Summer Chills: Mystery Previews, Jul. 2022, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

Mysteries from Linda Castillo, Alexander McCall Smith, David Rosenfelt, and more. 

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Carlisle, Kate. The Paper Caper. Berkley. (Bibliophile Mystery, Bk. 16). Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780593201466. $27. MYSTERY.COZY

Castillo, Linda. The Hidden One: A Novel of Suspense. (Kate Burkholder, Bk. 14). Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250781055. $27.99. CD. MYSTERY/POLICE PROCEDURAL

Davis, Lindsey. Desperate Undertaking. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Flavia Albia, Bk. 10). Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781250799883. $27.99. MYSTERY/HISTORICAL

Hand, Elizabeth. Hokuloa Road. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780316542043. $28. Downloadable. MYSTERY

McCall Smith, Alexander.The Sweet Remnants of Summer. Pantheon. (Isabel Dalhousie, Bk. 14). Jul. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9780593316948. $27. lrg. prnt. MYSTERY

March, Nev. Peril at the Exposition. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9781250855039. $27.99. MYSTERY/HISTORICAL

Munier, Paula. The Wedding Plot. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Mercy Carr, Bk. 4). Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781250822369. $27.99. MYSTERY

Murphy, Dwyer. An Honest Living. Viking. Jul. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780593489246. $26. Downloadable. MYSTERY/PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR

Rosenfelt, David. Holy Chow. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781250828873. $27.99. CD. MYSTERY

In The Paper Caper, Carlisle’s latest “Bibliophile Mystery,” murder transpires at the first annual Mark Twain Festival, held by Brooklyn Wainwright at her bookstore and underwritten by media magnate Joseph Cabot. In Castillo’s The Hidden One, Amish elders turn to Painters Mill chief of police Kate Burkholder when the remains of a long-vanished bishop are discovered, bearing evidence of foul play (150,000-copy first printing). Private informer Flavia Albia’s next Desperate Undertaking is finding a serial killer (or killers) committing brutal murder and staging the corpses around Davis’s first-century CE Rome (30,000-copy first printing). In Hokuloa Road, cross genre–writing, Shirley Jackson Award–winning Hand makes Grady Kendall caretaker of a luxury property in Hawaii (as far as possible from his native Maine), then has him hunting for a young woman from his flight who has since vanished (30,000-copy first printing). In McCall Smith’s The Sweet Remnants of Summer, Isabel Dalhousie is serving on an advisory committee for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery when she is caught up in the squabbles of a prominent family where Nationalist vs. Socialist ideologies prevail. In Peril at the Exposition, a follow-up to March’s Edgar finalist debut, Murder in Old Bombay, newlyweds Capt. Jim Agnihotri and Diana Framji have left British-ruled Bombay (now Mumbai) for 1890s Boston when Jim is sent to investigate a murder in Chicago (50,000-copy first printing). In Munier’s The Wedding Plot, Mercy’s grandmother Patience is set to marry her longtime beloved at the five-star Lady’s Slipper Inn when family enmities bubble to the surface, the inn’s spa director vanishes, and a stranger turns up dead (30,000-copy first printing). In An Honest Living—a debut from Murphy, editor in chief of CrimeReads, Literary Hub’s crime fiction vertical—an attorney picking up odd jobs after walking out on his stranglehold law firm agrees to help reclusive literati Anna Reddick find her possibly thieving bookseller husband, and all’s well until the real Anna Reddick walks in. In Rosenfelt’s Holy Chow, an older woman who adopts sweet senior chow mix Tessie from Andy Carpenter’s Tara Foundation makes Andy promise that if she dies he will take care of Tessie provided that her son cannot—which he certainly can’t when he is arrested days later on suspicion of his mother’s murder (60,000-copy first printing).

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