July 25, 2017
Bowen, Rhys. CROWNED AND DANGEROUS. Brilliance Audio. September '16. $9.99. MP3 CD. Unabridged. Read by Katherine Kellgren . Tenth in the Royal Spyness series. "Nothing is simple when you're thirty-fifth in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side, and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau Darcy O'Mara hope to bypass a few royal rules... With Darcy driving me out of London in a borrowed motor car, I soon discover that he isn't planning to introduce me to the pleasures of sinning in secret - as I had hoped - but to make me his wife! Of course, there are some quibbles to be dealt with, such as my needing special permission from the King to marry a Roman Catholic and the question of where we might live after the honeymoon. Though he will inherit a title, Darcy is as broke as I am. Even his family's Irish castle has been sold to a rich American who now employes Darcy's father as a hired hand. Throwing these cares to the wind, nothing could deter us from our mission - except perhaps the news that my future father-in-law has just been arrested. It seems the rich American was murdered and Darcy's father had more than enough motive to do the deed. With the elopement postponed, we head for Ireland where he insists he's innocent, and it's up to us to prove it - for better or worse. Simultaneous hardcover release from Berkley Books.
Collins, Max Allan. QUARRY IN THE BLACK. Skyboat Media & Blackstone Audio. October '16. $19.95. Unabridged MP3CD edition. Thirteenth in the series. "With a controversial presidential election just weeks away, Quarry is hired to carry out a rare political assignment: kill the Reverend Raymond Wesley Lloyd, a passionate Civil Rights crusader and campaigner for the underdog candidate. But when a hate group out of Ferguson, Missouri, turns out to be gunning for the same target, Quarry starts to wonder just who it is he's working for. NOW A CINEMAX TELEVISION SERIES! The longest-running series from Max Allan Collins, author of ROAD TO PERDITION, the Quarry novels tell the story of a paid assassin with a rebellious streak and an unlikely taste for justice. Once a Marine sniper, Quarry found a new home stateside with a group of contract killers. But some men aren't made for taking orders - and when Quarry strikes off on his own, God help the man on the other side of his nine-millimeter..." Available in paperback from Hard Case Crime.
Deaver, Jeffery. THE BURIAL HOURS. Grand Central. April '17. $40.00. Audio CD. Unabridged. "#1 internationally bestselling thriller writer Jeffery Deaver returns to the Lincoln Rhyme series, as Rhyme hunts a dangerous killer whose crimes span the Atlantic. A traveling businessman is snatched off of an Upper East Side street in broad daylighT - or so it appears to the eight year old girl who is the crime's only witness. The perp leaves a token at the site of the kidnapping - a miniature noose. A crime scene this puzzling demands forensic expertise of the highest order. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate. Rhyme and Sachs' investigation takes an unexpected turn when a similar kidnapping occurs across the Atlantic in a small town outside of Naples, Italy. The killer's M.O. is bizarre and frightening. Obsessed with music, the man records the final breaths of his victims, then uses a keyboard sampler to compose an otherworldly tune that is then posted online. The search for the killer will become a complex case of international cooperation - yet not all is as it seems, and soon Sachs and Rhyme find themselves playing a dangerous game with shadowy parties from across the globe." Simultaneous hardcover release from Grand Central.
Hall, Parnell. A PUZZLE TO BE NAMED LATER. Dreamscape Media. January '17. $29.99. Audio CD. Unabridged. Narrated by Nan McNamara. Eighteenth in the Puzzle Lady series. "The Puzzle Lady couldn't be happier. Matt Greystone, the rookie sensation who just signed a huge contract with the Yankees after coming to the team as the player to be named later in a trade with the Diamondbacks, winning seventeen games as a starting pitcher, was coming to town to rehab from an arm injury. A diehard Yankee fan, Cora was delighted when Matt invited her to a weekend pool party. On the plus side, she got to meet Derek Jeter. On the minus side, she had to solve a puzzle (that was also named later), and a couple of the guests got killed. Solving murders is right up the Puzzle Lady's alley. Unfortunately, someone has broken into the house of a local psychiatrist and rifled her patient files, and Chief Harper wants Cora to solve that, too. Cora already knows who broke into the house. She did! INCLUDES CROSSWORDS AND A SUDOKU BY WILL SHORTZ THAT HELP YOU SOLVE THE MYSTERY." Simultaneous hardcover release from Minotaur Books.
Hallinan, Timothy. FIELDS WHERE THEY LAY. Blackstone Audio. October '16. $29.95. MP3 CD. Unabridged. Sixth in the Junior Bender series. It's days before Christmas and Russian mobsters are forcing Junior Bender to look into a shoplifting crime spree in fast-fading shopping mall. Despite Junior's best efforts, two people are dead. In order to prevent any other deaths, including his, Junior must solve the case. Simultaneous hardcover release from Soho Crime.
Levine, Paul. BUM LUCK. Brilliance Audio. April '17. $14.99. Audio CD. Read by Luke Daniels. Unabridged. "Thirty seconds after the jury announced its verdict, I decided to kill my client. Second-string linebacker turned trial lawyer Jake Lassiter squares off against his toughest, most unpredictable adversary yet: himself. The downward spiral begins when Jake's client, Miami Dolphins' running back Thunder Thurston, is cleared of murdering his wife. Jake didn't expect to win, didn't want to win, since he is sure his client is guilty. When Thurston walks free, Lassiter vows to seek his own kind of justice. Street justice. Vigilante justice. Law partners Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord can't believe their friend has become so deeply, inexplicably obsessed with killing Thurston. Convinced Jake's unhinged behavior is due to concussive brain injuries suffered during his pro football career, they beg him to seek treatment. But as Lassiter's raging fixation on vengeance grows, Solomon and Lord wonder if they're too late to help. Is it game over for Jake's career...and his life? Simultaneous trade paperback release from Thomas & Mercer.
Maine, Sarah. BEYOND THE WILD RIVER: A Novel. Dreamscape Media. April '17. $59.99. Audio CD. Unabridged . This suspenseful and atmospheric historical mystery concerns a young woman's friend who disappeared after a double homicide. Evelyn Ballantyre joins her father on a trip from their Scotland home to North America in the late 1800s. She is excited to visit the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago after which they will go on a fishing expedition in Canada. After arriving in Canada, Evelyn is surprised when they met their guide who turns out to be none other than her old friend who vanished after a poacher and the gamekeeper were found dead. Although it was thought that James was the killer, Evelyn didn't believe that to be true. Will the truth about James and her father come to light after all these years? Simultaneous trade paperback release from Atria Books.
Meier, Leslie; Hollis, Lee; & Ross, Barbara. EGGNOG MURDER. Dreamscape Media. November '16. $29.99. Audio CD. Unabridged. "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 hardcover release from Kensington Books.
Papantonio, Mike. LAW AND DISORDER. Blackstone Audio. December '16. $34.95. Audio CD. Unabridged. Written by the radio talk show host, LAW AND DISORDER takes place in Florida where brilliant attorney Nicholas Deketomis takes on multibillion dollar lawsuits in order to protect the rights of his clients and also works for a liberal State Senate candidate. Unfortunately, his successful career and life may change for the worse when he goes up against some very powerful players who won't let anybody stand in their way. When he takes on a case against a large oil corporation, he is up against a very ambitious DA and the brothers who run the corporation. In an effort to destroy Nicholas, they band together with a Bible Belt Preacher and try to set him up on a murder charge to get him out of their way. This is one attorney that won't go down without a fight and finds help from an unlikely source. Available in hardcover from Select Books.
Paretsky, Sara. FALLOUT. HarperAudio. April '17. $44.99. Audio CD. Unabridged. Read by Susan Ericksen. "Book 19 of 19 in the V.I. Warshawski Novels Series. Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. WARSHAWSKI. To her parents, she's Victoria Iphigenia. To her friends, she's Vic. But to clients seeking her talents as a detective, she's V.I. And her new case will lead her from her native Chicago... and into Kansas, on the trail of a vanished film student and a faded Hollywood star. Accompanied by her dog, V.I. tracks her quarry through a university town, across fields where missile silos once flourished - and into a past riven by long-simmering racial tensions, a past that holds the key to the crimes of the present. But as the mysteries stack up, so does the body count. And in this, her toughest case, not even V.I. is safe." Simultaneous hardcover release from William Morrow.
Pronzini, Bill. THE VIOLATED: A Novel. Blackstone Audio. March '17. $29.95. Audio CD. Unabridged. "A new stand-alone thriller by an acclaimed master of the genre and author of the Nameless Detective series. Bill Pronzini is crime-writing royalty. His more than eighty published novels have won or been nominated for Edgar, Hammett, Anthony, Shamus, and Macavity awards - a clean sweep of the crime fiction award field - and received rave reviews from critics. He crafts masterful stories, often from multiple perspectives, in which the human condition is on full display. THE VIOLATED is no exception. In Echo Park, in the small town of Santa Rita, California, the mutilated body of Martin Torrey is found by two passersby. A registered sex offender, Torrey has been a suspect in a string of recent rapes, and instant suspicion for his murder falls on the relatives and friends of the women attacked. Police chief Griffin Kells and detective Robert Ortiz are under increasing pressure from the public and from a mayor demanding results in a case that has no easy solution. Pronzini cleverly unfolds the case through alternating perspectives - Martin Torrey's wife, caught between her grief and the fear her husband was guilty; the outraged husbands of the women violated; the enterprising editor of the local paper; the mayor concerned most with his own ratings; the detectives, often spinning in circles - until a surprising break leads to a completely unexpected conclusion. THE VIOLATED is Bill Pronzini at the height of his storytelling powers." Simultaneous hardcover release from Deckle Edge.
Robards, Karen. THE ULTIMATUM. Brilliance Audio. June '17. $24.99. The Guardian Book 1. MP3 CD. Read by Julia Whelan. Unabridged. Bianca St. Ives has a reputation for being the best thief and con artist in the business. As a child she was never interested in dolls or things most girls liked - she studied martial arts and explosives. Her father taught her well and took her into the family business. Now known as the Guardian, she helps her father run an international organization and makes money by swindling con men out of the money they steal. She had a bit of a problem with her last job though - she lost millions of dollars and some top secret government documents! She also lost her father who died during the job. Unfortunately, the US government doesn't believe her father Richard is dead. As one of the most wanted criminals for decades, they intend to use Bianca as bait to find him. Now Bianca must find the truth behind what really happened on that last job. Simultaneous hardcover release from MIRA Books.
Wiehl, Lis with Stuart, Sebastian. THE CANDIDATE: A Newsmakers Novel. Brilliance Audio. October '16. $19.99. MP3 CD. Unabridged. Read by Devon O'Day. Second in the series. Once again Erica Sparks, the top cable news host, is thrust into the limelight when she begins an investigation into a presidental candidate. The war hero, Mike Ortiz, spent nine months in an Al-Qaeda prison, but Erica isn't so sure about what really happened there. She also wonders about Mike's 'perfect' wife, Celeste. Erica's search for the truth not only puts her life in danger, but also puts her young daughter into the crossfire. Simultaneous hardcover release from Thomas Nelson.
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