P.I.'s in Print M to Z


September 19, 2018

Muller, Marcia. THE COLOR OF FEAR. Grand Central. April '18. $7.99. Thirty-third in the Sharon McCone series. "When a knock on the door in the middle of the night wakes Sharon, she's wholly unprepared for the horrifying news: her father has been the victim of a vicious, racially-motivated attack. A nationally recognized Shoshone artist, Elwood had been visiting Sharon for the holidays, browsing for gifts in San Francisco's exclusive Marina district when he was set upon by a mob of angry young men. Now he lies in a coma, hovering between life and death. With little progress on the investigation from the overworked, short-handed police, Sharon resolves to track down Elwood's attackers herself. But when Sharon begins receiving hate-filled, racist threats from a shadowy group, it becomes clear that her pursuit of justice may be putting her own life in jeopardy..."

Paretsky, Sara. FALLOUT. William Morrow. December '17. $9.99. "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."

Pronzini, Bill. THE BAG OF TRICKS AFFAIR: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery. Forge Books. March '18. $25.99. Sixth in the series. "THE BAG OF TRICKS AFFAIR is the latest charming historical mystery in Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Bill Pronzini's detective series. A conman always has a bag of tricks, ready to fool the unsuspecting, and almost everyone is unsuspecting until they get taken. When that happens, they turn to Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, to recover their money and what's left of their dignity, and perhaps even to save their lives. When one such case leaves Sabina Carpenter the only witness to a murder, the family of the culprit vows to stop at nothing to keep her silent. The threat leaves John Quincannon deeply concerned for Sabina's safety, but there's no rest for the wicked and so the crime-solving duo must split up to tackle two separate con games, run by two villains with deadly bags of tricks at hand. And when Sabina's life is put in danger, John must rush to save her while grappling with the terrifying realization of exactly how much she means to him." Simultaneous release on Audio CD.

Straley, John. BABY'S FIRST FELONY. Soho Crime. July '18. $25.95. Seventh in the Cecil Younger Investigation series. The Shamus Award-winner returns to Alaska and criminal defense investigator Cecil Younger. Cecil is approached by Sherrie, a client he helped in the past, who asks him to find evidence that will clear her of a domestic violence charge. He agrees in the hopes that he can have her abusive boyfriend put into jail. But what he finds in the apartment Sherrie sent him to is a whole different story - the supposed evidence turns out to be fifty thousand dollars in cash and his teen-age daughter Blossom! The case takes another bad turn which leads to a freezer full of drugs stuffed into fish as well as a murder witness and the kidnapping of his daughter. His only help just might be the motley crew of clients he helped defend over the years.

Tantimedh, Adi. HER BEAUTIFUL MONSTER: Second in the Ravi PI Series. Atria/Leopoldo & Co. December '17. $26.00. We're taken on another breathless ride as Private Investigator Ravi Chandra Singh and his cohorts take on a mysterious case. Things take a strange turn when Ravi's colleagues at the agency find out that he has visions of Hindu gods, but not only are they all alright with it, they encourage him hoping it will help in their work! In their second case, they are hired to find the missing will of a high-ranking dead Russian. Following several leads, they soon realize that things are more complicated than expected. Danger follows Rave as his past catches up to the present and his life is in danger. Trade paperback edition. June '18. $16.00.

Thompson, Victoria. MURDER IN THE BOWERY. Berkley Books. April '18. $7.99. Twentith in the Gaslight Mystery series. "The latest Gaslight Mystery from the bestselling author ...finds Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy searching for a connection between a murdered newsie and a high society woman with dangerous habits. Frank Malloy's latest client is the well-dressed Will Bert. He's searching for his brother, a newsboy named Freddie, so he can share his new financial good fortune. Frank makes quick work of the case and locates Freddie, but a happy reunion between brothers is not in the cards. When Will's name is mentioned, Freddie runs off - only to be found dead a short time later. Suspicious, Frank tracks down Will who spins a tale of lust and deceit involving a young society woman, Estelle Longacre, also recently deceased. Frank can't be sure if Estelle's risky behavior and the company she kept was to blame, or if her own ruthless family had a hand in her death. Frank will need Sarah's help to unearth the dark secrets of the wealthy Longacres and to discover if there is a connection between Estelle and Freddie's death. Together they must navigate a perilous underground web of treachery to find the truth."

Winspear, Jacqueline. TO DIE BUT ONCE. Harper Books. April '18. $27.99. Fourteenth in the series. "Maisie Dobbs..faces danger and intrigue on the home front during World War II. During the months following Britain's declaration of war on Germany, Maisie Dobbs investigates the disappearance of a young apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract. As news of the plight of thousands of soldiers stranded on the beaches of France is gradually revealed to the general public, and the threat of invasion rises, another young man beloved by Maisie makes a terrible decision that will change his life forever. Maisie's investigation leads her from the countryside of rural Hampshire to the web of wartime opportunism exploited by one of the London underworld's most powerful men, in a case that serves as a reminder of the inextricable link between money and war. Yet when a final confrontation approaches, she must acknowledge the potential cost to her future - and the risk of destroying a dream she wants very much to become reality."

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