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The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alex McCall Smith - next in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series (March 2009) author page

L.A. Outlaws by T. Jefferson Parker - Los Angeles is gripped by the exploding celebrity of Allison Murietta, her real identity unknown, a modern-day Jesse James with the compulsion to steal beautiful things, the vanity to invite the media along, and the conscience to donate much of her bounty to charity. Nobody ever gets hurt—until a job ends with ten gangsters lying dead and a half- million dollars worth of glittering diamonds missing. (February 2009) author page

Red Mandarin Dress by Qui Xiaolong - Bringing 1990s Communist China alive, Qiu's fifth Inspector Chen mystery finds Shanghai terrorized by its first-ever serial killer. (February 2009) author page

coverThe Silver Swan by Benjamin Black - The inimitable Quirke returns in another spellbinding crime novel, in which a young woman's dubious suicide sets off a new string of hazards and deceptions. This is the second novel in this series set in 1950s Ireland and written under the Booker-prize winning author John Banville's pseudonym. (February 2009) author page

Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz - Second book in this funny new series. (February 2009)

Notorius by Michele Martinez - (February 2009) author page

Cold in Hand by John Harvey (February 2009) author page

Killer Heat by Linda Fairstein - It's August in New York, and the only thing that's hotter than the pavement is Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper's personal and professional life. Just as she's claiming an especially gratifying victory in a rape case, she gets the call: the body of a young woman has been found in an abandoned building. (January 2009) author page

Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich - "Between-the-Numbers" Stephanie Plum novel. (January 2009) author page

The Risk of Infidelity by Christopher G. Moore - The internationally-acclaimed, prize-winning series starring Vincent Calvino, disbarred American lawyer turned Bangkok P.I. finally comes to North America with The Risk of Infidelity Index, a gripping novel set in a superbly textured, masterfully rendered Bangkok. (January 2009)

Born to Run by James Grippando - Jack Swyteck gets caught in a dangerous web of intrigue and murder at the top levels of the United States government in his most high-profile and disturbing case yet. (December 2008) author page

Death of a Gentle Lady by M. C. Beaton - 24th Constable Hamish Macbeth novel.(December 2008) author page

What You Have Left by James Sallis - Over the past five years, James Sallis has created three of the most acclaimed mysteries published in America, each of them featuring the complex John Turner—former cop, therapist, and ex-con, trying to escape his past, yet ever involved in the small community somewhere near Memphis where he has sought refuge. What You Have Left—concise, elegiac, memorable—collects these three classics in one paperback volume. (December 2008) author page

book coverBetrayal by John Lescroart - Dismas Hardy agrees to take an appeal to overturn the murder conviction of National Guard reservist Evan Scholler. Scholler had plenty of reasons for revenge—but as Dismas delves into the case, he begins to uncover a terrible truth that drops him right into the complicated world of government conspiracy, assassination, and betrayal… (December 2008) author page

Death Song by Michael McGarrity - Michael McGarrity’s eleventh novel in the acclaimed Kevin Kerney series achieves a new depth of masterful storytelling and a plot that will captivate readers. (December 2008) author page

book coverA Pale Horse by Charles Todd - In the ruins of Yorkshire's Fountains Abbey lies the body of a man wrapped in a cloak, the face covered by a gas mask. Next to him is a book on alchemy, which belongs to the schoolmaster, a conscientious objector in the Great War. Who is this man, and is the investigation into his death being manipulated by a thirst for revenge? Meanwhile, the British War Office is searching for a missing man of their own, someone whose war work was so secret that even Inspector Rutledge isn't told his real name or what he did. (December 2008) author page

Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson - (December 2008) author page

Chat by Archer Mayor - (November 2008) author page

The Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman - A picture cut from a glossy magazine, Luxury Living, draws retired Navajo tribal policeman Lt. Joe Leaphorn into a hunt for a soulless killer in bestseller Hillerman's enthralling 18th Leaphorn/Chee whodunit. (November 2006) author page

An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspeer -With the country in the grip of economic malaise, Maisie Dobbs is relieved to accept an apparently straightforward assignment to investigate a potential land purchase. Her inquiries take her to a picturesque village in Kent during the hop-picking season, but beneath its pastoral surface she finds evidence that something is amiss. (November 2008)author page

T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton - The latest Kinsey Millhone mystery - (November 2008) author page

Ever running ManEver-Running Man by Marcia Muller - Sharon McCone is hired by her husband's security firm to track down "the ever-running man," a shadowy figure who has been leaving explosive devices at their various offices. She doesn't have to search for long. When McCone narrowly escapes an explosion at the security firm's San Francisco offices, she catches a glimpse of his retreating figure. (October 2008) author page

Savages by Bill Pronzini - Latest Nameless Detective (October 2008) author page

Die With Me by Elena ForbesDie With Me by Elena Forbes - Somewhere in London, a lonely young woman is reaching out to the wrong man. It’s up to Detective Inspector Mark Tartaglia and the rest of the Murder Squad to find her before a killer does. It’s Tartaglia’s first time in charge, and he walks right into a political minefield as the investigation turns up three more suspicious deaths—all involving vulnerable young women falling to their deaths, all initially ruled suicides. (September 2008) author page

Killer's Kiss by William LashnerA Killer's Kiss by William Lasher - There's nothing easier than falling in love with an old girlfriend. That's what Philly lawyer Victor Carl finds out when he hooks up again with a femme fatale who's definitely bad for his health. A knock on Victor's door in the middle of the night. Two cops invite themselves in, asking where Victor has been. They also ask him about a doctor named Wren Davis. Victor sends them packing. As soon as they leave, a beautiful woman steps out of Victor's bedroom, a towel around her naked body. "Who was that?" she asks. "The cops," says Victor. "What did they want?" she asks. "To tell me that your husband is dead." (September 2008) author page

White Corridor by Christopher Fowler - From using crackpot psychics to cutting-edge forensics, Arthur Bryant and John May are famous for their maddeningly unorthodox approach to solving crimes that the ordinary police cannot. Now Christopher Fowler, “a new master of the classical detective story," brings back crime detection’s oddest—and oldest—couple to solve the ultimate locked room mystery. (September 2008)

Dead Heat by Dick Francis and Felix Frances - Francis introduces a new hero, chef Max Moreton, who runs a thriving restaurant near the Newmarket racetrack. Moreton has a complex background; he's afraid of horses yet fascinated by the world of horse racing. (September 2008) cover

coverFirst Wave by James R. Benn - Lieutenant Billy Boyle reluctantly accompanies Major Samuel Harding, his boss, in the first boat to land on the shores of Algeria during the Allied invasion. Their task is to arrange the surrender of the Vichy French forces. But there is dissension between the regular army, the local militia, and de Gaulle's Free French. American black marketeers in league with the enemy divert medical supplies to the Casbah, leading to multiple murders that Billy must solve while trying to rescue the girl he loves, a captured British spy. (September 2008) author page

Blonde Faith by Walter Mosley -- latest (possibly last) Easy Rawlins mystery (August 2008) author page

The Naming of the Dead by Ian RankinThe Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin - Ben Webster, a Scottish delegate to the Group of Eight summit, dies suspiciously a couple of days before the world's leaders gather in Scotland in 2005. While his colleagues are preoccupied by ensuring security at the conference, Insp. John Rebus is devoting his energy to the murder of Cyril Colliar, a recently released violent sex offender and muscle for the local crime boss. (August 2008) Read Review

Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson - Goldy Schulz is thrilled to be catering a holiday breakfast feast for the staff of the Aspen Meadow Library. But little does she know that on the menu, alongside the Great Expectations Grapefruit, Chuzzlewit Cheese Pie, and Bleak House Bars, is a large helping of murder. (August 2008) author page

Hard Row by Margaret MaronHard Row by Margaret Maron - Multiple award-winning author Margaret Maron returns with her critically-acclaimed sleuth Judge Deborah Knott—and a murder involving exploited immigrant workers. (July 2008) author page

The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen - Past and present join in this mystery that features Boston medical examiner Maura Isles. (August 2007) author page

Thursday Next by Jasper FfordeThursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde - Beloved for his prodigious imagination, his satirical gifts, his literate humor, and sheer silliness, Jasper Fforde has delighted book lovers since Thursday Next first appeared in The Eyre Affair, a genre send-up hailed as an instant classic. Since the no-nonsense literary detective from Swindon made her debut, literature has never been quite the same. (July 2008) author page

Indian BrideThe Indian Bride by Karin Fossum - Insp. Konrad Sejer is faced with a baffling crime when the battered body of a woman surfaces in a field outside the town of Elvestad. She's soon identified as Poona Jomann, the new wife of Gunder Jomann, who traveled to India in search of a life partner. Gunder's sister's injury in an auto accident kept him from meeting his bride at the airport, leaving her to travel to their new home alone, a journey that ended in murder. (June 2008) author page

Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich - New secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet! (June 2008) author page

A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallihan - A thief, found dead in an alley. A man, disappeared from a city that never knew he existed. A boy, grievously hurt, who everyone called Superman. Bangkok, the glittering center of a country full of ghosts. (June 2008) Read review

The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz - Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off L.A.’s storied Mulholland Drive, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head and no memory of being found convulsing over his ex- fiancée’s body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath his nails. He himself doesn’t know whether he’s guilty or innocent. To reconstruct the story, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and the city he loves. (June 2008) author page

The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver - A dark and multilayered psychological thriller about a vicious killer’s escape from a California super-prison and the mysterious and deadly quest he embarks on once he’s free. Features special agent Kathryn Dance (Cold Moon). (May 2008) author page

Dirty Martini by J. A. Konrath - Konrath's fourth drink-inspired mystery to feature Lt. Jacqueline Jack Daniels. (May 2008) author page

Slipknot by Linda GreenlawSlipknot by Linda Greenlaw - In her bestselling nonfiction book All Fishermen Are Liars, Linda Greenlaw confessed a desire to write fiction -- and readers responded with an enthusiastic "Please do!" At last, she satisfies their hunger with this sharp-witted, compulsively readable mystery, the first in a series featuring marine investigator Jane Bunker. (April 2008) author page

Love Kills by Edna Buchanan - Britt Montero is a tough-as-nails ace crime reporter who joins forces with Miami’s Cold Case Squad. (April 2008)

Depths by Henning Mankell -It is October 1914, and Swedish naval officer Lars Tobiasson-Svartman is charged with a secret mission to take depth readings around the Stockholm archipelago. In the course of his work, he lands on the rocky isle of Halsskär. It seems impossible for it to be habitable, yet it is home to the young widow Sara Fredrika, who lives in near-total isolation and is unaware that the world is at war. (April 2008)

Saturnalia by Lindsey Davis - Informer Marcus Didius Falco recieves an imperial commission from Emperor Vespasian to solve the murder of nobleman Sextus Gratianus Scaeva. (April 2008) author page

Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee ChildBad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child - Jack Reacher reunites with some of his army buddies to plot revenge against someone who is killing them off. (March 2008)

Medicus by Ruth Downie - Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on his luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. The most likeable sleuth to come out of the Roman Empire. (March 2008)

A Fatal Grace: A Three Pines Mystery by Louise Penny - The second Inspector Armand Gamache mystery set in the stunning countryside of Quebec. (February 2008)

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz - Hilarious new addition to sleuths series. (February 2008)

Red Cat by Peter Spiegelman - Third John March novel in this impressive series. (February 2008)

Mosaic Crimes by Giulio Leon - a Danta Alighieri Mystery, set in Florence, June 1300 (February 2008)

 

 

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