Tuesday, June 13, 2006

New Mystery Hardcover Titles for July 2006

New MysteriesA preview of new hardcover mysteries for July 2006 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website. A few of the 24 new mystery titles listed in this first update ...

Dead Wrong by J. A. JanceJ. A. Jance continues the Joanna Brady series with the 12th mystery featuring the Arizona sheriff in Dead Wrong. The murder of an unidentified man found in the desert, all ten of his fingers savagely severed, haunts Joanna. Being a sheriff is no longer an empty title she wants to achieve -- somehow it has become what she is. Her job is to avenge man's inhumanity to man, and finding out who the victim was and why he is now dead is what she has been summoned to do with her life. Publishers Weekly states that "... Jance deftly brings the desert, people and towns of southeastern Arizona to life ..." in this solid entry to her crime series.

Pegasus Descending by James Lee BurkePegasus Descending, by James Lee Burke, is the 15th mystery to feature Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux who is facing the most painful and dangerous case of his career. A troubled young woman breezes into his hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana. She happens to be the daughter of Robicheaux's onetime best friend -- a friend he witnessed gunned down in a bank robbery, a tragedy that forever changed Robicheaux's life. Can Robicheaux make his peace with the demons that have haunted him since his friend's murder so many years ago? Library Journal writes, "With his superbly written prose and intricate plotting, Burke's latest is sure to please his legion of fans. Highly recommended."

Vanishing Point by Marcia MullerNewly married Sharon McCone returned in Vanishing Point, the 23rd mystery in this series by Marcia Muller. The case of a woman who disappeared 22 years ago is cold, and the evidence McCone begins uncovering is chilling. Secrets kept for two decades now emerge to create a portrait of a woman who's perfect on the surface and anything but a paragon beneath it. And when someone takes potshots at McCone to scare her into dropping her inquiries, the detective's resolve hardens. Publishers Weekly states, "The story takes readers on a charming tour through the fishing villages of the California coast, while the tight, crisp plot surges relentlessly forward. The tension between light and dark, between surface happiness and hidden truths, raises this novel well above the common run of whodunits."

Kathy Reichs' 9th mystery featuring Temperance "Tempe" Brennan, Break No Bones by Kathy ReichsBreak No Bones, has the forensic anthropologist stumbling upon a fresh skeleton among the ancient bones in a Native American burial ground on the Charleston shore. Her old friend Emma Rousseau, the local coroner, persuades her to stay on and help with the investigation. When Emma reveals a disturbing secret, it becomes more important than ever for Tempe to help her friend close the case. The Fox TV show Bones is based on this mystery series.

Other new titles include the 22nd Bed-and-Breakfast mystery by Mary Daheim (Saks and Violins), the 2nd Alex Delillo thriller (Never Fear) by Scott Frost, the 3rd Frank Elder mystery (Darkness and Light) by John Harvey, and many others. And it wouldn't be summer without another blockbuster by James Patterson (Judge & Jury).

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