Wednesday, June 25, 2014

July 2014 New Mystery Releases!

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm getting a lot of prime reading done so far this summer. Of course, it doesn't hurt that I get to sit out in the shady end of my pool while doing so. If I had a heated pool and could read out there all year long, I'd probably develop webbed fingers and toes. Well... at least toes!

I'm definitely making dents in my to-be-read shelves, but you know me-- I'm always on the lookout for new books to read.

These are my picks for new mysteries arriving throughout the month of July. They are sorted by release date, and I've listed all the information you'll need to find them at your favorite book procurement sites. Book synopses are courtesy of Amazon.

Happy Reading!

=== July 1 ===

Title: The Prime Minister's Secret Agent
#4 in an historical mystery series featuring Maggie Hope, typist-turned-spy, during World War II
ISBN: 9780345536747
Publisher: Bantam
Paperback, 320 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "World War II rages on across Europe, but Maggie Hope has finally found a moment of rest on the pastoral coast of western Scotland. Home from an undercover mission in Berlin, she settles down to teach at her old spy training camp, and to heal from scars on both her body and heart. Yet instead of enjoying the quieter pace of life, Maggie is quickly drawn into another web of danger and intrigue. When three ballerinas fall strangely ill in Glasgow—including one of Maggie’s dearest friends—Maggie partners with MI-5 to uncover the truth behind their unusual symptoms. What she finds points to a series of poisonings that may expose shocking government secrets and put countless British lives at stake. But it’s the fight brewing in the Pacific that will forever change the course of the war—and indelibly shape Maggie’s fate."

Title: Be Careful What You Witch For
Author: Dawn Eastman
#2 in the Family Fortune cozy series set in western Michigan
ISBN: 9780425264478
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Synopsis: "Leaving a traumatic police career behind, Clyde Fortune has returned to her seemingly quiet hometown of Crystal Haven, Michigan. In spite of the psychic powers of its residents, there’s no telling what trouble is brewing in this burg…

The highlight of this year's fall festival in Crystal Haven is a bonfire with a witch’s cauldron resting over it. Clyde’s best friend, Diana, leads a ritual to divine the future, but it seems no one foresees that one of their own will drop dead—or that Diana will be a prime suspect.

Clyde already has her hands full with her eccentric family, runaway nephew, and burgeoning secret romance with a hunky homicide detective. But after another coven member is attacked, Clyde suspects there’s a witch hunt afoot and focuses her psychic and sleuthing skills to clear her friend’s name and catch a killer

Title: Ill-Gotten Panes
Author: Jennifer McAndrews
#1 in the Stained Glass cozy series set in New York state
ISBN:  9780425267950
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Synopsis: "After a banking scandal loses Georgia her job and fiancĂ©, she decides that a change of scenery will help piece her life back together. But escaping to her grandfather’s house in the old-fashioned, brick-making Hudson River hamlet of Wenwood, New York, turns out to be less relaxing than she expects. Not only is the close-knit community on edge about their beloved brickworks being turned into a marina to draw in tourists, one of those most opposed to the project winds up dead—cracked over the head with a famous Wenwood brick.

Georgia wouldn’t be broken up over the news except for the fact that the main suspect is the deceased’s biggest adversary—her grandfather. Now, to remove the stain from her grandy’s record, Georgia will have to figure out who in town was willing to kill to keep the renovation project alive, before someone else is permanently cut out of the picture

Title: The White Magic Five and Dime
Authors: Steve Hockensmith, Lisa Falco
#1 in the Tarot Mysteries set in Arizona
ISBN: 9780738740225
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Paperback, 336 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "Much to Alanis McLachlan's surprise, her estranged con-woman mother has left her an inheritance: The White Magic Five & Dime, a shop in tiny Berdache, Arizona. Reluctantly traveling to Berdache to claim her new property, Alanis decides to stay and pick up her mother's tarot business in an attempt to find out how she died.
With help from a hunky cop and her mother's live-in teenage apprentice, Alanis begins faking her way trough tarot readings in order to win the confidence of her mother's clients.  But the more she uses the tarot deck, the more Alanis begins to find real meaning in the cards ... and the secrets surrounding her mother's demise."

=== July 8 ===

Title: The Dead Will Tell
#6 in the Kate Burkholder police procedural series set in Ohio
ISBN: 9781250029577
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Hardcover, 320 pages

Synopsis: "Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time—and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave.

 On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide—an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they're both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti’s family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past?

When a second man is found dead—also seemingly by his own hand—Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished—and his young wife disappeared without a trace. 

And, as Kate knows—the past never truly dies . .."

=== July 15 ===

Title: The Bone Orchard
Author: Paul Doiron
#5 in the Game Warden Mike Bowditch series set in the wilds of Maine
ISBN: 9781250034885
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Hardcover, 320 pages

Synopsis: "In the aftermath of a family tragedy, Mike Bowditch has left the Maine Warden Service and is working as a fishing guide in the North Woods. But when his mentor Sgt. Kathy Frost is forced to kill a troubled war veteran in an apparent case of "suicide by cop," he begins having second thoughts about his decision.

Now Kathy finds herself the target of a government inquiry and outrage from the dead soldier's platoon mates. Soon she finds herself in the sights of a sniper, as well. When the sergeant is shot outside her farmhouse, Mike joins the hunt to find the mysterious man responsible. To do so, the ex-warden must plunge into his friend's secret past—even as a beautiful woman from Mike's own past returns, throwing into jeopardy his tentative romance with wildlife biologist Stacey Stevens.

As Kathy Frost lies on the brink of death and a dangerous shooter stalks the blueberry barrens of central Maine, Bowditch is forced to confront the choices he has made and determine, once and for all, the kind of man he truly is.

Title: Herbie's Game
#4 in the Junior Bender P.I. series set in Los Angeles, California
ISBN:  9781616954291
Publisher: Soho Crime
Hardcover, 400 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "It’s everyday business when Wattles, the San Fernando Valley’s top “executive crook,” sets up a hit. He establishes a chain of criminals to pass along the instructions and the money, thereby ensuring that the hitter doesn’t know who hired him. Then one day Wattles finds his office safe open and a single item missing: the piece of paper on which he has written the names of the crooks in the chain. When people associated with the chain begin to pop up dead, the only person Wattles can turn to to solve his problem is Junior Bender, professional burglar and begrudging private eye for crooks.

But Junior already knows exactly who took Wattles’s list: the signature is too obvious. It was Herbie Mott, Junior’s burglar mentor and second father—and when Junior seeks him out to discuss the missing list, he finds Herbie very unpleasantly murdered. Junior follows the links in the chain back toward the killer, and as he does, he learns disturbing things about Herbie’s hidden past. He has to ask himself how much of the life he’s lived for the past twenty years has been of his own making, and how much of it was actually Herbie’s game.

Title: World of Trouble
Author: Ben H. Winters
#3 in the Last Policeman trilogy set in New Hampshire
ISBN: 9781594746857
Publisher: Quirk Books
Paperback, 320 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "Critically acclaimed author Ben H. Winters delivers this explosive final installment in the Edgar Award winning Last Policeman series. With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank’s safety is only relative, and his only relative—his sister Nico—isn’t safe. Soon, it’s clear that there’s more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it’s up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs out . . . for everyone."

=== July 22 ===

Title: Remains of Innocence
Author: J.A. Jance
#16 in the Sheriff Joanna Brady series set in Bisbee, Arizona
ISBN:  9780062134707
Publisher: William Morrow
Hardcover, 400 pages

Synopsis: "Sheriff Joanna Brady must solve two perplexing cases that may be tied together in New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance’s thrilling tale of suspense that brings to life Arizona’s Cochise County and the desert Southwest in all its beauty and mystery.

An old woman, a hoarder, is dying of emphysema in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In cleaning out her house, her daughter, Liza Machett, discovers a fortune in hundred dollar bills hidden in the tall stacks of books and magazines that crowd every corner.

Tracing the money’s origins will take Liza on a journey that will end in Cochise County, where Sheriff Joanna Brady is embroiled in a personal mystery of her own. A man she considers a family friend is found dead at the bottom of a hole in a limestone cavern near Bisbee. And now there is the mystery of Liza and the money. Are the two disparate cases connected? It’s up to Joanna to find out."

=== July 24 ===

Title: The Bone Seeker
Author: M.J. McGrath
#3 in the Edie Kiglatuk series set in the Canadian Arctic
ISBN:  9780670785803
Publisher: Viking
Hardcover, 352 pages

Synopsis: "In the third novel in this highly praised mystery series, Edie Kiglatuk works as a summer school teacher in the Canadian arctic. When one of her female students is found dead in nearby Lake Turngaluk, Edie enlists the help of Sergeant Derek Palliser to pursue the case, promising the girl’s Inuit family that they will uncover the truth. Meanwhile, lawyer Sonia Gutierrez investigates the toxicity of the lake and suspects that there might be a larger conspiracy involved. As the three clamber over rocky terrain under twenty-four-hour daylight they start to unearth secrets long frozen over—risking their own lives in the process. With stunning prose, M. J. McGrath delivers another thrill ride through a hauntingly beautiful landscape."

=== July 25 ===

Title: I Can See in the Dark
Author: Karin Fossum
Standalone thriller set in Norway
ISBN: 9780544114425
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hardcover, 224 pages

Synopsis: "Riktor doesn’t like the way the policeman storms into his home without even knocking. He doesn’t like the arrogant way he walks around the house, taking note of its contents. The policeman doesn’t bother to explain why he’s there, and Riktor is too afraid to ask. He knows he’s guilty of a terrible crime and he’s sure the policeman has found him out. 

But when the policeman finally does confront him, Riktor freezes. The man is arresting him for something totally unexpected. Riktor doesn’t have a clear conscience, but the crime he’s being accused of is one he certainly didn’t commit. Can he clear his name without further incriminating himself?"

=== July 29 ===

Title: Ghost Month
Author: Ed Lin
Standalone thriller set in Taiwan
ISBN: 9781616953263
Publisher: Soho Crime
Hardcover, 336 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "August is Ghost Month in Taiwan—a time to commemorate the dead: burn incense, visit shrines, honor ancestors, and avoid unlucky situations, large purchases, and bodies of water. Jing-nan, a young man who runs a food stand in a bustling Taipei night market, doesn't consider himself superstitious, but this August is going to haunt him no matter what he does. He is shocked to the core when he learns his ex-girlfriend from high school has been murdered. She was found scantily clad and shot on the side of a highway where she was selling betel nuts to passing truck drivers. Beyond his harrowing grief for his lost love, Jing-nan is confused by the news. "Betel nut beauties" are usually women in the most desperate of circumstances; the job is almost as taboo as prostitution. But Julia Huang had been the valedictorian of their high school, and the last time Jing-nan spoke to her she was enrolled in NYU's honor program, far away in New York. The facts don't add up. Julia's parents don't think so, either, and the police seem to have closed the case without asking any questions. The Huangs beg Jing-nan to do some investigating on his own—reconnect with old classmates, see if he can learn anything about Julia's life that she might have kept from them. Reluctantly, he agrees, for Julia's sake. But nothing can prepare him for what he learns, or how it will change his life."

Wow-- what a month! Any time there's a new Joanna Brady mystery, I think it's Christmas... and then there's the final installment of Ben Winters' marvelous Last Policeman trilogy... and Timothy Hallinan... and... and... 

Got. To. Read. Faster!

What about all of you? Do any of these titles make your Need to Read lists? Do tell!


  1. Oh, what a lot of treats this month! A new Hallinan, a new McGrath, a new Castillo and a new Fossum. And other goodies, too. My poor TBR...

    1. We will *always* have something to read, Margot. I find lots of comfort in that. :-)

  2. Omigosh! I'm so far behind, still catching up on months of new books. The McGrath and Ed Lin, as well as others are tempting. I hope my library gets them because I'm trying not to add up the credit card debt.

    Thanks for posting.

    1. You're welcome, Kathy! One thing that I've noticed with my Pinterest boards-- one of which is labeled "Books to Look Forward To" (i.e., New Releases)-- is that a few libraries follow the new release board and will pin things from it to their boards. I hope that means they are ordering the books!

  3. I hope so, too.
    I wish my library would look at the Pinterest boards and also blogs, especially
    with more esoteric or global crime fiction.
    Or, as I have found repeatedly, it buys one copy and puts it in the midtown main
    branch NONCIRCULATING! It means people who work, go to school, have kids,
    are of a certain age, have disabilities, live in the other four New York boroughs, etc.,
    have to go up there to sit and read the book. It's nuts and impossible for most.


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