Wednesday, September 25, 2019

October 2019 New Mystery Releases!

Another summer has flown past with the speed of light. It brought me some mighty fine books to read amongst many other blessings. I have so many things to look forward to this fall, but I have to admit that my anticipation is dulled somewhat by the loss of my dearest friend in September.

Comfort can be found in routine; however, and what better comfort for a voracious reader than keeping an eye peeled for new crime fiction that is going to be released?

I've grouped my picks according to their release dates and give you a little information about each one. Book covers and synopses are courtesy of Amazon.

Let's see if I managed to include a title or two that will make it onto your own wishlists!

=== October 1 ===

Title: Dachshund Through the Snow
Series: #20 in the Andy Carpenter legal mystery series set in New Jersey. 
352 pages

Synopsis: "Lawyer Andy Carpenter and his wife, Laurie, have started a new Christmas tradition. Their local pet store has a Christmas tree, where instead of ornaments there are wishes from those in need. One poignant wish leads Andy to a child named Danny, whose selfless plea strikes a chord. Danny asked Santa for a coat for his mother, a sweater for his dachshund, Murphy, and for the safe return of his missing father.

It turns out Danny’s father doesn't want to be found, he’s on the run after just being arrested for a murder that took place fourteen years ago – a murder that Danny’s mother swears he didn’t commit.

With his trademark humor and larger-than-life characters – including a police officer and his K-9 partner, Simon – Rosenfelt never fails to deliver as Andy and his eccentric crew dash to reunite a family in time for Christmas."

Title: A House of Ghosts
Author: W.C. Ryan
Standalone Gothic thriller set in England.
384 pages

Synopsis: "Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives. At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, armaments manufacturer Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons, both of whom died at the front.

Among the guests, two have been secretly dispatched from the intelligence service: Kate Cartwright, a friend of the family who lost her beloved brother at the Somme and who, in the realm of the spiritual, has her own special gift; and the mysterious Captain Donovan, recently returned from Europe. Top secret plans for weapons developed by Lord Highmount’s company have turned up in Berlin, and there is reason to believe enemy spies will be in attendance. As the guests arrive, it becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends, they find themselves trapped on the island. Soon one of their number will die. For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one . . . .

An unrelenting, gripping mystery, packed with twists and turns and a kindling of romance, A House of Ghosts is the perfect cold-weather read.

=== October 8 ===

Title: A Bitter Feast
Series: #18 in the Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James police procedural series set in England.
384 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the Cotswolds, one of Britain’s most enchanting regions, famous for its rolling hills, golden cottages, and picturesque villages.

Duncan, Gemma, and their children are guests at Beck House, the family estate of Melody Talbot, Gemma’s detective sergeant. The Talbot family is wealthy, prominent, and powerful—Melody’s father is the publisher of one of London’s largest and most influential newspapers. The centerpiece of this glorious fall getaway is a posh charity harvest luncheon catered by up-and-coming chef Viv Holland. After fifteen years in London’s cut-throat food scene, Viv has returned to the Gloucestershire valleys of her childhood and quickly made a name for herself with her innovative meals based on traditional cuisine but using fresh local ingredients. Attended by the local well-to-do as well as national press food bloggers and restaurant critics, the event could make Viv a star.

But a tragic car accident and a series of mysterious deaths rock the estate and pull Duncan and Gemma into the investigation. It soon becomes clear that the killer has a connection with Viv’s pub—or, perhaps, with Beck House itself.

Does the truth lie in the past? Or is it closer to home, tied up in the tangled relationships and bitter resentments between the staff at Beck House and Viv’s new pub? Or is it more personal, entwined with secrets hidden by Viv and those closest to her?

=== October 15 ===

Title: The Art of Theft
Author: Sherry Thomas
Series: #4 in the Lady Sherlock historical series set in England.
304 pages

Synopsis: "As "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective," Charlotte Holmes has solved murders and found missing individuals. But she has never stolen a priceless artwork—or rather, made away with the secrets hidden behind a much-coveted canvas.

But Mrs. Watson is desperate to help her old friend recover those secrets and Charlotte finds herself involved in a fever-paced scheme to infiltrate a glamorous Yuletide ball where the painting is one handshake away from being sold and the secrets a bare breath from exposure.

Her dear friend Lord Ingram, her sister Livia, Livia's admirer Stephen Marbleton—everyone pitches in to help and everyone has a grand time. But nothing about this adventure is what it seems and disaster is biding time on the grounds of a glittering French chateau, waiting only for Charlotte to make a single mistake...

=== October 22 ===

Title: A Cruel Deception
Author: Charles Todd
Series: #11 in the Bess Crawford historical series set in England.
320 pages

Synopsis: "The Armistice of November 1918 ended the fighting, but the Great War will not be over until a Peace Treaty is drawn up and signed by all parties. Representatives from the Allies are gathering in Paris, and already ominous signs of disagreement have appeared.

Sister Bess Crawford, who has been working with the severely wounded in England in the war’s wake, is asked to carry out a personal mission in Paris for a Matron at the London headquarters of The Queen Alexandra’s.

Bess is facing decisions about her own future, even as she searches for the man she is charged with helping.  When she does locate Lawrence Minton, she finds a bitter and disturbed officer who has walked away from his duties at the Peace Conference and is well on his way toward an addiction to opiates. When she confronts him with the dangers of using laudanum, he tells her that he doesn’t care if he lives or dies, as long as he can find oblivion. But what has changed him? What is it that haunts him? He can’t confide in Bess—because the truth is so deeply buried in his mind that he can only relive it in nightmares. The officers who had shared a house with him in Paris profess to know nothing—still, Bess is reluctant to trust them even when they offer her their help. But where to begin on her own?

What is driving this man to a despair so profound it can only end with death? The war? Something that happened in Paris? To prevent a tragedy, she must get at the truth as quickly as possible—which means putting herself between Lieutenant Minton and whatever is destroying him. Or is it whoever?"

Title: Strangers at the Gate
Standalone thriller set in Scotland.
368 pages

Synopsis: "Finnie Doyle and Paddy Lamb are leaving city life in Edinburgh behind them and moving to the little town of Simmerton. Paddy's been made partner at the law firm in town, and Finnie has snagged a job as a church deacon. Their rented cottage is quaint; their new colleagues are charming, and they can't believe their luck.

But only days after moving into the gatehouse, Finnie begins to have doubts. She keeps hearing strange sounds, and the thicket of trees make her feel claustrophobic rather than safe. When they witness the bloody aftermath of a brutal murder, it changes everything. They've each been keeping secrets about their pasts. And they both know their precious new start won't survive a scandal. Together, for the best of reasons, they make the worst decision of their lives.

And that's only the beginning. The deep, deep valley where Simmerton sits is unlike anywhere Finnie and Paddy have been before. They are not the only ones hiding in its shadow and very soon they've lost control of the game they decided to play..."

Title: The Night Fire
Series: #4 in the Renée Ballard & #22 in the Harry Bosch police procedural series set in Los Angeles.
416 pages

Synopsis: "Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, John Jack Thompson, is dead, but after his funeral, his widow gives Bosch a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD 20 years before -- the unsolved killing of a troubled young man in an alley used for drug deals.

Bosch brings the murder book to Renée Ballard and asks her to help him find what about the case lit Thompson's fire all those years ago. That will be their starting point.

The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigative team. And they soon arrive at a worrying question: Did Thompson steal the murder book to work the case in retirement, or to make sure it never got solved?

=== October 29 ===

Title: Shot Through the Hearth
Author: Kate Carlisle
Series: #7 in the Shannon Hammer cozy series set in northern California.
304 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "Shannon's good friend and retired tech billionaire, Raphael Nash, is loving his new retired life but he can't stay unoccupied for too long. He's started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companies and individuals who do humanitarian work around the world. It's an exciting time in Lighthouse Cove as Raphael hosts the first-ever global conference inviting big thinkers from every area of industry to give presentations on eco-living.

Raphael's old business partner arrives in town with a grudge and a plan to steal him away from his important new passion project. Shannon knows her friend has no intention of giving up Marigold and is proud of Raphael for sticking to his guns. But when his former associate winds up dead, all signs point to Raphael.

It's up to Shannon to hammer out the details of the murder before her friend gets pinned for the crime...

Title: Silent Knit, Deadly Knit
Author: Peggy Ehrhart
Series: #4 in the Knit & Nibble cozy series set in New Jersey.
304 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "Pamela has been in merry spirits since her artsy daughter Penny returned home from college for the holidays. But their mother-daughter bonding time gets cut short when a terrified Penny stumbles upon the dumped body of Millicent Farthingale, a wealthy craft shop owner who was popular for all the wrong reasons. From a scheming business partner to a seedy husband several years her junior, Millicent attracted scammers so in love with her assets, they’d toss her down a chimney to get their paws on them. Now, with only a hand-knit red scarf connecting the killer to the crime, Pamela and the Knit and Nibblers could use some extra creativity as they find out who’s really naughty or nice in Arborville—because going up against a looming culprit is DIY or die!"

=== October 31 ===

Title: A Body in the Bookshop
Author: Helen Cox
Series: #2 in the Kitt Hartley Yorkshire cozy series set in England.
304 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "It's nearly Christmas in York, but it seems the season of goodwill hasn't touched everyone... 

When DS Charlotte Banks is suspended from the police on suspicion of assaulting a suspect in the burglary of a local bookshop, librarian Kitt Harley and her friend Evie Bowes refuse to believe she is guilty. But why is she being framed?

With Charlotte's boss DI Malcolm Halloran unable to help, Evie decides to take matters into her own hands. Kitt takes little persuading to get involved too - after all, as well as Charlotte's career to save, there are missing books to be found!

From the tightknit community of York's booksellers to the most gossipy bus route in the country, Kitt and Evie leave no stone unturned to get at the truth behind the burglary.

Then the discovery of a body raises the stakes even higher. For Evie, and now Kitt, this case is as personal as it gets. Can they catch the murderer in time to turn a bleak midwinter into something merry and bright?"

Title: The Case of the Reincarnated Client
Author: Tarquin Hall
Series: #5 in the Vish Puri Private Investigator series set in India.
240 pages

*UK Release*

Synopsis: "When a young woman comes forward saying she's the reincarnation of Riya Kaur, a wife and mother who vanished during the bloody 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Puri is dismissive. He's busy enough dealing with an irate matrimonial client whose daughter is complaining about her groom's thunderous snoring. Puri's indomitable Mummy-ji however is adamant the client is genuine. How else could she so accurately describe under hypnosis Riya Kaur's life and final hours? Driven by a sense of duty - the original case was his late father's - Puri manages to acquire the police file only to find that someone powerful has orchestrated a cover-up. Forced into an alliance with his mother that tests his beliefs and high blood pressure as never before, it's only by delving into the past the help of his reincarnated client that Puri can hope to unlock the truth."

So many good new books for October! Which ones made it to your own wishlists? Inquiring minds would love to know!


  1. OH, no, another David Rosenfelt book, and with a dachshund yet (great dogs). Must get this one. And Connelly's book is out, have been waiting for it.
    Oh, more books for library reserve.

    1. You have to be one of your library's best patrons, Kathy. Good on ya, mate! (Oops--- I've been talking to a friend from Australia. Can you tell?)

  2. Oh, this should be a set of fun releases, Cathy. Tarquin Hall's series is terrific. And I do like Ryan's work, so looking forward to that one. Ooh, there's a Connelly, too! Yup, some good stuff on the way.

    1. I'd never heard of Ryan before, but A House of Ghosts sounds really good.

  3. I've read ARCs of the first three and enjoyed them! I'm especially interested in the new Charles Todd (although I prefer the Ian Rutledge series), and I want the new Catriona McPherson!

    1. And here I prefer Charles Todd's Bess Crawford. I really enjoy McPherson's standalones.

  4. I am already on my library's hold list for the Connelly and Crombie titles - now I'm off to add the new Charles Todd as well!

    1. Which reminds me that I'm behind with Bess. I need to fix that.

  5. I loved the library in Chicago when I was an elementary school student. The school librarian was one of the people who encouraged us to read, and I wanted to be a librarian at that stage. Now it's a bit disappointing that many books have been culled from the library shelves and we have to put books on reserve to get them.
    Few are actually available.
    However, the new Nevada Barr and Attica Locke books are now in my hands and there goes my week.

  6. Yes, and Attica Locke's Heaven, My Home is going to pull me away from work I have to do. But that with frozen yogurt and other snacks will make a great time.


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