The Professionals A To H


September 16, 2019

Allan, Barbara. ANTIQUES RAVIN'. Kensington Books. May '19. $26.00. Thirteenth in the Trash 'n' Treasures series. "The votes are in! Eccentric seventy-something Vivian Borne - elected county sheriff, to everyone's amazement but her own - springs into action. In her new role, the community playhouse diva appoints daughter Brandy reluctant deputy and makes their spunky shih tzu Sushi a K-9 unit of one. Soon the amateur-sleuths-turned-pro have a challenging case to solve as a series of creepy crimes plague an ill-fated Edgar Allan Poe festival, where a fiend is misguidedly dispensing Poe-etic justice. Small-town Antiqua, known for its quaint main street of antique shops, has set out to celebrate the gothic poet with food, fun, and rare memorabilia, only to have the Master of the Macabre's twisted tales come to deadly life. A purloined tome, a black cat, a musty mausoleum, and mysterious disappearances - these tell the tale of a heartless murderer. But Vivian and Brandy Borne are determined to decipher the cryptic clues to make sure a ravin'-mad killer strikes 'nevermore'! Don't miss Brandy Borne's tips on hunting for valuable antiques! Available in paperback. April '20. $7.99.

Benn, James R. SOLEMN GRAVES: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery. Soho Crime. August '19. $16.95. Thirteenth in the series. Continuing the thrilling series, US Army Detectives Billy Boyle, Kaz, and Big Mike are sent to Normandy one month after D-Day. They must safe-guard Allied operations which are being threatened near the front lines. They arrive at a manor house serving as a temporary HQ to find a murdered Major. The men must keep their investigation secret from informants and German spies and make sure the existence of the 'Ghost Army' is not discovered while solving the murder of the Major.

Benn, James R. WHEN HELL STRUCK TWELVE: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery. Soho Crime. September '19. $27.95. Fourteenth in the series. In this entry in the exciting series, US Army detective Billy Boyle and Lieutenant Kazimierz must go behind enemy lines during the summer of 1944, to find a traitor to the French Resistance who is trying to deliver classified plans to the Germans in occupied Paris. The Resistance is also looking for the spy, code named Atlantik, after his betrayal ended in the deaths of several resistance fighters. The problem is that although he doesn't know it, Atlantik is carrying bogus information intended to confuse the Germans and keep them from finding out the Allied army's actual destination. Billy and Kaz have to keep the resistance from finding Atlantik at all costs. They must follow a thin line making sure the traitor gets to the Germans, but without tipping off the Resistance.

Cleverly, Barbara. FALL OF ANGELS: An Inspector Redfyre Mystery. Soho Crime. August '19. $15.95. First in a new series. The author of the popular Joe Sandilands series introduces us to a new sleuth in 1920s Cambridge. The CID is thrilled to have Detective Inspector John Redfyre solving crimes as he has entry into the elite colleges and universities that have always been off limits to the police. His adventures start when his Aunt Henrietta invites him to a Christmas concert at St. Barnabas College. Instead of a quiet musical evening, Redfyre is witness to a scandal involving a trumpet player staring in a duo. The trumpeter is a young woman which is very unusual in such conservative academic circles. Then, when she falls and is close to death at the end of the concert Redfyre can't help but wonder if it was an accident at all. As he investigates he asks for help from old friends in the hopes of catching whomever tried to kill the musician.

Coleman, Reed Farrel. ROBERT B. PARKER'S COLORBLIND. G.P. Putnam's Sons. September '19. $9.99. A Jesse Stone Novel. "Jesse Stone is back on the job after a stint in rehab, and the road to recovery is immediately made bumpy by a series of disturbing and apparently racially motivated crimes, beginning with the murder of an African American woman. Then, Jesse's own deputy Alisha - the first black woman hired by the Paradise police force - becomes the target of a sophisticated frame-up. As he and his team work tirelessly to unravel the truth, he has to wonder if this is just one part of an even grander plot, one with an end game more destructive than any of them can imagine. At the same time, a mysterious young man named Cole Slayton rolls into town with a chip on his shoulder and a problem with authority - namely, Jesse. Yet, something about the angry twenty-something appeals to Jesse, and he takes Cole under his wing. But there's more to him than meets the eye, and his secrets might change Jesse's life forever."

Cotterill, Colin. DON'T EAT ME. Soho Crime. July '19. $15.95. Thirteenth in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series. In this entry the doctor and his friend Inspector Phosy run into trouble with a corrupt judge and uncover a black-market. Things start to become complicated when the ex-national coroner of Laos smuggles a movie camera into the country intending to make a movie based on 'War and Peace' along with his friend Civilai. The first problem they run into is with the Ministry of Culture who has to approve the script before they can get started. Then, figuring out how to turn on the camera and use it becomes a major problem! Siri must put his movie making aside when the body of a woman is found and his friend Inspector Phosy needs his help. Although the woman's death appears to be fairly recent it appears that something had gnawed on the bones. When more bodies are found the pair have more than they bargained for on their plate.

Crais, Robert. THAT OLD SCOUNDREL DEATH. Minotaur Books. February '19. $27.99. A Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mystery. Twentyfith in the series. "Beloved Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes is back with his final murder case.... When a man is run off the road by a thug with a snake tattooed around his neck, Sheriff Dan Rhodes knows it's his duty to stop and help out. The grateful victim gives his name as Cal Stinson, on his way to the nearby town of Thurston to take a look at the old school building before the city tears it down. The next day, Cal Stinson turns up again. Only this time, he's dead. His body is found in the dilapidated school that's about to be razed, and the woman who let Cal onto the premises claims he gave his name as Bruce Wayne. Whoever is he is, he was shot in the back of the head, and a piece of chalk lies inches away from his hand, under a lone line on the chalkboard, his last words unfinished. Between not-so-bright hoodlums who can't seem to stay on the right side of the law, powerful families in town who are ready to go to battle over whether the old school should come down, and trying futilely to get private detective Seepy Benton to stop making mountains of mole hills, Sheriff Rhodes is beginning to wonder if retirement might be as good as it sounds."

Disher, Garry. SIGNAL LOSS: A Hal Challis Investigation. Soho Crime. November '18. $15.95. Seventh in the series by the Ned Kelly award-winning author. Set in Australia, Inspector Hal Challis is after a drug ring working out of a lab that is responsible for a bush fire that leaves two dead bodies. In the meantime, Sergeant Ellen Destry, now head of the department's sex crime unit, is after a serial rapist. The ensuing investigations lead to a thrilling climax.

Disher, Garry. UNDER THE COLD BRIGHT LIGHTS. Soho Crime. July '19. $26.95. Retired Homicide Dectective Alan Auhl now investigates cold cases - and he does it his way! He has a lot on his plate as he looks into the death of John Elphick whose daughters are sure was murdered, but the coroner isn't sure. He's also on the case of a skeleton recently found underneath a slab of concrete Then there's the doctor who killed two of his wives and a grilfriend, but managed not to leave even one piece of evidence! There's no way Alan is going to give up on these cases until justice is served.

Ellroy, James. THIS STORM: A novel. Knopf. June '19. $29.95. "It is January, 1942. Torrential rainstorms hit L.A. A body is unearthed in Griffith Park. The cops rate it a routine dead-man job. They're grievously wrong. It's a summons to misalliance and all the spoils of a brand-new war. Elmer Jackson is a corrupt Vice cop. He's a flesh peddler and a bagman for the L.A. Chief of Police. Hideo Ashida is a crime-lab whiz, caught up in the maelstrom of the Japanese internment. Dudley Smith is an LAPD hardnose working Army Intelligence. He's gone rogue and gone all-the-way Fascist. Joan Conville was born rogue. She's a defrocked Navy lieutenant and a war profiteer to her core. They've signed on for the dead-man job. They've got a hot date with History. They will fight their inner wars within The War with unstoppable fury."

Holahan, Cate. ONE LITTLE SECRET: A Novel. Crooked Lane Books. July '19. $26.99. "Everyone has a secret. For some, it's worth dying to protect. For others, it's worth killing." Susan, married to a workaholic husband and recently relocated to a new town, needed some time to relax so she booked a beach house for a week for a getaway. But she made one mistake - she invited her new neighbors to join them. With the liquor flowing, the couples begin to let down their guard and secrets begin to emerge. Unfortunately one of them says too much and she is found dead on the beach the following morning. Detective Gabby Watkins investigates and quickly realizes that allthe people in the house were hiding something that could tie them to the murder.

Houston, Victoria. DEAD BIG DAWG: A Loon Lake Mystery. Gallery Books. June '19. $16.99. Book 19 of 19 in the series. In the final book of this wonderful series, Chief of Police Lew Ferris investigates the deaths of a visiting married couple, while looking into the disappearance of a local lawyer. Things start to become really complicated when foreign hackers take over a computer in the local sawmill. Lew has a lot on her plate trying to solve both cases while dealing with family issues.

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