The Professionals A To L


July 13, 2018

Benn, James R. SOLEMN GRAVES: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery. Soho Crime. September '18. $26.95. 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.

Cleverly, Barbara. FALL OF ANGELS: An Inspector Redfyre Mystery. Soho Crime. May '18. $26.95. 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.

Coulter, Catherine. ENIGMA: A Novel. Gallery Books. March '18. $16.00. Twenty-first in the FBI Thriller series. In this entry gents Savich and Sherlock have two separate mysteries to solve. They have help though in the form of Agent Cam Wittier, and Jack Cabot, a Special Forces agent. Time is running out for them as Jack Cabot and Cam Wittier track international criminal Liam Hennessy into the woods of the Appalachians while Savich and Sherlock must find a lost newborn in Georgetown. Originally believing they are tracking a kidnapper, things take a dark turn and they are led down the path of a medical mystery that just might make immortality a possibility.

Coulter, Catherine & Ellison, J.T. THE DEVIL'S TRIANGLE: A Brit In The FBI Thriller. Pocket Books. September '17. $9.99. Fourth in the series featuring Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine. Now the heads of the Covert Eyes team, assigned to catch criminals that are international, and deadly. Their first case could be very deadly with the reappearance of The Fox, a dangerous thief, in Venice. As they begin an investigation, they are warned that a desert storm that killed thousands of people in Beijing, was man-made, and not at all natural. The team must determine what the truth is and find the culprit before more people are killed. "From New York to Venice and from Rome to the Bermuda Triangle, Nicholas and Mike and their team are in a race against time, and nature herself, to stop an obsessed family from devastating Washington, DC."

Cotterill, Colin. DON'T EAT ME. Soho Crime. August '18. $26.95. 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.

Crider, Bill. DEAD, TO BEGIN WITH: A Dan Rhodes Mystery. Minotaur Books. August '17. $25.99. Twenty-fourth in the series. "In Clearview, Texas, a wealthy recluse has joined the community and is leading the restoration of an old opera house. When he falls to his death, Sheriff Dan Rhodes suspects that he's been murdered, but there doesn't seem to be a motive. Who would want to kill someone who's helping the town and hasn't been around long enough to make any enemies? The Sheriff's suspicion proves to be true, however, and he begins to look for motives buried in the past, meanwhile having to deal with people fighting over baseball cards at a yard sale, writers who want to talk to him about his sex life, and the Clearview Ghost Hunters, headed up by Seepy Benton, who believes that the old theater is haunted. Clearview might be a small town, but there's no shortage of excitement."

Deaver, Jeffery. THE BURIAL HOUR. Vision. September '18. $9.99. "#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 release on Audio CD.

Disher, Garry. SIGNAL LOSS: A Hal Challis Investigation. Soho Crime. December '17. $26.95. 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. Available in trade paperback. November '18. $15.95

Houston, Victoria. DEAD FIREFLY: A Loon Lake Mystery. Gallery Books. June '18. $16.00. Eighteenth in the series. Set in Wisconsin's northwoods, Doc Osborne doesn't know what to think after his friend Chuck Pelletier, an accountant for a lodge that's being built in the areate, tells him that his wife and Gordon Maxwell tried to kill him that morning. Doc immediately contacts Police Chief Lew Ferris, but Ferris is busy with another case. When Chuck is found murdered a couple of hours later, Doc is determined to find out who killed him. Understaffed, Ferris deputizes Doc along with a skilled tracker to help investigate. Of course, things get even more complicated - this is Look Lake after all!

Lovesey, Peter. ANOTHER ONE GOES TONIGHT. Soho Crime. July '17. $15.95. Sixteenth in the Detective Peter Diamond series. What would you do if you found out you saved the life of a serial killer? That's Detective Peter Diamond's dilemma in this entry of the wonderful series. It all starts when a police car skids off the road, killing one cop and badly injuring the other. While investigating the scene, Diamond finds a man on the side of the road that must have been involved in the accident. He does CPR on the victim while waiting for the ambulance, but starts to become suspicious of the man. While the man remains on life support, Diamond decides to find out more about him and begins to believe he just might be a serial killer.

Lovesey, Peter. BEAU DEATH: A Peter Diamond Investigation. Soho Crime. December '17. $27.95. Seventeenth in the series. Chief Inspector Peter Diamond is assigned to a very unusual case when a corpse, possibly from the 1700s, is found in an attic in Bath. A row of townhouses is being demolished and when a body is found, Diamond is sent there to find out if the dead man is actually the infamous Richard 'Beau' Nash. Was Beau killed centuries ago and left in the attic? The corpse is dressed in 1700s garb along with a hat that was Beau's signature. Diamond is looking forward to upsetting the The Beau Nash Society if it is actually Beau in that attic. The only problem is Diamond's constable who insists the body could not be Beau. Is this the case of a a very old murder, or a more recent one? Available in trade paperback. October '18. $16.95.

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