Tuesday, April 26, 2022

May 2022 New Mystery Releases!

My mind has been gallivanting all over the place-- trying to keep track of all the appointments now that Casa Kittling seems to have a revolving door, making sure the deliveries of antibiotics have all the peripherals I need to give Denis his meds in a timely fashion, coming up with organizational solutions to all the STUFF Denis has to have by his recliner, moving furniture around to maximize flight paths for two mobility scooters, creating a list of things Justin can help me with on his weekly visits. And on and on and on.

But one thing will never change, and that's the fact that I'll always keep my eye peeled for the best new crime fiction being released each month.

The following are my picks for the month of May. I've grouped them according to their release dates, and the covers and synopses are courtesy of one of my favorite showrooms, Amazon. Let's see if I've chosen any books that are on your own wish lists... or will I be adding titles to those lists? 

=== May 3 ===

Title: Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride
Author: Lorenzo Carcaterra
Standalone mystery set on an Italian island
272 pages
*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.
Synopsis: "Nonna Maria has lived on Ischia, an island in the Gulf of Naples, her entire life. Recognizable by the widow’s black she’s worn every day for decades, she always has pasta on the stove and espresso in the pot for the neighbors who stop by to ask her advice on life and love. Everyone knows her, and she knows everyone’s business. So if something goes wrong, islanders look to her, not the local carabinieri, to find the solution.

When a recently engaged woman confesses that she’s afraid her fiancĂ©, a stranger to Ischia with a murky past, might not be who he seems, Nonna Maria helps her disappear so she can investigate the true nature of her betrothed. The stranger has also raised the suspicions of Captain Murino of the carabinieri, but he’s occupied investigating the death of a tour boat captain who drowned in the wee hours of the morning. Captain Murino believes it was an accident, but Nonna Maria knows the man was a born sailor and too good a swimmer to drown, no matter how much wine he might have drunk. While Captain Murino has his hands full, she pours herself a glass of white wine and gets to work, even though getting involved will expose her to the dangers lurking just beneath the surface of her idyllic home.

Title: Waterbury Winter
Standalone mystery set in New England
264 pages

Synopsis: "Barnaby Brown has had enough of freezing winters, insurmountable debt, a dead-end job, and his solitary life as a young widower with no one but his beloved parrot Popsicle. He yearns to move to California and reawaken his long-lost early life as an artist. But new troubles come in threes. His ancient car crashes into a snowbank. Popsicle escapes through a window carelessly left open.
A New York gallery owner offers to represent Barnaby’s paintings—but is he on the up-and-up? All of it serves to shock Barnaby into confronting how low he has sunk, and he vows—again and again—to change. He has a few obstacles, starting with his heavy drinking and long-term neglect of his ancestral home. As he takes steps toward a better life, he re-discovers the value of old friendships and latent talents seen in new light, and finds the courage to consider a second chance at love. Rejoining the mainstream of life presents several startling mysteries he must unravel, with a few mortifying but enlightening stumbles."

Title: The Marlow Murder Club
Author: Robert Thorogood
Series: #1 in a cozy series set in England
353 pages
*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.
Synopsis: "Meet Judith: a seventy-seven-year-old whiskey drinking, crossword puzzle author living her best life in a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of Marlow.

Nothing ever happens in Marlow. That is, until Judith hears her neighbor shot while skinny-dipping in the Thames. The local police don't believe her story. It's an open and shut case, of course. Ha! Stefan can't be left for dead like that.

Judith investigates and picks up a crew of sidekicks: Suzie the dogwalker and Becks the vicar's wife. Together, they are the Marlow Murder Club.

When another body turns up, they realize they have a real-life serial killer on their hands. And the puzzle they set out to solve has become a trap from which they might never escape...

Robert Thorogood, has turned the Christie-mystery on its head with this ever-so-sly cozy perfect for readers who love Richard Osmond's Thursday Murder Club and An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good.

Title: Strawberried Alive
Series: #14 in the Cpcake Bakery cozy series set in Arizona.
288 pages
Synopsis: "Life is smooth as buttercream at the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery, and newlyweds Mel and Joe are stopping to smell the flours. But things start to crumble one night when an unknown gunman takes a shot at Mel. Though the bullets miss their mark, the cupcake crew goes on high alert to figure out who would want to kill a small-town baker, and why.
When more business owners are attacked, things turn fatal, and locals begin to wonder if the killer could be one of their own. Every shop owner in town starts to fear it’s only a matter of time before they too become victims of the mystery murderer. Despite the cupcake crew's superb baking skills, it will be anything but a piece of cake to catch the killer, as they try to prevent anyone else from being berried.
=== May 10 ===
Title: Bear Witness
Series: #1 in the Alaska Untamed cozy series set in Alaska
320 pages
*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.
Synopsis: "No nine-to-five cubicle career will suit Stacie Calder—the naturalist much prefers working in the great outdoors. Specifically, the spacious and spectacular Alaskan wilderness, whose rugged charms she shares with sightseers on the top deck of the tour boat where she works. But one May afternoon, Stacie’s passengers see more than glittering glaciers, frolicking harbor seals, climbing bears and soaring seabirds…they also witness a man lying dead in the frigid Alaskan waters. And it seems likely that someone gave him a fatal push.
Stacie didn’t know the unfortunate victim, but he sure wanted to know a lot about her. He spent most of his final afternoon bombarding her with questions quite awkward to answer. And when he wasn’t in her hair, he was arguing incessantly with the boat’s beleaguered crew. Which makes for a suspect list about as long as the passenger manifest. Furthermore, as police helicopters relentlessly circle her boat in search of any clues, Stacie is shaken to find herself on that suspect list.
Before the tour boat reaches shore Stacie—accompanied by her beautiful blue-eyed husky, Sasha—must deduce just who sent the testy tourist tumbling into the turgid waters and have the authorities take custody. Because if she can’t, then the killer might aim a fatal ice-cold stare at Stacie.
Title: Overboard
Series: #22 in the V.I. Warshawski private detective series set in Chicago
400 pages
Synopsis: "On her way home from an all-night surveillance job, V.I. Warshawski is led by her dogs on a mad chase that ends when they discover a badly injured teen hiding in the rocks along Lake Michigan. The girl only regains consciousness long enough to utter one enigmatic word. V.I. helps bring her to a hospital, but not long after, she vanishes before anyone can discover her identity. As V.I. attempts to find her, the detective uncovers an ugly consortium of Chicago powerbrokers and mobsters who are prepared to kill the girl. And now V.I.’s own life is in jeopardy as well.
Told against the backdrop of a city emerging from its pandemic lockdown, Overboard lays bare the dark secrets and corruption buried in Chicago’s neighborhoods in masterly fashion.
=== May 17 ===
Title: Wild Prey
Author: Brian Klingborg
Series: #2 in the Inspector Lu Fei police procedural series set in Myanmar
304 pages

*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.

Synopsis: "Police Inspector Lu Fei has an unfortunate talent for getting himself into hot water with powerful and well-connected people. Which is why he’s been assigned to a backwater town in a rural area of Northern China and quietly warned to keep his head down. But while running a sting operation on the sale and consumption of rare and endangered animals, Lu comes across the curious case of a waitress who has gone missing. Her last known whereabouts: a restaurant frequented by local elites, owned by smooth-talking gangster, and known for its exotic -- and highly illegal -- delicacies.

As usual, Lu's investigation ruffles some feathers, resulting in his suspension from the police force. Lu figures he's reached a dead-end. Then he's contacted by a mysterious government official in Beijing who wants him to go undercover to track down the mastermind behind an illegal animal trafficking network -- and hopefully, the answer to the fate of the missing waitress. The mission will require Lu to travel deep into the lawless wilds of Myanmar, where he will risk his life to infiltrate the hidden compound of a mysterious and ruthless female warlord in a bloody and nearly hopeless quest for justice.

=== May 24 ===

Title: What Can't Be Seen
Series: #2 in the Dr. Gretchen White  psychologist series set in Massachusetts
367 pages
Synopsis: "Psychologist and criminologist Dr. Gretchen White, top consultant for the Boston PD, has solved countless cases―but never her own. Since the age of eight, she has lived her life thinking she killed her aunt. After all, she was found standing over the body, clutching a bloody knife. Most people, including Detective Patrick Shaughnessy, believe the little sociopath got away with murder. Thirty years later, Detective Lauren Marconi wants to prove them wrong.

When plucking at the threads of the past unravels a decades-old case tied to the White family, both Lauren and Gretchen grapple with the question, What if Gretchen really is guilty? As old secrets come to light and Gretchen’s lifelong grip on her darkest impulses threatens to erode, Shaughnessy is there watching, waiting for her to lose control one more time.

Everyone thinks they know what happened that night. But the truth is beyond what anyone imagines―even Gretchen herself."

There's a good mix of books this month from cozy to hard-edged, from just around the corner to exotic Myanmar. Which books tickled your fancy? Inquiring minds would love to know!


  1. Those are some interesting books coming up this month, Cathy! A new Sara Paretsky is always great (I haven't quite caught up, but still...), and the Thorogood looks interesting, too. Someone hide my credit card from me - please!

    1. I'll hide yours from you if you'll hide mine from me!

  2. V.I. and Lu Fei are both on my list. And I think I'll check out the 1st book by Labuskes as well.

  3. Definitely the new V.I. Warshawski. Possibly the Dr. Gretchen White book. Others look interesting, but I'll wait for the book reviews.

  4. And I can barely wait for Fabian Nicieza's second book.

    1. I'm really looking forward to that one, too.

  5. I just won an adherent to Suburban Dicks, a friend in Buffalo, N.Y. She is a Ruth Gallaway and V.I. Warshawski fan.


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