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Murder Once Removed

The winner of Minotaur's Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel competition, this debut features an intelligent genealogist detective, a strong supporting cast, some romantic tension, and information about Texas history that should appeal to readers of Rett MacPherson's genealogy mysteries as well as cozy lovers who prefer a dash of history in their mysteries. [See Prepub Alert, 9/10/18.]

Scot & Soda

McPherson stands apart in her ability to tell a hilarious tale while balancing the ramifications of crime. The author follows up Scot Free with another riveting cozy starring Lexy and her quirky yet fiercely loyal friends. This time, however, the deadpan humor is countered by a somber resolution and a story about consequences.
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Trouble on the Books

Lang has written previous cozies as Linda Wiken (Roux the Day) and Erika Chase. In this new series, the setting is more enticing than the sleuth. Shelby lacks people skills, hasn't become part of the community, and is uptight and nosy. Readers looking for book-centric mysteries featuring more likable sleuths should be steered toward Eva Gates or Jenn McKinlay.

The Paris Diversion

Pavone gives us a fresh, pulsating, and introspective thriller that delivers on its tourist-heavy Parisian setting and expands and connects territory from his previous novels. An ensemble cast with alternating points of view enhances the wheels-within-wheels plot and are sure to please fans of Daniel Silva or Stella Rimington. Absolutely not to be missed. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]

Unto Us a Son Is Given

Ideal for aficionados of Louise Penny's Kingdom of the Blind. [See Prepub Alert, 10/1/18.]
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Throw Me to the Wolves

Familiar plot elements are reinvigorated by McGuinness (a prize-winning poet and author of a previous novel, The Last Hundred Days, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), his piercingly acute descriptions and telling sense of detail. This novel has the touch of a flayed poet about it, and that's meant in the best sense. [See Prepub Alert, 10/8/18.]

The Loch Ness Papers

The intriguing Scottish bookshop and wedding details will satisfy fans of Amanda Flower's "Magic Garden" mysteries. Readers who relish eccentric characters and bookstores, as seen in Vicki Delany's "Sherlock Holmes" bookshop series, will savor this fourth entry (after Lost Books and Old Bones) in an atmospheric series.
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Chocolate à la Murder

Weiss's follow-up to Deja Moo blends a strong sense of place with paranormal elements in a small-town cozy mystery. Fans of Juliet Blackwell or Christy Fifield will enjoy the supernatural aspects, while Dorothy St. James's chocolate-loving readers will want to sample this one.

Death of a New American

This follow-up to A Death of No Importance (a 2018 LJ Best Crime Fiction pick) is slow to develop, but with an astute amateur sleuth whose evaluation of the roles and positions of women is a crucial element, and a topical story line that emphasizes the immigrant experience and women's lives, this title comes highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 10/8/18.]
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Stick Together

Quirky and engaging characters elevate a somewhat predictable mystery in this humorous novel that is sure to please fans of Jussi Adler-Olsen's "Department Q" stories.
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The Mother-in-Law

Lucy is hoping for when she overhears her future husband ask his mother, Diana, what she thinks of Lucy. Motherless herself, Lucy had been hoping for a warm relationship with Diana; her hopes are worse than dashed when she instead gains a mother-in-law who is cold and controlling. Known only to the reader is that Diana underwent a trauma that left her emotionally unable to function with others except in the most cautious way and frightened to help her children financially, even though she's rich, lest they become as vulnerable as she was. When Diana is found dead—perhaps by suicide but police mount a murder investigation anyway—the drama ramps up as family members and other characters take their turns under the microscope. Infertility issues play a large role in this Australian story and add to the tiptoeing around and agonizing that Hepworth (The Family Next Door) illustrates so well; the conversations among characters are another high point in the writing. VERDICT This absorbing, cleverly written tale is ideal for fans of Emily Elgar's If You Knew Her. [See Prepub Alert, 10/29/18.]

The American Agent

This is a fantastic read for historical mystery fans who enjoy complex and flawed characters. Highly recommended for all public libraries.
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A Dangerous Collaboration

As there's little substance to the mystery, readers can concentrate on the slowly developing relationship between the fiercely independent Veronica and Stoker, who is still reeling from his wife's betrayal. Those new to the series should read the books in order. [See Prepub Alert, 9/10/18.]
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Poplar Falls: The Death of Charlie Baker

The author of Dark Tales for Dark Nights claims he wrote this book for those who don't like scary stories. But readers who expect a police procedural will be surprised to find a town filled with sex addicts and scandalous behavior. Only for mystery fans with a sense of humor and a penchant for extensive sexual content.
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A Stranger Here Below

With an atmospheric setting and strong sense of place, this leisurely paced historical mystery introduces a religious, reflective protagonist with a strong sense of duty and will be appreciated by readers who enjoy stories about the early development of the United States. The rich details of the experience and treatment of outsiders recalls Eleanor Kuhns's "Will Rees" stories.

The Malta Exchange

Thrillers abound, but Berry has the lock on making history zing with breathless suspense and galloping action. Malta and the Vatican are superb settings for this ecclesiastical extravaganza. [See Prepub Alert, 9/17/18.]
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Cookin' the Books

This amusing series debut from Meade (Straighten Up and Die Right) contains a number of literary puns and eccentric supporting characters who steal the show. Additional development is needed for Tish, however, who's a little insecure as the lead. Recommend to readers of Tamar Myers's entertaining titles.
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The Invited

The latest from McMahon (Burntown) is like a nesting doll—a thriller inside a murder mystery inside a ghost story—and will chill readers with every sideways glimpse of a passing shadow.

Something Read, Something

This follow-up to The Spook in the Stacks once again casts Lucy and her close-knit, supportive group of friends in an engaging mystery. Readers who enjoyed Miranda James's "Cat in the Stacks" mysteries will discover this series similarly entertaining, complete with a library, a cat, and a captivating location and sleuth.

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Secrets & Vows: Slow-Burn Psychological Suspense

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The Accident on the A35: An Inspector Gorski Investigation

Fans of literary noir will clamor for more.
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Shell Game

Highly recommended for fans of Warshawski and for book clubs seeking fast-paced reads with excellent current-events hooks. There's plenty here to consider. [See Prepub Alert, 4/19/18.]
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Manuscriptfor Murder

Both Jessica junkies and those who never knew they were cozy mystery fans will have a blast reading this modernized Fletcher whodunit.
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Dark Sacred Night

Mystery-suspense readers will not only enjoy this quick read but will look forward to the duo's continuing partnership. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]
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A Vintage Death

Hughes follows A Fatal Collection with a satisfying mystery that contains the typical stereotypes of a small-town festival and an amateur sleuth who is run off the road. Suggest for fans of other mysteries set in cute tourist areas, such as Lorna Barrett's "Booktown" mysteries.
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Dig Your Grave

Cooper follows Desert Remains with an intricately plotted police procedural perfect for readers of P.J. Tracy's "Monkeewrench" novels. The strong sense of place and teamwork further complement this compelling, intense story.
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The Dead Ringer: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

This will be a must-purchase for libraries with readers following the books or the television series. [See Prepub Alert, 4/19/18.]
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The Way of All Flesh

This compelling debut captures the essence of Victorian language, depicting Edinburgh, awash in both vice and virtue, vividly. Aficionados of Victorian crime novels will savor this tasty start to a new series and anxiously await the next entry. For fans of Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries and Caleb Carr's The Alienist. [See "Editors' Fall Picks," LJ 8/18.]
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Death in Paris

Readers of Joanne Fluke or those who enjoy contemporary cozy mysteries with amateur sleuths will gobble up this first in a series with two Americans in Paris as if it's an actual treat in a Paris café.
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The Vanishing Box

The fourth entry in the "Magic Men" series (The Blood Card) presents a fascinating look behind the curtain of 1950s showbiz as well as an engaging mystery, especially when DI Stephens and his sergeants are involved. [See Prepub Alert, 4/19/18.]
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Death of a Rainmaker

This evocative first volume in a new series should appeal to readers of Larry D. Sweazy's "Marjorie Trumaine" mysteries or Donis Casey's Oklahoma-set "Alafair Tucker" books. Fans of narrative nonfiction, including Timothy Egan's The Worst Hard Time, the book that inspired this work, may also want to give it a try.
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Uneasy Lies the Crown: A Lady Emily Mystery

The dual story lines are a clever idea that unfortunately doesn't work. The frequent flashbacks are a distraction that leads to a rather underwhelming plot twist. Still, faithful readers of the series will be forgiving and even more eager for the next entry. [See Prepub Alert, 6/10/18.]
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Murder on Millionaires' Row

With a strong, likable heroine and a well-drawn cast of characters, this highly recommended romp through late 19th-century New York will have readers clamoring for the next installment.
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The Contract: A John Q Mystery

Ultimately, this is a solid entry in the series, but for some readers, there might be one suspect and one dead end too many. Still, Gulvin's deliberate pace and dust-choked prose will resonate with fans of Robert B. Parker or James Lee Burke.
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Fool's Moon

Recommended only for readers who are already fans of the author's "Black Cat Bookshop" series, written as Ali Brandon, or those who enjoy talking cats and dogs in their mysteries. Suggest for fans of Rita Mae Brown's "Mrs. Murphy" books or Shirley Rousseau Murphy's "Joe Grey" mysteries.
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Holy Ghost

Sandford follows the nonstop action of Deep Freeze with another satisfying case for the likable Flowers. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]
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Bird, Bath, and Beyond

Copperman follows the enjoyable Dog Dish of Doom with a second delightful, witty story. Readers who appreciate Miranda James's mysteries will savor this fun cozy.
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Body & Soul: A Frank Elder Mystery

There's enough tension in this book to please any lover of a good detective story and quality writing that will satisfy general fiction fans.
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Sunrise Highway

This fast-paced, well-told police procedural and thriller with a serial killer, conspiracies, and police corruption will appeal to fans of Reed Farrel Coleman and John Verdon. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]
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The Thirty-One Kings: A Richard Hannay Thriller

Following last year's successful films Dunkirk and Darkest Hour, this novel offers a similar escape into a cushy featherbed of certitudes where steely goodhearted lads square off against evil. Exhibit A for anyone complaining they don't write them like that anymore.
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Newcomer

For fans of the author, Seicho- Matsumoto, and other writers of deliberately paced mysteries. [See Prepub Alert, 5/14/18; "Editors' Fall Picks," LJ 8/18.]
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Florida Happens

For fans of mystery short stories; particularly those who enjoy a variety of styles within the genre.
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Hitting the Books

Admirers of McKinlay's other books and Miranda James's "Cat in the Stacks" stories will appreciate this new entry involving the appealing small-town library and its supporters. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]
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Depth of Winter

It's a new setting for Longmire, but old scores are settled in this page-turner fans will love. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]
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The Last Breath

This suspenseful, issue-oriented follow-up to The Last Girl vividly showcases a Florida community suffering from a war between developers and those who treasure the beach lifestyle. Readers of John and Blaize Clement's "Dixie Hemingway" mysteries will enjoy this.
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The Darkness

This heart-pounding tale will appeal to fans of Camilla Läckberg and those looking for a darker, more modern Agatha Christie-type mystery. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]
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The Forbidden Place

Jansson's debut novel falls short of its potential as an engaging thriller. Uneven pacing and poorly developed characters hinder the tension, and the ending doesn't have much impact. [See Prepub Alert, 3/26/18.]
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Death at Whitewater Church

Fans of Ann Cleeves's "Shetland Island" mysteries and Lara Dearnan's "Guernsey Island" books will appreciate this account revealing another isolated, secretive community.
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Dead Man Running

Readers new to the "Alex McKnight" series will be thrilled with this fast-paced, nonstop ride and longtime fans will appreciate the way the author delves a bit more into Alex's personal life. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]
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The Cats Came Back

Fans of Jenn McKinlay's and Dean James's library mysteries may appreciate this series. However, with its large cast of characters, this latest entry is definitely for those who have already read the other books in this heartwarming series.
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Secret Undertaking

The author follows Risky Undertaking with another intricately plotted story for fans of traditional mysteries. The dark humor, a small community in a regional mystery, and a strong supporting cast of believable characters will appeal to Margaret Maron's readers.
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Hitting the Books

Admirers of McKinlay's other books and Miranda James's "Cat in the Stacks" stories will appreciate this new entry involving the appealing small-town library and its supporters. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]
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Dead Man Running

Readers new to the "Alex McKnight" series will be thrilled with this fast-paced, nonstop ride and longtime fans will appreciate the way the author delves a bit more into Alex's personal life. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]
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The Last Breath

This suspenseful, issue-oriented follow-up to The Last Girl vividly showcases a Florida community suffering from a war between developers and those who treasure the beach lifestyle. Readers of John and Blaize Clement's "Dixie Hemingway" mysteries will enjoy this.
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The Darkness

This heart-pounding tale will appeal to fans of Camilla Läckberg and those looking for a darker, more modern Agatha Christie-type mystery. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]
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A Borrowing of Bones

Comparisons may be made between Munier's debut mystery and Margaret Mizushima's "Timber Creek K-9" mysteries. A stronger read-alike is Julia Spencer-Fleming's mysteries featuring Rev. Clare Fergusson, another female veteran. The believable dogs, the touches of humor, the independent, determined Mercy, and well-crafted characters will bring readers back.
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The Guilty Dead

Tracy combines the best qualities of a fast-paced thriller with an intricately plotted police procedural in this intense sequel to Nothing Stays Buried. There's a large cast of characters, but readers of the compelling Monkeewrench novels will have no problem following the suspenseful story.
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Depth of Winter

It's a new setting for Longmire, but old scores are settled in this page-turner fans will love. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]
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November Road

Berney's follow-up to The Long and Faraway Gone explores relationships between two complicated and realized characters. With depth and genre crossover appeal, this literary crime thriller will please fans of Dennis Lehane or George Pelecanos and also satisfy a wider audience. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]
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The Cats Came Back

Fans of Jenn McKinlay's and Dean James's library mysteries may appreciate this series. However, with its large cast of characters, this latest entry is definitely for those who have already read the other books in this heartwarming series.
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The Forbidden Place

Jansson's debut novel falls short of its potential as an engaging thriller. Uneven pacing and poorly developed characters hinder the tension, and the ending doesn't have much impact. [See Prepub Alert, 3/26/18.]
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Death at Whitewater Church

Fans of Ann Cleeves's "Shetland Island" mysteries and Lara Dearnan's "Guernsey Island" books will appreciate this account revealing another isolated, secretive community.
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The Antiquities Hunter

Star Wars novel coauthor Bohnhoff (The Last Jedi) pens an action-packed debut mystery straight out of Romancing the Stone or an Indiana Jones adventure. The sexual tension sparks between Gina and Cruz, two well-developed, intriguing characters. Readers of Gigi Pandian's "Jaya Jones" mysteries, or, the gold standard, Elizabeth Peters's mysteries, will relish this fast-paced book.

The Guilty Dead

Tracy combines the best qualities of a fast-paced thriller with an intricately plotted police procedural in this intense sequel to Nothing Stays Buried. There's a large cast of characters, but readers of the compelling Monkeewrench novels will have no problem following the suspenseful story.

November Road

Berney's follow-up to The Long and Faraway Gone explores relationships between two complicated and realized characters. With depth and genre crossover appeal, this literary crime thriller will please fans of Dennis Lehane or George Pelecanos and also satisfy a wider audience. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]

A Borrowing of Bones

Comparisons may be made between Munier's debut mystery and Margaret Mizushima's "Timber Creek K-9" mysteries. A stronger read-alike is Julia Spencer-Fleming's mysteries featuring Rev. Clare Fergusson, another female veteran. The believable dogs, the touches of humor, the independent, determined Mercy, and well-crafted characters will bring readers back.

The Antiquities Hunter

Star Wars novel coauthor Bohnhoff (The Last Jedi) pens an action-packed debut mystery straight out of Romancing the Stone or an Indiana Jones adventure. The sexual tension sparks between Gina and Cruz, two well-developed, intriguing characters. Readers of Gigi Pandian's "Jaya Jones" mysteries, or, the gold standard, Elizabeth Peters's mysteries, will relish this fast-paced book.

Secret Undertaking

The author follows Risky Undertaking with another intricately plotted story for fans of traditional mysteries. The dark humor, a small community in a regional mystery, and a strong supporting cast of believable characters will appeal to Margaret Maron's readers.
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Claire's Last Secret: A Historical Mystery Featuring Lord Byron

While the historical figures are all tragic characters, the leisurely paced story, with its overly descriptive language and grand emotions, will mostly appeal to those interested in the Romantics. There's little to attract mystery readers in this plodding tale.
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Bone on Bone

This haunting, thought-provoking story proves Keller is one of a kind. Readers of Julia Spencer-Fleming's mysteries of communities torn apart by crime may also want to try.
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The Midnight Witness

Blaedel delivers another solid story with a surprise twist ending. Recommended for fans of the series and for those who enjoy contemporary Scandinavian mysteries from Kjell Eriksson, Camilla Lackberg, and Mari Jungstedt. [See Prepub Alert 4/23/18.]
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The Ancient Nine

There's some meat here for readers of mysteries set in academia and political thrillers, but they'll likely want more. For a similar feel, try Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason's The Rule of Four, a campus novel with a bit more danger and pulp and far more puzzles.
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An Unwanted Guest

Lapena (The Couple Next Door) has written a great whodunit, with a delicious Christie-like vibe. Fans of the author's first novel will want this, and anyone who savors a well-crafted murder mystery will gobble it up!
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Poppy Harmon Investigates

Hollis (Death of a Country Fried Redneck), the pen name for screenwriter Rick Copp, whose Hollywood background and knowledge of 1980s television factor into this sometimes amusing mystery, features a trio of likable sleuths in a story with a surprising twist for a cozy. Suggest for readers of J.C. Eaton's "Sophie Kimball" mysteries featuring active seniors.
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Hollywood Ending

Following the Agatha Award-winning debut, Hollywood Homicide, with Garrett's Tinseltown expertise adding to the fun and humor, Dayna continues her escapades with the help of quirky friends and a mysterious man known only as Z. Fans of Janet Evanovich's "Stephanie Plum" series will feel right at home.
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The Man Who Couldn't Miss

This latest by Handler (The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes) is set firmly in the world of celebrities. The humor, charming lead characters, and Hoagy's desperate attempts to regain Merilee's love will appeal to admirers of Spencer Quinn's "Chet and Bernie" series. Fans of theater and Hollywood mysteries will delight in the name-dropping and cameo appearances.
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Trust Me

While the protagonist is not particularly realistically drawn (her actions serve the author's needs rather than grow organically out of her character), this slow-building thriller that examines "truth" and who gets to define it is bound to be a late-summer hit among readers looking for twisty stories with reverses and feints.
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Hearts of the Missing

This action-packed mystery, which vividly evokes the beauty of the New Mexico landscape and its indigenous peoples, will attract fans of the Hillermans (Tony and Anne), leaving readers eagerly awaiting the next installment. [See Prepub Alert, 6/10/18.]
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The Mystery of Three Quarters: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

Enthusiastically recommended for fans of Hannah's other Poirot novels and detective fiction and Christie's original works. [See Prepub Alert, 2/19/18.]
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Go to My Grave

Agatha Award-winning McPherson's deliciously gothic country house mystery with a contemporary twist is devious and suspenseful and keeps readers guessing to the shocking end. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]
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A Willing Murder

Suggest for readers who enjoy witty mysteries, such as those by Deborah Coonts, as well as Deveraux's many fans. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]
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Son of Saigon

Will appeal to fans of road-trip caper movies such as Red and The Bucket List.
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Beyond the Grave

Readers of Laura Anne Gilman's "Devil's West" series may appreciate this story of another strong female loner.
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Blessed Be the Wicked

Readers who enjoy Mette Ivie Harrison's "Linda Wallheim" mysteries will appreciate another insider's examination of Mormon rituals and traditions.
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Wild Fire: A Shetland Island Mystery

Throughout the "Shetland Island" series, Cleeves lovingly depicts the Scottish island life, and this volume is no exception. Fans may be saddened but certainly not disappointed by this final installment. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]
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A Forgotten Place

A typical entry in this World War I mystery series, filled with period detail but rather light on character development. Readers may become impatient with Bess's impulsive behavior, as her compassion so often gets her into trouble. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]
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The Coroner

Dornbush's debut is an intense, riveting mystery that combines the coziness of small-town familiarity with the sobering reality of drugs and murder. Readers of Lisa Black's books written as Elizabeth Becka will enjoy this tale.
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Icepick

Driven by the flawed Foggy, DePoy's unconventional mystery combines fast-paced, violent action with dark humor. The atmospheric, open-ended story will appeal to fans of gritty crime drama and David Grann's nonfiction best seller Killers of the Flower Moon.

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