Mystery Previews | Prepub Alert, April 2024 Titles

Mysteries to look forward to, including a list of new series titles.








Cambridge, Colleen. A Murder Most French. Kensington. (An American in Paris, Bk. 2). Apr. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781496739629. $27. M

Cambridge delighted readers with her cozy historical mystery and LibraryReads pick, Mastering the Art of French Murder, featuring Julia Child and her fictional friend Tabitha Knight in postwar Paris. In the second richly set “An American in Paris” title, the women are searching for a killer after a chef at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school is poisoned.

Griffiths, Elly. The Last Word. Mariner. Apr. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780063374720. $27.99. M

After wrapping up her popular “Ruth Galloway” series, the best-selling and Edgar Award–winning Griffiths pens a standalone that features characters from The Postscript Murders. Edwin, age 84, and the much younger Natalka, unlikely partners in a detective agency, go undercover at a creative-writing retreat to solve the murder of a local writer.

Nichols, Peter. Granite Harbor. Celadon. Apr. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781250894816. $29. M

Moving through genres, Dublin Literary Award longlist Nichols, who also wrote the best seller The Rocks, takes up crime fiction with a story about a serial killer terrifying a small town in Maine, as Alex Brangwen, the town’s only detective, tries to solve his first murder case. With a 100K-copy first printing.

Rozan, SJ & John Shen Yen Nee. The Murder of Mr. Ma. Soho Crime. Apr. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781641295499. $25.95. M

This action-packed series opener full of historical detail from popular, multi-award-winning Rozan (“Lydia Chin/Bill Smith” mystery series) and debut author Nee, a past executive at both DC and Marvel, is set in 1920s London and introduces Judge Dee Ren Jie and academic Lao She as a Holmes-and-Watson–like duo.

Sampson, Freya. Nosy Neighbors. Berkley. Apr. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9780593550526. pap. $18. M

Sampson’s debut, The Last Chance Library, was a GMA Book Buzz and LibraryReads pick; her second, The Lost Ticket, was a best seller too. In this pivot from fiction to mystery, 25-year-old Kat Bennett and 77-year-old Dorothy Darling, prickly neighbors in the historic Shelley House in England, band together to save their building and bring a criminal to justice.

Steinberg, Shaina. Under the Paper Moon. Kensington. Apr. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9781496747808. $27. M

Steinberg (screenwriter of Bride Hard, Rebel Wilson’s forthcoming film), makes her debut with this historical mystery about two former World War II spies, Evelyn Bishop and Nick Gallagher. After the war, Evelyn returns home to Los Angeles and becomes a PI, where she finds a murdered man—and Nick.

Tietjen, Katie. Death in the Details. Crooked Lane. Apr. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9781639107186. $29.99. M

Writer and school librarian Tietjen debuts with a historical mystery inspired by real-life forensic scientist Frances Glessner Lee. Following World War II and the death of her husband, Maple Bishop makes a living selling intricately crafted dollhouses. When a customer turns up dead, she creates the crime scene in miniature to help solve the case.

New Series Titles

Allen, Samantha Jayne. Next of Kin. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Annie McIntyre, Bk. 3). Apr. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781250863836. $28. M

Bannalec, Jean-Luc. Death of a Master Chef. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Brittany Mystery Series, Bk. 9). Apr. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781250893055. $28. M

Brown, Rita Mae. Feline Fatale. Bantam. (Mrs. Murphy, Bk. 32). Apr. 2024. 272p. ISBN 9780593357637. $28. M

Deveraux, Jude. An Unfinished Murder. Mira: Harlequin. (A Medlar Mystery, Bk. 5). Apr. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9780778305392. $30. M

Graves, Sarah. Death by Chocolate Raspberry Scone. Kensington. (Death by Chocolate Mystery, Bk. 7). Apr. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781496744111. $27. M

Harris, C.S. What Cannot Be Said. Berkley. (Sebastian St. Cyr, Bk. 19). Apr. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780593639184. $28. M

Hillerman, Anne. Lost Birds. Harper. (Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito, Bk. 9). Apr. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9780063344785. $30. M

Meier, Leslie. Patchwork Quilt Murder. Kensington. (A Lucy Stone Mystery, Bk. 30). Apr. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781496733795. $27. M

Muller, Marcia. Circle in the Water. Grand Central. (Sharon McCone, Bk. 36). Apr. 2024. 224p. ISBN 9781538724521. $28. M

Paretsky, Sara. Pay Dirt. Morrow. (V.I. Warshawski, Bk. 22). Apr. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9780063010932. $30. M

Shelton, Paige. The Poison Pen. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Scottish Bookshop Mystery, Bk. 9). Apr. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781250890603. $27. M

Thomas, Will. Death and Glory. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Barker & Llewelyn, Bk. 16). Apr. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781250864925. $28. M

Thompson, Victoria. Murder in Rose Hill. Berkley. (A Gaslight Mystery, Bk. 27). Apr. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780593639795. $28. M

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