Teresa L. Jacobsen

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Traitor's Storm: A Tudor Mystery Featuring Christopher Marlowe

Trow successfully combines adventure, wit, and history (and, yes, a mystery) in this winning historical series featuring the real-life playwright in his undercover role as an intelligencer for Queen Elizabeth I. The dashing spy makes it all look so easy. This entry (number six after Crimson Rose) is particularly engaging and would be no problem for readers new to the series.

Ill-Gotten Panes: A Stained-Glass Mystery

McAndrews's sweet debut is long on cute with the de rigueur adorable kitten and a spunky, redheaded protagonist. This cozy will snag those intrigued by the stained-glass side of the story and a gorgeous cover (can't go wrong with Tiffany).

Ghost Month

Taiwan's traditions play a major role in Lin's category-defying thriller that manages to be both funny and profound. Lin, who also pens the New York City-set Robert Chow procedural series (One Red Bastard), writes with strong literary overtones and delivers a bang-up finale sure to keep readers engaged well past lights out.

Shroud of Evil: A DI Andy Horton Mystery

Andy's latest case intersects directly with his personal quest to find his mother's killers...

Vengeance Is Mine: A Red River Mystery

Why Las Vegas gangsters would descend on rural Center Springs, TX, is beside the point...

First Light: A John Bekker Mystery

Fans of the hard-boiled will want to binge-read Lamanda's series if they are new to it...

The Good Know Nothing: A Tom Hickey Mystery

Don't miss the final installment in Kuhlken's long-running "California Century" saga...

Some Enchanted Éclair: A Magical Bakery Mystery

Katie Lightfoot, Savannah's magical baker, wields her special touch with a movie crew struggling after one of its members dies suspiciously...

Grace Against the Clock: A Manor House Mystery

Managing historic Marshfield Manor might be Grace Wheaton's official job but sleuthing comes naturally, particularly when a key benefactor is poisoned at a big fund-raising event...

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