Wednesday, May 30, 2018

June 2018 New Mystery Releases!

Seems like... not so long ago... I heard people wondering if winter would ever leave, and now it's almost June. Yes, my favorite time of year is here when I take a pile of books and a cold drink out to the pool. I love summer!

And since summer is here, there's all the more reason for me to keep my eyes peeled for new crime fiction to read. I've combed through my various sources, and here are a dozen books I'd love to read while sitting in the shady end of my pool.

I've grouped them according to their release dates and obtained their covers and synopses from Amazon.

Hopefully, I've chosen a title or two that tickles your fancy, too. Once again, they run the gamut from tried-and-true to brand-spankin'-new. Let's check out the list right now!

=== June 1 ===

Title: False Accusations
Author: Cora Harrison
Series: #1 in the Willowgrove Village cozy series set in rural England.
272 pages, digital edition only

Synopsis: "A new crime series with a shocking twist. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Elly Griffiths, and Leigh Russell.

There is nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide …

The Summer of 1991. Nothing unusual ever happens in the sleepy village of Willowgrove. Which is why everyone is shocked to their core when a local woman – Mrs. Trevor – is murdered. Her daughter, Rosie confesses to the crime.

But Rosie has learning difficulties, and Flora Morgan – a former headteacher trained to help those who can’t represent themselves – is called in to assist. Flora has known Rosie for years. And Rosie wouldn’t hurt a fly. So what made her confess? Why would she lie? And if she didn’t kill Mrs. Trevor, who did…? Flora must get to the heart of the mystery before innocence is proven guilty …"

=== June 5 ===

Title: Something in the Water
Author: Catherine Steadman
Standalone Thriller
352 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "If you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you?
Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .

Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares?
Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . ."

Title: The Word Is Murder
Series: #1 in the Horowitz & Hawthorne contemporary series set in London.
400 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty, Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes.

One bright spring morning in London, Diana Cowper – the wealthy mother of a famous actor - enters a funeral parlor. She is there to plan her own service. Six hours later she is found dead, strangled with a curtain cord in her own home.

Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric investigator who’s as quick with an insult as he is to crack a case. Hawthorne needs a ghost writer to document his life; a Watson to his Holmes. He chooses Anthony Horowitz.

Drawn in against his will, Horowitz soon finds himself a the center of a story he cannot control. Hawthorne is brusque, temperamental and annoying but even so, his latest case with its many twists and turns proves irresistible. The writer and the detective form an unusual partnership. At the same time, it soon becomes clear that Hawthorne is hiding some dark secrets of his own.

A masterful and tricky mystery that springs many surprises, The Word is Murder is Anthony Horowitz at his very best.

=== June 12 ===

Title: A Taste for Vengeance
Author: Martin Walker
Series: #11 in the Bruno Chief of Police series set in southwestern France.
352 pages

Synopsis: "When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in Bruno's usually idyllic Dordogne village of St. Denis, the worried hostess is quick to call on Bruno for help. Monica Felder is nowhere to be found, and her husband, a retired British major, is unreachable. And not long after Bruno discovers that Monica was traveling with a mysterious Irishman (her lover?), the two turn up dead. The Irishman's background in intelligence and his connection to Monica's husband only raise more questions for Bruno. Was she running away? How much does her husband really know? What's the real story behind a scandal buried in the threesome's military past? Meanwhile, the star of the girls' rugby team, a favorite of Bruno's, is pregnant, putting at risk her chances of being named to the French national squad. Bruno's search for the truth in both cases leads him to places he hadn't intended to go--but, as ever, he and his friends take time to savor the natural delights of the Dordogne. Santé!"

Title: Death and a Pot of Chowder
Author: Cornelia Kidd (AKA Lea Wait)
Series: #1 in the Maine Murder Mystery cozy series.
300 pages

Synopsis: "Anna Winslow, her husband Burt, and their teenage son have deep roots on Quarry Island. Burt and his brother, Carl, are lobstermen, just like their father and grandfather before them. And while some things on the island never seem to change, Anna’s life is about to take some drastically unexpected turns. First, Anna discovers that she has a younger sister, Izzie Jordan. Then, on the day she drives to Portland to meet Izzie for the first time, Carl’s lobster boat is found abandoned and adrift. Later that evening, his corpse is discovered―but he didn’t drown.

Whether it was an accident or murder, Carl’s sudden death has plunged Anna’s existence into deadly waters. Despite barely knowing one another and coming from very different backgrounds, Anna and Izzie unite to find the killer. With their family in crisis, the sisters strive to uncover the secrets hidden in Quarry Island―and, perhaps, the ones buried within their own hearts.

Title: Island of the Mad
Series: #17 in the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes historical series set in England and Italy.
320 pages

Synopsis: "With Mrs. Hudson gone from their lives and domestic chaos building, the last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad and missing aunt.

Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital . . . better known as Bedlam.

Russell wants nothing to do with the case—but she can’t say no. And at least it will get her away from the challenges of housework and back to the familiar business of investigation. To track down the vanished woman, she brings to the fore her deductive instincts and talent for subterfuge—and of course enlists her husband’s legendary prowess. Together, Russell and Holmes travel from the grim confines of Bedlam to the winding canals and sun-drenched Lido cabarets of Venice—only to find the foreboding shadow of Benito Mussolini darkening the fate of a city, an era, and a tormented English lady of privilege.

Title: Murder at the Grand Raj Palace
Author: Vaseem Khan
Series: #4 in the Baby Ganesh Agency Investigations series set in Mumbai, India.
384 pages

Synopsis: "For a century the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world's elite. From film stars to foreign dignitaries, anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj.

The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murder...

When American billionaire Hollis Burbank is found dead - the day after buying India's most expensive painting - the authorities are keen to label it a suicide. But the man in charge of the investigation is not so sure. Inspector Chopra is called in - and discovers a hotel full of people with a reason to want Burbank dead.

Accompanied by his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, Chopra navigates his way through the palatial building, a journey that leads him steadily to a killer, and into the heart of darkness . . .

=== June 19 ===

Title: Slowly We Die
Author: Emelie Schepp
Series: #3 in the Jana Berzelius legal thriller series set in Sweden.
432 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.



A tragic incident on the operating table leaves a patient damaged for life and leads a young surgeon to abandon his profession as a physician… Now, years later, a series of senseless, gruesome murders are rocking the same medical community.


The weapon? A surgical scalpel.

But who exactly is preying on these victims? And why? What does this grisly pattern reveal? And who will be the one to stop it?

Special prosecutor Jana Berzelius, who has her own dark secrets to hide, is in charge of the investigation. What she can’t know, until she is finally closing in on the murderer, is just how her own mother’s recent death is intimately connected.

This intricately plotted and relentlessly suspenseful medical thriller keeps everyone guessing until the bitter end.

Title: Murder on the Left Bank
Author: Cara Black
Series: #18 in the Aimée Leduc private investigator series set in France.
288 pages

Synopsis: "A dying man drags his oxygen machine into the office of Éric Besson, a lawyer in Paris’s 13th arrondissement. The old man, an accountant, is carrying a dilapidated notebook full of meticulous investment records. For decades, he has been helping a cadre of dirty cops launder stolen money. The notebook contains his full confession—he’s waited 50 years to make it, and now it can’t wait another day. He is adamant that Besson gets the notebook into the hands of La Proc, Paris’s chief prosecuting attorney, so the corruption can finally be brought to light. But en route to La Proc, Besson’s courier—his assistant and nephew—is murdered, and the notebook disappears.

Grief-stricken Éric Besson tries to hire private investigator Aimée Leduc to find the notebook, but she is reluctant to get involved. Her father was a cop and was murdered by the same dirty syndicate the notebook implicates. She’s not sure which she’s more afraid of, the dangerous men who would kill for the notebook or the idea that her father’s name might be among the dirty cops listed within it. Ultimately that’s the reason she must take the case, which leads her across the Left Bank, from the Cambodian enclave of Khmer Rouge refugees to the ancient royal tapestry factories to the modern art galleries.

=== June 26 ===

Title: Buried in Books
Author: Kate Carlisle
Series: #12 in the Bibliophile cozy series set in California.
288 pages

Synopsis: "Brooklyn has it all covered. She’s triple-checked her wedding to-do list, and everything is on track for the upcoming ceremony with the love of her life, security expert Derek Stone.

Not everyone has been as lucky in love as Brooklyn. Her old college roommates Heather and Sara lost touch twelve years ago when Sara stole Heather’s boyfriend. Brooklyn was caught in the middle and hasn’t seen her former besties since their falling-out. When they both show up at her surprise bridal shower, Brooklyn is sure drama will ensue. But she’s touched when the women seem willing to sort out their differences and gift her rare copies of The Three Musketeers and The Red Fairy Book.

Brooklyn’s prewedding calm is shattered when one of her formerly feuding friends is found murdered and Brooklyn determines that one of the rare books is a forgery. She can’t help but wonder if the victim played a part in this fraud, or if she was targeted because she discovered the scam. With a killer and con artist on the loose, Brooklyn and Derek—with the unsolicited help of their meddling mothers—must catch the culprit before their big day turns into a big mess.

Title: A Steep Price
Author: Robert Dugoni
Series: #6 in the Tracy Crosswhite police procedural series set in Washington.
380 pages

Synopsis: "Called in to consult after a young woman disappears, Tracy Crosswhite has the uneasy feeling that this is no ordinary missing-persons case. When the body turns up in an abandoned well, Tracy’s suspicions are confirmed. Estranged from her family, the victim had balked at an arranged marriage and had planned to attend graduate school. But someone cut her dreams short.

Solving the mystery behind the murder isn’t Tracy’s only challenge. The detective is keeping a secret of her own: she’s pregnant. And now her biggest fear seems to be coming true when a new detective arrives to replace her. Meanwhile, Tracy’s colleague Vic Fazzio is about to take a fall after his investigation into the murder of a local community activist turns violent and leaves an invaluable witness dead.

Two careers are on the line. And when more deadly secrets emerge, jobs might not be the only things at risk."

Title: Salt Lane
Author: William Shaw
Series: #2 in the Alexandra Cupidi police procedural series set in England.
464 pages

Synopsis: "A darkly told crime novel in the tradition of Tana French and Ian Rankin, featuring the return of THE BIRDWATCHER's Alexandra Cupidi.

Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi is a recent transfer from the London metro police to the rugged Kentish countryside. She's done little to ingratiate herself with her new colleagues, who find her too brash, urban, and--to make matters worse, she investigated her first partner, a veteran detective, and had him arrested on murder charges. Now assigned the brash young Constable Jill Ferriter to look after, she's facing another bizarre case: a woman found floating in local marshland, dead of no apparent cause.

The case gets even stranger when the detectives contact the victim's next of kin, her son, a high-powered graphic designer living in London. Adopted at the age of two, he'd never known his mother, he tells the detectives, until a homeless woman knocked on his door, claiming to be his mother, just the night before: at the same time, her body was being dredged from the water.

Juggling the case, her aging mother, her teenage daughter, and the loneliness of country life, Detective Cupidi must discover who the woman really was, who killed her, and how she managed to reconnect with her long-lost son, apparently from beyond the grave."

How did I do? Did any of my choices make your own wishlists? Which ones? Inquiring minds would love to know!


  1. Ooh, a new Horowitz and a new Walker! I think it's going to be a good month, Cathy!

    1. I just finished the Horowitz--it's wonderful!

  2. Oh, yes! Several of these are on my list and I've added even more. I already had the Horowitz and Something in the Water, but I've added Salt Lane and Slowly We Die. Lovely!

    1. I want to get my hands on The Birdwatcher before I read Salt Lane.

  3. Oh, gosh. I am overwhelmed. Don't now where to start.

    Just finished Elly Griffiths' 10th Ruth Galloway book, "The Dark Angel." Bummed that it's over. I think I could read five of these books in a row.

    Next one is "The Stone Circle," coming out in February 2019. Can I wait is the question?

    Why is this book the perfect read for me now? Need more like it.

    1. And I can't think of another series that's like it. Deborah Crombie's Kincaid & James is the only one that begins to come close. Love both these series.

  4. I'd be happy if Sara Paretsky and Donna Leon wrote faster.

    1. All readers have favorite authors who simply do not write fast enough!


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