Dogs, Cats, Parrots, & Killers | Mystery Previews, October 2018

Andrews, Donna. Lark! The Herald Angels Sing: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250192943. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250192967. MYSTERY In the multi-award-winning author’s next Christmas mystery (e.g., How the Finch Stole Christmas), Meg Langslow finds a baby in the church's manger, setting of the live nativity, with a note implicating her brother as the father. Proving that he’s not to the good folks of Caerphilly leads her to a bigger, badder mystery. Beaton, M.C. The Dead Ringer. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781250157690. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250157713. MYSTERY An appropriately punny title, as the New York Times best-selling Beaton brings back Agatha Raisin to track the killer of Thirk Magna resident Millicent, who with identical twin Mavis belonged to St. Ethelred’s top-notch team of bell-ringers. Beaton is making an appearance at Day of Dialog 2018. Brown, Rita Mae. Homeward Hound. Ballantine. Oct. 2018. 208p. ISBN 9780399178375. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399178382. MYSTERY Master of the Hunt “Sister” Jane Arnold is enjoying the festivities surrounding the Christmas Hunt when she and her hounds are called upon to discover who killed a beloved member of the club. Eleventh in the popular series. Childs, Laura with Terrie Farley Moran. Glitter Bomb. Berkley. Oct. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780451489548. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780451489562. MYSTERY It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is enjoying the Pluvius Parade with friend Ava when a krewe member ends up dead. The means? An exploding float, as the title suggests. Fifteenth in the durable Scapbooking Mysteries, though the first in two years. Copperman, E.J. Bird, Bath, and Beyond: An Agent to the Paws Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250084293. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250084309. MYSTERY Kay Powell, agent to furred and feathered stars, is tending a parrot named Barney on the set of his new show when the show's lead is blown away in his trailer. Now the investigators want to interrogate Barney, an eyewitness to the event. Second in a series begun with the LJ-starred Dog Dish of Doom. Fellowes, Jessica. Bright Young Dead. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781250170811. 26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250170835. CD. MYSTERY At Pamela Mitford’s 18th birthday party, nasty Adrian Curtis is unceremoniously shoved off the bell tower of a nearby church, and Pamela and sister Nancy join forces to exonerate accused maid Dulcie, never mind that she proves to belong to a gang of nefarious female thieves. Second in a series after The Mitford Mysteries. Griffiths, Elly. The Vanishing Box. Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780544750296. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780544750517. MYSTERY For the holidays, magician Max Mephisto and daughter Ruby are headlining at the Brighton Hippodrome when a young woman from a seedy supporting act goes missing. DI Edgar Stephens is on the case, all the more crucial when Ruby vanishes, too. From a winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. James, Miranda. Six Cats a Slayin'. Berkley. Oct. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780451491091. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780451491107. MYSTERY Charlie Harris’s first Christmas present? Five little kittens in a box on his doorstep, which his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, helps corral. Then the bad part: his obnoxious neighbor winds up dead at her own Christmas party. Next in the New York Times best-selling “Cat in the Stacks Mysteries.” Limón, Martin. The Line. Soho Crime. Oct. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781616959661. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616959678.  MYSTERY During the 1970s, in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, 8th Army CID Agents George Sueño and Ernie Bascom investigate when a corpse lying just beyond the North–South dividing line proves to be a young civilian who had been assisting the U.S. Army. Following The Nine-Tailed Fox. Lin, Ed. 99 Ways To Die. Soho Crime. Oct. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781616959685. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616959692. MYSTERY Kidnappers demanding not money but a high-tech memory chip? That’s what Jing-nan is facing in this third entry in the "Taipei Night Market" series when troublesome friend Peggy Lee’s father is whisked away. Journalist Lin has won three Asian American Literary Awards. Paretsky, Sara. Shell Game: A V.I. Warshawski Novel. Morrow. Oct. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780062435866. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062435897. lrg. prnt. MYSTERY V.I. Warshawski returns to Chicago to help a friend’s nephew accused of murder in a case involving a stolen artifact and a shell game of international proportions. Paretsky boasts MWA Grand Master and CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger credentials; last year’s Fallout was her most successful book in years. Rosenfelt, David. Deck the Hounds. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781250198488. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250198495. CD. MYSTERY Last year’s The Twelve Dogs of Christmas was such a hit that the Edgar and Shamus Award–nominated Rosenfelt is gifting us with another holiday mystery starring criminal defense lawyer Andy Carpenter and his most golden of golden retrievers, Tara. Thomas, Sherry. The Hollow of Fear. Berkley. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780425281420. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780698196377. MYSTERY In Thomas’s rendering, “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective” is actually Charlotte Holmes, putting her brilliant deductive skills to use when the estranged wife of her friend Lord Ingram is found dead. Third in the series begun with the NPR best-booked A Study in Scarlet Women; Thomas is a two-time RITA award winner.

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