From Tasha Alexander to Marcie R. Rendon: Mystery Previews, Oct. 2022, Pt. 1

Autumn chills, plus hints of the holidays to come. 

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Alexander, Tasha. Secrets of the Nile. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Lady Emily Mystery, Bk. 16). Oct. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250819697. $27.99. MYSTERY/HISTORICAL

Andrews, Donna. Dashing Through the Snowbirds. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Meg Langslow Mysteries, Bk. 32). Oct. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781250760227. $26.99. MYSTERY/COZY

Beaton, M.C. & R.W. Green. Devil’s Delight. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Agatha Raisin Mysteries, Bk. 33). Oct. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781250816160. $26.99. MYSTERY/COZY

Haines. Carolyn. Bones of Holly. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries, Bk. 25). Oct. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9781250833754. $26.99. MYSTERY/COZY

Longworth, M.L. Disaster at the Vendome Theater. Penguin. (Provençal Mystery, Bk. 10). Oct. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780143135302. $17. MYSTERY/INTERNATIONAL

McKinlay, Jenn. The Plot and the Pendulum. Berkley. (Library Lover’s Mystery, Bk. 13). Oct. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9780593101803. $27. CD. MYSTERY/COZY

Rosenfelt, David. Santa’s Little Yelpers. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2022. ISBN 9781250828811. $25.99. CD. MYSTERY

Rendon, Marcie R. Sinister Graves. (Cash Blackbear Mystery, Bk. 3). Soho Crime. Oct. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9781641293839. $27.95. MYSTERY

A British antiquities lover, Lord Bertram Deeley drops dead on a cruise he’s organized to his luxurious Luxor home, and guest Lady Emily  (an Alexander stalwart) has a horde of suspects—and a link to a millennia-old crime—to consider as she uncovers the Secrets of the Nile (40,000-copy first printing). Delightfully fowl-mouthed best seller Andrews sends readers Dashing Through the Snowbirds as Meg Langslow hosts a group of Canadians forced by a nasty boss to work far from home over Christmas, then investigates when the boss is murdered (40,000-copy first printing). Green takes the reins from the late, formidable Beaton in Devil’s Delight, with Agatha Raisin and colleague Toni encountering a young man who claims hysterically that he has stumbled upon a dead body near the Mircester Naturist Club, though no body can be found when the police huffily arrive (75,000-copy first printing). In Haines’s Bones of Holly, effervescent private eye Sarah Booth Delaney and colleague Tinkie head to Bay St. Louis, MS, to judge the annual library tree-decorating contest with Sandra O’Day and Janet Malone—writers who are bitter rivals and one of whom soon disappears (40,000-copy first printing). A lawyer friend of Aix-en-Provence’s examining magistrate Antoine Verlaque is thrilled to participate in a local theater production starring a legendary actress, but an indifferent leading man, a scatterbrained director, and finally a missing actor add up to Disaster at the Vendome Theater. (Longworth’s series now appears on BritBox featuring two very British actors.) In theNew York Times best-selling McKinlay’s The Plot and the Pendulum, library director Lindsey Norris unearths a skeleton at the Dorchester family estate, where she is cataloging a huge bequest to the Briar Creek Public Library. In Rosenfelt’s latest, Santa’s Little Yelpers—a litter of puppies at lawyer Andy Carpenter’s dog-rescuing Tara Foundation—are being fostered by volunteer Scott Tillman, formerly imprisoned, who’s discovered evidence that would exonerate him of the crime he insists he didn’t commit (50,000-copy first printing). From Pinckley Prize–winning Rendon, an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, Sinister Graves brings back young Ojibwe woman Cash Blackbear, who helps her sheriff guardian investigate when the body of an unidentified Indigenous woman is swept into town by the ferocious floodwaters of a sudden snowmelt.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; winner of ALA's Louis Shores Award for reviewing; and past president, awards chair, and treasurer of the National Book Critics Circle, which awarded her its inaugural Service Award in 2023.

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