From Dorsey to Pronzini | Mystery Previews, January 2019

Dorsey, Tim. No Sunscreen for the Dead. Morrow. Jan. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9780062795885. $26.99; ekb. ISBN 9780062795908. MYSTERY Heartwarming psychopath Serge A. Storms continues winding his wild way through the Sunshine State with good buddy Coleman, here looking for a retirement home renowned for a sex scandal involving a dowager and her young boyfriend. When they discover that the home’s residents have been swindled, they set out to recover their funds while dodging two detectives who’ve been on their trail. With a 75,000-copy first printing. Ellis, Karen. Last Night. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jan. 2019. 352p. ISBN 9780316505697. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316505710. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316487641. Downloadable. MYSTERY Following the popular A Map of the Dark but promoting fan favorite detective Lex Cole to center stage, this mystery features Titus "Crisp" Crespo, that rare black kid on his Brighton Beach block, raised by his white mother and her Russian parents. Crisp is essentially a good lad, but unexpected events lead him to his absent father’s old territory and bring him face to face with Lex Cole. With a 40,000-copy first printing. Housewright, David. First, Kill the Lawyers: A Holland Taylor Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781250094490. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250094506. MYSTERY Bad news: the computer systems of five big-time Minnesota lawyers are hacked, resulting in the theft of case files whose release would gravely undermine not just the cases themselves but the state’s entire legal system. Private Investigator Holland Taylor is asked to block disclosure any way he can, which starts with his investigating the seemingly unrelated cases themselves. Next in the series that started with the Edgar Award–winning Penance. Jones, Darynda. Summoned to Thirteenth Grave. St. Martin’s. Jan. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781250149411. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250149435. CD. MYSTERY Jones wraps up her New York Times best-selling series with Grim Reaper Charley Davidson exiled from Earth for eternity. That’s a long, long time, so thank goodness she’s allowed to return after a mere century. Things have changed, but one thing remains constant: Charley wants to find out who killed her mother—and why. Major publicity. Montgomery, Jess. The Widows. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2019. 336p. ISBN 9781250184528. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250184535. CD. MYSTERY Shortly after Sheriff Daniel Ross is killed while transporting a prisoner, coal miner’s widow Marvena Whitcomb shows up at his widow’s door, unaware that he's dead and anxious to speak to him about her missing daughter. The two women join forces, soon coming to realize that neither Sheriff Ross nor his murder was all that straightforward. A debut from the executive director of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop; inspired by Ohio’s first female sheriff (calling Amy Stewart’s Miss Kopp series). Pronzini, Bill. The Flimflam Affair: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery. Forge. Jan. 2019. 240p. ISBN 9780765394378. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765394385. MYSTERY Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Pronzini returns with the next in the “Carpenter and Quincannon” series, set in late 1800s San Francisco. Here, our detectives are set to take down a swindling medium named Professor A. Vargas and his stealthy assistant, Annabelle, but their visit to the nasty duo ends up bloodier and more complicated than expected.
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