Mystery | Prepub Alert, June 2024 Titles

Sequels from Kat Ailes and Janet Evanovich, two big debuts, plus a list of forthcoming series titles.








Ailes, Kat. Dead Tired. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Expectant Detectives, Bk. 2). Jun. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781250322739. $28. M

Alice, Poppy, Hen, and Ailsa solved a murder that occurred during their childbirth class in The Expectant Detectives. A year later, with babies in tow, the women encounter a group of local environmental activists. The moms have another mystery to solve when one of the activists is murdered during a protest. With a 75K-copy first printing.

Evanovich, Janet. The King’s Ransom. Atria. (The Recovery Agent, Bk. 2). Jun. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781668027479. $29.99. M

Gabriela Rose returns in the sequel to the best-selling The Recovery Agent. Gabriela’s hot, infuriating ex-husband, Rafer, needs help. His bank president cousin invested a massive amount of money insuring some priceless works of art that have now gone missing, launching Gabriela and Rafer on a dangerous global hunt for the stolen artworks.

Murali, Ram. Death in the Air. Harper. Jun. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780063319301. $30. M

Murali debuts with a locked-room mystery set in the Indian Himalayas. After losing his job, Ro Krishna retreats to Samsara, a world-class spa for the elite. He encounters the rich and famous there, but all is not as it seems as people start dying and Ro turns sleuth. With a 100K-copy first printing.

Pearson, Joanna. Bright and Tender Dark. Bloomsbury. Jun. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9781639732890. $28.99. M

A lead title for the publisher, Pearson’s debut plunges into the online world of conspiracies and amateur sleuth blogs as Joy investigates the 20-year-old brutal murder of her college roommate Karlie. An old letter starts Joy questioning whether the person who was charged with the killing is really the murderer. With a 200K-copy first printing.

Forthcoming Series Titles

Berenson, Laurien. Peg and Rose Play the Ponies. Kensington Cozies. (Senior Sleuths Mystery, Bk. 3). Jun. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781496746689. $27. M

Casey, Jane. A Stranger in the Family. HarperCollins. (Maeve Kerrigan, Bk. 11). Jun. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780008405021. $30. M

Doiron, Paul. Pitch Dark. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Mike Bowditch, Bk. 15). Jun. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781250864420. $29. M

Freeman, Dianne. An Art Lover’s Guide to Paris and Murder. Kensington. (Countess of Harleigh Mystery, Bk. 7). Jun. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781496745118. $27. M

Housewright, David. Man in the Water. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Mac McKenzie, Bk. 21). Jun. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781250863607. $29. M

Khavari, Kate. A Botanist’s Guide to Society and Secrets. Crooked Lane. (Saffron Everleigh, Bk. 3). Jun. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9781639106622. $29.99. M

Levine, Laura. Murder Buys a One-Way Ticket. Kensington Cozies. (A Jaine Austen Mystery, Bk. 20). Jun. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781496728197. $27. M

Mosley, Walter. Farewell, Amethystine. Mulholland Books. (Easy Rawlins, Bk. 16). Jun. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780316491112. $29. M

Schellman, Katharine. The Last Note of Warning. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (The Nightingale Mysteries, Bk. 3). Jun. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781250325792. $29. M

Thorogood, Robert. The Queen of Poisons. Poisoned Pen. (Marlow Murder Club, Bk. 3). Jun. 2024. 272p. ISBN 9781728284477. pap. $16.99. M

White, Randy Wayne. One Deadly Eye. Hanover Square: Harlequin. (Doc Ford, Bk. 27). Jun. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9781335013606. $28.99. M

Winspear, Jacqueline. The Comfort of Ghosts. Soho Crime. (Maisie Dobbs, Bk. 18). Jun. 2024. 360p. ISBN 9781641296069. $29.95. M

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