Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Offenses Galore for the ’Ber Months



Authors with new books set to debut soon must hate lists such as the long one featured below. After all, they’re struggling to make sure their latest works win maximum public attention (an invariably difficult task made even harder now by pandemic-related supply chain disruptions), and then I come along to alert readers to how many other releases might justifiably attract their notice instead.

Like so many recent seasons, this fall is shaping up to be a big one for books, in general, and for crime fiction, in particular. Three heavily flogged titles are destined to win the majority of headlines: The Dark Remains (September), Ian Rankin’s completion of a fourth Jack Laidlaw novel begun by William McIlvanney before his death in 2015; State of Terror (October), a high-stakes thriller of international proportions concocted jointly by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and mystery writer Louise Penny; and what’s being promoted—sadly—as the final spy novel by the late John le Carré, Silverview (October). Coming down the pike as well are Harlem Shuffle (September), an unexpected combination of heists, hoods, and shakedowns by Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead; the 26th Jack Reacher novel, Better Off Dead (October), by Lee Child and Andrew Child; Christopher Fowler’s 20th and concluding Peculiar Crimes Unit yarn, Bryant & May: London Bridge Is Falling Down (December); Ann Cleeves’ sophomore Detective Matthew Venn whodunit, The Heron’s Cry (September); the culminating chapter in Ray Celestin’s City Blues Quartet, Sunset Swing (November), set in Los Angeles in 1967; a second tense, Leningrad-set historical mystery, A Traitor’s Heart (October), from “Ben Creed,” aka Chris Rickaby and Barney Thompson; Andrea Camilleri’s “long-awaited last novel” in his Inspector Montalbano series, Riccardino (September); Nicholas Meyer’s The Return of the Pharaoh (November), just one of several Sherlock Holmes adventures on their way to retail shelves; and Julia Dahl’s The Missing Hours (September), the first standalone thriller by the author of the celebrated Rebekah Roberts series. Plus, keep a sharp eye out for these promising short-story collections: Death Threats and Other Stories, by Georges Simenon (September); The Jealousy Man and Other Stories (October), by Jo Nesbø; Bruno’s Challenge & Other Dordogne Tales (November), by Martin Walker; and Dolphin Junction (November), by Mick Herron.

Between now and New Year’s Day, 2022, we can also enjoy fresh fiction from Richard Osman, Lori Rader-Day, Anthony Horowitz, Lilja Sigurdardóttir, Craig Nova, Nancy Springer, Ken Bruen, Stuart Neville, Dervla McTiernan, Lee Goldberg, Mari Hannah, Abir Mukherjee, Elly Griffiths, Peter Lovesey, S.J. Rozan, Max Allan Collins, Rachel Howzell Hall, Anne Mette Hancock, and Simon Kernick. Last year’s surprise split between editor-bookseller Otto Penzler and publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which had for many years employed Penzler to supervise its annual Best American Mystery Stories anthologies, has resulted in the launch of a brand-new series, The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year (September), the opening installment of which will compete with HMH’s The Best American Mystery and Suspense (October), part of a slightly revamped line now helmed by Steph Cha. On top of all this, look for reprints of vintage yarns by Fredric Brown, Ellery Queen, William J. Reynolds, Brian Flynn, Sébastien Japrisot, and others; in addition to several non-fiction works of interest to crime-fiction fans, notably Ed Hulse’s handsome study of classic paperback art, a new biography of Tony Hillerman, and a “behind-the-scenes” book about Peter Falk’s Columbo.

In the following catalogue of more than 425 crime, mystery, and thriller works set to reach bookstores—on both sides of the Atlantic—over the next four months, those marked with an asterisk (*) are non-fiction; the remainder are novels or collections of short stories.

SEPTEMBER (U.S.):
All These Ashes, by James Queally (Polis)
An Image in the Lake, by Gail Bowen (ECW Press)
Apples Never Fall, by Liane Moriarty (Henry Holt)
The Artist Colony, by Joanna FitzPatrick (She Writes Press)
The Art of Pulp Fiction: An Illustrated History of Vintage Paperbacks, by Ed Hulse  (IDW)*
Available Dark, by Elizabeth Hand (Small Beer Press)
Best Kept Secrets, by Gwen Florio (Severn House)
Bright Young Things, by Jane A. Adams (Severn House)
Callous, by Ken Bruen (Mysterious Press/Open Road)
The Case of the Borrowed Brunette, by Erle Stanley Gardner (American Mystery Classics)
The Case of the Painted Ladies, by Brian Flynn (Dean Street Press)
The Children’s Secret, by Nina Monroe (Crooked Lane)
China Roses, by Jo Bannister (Severn House)
The Collected Adventures of the Drifter Detective, Volume One, edited by David Cranmer (Uncle B.)
Constance, by Matthew FitzSimmons (Thomas & Mercer)
Crooked in His Ways, by S.M. Goodwin (Crooked Lane)
Daggers Drawn, edited by Maxim Jakubowski (Titan)
A Darker Reality, by Anne Perry (Ballantine)
The Dark Remains, by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin
(World Noir)
Dark Things I Adore, by Katie Lattari (Sourcebooks Landmark)
Daughter of the Morning Star, by Craig Johnson (Viking)
Deadly Summer Nights, by Vicki Delany (Berkley)
Death Car, by Ed Lynskey (Independently published)
The Disappearance of Trudy Solomon, by Marcy McCreary (Camcat)
Double Solitaire, by Craig Nova (Arcade Crimewise)
Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche, by Nancy Springer (Wednesday)
Flat Black Ford, by J.D. Allen (Severn River)
A Fire in the Night, by Christopher Swann (Crooked Lane)
Friends Like These, by Kimberly McCreight (Harper)
Ghost Light, by Stan Jones and Patricia Watts (Bowhead Press)
The Good Death, by S.D. Sykes (Pegasus Crime)
The Good Turn, by Dervla McTiernan (Blackstone)
Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
The Heron’s Cry, by Ann Cleeves (Minotaur)
High Stakes, by Iris Johansen (Grand Central)
The House of Ashes, by Stuart Neville (Soho Crime)
The House of Death, by Peter Tremayne (Severn House)
Hounded!: My Lifelong Obsession with Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Vince Stadon (MX)*
Hyde, by Craig Russell (Doubleday)
Ice Angel, by Matthew Hart (Pegasus Crime)
The Ice Coven, by Max Seeck (Berkley)
The Killing Kind, by Jane Casey (HarperCollins)
The Last Guests, by J.P. Pomare (Mulholland)
The Last House on Needless Street, by Catriona Ward (Tor Nightfire)
Left You Dead, by Peter James (Macmillan)
The Mad Women's Ball, by Victoria Mas (Overlook Press)
The Man Who Died Twice, by Richard Osman (Pamela Dorman)
Marked Man, by Archer Mayor (Minotaur)
Mastermind, by Andrew Mayne
(Thomas & Mercer)
The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart, by Nancy Campbell Allen (Shadow Mountain)
The Missing Hours, by Julia
Dahl (Minotaur)
Miss Kopp Investigates, by Amy
Stewart (Mariner)
A Most Clever Girl, by Stephanie Marie Thornton (Berkley)
A Mountain of Evidence, by Amy O.
Lewis (Arrow Road Press)
Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens, by Andrea Penrose (Kensington)
Murder at Standing Stone Manor, by Eric Brown (Severn House)
Murder at Wakehurst, by Alyssa Maxwell (Kensington)
Murder in an Orchard Cemetery, by Cora Harrison (Severn House)
Murder Outside the Lines, by Krista Davis (Kensington)
The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year, 2021, edited by Lee Child (Mysterious Press)
My Sweet Girl, by Amanda Jayatissa (Berkley)
The Necklace, by Matt Witten (Oceanview)
Never Saw Me Coming, by Vera Kurian (Park Row)
The N’Gustro Affair, by Jean-Patrick Manchette (NYRB Classics)
Nice Girls, by Catherine Dang (Morrow)
The Night and the Music, by Lawrence Block (Subterranean)
The Night She Disappeared, by Lisa Jewell (Atria)
The Ninja Betrayed, by Tori Eldridge (Agora)
No Badge Required, by W.L. Ripley (Wolfpack)
Other People’s Things, by Kerry Anne King (Lake Union)
Panic Attack, by Dennis Palumbo (Poisoned Pen Press)
The Peculiarities, by David Liss (Tachyon)
A Prince and a Spy, by Rory Clements (Pegasus Crime)
Range, by Margaret Mizushima (Crooked Lane)
Riccardino, by Andrea Camilleri (Penguin)
Right Behind Her, by Melinda Leigh (Montlake)
Rizzio, by Denise Mina (Pegasus Crime)
Road of Bones, by James R. Benn (Soho Crime)
Robert B. Parker’s Stone's Throw, by Mike Lupica (Putnam)
Rock Paper Scissors, by Alice Feeney (Flatiron)
Rogues’ Gallery: The Birth of Modern Policing and Organized Crime in Gilded Age New York, by John Oller (Dutton)*
Sammy Two Shoes, by Phillip DePoy (Severn House)
Scandal in Babylon, by Barbara Hambly (Severn House)
The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess, by Andy Marino (Redhook)
Sherlock Holmes: The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Volume 2, by David MacGregor (MX)*
Shooting Columbo: The Lives and Deaths of TV’s Rumpled Detective, by David Koenig (Bonaventure Press)*
The Spires, by Kate Moretti (Thomas & Mercer)
Stalker Stalked, by Lee Matthew Goldberg (All Due Respect)
The Stolen Hours, by Allen Eskens (Mulholland)
The Summoning, by J.P. Smith (Poisoned Pen Press)
Suspense—His & Hers: Tales of Love and Murder, by Max Allan Collins and Barbara Collins (Wolfpack)
These Toxic Things, by Rachel Howzell Hall (Thomas & Mercer)
A Trap for Cinderella, by Sébastien Japrisot (Gallic)
Triple Cross, by Tom Bradby (Atlantic Monthly Press)
We Know You Remember, by Tove Alsterdal (Harper)
When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson, edited by Ellen Datlow (Titan Books)
The Yards, by A.F. Carter (Mysterious Press)
You Can Run, by Karen Cleveland (Ballantine)

SEPTEMBER (UK):
The Advocate’s Daughter, by Alex Finlay (Head of Zeus)
The Antarctica of Love, by Sara Stridsberg (MacLehose Press)
Black Reed Bay, by Rod Reynolds (Orenda)
A Body by the Lighthouse, by Helen Cox (Quercus)
Bring Her Home, by S.A. Dunphy (Bookouture)
The Chateau, by Catherine Cooper (HarperCollins)
The Couple at No. 9, by Claire Douglas (Penguin)
The Courier, by Holly Down (Hodder)
The Danger Within, by Hilary Bonner (Severn House)
Darkness Falls, by Alex Knight (Orion)
Dark Queen Watching, by Paul Doherty (Severn House)
Dead Man’s Grave, by Neil Lancaster (HQ)
Death Threats and Other Stories, by Georges Simenon
(Penguin Classics)
Denial, by Beverley McLachlin (Simon & Schuster)
Exposed, by M.A. Hunter (One More Chapter)
The Family Man, by Kimberley Chambers (HarperCollins)
The Final Child, by Fran Dorricott (Titan)
Five Minds, by Guy Morpuss (Viper)
Ghosts of the West, by Alec Marsh (Headline Accent)
Her Last Request, by Mari Hannah (Orion)
How to Kill Your Best Friend, by Lexie Elliott (Corvus)
Hunt, by Leona Deakin (Black Swan)
Iced, by Felix Francis (Simon & Schuster)
I Have Something to Tell You, by Susan Lewis (HarperCollins)
Invite Me In, by Emma Curtis (Black Swan)
The Joy and Light Bus Company, by Alexander McCall Smith (Little, Brown)
Judas 62, by Charles Cumming (HarperCollins)
Keep Me Close, by Jane Holland (Lume)
Last Seen Alone, by Laura Griffin
(Headline Eternal)
The Late Train to Gipsy Hill, by Alan Johnson (Wildfire)
Little Bones, by Patricia Gibney (Bookouture)
Look Twice, by Eva Hudson (Venatrix)
Magpie, by Elizabeth Day (Fourth Estate)
The Man on Hackpen Hill, by J.S. Monroe (Head of Zeus)
The Midnight Hour, by Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
My Name Is Jensen, by Heidi Amsinck (Muswell Press)
Next of Kin, by Kia Abdullah (HQ)
Night Hunters, by Oliver Bottini (MacLehose Press)
Not One of Us, by Alis Hawkins (Canelo)
Past Life, by David Mark (Severn House)
Payday, by Celia Walden (Sphere)
Persecution, by R.C. Bridgestock (Canelo)
Prisoner, by S.R. White (Headline)
The Refuge, by Jérôme Loubry (Hodder)
Safe at Home, by Lauren North (Corgi)
The Second Woman, by Louise Mey (Pushkin Vertigo)
The Shadowing, by Rhiannon Ward (Trapeze)
The Silent Conversation, by Caro Ramsey (Severn House)
The Silent Witness, by Carolyn Arnold (Bookouture)
Stranded, by Sarah Goodwin (Avon)
Swindled, by Sue Shepherd (Hobeck)
Terms of Restitution, by Denzil Meyrick (Polygon)
These Names Make Clues, by E.C.R. Lorac (British Library)
Too Much of Water, by L.C. Tyler (Constable)
Traitors, by Alex Shaw (HQ)
The Trapped Wife, by Samantha Hayes (Bookouture)
Under a Dark Cloud, by Louisa Scarr (Canelo)
The Unheard, by Nicci French (Simon & Schuster)
When the Guilty Cry, by M.J. Lee (Canelo)
Whisper Cottage, by Anne Wyn Clark (Avon)
The Whistleblower, by Robert Peston (Zaffre)
The Wrong Goodbye, by Toshihiko Yahagi (MacLehose Press)

OCTOBER (U.S.):
All That Is Secret, by Patricia Raybon (Tyndale House)
The American Gun Mystery, by Ellery Queen (American
Mystery Classics)
The Apollo Murders, by Chris Hadfield (Mulholland)
April in Spain, by John Banville (Hanover Square Press)
The Assistant, by Kjell Ola Dahl (Orenda)
As the Wicked Watch, by Tamron Hall (Morrow)
The Best American Mystery and Suspense, 2021, edited by
Alafair Burke (Mariner)
Better Off Dead, by Lee Child and Andrew Child (Delacorte Press)
Betrayal on the Bowery, by Kate Belli (Crooked Lane)
The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries, edited by Otto Penzler
(Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Bodies from the Library 4, edited by Tony Medawar
(Collins Crime Club)
Buried Memories, by Simon R. Green (Severn House)
The Cat in the Window Murders, by Frank L. Gertcher
(Wind Grass Hill)
The Chaos Kind, by Barry Eisler (Thomas & Mercer)
City of Vengeance, by D.V. Bishop (Macmillan)
Comfort Me with Apples, by Catherynne M. Valente (Tordotcom)
The Corpse Flower, by Anne Mette Hancock (Crooked Lane)
A Corruption of Blood, by Ambrose Parry (Canongate)
Damascus Station, by David McCloskey (Norton)
Death at Greenway, by Lori Rader-Day (Morrow)
The Death of Jane Lawrence, by Caitlin Starling (St. Martin’s Press)
Diamond and the Eye, by Peter Lovesey (Soho Crime)
Double Take, by Elizabeth Breck (Crooked Lane)
Down the Hatch, by M.C. Beaton with R.W. Green (Minotaur)
A Dreadful Destiny, by Rosemary Rowe (Severn House)
Echoes of the Dead, by Spencer Kope (Minotaur)
An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed, by Helene Tursten (Soho Crime)
Every Hidden Thing, by Ted Flanagan (Crooked Lane)
Everything Is Jake, by Jethro K. Lieberman (Three Rooms Press)
Fancy Anders Goes to War: Who Killed Rosie the Riveter? by Max Allan Collins (NeoText)
Fan Club, by Erin Mayer (Mira)
A Few Days Away, by Tony Knighton (Brash)
Five Decembers, by James Kestrel (Hard Case Crime)
Five Strangers, by E.V. Adamson (Scarlet)
Gated Prey, by Lee Goldberg (Thomas & Mercer)
The Girl with No Place to Hide, by Marvin Albert (Stark House Press)
God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen, by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Grave Reservations, by Cherie Priest (Atria)
Hold Me Down, by Clea Simon (Polis)
I Am Not Who You Think I Am, by Eric Rickstad (Blackstone)
I Know You, by Claire McGowan (Thomas & Mercer)
In Another Light, by A.J. Banner (Lake Union)
Inspector Chen and the Private Kitchen Murder, by Qiu Xiaolong (Severn House)
In the Crypt with a Candlestick, by Daisy Waugh (Pegasus Crime)
The Invisible Host, by Gwen Bristow and Bruce Manning (Dean Street Press)
The Jealousy Man and Other Stories,
by Jo Nesbø (Knopf)
The Judge’s List, by John
Grisham (Doubleday)
Judgment at Santa Monica, by E.J. Cooperman (Severn House)
Just Thieves, by Gregory Galloway (Melville House)
The Keepers of Metsan Valo, by Wendy Webb (Lake Union)
Last Girl Ghosted, by Lisa Unger (Park Row)
The Last Guest, by Tess Little (Ballantine)
Last Ride in the Bumblebee Jacket, by Spencer Kope
(Northwest Corner)
A Line to Kill, by Anthony Horowitz (Harper)
Litani, by Jess Lourey (Thomas & Mercer)
The Lost Boy, by Rachel Amphlett (Saxon)
Mammon in Malmö, by Torquil MacLeod (McNidder & Grace)
Mercy Creek, by M.E. Browning (Crooked Lane)
The Mother Next Door, by Tara Laskowski (Graydon House)
Ms. Tree: The Cold Dish, by Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty
(Titan Comics)
Murder at Mallowan Hall, by Colleen Cambridge (Kensington)
The Nameless Ones, by John Connolly (Atria/Emily Bestler)
The Narcissism of Small Differences, by Dennis Dorgan (BookBaby)
The Nebraska Quotient, by William J. Reynolds (Brash)
The Neighbor’s Secret, by L. Alison Heller (Flatiron)
1979, by Val McDermid (Atlantic Monthly Press)
No One Will Miss Her, by Kat Rosenfield (Morrow)
The OC, by D.P. Lyle (Oceanview)
Orders to Kill, by Edward Marston (Allison & Busby)
The Pickwick Murders, by Heather Redmond (Kensington)
Repentance, by Eloísa Díaz (Agora)
Reprieve, by James Han Mattson (Morrow)
Rider on the Rain, by Sébastien Japrisot (Gallic)
The Savage Kind, by John Copenhaver (Pegasus Crime)
Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula, by Christian Klaver (Titan)
Sherlock Holmes and the Three Winter Terrors, by James
Lovegrove (Titan)
Silverview, by John le Carré (Viking)
Sleepless, by Romy Hausmann (Flatiron)
Sometimes at Night, by Ben Sanders (Severn House)
State of Terror, by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny (Simon & Schuster/St. Martin’s Press)
The Stolen Sisters, by Louise Jensen (HQ)
A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries, edited by Martin Edwards (Poisoned Pen Press)
The Survivors, by Alex Schulman (Doubleday)
The Taking of Jemima Boone: Colonial Settlers, Tribal Nations, and the Kidnap That Shaped America, by Matthew Pearl (Harper)*
The Tannery, by Michael A. Almond (Koehler)
These Silent Woods, by Kimi Cunningham Grant (Minotaur)
Tony Hillerman: A Life, by James McGrath Morris (University of Oklahoma Press)*
The Twelve Jays of Christmas, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)
Under Color of Law, by Aaron Philip Clark (Thomas & Mercer)
Welcome to Cooper, by Tariq Ashkanani (Thomas & Mercer)
What’s the Matter with Mary Jane? by Candas Jane Dorsey
(ECW Press)
When Christmas Comes, by Andrew Klavan (Mysterious Press)
The Wicked Widow, by Beatriz Williams (Morrow)
The Wintringham Mystery, by Anthony Berkeley (Collins Crime Club)
Wolf Point, by Ian K. Smith (Thomas & Mercer)

OCTOBER (UK):
Bad Apples, by Will Dean (Point Blank)
Bread, by Maurizio de Giovanni (World Noir)
A Change of Circumstance, by Susan Hill (Chatto & Windus)
Cold as Hell, by Lilja Sigurdardóttir (Orenda)
The Commandments, by Óskar Guðmundsson (Corylus)
The Cult, by Abby Davies (HarperCollins)
Devil’s Table, by Kate Rhodes
(Simon & Schuster)
The Fifth Girl, by Georgia Fancett (Arrow)
For the Lost, by Lina Bengtsdotter (Orion)
A Guardian Angel Recalls, by Willem Frederik Hermans (Pushkin Press)
The Hideout, by Camilla Grebe (Zaffre)
The Island House, by Amanda Brittany (HQ)
Lemon, by Kwon Yeo-sun (Apollo)
The Lonely Ones, by Håkan Nesser (Mantle)
Love and Other Crimes, by Sara Paretsky (Hodder & Stoughton)
Lying Ways, by Rachel Lynch (Canelo)
Mr. Campion’s Wings, by Mike Ripley (Severn House)
Murder After Christmas, by Rupert Latimer (British Library)
Murder at the Savoy, by Jim Eldridge (Allison & Busby)
A Murder Inside, by Frances Brody (Piatkus)
Murder Isn’t Easy: The Forensics of Agatha Christie, by Carla Valentine (Sphere)*
Next in Line, by Marion Todd (Canelo)
Once Upon a Crime, by Fergus Craig (Sphere)
Outlaw, by James Swallow (Zaffre)
A Pin to See the Peepshow, by F. Tennyson Jesse (British Library)
Punishment of a Hunter: A Leningrad Confidential, by Yulia Yakovleva (Pushkin Vertigo)
The Rabbit Factor, by Antti Tuomainen (Orenda)
Shadow Voices: 300 Years of Irish Genre Fiction—A History in Stories, by John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)*
The Shape of Darkness, by Laura Purcell (Raven)
The Spirit Engineer, by A.J. West (Duckworth)
The Stoning, by Peter Papathanasiou (MacLehose Press)
Survivor’s Guilt, by Michael Wood (One More Chapter)
A Traitor’s Heart, by Ben Creed (Welbeck)
Trick or Treat, by Katerina Diamond (Avon)
The Twelve Even Stranger Days of Christmas, by Syd Moore
(Point Blank)
Whispers of a Scandal, by Julie Corbin (Hodder)

NOVEMBER (U.S.):
The Adventure of the Coal-Tar Derivative: The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson Against the Moriarities During the Great Hiatus, by Steven Philip Jones (MX)
All Her Little Secrets, by Wanda M. Morris (Morrow)
The Archivist, by Rex Pickett (Blackstone)
Autopsy, by Patricia Cornwell (Morrow)
The Beresford, by Will Dean (Orenda)
A Blizzard of Polar Bears, by Alice Henderson (Morrow)
The Bloodless Boy, by Robert Lloyd (Melville House)
Bound, by Vanda Symon (Orenda)
Brooklyn Supreme, by Robert Reuland (Overlook Press)
A Christmas Legacy, by Anne Perry (Ballantine)
The City of Mist, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Harper)
The Collective, by Alison Gaylin (Morrow)
The Corpse in the Waxworks, by John Dickson Carr (Poisoned
Pen Press)
The Cottage, by Daniel Judson (Thomas & Mercer)
The Cottage, by Lisa Stone (HarperCollins)
The Criminal World of Sherlock Holmes, Volume One, by Kelvin
Jones (MX)*
The Cry of the Hangman, by Susanna Calkins (Severn House)
The Dangers of an Ordinary Night, by Lynne Reeves (Crooked Lane)
The Dark Hours, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
The Dead Cry Justice, by Rosemary Simpson (Kensington)
The Deathwatch Beetle, by Kjell Eriksson (Minotaur)
Do I Know You? by Sarah Strohmeyer (Harper)
Dolphin Junction, by Mick Herron (Soho Crime)
Down a Dark River, by Karen Odden (Crooked Lane)
Everything We Didn’t Say, by Nicole Baart (Atria)
The Fabulous Clipjoint, by Fredric Brown (American Mystery Classics)
Fogged Off, by Wendall Thomas (Beyond the Page)
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Great War, by Simon Guerrier (Titan)
Game On, by Janet Evanovich (Atria)
Hello, Transcriber, by Hannah Morrissey (Minotaur)
Her Name Is Knight, by Yasmin Angoe (Thomas & Mercer)
Her Perfect Family, by Teresa Driscoll (Thomas & Mercer)
Isabel Puddles Investigates, by M.V. Byrne (Kensington)
The Left-Handed Twin, by Thomas Perry (Mysterious Press)
Life Without Parole, by Elaine Viets (Severn House)
A Little Bird, by Wendy James (Lake Union)
Lonely Hearts, by Lisa Gray (Thomas & Mercer)
Many Deadly Returns, edited by Martin Edwards (Severn House)
The Mark, by Matt Brolly (Thomas & Mercer)
Mercy, by David Baldacci (Grand Central)
Midnight Hour: A Chilling Anthology of Crime Fiction from 20 Authors of Color, edited by Abby L. Vandiver (Crooked Lane)
The Midnight Lock, by Jeffery Deaver (Putnam)
Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Electrified Tesla, by Cynthia von Buhler (Titan Comics)
The Mirror Dance, by Catriona McPherson (Mobius)
Miss Moriarty, I Presume? by Sherry Thomas (Berkley)
The Missing Piece, by John Lescroart (Atria)
Never, by Ken Follett (Viking)
The Perishing, by Natashia Deón (Counterpoint)
The Pledge, by Kathleen Kent (Mulholland)
Psycho by the Sea, by Lynne Truss (Raven)
Quarry’s Blood, by Max Allan Collins
(Hard Case Crime)
The Return of the Pharaoh, by Nicholas Meyer (Minotaur)
The Riverwoman’s Dragon, by Candace Robb (Severn House)
A Secret Never Told, by Shelley
Noble (Forge)
The Shadows of Men, by Abir Mukherjee (Pegasus Crime)
Sherlock Holmes’ Little Book of Wisdom: How to Deduce What on Earth Is Going On, by Glenn Dakin (Hero Collector)*
Shoot the Moonlight Out, by William Boyle (Pegasus Crime)
The Sleeping Car Murders, by Sébastien Japrisot (Gallic)
Something More Than Night, by Kim Newman (Titan)
The Source, by Sarah Sultoon (Orenda)
The Surrogate, by Toni Halleen (Harper)
Under an Outlaw Moon, by Dietrich Kalteis (ECW Press)
The Village of Eight Graves, by Seishi Yokomizo (Pushkin Vertigo)
War Women, by Martin Limón (Soho Crime)
Watch Her Fall, by Erin Kelly (Mobius)
Wish You Were Gone, by Kieran Scott (Gallery)

NOVEMBER (UK):
Agent in Berlin, by Alex Gerlis (Canelo)
Amok, by Sebastian Fitzek (Head of Zeus)
Bruno’s Challenge & Other Dordogne Tales, by Martin Walker (Quercus)
Deadlock, by Quintin Jardine (Headline)
Death on the Trans-Siberian Express, by C.J. Farrington (Constable)
Desolate Places, by Kate Charles (Nancy Yost)
Dohany Street, by Adam LeBor (Head of Zeus)
The Dublin Railway Murder, by Thomas Morris (Harvill Secker)
The Fell, by Sarah Moss (Picador)
Good Cop Bad Cop, by Simon Kernick (Headline)
A Haunting at Holkham, by Anne Glenconner (Hodder & Stoughton)
I Am the Tiger, by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Riverrun)
The Killer in the Snow, by Alex Pine (Avon)
Lily: A Tale of Revenge, by Rose Tremain (Chatto & Windus)
The Lost, by Simon Beckett (Trapeze)
A Memory for Murder, by Ann Holt (Corvus)
The Mitford Vanishing, by Jessica Fellowes (Sphere)
Mrs. Hudson and the Blue Daisy Affair, by Martin Davies (Canelo)
Murder at the Bailey, by Henry Milner (Biteback)
Murder in the Basement, by Anthony Berkeley (British Library)
Nanny Dearest, by Flora Collins (Quercus)
The Night Will Be Long, by Santiago Gamboa (Europa Editions)
Nowhere to Run, by James Oswald (Wildfire)
The Prime Minister’s Affair, by Andrew Williams
(Hodder & Stoughton)
Psychopaths Anonymous, by Will Carver (Orenda)
A Question of Guilt, by Jørn Lier Horst (Michael Joseph)
The Quiet People, by Paul Cleave (Orenda)
The Red Monarch, by Bella Ellis (Hodder & Stoughton)
Requiem in La Rossa, by Tom Benjamin (Constable)
The Russian Doll, by Marina Palmer (Hodder & Stoughton)
Sunset Swing, by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
A Three Dog Problem, by S.J. Bennett (Zaffre)
Turf Wars, by Olivier Norek (MacLehose Press)
Vine Street, by Dominic Nolan (Headline)

DECEMBER (U.S.):
At First Light, by Barbara Nickless (Thomas & Mercer)
Bryant & May: London Bridge Is Falling Down, by Christopher
Fowler (Bantam)
The Deadliest Sin, by Jeri Westerson (Severn House)
Death Under the Perseids, by Teresa Dovalpage (Soho Crime)
The Eight of Swords, by John Dickson Carr (American
Mystery Classics)
Family Business, by S.J. Rozan (Pegasus Crime)
The Hunting Season, by Tom Benjamin (Constable)
Into the Sound, by Cara Reinard (Thomas & Mercer)
The Midnight Hour, by Elly Griffiths (Mariner)
Murder’s a Swine, by Nap Lombard (Poisoned Pen Press)
Murder Under Her Skin, by Stephen Spotswood (Doubleday)
The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden, by Kate Saunders (Bloomsbury)
Observations by Gaslight: Stories from the World of Sherlock Holmes, by Lyndsay Faye (Mysterious Press)
One Night, New York, by Lara Thompson (Pegasus Crime)
Silent Parade, by Keigo Higashino (Minotaur)
So Far and Good, by John Straley (Soho Crime)
True Crime Story, by Joseph Knox (Sourcebooks Landmark)

DECEMBER (UK):
Darkness Falls, by Robert Bryndza (Sphere)
Death a la Cuisine, by Ian Moore (Farrago)
Hide, by Nell Pattison (Avon)
Quicksand of Memory, by Michael J. Malone (Orenda)
The Silent Friend, by Diane Jeffrey (HQ)
Survive the Night, by Riley Sager (Hodder)
We Are All Liars, by Carys Jones (Orion)

Hard-boiled escapades, traditional mysteries, a handful of science-fiction crossovers, historical puzzlers, spy novels, true crime—there’s something for pretty much every taste on this list. I hope writers with new offerings set to appear shortly will see this lengthy compilation for what it is: proof that the genre we love still has ample room to accommodate distinctive works, even if most of them don’t score spots on national best-seller lists.

By the way, I shall be adding to these selections over the next few months, so check back periodically to see what’s new. And if you know of other impressive works I have failed to mention, please drop a message into the Comments section below to clue us all in.

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