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Without a Brew

The ongoing mystery of Sloan’s past is just one element in the follow-up to Beyond a Reasonable Stout. Readers who appreciate the community life in a tourist destination town or the appeal of a story with a craft beer background will enjoy this latest cozy with a strong supporting cast of characters.

Dead-End Detective

The lead characters, with their realistic flaws, kick off a well-developed mystery that isn’t quite as cozy as Flower’s “Amish Candy Shop” mysteries. The cast and two interesting cats will appeal to readers of Miranda James.
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Lucky Bones

This darkly humorous PI novel offers nonstop, violent action, and is perfect for readers who enjoy Donald Westlake’s quirky “Dortmunder” characters.

Next to Last Stand

After Depth of Winter and Land of Wolves, Johnson lightens the atmosphere in this complex, thought-provoking mystery that highlights art and Western history, emphasizing the contrast between Native accounts and white history. The author’s poetic turns of phrase, witty dialog, and one of the funniest, most memorable chase scenes in a novel combine to make this a winner.
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Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

Halloween, humor, and Louisiana legends are the key to the award-winning author’s follow-up to Fatal Cajun Festival. Byron’s readers and fans of Jenn McKinlay’s humorous mysteries will appreciate this latest story that incorporates family and food.
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Her Final Words

Labuskes (Girls of Glass) offers an intense mystery with an excellent character in Lucy, who methodically uncovers layers of deceit while trusting no one. Some plot developments are too convenient, and a few questions are left unanswered, but there’s a great concluding twist.
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The Book of Lamps and Banners

Hand’s desolate descriptions and Cass’s larger-than-life persona help to carry a story that is not as intricately plotted as her 2019 stand-alone, Curious Toys, with a few characters not fully f leshed out. Still, followers of the series will be happy to see Cass return

The Thursday Murder Club

The delightful, spirited characters from this witty, sometimes bittersweet story deserve a return engagement.

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One for the Books

For readers who follow the series, this is another character-driven and atmospheric tale, only with less emotional intensity as the previous book.
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Murder in Chianti

Trinchieri (Seeking Alice) has incorporated all the elements mystery fans could want in this Italy-set whodunit: eccentric villagers who quote Dante, delectable descriptions of Italian cuisine, endless glasses of wine, and a thoroughly gripping mystery. Recommended for libraries where mysteries set in Italy are popular. [See Prepub Alert, 1/22/20.]
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Forging Fire

Preston follows Dead Blow by isolating her amateur sleuth on a ranch with an entire group of potential killers. However, the herding dog scenes are more exciting than the immature, impulsive young woman’s bumbling attempt to investigate. Only fans of the series will care.
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Outsider

Castillo’s 12th “Kate Burkholder” novel (after Shamed) is a suspenseful, culture-melding nail-biter mixing nonstop action, a timely plot, and street-tough dialog, delivering a gritty crime drama with a realistic look at the Amish lifestyle. Fans of the series and crime dramas à la Marta Perry and Lisa Gardner will find this hard to put down. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/20.]

Top Summer Reads: 56 New and Favorite Titles Across the Fiction Genres

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Mesa Verde Victim

Suggest for readers who appreciate history mixed with natural wonders in a fast-paced book. Fans of Mary Anna Evans’s archaeological mysteries will enjoy this series.

Fire in the Blood

Fans of Michael Connelly’s “Harry Bosch” series will appreciate Coop’s brusque, principled personality. [See Prepub Alert, 1/29/20.]
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Under Pressure

For lovers of puzzle-solving detective fiction in the style of Kathy Reichs.
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Ghost Ups Her Game

The amusing sequel to the first book in the series, Ghost on the Case, is a warmhearted traditional mystery that will appeal to fans of Nancy Atherton’s “Aunt Dimity” books. [See Prepub Alert, 1/22/20.]
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The Silent Wife

The emotionally sophisticated characters work through the brutality of their jobs in this dynamic psychological thriller and police procedural that will please readers of Slaughter’s “Grant County” series. For fans of Meg Gardiner, David Baldacci, and Carrie Smith.

Marah Chase and the Fountain of Youth

While this second book in the series has as much fast-paced action as its predecessor, Marah Chase and the Conqueror’s Tomb, there’s more depth to the story. The action-packed narrative touches on issues of cultural appropriation, identity, history, and environmental change, which featuring a variety of LGBTQ characters. Fans of Indiana Jones or the Marvel action series will appreciate this cinematic adventure.

Shadows in Time

The fifth “Kendra Donovan” novel is an atmospheric and character-driven mystery. The time travel, intrigue, romance, and returning characters will appeal to Diana Gabaldon’s fans

One by One

Ware’s fans will devour this in a sitting, as will readers who love Lucy Foley’s The Hunting Party or locked-room mysteries in general. [See Prepub Alert, 2/24/20.]
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Murder at Kingscote

In this delightful addition to the series, which would serve as a good introduction to newcomers, Maxwell’s focus on class and gender division is sharp and accomplished. Come for the late 19th-century historical detail; stay for the intrigue.
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The Less Dead

Mina’s (Conviction; The Long Drop) concern with the effects of class on individual lives is evident, as Margo learns about sex workers, coming to admire Susan as she ferrets out the reason for her death. As the plot gains speed to a startling and abrupt end, readers will be left agasp and wanting more. [See Prepub Alert, 11/25/19.]
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All the Broken People

The main protagonist is an unreliable narrator, but then all the characters are unreliable, making this a fast-paced, unputdownable roller-coaster of a read sure to appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn or Paula Hawkins.
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Once You Go This Far

This latest P.I. novel is an intricately plotted tale by the Shamus Award–winning author of What You Want To See. The mystery with a flawed protagonist who delves into a case involving controversial subjects such as spousal abuse and a cultish church will appeal to readers of Sara Paretsky and Tracy Clark. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/20.]
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A Twist in the Tail

The author of the “Mystic Notch Cat” cozies introduces another group of feline detectives who guide the investigation for humans. Readers crazy for cat cozies in the style of Clea Simon’s “Witch Cats of Cambridge” series might appreciate this quirky mystery.
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Find Me

For thriller fans who appreciate intricate and unconventional plots, with shocking twists.
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The Eighth Detective

Although the stories in this first collection have twists and turns, and the book itself has a surprise ending, neither the tales, nor the writing are compelling, the latter containing more similes than imagination. [See Prepub Alert, 1/22/20.]
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Exit Strategy

As Sara Driscoll, Danna is the coauthor of the “FBI K-9” mysteries and the “Abbott and Lowell” forensic mysteries. She kicks off her first solo effort, the “NYPD Negotiators” series, with a compelling, dramatic story while using the protagonist’s family background as motivation. Readers who love the TV show Blue Bloods, with its family of cops, will relish this launch.
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Afterland

Fans of chase novels and postapocalyptic stories will enjoy.

Skin Deep

With just the right mix of clever twists, endearing charm, looming threats, and contemporary issues (identity, privilege, cultural appropriation, the ugliest parts of the beauty trade), literary novelist Woo (Love Love) debuts quite the absorbing new mystery series, hopefully with multiple volumes to come.
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The Wicked Sister

Despite the story’s few flaws, Dionne knocks out a psychological thriller with a low-grade yet ever-present sense of danger. Fans of Paul Doiron and environmental thrillers may like this book. [See Prepub Alert, 1/29/20.]
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The Request

Bell nails the suburban niche in this absorbing work that fans of Harlan Coben will thoroughly enjoy. [See Prepub Alert, 11/25/19.]

The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne

This glimpse into the intimate circles that will eventually spawn the great museums is highly recommended for historical fiction readers looking for a peek into a fascinating closed society. It is an equally solid choice for historical mystery readers who want to see women with intelligence and agency navigate a time and place not meant for them, but where they thrive nonetheless while solving a delightfully twisty murder. [See Prepub Alert, 11/18/19.]
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Clean Hands

High-tech surveillance and cloak-and-dagger activity do not offset the anticlimactic ending or the mundane plot of the Brooklyn-based private investigator and author’s third outing (after Every Man a Menace). [See Prepub Alert, 11/25.19.]
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Love & Other Crimes

Fans of witty characters, complicated plots, stories with somber endings, and, of course, V.I Warshawski will enjoy this book.
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Of Mutts and Men

Fans of this character-driven series return because of Chet’s narration and his adoration of Bernie. Despite the murders, this is a leisurely paced, feel-good book about a dog and his beloved owner, portrayed with all their flaws and insecurities. Chet’s narration adds humor to a long-running series with a strong sense of place. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/20.]
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Winter Counts

Weiden’s series launch sheds much-needed light on the legal and societal barriers facing Native Americans while also delivering a suspenseful thriller that builds to a bloody climax. A worthy addition to the burgeoning canon of indigenous literature. [See Prepub Alert, 1/29/20.]
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The Shadows

The conclusion wraps it up too tidily, but overall, this is a successful, creepy thriller. If you like Stephen King, you’ll probably like North’s new thriller, too.
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The Blues Don’t Care

Rich in plot if sometimes lacking in characterization, this latest from Marks (Broken Windows) will keep even seasoned mystery readers guessing.

Blacktop Wasteland

Bug’s got a conscience not typical of the thriller genre, but other than that, this novel recalls almost perfectly the classic heist thriller in the vein of Richard Stark’s “Parker” books. It’ll go like hot cakes.

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The Girl from Widow Hills

This is a great whodunit, done well. Olivia/Arden narrates but Miranda (The Last House Guest) creatively uses media transcripts, newspaper reports, book excerpts, and voicemails to piece together her fragmented story that ends with a chilling twist. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]
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Nothing Can Hurt You

This unconventional psychological thriller is recommended only for readers looking for a more literary approach to murder depicting little emotion or passion.

The Last Flight

Clark (The Ones We Choose) is an exceptional writer who has crafted a tale about disappearing in an age when technology makes it almost impossible. Highly recommended for fans of thrillers, mysteries, and crime fiction.

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Catherine House

Readers looking for a strong atmospheric setting in the gothic style will be drawn in by this psychological thriller. Less satisfying are the interesting if underdeveloped characters. [See Prepub Alert, 10/26/19.]
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The Dilemma

Paris’s latest is not her usual thriller fare. Fans excited to read the next edge-of-your-seat suspense, such as Paris’s The Breakdown will be disappointed with this sad family drama that combines frivolity and tragedy. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]

Riviera Gold

Followers of the series will enjoy King’s delightful new series entry, while first-time readers will love the setting and the twists of the mystery.
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Street Music

This slow-paced, noir-style mystery can be read as a stand-alone, but newcomers will have a richer experience having read the previous books. Raw and atmospheric, this is a solid finale to the series.

Hard Cash Valley

Good rural mysteries excel at showing how both the land and the law that governs it are deeply personal, and Panowich knows the residents of the Georgia foothills down to his bones. Perfect for fans of Attica Locke or Laura McHugh. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/19.]
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The Doom List

Fans of 1920s glamour and scandal will enjoy this follow-up to The Long Silence. This fun mystery is a strong entry in the series.
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The Wife Stalker

The Constantine sisters (The Last Mrs. Parrish) have done it again: crafted a psychological thriller that keeps readers squirming until the last harrowing page, as it alternates between the two voices. Readers will enjoy the twists, turns, and surprises as the story unfolds. [See Prepub Alert, 10/18/19.]
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Before She Was Helen

Perfect for fans of domestic suspense and believable, mature characters, and anybody who likes a solid twisty story. [See Prepub Alert, 10/21/19.]

The Finders

This action-packed series debut will entice fans of Margaret Mizushima and Paula Munier’s K-9 mysteries. The latest from the author of the Drew Cady FBI mysteries is an intense, graphic serial killer novel with a likable, aw-shucks hero and a remarkable dog. [See Prepub Alert, 11/18/19.]
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Booked for Death

Gilbert (“Blue Ridge Library” mysteries) introduces an intelligent, mature amateur sleuth, and a shrewd elderly sidekick in the first in a character-driven cozy series. The leisurely paced mystery offers complex characters with well-developed backgrounds and motives. Readers of Ellery Adams’s “Book Retreat” mysteries will appreciate this new series.
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The Goodbye Man

While not as dynamic as the first in the series (The Never Game), this will still find fans with those who enjoyed the first book and for Deaver fans in general. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/19.]
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The Clutter Corpse

Brett, author of the “Fethering” and “Charles Paris” mysteries, launches a new series with a story that dwells too much on the protagonist’s past and family history to make for a tedious, stuffy account. Readers may want to skip this cold introduction, which has more framework than mystery. [See Prepub Alert, 11/18/19.]

If It Bleeds

Longtime readers and new King fans alike will love the fresh tales in this wonderful collection. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/19.]
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The Silence

Newcomer Allott does a solid job of establishing a vivid sense of place. The mystery behind Mandy’s disappearance is appealing at first, but the unveiling of the puzzle doesn’t allow the plot to quite reach its potential. A supplemental book for mystery collections. [See Prepub Alert, 11/25/19.]
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The Full Scoop

While the first Riley Ellison mystery, The Good Byline, earned a comparison to Janet Evanovich, by this book, the tone has turned dark. The author completes the four-book arc about the quest for truth about the death of Riley’s grandfather, but only dedicated readers of the series will care.

The Last Curtain Call

It’s been several years since A Ghostly Light, the last book in the “Haunted Home Renovation” series. In the meantime, Blackwell has honed her craft, and this intriguing mystery combines the best elements of Bay Area history, historic home renovation, and the paranormal. The protagonist’s family and friends add a homey feeling to an atmospheric book that will be welcomed by Blackwell’s readers and fans of Kate Carlisle’s “Fixer-Upper” mysteries.
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Black Sun Rising

Carr’s second crime novel (following The Devils of Cardona) is perfect for readers who like 1930s-era movies featuring foreign locales, perverted villains, and intrepid detectives.

The Mist

No one is who they seem to be in this fast-paced, character-rich thriller about murder and isolation during the brutal Icelandic winter. A series novel that works as a stand-alone, it will appeal to fans of Stieg Larsson, Deborah Crombie, and Michelle Sacks. [See Prepub Alert, 11/18/19.]

The Guest List

Only a handful of thriller writers can accomplish what Foley does here: weave a complex plot from the perspectives of eight characters plus an omniscient narrator without causing confusion or reader exhaustion when the plot bounces from one person to the next. Fans of Christie, Louise Penny, and Ruth Rendell will absolutely love this book, which doesn’t reveal its secrets until the very last page. [See Prepub Alert, 11/25/19.]
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The Girl Beneath the Sea

Edgar-nominated Mayne (“Jessica Blackwood” series; Dark Pattern) introduces a winning new series with a complicated female protagonist that combines police procedural with adventure story and mixes the styles of Lee Child and Clive Cussler.

Shakespeare for Squirrels

Moore’s trademark humor is on full display with his cast of strangely lovable characters. This is Shakespeare with an edge and will not only appeal to Moore’s fans but garner new ones. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]

The Mountains Wild

Taylor skillfully switches time periods from 1993 to 2016 in an atmospheric mystery that blends the history and romance of Ireland with a contemporary police investigation. This outstanding book will please fans of mysteries set in Ireland and readers of police procedurals. [See Prepub Alert, 10/18/19.]
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Imperfect Women

Told from the viewpoints of Nancy and her two friends, the story goes deep into guilt, love, and the ties that bind us. Recommended for fans of Paula Hawkins. [See Prepub Alert, 11/25/19.]
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The Art of Deception

In the fourth in the “Daughter of Sherlock Holmes” series (after The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth), Goldberg delivers the same level of cozy mystery that readers have come to expect. Recommended for fans of the series, Goldberg’s other novels, and Victorian cozy mysteries in general. [See Prepub Alert, 11/18/19.]
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Close Up

Quick, who also writes romances as Jayne Ann Krentz, mixes light mystery with romance perfectly in this fourth “Burning Cove” novel (after Tightrope), painting a vivid account of California and the art world during the 1930s. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]
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Columbus Noir

This attractive collection will appeal to lovers of crime noir and short crime fiction.
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Pretty Things

With flawless suspense, masterly storytelling, and a plot that hits all the notes of our Instagram world perfectly, this novel is a must-read. Recommended for readers of Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s Bittersweet or Kathleen Barber’s Follow Me. [See Prepub Alert, 10/14/19.]

Who Speaks for the Damned

Highly recommended for lovers of historical mystery, readers who can’t resist a dark, complex but redeemed hero, and anyone looking to see justice done. [See Prepub Alert, 9/23/19.]

The War Widow

Moss (“Makedde Vanderwall” series) has created a thrilling historical novel of post-war Australia that will engross readers from the first page to the last. This book deserves to be added to the top of the list of must-read titles. Book clubs may wish to consider this title as well.
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The Secrets They Left Behind

While the conclusion is unnecessarily protracted, Redmond (A Cold Day in Hell), herself a retired cold-case homicide detective from Buffalo, demonstrates her experience and delivers a well-crafted, pulsating mystery with a sobering twist. Fans of small-town mysteries will enjoy.

These Women

Pochoda (Wonder Valley) stuns with this disquieting literary thriller rife with descriptive street language and violence. It is complex, intense, and enthralling. Fans of Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room will experience a similar sense of feeling both captivated and bereft. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/19.]
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Rigged

The follow-up to Sunshine State is labeled thriller, but it’s a step-by-step investigation with a great deal of dialog. The witty banter and Jake’s character might remind readers of Rex Stout’s Archie Goodwin. Fun for those with a penchant for good conversation and detectives under the thumb of a beautiful woman.
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Safecracker

This debut novel is a thrilling, wild ride with plenty of unexpected twists that will leave readers guessing until the last few pages.
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Passing Fancies

As in the first book in this series (Relative Fortunes), Benn has clearly done her research into the time period. Unfortunately, in both books, the research is clumsily inserted into the story, which slows down the narrative’s pace. Still, readers who liked the first book and enjoy mysteries set in the 1920s will enjoy the return of the spirited and independent Julia and hope for her appearance in a third book.
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Rolling Thunder

The follow-up to the Arthur Ellis Award–winning Cobra Clutch is another action-packed violent mystery. Declan’s ribald comments are not for everyone, but readers of the first book will enjoy the humor and outrageous antics.
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Indigo

Fans of Estleman and this series (Brazen) will enjoy the wealth of film detail that fills out the story without weighing it down. Classic noir tropes are deployed in a modern-day Hollywood with levels of glitz and power that Spade and Marlowe never imagined. [See Prepub Alert, 10/21/19.]
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A Royal Affair

Fans of period mysteries by authors such as Ashley Weaver and Deanna Raybourn will appreciate this gutsy duo. [See Prepub Alert, 11/18/19.]
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The Perfect Daughter

The story is timely with the examination of wealthy newcomers versus blue-collar townspeople leading to anger and violence. The ending is well-designed, and readers will likely enjoy the overall story. Fans of Souza’s previous works and books by Michael Koryta will find this worthwhile.
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A Star Is Dead

The fourth in the series (after Ice Blonde) is an intriguing mystery featuring a character in the little-known job of death investigator. Fans of forensic mysteries will overlook the sleuth’s questionable actions in this dramatic story. [See Prepub Alert, 9/23/19.]
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The Fate of a Flapper

Written with wit and an understanding of the tensions during one of the most volatile times in history, Calkins’s second “Speakeasy” story (after Murder Knocks Twice) will give readers insight into the world of Prohibition and what the human spirit is capable of in desperate times.

After She Wrote Him

This mystery won the 2018 Ned Kelly Award under the title Crossing the Lines. Now available in the United States, it’s a twisted masterpiece about writing and the loss of identity while writing. The disturbing examination of obsession and loss will appeal to readers of literary novels and introspective books about the writing process.
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This Is How I Lied

Eve’s own account foreshadows the disturbing revelations in the latest by the author of Before She Was Found. Fans of Lori Rader-Day’s suspense novels featuring secretive women will appreciate this small-town nightmare. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/19.]

Dead Land

This enjoyable romp through political corruption and social injustice in Chicago will please fans of the V.I. Warshawski detective series and readers who enjoy tough women.

Three Hours in Paris

Black’s fans will not be disappointed, and readers who enjoy Alan Furst and John Le Carré will join the crowd that will devour this must-read. [See Prepub Alert, 9/30/19.]
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A Spell for Trouble

As an amateur sleuth, Alex is awkward and too pushy for a newcomer in town. However, flaws in her character may be overlooked because of the unique background of Polish history and magic. Fans of Ellery Adams’s mysteries will want to try this one.
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Breathing Through the Wound

As in A Million Drops, del Árbol proves he’s adept at creating richly drawn characters and weaving their disparate stories, building to a shattering, violent climax.

A Full Cold Moon

Redmond brings her 20 years experience as a cold-case homicide detective to this follow-up to A Means to an End. Fans of police procedurals will want to read all in the series after this compelling, twisted story. [See Prepub Alert, 10/21/19.]
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The Body in the Garden

Fans of historical mysteries and intelligent, strong women sleuths such as Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily, Darcie Wilde’s Rosalind Thorne, or Andrea Penrose’s Charlotte Sloane will want to add this series opener to their TBR pile.

A Study in Murder

Hutton, known for her best-selling historical romances (His Rebellious Lass), brings that background to this atmospheric start of a humorous new series, blending historical elements and quirky characters into an enjoyable and lively Victorian mystery.

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Have You Seen Me?

White spends much time describing fancy apartments and houses, what characters are wearing, what they eat and drink, some of which her readers expect and enjoy, but in this outing it tends to slow down the narrative Still, White’s ability to write realistic characters and twisty plots make this worthwhile. [See Prepub Alert, 9/30/19.]
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The King’s Beast: A Mystery of the American Revolution

Satisfying as both action thriller and as history, this exciting mystery should also appeal to lovers of historical fiction.

Mystery, Suspense, & Thriller Trends, plus 49 Exciting 2020 Titles

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Broken

Fans of the author will eat up these neat, taut, action-packed stories, told in staccato sentences and one-line paragraphs. Newcomers to Winslow’s world will hope to see more of Lubesnick—or almost any of the characters still standing after the stories end.
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Safe House

The plot moves fairly quickly, although the chapters that take place in the past may throw casual readers for a loop. With plenty of twists and turns, this title is sure to attract lovers of domestic thrillers such as Natalie Barelli’s The Loyal Wife and A.J. Flinn’s The Woman in the Window.
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Watching from the Dark

Lodge’s second “Jonah Sheens” mystery (after She Lies in Wait) is a compelling police procedural with a well-drawn cast of characters.
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