From New Orleans to Australia to France: Mystery Previews, Aug. 2022, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

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Andrews, Donna. Round Up the Usual Peacocks. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Meg Langslow Mystery, Bk. 31). Aug. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781250760203. $26.99. CD. MYSTERY/COZY

Childs, Laura. A Dark and Stormy Tea. Berkley. (Tea Shop Mystery, Bk. 24). Aug. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593200896. $27. MYSTERY/COZY

Krueger, William Kent. Fox Creek. Atria. (Cork O'Connor Mystery). Aug. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781982128715. $28. MYSTERY/PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS

Pryor, Mark. Die Around Sundown. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250824820. $27.99. MYSTERY/HISTORICAL

Quinn, Spencer. Bark to the Future. Forge. (Chet & Bernie Mystery, Bk. 13). Aug. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250843272. $26.99. MYSTERY/PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS

Rose, Karen. Quarter to Midnight. Berkley. Aug. 2022. 608p. ISBN 9780593336298. $27. Downloadable. POLICE PROCEDURAL

Scrivenor, Hayley. Dirt Creek. Flatiron: Macmillan. Aug. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781250834751. $26.99. CD. MYSTERY/POLICE PROCEDURAL

Schaffhausen, Joanna. Long Gone. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Detective Annalisa Vega, Bk. 2). Aug. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781250264633. $27.99. MYSTERY/POLICE PROCEDURAL

Walker, Martin. To Kill a Troubadour. Knopf. (Bruno, Chief of Police Novel, Bk. 15). Aug. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593319796. $27. MYSTERY

From the multi-award-winning Andrews, past master of laugh-out-loud avian titling, Round Up the Usual Peacocks puts Meg Langslow on the trail of three separate cold cases when a member of her techie nephew’s true-crime podcast team has an unfortunate accident that could have been attempted murder (40,000-copy first printing). In the New York Times best-selling Childs’s A Dark and Stormy Tea, tea maven Theodosia Browning is approaching St. Philips Graveyard one rain-wrought night when she witnesses the murder of a friend’s daughter and immediately starts investigating—never mind the serial killer loose in Charleston. In the Edgar Award–winning Krueger’s Fox Creek, Ojibwe healer Henry Meloux protects a stranger named Dolores Morriseau who had sought his guidance but now finds herself pursued by hunters, with Cork O’Connor hot on their trail; his wife, Meloux’s great-niece, is with the endangered Dolores (150,000-copy first printing). Author of the “Hugo Marston” mystery series, English journalist–turned–Texas prosecutor Pryor launches a new series with Die Around Sundown, set in World War II Paris, where Det. Henri Lefort has just a few days to solve the murder of a German major at the Louvre Museum (40,000-copy first printing). In Bark to the Future, latest in Quinn’s doggedly funny New York Times best-selling series, PI Bernie Little and his devoted canine, Chet, try to figure out what happened to the woman who reigned as prom queen of Bernie’s high school class and now seems to have vanished (75,000-copy first printing). With Quarter to Midnight, the New York Times best-selling Rose takes us to New Orleans, where police officer–turned–private eye Molly Sutton is tasked with helping a steamy-hot young chef prove that his NOPD dad’s death was not suicide. Former director of the Wollongong Writers Festival, Scrivenor delivers the booming-big debut Dirt Creek, in which D.S. Sarah Michaels investigates the disappearance of 12-year-old Esther as she walked home from her rural Australian school even as Esther’s classmates offer their own insights (150,000-copy first printing). In Schaffhausen’s Long Gone , Det. Annalisa Vega recoups from having turned in her ex-cop father for murder by investigating a detective’s suspicious death, which leads her to a slick car salesman trying to charm her best friend (40,000-copy first printing). Walker's popular hero, Bruno, chief of police in the Dordogne village of St. Denis, faces Spanish nationalists with plans To Kill a Troubadour after release of “Song for Catalonia” by a local folk music group.

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