Wednesday, June 01, 2022

A Summer’s Worth of Arresting Crime



Although, sadly, the United States doesn’t schedule an annual National Crime Reading Month (NCRM), Great Britain does—and it begins today, June 1. A news release from the UK Crime Writers’ Association describes this as “a major initiative designed to celebrate the genre and get the nation reading.

“Running in collaboration with national reading charity, The Reading Agency, bestselling authors have been appointed as regional ambassadors of NCRM across the British Isles and Ireland,” adds that CWA notice. “Ambassadors include authors Steve Cavanagh, M.W. Craven, Elly Griffiths, Alis Hawkins, Anthony Horowitz, Vaseem Khan, Nadine Matheson, Louise Phillips, Ian Rankin, L.J. Ross, Robin Stevens and Sarah Ward.” There are already plenty of presentations and associated activities on the calendar, with more to come. “NCRM will be an inclusive initiative celebrating diversity in the genre at every level, with events both in person and virtual to ensure accessibility. Whether it’s a Crime Fact and Fiction walk through London, or an online workshop, there will be events for everyone.”

If only I could jet to Britain over the next 29 days, but alas …

Instead, like my fellow deprived Americans, I shall just have to recognize our favorite genre in the customary way: by reading as many new releases as I can. The choices are certainly not few. Over the last couple of months, I’ve been checking publisher catalogues and assorted mystery-fiction Web sites, and have come up with a list of more than 390 books—all due for publication between now and September 1—that should appeal to Rap Sheet readers. These include fresh novels by Dan Fesperman (Winter Work), Robert Galbraith (The Ink Black Heart), Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (Kill Me If You Can), Amanda Jayatissa (You’re Invited), First Crime Novel Competition winner Nev March (Peril at the Exposition), Anthony Horwitz (The Twist of a Knife), Val McDermid (1989), and the prolific Loren D. Estleman (Monkey in the Middle, his 30th Amos Walker private-eye novel). Also clamoring for our attention are Heat 2, by Michael Mann and Meg Gardiner, described as “a prequel and a sequel” to Mann’s 1995 crime-drama flick, Heat; David Young’s Blitz City, a thriller set during World War II in the bomb-ravaged English burg of Hull, and featuring a one-armed former cavalryman turned police inspector; The Deal Goes Down, the long-awaited fourth yarn starring New York City gumshoe Tony Casella, penned by Larry Beinhart, whose 1993 novel American Hero was transformed into the 1997 picture Wag the Dog; Stark House Press’ re-release of the fifth and six entries (of 14) in Barry N. Malberg’s “darkly humorous” Lone Wolf series, published originally as by “Mike Barry”; Unnatural Ends, a spirited whodunit from Christopher Huang, the author previously of A Gentleman’s Murder (2018); Faye Kellerman’s last Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus outing, Hunt; the initial 10 mysteries by “forgotten” Golden Age writer Alice Campbell, beginning with Juggernaut (1928), all from Dean Street Press; and no fewer than three books by Joyce Carol Oates.

Keep an eye out during these sunnier next three months, too, for historical true-crime works dealing with everything from a tarnished ex-spy’s investigation of a mystery at sea and the symbiotic relationship between jazz music and the underworld, to America’s first publicized rape trial (way back in 1793). This season’s end will also bring the U.S. release of Martin Edwards’ extraordinary study, The Life of Crime: Detecting the History of Mysteries and Their Creators (available in UK bookstores since May 26).

Regular blog followers may have noticed that I failed to produce a spring books reading selection this year, due to other editorial obligations as well as my debilitating concussion in March. I’m trying to make up for that with the following lengthy inventory of publications, all due out imminently in English, on one side of the Atlantic or the other. As usual, those marked with an asterisk (*) are non-fiction, while the rest are novels or collections of short stories.

JUNE (U.S.):
After the Lights Go Out, by John Vercher (Soho Press)
And There He Kept Her, by Joshua Moehling (Poisoned Pen Press)
Architect of Courage, by Victoria Weisfeld (Black Opal)
Ashton Hall, by Lauren Belfer (Ballantine)
Beneath Cruel Waters, by Jon Bassoff (Blackstone)
The Blue Diamond, by Leonard Goldberg (Minotaur)
The Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons, by Kate Khavari (Crooked Lane)
The Bride’s Guide to Marriage and Murder, by Dianne Freeman (Kensington)
Can’t Look Away, by Carola Lovering (St. Martin’s Press)
Carnival Blues, by Damien Boyd (Thomas & Mercer)
The City Inside, by Samit Basu (Tordotcom)
Cold Fear, by Brandon Webb and John David Mann (Bantam)
Counterfeit, by Kirstin Chen (Morrow)
Deadline at Dawn, by Cornell Woolrich (American Mystery Classics)
Death and Hard Cider, by Barbara Hambly (Severn House)
Death at Fort Devens, by Peter Colt (Severn House)
December ’41, by William Martin (Forge)
Double Agent, by Gene Stackelberg (Cutting Edge)
The Drowning Sea, by Sarah Stewart Taylor (Minotaur)
Even the Darkest Night, by Javier Cercas (Knopf)
Extenuating Circumstances, by Joyce Carol Oates (Mysterious Press)
A Face to Die For, by Iris Johansen (Grand Central)
The Falcon, by Isabella Maldonado (Thomas & Mercer)
First Victim, by Debbie Babitt (Scarlet)
The Gatekeeper, by James Byrne (Minotaur)
Ghost of the Hardy Boys: The Writer Behind the World’s Most Famous Boy Detectives, by Leslie McFarlane (David R. Godine)*
The Ghosts of Paris, by Tara Moss (Dutton)
The Girl They All Forgot, by Martin Edwards (Poisoned Pen Press)
The Girl Who Survived, by Lisa Jackson (Kensington)
The Goldenacre, by Philip Miller (Soho Crime)
Good Husbands, by Cate Ray (Park Row)
The Guilty Couple, by C.L. Taylor (Avon)
Hardscrabble Private Eye, by O’Neil De Noux (Big Kiss)
Harlem Sunset, by Nekesa Afia (Berkley)
Hatchet Island, by Paul Doiron (Minotaur)
Her Dying Day, by Mindy Carlson (Crooked Lane)
The House Across the Lake, by Riley Sager (Dutton)
Immoral Origins, by Lee Matthew Goldberg (Rough Edges)
In Place of Fear, by Catriona
McPherson (Mobius)
In the Dark We Forget, by Sandra S.G. Wong (HarperCollins)
Invitation to Murder / A Party to Murder, by Lionel White (Stark House)
It Could Be Anyone, by Jamie Lynn Hendricks (Scarlet)
It Dies with You, by Scott Blackburn (Crooked Lane)
Juggernaut, by Alice Campbell
(Dean Street Press)
The Key to Deceit, by Ashley Weaver (Minotaur)
A Killer’s Tears, by John Bae (BookBaby)
Lady of Bones, by Carolyn Haines (Minotaur)
Last Call at the Nightingale, by Katharine Schellman (Minotaur)
The Lava Witch, by Debra Bokur (Kensington)
Lawyers, Guns, and Money: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Warren Zevon, edited by Libby Cudmore and Art Taylor (Down & Out)
The Lies I Tell, by Julie Clark (Sourcebooks Landmark)
The Little Dog Laughed, by Joseph Hansen (Soho Syndicate)
The Local, by Joey Hartstone (Doubleday)
Local Gone Missing, by Fiona Barton (Berkley)
The Locked Room, by Elly Griffiths (Mariner)
The Lost, by Jeffrey B. Burton (Minotaur)
The Lunar Housewife, by Caroline Woods (Doubleday)
The Maker of Swans, by Paraic O’Donnell (Tin House)
The Man Burned by Winter, by Pete Zacharias (Thomas & Mercer)
The Midcoast, by Adam White (Hogarth)
Monkey in the Middle, by Loren D. Estleman (Forge)
Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter, by Lizzie Pook
(Simon & Schuster)
More Than You’ll Ever Know, by Katie Gutierrez (Morrow)
Movieland, by Lee Goldberg (Thomas & Mercer)
The Next Time I Die, by Jason Starr (Hard Case Crime)
Night, Neon: Tales of Mystery and Suspense, by Joyce Carol Oates (Mysterious Press)
Nobody from Somewhere, by Dietrich Kalteis (ECW Press)
No Place to Run, by Mark Edwards (Thomas & Mercer)
The Omega Factor, by Steve Berry (Grand Central)
One of the Girls, by Lucy Clarke (Putnam)
Outside, by Ragnar Jónasson (Minotaur)
The Peace Keeper, by B.L. Blanchard (47North)
The Physicists’ Daughter, by Mary Anna Evans (Poisoned Pen Press)
Point Last Seen, by Christina Dodd (HQN)
Private Clients, by Marsha H. Lupi (BookBaby)
Project Namahana, by John Teschner (Forge)
The Recruit, by Alan Drew (Random House)
Red on the River, by Christine Feehan (Berkley)
Red Warning, by Matthew Quirk (Morrow)
Rock of Ages, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime)
Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks, by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday)*
The Second Husband, by Kate White (Harper)
A Secret About a Secret, by Peter Spiegelman (Knopf)
The Self-Made Widow, by Fabian Nicieza (Putnam)
Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Jeweled Falcon and Other Tales of Mystery and Suspense, by G.C. Rosenquist (MX)
The Science of Murder: The Forensics of Agatha Christie, by Carla Valentine (Sourcebooks)*
Shifty’s Boys, by Chris Offutt (Grove Press)
Snowstorm in August, by Marshall Karp (Blackstone)
So Happy for You, by Celia Laskey (Hanover Square Press)
The Spy Who Knew Too Much: An Ex-CIA Officer’s Quest Through a Legacy of Betrayal, by Howard Blum (Harper)*
Tell Us No Secrets, by Siena Sterling (Morrow)
Vera Kelly: Lost and Found, by Rosalie Knecht (Tin House)
We Carry Their Bones: The Search for Justice at the Dozier School, by Erin Kimmerle (Morrow)*
When You Leave Me, by Susan Wingate (Down & Out)
The Wife Before, by Shanora
Williams (Dafina)
The Wild One, by Colleen
McKeegan (Harper)
The Woman in the Library, by Sulari Gentill (Poisoned Pen Press)

JUNE (UK):
The Apartment Upstairs, by Lesley Kara (Bantam Press)
Bad for Good, by Graham Bartlett
(Allison & Busby)
The Bay, by Allie Reynolds (Headline)
The Best Friend, by Jessica Fellowes (Sphere)
Birthday Girl, by Niko Wolf (Hodder Studio)
The Blackbird, by Tim Weaver (Michael Joseph)
The Botanist, by M.W. Craven (Constable)
The Box, by Dan Malakin (Viper)
Cat & Mouse, by M.J. Arlidge (Orion)
Chemical Cocktail, by Fiona Erskine (Point Blank)
The Colour Storm, by Damian Dibben (Michael Joseph)
The Companion, by Lesley Thomson (Head of Zeus)
Complicit, by Winnie M. Li (Orion)
Death of a Matador, by James García Woods (Lume)
A Death of Promise, by David Penny (Rivertree)
The Death of Remembrance, by Denzil Meyrick (Polygon)
Death on Gokumon Island, by Seishi Yokomizo (Pushkin Vertigo)
Dirt Town, by Hayley Scrivenor (Macmillan)
The Drowning Hour, by S.K. Tremayne (HarperCollins)
The Favour, by Nora Murphy (Macmillan)
The Fever of the World, by Phil Rickman (Corvus)
The Gone and the Forgotten, by Clare Whitfield (Apollo)
Göering’s Gold, by Richard O’Rawe (Melville House)
The Guest House, by Robin Morgan-Bentley (Orion)
The Guilty Couple, by C.L. Taylor (Avon)
The Guilty Girl, by Patricia Gibney (Bookouture)
A Home for the Lost, by Sharon Maas (Bookouture)
The Infinity Pool, by Claire S. Lewis (Head of Zeus)
A Killing Rain, by Faye Snowden (Flame Tree Press)
A Kiss After Dying, by Ashok Banker (Michael Joseph)
Last Seen Alive, by Jane Bettany (HQ)
London in Black, by Jack Lutz (Pushkin Vertigo)
The Lost Ones, by Marnie Riches (Bookouture)
The Lover, by Helene Flood (MacLehose Press)
Lying Beside You, by Michael Robotham (Sphere)
The Missing Wife and the Stone Fen Siamese, by Kate High (Constable)
Murder Before Evensong, by Richard Coles (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
The Murder Book, by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown)
Murder on the Marmora, by Edward Marston (Allison & Busby)
Murder on the Salsette, by Edward Marston (Allison & Busby)
My Killer Vacation, by Tessa Bailey (Tessa Bailey)
The Nurse, by Claire Allan (Avon)
The Other Guest, by Helen Cooper (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Prime Minister’s Affair, by Andrew Williams
(Hodder & Stoughton)
Running Scared, by Mandasue Heller (Macmillan)
The Seat of the Scornful, by John Dickson Carr (British Library
Crime Classics)
The Sleeping and the Dead, by Ann Cleeves (Macmillan)
Storm, by Stephanie Merritt (HarperCollins)
Sun Damage, by Sabine Durrant (Hodder & Stoughton)
Sweet Revenge: Two Novellas, by Camilla Läckberg (HarperCollins)
To Kill a Troubadour, by Martin Walker (Quercus)
The Venice Train, by Georges Simenon (Penguin Classics)
Wake, by Shelley Burr (Hodder & Stoughton)
We All Have Our Secrets, by Jane
Corry (Penguin)
When the Night Ends, by M.J. Lee (Canelo)

JULY (U.S.):
Augusta Wake, by G.M. Malliet
(Severn House)
The Binding Room, by Nadine Matheson (Hanover Square Press)
The Birdcage, by Eve Chase (Putnam)
The Black Girls Left Standing, by Juliana Goodman (Feiwel & Friends)
Blackout, by Erin Flanagan (Thomas & Mercer)
Blood Ties, by Ruth Lillegraven (Amazon Crossing)
Bread, by Maurizio de Giovanni (World Noir)
Chrysalis, by Lincoln Child (Doubleday)
Cold, Cold Bones, by Kathy Reichs (Scribner)
Confidence, by Denise Mina (Mulholland)
Dark Objects, by Simon Toyne (Morrow)
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
Death and the Conjurer, by Tom Mead (Mysterious Press)
Death and the Decorator, by Simon Brett (Severn House)
Death Doesn’t Forget, by Ed Lin (Soho Crime)
Desperate Undertaking, by Lindsey Davis (Minotaur)
The Disinvited Guest, by Carol Goodman (Morrow)
Don’t Look Back, by Joe Calderone (Post Hill Press)
Early Graves, by Joseph Hansen (Soho Syndicate)
Fatal Witness, by Robert Bryndza (Raven Street)
Finale, by Ian Hamilton (Spiderline)
The Finalists, by David Bell (Berkley)
First Born, by Will Dean (Atria/Emily Bestler)
Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight, by Riku Onda (Bitter
Lemon Press)
Golden Age Locked Room Mysteries, edited by Otto Penzler (American Mystery Classics)
Hack, by Mark Pawlosky (Girl Friday)
The Half Life of Valery K, by Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury)
Hawk Mountain, by Conner Habib (Norton)
The Heathens, by Ace Atkins (Putnam)
Helltown: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer on Cape Cod, by Casey Sherman (Sourcebooks)*
The Hidden One, by Linda Castillo (Minotaur)
Hokuloa Road, by Elizabeth Hand (Mulholland)
An Honest Living, by Dwyer Murphy (Viking)
Iced, by Felix Francis (Crooked Lane)
The It Girl, by Ruth Ware (Gallery/Scout Press)
I Told You This Would Happen, by Elaine Murphy (Grand Central)
Jacked: An Anthology of Crime Fiction, edited by Vern
Smith (Runamok)
Just Like Home, by Sarah Gailey (Tor)
The Kingdoms of Savannah, by George Dawes Green (Celadon)
The Last to Vanish, by Megan Miranda (Scribner/Marysue Rucci)
The Lemon Man, by Keith Bruton (Brash)
The Librarian Spy, by Madeline Martin (Hanover Square Press)
Listen to Me, by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine)
The Lone Wolf: Havana Hit / Chicago Slaughter, by Barry N. Malzberg (Stark House Press)
Look Closer, by David Ellis (Putnam)
Miss Aldridge Regrets, by Louise Hare (Berkley)
The Murder Box, by Mark Billingham (Atlantic Monthly Press)
The New Neighbor, by Karen Cleveland (Ballantine)
Nightwork, by Joseph Hansen (Soho Syndicate)
The Other Guest, by Helen Cooper (Putnam)
Out of Her Depth, by Lizzy Barber (Mira)
The Pallbearers Club, by Paul Tremblay (Morrow)
The Perfect Neighborhood, by Liz Alterman (Crooked Lane)
Peril at the Exposition, by Nev March (Minotaur)
The Pier, by Matt Brolly (Thomas & Mercer)
The Pink Hotel, by Liska Jacobs (MCD)
The Poisonous Solicitor: The True Story of a 1920s Murder Mystery, by Stephen Bates (Icon)*
Portrait of an Unknown Woman, by Daniel Silva (Harper)
Reputation, by Sarah Vaughan (Atria/Emily Bestler)
The Retreat, by Sarah Pearse (Pamela Dorman)
The Ruins, by Phoebe Wynne (St. Martin’s Press)
See You Next Tuesday, by Ken Harris (Black Rose Writing)
The Sewing Girl’s Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America, by John Wood Sweet (Henry Holt)*
Should I Fall, by Scott Shepherd (Mysterious Press)
The 6:20 Man, by David Baldacci (Grand Central)
Soulless, by Rozlan Mohd Noor (Arcade Crimewise)
The Swell, by Allie Reynolds (Putnam)
Take No Names, by Daniel Nieh (Ecco)
They Drown Our Daughters, by Katrina Monroe (Poisoned Pen Press)
Things We Do in the Dark, by Jennifer Hillier (Minotaur)
Under a Broken Sky, by Kris Calvin (Crooked Lane)
The Unkept Woman, by Allison Montclair (Minotaur)
Unnatural Ends, by Christopher Huang (Inkshares)
Vicious Creatures, by Ashton Noone (Scarlet)
Wake of War, by Zac Topping (Forge)
Weird Tales: Best of the Early Years, 1923-25, edited by Jonathan Maberry and Justin Criado (Wordfire Press)
We Lie Here, by Rachel Howzell Hall (Thomas & Mercer)
Winter Work, by Dan Fesperman (Knopf)

JULY (UK):
The Accomplice, by Steve Cavanagh (Orion)
Agent in Peril, by Alex Gerlis (Canelo Action)
All I Said Was True, by Imran Mahmood (Raven)
The Angels of Venice, by Philip Gwynne Jones (Constable)
Betrayal in the Cotswolds, by Rebecca Tope (Allison & Busby)
The Blood Flower, by Alex Reeve (Raven)
Blood Sisters, by Cate Quinn (Orion)
Bryant & May’s Peculiar London, by Christopher Fowler (Doubleday)
The City Underground, by Michael
Russell (Constable)
The Cliff House, by Chris Brookmyre (Little, Brown)
Cold Grave, by Jenny O’Brien (HQ)
Crook O’Lune, by E.C.R. Lorac (British Library Crime Classics)
Dark Objects, by Simon Toyne (HarperCollins)
The Daves Next Door, by Will Carver (Orenda)
Deadly Company, by Ann Granger (Headline)
Death and Fromage, by Ian Moore (Farrago)
Death in Blitz City, by David Young (Zaffre)
Death of a Heretic, by Peter Tremayne (Headline)
Death on the Isle, by M.H. Eccleston (Head of Zeus)
Eye of the Beholder, by Margie Orford (Canongate)
A Grain of Truth, by Christian Unge (MacLehose Press)
The Hive, by Scarlett Brade (Zaffre)
The Island of Lost Girls, by Alex Marwood (Sphere)
Judgment at Santa Monica, by E.J. Copperman (Severn House)
Katastrophe, by Graham Hurley (Head of Zeus)
Lights Down, by Graham Hurley (Severn House)
The Lost Children, by Michael Wood (One More Chapter)
Meantime, by Frankie Boyle (Baskerville)
Night Shadows, by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir (Orenda)
No Secrets, by David Jackson (Viper)
Old Bones Lie, by Marion Todd (Canelo)
One Last Secret, by Adele Parks (HQ)
The Partisan, by Patrick Worrall (Bantam Press)
Realm of Darkness, by Paul Doherty (Headline)
The Reunion, by Polly Phillips (Simon & Schuster)
A Season in Exile, by Oliver Harris (Little, Brown)
The Secret Couple, by J.S. Lark (One More Chapter)
The Serial Killer’s Daughter, by Alice Hunter (Avon)
The Trenches, by Parker Bilal (Canongate)
The Trial, by S.R. Masters (One More Chapter)
Truly, Darkly, Deeply, by Victoria Selman (Quercus)
Under the Marsh, by G.R. Halliday (Vintage)
What Doesn’t Break Us, by Helen Sedgwick (Point Blank)
Where Demons Hide, by Douglas Skelton (Polygon)
The Whisperer’s Game, by Donato Carrisi (Little, Brown)
Whisper House, by C.S. Green (HarperCollins)
The Woman on the Bridge, by Holly Seddon (Orion)

AUGUST (U.S.):
All the Broken Girls, by Linda Hurtado Bond (Entangled)
All the Lies They Did Not Tell: The True Story of Satanic Panic in an Italian Community, by Pablo Trincia (Amazon Crossing)*
American Rascal: How Jay Gould Built Wall Street’s Biggest Fortune, by Greg Steinmetz (Simon & Schuster)*
Are You Sara? by S.C. Lalli (Morrow)
Babysitter, by Joyce Carol Oates (Knopf)
The Benson Murder Case, by S.S. Van Dine (American
Mystery Classics)
The Blame Game, by Sandie Jones (Minotaur)
Bodies from the Library: Forgotten Stories of Mystery and Suspense from the Golden Age of Detection, edited by Tony Medawar
(Collins Crime Club)
The Bride Price, by Barbara Nadel (Headline)
Catch Your Death, by Lissa Marie Redmond (Severn House)
Complicit, by Winnie M. Li (Atria/Emily Bestler)
The Couple at Number 9, by Claire Douglas (Harper)
Daisy Parker, by Alice Feeney (Flatiron)
Dangerous Rhythms: Jazz and the Underworld, by T.J. English (Morrow)*
Dark Harvest, by Will Jordan (Blackstone)
Dark Music, by David Lagercrantz (Knopf)
The Deal Goes Down, by Larry Beinhart (Melville House)
Dear Little Corpses, by Nicola Upson (Crooked Lane)
Death at the Manor, by Katharine Schellman (Crooked Lane)
Death of a Heretic, by Peter Tremayne (Severn House)
The Devil Takes You Home, by Gabino Iglesias (Mulholland)
Die Around Sundown, by Mark Pryor (Minotaur)
Dirt Creek, by Hayley Scrivenor (Flatiron)
Do No Harm, by Robert Pobi (Minotaur)
The Family Remains, by Lisa Jewell (Atria)
Firestorm, by Taylor Moore (Morrow)
The Forty Elephants, by Erin Bledsoe (Blackstone)
Fox Creek, by William Kent Krueger (Atria)
Golden Cargoes, by Fiona Buckley (Severn House)
The Gravedigger’s Song, by Martyn Waites (Blackstone)
Heat 2, by Michael Mann and Meg Gardiner (Morrow)
The Housekeeper, by Joy Fielding (Ballantine)
Hunt, by Faye Kellerman (Morrow)
The Ink Black Heart, by Robert Galbraith (Mulholland)
I Remember You, by Brian Freeman (Thomas & Mercer)
Kill Me If You Can, by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (Titan)
Kismet, by Amina Akhtar (Thomas & Mercer)
The Last Housewife, by Ashley Winstead (Sourcebooks Landmark)
The Lies I Told, by Mary Burton (Montlake)
The Life of Crime: Detecting the History of Mysteries and Their Creators, by Martin Edwards (Collins Crime Club)*
Long Gone, by Joanna Schaffhausen (Minotaur)
The Lost Kings, by Tyrell Johnson (Anchor)
Mad Woman, by Louise Treger (Bloomsbury)
Murder at Beacon Rock, by Alyssa Maxwell (Kensington)
My Dirty California, by Jason Mosberg (Simon & Schuster)
Nameless Acts of Cruelty, by Julie Cameron (Scarlet)
One Mile and Two Days Before Sunset, by Shimon Adaf (Picador)
On Java Road, by Lawrence Osborne (Hogarth)
Out (Anniversary Edition), by Natsuo Kirino (Vintage Crime/
Black Lizard)
Please Join Us, by Catherine McKenzie (Atria)
Reckoning, by Catherine Coulter (Morrow)
Round Up the Usual Peacocks, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)
The Rule of Three, by E.G. Scott (Dutton)
Run Time, by Catherine Ryan Howard (Blackstone)
The Secret of Bow Lane, by Jennifer Ashley (Berkley)
Shutter, by Ramona Emerson (Soho Crime)
A Simple Choice, by David Pepper (Putnam)
Slenderman: Online Obsession, Mental Illness, and the Violent Crime of Two Midwestern Girls, by Kathleen Hale (Grove Press)*
Stay Awake, by Megan Goldin (St. Martin’s Press)
Three Assassins, by Kotaro Isaka (Overlook Press)
Till Death Do Us Part, by John Dickson Carr (Poisoned Pen Press)
To Kill a Troubadour, by Martin Walker (Knopf)
Traitor’s Dance, by Jeff Abbott (Grand Central)
Wake, by Shelley Burr (Morrow)
We Were Never Here, by Andrea Bartz (Ballantine)
What She Found, by Robert Dugoni (Thomas & Mercer)
When We Were Bright and Beautiful, by Jillian Medoff (Harper)
Where the Sky Begins, by Rhys Bowen (Lake Union)
Whisper Room, by Thomas Kies (Poisoned Pen Press)
Wrong Place, Wrong Time, by Gillian McAllister (Morrow)
Yesterday’s Spy, by Tom Bradby (Atlantic Monthly Press)
You’re Invited, by Amanda Jayatissa (Berkley)

AUGUST (UK):
After She’d Gone, by Alex Dahl (Head of Zeus)
Alias Emma, by Ava Glass (Century)
The Ambassador, by Tom Fletcher (Canelo Action)
Auē, by Becky Manawatu (Scribe)
The Blackhouse, by Carole Johnstone (HarperCollins)
The Bookseller of Inverness, by S.G. MacLean (Quercus)
Conspiracy of Blood, by Katarzyna Bonda (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Creek, by L.J. Ross (Dark Skies)
Dark Rooms, by Lynda La Plante (Zaffre)
Death of Jezebel, by Christianna Brand (British Library Crime Classics)
Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone, by Benjamin Stevenson (Michael Joseph)
Fake Alibi, by Leigh Russell (No Exit Press)
From the Ashes, by Deborah Masson (Penguin)
The Furies, by John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)
Genesis, by Chris Carter (Simon & Schuster)
The Glass Pearls, by Emeric Pressburger (Faber and Faber)
Hope to Die, by Cara Hunter (Penguin)
The Last House, by R.G. Adams (Riverrun)
The Last Party, by Clare Mackintosh (Sphere)
The Long Knives, by Irvine Welsh (Jonathan Cape)
The Lost Man of Bombay, by Vaseem Khan (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Man in the Shadows, by Alys Clare (Severn House)
Murder at Mount Ephraim, by Julie Wassmer (Constable)
Murder at the Victoria and Albert Museum, by Jim Eldridge
(Allison & Busby)
The Murder List, by Jackie Kabler (One More Chapter)
Murder on the Celtic, by Edward Marston (Allison & Busby)
My Other Husband, by Dorothy Koomson (Headline Review)
1989, by Val McDermid (Little, Brown)
The Pudding Lane Plot, by Susanna Gregory (Sphere)
The Red Notebook, by Michel Bussi (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Serpent’s Point, by Kate Ellis (Piatkus)
Seventeen: Last Man Standing, by John Brownlow
(Hodder & Stoughton)
The Shadow Lily, by Johanna Mo (Penguin)
Sherlock Holmes: The Defaced Man, by Tim Major (Titan)
A Silent Truth, by Rachel Amphlett (Saxon)
Such a Good Mother, by Helen Monks Takhar (HQ)
There Are No Happy Loves, by Sergio Olguin (Bitter Lemon Press)
Time to Kill, by Paul Gitsham (HQ)
The Twist of a Knife, by Anthony Horowitz (Century)
The Way It Is Now, by Garry Disher (Viper)
Whisper of the Seals, by Roxanne Bouchard (Orenda)
The Will, by Rebeccas Reid (Penguin)

I figure there’s something on this list for everyone, whether you’re a fan of hard-boiled escapades, historical whodunits, lighthearted mysteries, or true crime. But it’s altogether possible that I neglected to mention a coming release of merit. If so, please drop a message into the Comments section below to let us all know about it.

I’ll likely add titles to this compilation as I hear about them, because every month is Crime Reading Month here at The Rap Sheet.

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