Tuesday, October 25, 2022

November 2022 New Mystery Releases!

Here it is, the end of October, and it's finally cooling down here in the desert. As I write this, the high temperature is only going to be 84°F/29°C, and I have to admit that, if I can't spend my days in the pool, the mid-eighties is the perfect temperature range for me. (Told you I don't like the cold!) Denis and I can get out and roam outdoors to our hearts' content without the fear of being fried on the hoof, although we do still need our hats and sunscreen.
The past couple of months, I've been treated to some excellent books that have made my Best Reads of 2022 list, and I'm definitely hoping that this trend continues. To that end, you know I'm keeping my eyes peeled for new crime fiction to read.
The following books are what I consider to be the crème de la crème. I've grouped them according to their release dates, and their covers and synopses are courtesy of my favorite showroom, Amazon. Let's see if I've chosen any that tickle your fancy, too.
=== November 1 ===
Title: Death on a Winter Stroll
Series: #7 in the Merry Folger police procedural series set on Nantucket Island.
288 pages
Synopsis: "Nantucket Police Chief Meredith Folger is acutely conscious of the stress COVID-19 has placed on the community she loves. Although the island has proved a refuge for many during the pandemic, the cost to Nantucket has been high. Merry hopes that the Christmas Stroll, one of Nantucket’s favorite traditions, in which Main Street is transformed into a winter wonderland, will lift the island’s spirits. But the arrival of a large-scale TV production, and the Secretary of State and her family, complicates matters significantly.
The TV shoot is plagued with problems from within, as a shady, power-hungry producer clashes with strong-willed actors. Across Nantucket, the Secretary’s troubled stepson keeps shaking off his security detail to visit a dilapidated house near conservation land, where an intriguing recluse guards secrets of her own. With all parties overly conscious of spending too much time in the public eye and secrets swirling around both camps, it is difficult to parse what behavior is suspicious or not—until the bodies turn up.
Now, it’s up to Merry and Detective Howie Seitz to find a connection between two seemingly unconnected murders and catch the killer. But when everyone has a motive, and half of the suspects are politicians and actors, how can Merry and Howie tell fact from fiction?
This latest installment in critically acclaimed author Francine Mathews’s Merry Folger series is an immersive escape to festive Nantucket, a poignant exploration of grief as a result of parental absence, and a delicious new mystery to keep you guessing.
Title: Blackwater Falls
Series: #1 in the Detective Inaya Rahman police procedural series set in Colorado.
384 pages
*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.
Synopsis: "Girls from immigrant communities have been disappearing for months in the Colorado town of Blackwater Falls, but the local sheriff is slow to act and the fates of the missing girls largely ignored. At last, the calls for justice become too loud to ignore when the body of a star student and refugee--the Syrian teenager Razan Elkader--is positioned deliberately in a mosque.

Detective Inaya Rahman and Lieutenant Waqas Seif of the Denver Police are recruited to solve Razan’s murder, and quickly uncover a link to other missing and murdered girls. But as Inaya gets closer to the truth, Seif finds ways to obstruct the investigation. Inaya may be drawn to him, but she is wary of his motives: he may be covering up the crimes of their boss, whose connections in Blackwater run deep.

Inaya turns to her female colleagues, attorney Areesha Adams and Detective Catalina Hernandez, for help in finding the truth. The three have bonded through their experiences as members of vulnerable groups and now they must work together to expose the conspiracy behind the murders before another girl disappears.

Delving deep into racial tensions, and police corruption and violence,
Blackwater Falls examines a series of crimes within the context of contemporary American politics with compassion and searing insight.

Title: It Came Upon a Midnight Shear
Author: Allie Pleiter
Series: #3 in the Riverbank Knitting cozy series set in Maryland.
304 pages
Synopsis: "The holiday season looks merry and bright for Libby and her friends at Y.A.R.N. The store is expanding for a holiday boom, and she’s gathered Collinstown’s businesses to decorate a community Christmas tree. Dashing “Gallant Herdsman” Vincenzo Marani arrives to showcase the rare vicuña, whose coat produces the world’s most luxurious yarn. It’s a perfect yuletide—until Libby’s ex-husband, Sterling, turns up in town…and then turns up dead.

The murder unravels Libby’s life faster than a hand-knit Christmas stocking. The luxe yarn goes missing, Sterling’s domineering family comes to town, and the vicuña attempt an escape. If Libby can’t stitch up a solution to the case, she may be trading in her knitting needles for a set of handcuffs.
=== November 8 ===
Title: Outback
Author: Patricia Wolf
Series: #1 in the DS Lucas Walker police procedural series set in Australia.
320 pages
*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.
Synopsis: "DS Lucas Walker is on leave in his hometown of Caloodie, taking care of his dying grandmother. When two young German backpackers, Berndt and Rita, vanish from the area, he finds himself unofficially on the case. But why all the interest from the Federal Police when they have probably just ditched the heat and dust of the outback for the coast?

As the number of days since the couple's disappearance climbs, DS Walker is joined by Rita's older sister. A detective herself with Berlin CID, she has flown to Australia - desperate to find her sister before it's too late.

Working in the organised crime unit has opened Walker's eyes to the growing drug trade in Australia's remote interior, and he remains convinced there is more at play.

As temperatures soar, the search for Berndt and Rita becomes ever more urgent. Even if Walker does find the young couple, will it be too late?

Title: Desert Star
Series: #5 in the Renée Ballard police procedural series set in California. (Also features Harry Bosch.)
400 pages
Synopsis: "A year has passed since LAPD detective Renée Ballard quit the force in the face of misogyny, demoralization, and endless red tape. But after the chief of police himself tells her she can write her own ticket within the department, Ballard takes back her badge, leaving “the Late Show” to rebuild and lead the cold case unit at the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

For years, Harry Bosch has been working a case that haunts him—the murder of an entire family by a psychopath who still walks free. Ballard makes Bosch an offer: come volunteer as an investigator in her new Open-Unsolved Unit, and he can pursue his “white whale” with the resources of the LAPD behind him.

First priority for Ballard is to clear the unsolved rape and murder of a sixteen-year-old girl. The decades-old case is essential to the councilman who supported re-forming the unit, and who could shutter it again—the victim was his sister. When Ballard gets a “cold hit” connecting the killing to a similar crime, proving that a serial predator has been at work in the city for years, the political pressure has never been higher. To keep momentum going, she has to pull Bosch off his own investigation, the case that is the consummation of his lifelong mission.

The two must put aside old resentments and new tensions to run to ground not one but two dangerous killers who have operated with brash impunity.
Title: Peril in Paris
Author: Rhys Bowen
Series: #16 in the Royal Spyness historical mystery series set in 1930s France.
304 pages
Synopsis: "What a delight it is to finally be able to enjoy a simple meal again! I have been in the throes of morning sickness for the last few months as Darcy and I prepare to welcome a brand-new addition to our little family. Now that I am feeling better, I have realized I am dreadfully bored! It seems that all my nearest and dearest are off leading their own busy lives while I sit at home and attempt to train our two adorably naughty puppies. Fun as it may be, it is hard not to long for a little adventure, a change of pace, before my true confinement begins when the baby comes.

Happily, it seems that Darcy has read my mind. When I receive a letter from my glamorous best friend, Belinda, Darcy suggests we take a trip to Paris to visit her. It seems he also has a spot of business of which to take care, so I will be staying in Belinda’s flat as she works feverishly on Coco Chanel’s fall collection. I happen to know Coco from a disastrous encounter in Nice years ago, and I am hoping this visit will go much more smoothly. But I soon learn that nothing about my time in Paris is going to be simple . . . or safe for that matter.

Darcy has asked me to take on a small chore as a part of his latest assignment. I am to covertly retrieve something from an attendee of Coco’s show. It seems easy enough, but I discover that this little errand could have terrifying consequences for a world on the brink of war. When things go horribly wrong, I am left to find a killer all while trying to fend off a French policeman who is certain that I am a criminal mastermind. But I have no plans to deliver my darling little one in a prison cell, and so I will muster every ounce of my courage to save the day . . . and, quite possibly, the world!

=== November 10 ===

Title: A Killer Christmas at Honeychurch Hall
Series: #9 in the Kat Stanford/Honeychurch Hall cozy series set in England.
288 pages

Synopsis: "Following the butler's death and the cook's retirement, the ever-gullible Lady Lavinia replaces them with a power couple who are determined to thrust the crumbling estate into the 21st century. The Dowager Countess reluctantly agrees to hold a big-ticket Christmas gala and silent auction with a mystery celebrity flying in from Monaco as the guest of honour.

Needless to say the newcomers' make a few enemies in their quest to change the status quo and when one body is discovered in the Victorian stumpery and a second, in the ha-ha, it seems that their high-flying past is catching up with them.

Meanwhile, Kat is dealing with the theft of a valuable doll that had been earmarked for the auction. When it turns out that all the ticket money has vanished and there never was a celebrity guest, it's up to Kat to save the day and bring the cold-blooded killer to justice.

=== November 15 ===

Title: Dark of Night
Author: Barbara Nickless
Series: #2 in the Dr. Evan Wilding police procedural series set in Illinois.
367 pages
Synopsis: "What an exotic way to die in Chicago.

When esteemed historian Elizabeth Lawrence is found in her car, killed by a cobra’s bite, only a brilliant professor of semiotics, Dr. Evan Wilding, can see the signs around her strange death. As he helps homicide detective Addie Bisset decipher the scene, the puzzles left behind offer Evan chilling passage into the mind of a killer.

Evan’s investigation merges with that of an Israeli agent, who claims Elizabeth was close to acquiring an invaluable artifact. She was also drawing the attention of unsavory treasure hunters, forgers, and thieves. Was someone desperate to expose the truth of Elizabeth’s astonishing discovery?

The deeper Evan and Addie delve into the case, the darker it gets. A murderer’s archaic crimes are just the beginning. In a race where there can be only one winner, the final victim might be Evan.
Title: A Ghost of Caribou
Series: #3 in the Alex Carter wildlife biologist series set in Washington state.
320 pages
Synopsis: "When a remote camera on a large, rugged expanse held by the Land Trust for Wildlife Conservation picks up a blurry image of what could be a mountain caribou, they contact Alex Carter to investigate. After all, mountain caribou went extinct in the contiguous U.S. years ago, and if one has wandered down from Canada, it’s monumental.

But when Alex arrives on scene in the Selkirk mountains of northeastern Washington state, she quickly learns that her only challenge isn’t finding an elusive caribou on a massive piece of land. The nearby townspeople are agitated; loggers and activists clash over a swath of old growth forest marked for clearcutting. The murdered body of a forest ranger is found strung up in the town’s park, and Alex learns of a backcountry hiker who went missing in the same area the year before.

As she ventures into the forest in search of the endangered animal, she quickly finds herself in a fight for her life, caught between factions warring for the future of the forest and a murderer stalking the dense groves of ancient trees.
Title: Bleeding Heart Yard
Series: #3 in the Harbinder Kaur police procedural series set in England.
352 pages
Synopsis: "When Cassie Fitzgerald was at school in the late 90s, she and her friends killed a fellow student. Almost twenty years later, Cassie is a happily married mother who loves her job—as a police officer. She closely guards the secret she has all but erased from her memory.

One day her husband finally persuades her to go to a school reunion. Cassie catches up with her high-achieving old friends from the Manor Park School—among them two politicians, a rock star, and a famous actress. But then, shockingly, one of them, Garfield Rice, is found dead in the school bathroom, supposedly from a drug overdose. As Garfield was an eminent—and controversial—MP and the investigation is high profile, it’s headed by Cassie’s new boss, DI Harbinder Kaur, freshly promoted and newly arrived in London. The trouble is, Cassie can’t shake the feeling that one of them has killed again.

Is Cassie right, or was Garfield murdered by one of his political cronies? It’s in Cassie’s interest to skew the investigation so that it looks like it has nothing to do with Manor Park and she seems to be succeeding.

Until someone else from the reunion is found dead in Bleeding Heart Yard…
Title: The Twist of a Knife
Series: #4 in the Hawthorne & Horowitz series set in England.
384 pages
Synopsis: "“I’m sorry but the answer’s no.” Reluctant author, Anthony Horowitz, has had enough. He tells ex-detective Daniel Hawthorne that after three books he’s splitting and their deal is over.

The truth is that Anthony has other things on his mind.

His new play, a thriller called Mindgame, is about to open at the Vaudeville Theater in London’s West End. Not surprisingly, Hawthorne declines a ticket to the opening night.

The play is panned by the critics. In particular, Sunday Times critic Margaret Throsby gives it a savage review, focusing particularly on the writing. The next day, Throsby is stabbed in the heart with an ornamental dagger which turns out to belong to Anthony, and has his fingerprints all over it.

Anthony is arrested by an old enemy . . . Detective Inspector Cara Grunshaw. She still carries a grudge from her failure to solve the case described in the second Hawthorne adventure, The Sentence is Death, and blames Anthony. Now she’s out for revenge.

Thrown into prison and fearing for both his personal future and his writing career, Anthony is the prime suspect in Throsby’s murder and when a second theatre critic is found to have died in mysterious circumstances, the net closes in. Ever more desperate, he realizes that only one man can help him.

But will Hawthorne take the call?
=== November 29 ===
Title: An Act of Foul Play
Author: T.E. Kinsey
Series: #9 in the Lady Hardcastle historical mystery series set in turn-of-the-20th-century England.
303 pages
*Upcoming review on Kittling: Books.
Synopsis: "November 1911. Lady Emily Hardcastle is celebrating her birthday by seeing a play at the Duke’s Theatre in Bristol with her maid and confidante, the inimitable Flo. Act One is a triumph. Then Act Two opens with a body on stage―a real one. One of the cast has been brutally murdered during the interval.

When other matters get in the way of Inspector Sunderland overseeing the case himself, he asks the ever-resourceful Lady H to keep a watchful eye on the suspects―and his police colleagues. Rustling up some cunning disguises of their own, she and Flo are soon in deep cover among the cast and crew, pulling back the curtain on some shocking secrets and rivalries…

The problem is, everyone seems to have a motive, and everyone seems to have an alibi…In this locked-room mystery in which nothing is as it seems, the amateur sleuths need to put on the performances of their lives if they’re to stand a chance of shining a spotlight on the truth…
November is another month in which several of my favorite authors have new books being released. I think the publishers are hoping that we all blow our budgets on book buying, don't you?
Which new books tickle your fancy most? Inquiring minds would love to know!


  1. I will enjoy many of the books. But right now I'm in Minnesota with Cash, and the fist book brings up so many feelings: my memories of cornfields in the Midwest, and sadness and anger about her childhood and her had life.
    I can't wait to see what's ahead in this book and the two moe to ead.

    1. This is an excellent series, Kathy. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

  2. Great reminder, I was going to read the previous Henderson book b4 Caribou comes out! Lots of great titles, looking forward to Merry Folger too!

    1. I really liked A Blizzard of Polar Bears, and I hope you do, too-- and I love the Folger series set on Nantucket!

  3. OK, this is not fair! A new Connelly, a new Griffiths, a new Dennison and a new Bowen? My poor credit card!! I'll have to space them all out, that's for sure!

  4. Some intriguing selections, thanks for sharing

  5. Oh my! I like the sound of the Francine Mathews book. But also, Rhys Bowen, Hannah Dennison, Horowitz, T.E. Kinsey. Lots of good reading ahead!

  6. Frankly, ALL of these new releases look good, but I especially want to check out Blackwater Falls and Outback! :D

  7. This is one of my favorite posts every month!

    Connelly was already on my list, no surprise, as well as Caribou and Blackwater Falls, both because I enjoyed the author's previous books and to learn about the Colorado falls with that name, since I'm familiar with the WV Blackwater Falls.

    I'm making note of the new Kinsey (I'm several behind in that series), and appreciate the reminder that Barbara Nickless started a new series. I'm off to check what titles my library will get, and expand my hold list before I strain my pocketbook.

    1. I've switched to a much smaller pocketbook, so I have to take extra special care. ;-)

  8. I'm adding several of these to my already overloaded TBR list. Thanks for the update.

  9. Blackwater Falls, Outback, Desert Star are my top picks. By the way, Hermit by S.R. White, set in Australia is very good, intense, a great woman police investigator in Dana Russo, quite intelligent an investigator.


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