperback, 304 pages

Synopsis: "Katie Bonner, the reluctant manager of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square, is no stranger to ambivalence. Things have been going hot and heavy with pizza maker Andy Rust—so much so that Katie has moved in over his pizza parlor. But now that summer’s ushered in a heat wave, an apartment above pizza ovens without an air conditioner is making Katie hot and bothered.

At the height of the heat wave, a tragic fire strikes Victoria Square. Wood U, a small store selling wooden gifts and small furniture, is destroyed. But the fire may just be a smoke screen—for murder. A body is found among the charred wreckage, and the victim didn’t die from smoke inhalation. He was shot. Now—despite making Detective Ray Davenport hot under the collar—Katie is determined to smoke out a coldhearted killer….

Title: Chance of a Ghost
Series: #4 in the Haunted Guesthouse series set on the Jersey Shore
ISBN: 9780425251683
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Synopsis: "Even with a blizzard bearing down on New Jersey, Alison can count on at least two guests—Paul and Maxie, the stubborn ghosts who share her shore town inn. Then there’s her widowed mother, who hasn’t just been seeing ghosts, she’s been secretly dating one: Alison’s father. But when he stands her up three times in a row, something’s wrong. Is he a lost soul…or a missing apparition?

Their only lead is an overdramatic spirit—stage name Lawrence Laurentz—who doesn’t take direction well and won’t talk until they find his killer. Alison will reluctantly play the part of PI, but when the clues take a sinister turn, the writing is on the wall: If Alison can’t keep a level head, this will be her father’s final act—and maybe her own.

Title: Every Trick in the Book
Series: #2 in the Novel Idea series set in North Carolina
ISBN: 9780425251676
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Synopsis: "Lila Wilkins has it all: the home of her dreams in the charming town of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina; a perfect police officer boyfriend; and a new job she absolutely loves. At the Book and Author Festival, which is sponsored by the Novel Idea Literary Agency, Lila expects to discover some talented new authors, but what she finds instead is the body of an editor to whom she bears an eerie resemblance.

Trouble is, the editor’s death isn’t the only literary murder taking place. Soon a blossoming author is also killed, and Lila has a gut feeling that the two murders are linked. Now she must hunt down the dark figure who killed these women—and to her surprise, she just might find the clues hidden in a manuscript….

Title: Buried in a Bog
Series: #1 in the County Cork series set in Ireland
ISBN: 9780425251898
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Synopsis: "Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran.

In the pub, she’s swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly one-hundred-year-old body in a nearby bog. When Maura realizes she may know something about the dead man—and that the body’s connected to another, more recent, death—she fears she’s about to become mired in a homicide investigation. After she discovers the death is connected to another from almost a century earlier, Maura has a sinking feeling she may really be getting in over her head....

Title: Brooklyn Bones
Author: Triss Stein
Series: #1 in the Erica Donato series set in Brooklyn, New York
ISBN: 9781464201202
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Hardcover, 250 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "In Brooklyn Bones, a crime of the past comes much too close  to home when Erica Donato’s teenage daughter Chris finds a skeleton behind a wall in their crumbling Park Slope home. Erica – young widow, over-age history Ph.D candidate, mother of a teen, product of blue-collar Brooklyn – is drawn into the mystery when she learns this was an unknown teenage girl, hidden there within living memory. She and her daughter are both touched and disturbed by the mysterious tragedy in their own home.

Chris’s dangerous curiosity and Erica’s work at a local history museum lead her right back to her neighborhood in its edgy, pre-gentrification days, the period when the age of Aquarius was turning dark. A cranky retired reporter shares old files with her. The charming widow of a slumlord has some surprises for her. The crazy old lady who hangs around her street keeps trying to tell her something. And there are people, including some she is close to, who know the whole story and will stop at nothing to make sure it stays buried forever."

Title: The Golden Calf
Author: Helene Tursten
Series: #6 in the Detective Inspector Irene Huss series set in Sweden
ISBN: 9781616950088
Publisher: Soho Crime
Hardcover, 346 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "Three men have been shot in one of Göteborg's most fashionable neighborhoods, sending Detective Inspector Irene Huss and her colleagues on a goose chase through a tony world of expensive cars and fancy homes. All three victims seem to be tied to one person, the glamorous dot-com darling Sanna Kaegler-Ceder, but no matter which strategy Irene adopts—good cop or bad cop—Sanna is not speaking, even when her own life seems to be at stake.

Meanwhile, Irene’s partner and long-time friend, Tommy, is acting strange. Could he be having an affair with someone in the force? And what does Sanna have to gain by remaining silent anyway? Irene is desperate for answers . . . before more bodies hit the floor.

=== February 7 ===

Title: The Bedlam Detective
Standalone set in turn-of-the-twentieth-century England and America
ISBN: 9780307406644
Publisher: Crown
Hardcover, 320 pages

Synopsis: "From a basement office in London’s notorious Bethlehem Hospital, Sebastian Becker investigates wealthy eccentrics whose dubious mental health may render them unable to manage their own affairs. His interview with rich landowner Sir Owain Lancaster, whose sanity has been in question since a disastrous scientific adventure in the Amazon killed his family and colleagues, coincides with the disappearance of two young local girls. When the children are found slain, Lancaster claims that the same dark forces that devastated his family have followed him home. It is not the first time that children have come to harm in his rural countryside town, though few are willing to speak of incidents from the past. Becker must determine whether this mad nobleman is insane and a murderer, or if some even more sinister agency is at work.

Struggling on his small salary, and with unexpected help from a son who needs special care, Becker and his wife make sacrifices so Becker can stay on the case after an innocent man is convicted of the crime. The answers he seeks may be found with the assistance of the local investigator and a young suffragette who fled Arnmouth, but couldn’t flee the horrors she encountered there. 

From dank asylums to the lush and treacherous Amazon, through the makeshift studios of the early film industry and a traveling fair of freaks and illusions, Sebastian Becker’s search for answers brings him face to face with madmen and monsters, both imagined and real. Confronting immense danger in his hunt for the truth, he will explore murder, tragedy, and the tempestuous depths of his own mind.

=== February 19 ===

Title: Dead Suite
Author: Wendy Roberts
Series:#4 in the Ghost Duster series set in Seattle, Washington
Publisher: InterMix
eBook, 248 pages

Synopsis: "Crime scene cleaner Sadie Novak has been blessed with the gift of second sight. But with ghosts of murder victims always popping up when she’s trying to work, her blessing sometimes seems more like a curse…

With business slow, her mortgage payment looming, and her relationship with on-again off-again boyfriend Zack somewhere in limbo, Sadie could use a drink and a little rejuvenating R&R. But when women start getting killed in fancy hotels, Sadie suddenly finds herself back to work and her business back in the black.

Posh hotels are much nicer accommodations than her usual crime scenes, but soon perks turn to peril and Sadie gets caught in the killer’s web. Now, Sadie has to figure out the identity of the Seattle Slasher, before he comes for her next…."

Title: The Woman Who Wouldn't Die
Author: Colin Cotterill
Series: #9 in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series set in 1970s Laos
ISBN: 9781616952068
Publisher: Soho Crime
Hardcover, 320 pages

Synopsis: "In a small Lao village, a very strange thing has happened. A woman was shot and killed in her bed during a burglary; she was given a funeral and everyone in the village saw her body burned. Then, three days later, she was back in her house as if she'd never been dead at all. But now she's clairvoyant, and can speak to the dead. That's why the long-dead brother of a Lao general has enlisted her to help his brother uncover his remains, which have been lost at the bottom of a river for many years.

Lao national coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, are sent along to supervise the excavation. It could be a kind of relaxing vacation for them, maybe, except Siri is obsessed with the pretty undead medium's special abilities, and Madame Daeng might be a little jealous. She doesn't trust the woman for some reason─is her hunch right? What is the group really digging for at the bottom of this remote river on the Thai border? What war secrets are being covered up?

Title: The Sound of Broken Glass
Author: Deborah Crombie
Series: #15 in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series set in England
ISBN: 9780061990632
Publisher: William Morrow
Hardcover, 368 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "In the past . . .

On a blisteringly hot August afternoon in Crystal Palace, once home to the tragically destroyed Great Exhibition, a solitary thirteen-year-old boy meets his next-door neighbor, a recently widowed young teacher hoping to make a new start in the tight-knit South London community. Drawn together by loneliness, the unlikely pair forms a deep connection that ends in a shattering act of betrayal. 

In the present . . . 

On a cold January morning in London, Detective Inspector Gemma James is back on the job now that her husband, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, is at home to care for their three-year-old foster daughter. Assigned to lead a Murder Investigation Team in South London, she's assisted by her trusted colleague, newly promoted Detective Sergeant Melody Talbot. Their first case: a crime scene at a seedy hotel in Crystal Palace. The victim: a well-respected barrister, found naked, trussed, and apparently strangled. Is it an unsavory accident or murder? In either case, he was not alone, and Gemma's team must find his companion—a search that takes them into unexpected corners and forces them to contemplate unsettling truths about the weaknesses and passions that lead to murder. Ultimately, they will begin to question everything they think they know about their world and those they trust most."

Title: Perfect Hatred
Author: Leighton Gage
Series: #6 in the Inspector Mario Silva series set in Brazil
ISBN: 9781616951764
Publisher: Soho Crime
Hardcover, 320 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "Chief Inspector Mario Silva and his team have a heavy work load with several high-profile cases. First, a suicide bombing that was apparently the work of a militant Islamist group. Then, a gubernatorial candidate is assassinated in broad daylight at a campaign rally. Could the cases be related? To complicate Silva's investigation, a criminal with a very bad grudge against the Chief Inspector has been released from prison and is plotting ugly revenge."

=== February 26 ===

Title: The Dance of the Seagull
Series: #15 in the Inspector Salvo Montalbano series set in Sicily
ISBN: 9780143122616
Publisher: Penguin Books
Paperback, 288 pages

Synopsis: "With Inspector Montalbano's most recent outings hitting the New York Times bestseller list, Andrea Camilleri's darkly refined Italian mysteries have become favorites of American crime novel fans. This latest installment finds Montalbano in search of his missing right-hand man.

Before leaving for vacation with Livia, Montalbano witnesses a seagull doing an odd dance on the beach outside his home, when the bird suddenly drops dead. Stopping in at his office for a quick check before heading off, he notices that Fazio is nowhere to be found and soon learns that he was last seen on the docks, secretly working on a case. Montalbano sets out to find him and discovers that the seagull's dance of death may provide the key to understanding a macabre world of sadism, extortion, and murder."

Title: The Beggar's Opera
Author: Peggy Blair
Series: #1 in the Inspector Ramirez series set in Cuba
ISBN:  9780143186427
Publisher: Pintail
Paperback, 352 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "In beautiful, crumbling old Havana, detective Mike Ellis hopes the sun and sand will save his troubled marriage. He doesn’t yet know that it’s dead in the water, much like the little Cuban boy last seen begging the couple for a few pesos on the world famous Malecón.

For Inspector Ricardo Ramirez, head of the Havana Major Crimes Unit, arresting Ellis isn’t the problem—the law is. He has only seventy-two hours to secure an indictment and prevent a vicious killer from leaving the island. And Ramirez has his own troubles. He’s dying of the same dementia that killed his grandmother, an incurable disease that makes him see the ghosts of victims of his unsolved cases. As he races against time, the dead haunt his every step. . . ."

What a wonderful month for new books! I hope you've added a few of these titles to your own wish lists, just like I have mine. Which ones appeal to you most? Inquiring minds need to know!


  1. Cathy - Oh, so much to look forward to! I am so eager for the Tursten, the Camilleri, the Cotterill... yes I will be a busy reader...

    1. That reminds me... as soon as I'm done here, I'm sticking my nose back into THE GOLDEN CALF!

  2. Since my family is from co. Cork...many still there...I may have to check out that Buried in a Bog.

  3. I've already read ARCs of the Crombie and the Cotterill, and they were both FANTASTIC. I'll have to look out for that Bedlam Detective one - sounds interesting!

    1. I've got an ARC of the Crombie to read, and I'm really looking forward to that. Good to hear that both Crombie and Cotterill's latest are so good-- but then I've come to expect that! ;-) THE BEDLAM DETECTIVE really caught my fancy, I must admit.

  4. I love Lorainne Barlett and E.J. Copperman!

  5. Looks like some good pic, Cathy. I may try "Buried in a Bog", and I'm looking forward to Deborah Crombies newest. I'm reading "Standing In Another Man's Grave" by Ian Rankin right now, Rebus at his best,very good!!

    1. I read the first book in Rankin's series, but I have to admit that it didn't do anything for me. However, his latest definitely piqued my interest!

  6. Where February is concerned the phrase "And the hits keep on coming" comes to mind. Let's dig in and enjoy!

  7. Oh, well. There goes any semblance of a balanced budget: the Camilleri, Tursten, Gage and then I'm tempted by the Crombie, Coterill and others. Luckily, my library will get some of these or I'd be eating bean soup all month.

    Thanks so much for these reviews. What a lift for a winter's day (although it's acting like Arizona here right now; 60 degrees! Tomorrow it drops 30 degrees).

    Can't wait to read your reviews.

    1. You know... I make a mighty good bean soup, Kathy! ;-)

  8. I bet you do. I don't make bean soup. I order wonderful lentil soup from my nearest gourmet take-out shop or I eat Amy's canned lentil or black bean soup. Heating a canful is my "cooking"!

    1. We don't have the choice you have there, so I have to make my own.


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