February 9, 2019

Child, Lee, Author/Editor; Brown, Sandra; Box, C.J.; Mcdermid, Val; & 18 More. MATCHUP. Simon & Schuster. June '18. $16.00. 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."

Gardner, Gwen. TICK TOCK:A Stitch in Crime. Freedom Fox Press. May '18. $14.95. Described as "An Insecure Writer's Suuport Group Anthology," this collection of short stories proves that "The clock is ticking...." Eleven authors explore mysteries that hide in the shadows as well as those in plain sight where time always has a hand in what happens. Stories include 'A Stitch in Crime' by Gwen Gardner; 'Gussy Saint and the Case of the Missing Coed" by C.D. Gallant-King; 'The Tide Waits' by Rebecca M. Douglass; 'The Little Girl in the Bayou' by J.R. Ferguson; 'Cypress, Like The Tree' by Yolanda Renee; 'Reset' by Tara Tyler; 'Three O'Clock Execution' by S.R.Betler; 'Center Lane' by Christine Clementson; 'One More Minute' by Mary Aalgaard; 'Hearless' by C. Lee McKenzie; and 'Until Release' by Jemi Fraser. From the authors: "Can a dead child's cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail? Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting..."

Klinger, Leslie S., editor. IN THE SHADOW OF AGATHA CHRISTIE: Classic Crime Fiction by Forgotten Female Writers 1850-1917. Pegasus Books. February '19. $15.95. "Before Agatha Christie became the world's Queen of Crime, she stood on the talented shoulders of the female crime authors who came before her. This splendid new anthology by Leslie S. Klinger brings these exceptional writers out of Christie's shadow and back into the spotlight they deserve. Agatha Christie is undoubtedly the world's best-selling mystery author, hailed as the 'Queen of Crime,' with worldwide sales in the billions. Christie burst onto the literary scene in 1920, with The Mysterious Affair at Styles; her last novel was published in 1976, a career longer than even Conan Doyle's forty-year span. The truth is that it was due to the success of writers like Anna Katherine Green in Americ, L.T. Meade, C.L. Pirkis, the Baroness Orczy, and Elizabeth Corbett in England, and Mary Fortune in Australia that the doors were finally opened for women crime-writers. Authors who followed them, such as Patricia Wentworth, Dorothy Sayers, and, of course, Agatha Christie would not have thrived without the bold, fearless work of their predecessors - and the genre would be much poorer for their absence. So while Agatha Christie may still reign supreme, it is important to remember that she did not ascend that throne except on the shoulders of the women who came before her - and inspired her - and who are now removed from her shadow once and for all by this superb new anthology by Leslie S. Klinger. Featuring: Mary Fortune, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Ellen Wood, Elizabeth Corbett, C.L. Pirkis, Geraldine Bonner, Ellen Glasgow, L.T. Meade, Baroness Orczy, Augusta Grober, M.E. Graddon, Anna Katherine Green, Carolyn Wells, and Susan Glashell."

Penzler, Otto, editor. BIBLIOMYSTERIES: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores. Pegasus Books. August '18. $16.95. "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!"

Tursten, Helene. Translated by Marlaine Delargy. AN ELDERLY LADY IS UP TO NO GOOD. Soho Crime. November '18. $12.99. Engaging, funny short stories by the author of the Irene Huss investigations series. At the age of eighty-eight, Maud lives alone in her family's large apartment in Guthenburg, Sweden rent free thanks to a old contract signed by her family. She has no family anymore and no friends, but that's fine with her - she'd rather be alone. She spends her time traveling and enjoys surfing the web. She has no qualms about dispensing justice as she sees it, but when a body is found in her apartment she may find herself a murder suspect.

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