Wednesday, February 24, 2021

March 2021 New Mystery Releases!

You'd think that, with me staying home, time would be crawling by, but it's not. It's hard for me to believe that March is here already. I must be doing a good job of keeping myself occupied.

Of course, one way I've always kept myself occupied is by keeping an eye peeled for new books to read, and let me tell you, March has a bumper crop of bright, shiny crime fiction to tickle our taste buds.

The following list contains my picks for the best new crime fiction being released throughout the month of March. I've grouped the titles according to their release dates, and the covers and synopses are courtesy of Amazon.

Let's see how many of my picks are on your own personal MUST READ lists!

=== March 1 ===
Title: The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds
Author: T.E. Kinsey
Series: #1 in the Dizzy Heights historical mystery series set in 1920s England.
335 pages
Synopsis: "London, 1925. With their band the Dizzy Heights, jazz musicians Ivor ‘Skins’ Maloney and Bartholomew ‘Barty’ Dunn are used to improvising as they play the Charleston for flappers and toffs, but things are about to take a surprising turn.

Superintendent Sunderland has had word that a deserter who stole a fortune in diamonds as he fled the war is a member of the Aristippus private members’ club in Mayfair—where the Dizzy Heights have a residency. And the thief is planning to steal a hoard of jewels hidden there under the cover of a dance contest.

As mutual pal Lady Hardcastle has suggested, Skins and Dunn are perfectly placed to be Sunderland’s eyes and ears—and Skins’s wife Ellie soon lends a hand with a bit of light snooping. But the stakes change dramatically when a mysterious death at the club brings a sinister note to the investigation.

With the dance contest fast approaching, the trio must solve the mystery of the missing diamonds, unmask the murderer, and prevent more deadly crimes—all without missing a beat.
=== March 2 ===
Title: Fatal Scores
Series: #8 in the Blackman Agency Investigations private investigator series set in North Carolina.
272 pages
Synopsis: "Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson, partners in a private investigation agency in Asheville, North Carolina, are hired by the widow of an environmentalist who died while monitoring water quality in the nearby Pigeon River. No soil or water samples were found near the deceased, and his widow doesn't believe his death was an accident.
Sam had, in fact, witnessed a public altercation between the man and local mill heir Luke Kirkpatrick just two days prior. Both Luke and his father, Ted, are prime suspects because of the threat that contamination poses to their proposed business expansion. Meanwhile, preparations for a local festival suffer some violent setbacks. Are the events related? And can Sam and Nakayla identify the killer and serve justice before Asheville is threatened once again?
Title: We Begin at the End
Author: Chris Whitaker
Standalone thriller set in California.
384 pages

Synopsis: "Walk has never left the coastal California town where he grew up. He may have become the chief of police, but he’s still trying to heal the old wound of having given the testimony that sent his best friend, Vincent King, to prison decades before. Now, thirty years later, Vincent is being released.

Duchess is a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed outlaw. Her mother, Star, grew up with Walk and Vincent. Walk is in overdrive trying to protect them, but Vincent and Star seem bent on sliding deeper into self-destruction. Star always burned bright, but recently that light has dimmed, leaving Duchess to parent not only her mother but her five-year-old brother. At school the other kids make fun of Duchess―her clothes are torn, her hair a mess. But let them throw their sticks, because she’ll throw stones. Rules are for other people. She’s just trying to survive and keep her family together.

A fortysomething-year-old sheriff and a thirteen-year-old girl may not seem to have a lot in common. But they both have come to expect that people will disappoint you, loved ones will leave you, and if you open your heart it will be broken. So when trouble arrives with Vincent King, Walk and Duchess find they will be unable to do anything but usher it in, arms wide closed.

Title: Dark Sky
Author: C.J. Box
Series: #22 in the Joe Pickett game warden series set in Wyoming.
368 pages
Synopsis: "When the governor of Wyoming gives Joe Pickett the thankless task of taking a tech baron on an elk hunting trip, Joe reluctantly treks into the wilderness with his high-profile charge. But as they venture into the woods, a man-hunter is hot on their heels, driven by a desire for revenge. Finding himself without a weapon, a horse, or a way to communicate, Joe must rely on his wits and his knowledge of the outdoors to protect himself and his companion.

Meanwhile, Joe's closest friend, Nate Romanowski, and his own daughter Sheridan learn of the threat to Joe's life and follow him into the woods. In a stunning final showdown, the three of them come up against the worst that nature--and man--have to offer.
Title: The Postscript Murders
Series: #2 in the DS Harbinder Kaur police procedural series set in Scotland and across Europe.
336 pages
*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.
Synopsis: "The death of a ninety-year-old woman with a heart condition should not be suspicious. Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing out of the ordinary when Peggy’s caretaker, Natalka, begins to recount Peggy Smith’s passing.

But Natalka had a reason to be at the police station: while clearing out Peggy’s flat, she noticed an unusual number of crime novels, all dedicated to Peggy. And each psychological thriller included a mysterious postscript: PS: for PS. When a gunman breaks into the flat to steal a book and its author is found dead shortly thereafter—Detective Kaur begins to think that perhaps there is no such thing as an unsuspicious death after all.

And then things escalate: from an Aberdeen literary festival to the streets of Edinburgh, writers are being targeted. DS Kaur embarks on a road trip across Europe and reckons with how exactly authors can think up such realistic crimes...

Title: Legacy of Death 
Series: #2 in the Matthew Rowsley historical mystery series set in Victorian England.
240 pages
*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.
Synopsis: "With his lordship's mental health failing, management of his grand country estate has been assigned to a group of trustees, including land agent Matthew Rowsley and his capable wife Harriet. But the smooth running of Thorncroft House is disrupted by a series of unforeseen events. Building work on the estate workers' new cottages is halted by the discovery of Roman remains. Shortly afterwards, the family butler is brutally assaulted and left for dead. A random attack - or was he deliberately targeted? Matters take an even more disturbing turn when Lord Croft's long-lost cousin and heir, Julius Trescothick, arrives from Australia, ready to claim his inheritance. But is he who he claims to be . and what are his true intentions? If they are to preserve Thorncroft House and a way of life that has continued for centuries, Matthew and Harriet must uncover the truth behind Trescothick's identity and solve a series of interlocking mysteries.

=== March 9 ===

Title: The Stills
Series: #3 in the Kinship historical mystery series set in 1920s Ohio.
352 pages
*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.
Synopsis: "Ohio, 1927: Moonshining is a way of life in rural Bronwyn County, and even the otherwise upstanding Sheriff Lily Ross has been known to turn a blind eye when it comes to stills in the area. But when thirteen-year-old Jebediah Ranklin almost dies after drinking tainted moonshine, Lily knows that someone has gone too far, and―with the help of organizer and moonshiner Marvena Whitcomb―is determined to find out who.

But then, Lily’s nemesis, the businessman George Vogel, reappears in town with his new wife, Fiona. Along with them is also her former brother-in-law Luther Ross, now an agent for the newly formed Bureau of Prohibition. To Lily, it seems too much of a coincidence that they should arrive now.

As fall turns to winter, a blizzard closes in. Lily starts to peel back the layers of deception shrouding the town of Kinship, but soon she discovers that many around her seem to be betraying those they hold dear―and that Fiona too may have an agenda of her own.

=== March 23 ===

Title: Every Vow You Break
Standalone psychological thriller 
320 pages

Synopsis: "Abigail Baskin never thought she’d fall in love with a millionaire. Then she met Bruce Lamb. He’s a good guy, stable, level-headed, kind—a refreshing twist from her previous relationships.

But right before the wedding, Abigail has a drunken one-night stand on her bachelorette weekend. She puts the incident—and the sexy guy who wouldn’t give her his real name—out of her mind, and now believes she wants to be with Bruce for the rest of her life.

Then the mysterious stranger suddenly appears—and Abigail’s future life and happiness are turned upside down. He insists that their passionate night was the beginning of something much, much more. Something special. Something real—and he’s tracked her down to prove it.

Does she tell Bruce and ruin their idyllic honeymoon—and possibly their marriage? Or should she handle this psychopathic stalker on her own? To make the situation worse, strange things begin to happen. She sees a terrified woman in the night shadows, and no one at the resort seems to believe anything is amiss… including her perfect new husband."

=== March 30 ===

Title: The Hiding Place
Author: Paula Munier
Series: #3 in the Mercy & Elvis series set in Vermont.
336 pages
*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.
Synopsis: "When her late grandfather’s dying deputy calls Mercy to his side, she and Elvis inherit the cold case that haunted him―and may have killed him. But finding Beth Kilgore 20 years after she disappeared is more than a lost cause. It’s a Pandora’s box releasing a rain of evil on the very people Mercy and Elvis hold most dear.

The timing couldn’t be worse when the man who murdered her grandfather escapes from prison and a fellow Army vet turns up claiming that Elvis is his dog, not hers. With her grandmother Patience gone missing, and Elvis’s future uncertain, Mercy faces the prospect of losing her most treasured allies, the only ones she believes truly love and understand her.

She needs help, and that means forgiving Vermont Game Warden Troy Warner long enough to enlist his aid. With time running out for Patience, Mercy and Elvis must team up with Troy and his search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear to unravel the secrets of the past and save her grandmother―before it’s too late.

Once again, Paula Munier crafts a terrific mystery thriller filled with intrigue, action, resilient characters, the mountains of Vermont, and two amazing dogs.
Title: Murder at Wedgefield Manor
Series: #2 in the Jane Wunderly historical mystery series set in 1920s England.
288 pages
*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.
Synopsis: "England, 1926: Wedgefield Manor, deep in the tranquil Essex countryside, provides a welcome rest stop for Jane and her matchmaking Aunt Millie before their return to America. While Millie spends time with her long-lost daughter, Lillian, and their host, Lord Hughes, Jane fills the hours devouring mystery novels and taking flying lessons--much to Millie's disapproval. But any danger in the air is eclipsed by tragedy on the ground when one of the estate's mechanics, Air Force veteran Simon Marshall, is killed in a motorcar collision.

The sliced brake cables prove this was no accident, yet was the intended victim someone other than Simon? The house is full of suspects--visiting relations, secretive servants, strangers prowling the grounds at night--and also full of targets. The enigmatic Mr. Redvers, who helped Jane solve a murder in Egypt, arrives on the scene to once more offer his assistance. It seems that everyone at Wedgefield wants Jane to help protect the Hughes family. But while she searches for answers, is she overlooking a killer hiding in plain sight?

Title: Knitty Gritty Murder
Series: #7 in the Knit & Nibble cozy series set in New Jersey.
288 pages
*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.
Synopsis: "Most times of the year, the tight-knit community gardens in quaint Arborville, New Jersey, overflow with seasonal vegetables and herbs. But who planted the dead body? Farm-to-table enthusiast Jenny Miller had a cookbook in the works when she was suddenly found strangled by a circular knitting needle in her own plot. Now, the pressure is on Pamela and her neighbor Bettina as they weave together clues in search of the person who kept Jenny's renowned heirloom plants--and budding career--from growing. With suspects and victims cropping up like weeds, it'll take a whole lot more than green thumbs and creative minds this spring to entangle the crafty culprit...

See what I mean about a bumper crop? Any month that has a new Elly Griffiths and Jess Montgomery is stellar, but March also has several more of my favorite authors. Isn't it great to be spoiled for choice?

Which books caught your eye and just had to be added to your Need to Read lists? 'fess up!


  1. The Stills and The Postscript Murders are on my library reserve list. And may add more to the burgeoning TBR lists.

    I also read the list of new mysteries by Black authors that was posted on Friday, and want to read some of those, especially Stacey Abrams' book.

  2. Looking forward to the Erica Ruth Neubauer one - I enjoyed the Mena House one greatly. Judith Cutler is a new author for me - that one sounds good. My library has the 1st one so I'll start with that one.
    Thanks Cathy for these monthly, "what's new" lists. I'm a book list fan.

  3. So many good ones coming out, Cathy! A new C.J. Box is always reason to be happy. And Elly Griffiths and I see a new Peter Swanson, too. I'm still not sure how I feel about Eight Rules..., but I'd like to read something else by him.

    1. If you were referring to Eight Perfect Murders, I know that it made me want to read another of his books, too.

  4. I read We Begin at the End a few weeks ago and really liked it...lots of twists and turns that keep surprising you.

    Thanks to you, I'm reading the first book in that Jess Montgomery series, The Widows, right now. I'm less than 100 pages in, but I'm really getting into the story. Montgomery is good, no doubt about it.

    Several of the others look good to me, but I REALLY have to read a C.J. Box novel soon. I've missed his work somehow, and I'm tired of wondering. Nice list, thanks.

  5. I'm looking forward to several of these, and I have We Begin at the End. I enjoyed Elly Griffiths The Postscript Murders! Maybe the one I look most forward to reading is The Stills.

    1. I just finished Postscript and am reading The Stills now.

  6. Bumper crop is right! Box and Griffiths and Montgomery and Munier and ...
    This bunch will help my time pass with plenty of books to read!

    And I won an ARC of We Begin at the End, so I have an added interest in that upcoming review.

    1. It's always nice to be spoiled for choice where books are concerned.

  7. Interesting a book by Paula Munier landed here. Heard about her on the PP event with the 'Jungle Red" authors, and was going to check out her books. Are they romances, I ask warily.

  8. Oh, I guess I should try one then.

    1. She certainly does a good job with her working dogs in the story as well as her humans.

  9. Oh, well, the dogs are a draw. When I read Alex Kava's books (two), I loved the parts about training the dogs and how they did their jobs. They sent me to read more about these dogs.

    I love that dogs can detect some diseases.

  10. Yes. Well, I'm putting Munier's first book with Elvis on hold. I hope no one wants me to do anything for a month so I can read, read, read.


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