October 6, 2017

Child, Lee, Author/Editor; Brown, Sandra; Box, C.J.; Mcdermid, Val; & 18 More. MATCHUP. Simon & Schuster. June '17. $27.00. From the publisher: "In this incredible follow-up to the New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller FACEOFF, twenty-two of the world's most popular thriller writers come together for an unforgettable anthology. MATCHUP takes the never-before-seen bestseller pairings of FACEOFF and adds a delicious new twist: gender. Eleven of the world's best female thriller writers from Diana Gabaldon to Charlaine Harris are paired with eleven of the world's best male thriller writers, including John Sandford, C.J. Box, and Nelson DeMille. The stories are edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child and feature: Lee Coburn and Joe Pickett in 'Honor & ...' by Sandra Brown and C.J. Box. Tony Hill and Roy Grace in 'Footloose' by Val McDermid and Peter James.Temperance Brennan and Jack Reacher in 'Faking a Murderer' by Kathy Reichs and Lee Child. Jamie Fraser and Cotton Malone in 'Past Prologue' by Diana Gabaldon and Steve Berry. Liz Sansborough and Rambo in 'Rambo on Their Minds' by Gayle Lynds and David Morrell.Jeffrey Tolliver and Joe Pritchard in 'Short Story' by Karin Slaughter and Michael Koryta. Harper Connelly and Ty Hauck in 'Dig Here' by Charlaine Harris and Andrew Gross. Regan Pescoli and Virgil Flowers in 'Deserves to be Dead' by Lisa Jackson and John Sandford. Lucan Thorne and Lilliane in 'Midnight Flame' by Lara Adrian and Christopher Rice. Bennie Rosato and John Corey in 'Getaway' by Lisa Scottoline and Nelson DeMille. Ali Reynolds and Bravo Shaw in 'Taking the Veil' by J.A. Jance and Eric Van Lustbader."

Estleman, Loren D. NEARLY NERO: The Adventures of Claudius Lyon, the Man Who Would Be Wolfe. Gallery Books. May '17. $24.99. From the publisher: "Based on the Nero Wolfe series - one of the longest running, critically acclaimed, and bestselling series in the crime fiction world - a collection of Nero Wolfe-inspired crime stories from one of the most prominent crime writers of his era. From 1934 until his death in 1976, Rex Stout entertained the world with the exploits of Nero Wolfe - the eccentric, orchid-breeding detective genius - as related by Archie Goodwin, his irreverent legman. Nearly Nero is an affectionate, tongue-in-cheek homage to Stout's greatest creation. Claudius Lyon is a fanatic admirer of Wolfe. He has retrofitted himself and his townhouse after Wolfe's and has hired a man named Arnie Woodbine to serve as his Archie Goodwin. However, Lyon's naivete and Woodbine's larcenous nature constantly put them in jeopardy - more than Wolfe and Goodwin ever faced. Somehow the imitator manages to find a solution from every problem. But can he and his assistant keep up this pretense for long?"

Lovesey, Peter, Preface. THE USUAL SANTAS: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers. Soho Crime. October '17. $19.95. Eighteen holiday themed stories by Soho's award-winning authors bring everything from humor to hardboiled holiday cheer. Stories by Stephanie Baron, James R. Benn, Cara Black, Henry Chang, Gary Corby, Colin Cotterill, Tod Goldberg, Timothy Hallinan, Mick Herron, Lene Kaaberbol & Agnette Friis, Martin Limon, Ed Lin, Peter Lovesey, Sujata Massey, Stuart Neville, & Helen Tursten. From the publisher: "Nine mall Santas must find the imposteimpostorr among them. An elderly lady seeks peace from her murderously loud neighbors at Christmastime. A young woman receives a mysterious invitation to Christmas dinner with a stranger. Niccolo Machiavelli sets out to save an Italian city. Sherlock Holmes's one-time nemesis Irene Adler finds herself in an unexpected tangle in Paris while on a routine espionage assignment. Jane Austen searches for the Dowager Duchess of Wilborough's stolen diamonds. And other adventures that will whisk readers away to Christmases around the globe, from a Korean War POW camp to a Copenhagen refugee squat to the streets of Thailand."

Meier, Leslie; Hollis, Lee; & Ross, Barbara. EGGNOG MURDER. Kensington Books. November '16. $25.00. "With the fireplace crackling, the tree twinkling, and the carols humming, few things in life are as picture perfect as Christmas in Maine - until murder dampens the holiday spirit. It must be something in the eggnog... 'EGGNOG MURDER' by Leslie Meier: When a gift-wrapped bottle of eggnog - allegedly from the Real Beard Santa Club - proves to be a killer concoction for a Tinker's Cove local, all Lucy Stone wants for Christmas is to find the murdering mixologist who's stirring up trouble. 'DEATH BY EGGNOG' by Lee Hollis: Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell has never cared much for Bar Harbor's grouchy town librarian, Agatha Farnsworth. But after the Scroogy senior has a fatal - and suspicious - allergic reaction to supposedly non-dairy eggnog, it's up to Hayley to ladle out some justice. 'NOGGED OFF' by Barbara Ross: Julia Snowden's tenant Imogen Geinkes seems to be jinxed. First, her poorly named 'Killer Eggnog' gives all her co-workers food poisoning at the holiday party, then her boyfriend's body shows up in Julia's moving truck as she's headed back to Busman's Harbor. Now Julia has to get moving to catch the cold-hearted culprit. Cozy up with a glass of eggnog and enjoy the spirit of murder and mystery in a Yultide treat perfect for those winter holidays..." Simultaneous release on Audio CD from Dreamscape Media. Available in paperback. November '17 $7.99.

Penzler, Otto, editor. BIBLIOMYSTERIES: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores. Pegasus Books. August '17. $26.95. "Specially commissioned by the Mysterious Bookshop, the 'biblio-mysteries' in this unique collection feature original stories by the genre's most distinguished authors: Ken Bruen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Loren D. Estleman, Nelson DeMille, Anne Perry, Jeffery Deaver, C. J. Box, Thomas H. Cook, Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, and Laura Lippman. If you open your dictionary, you will discover that there is no such word as 'bibliomystery.' However, most mystery readers know that the word refers to a mystery story that involves the world of books: a bookshop, a rare volume, a library, a collector, or a bookseller. Here you will discover Sigmund Freud dealing with an unwelcome visitor; Columbo confronting a murderous bookseller; a Mexican cartel kingpin with a fatal weakness for rare books; and deadly secrets deep in the London Library; plus books with hidden messages, beguiling booksellers, crafty collectors, and a magical library that is guaranteed to enchant you. The stories have been published in seven languages... Who knew literature could be so lethal!"

Penzler, Otto, editor. THE BIG BOOK OF JACK THE RIPPER. Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. November '16. $25.00. "Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler's latest anthology takes its inspiration from the historical enigma whose name has become synonymous with fear: Jack the Ripper. Of the real-life serial killers whose gruesome acts have been splashed across headlines, none has reached the mythical status of Jack the Ripper. In the Ripper's wake, terror swept through the streets of London's East End in the fall of 1888. As quickly as his nightmarish reign came, Saucy Jack vanished without a trace - leaving future generations to speculate upon his identity and whereabouts. He was diabolical in a way never seen before - a killer who taunted the police, came up with his own legendary monikers, and, ultimately, got away with his heinous crimes. More than a century later, the man 'from hell'continues to live on in the imaginations of readers everywhere - and in some of the most spec­tacularly unnerving stories, both fiction and nonfiction, ever written. THE BIG BOOK OF JACK THE RIPPER immerses you in the utterly chilling world of Red Jack's London, where his unprecedented evil still lurks. Including: Legendary stories by Marie Belloc Lowndes, Robert Bloch, and Ellery Queen. Captivating essays from George Bernard Shaw, Stephen Hunter, and Peter Underwood. Riveting new stories by contemporary masters Jeffrey Deaver, Loren D. Estleman, Lyndsay Faye, and many more. Astonishing theories from the world's foremost Ripperologists. From the Ripper Vault: Demonic letters from Jack himself.... Gruesome postmortem exams documenting all the bits and pieces of the cases.... Harrowing witness statements taken on those hellish nights.... Breaking newspaper accounts of the East End hysteria."

Reuben, Shelly. DABBLING IN CRIME. BookBaby. November '16. $14.00. If you're only going to read one book this year, read DABBLING IN CRIME! Once you start you won't be able to put the book down. Each unique story is poignant, has sparkling dialog, and brings the well-developed characters to life. The stories take you on an emotional journey and several brought tears to my eyes. Shelly Reuben really knows people - and crime!

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