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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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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 PIs. [See Prepub Alert, 9/23/19.]
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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.
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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.]

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.

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.

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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.

You Are Not Alone

Dynamic duo Hendricks and Pekkanen (The Wife Between Us) bat another one out of the park with this unputdownable, highly recommended thrill ride. [See Prepub Alert, 8/25/19.]

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Trace Elements: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

Fans of the series will enjoy this new adventure. [See Prepub Alert, 8/19/19.]

The Marshal and the Mystical Mountain

After 38 years in law enforcement in South Dakota and Wyoming, Wendelboe’s expertise shows in his third violent frontier mystery (after The Marshal and the Sinister Still), which should appeal to fans of Westerns or the work of Craig Johnson or Margaret Coel.
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The Falling Woman

Former pilot Farrell’s skillfully written story of hope, love, and regret contemplated amid a fast-paced, high-pressure major airline accident investigation will appeal to readers who enjoyed Michael Crichton’s Airframe, Gregg Hurwitz’s The Survivor, and Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall.
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Lavender Blue Murder

Newcomers should find this a great entry point to Child’s established series (after Broken Bone China) and enjoy the charming Charleston, SC, setting, while longtime fans will relish the return of the sassy characters they love. [See Prepub Alert, 8/19/19.]
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The K Team

Fans of the “Andy Carpenter” series will find much to enjoy here, including some cameos from Carpenter himself. [See Prepub Alert, 8/19/19.]
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The Split

Readers will tear through Bolton’s (The Craftsman) latest to find out how the disparate threads connect. While the plot resolves tidily, some readers may be unsettled by the fact that Felicity and Joe are romantically involved after she is his patient. [See Prepub Alert, 9/30/19.]

The Woman in the Mirror

Pseudonymous author James pens a delectably creepy tale. If Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre had a baby, it would be this well-crafted Victorian gothic mystery.
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Victim 2117: A Department Q Novel

There’s not a lot in the way of rich descriptions or subtle character development in this plot-driven page-turner, but fans of the series will cheer to once again ride along with this band of Danish police. [See Prepub Alert, 8/19/19.]
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The Safety Net

Strongly recommended for purchase where the series is known, this book will also serve as a fine introduction to Camilleri’s oeuvre.
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A Bad Day for Sunshine

Though readers may find it difficult to keep track of the minor characters, this series opener provides plenty of action. Recommended for fans of Linda Castillo and J.A. Jance.
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The Herd

Surprises and suspense married with themes on the nature of womanhood and sisterhood make this ideal for fans of Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train or Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects. [See Prepub Alert, 8/25/19.]

A Murderous Relation

Fans of the author and Victorian mystery lovers will enjoy this romp and eagerly await another Veronica and Stoker adventure. [See Prepub Alert, 8/19/19.]
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A Shadow Intelligence

Recommended for fans of Olen Steinhauer’s spy novels and Terry Hayes’s I Am Pilgrim.
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The Hook

The dynamic among Royce, Donne, and Allison is reminiscent of Spenser, Hawk, and Susan Silverman from Robert B. Parker’s “Spenser” novels. Fans of Parker and Ace Atkins will appreciate the smartly paced action the surprising denouement.

City of Margins

The author’s exquisitely drawn characters soon uncover secrets and make connections with each other that echo those of a Greek tragedy, with similar results. Boyle comfortably stands next to literary crime favorites like Don Winslow, Richard Price, and Lou Berney.
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The Unwilling

Edgar Award–winning Hart (The Hush) offers another propulsive crime novel that features fully realized, multifaceted characters and a strong sense of place. [See Prepub Alert, 11/25/19.]
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The Eighth Girl

Chung’s compelling debut plumbs the depths of trauma and its long-lasting effects on the human psyche. [See Prepub Alert, 8/25/19.]

The Boy from the Woods

 Fans of complex heroes caught up in world-changing events will relish this latest from a master storyteller. [See Prepub Alert, 8/25/19.]

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The Butcher of Casablanca

This will mostly appeal to fans of the author’s previous works and similar crime novels that have sprung up in the Arab world since the 2011 uprisings.
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Are Snakes Necessary?

De Palma and Lehman stuff their book with cinematic tropes, unrealistic characters, and predictable plot twists, but somehow it’s still an overall exciting read.
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Gone by Midnight

Readers willing to overlook a few flaws will enjoy this graphic mystery.

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The Sea of Lost Girls

Another strong, well-plotted suspense novel from Goodman (The Lake of Dead Languages), this is recommended for psychological suspense collections. Women’s fiction aficionados may also want to give it a try. [See Prepub Alert, 8/25/19.]
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Ranger McIntyre: The Dunraven Hoard Murders

Fans of descriptive mysteries filled with fishing and nods to the natural environment might appreciate this third in the historical series, following Ranger McIntyre: Small Delightful Murders. Yet its slow-paced and meandering narrative, with victims who are only names, not well-developed characters, may steer readers to try Victoria Houston’s “Loon Lake” mysteries instead.
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Death in the Family

Wegert’s first foray into mystery may be met with limited appeal for lovers of the genre but is overall a valiant effort.
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Second Sister

Chan’s appealing style will hold readers’ interest, especially those who enjoy their suspense set in international locales.
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The Big Lie

This 16th Swyteck political thriller (after The Girl in the Glass Box) parallels the current political climate with a tweet-happy president and a system in which a majority popular vote no longer means a win. A ruthless candidate might use this engrossing and scary book as a how-to manual. [See Prepub Alert, 7/29/19.]
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The Only Child

Fans of Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs, and Zoje Stage’s Baby Teeth will find this admirable, but readers particularly sensitive to depictions of child abuse might want to look elsewhere. [See Prepub Alert, 7/29/19.]
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Murder in an Irish Cottage

Fans of this series and other Irish cozy mysteries, such as Sheila Connolly’s “County Cork” books, will appreciate this atmospheric story filled with Irish superstitions, legends, and colorful characters. Vivid descriptions of the countryside will appeal to lovers of Ireland.

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Man on Edge

A hard-as-nails hero, an out-of-the-ordinary location, and oodles of high-action encounter—it’s everything readers want in a political thriller.
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One Day You’ll Burn

The solid debut police procedural is an homage to Hollywood and its history, with descriptive details of corners of Hollywood, classic films, and even traffic jams. The atmospheric mystery introduces a fascinating new detective who will appeal to fans of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch.
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My Fair Latte

Fee (“Liv & Di in Dixie” mysteries) launches a new cozy series with an appealing amateur sleuth and a diverse cast of characters. Fans of Margaret Dumas’s Murder at the Palace will welcome another humorous series set in the world of classic movie theaters.
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The Red Lotus

Best-selling author Bohjalian (The Flight Attendant) paints a bleak picture of pharmaceutical espionage, worldwide pandemics, and the breathtaking adaptability of the rat. Alternating action between Vietnam and New York, along with the dynamic pace, will please suspense fans. [See Prepub Alert, 8/25/19.]

Untamed Shore

This thriller sets a quiet tone before building slowly and evenly, showing how a meek teenager trapped by circumstance grows into a strong woman who takes control of her future, though in the end it might change who she is. For fans of Celeste Ng, Alafair Burke, and Kent Anderson.

The Coldest Warrior

Nonfiction and fiction author Vidich (An Honorable Man) presents a fast-paced, historically accurate thriller, placing him alongside other great spy authors such as John le Carré and Alan Furst. Readers of the genre will want this slow-burn chiller that shows how far government will go to keep secrets.

The Bramble and the Rose

Fans of C.J. Box’s wilderness mysteries featuring Joe Puckett will appreciate this bleak book, the third in the series from the Edgar Award–winning author of Dry Bones in the Valley. [See Prepub Alert, 8/19/19.]

The King’s Justice

Irresistibly readable and brilliantly crafted, this is a story both historical mystery and fiction fans will adore. [See Prepub Alert, 8/19/19.]
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Above the Bay of Angels

This delightful mystery neatly blends historical details of late Victorian life, from rich foods to royalty, into a story spiced with humor and romance. Bowen’s depiction of Bella as a modern Victorian woman, skillfully navigating class differences while struggling with the choice between a safe life and her ambitions, rings true.
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This Town Sleeps

With its multiple narrators and stories of ghosts, this debut will find its audience in those searching for #ownvoices authors with an authentic view of reservation life and the tragedies that haunt the communities.
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Saint X

Readers who enjoy a mystery with emotional depth will find this a compelling and impressive debut. [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/19.]
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Framed

Short chapters and engaging storytelling with alternating perspectives make this a quick read. A somewhat predictable resolution is offset by a surprise twist in the final pages. The nonlinear plot might confuse some readers, but fans of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies will find much to love. [See Prepub Alert, 7/29/19.]
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The Absolution

Sigurdardóttir creates an intense focus upon and thorough examination of bullying, including issues of isolation, suicide, counseling, and inept prevention in this excellent, gritty thriller that will appeal to series fans and readers of Kimberly McCreight’s Reconstructing Amelia. [See Prepub Alert, 7/21/19.]

Firewatching

This debut is a riveting story of fathers, sons, and secrets. Readers who appreciate Ann Cleeves’s intricately plotted stories with complicated protagonists will welcome another British series into that fold. Tortured characters and the fires ignite a dramatic debut.
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How Quickly She Disappears

This promising, if slightly uneven, debut thriller with a strong sense of place will appeal to fans of Jane Harper’s The Dry, and those who wished Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone was a psychological thriller. 
[See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]

The Missing Sister

This debut thriller from Marr has a promising plotline but seems to get caught up in the details, moving at an achingly slow pace, as Angela’s thoughts are constantly broadcasted. Still, fans of suspense who enjoy elaborate descriptions and relish knowing every thought of the protagonist will appreciate.
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Blame the Dead

A promising but ultimately uneven start to a new World War II mystery series.

The Mitford Scandal

It is hardly surprising that Fellowes, author of Downton Abbey companion books and niece of Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, has skillfully captured the essence of an era and a family. Perfect for admirers of Rhys Bowen’s “Royal Spyness Mystery” series. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]
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The Third To Die

Brennan is well known for her psychological thrillers and this is another great addition that will be enjoyed by mystery and psychological thriller readers. [See Prepub Alert, 7/29/19.]
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Crooked River

Preston and Child’s latest could be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. Recommended for mystery readers who enjoy bizarre twists.
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Dead to Her

A mix of steamy sex, lies, secrets, betrayals, murder, and a dash of voodoo, Pinborough’s latest novel (after Cross Her Heart) will keep readers guessing until the very last chapter. A twisty thriller for fans of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train. [See Prepub Alert, 7/29/19.]
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Felicity Carrol and the Murderous Menace

Because of the change in setting, most of the characters from the previous book do not appear. Felicity retains her feisty spirit and wit and once again has to battle for acceptance and credibility in a male-dominated society. Readers will look forward to her next adventure.
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The Aosawa Murders

A chilling and skillfully crafted mystery about the spellbinding spaces between evidence, facts, intuition, and the will of a killer.
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The Other Mrs

Kubica (Every Last Lie) writes a mesmerizing tale with an unreliable narrator that draws attention to a less-understood mental health condition, but the story is wrapped up a bit too neatly. What is satisfying and most effective is the oppressive sense of unease that permeates this intense psychological suspense drama. For fans of A.J. Finn and Gillian Flynn.[See Prepub Alert, 7/29/19.]

House on Fire

This thriller is not only topical but beautifully driven by the intricacies of personal agendas, both obvious and hidden. Easily read as a stand-alone as well as part of the series, this is sure to captivate a new audience and bring them to the Joseph Finder backlist. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]

When You See Me

A must-read for fans of this prolific author, Michael Connelly, and John Sandford. Some pivotal series developments occur, but otherwise this reads well as a stand-alone. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]
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Grace Is Gone

This character-driven book will appeal especially to those who enjoy thrillers featuring people who are not what they seem to be, and readers who appreciate flawed but sympathetic characters. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]
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The Lucky One

The award-winning author of Under a Dark Sky puts a new spin on unreliable narrators in a suspense novel with protagonists struggling to find answers. Fans of Rader-Day’s other compelling stand-alones will savor this riveting mystery. [See Prepub Alert, 7/29/19.]
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Murder at the Opera

This third “Atlas Catesby” mystery (following Murder in Bloomsbury) ties up several story lines. Fans of the series will welcome the latest developments, while readers of novels set in Regency England will relish the atmosphere of the period and well-developed characters.
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Trouble in Mind

Wiley follows the success of Monument Road with a violent mystery that introduces a singular character guided by his sometimes twisted thoughts. Readers of L.L. Bartlett’s “Jeff Resnick” mysteries may be intrigued by another sleuth who learns to cope with his brain injury.

Unspeakable Things

The atmospheric suspense novel is haunting because it’s narrated from the point of view of a 13 year old, an age that should be more innocent but often isn’t. Even more chilling, it’s based on real-life incidents. Lourey may be known for comic capers (March of Crime), but this tense novel combines the best of a coming-of-age story with suspense, and an unforgettable young narrator.
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The Burglar in Short Order

Enthusiasts of the “Burglar” series will delight in revisiting Bernie’s beginnings, his bookshop, and his introduction to Raffles. Readers new to the series will enjoy this introduction to a charming character.
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Thunder Bay

Imbued with the stark beauty of Scottish island life, this atmospheric mystery pulls us into an exploration of human frailty, family loyalty, and the destructive power of secrets. For readers of Denise Mina or anyone seeking a relatable protagonist and a well-told story.
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Revolver Road

Daugherty has created a complex, likable heroine whom readers will root for, fully fleshed-out secondary characters, and a compelling plot. Fans of fictional newshounds created by Laura Lippman, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Edna Buchanan will enjoy this series. [See Prepub Alert, 8/19/19.]

Murder at the Capitol

Gleason follows Murder in the Oval Library with a riveting historical mystery set on the eve of the first major battle of the Civil War. Fans of descriptive historical mysteries will appreciate the mix of real people and intriguing fictional characters.

The Wife and the Widow

White exceeds readers’ expectations after his supersuccessful debut, with strong, complex protagonists in Abby and Kate and notable secondary characters who are well developed. The plot never stops and the clever twist is thrilling. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]

The Look-Alike

Spindler keeps the pages turning with a taut plot and multiple suspects who appear suspicious right up to the end. Highly recommended for fans of romantic suspense authors Nora Roberts and Linda Howard. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]

Please See Us

Written in multiple first-person accounts, including the voices of several murdered women, this is a dark, gritty, and cathartic debut with well-developed characters and a compelling plot that will appeal to fans of Attica Locke, Lou Berney, and Jennifer Hillier. [See Prepub Alert, 8/25/19.]
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Careless Whiskers

Fans of the series will welcome the return of all the quirky characters, from Charlie and his Maine coon cat, Diesel, to the Ducote sisters. However, readers who enjoy the theater can quickly catch up with this latest book that brings together the playwright, cast, and behind-the-scenes action. Charlie provides some laugh-aloud moments in this follow-up to The Pawful Truth.

Murder at the Mena House

Stunning revelations, romance, adventure, and intrigue abound in this multilayered, delightfully entertaining whodunit. Neubauer’s debut dazzles, with a smart plot, remarkable scenery, and skilled execution.
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The Better Liar

Debut author Jones has created a taut psychological suspense with surprising developments and a shocking, jaw-dropping ending. Sure to be popular with fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn.
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