Mystery | Prepub Alert, September 2024 Titles

Blockbuster Richard Osman launches a new series, and detectives and amateurs solve new and cold cases; plus forthcoming series titles.








Chouinard, Michelle. The Serial Killer Guide to San Francisco. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9781250359308. $28. M

Capri Sanzio, the granddaughter of a supposed serial killer, hopes to cash in on her family legacy with a podcast and book. When her former mother-in-law is murdered by a killer who was following her grandfather’s methods, Capri and her daughter become prime suspects. Chouinard writes best-selling mysteries under a different, unrevealed name.

Gilbert, Victoria. A Killer Clue. Crooked Lane. (Hunter & Clewe, Bk. 2). Sept. 2024. 310p. ISBN 9781639106431. $30.99. M

In librarian Gilbert’s second “Hunter and Clewe” novel, antiquarian bookseller Eloise Anderson hires retired librarian Jane and collector Cam to prove that her mother, who died after years in prison, did not murder Eloise’s father. The cold case heats up when the detective from the original crime ends up murdered in Eloise’s bookshop.

Hallett, Janice. The Examiner. Atria. Sept. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781668023426. $28.99. M

International best seller Hallett (The Appeal) uses emails, text messages, and essays to tell the story of six grad students who attempt to navigate school and their own messy lives. Following them is the examiner, who, looking through their work and communications, notices that someone is in danger.

Jónasson, Ragnar. Death at the Sanatorium. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9781250770769. $29. M

With multiple works headed to TV, best-selling Jónasson offers a spinoff from his Hulda series. In 1983, Detective Hulda Hermannsdottir goes to a hospital in northern Iceland where a nurse has been murdered. In 2012, police officer Helgi Reykdal, who is writing his thesis on the 1983 case, revisits the ice-cold murder.

Osman, Richard. We Solve Murders. Pamela Dorman: Viking. Sept. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780593653227. $30. M

Steve Wheeler is happy in retirement, pleased to leave his adrenaline-pumping work to his daughter-in-law Amy. She is working on an isolated island, guarding a famous author. It should be an easy job—but suddenly it is not—and she sends an SOS to Steve. Blockbuster Osman (“Thursday Murder Club”) launches a new series.

Roffey, Monique. Passiontide. Knopf. Sept. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9780593802472. $28. M

Winner of the OCM BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Literature and shortlisted for the Orange Prize, Roffey reconsiders the detective novel. Women are killed all too often on the small island of St. Colibri. The newest murder, occurring at the end of Carnival, prompts four women to join forces and start a revolution.

Swann, Leonie. Agnes Sharp and the Trip of a Lifetime. Soho Crime. (Miss Sharp Investigates, Bk. 2). Aug. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781641295802. $27.95. M

Following The Sunset Years of Agnes Sharp, Agnes and her octogenarian cohort head off to Cornwall to stay at an exclusive coastal hotel. There Agnes witnesses what she fears might be a murder. When a storm cuts off access to the hotel, she and her friends realize that a murderer has already checked in.

Forthcoming Series Titles

Alexander, Tasha. Death by Misadventure. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Lady Emily, Bk. 18). Sept. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781250872364. $29. M

Atkinson, Kate. Death at the Sign of the Rook. Doubleday. (Jackson Brodie, Bk. 6). Sept. 2024. 512p. ISBN 9780385547994. $30. M

Benn, James R. The Phantom Patrol. Soho Crime. (A Billy Boyle WWII Mystery, Bk. 19). Sept. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781641295437. $27.95. M

Bradley, Alan. What Time the Sexton’s Spade Doth Rust. Bantam. (Flavia de Luce, Bk. 11). Sept. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9780593724514. $28. M

Cornwell, Patricia. Identity Unknown. Grand Central. (Kay Scarpetta, Bk. 28). Sept. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9781538770382. $32.50. M

Huber, Anna Lee. The Cold Light of Day. Kensington. (Verity Kent Mystery, Bk. 7). Sept. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781496740076. pap. $17.95. M

Kelly, Sofie. Furever After. Berkley. (Magical Cats Mystery, Bk. 16). Sept. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9780593548738. $28. M

Locke, Attica. Guide Me Home. Mulholland. (Highway 59 Mystery, Bk. 3). Sept. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9780316494618. $29. M

Penrose, Andrea. Murder at King’s Crossing. Kensington. (A Wrexford & Sloane Historical Mystery, Bk. 8). Sept. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781496739964. $27. M

Riley, Vanessa. Murder in Berkeley Square. Kensington. (Lady Worthington Mysteries, Bk. 3). Sept. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781496738684. $27. M

Robb, J.D. Passions in Death. St. Martin’s. (In Death, Bk. 59). Sept. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9781250289568. $30. M

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