Wednesday, September 30, 2015

October 2015 New Mystery Releases!

By the time this comes out, Denis and I will be back from our travels in the UK, and I'll be up to my eyebrows in re-acclimating to the desert, going through hundreds of photos, and realizing that I'm back to writing blog posts. It's wonderful to take a break now and again even though it does call for some strategic planning. Sometimes it can be difficult to get back in the saddle though. (I was wondering how to word that when I looked at my graphic. Lo and behold-- inspiration struck!)

One thing that doesn't change is my never-ending quest for new crime fiction. The following books are my picks of the new mysteries being released during the month of October. They are grouped by release date and include all the information you'll need to find them at all your favorite book spots. Synopses are courtesy of Amazon. Happy Wish Listing and Happy Reading!

=== October 1 ===

Title: The White Shepherd
Author: Annie Dalton
Series: #1 in the Oxford Dogwalkers series set in England
ISBN: 9780727885210
Publisher: Severn House
Hardcover, 256 pages

Synopsis: "Anna Hopkins’ daily walk through Oxford’s picturesque Port Meadow is rudely interrupted one autumn morning when her white German Shepherd, Bonnie, unearths a bloodsoaked body in the undergrowth. For Anna it’s a double shock: she’d met the victim previously. Naomi Evans was a professional researcher who had told Anna she was working on a book about a famous Welsh poet, and who offered to help Anna trace Bonnie’s original owner.

From her conversations with Naomi, Anna is convinced that she was not the random victim of a psychopathic serial killer, as the police believe. She was targeted because of what she knew. With the official investigation heading in the wrong direction entirely, Anna teams up with fellow dogwalkers Isadora Salzman and Tansy Lavelle to discover the truth

=== October 6 ===

Title: The Ville Rat
Author: Martin Limón
Series: #10 in the Sueño and Bascom military police series set in 1960s-1970s Seoul, South Korea
ISBN: 9781616956080
Publisher: Soho Crime
Hardcover, 288 pages

Synopsis: "South Korea, 1970s: A young Korean woman dressed in a traditional chima-jeogori is found strangled to death on the frozen banks of the Sonyu River with only a carefully calligraphed poem in her sleeve. George Sueño and Ernie Bascom, sergeants in the US 8th Army CID, are called in by the formidable KNP detective Gil Kwon-up to investigate. George and Ernie's job is to liaise with Korean law enforcement on matters that may involve or implicate 8th Army American servicemen.

But as they learn about the case, George and Ernie realize this isn't their jurisdiction—the nearby village of Sonyu-ri is occupied by the US Army's 2nd Infantry Division, a disciplined and often brutal force that won't stand for outside officers questioning its men. All that George and Ernie are able to glean before being kicked out of town is that they are close to the truth—and that a mysterious smuggler, known locally as "the Ville Rat," holds the key to the woman's murder.

Luckily, the pair is officially assigned another investigation in the area, which allows them to continue nosing around for answers. They are to elucidate the circumstances of a shooting incident between a young African American private and his white supervising chief. Racial tensions run high, and George and Ernie must tread carefully to solve both cases. But they aren't exactly known for going out of their way to avoid stepping on US Army toes, and this is no exception.

Title: The Haunted Season
Author: G.M. Malliet
Series: #5 in the cozy series featuring Max Tudor, a former MI-5 agent, now vicar at St. Edwold’s in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip, England
ISBN: 9781250021441
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Hardcover, 304 pages

Synopsis: "Something sinister is stirring at Totleigh Hall, the showcase of the English village of Nether Monkslip. Usually, the Lord and Lady of the manor are absent-high tax rates, it is murmured with more than a trace of envy, force them to live on the continent for most of the year. But Lord and Lady Baaden-Boomethistle have been in residence for some weeks now, and the villagers are hoping for a return to the good old days, when the lord of the manor sprinkled benefits across the village like fairy dust. Father Max Tudor's invitation to dinner at the Hall comes as a welcome novelty; it will be his first time meeting the famous family that once held sway in the area. But before he has time to starch his clerical collar and organize a babysitter, a sudden and suspicious death intervenes, and the handsome vicar's talent for sorting through clues to a murder is once again called into play in this charming and clever novel."

Title: The Hot Countries
Series: #7 in the Poke Rafferty series set in Thailand
ISBN: 9781616954468
Publisher: Soho Crime
Hardcover, 336 pages

Synopsis: "Back when Poke Rafferty first arrived in Bangkok to write a travel guide, some of the old-timers in the Expat Bar on Patpong Road helped him make sense of the city. Now these men—many of whom have been living in Southeast Asia since the Vietnam War—have grown old and, in some cases, frail. When a talkative stranger named Arthur Varney turns up, they accept him without suspicion, failing to see that he’s actually using them to get to Poke.

Varney wants two things: money Poke doesn’t have and a person Poke is unwilling to hand over. It becomes apparent quite quickly that there’s nothing Varney won’t do to secure his goals. As his actions threaten the foundation of Poke’s life in Thailand, the aging men of the Expat Bar discover that they might still be a force to reckon with

Title: Devil of Delphi
Author: Jeffrey Siger
Series: #7 in the Inspector Andreas Kaldis police procedural series set in Greece
ISBN: 9781464204326
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Paperback, 276 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "Delphi once stood at the center of the world, a mountainous, verdant home to the gods, where kings and warriors journeyed to hear its Oracle speak. The Oracle embodied the decree of the gods―or at least the word of Apollo. To disobey risked…everything.

Young Athenian Kharon chooses modern Delphi to rebuild his life among its rolling hills and endless olive groves. But his dark past is too celebrated, and his assassin’s skills so in demand, that his fate does not rest entirely in his own hands. Greece is being flooded with bomba, counterfeits of the most celebrated alcoholic beverages and wine brands. The legitimate annual trillion-dollar world market is in peril. So, too, are consumers―someone is not just counterfeiting booze, but adulterating it, often with poisonous substances. Who is masterminding this immensely lucrative conspiracy?

Kharon learns who when the ruthless criminal gives him no choice but to serve her. Her decrees are as absolute as the Oracle’s, and as fearsomely punished. Kharon agrees, but dictates his own payoff. And his own methods, which allow his targets some choice in the outcomes.

When Kharon unexpectedly shoots a member of one of Greece’s richest, most feared families, he draws Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis into the eye of a political and media firestorm threatening to bring down Greece’s government. Think Breaking Bad, Greek-style.

Title: A Kind of Grief
Author: A.D. Scott
Series: #6 in the Highland Gazette historical series set in 1950s Scotland
ISBN: 9781476756189
Publisher: Atria Books
Paperback, 368 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "When Alice Ramsay, artist and alleged witch, is found dead in her home in a remote Scottish glen, the verdict is suicide.

But Joanne Ross of the Highland Gazette refuses to believe it. As she investigates Alice’s past, Joanne uncovers layer upon layer of intrigue. With the appearance of officials from a secretive government agency and an ambitious art critic from a national newspaper, Joanne is increasingly convinced that something—and someone—from Alice’s past was involved in her death.

As in her previous mysteries North Sea Requiem, Beneath the Abbey Wall, and A Double Death on the Black Isle, among others, A. D. Scott brings to life compelling characters and vividly portrays the charms and intrigues of a small town in 1950s Scotland. With surprising twists and a shocking dénouement that poses moral questions as relevant now as six decades ago, A Kind of Grief is another unforgettable entry in an atmospheric series that will draw you in and linger in your mind like mist over the Scottish glens

=== October 8 ===

Title: The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband
Series: #2 in the Asperger's mystery series set in New Jersey
ISBN: 9780738743509
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Paperback, 288 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "For Samuel Hoenig, Asperger's isn't so much a syndrome as it is a set of personality traits. And as the sole proprietor of a business called Questions Answered, Samuel's put his personality traits to good use, successfully answering every question he's ever been asked.

But when his newest client asks about the true identity of her so-called husband, Samuel recruits his former associate Janet Washburn for insight into a subject that's beyond his grasp—marriage. Working as a team seems to be the right approach . . . until the inscrutable spouse is found dead in Samuel's office. Feeling like he's been taken for a fool, Samuel is more than willing to answer a new question posed by an unexpected inquirer: who killed the unfamiliar husband?

Title: Death on the Prairie
Series: #7 in the Chloe Ellefson cozy series set in 1980s Wisconsin
ISBN: 9780738744704
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Paperback, 360 pages

Synopsis: "Chloe Ellefson and her sister, Kari, have long dreamed of visiting each historic site dedicated to Laura Ingalls Wilder. When Chloe takes custody of a quilt once owned by the beloved author, the sisters set out on the trip of a lifetime, hoping to prove that Wilder stitched it herself.

But death strikes as the journey begins, and trouble stalks their fellow travelers. Among the "Little House" devotees are academic critics, greedy collectors, and obsessive fans. Kari is distracted by family problems, and unexpected news from Chloe's boyfriend jeopardizes her own future. As the sisters travel deeper into Wilder territory, Chloe races to discover the truth about a precious artifact—and her own heart—before a killer can strike again.

=== October 20 ===

Title: The Lake House
Author: Kate Morton
Standalone mystery with alternating present-day and historical timelines set in England
ISBN: 9781451649321
Publisher: Atria Books
Hardcover, 512 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure…

One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old estate—now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone...yet more present than ever.

=== October 27 ===

Title: A Banquet of Consequences
Series: #19 in the Inspector Lynley police procedural series set in England
ISBN: 9780525954330
Publisher: Viking
Hardcover, 592 pages

Synopsis: "The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George’s novel of crime, passion, and tragic history. As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceit.

The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge?

After various career-threatening issues with her department, Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter with a bestselling feminist writer and her pushy personal assistant gives her a connection to the Cambridge murder, Barbara begs Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime.

Full of shocks, intensity and suspense from first page to last, A Banquet of Consequences reveals both Lynley and Havers under mounting pressure to solve a case both complicated and deeply disturbing

Title: Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante
Series: #5 in the Maggie Hope historical series set in Washington, DC
ISBN: 9780804178709
Publisher: Bantam
Paperback, 352 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: "December 1941. Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C., along with special agent Maggie Hope. Posing as his typist, she is accompanying the prime minister as he meets with President Roosevelt to negotiate the United States’ entry into World War II. When one of the First Lady’s aides is mysteriously murdered, Maggie is quickly drawn into Mrs. Roosevelt’s inner circle—as ER herself is implicated in the crime. Maggie knows she must keep the investigation quiet, so she employs her unparalleled skills at code breaking and espionage to figure out who would target Mrs. Roosevelt, and why. What Maggie uncovers is a shocking conspiracy that could jeopardize American support for the war and leave the fate of the world hanging dangerously in the balance."

Title: A Death in the Family
Series: #5 in the Detective Kubu police procedural series set in Botswana
ISBN: 9781250070890
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Hardcover, 368 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books

Synopsis: ""There's no easy way to say this, Kubu. Your father's dead. I'm afraid he's been murdered."

Faced with the violent death of his own father, Assistant Superintendent David 'Kubu' Bengu, the smartest detective in the Botswana police, is baffled. Who would kill such a frail old man? Kubu's frustration grows as his boss, Director Mabaku, bans him from being involved in the investigation.

The picture becomes even murkier with the apparent suicide of a government official. Are Chinese mine-owners involved? And what role does the US Embassy have to play?

Set amidst the dark beauty of modern Botswana, A Death in the Family is a thrilling insight into a world of riots, corruption, and greed, as a complex series of murders presents the opera-loving detective with his most challenging case yet. When grief-stricken Kubu defies orders and sets out on the killers' trail, startling and chilling links emerge, spanning the globe and setting a sequence of shocking events in motion. Will Kubu catch the killers in time?

Title: The Scottie Barked at Midnight
Series: #9 in the Lisa MacCrimmon cozy series set in Maine
ISBN: 9780758292872
Publisher: Kensington
Hardcover, 304 pages

Synopsis: "Spring is just a few weeks away, but winter is still digging its claws into tiny Moosetookalook, Maine. Even business at the Scottish Emporium has frozen up, so Liss MacCrimmon is cautiously optimistic when a twist of fate lands her on a reality competition show--until the contest gets a little too cutthroat. . .

Driving on an icy road on a truly dark and stormy night, Liss swerves her car when something darts out in front of it. She braves the weather and discovers a Scottish terrier shivering in the snow. Relieved that the dog survived their run-in, Liss sets out in search of her owner, unaware that the Scottie is actually a tiny celebrity--or that she was dognapped.

Liss soon sniffs out the pup's owner, a well-heeled woman named Deidre Amendole, who is ecstatic to be reunited with her furry friend. Deidre and her Dancing Doggies recently won Variety Live, and the trio is slated to appear in the reality show's "champion of champions" competition. But for Deidre, the contest is over before it's begun when she turns up dead. . .

Deidre's daughter asks Liss to help find out what happened to her mother--and to take Deidre's place on the upcoming show. Before Liss can tell her she's barking up the wrong tree, she finds herself ensnarled in the strange world of reality competitions and hot on the trail of a deadly dognapper. And just as she starts pawing at the truth, Liss realizes she could be next on the murderer's list

Wow! There's definitely a little something for everyone on this list, isn't there?  Five of my favorite authors... all in the same month. October is definitely a budget-busting month for crime fiction in this house!

Which titles caught your eye? Inquiring minds would love to know!


  1. Oh, my, Cathy! A new Hallinan and a new Michael Stanley! And I love that title: The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband. It's fabulous!

  2. So many wonderful books and series that I haven't tried. And a new Kate Morton book and a new Maggie Hope. Yay! Hope you two had a great trip!!

    1. We did, although I'm finding it a struggle to get back in the saddle. I had too many blogging routines set up to keep me on track and now I feel cast adrift!

  3. The Annie Dalton series looks good to me, and nice cover! I love to discover new to me authors, so I will be checking out all your books further. I haven't read any of them, but the majority of my books I read are mysteries/suspense thrillers. Thanks!

    1. You're very welcome, Rita! October has new books from some of my favorite authors: Timothy Halllinan, Susan Elia MacNeal, Michael Stanley, A.D. Scott, Jeffrey Siger.... an embarrassment of riches!


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