Thursday, January 03, 2019

Early Rivals for Our Reading Attention

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore, primarily because I have so often failed to keep them. Like the many times I’ve sworn to drop 10 or 15 pounds—major progress toward recapturing my youthful physique—only to recognize 12 months later that nary an ounce has been shed toward my goal. Or the year I promised myself that I’d finally buckle down and write a substantive chunk of the crime novel I had been thinking about for so long … only to determine after a few months that, while I had penned some terrific scenes, the central plot line wasn’t yet strong enough to hold them all together.

If I were of a mind to declare a resolution for 2019, though, it would definitely be to make some hard choices regarding my book collection. I’ve already moved houses once in order to accommodate my expanding library; I don’t want to have to do that again. But I am seriously behind in finding space for books. I have already had to transfer my vintage crime and mystery volumes, as well as my respectable assortment of science-fiction works, to boxes in my ever-warm furnace room, and have relocated most of my non-fiction books from my office-library to my bedroom and sitting room to make space for new crime novels. Theoretically, I could install more bookcases in my hallways, or dispense with the dishes cluttering up my kitchen cupboards in order to accommodate more books … but I fear that might not go over so well with my wife. So I shall refrain from anything so drastic. At least for the present.

The problem is that not only do the public mails bring me piles of new, free books each week, sent by publishers (and occasionally authors themselves) hoping for favorable reviews, but I am willing to purchase additional works simply for personal entertainment. If I were more brutal about letting go of books after I’ve savored their riches, this arrangement might be OK. But I have a history of keeping everything I read and enjoy. Overcoming that tendency is by no means easy, but as I find my freedom to move about my office inhibited by minor mountain ranges of hardcover and paperback texts, my determination to act is growing. I often donate boxes of advance reading copies and finished books to the Seattle Public Library system, but those are usually publications I didn’t request in the first place. Any effort to open up significant real estate on my shelves will require my culling out works that I once valued, but that don’t mean as much to me as some others, and that I am not as likely to reread or find the need to reference in the future. Does that mean I should dispense with books that I’ve held onto for some time, thinking they might be up my alley, but haven’t yet read? Or should I give up complete collections of works by certain authors, satisfied with the memory of having once delighted in their company, but doubtful of my need to pick them up again?

And even when I resolve how to deal with books already in my possession, I am left with the quandary of what to do with new works flying through my mail slot every day.

Recently, I sat down to make a list of potentially interesting crime, mystery, and thriller novels set to be ushered into print over the next three months—and came up with more than 325 titles! Obviously, I cannot hope to digest all of those, but a considerable number will find their way into my hands, begging for attention.

In January, alone, we can expect to welcome works by Charles Todd, Lyndsay Faye, Thomas Perry, Fiona Barton, Lawrence Block (a new Matt Scudder novella!), Emma Kavanagh, James Lee Burke, C.J. Sansom, Steph Broadribb, and Gerald Seymour. By the time they’ve become comfortable on bookstore shelves, they will be joined by the third volume in Don Winslow’s Cartel series, The Border (February); an Australia-set standalone by Jane Harper, The Lost Man (February); Bill Crider’s final Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery, That Old Scoundrel Death (Febuary); The Mathematical Bridge (February), Jim Kelly’s second World War II-era novel starring light-sensitive Detective Inspector Eden Brooke; Jacqueline Winspear’s latest Maisie Dobbs novel, The American Agent (March); a new thriller from Brad Parks, The Last Act (March); the third case for Captain Sam Wyndham and his Indian sidekick Surrender-Not Banerjee, in Abir Mukherjee’s Smoke and Ashes (March); Alex Gray’s The Stalker (March), bringing back Glasgow-based Detective Superintendent William Lorimer; another adventure for Mike Hammer—Murder, My Love (March), by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins; a debut psychological thriller by Vanessa Savage, The Woman in the Dark (March); one more Hap and Leonard novel from Joe R. Lansdale, The Elephant of Surprise (March); James Runcie’s prequel to his Sidney Chambers series, The Road to Grantchester (March); and half a dozen not-quite-forgotten works (by Ellery Queen, Charlotte Armstrong, Erle Stanley Gardner, and others) being resurrected as part of Otto Penzler’s American Mystery Classics series. Search the list below, as well, for coming yarns by Charles Cumming, Steph Post, Stephen Mack Jones, Peter May, Elizabeth Elo, Guy Bolton, Elly Griffiths, Rory Clements, Peter Robinson, Donna Leon, and Hideo Yokoyama.

Maybe moving into yet another new house, with more room for bookshelves, is my only hope, after all …

The following books are due out on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean between now and April Fool’s Day. Those marked with an asterisk (*) are non-fiction, but should appeal to Rap Sheet readers; the remainder are novels and collections of short stories. If you still need help choosing what to read in this new year, click on over to Euro Crime or The Bloodstained Bookshelf.

Amsterdam Noir, edited by René Appel and Josh Pachter (Akashic)
An Anonymous Girl, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
(St. Martin’s Press)
As Long As We Both Shall Live, by JoAnn Chaney (Flatiron)
The Au Pair, by Emma Rous (Berkley)
The Belting Inheritance, by Julian Symons (Poisoned Pen Press)
The Black Ascot, by Charles Todd (Morrow)
Bones Behind the Wheel, by E.J. Copperman (Crooked Lane)
The Break Line, by James Brabazon (Berkley)
The Burglar, by Thomas Perry (Mysterious Press)
The Crooked Street, by Brian Freeman (Thomas & Mercer)
The Current, by Tim Johnston (Algonquin)
Dark Streets, Cold Suburbs, by Aimee Hix (Midnight Ink)
Daughter of War, by Brad Taylor (Dutton)
The Death Messenger, by Mari Hannah (Minotaur)
Down Among the Jocks, by Ralph Dennis (Brash)
The Drowning, by J.P. Smith (Sourcebooks Landmark)
The Fire Court, by Andrew Taylor (HarperCollins)
The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington, by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch (Flatiron)*
First, Kill the Lawyers, by David Housewright (Minotaur)
The Frangipani Tree Mystery, by Ovidia Yu (Constable)
Freedom Road, by William Lashner (Thomas & Mercer)
Freefall, by Jessica Barry (Harper)
Girls of Glass, by Brianna Labuskes (Thomas & Mercer)
Golden State, by Ben H. Winters (Mulholland)
The Golden Tresses of the Dead, by Alan Bradley (Delacorte Press)
Gone by Midnight, by Candice Fox (Century)
The Guilt We Carry, by Samuel W. Gailey (Oceanview)
The Hanging Psalm, by Chris Nickson (Severn House)
The Hangman’s Secret, by Laura Joh Rowland (Crooked Lane)
The Havana Game, by John Lutz (Pinnacle)
Heat Wave, by Maureen Jennings (DCB)
Her One Mistake, by Heidi Perks (Gallery)
In a House of Lies, by Ian Rankin (Little, Brown)
Invisible, by Andrew Grant (Ballantine)
Judgment, by Joseph Finder (Dutton)
The Killer Collective, by Barry Eisler (Thomas & Mercer)
Last Woman Standing, by Amy Gentry (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Late in the Day, by Tessa Hadley (Harper)
The Line Between, by Tosca Lee (Howard)
Lives Laid Away, by Stephen Mack Jones (Soho Crime)
Looker, by Laura Sims (Scribner)
The Lost Girls of Paris, by Pam Jenoff (Park Row)
The Lost Traveller, by Sheila Connolly (Crooked Lane)
Maigret in Court, by Georges Simenon (Penguin)
McGlue, by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin)
Millennium: The Girl Who Danced with Death, by Sylvain Runberg (Hard Case Crime)
Miraculum, by Steph Post (Polis)
Murder a la Mocha, by Sandra Balzo (Severn House)
Murder at the Queen’s Old Castle,
by Cora Harrison (Severn House)
My Darkest Prayer, by S.A. Cosby (Intrigue)
The New Iberia Blues,
by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster)
The Night Agent, by Matthew
Quirk (Morrow)
No Exit, by Taylor Adams (Morrow)
No Mercy, by Joanna Schaffhausen (Minotaur)
No Sunscreen for the Dead, by Tim Dorsey (Morrow)
The Nowhere Child, by Christian White (Minotaur)
The Only Woman in the Room, by Marie Benedict
(Sourcebooks Landmark)
Out of the Dark, by Gregg Hurwitz (Minotaur)
The Paragon Hotel, by Lyndsay Faye (Putnam)
The Perfect Liar, by Thomas Christopher Greene (St. Martin’s Press)
The Plotters, by Un-Su Kim (Doubleday)
Receptor, by Alan Glynn (Picador)
Restoration Heights, by Wil Medearis (Hanover Square Press)
The Rule of Law, by John Lescroart (Atria)
Rupture, by Ragnar Jónasson (Minotaur)
Scrublands, by Christopher Hammer (Touchstone)
She Lies in Wait, by Gytha Lodge (Random House)
The Smiling Man, by Joseph Knox (Crown)
The Suspect, by Fiona Barton (Berkley)
Sydney Noir, edited by John Dale (Akashic)
Tear It Down, by Nick Petrie (Putnam)
Ten-Seven, by Dana King (Down & Out)
Texas Sicario, by Harry Hunsicker (Thomas & Mercer)
A Time to Scatter Stones, by Lawrence Block (Subterranean)
Tombland, by C.J. Sansom (Mulholland)
Wheel of Fire, by Hilary Bonner (Severn House)
Where Have All the Young Girls Gone, by Leena Lehtolainen (AmazonCrossing)
The Widows, by Jess Montgomery (Minotaur)
The Woman Inside, by E.G. Scott (Dutton)
The Woman Who Fed the Dogs, by Kristien Hemmerechts
(World Editions)
The Wrong Boy, by Cathy Ace (Four Tails)

The Angry Sea, by James Deegan (HQ)
Battle Sight Zero, by Gerald Seymour (Hodder & Stoughton)
Blood & Sugar, by Laura Shepherd-Robinson (Mantle)
Catch Me If Yukon, by Maddy Hunter (Midnight Ink)
Changeling, by Matt Wesolowski (Orenda)
The Chestnut Man, by Søren Sveistrup (Michael Joseph)
City Without Stars, by Tim Baker (Faber and Faber)
A Clean Canvas, by Elizabeth Mundy (Constable)
Clearing the Dark, by Hania Allen (Constable)
The Coldest Blood, by J.S. Law (Headline)
Curtain Call, by Graham Hurley (Severn House)
Deep Dirty Truth, by Steph Broadribb (Orenda)
Don’t Turn Around, by Amanda Brooke (HarperCollins)
The Edge, by Jessie Keane (Macmillan)
Fatal, by Jacqui Rose (Avon)
The Flower Girls, by Alice Clark-Platts (Raven)
Fog Island, by Mariette Lindstein (HQ)
Her Pretty Bones, by Carla Kovach (Bookouture)
Hunted, by Arne Dahl (Harvill Secker)
It Should Have Been Me, by Susan Wilkins (Pan)
Keep Your Friends Close, by June Taylor (Killer Reads)
The Last, by Hanna Jameson (Viking)
The Liar’s Girl, by Catherine Ryan
Howard (Corvus)
A Long Night in Paris, by Dov Alfon (MacLehose Press)
Maigret Defends Himself, by Georges Simenon (Penguin Classics)
Murder in the Crooked House, by Soji Shimada (Pushkin Vertigo)
My Name Is Anna, by Lizzy Barber (Century)
Nemesis, by Rory Clements (Zaffre)
Red Snow, by Will Dean (Point Blank)
Schoolgirl Missing, by Sue Fortin (HarperCollins)
Severed, by Peter Laws (Allison and Busby)
She Was the Quiet One, by Michele Campbell (HQ)
Slow Motion Ghosts, by Jeff Noon (Doubleday)
Smallbone Deceased, by Michael Gilbert (British Library)
To Catch a Killer, by Emma Kavanagh (Orion)
Village of the Lost Girls, by Agustín Martínez (Quercus)

After She’s Gone, by Camilla Grebe (Ballantine)
American Heroin, by Melissa Scrivner Love (Crown)
American Spy, by Lauren Wilkinson (Random House)
Bellini and the Sphinx, by Tony Bellotto (Akashic)
The Big Crush, by David J. Schow (Subterranean)
Blood Echo, by Christopher Rice (Thomas & Mercer)
Blood for Blood, by Victoria Selman (Thomas & Mercer)
Blood Orange, by Harriet Tyce (Grand Central)
The Bone Keeper, by Luca Veste (Sourcebooks Landmark)
The Book Artist, by Mark Pryor (Seventh Street)
The Border, by Don Winslow (Morrow)
Bridge of Sighs, by Priscilla Masters (Severn House)
Brothers Keepers, by Donald E. Westlake (Hard Case Crime)
The Burning Island, by Hester Young (Putnam)
Careless Love, by Peter Robinson (Morrow)
The Cassandra, by Sharma Shields (Henry Holt)
Cherokee America, by Margaret Verble (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Coronation, by Boris Akunin (Mysterious Press)
Court of Lies, by Gerry Spence (Forge)
The Dead Ex, by Jane Corry (Pamela Dorman)
A Deadly Divide, by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Minotaur)
Dead of Winter, by Annelise Ryan (Kensington)
Death in Provence, by Serena Kent (Harper)
Don’t Wake Up, by Liz Lawler (Harper)
Early Riser, by Jasper Fforde (Viking)
The Elegant Lie, by Sam Eastland (Faber and Faber)
Evil Things, by Katja Ivar (Bitter Lemon Press)
Fate: The Lost Decades of Uncle Chow Tung, by Ian Hamilton (Spiderline)
February’s Son, by Alan Parks (World Noir)
A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder, by Victoria Hamilton (Midnight Ink)
The Girl in the Glass Box,
by James Grippando (Harper)
The Glovemaker,
by Ann Weisgarber (Skyhorse)
Goldstein, by Volker Kutscher (Picador)
Guillotine, by Paul Heatley
(All Due Respect)
Heir Apparent, by James Terry (Skyhorse)
Hell Chose Me, by Angel Luis Colón (Down & Out)
House Arrest, by Mike Lawson (Atlantic Monthly Press)
House of Beauty, by Melba Escobar (Fourth Estate)
Hunting Game, by Helene Tursten (Soho Crime)
The Hunting Party, by Lucy Foley (Morrow)
The Huntress, by Kate Quinn (Morrow)
The Inglorious Arts, by Alan Hruska (Prospect Park)
In the Dark, by Cara Hunter (Penguin)
Justice Gone, by N. Lombardi Jr. (Roundfire)
A Killer’s Alibi, by William L. Myers Jr. (Thomas & Mercer)
Killer Thriller, by Lee Goldberg (Thomas & Mercer)
Last Night, by Karen Ellis (Mulholland)
Lizzie’s Lullaby, by Lono Waiwaiole (Down & Out)
The Lost Man, by Jane Harper (Flatiron)
The Lost Night, by Andrea Bartz (Crown)
Maigret and the Old People, by Georges Simenon (Penguin)
Missing Daughter, by Rick Mofina (Mira)
The Moroccan Girl, by Charles Cumming (St. Martin’s Press)
Murder-A-Go-Go’s, edited by Holly West (Down & Out)
The Murder Book, by Lissa Marie Redmond (Midnight Ink)
The Murder Pit, by Mick Finlay (Mira)
Murder Theory, by Andrew Mayne (Thomas & Mercer)
A Murder Unmentioned, by Sulari Gentill (Poisoned Pen Press)
Never Tell, by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)
The Next to Die, by Sophie Hannah (Morrow)
One Fatal Mistake, by Tom Hunt (Berkley)
Our Little Secret, by Darren O’Sullivan (HQ)
Out, by John Smolens (Michigan State University Press)
Outcry Witness, by Thomas Zigal (Texas Christian University Press)
The Overnight Kidnapper, by Andrea Camilleri (Penguin)
The Perfect Child, by Lucinda Berry (Thomas & Mercer)
Psychotopia, by R.N. Morris (Severn House)
The Reckless, by David Putnam (Oceanview)
The Reckoning, by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir (Minotaur)
The Secretary, by Renée Knight (Harper)
77, by Guillermo Saccomanno (Open Letter)
The Shaker Murders, by Eleanor Kuhns (Severn House)
The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides (Celadon)
Skin Game, by J.D. Allen (Midnight Ink)
A Spy in Exile, by Jonathan de Shalit (Atria/Emily Bestler)
Stalker, by Lars Kepler (Knopf)
The Stranger Inside, by Laura Benedict (Mulholland)
Sweet Taste of Revenge, by Mary Ellis (Severn House)
The Syndicate, by Guy Bolton (Oneworld)
That Old Scoundrel Death, by Bill Crider (Minotaur)
Trigger, by David Swinson (Mulholland)
USS Powderkeg, by Max Allan Collins (Brash)
The Vanishing Man, by Charles Finch (Minotaur)
Watcher in the Woods, by Kelley Armstrong (Minotaur)
What We Did, by Christobel Kent (Sarah Crichton)
Who Killed the Fonz? by James Boice (Simon & Schuster)
Widows-in-Law, by Michele W. Miller (Blackstone)
Widows: Revenge, by Lynda La Plante (Zaffre)
The Winter Sister, by Megan Collins (Atria)

Any Means Necessary, by Jenny Rogneby (Other Press)
Begging to Die, by Graham Masterson (Head of Zeus)
Beton Rouge, by Simone Buchholz (Orenda)
The Capital, by Robert Menasse (MacLehose Press)
Cold as the Grave, by James Oswald (Wildfire)
Day of the Accident, by Nuala Ellwood (Penguin)
Dead Catch, by Frank Muir (Constable)
Dead Man’s Lane, by Kate Ellis (Piatkus)
Devil’s Fjord, by David Hewson (Creme de la Crime)
Dirty Little Secrets, by Jo Spain (Quercus)
Dying Days, by James Craig (Constable)
The Far Side of the Night, by Jan-Philipp Sendker (Polygon)
Flowers Over the Inferno, by Ilaria Tuti (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Gallowstree Lane, by Kate London (Corvus)
The Girl Next Door, by Phoebe Morgan (HQ)
The Glass Woman, by Caroline Lea
(Michael Joseph)
Inborn, by Thomas Enger (Orenda)
Kill, by Anthony Good (Atlantic)
Last Instructions, by Nir Hezroni (Point Blank)
Life Ruins, by Danuta Kot (Simon & Schuster)
Maigret’s Patience, by Georges Simenon (Penguin Classics)
Marked for Death, by Tony Kent (Elliott & Thompson)
The Mathematical Bridge, by Jim Kelly (Allison and Busby)
The Mausoleum, by David Mark (Severn House)
Muscle, by Alan Trotter (Faber and Faber)
One False Move, by Robert Goddard (Bantam Press)
Perfect Liars, by Rebecca Reid (Corgi)
The Secrets You Hide, by Kate Helm (Zaffre)
The Sting, by Kimberley Chambers (HarperCollins)
The Stone Circle, by Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
The Taking of Annie Thorne, by C.J. Tudor (Michael Joseph)
Tell the Truth, by Amanda Brittany (HQ)
To Kill the Truth, by Sam Bourne (Quercus)
To the Lions, by Holly Watt (Raven)

After the Eclipse, by Fran Dorricott (Titan)
All the Wrong Places, by Joy Fielding (Ballantine)
The American Agent, by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper)
Beautiful Bad, by Annie Ward (Park Row)
A Beautiful Corpse, by Christi Daugherty (Minotaur)
Before She Knew Him, by Peter Swanson (Morrow)
Black and Blue, by David Rosenfelt (Minotaur)
Bones of the Earth, by Eliot Pattison (Minotaur)
The Case of the Careless Kitten, by Erle Stanley Gardner
(American Mystery Classics)
Cemetery Road, by Greg Iles (Morrow)
The Club, by Takis Würger (Grove Press)
A Dangerous Collaboration, by Deanna Raybourn (Berkley)
Dark Tribute, by Iris Johansen (St. Martin’s Press)
Dead in a Week, by Andrea Kane (Bonnie Meadow)
Death Blow, by Isabella Maldonado (Midnight Ink)
A Death in Rembrandt Square, by Anja de Jager (Constable)
Death on the Aisle, by Frances and Richard Lockridge
(American Mystery Classics)
The Devil Aspect, by Craig Russell (Doubleday)
Double Exposure, by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Grand Central)
The Dutch Shoe Mystery, by Ellery Queen (American Mystery Classics)
The Elephant of Surprise, by Joe R. Lansdale (Mulholland)
Finding Katarina M., by Elisabeth Elo (Polis)
Forgotten Murder, by Dolores Gordon-Smith (Severn House)
A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself, by William Boyle (Pegasus)
The Gardener of Eden, by David Downie (Pegasus)
The Good Detective, by John McMahon (Putnam)
Her Father’s Secret, by Sara Blaedel (Grand Central)
Hipster Death Rattle, by Richie Narvaez (Down & Out)
The Horseman’s Song, by Ben Pastor (Bitter Lemon Press)
House on Fire, by Bonnie Kistler (Atria)
If She Wakes, by Michael Koryta (Little, Brown)
The Last Act, by Brad Parks (Dutton)
The Last Woman in the Forest. by Diane Les Becquets (Berkley)
The Liar’s Child, by Carla Buckley (Ballantine)
Maigret and the Lazy Burglar, by Georges Simenon (Penguin)
The Marrow of Tradition, by Charles W. Chesnutt (Belt)
The Malta Exchange, by Steve Berry (Minotaur)
The Man With No Face, by Peter May (Quercus)
Mercy River, by Glen Erik Hamilton (Morrow)
The Mobster’s Lament, by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
Murder in Belgravia,
by Lynn Brittney (Crooked Lane)
Murder, My Love, by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (Titan)
My Lovely Wife,
by Samantha Downing (Berkley)
The Never Game,
by Jeffery Deaver (Putnam)
The Night Visitors,
by Carol Goodman (Morrow)
The Other Americans,
by Laila Lalami (Pantheon)
The Perfect Alibi, by Phillip Margolin (Minotaur)
The Persian Gamble, by Joel C. Rosenberg (Tyndale House)
A Puzzle for Fools, by Patrick Quentin (American Mystery Classics)
Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories, by Gil Brewer
(Stark House Press)
RED Hotel, by Gary Grossman and Ed Fuller (Beaufort)
The River, by Peter Heller (Knopf)
Rose City, by Michael Pool (Down & Out)
Run Away, by Harlan Coben (Grand Central)
Save Me from Dangerous Men, by S.A. Lelchuk (Flatiron)
Silent Remains, by Jerry Kennealy (Down & Out)
Smoke and Ashes, by Abir Mukherjee (Pegasus)
The Stranger Diaries, by Elly Griffiths (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
A Stranger Here Below, by Charles Fergus (Skyhorse)
A Taste for Honey, by H.F. Heard (American Mystery Classics)
The Trial of Lizzie Borden, by Cara Robertson (Simon & Schuster)
Tyler Cross: Angola, by Fabian Nury (Titan Comics)
Until the Day I Die, by Emily Carpenter (Lake Union)
Unto Us a Son Is Given, by Donna Leon (Atlantic Monthly Press)
The Unsuspected, by Charlotte Armstrong (American
Mystery Classics)
The War Heist, by Ralph Dennis (Brash)
What Would Maisie Do?: Inspiration from the Pages of Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper Perennial)*
While You Sleep, by Stephanie Merritt (Pegasus)
The Wolf and the Watchman, by Niklas Natt och Dag (Atria)
Wolf Pack, by C.J. Box (Putnam)
The Woman in the Dark, by Vanessa Savage (Grand Central)
Woman 99, by Greer Macallister (Sourcebooks Landmark)
You Fit the Pattern, by Jane Haseldine (Kensington)

Accidental Agent, by Alan Judd (Simon & Schuster)
After She’s Gone, by Camilla Grebe (Zaffre)
The Boy in the Headlights, by Samuel Bjork (Doubleday)
Bryant & May: The Lonely Hour, by Christopher Fowler (Doubleday)
The Burning House, by Neil Spring (Quercus)
The Courier, by Kjell Ola Dahl (Orenda)
A Deadly Lesson, by Paul Gitsham (HQ)
The Friend, by Joakim Zander (Head of Zeus)
A Gift for Dying, by M.J. Arlidge (Michael Joseph)
The Grasmere Grudge, by Rebecca Tope (Allison and Busby)
The Inquiry, by Will Caine (HQ)
I Thought I Knew You, by Penny Hancock (Mantle)
Keep Her Close, by M.J. Ford (Avon)
The Last Thing She Told Me, by Linda Green (Quercus)
Maigret and the Nahour Case, by Georges Simenon (Penguin Classics)
Never Go There, by Rebecca Tinnelly (Hodder)
Past Life, by Dominic Nolan (Headline)
Prefecture D, by Hideo Yokoyama (Riverrun)
The Road to Grantchester, by James Runcie (Bloomsbury)
The Scandal, by Mari Hannah (Orion)
The Silver Road, by Stina Jackson (Corvus)
The Stalker, by Alex Gray (Sphere)
Surgeons’ Hall, by E.S. Thomson (Constable)
A Suspicion of Silver, by P.F. Chisholm (Head of Zeus)
Three Bullets, by R.J. Ellory (Orion)
The Unmourned, by Meg and Tom Keneally (Point Blank)

So what books do you most look forward to getting lost in during the next three months? Let us all know by dropping a note into the Comments section at the bottom of this post.

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