Wednesday, August 28, 2019

September 2019 New Mystery Releases!

Since summer is my favorite season when September rolls around I'm always glad that I live in the Sonoran Desert. That way, I get an extra month of my favorite time of year. I know... I can already hear some of you groaning.

I've been reading some mighty fine books lately, but you know me-- I always keep my eyes peeled for new ones.

The following are my picks for the best new crime fiction being released throughout the month of September-- and September has an abundance of riches.

I've grouped my picks according to their release dates, and the covers and synopses are courtesy of Amazon. Let's see if I've chosen any titles that are going to be on your own pre-order and/or wishlists! (I'll bet I have!)

=== September 3 ===

Title: The Long Call
Author: Ann Cleeves
Series: #1 in the Two Rivers police procedural series set in North Devon, England.
382 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his estranged father’s funeral takes place. On the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.

Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

The case calls Matthew back to the people and places of his past, as deadly secrets hidden at their hearts are revealed, and his new life is forced into a collision course with the world he thought he’d left behind.

From Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of Vera and Shetland, beloved by readers and TV viewers alike, comes a spectacular new series, told with deep compassion and searing insight."

Title: Word to the Wise
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Series: #10 in the Library Lovers cozy series set in coastal Connecticut.
304 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "Lindsey Norris is finally getting married to the man of her dreams—but it's not all roses for Briar Creek's beloved library director, as gardening enthusiast and town newcomer Aaron Grady gives the term “book lover” a whole new meaning. Inappropriate looks and unwelcome late-night visits to Lindsey's house have everyone from the crafternooners to Lindsey's fiancé, Sully, on edge.

When Grady's dead body is found staged outside the library and all the clues point to Sully, Lindsey knows it's up to her to dig through the hidden chapters of Grady's previous life to find the real culprit and clear Sully's name. But becoming a thorn in the killer's side is not without its consequences, and the closer Lindsey gets to the truth, the more determined the murderer is to make her just a footnote.

Title: Molten Mud Murder
Series: #1 in the Alexa Glock forensics expert series set in New Zealand.
320 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "When a body is found half-submerged in a molten mud pot in one of Rotorua's famous geothermal wonderlands, forensics expert Alexa Glock spots a way to prolong her stay in New Zealand, which she has been visiting for work. Teeth are her expertise, and the investigation needs her help, as other ways of identifying the body may have... melted away.

Joining Detective Inspector Bruce Horne and his team, Alexa discovers that the murder victim, a city councilman, had trespassed on an island sacred to the Maori. The ancient punishment for such a transgression is a disaster, demonic possession, or death... and when she visits the island to investigate, the same outcome is promised for her. Alexa doesn't believe in ancient spirits returning to exact revenge, and when another victim turns up dead she begins to wonder whether the real threat is something—or someone—much closer to home.

Title: The Bone Fire
Author: S.D. Sykes
Series: #4 in the Somerhill Manor historical series set in fourteenth-century England.
320 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "When the Black Death reappears in England in 1361, Oswald de Lacy knows that the safest place for his wife and young son is the island-fortress of Eden, where his eccentrically pious friend Godfrey has invited the family to stay to wait out the plague during the long, dark winter. But Oswald has barely had time to settle in when a brutal murder shocks the household and it soon becomes clear that the castle is not the stronghold of security that they were so desperately looking for.  

Oswald knows the castle isn’t safe, but neither is the plague-infested countryside outside its walls. His only hope is to solve the mystery of the murder before the killer strikes again. With a cast of characters like something out of Chaucer―a lord and lady, a knight, a religious radical, a court jester, a drunk, and a couple of traveling craftsmen are just some of the suspects Oswald must reckon with―and the all-consuming threat of the plague hovering just outside the castle walls, the newest novel in the Somershill Manor Mysteries is the most brilliant and frightening yet."

Title: The Other End of the Line
Author: Andrea Camilleri
Series: #26 in the Inspector Montalbano police procedural series set in Sicily.
304 pages

Synopsis: "A wave of refugees has arrived on the Sicilian coast, and Inspector Montalbano and his team have been stationed at port, alongside countless volunteers, to receive and assist the newcomers. Meanwhile, Livia has promised their presence at a friend's wedding, and the inspector, agreeing to get a new suit tailored, meets the charming master seamstress Elena Biasini. But while on duty at the dock one late night, tragedy strikes, and Elena is found gruesomely murdered. Between managing the growing crowds at the landing, Montalbano delves into the world of garments, in the company of an orphaned cat, where he works to weave together the loose threads of the unsolved crimes and close the case."

Title: To the Lions
Author: Holly Watt
Series: #1 in the Casey Benedict journalist series set in London.
400 pages

Synopsis: "Casey Benedict, star reporter at the Post, has infiltrated the lives and exposed the lies of countless politicians and power players. Using her network of contacts, and her ability to slip into whatever identity suits the situation, Casey is always on the search for the next big story, no matter how much danger this might place her in, or what the cost might be, emotionally.

Tipped off by an overheard conversation at an exclusive London nightclub, she begins to investigate the apparent suicide of a wealthy young British man whose death has left his fiancée and family devastated. The young man's death, however, is only the tipping point of a much more sinister and dangerous scandal involving the world's most powerful leaders and magnates—men who are gathering in northern Africa for an extreme and secret hunt. With fellow reporter Miranda and combat veteran Ed by her side, Casey's determined hunt for the truth will take her from the glitz of St. Tropez to the deserts of Libya and on to the very darkest corners of the human mind.

=== September 10 ===

Title: The Vanished Bride
Author: Bella Ellis
Series: #1 in the historical Brontë sisters series set in 19th-century England.
304 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "Yorkshire, 1845. A young wife and mother has gone missing from her home, leaving behind two small children and a large pool of blood. Just a few miles away, a humble parson’s daughters—the Brontë sisters—learn of the crime. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified and intrigued by the mysterious disappearance.

These three creative, energetic, and resourceful women quickly realize that they have all the skills required to make for excellent “lady detectors.” Not yet published novelists, they have well-honed imaginations and are expert readers. And, as Charlotte remarks, “detecting is reading between the lines—it’s seeing what is not there.”

As they investigate, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne are confronted with a society that believes a woman’s place is in the home, not scouring the countryside looking for clues. But nothing will stop the sisters from discovering what happened to the vanished bride, even as they find their own lives are in great peril...

=== September 17 ===

Title: What Rose Forgot
Author: Nevada Barr
Standalone thriller
304 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she's been committed to an Alzheimer's Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she's "not making it through the week," Rose is convinced that if she's to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape.

The only problem is―how does she convince anyone that she's not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn't sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her.

With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister Marion, thirteen-year-old granddaughter Mel, and Mel's friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back―to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they're holding all the cards."

Title: Gallows Court
Series: #1 in the Jacob Flint historical series set in 1930s London.
304 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "LONDON, 1930. Sooty, sulfurous, and malign: no woman should be out on a night like this. A spate of violent deaths the details too foul to print has horrified the capital and the smog-bound streets are deserted. But Rachel Savernake is no ordinary woman. To Scotland Yard's embarrassment, she solved the Chorus Girl Murder, and now she's on the trail of another killer. Jacob Flint, manning The Clarion's crime desk, is looking for the scoop that will make his name. He's certain there is more to the Miss Savernake's amateur sleuthing than meets the eye. Flint's pursuit of his story will mire him ever-deeper into a labyrinth of deception and corruption. Murder-by-murder, he is swept ever-closer to that ancient place of execution, where it all began and where it will finally end: Gallows Court."

Title: Heaven, My Home
Author: Attica Locke
Series: #2 in the Highway 59 police procedural series set in rural Texas.
304 pages

Synopsis: "9-year-old Levi King knew he should have left for home sooner; now he's alone in the darkness of vast Caddo Lake, in a boat whose motor just died. A sudden noise distracts him - and all goes dark.

Darren Matthews is trying to emerge from another kind of darkness; after the events of his previous investigation, his marriage is in a precarious state of re-building, and his career and reputation lie in the hands of his mother, who's never exactly had his best interests at heart. Now she holds the key to his freedom, and she's not above a little maternal blackmail to press her advantage.

An unlikely possibility of rescue arrives in the form of a case down Highway 59, in a small lakeside town where the local economy thrives on nostalgia for antebellum Texas - and some of the era's racial attitudes still thrive as well. Levi's disappearance has links to Darren's last case, and to a wealthy businesswoman, the boy's grandmother, who seems more concerned about the fate of her business than that of her grandson.

Darren has to battle centuries-old suspicions and prejudices, as well as threats that have been reignited in the current political climate, as he races to find the boy and to save himself.

Attica Locke proves that the acclaim and awards for Bluebird, Bluebird were justly deserved, in this thrilling new novel about crimes old and new.

Title: Elevator Pitch
Standalone thriller set in New York City.
464 pages

Synopsis: "It all begins on a Monday when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds and then plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world—and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment—is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men in women working in offices across the city refuse to leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Who is behind this? Why are they doing it? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers before the city’s newest, and tallest, residential tower has its ribbon-cutting on Thursday.

Title: Land of Wolves
Author: Craig Johnson
Series: #15 in the Walt Longmire series set in Wyoming.
336 pages

Synopsis: "Attempting to recover from his harrowing experiences in Mexico, in Land of Wolves Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire is neck-deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd. With unsettling connections to a Basque family with a reputation for removing the legs of Absaroka County sheriffs, matters become even more complicated with the appearance of an oversize wolf in the Big Horn Mountains to which Walt finds himself feeling more and more empathetic."

See what I mean about an abundance of riches? Craig Johnson! Ann Cleeves! Jenn McKinlay! Nevada Barr! And on and on and on. On a little side note here, I love the cover of The Bone Fire. There's something about the castle, the colors and how they're blended that really catches my eye.

How about you? Is September going to wreck your book-buying budget? Which titles can't you do without? Inquiring minds would love to know!


  1. It really is almost September! I thought I just saw something about the Cleeves book already being picked up for tv? And I look forward to hanging out in Absaroka County and Briar creek again!

    1. I've already hung out with Lindsey in Briar Creek, and I'm looking forward to another visit to Absaroka County. With the success of both Shetland and Vera, it's no wonder that they've snapped up Cleeves' new Two Rovers series for TV!

  2. Oh, so many good 'uns coming out this month, Cathy! I didn't know that Ann Cleeves had started a new series. And there's a Camilleri, and a Nevada Barr, and a new Craig Johnson. Yup, the TBR pile will likely get additions to it...

    1. If you'd had the willpower to resist, I would have thought you were ill, Margot!

  3. OH, my TBR list groans. I just put the Barr and Locke books on library reserve. Camilleri, I sent the blurb to a friend.

    I have to use some self-discipline here between books I'm reading, have on reserve and on my kitchen table in stacks.

    1. You're reminding me of a cartoon in which a woman is phoning to report that the piles of books on his nightstand fell over and killed her husband.

  4. Oh, if I had a spouse, those books just might. However, in my apartment, he would have to be cooking and the books on the kitchen table would fall on him or into the lasagna.
    In the living room and bedroom, books are on shelves, except for those packed to go to Housing Works, an HIV/AIDS charitable store.

    1. I don't have any stacks of books anywhere, so Denis is quite safe. From that, anyway!


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