[bksvol-discuss] Fw: Mystery January 2010

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  • Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 11:52:31 -0500

New and Recently Released!

The Chocolate Cupid Killings: A Chocoholic Mystery - by JoAnna Carl
Publisher: Obsidian
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Pub Date: 10/06/2009
ISBN-13: 9780451227973
ISBN-10: 0451227972
Cozy Mystery. For your Valentine's Day reading pleasure, author JoAnna Carl 
serves up her latest book, one that features lots of chocolate and a private
eye named Valentine. In Warner Pier, Michigan, Lee Woodyard and her Aunt Nettie 
run TenHuis Chocolade shop--and they secretly help abused women stay safe
as part of a modern-day underground railroad. When PI Derrick Valentine shows 
up looking for one of their employees, who happens to be a woman they're
sheltering, all kinds of things happen--including someone leaving the 
chocolatiers a dead Detective Valentine. If you like chocolate (and you know who
you are), give this series, of which this is the 9th entry, a taste.

The Widow's Revenge - by James D. Doss
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Pub Date: 10/27/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312364618
ISBN-10: 031236461X
Mystery. When a feisty local widow complains she is being tormented by 
murmuring "witches" in the middle of the night, 7-foot-tall rancher and Ute 
investigator Charlie Moon agrees to look into her claims. But when Charlie 
arrives, the woman is dead, having perished in a suspicious fire. With the help
of his police chief friend, shaman aunt, and others, Charlie investigates--but 
lots of people will die before this case is solved. If you like stories
with Native American themes, you must check out this 14th book in the 
delightful Charlie Moon series--in a starred review, Kirkus Reviews calls The 
Revenge "insanely good."
First Chapter

The Poisoning in the Pub: A Fethering Mystery - by Simon Brett
Publisher: Five Star
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Pub Date: 11/18/2009
ISBN-13: 9781594148903
ISBN-10: 1594148902
Cozy Mystery. Carole Seddon and her friend Jude are at their local pub when 
diners are stricken with what appears to be food poisoning, but that's the least
of the women's worries because a well-liked employee is soon murdered. Would 
someone kill in order to put the local publican out of business? Booklist
says, "don't miss" this "cozy with a biting social conscience." This is the 
10th book in the easy-going Fethering series--if you like what you read, check
out Simon Brett's earlier mysteries featuring middle-aged actor Charles Paris 
(Cast, in Order of Disappearance) and the widowed Mrs. Pargeter (A Nice Class
of Corpse).

The Ragged End of Nowhere - by Roy Chaney
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Pub Date: 11/10/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312582531
ISBN-10: 0312582536
Crime Novel. Ex-CIA agent Bodo Hagen travels all the way from Berlin in order 
to attend his only brother Ronnie's funeral in Las Vegas. Ronnie, who had
just returned to the brothers' hometown after getting out of the French Foreign 
Legion, was shot at Hoover Dam. Bodo investigates and finds that Sin City
is still full of sin and that his brother may have been trying to sell a 
priceless artifact. The Ragged End of Nowhere, winner of the 2nd Annual Tony 
Prize for best debut mystery set in the Southwest, is sure to please readers 
who like fast-paced reads--Booklist calls it "a wildly entertaining tale,"
and Library Journal says that "the ending is a zinger of a cliff-hanger."
First Chapter

What Remains of Heaven: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery - by C.S. Harris
Publisher: Obsidian
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Pub Date: 11/03/2009
ISBN-13: 9780451228024
ISBN-10: 0451228022
Historical Mystery. In Regency England, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a 
Napoleonic Wars Army veteran and the only living son of the Earl of Hendon,
is asked to use his skills and position to solve two murders after the body of 
the Bishop of London--a candidate for the Archbishop of Canterbury--is found
in a ancient crypt with the years-old remains of another murdered corpse. To 
add to St. Cyr's difficulties, he learns that his own family's secrets may
have something to do with the killings and that Miss Hero Jarvis, a woman he 
knows quite intimately, was one of the last people to see the Bishop alive.
This 5th book in an acclaimed series is sure to please fans of fast-paced, 
well-done historical tales.

The Mirror and the Mask - by Ellen Hart
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Pub Date: 11/10/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312375270
ISBN-10: 0312375271
Mystery. After numerous amateur cases, Minneapolis restaurateur Jane Lawless 
takes up part-time PI work (the poor economy has put plans for her new 
on hold). Jane's first job--track down the missing stepfather of a beautiful 
young client--seems easy enough, but it turns out to be anything but simple
when Jane finds the missing man...and then his wife is murdered. With help from 
her longtime sidekick Cordelia, Jane sifts through lies to get at the truth
in her 17th outing. Library Journal says that Lambda Literary Award-winning 
author Ellen Hart "knows how to spin a tale full of complex plot lines, 
action, and characters skilled in deception."
First Chapter

U is for undertow - Grafton, Sue
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Pub Date: 12/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9780399155970
ISBN-10: 039915597X
Mystery.  Hired by a preppy college dropout to discern the fate of a 4-year-old 
girl who disappeared more than 20 years earlier, Kinsey Millhone investigates
the young man's sketchy memories about a burial scene he believes he discovered 
at the age of 6.
If you like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone, try these...
Kinsey Millhone is undoubtedly one of the most popular female detectives of all 
time. The star of Sue Grafton's bestselling alphabet mysteries, she is tough,
stubborn, smart-mouthed, and clever. If you haven't spent time with her, pick 
up A is for Alibi; if you've already read U is for Undertow, the 21st book
in the series, which was published in December, we've listed some other novels 
for you to read while you ponder what "V" will stand for.

Midnight Fugue: A Dalziel and Pascoe Mystery - by Reginald Hill
Publisher: Harper
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Pub Date: 10/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9780061451966
ISBN-10: 0061451967
Police Procedural. Set during a single day, Midnight Fugue follows Yorkshire 
police detective Andy Dalziel as he investigates the seven-year-old 
of a former police detective whose picture (unless the missing man has a twin) 
recently appeared in a publication. Before you know it, a murder has occurred
and DCI Peter Pascoe is involved in the case, too. The 24-hour time period 
"maximizes suspense without sacrificing either characterization or humor" 
Weekly, starred review) in Dalziel and Pascoe's 24th appearance. Though 
newcomers can start here, those who want to watch relationships develop should
start with the 1st in the series, A Clubbable Woman.

Liberty Falling: An Anna Pigeon Mystery - by Nevada Barr
Publisher: Avon Twilight
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Pub Date: 03/01/2000
ISBN-13: 9780380728275
ISBN-10: 0380728273
Mystery. Kinsey Millhone fans might like National Park Service Ranger Nevada 
Barr, another independent female detective. Like Kinsey, Anna has a dangerous
job and a tough exterior, but inner vulnerability and personal demons. In 
Liberty Falling, Anna is on leave from her job in order to go to Manhattan to
help care for her sister, who's in the hospital. While in New York, Anna visits 
Ellis Island and the Statute of Liberty (both part of the national park
system) and discovers a dead body. If you like how Sue Grafton describes the 
history and geography of California, you should also enjoy how author Nevada
Barr evokes locations. Liberty Falling is the 7th in a bestselling series.
First Chapter

Mallory's Oracle - by Carol O'Connell
Publisher: Jove Books
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Pub Date: 06/01/1995
ISBN-13: 9780515116472
ISBN-10: 0515116475
Mystery. Kathleen Mallory isn't your typical NYPD detective: yes, she's tough 
and intelligent...but she's also a troubled loner. She lived on the streets
until she was 11, when she was adopted by a New York cop, Louis Markowitz, and 
his wife, and although their influence softened her, she still has razor-sharp
edges and a mysterious past. Now a proud member of the NYPD specializing in 
computers, she unofficially embarks on a dangerous case--to find her adopted
father's murderer and solve the case he was working on when he died. Those who 
like an intense heroine in the middle of a finely crafted whodunit absolutely
must try this 1st in a series that now numbers nine.

The Long Goodbye - by Raymond Chandler
Publisher: Vintage books
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Pub Date: 08/01/1992
ISBN-13: 9780394757681
ISBN-10: 0394757688
Classic Mystery. In 1954's The Long Goodbye, the 7th in a series, private 
detective Philip Marlowe helps down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox one night and 
up being pals with him--but the friendship soon brings trouble when Terry heads 
for Mexico and his wealthy wife is found dead beside the pool. Hard-boiled
detective novels by Californian Raymond Chandler may be of interest to Sue 
Grafton fans, as Chandler is Grafton's classic precursor. With a satisfying
mystery and snappy dialogue, not to mention an evocative look at both the 
glamour and underside of Los Angeles in the 1950s, readers who say "hello" to
The Long Goodbye won't be sorry.
First Chapter

Indemnity Only: A Novel - by Sara Paretsky
Publisher: Dell
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Pub Date: 07/01/1991
ISBN-13: 9780440210696
ISBN-10: 0440210690
Mystery. Like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone, V.I. Warshawski was one of the 
first hard-boiled female PIs to appear on the mystery-novel scene. Though 
Warshawski may have a harder edge and be somewhat more prone to violent 
encounters than Millhone, both women are clever, tough, and like their 
In Warshawski's 1st outing, 1982's Indemnity Only, the tenacious PI is hired by 
the head of Chicago's biggest bank to find his son's missing girlfriend--but
is the banker really who he says he is? Warshawski finds herself in the middle 
of a complicated case full of misdirection and murder.

A Cold Day for Murder: A Kate Shugak Mystery - by Dana Stabenow
Publisher: Berkley Books
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Pub Date: 06/01/1992
ISBN-13: 9780425133019
ISBN-10: 042513301X
Mystery. When a National Park ranger--who also happens to be the son of an Ohio 
congressman--is reported missing and the man sent to find him disappears
as well, the FBI wants local loner Kate Shugak to find the missing men. Kate, a 
former top investigator for the Anchorage District Attorney's office, who
left after a devastating case left her physically and mentally wounded, 
reluctantly agrees. Sue Grafton fans who like books with independent female 
and a touch of humor and who would enjoy a more rustic locale should check out 
Dana Stabenow's Alaska-set novels, of which this is the 1st.

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