Tuesday, July 18, 2006

New Mystery Hardcover Titles for August 2006

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

Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline WinspearMaisie Dobbs investigates the mysterious death of a controversial artist—and World War I veteran—in Messenger of Truth, the fourth entry in the bestselling series by Jacqueline Winspear. Maisie once again uncovers the perilous legacy of the Great War in a society struggling to recollect itself. But to solve the mystery of the artist's death, Maisie will have to keep her head as the forces behind the artist's fall come out of the shadows to silence her. Publishers Weekly states in their review that, "Some might wish that the whodunit side of the story was more developed, but fans of quality period fiction will be well satisfied."

No Nest for the Wicket by Donna AndrewsExtreme croquet is the current rage in Caerphilly in No Nest for the Wicket, by Donna Andrews, the seventh mystery to feature Meg Langslow. The game hasn't reached the stage of actual homicide--at least not until Meg knocks her ball down a small cliff and encounters the body of a dead woman. Her head has been bashed in, illustrating, perhaps, one of the many uses of a croquet mallet. Meg finds herself further drawn in when it's discovered that the woman was seeking to expose the bad dealings of a certain local society lady's ancestors. Kirkus Reviews states that "... Andrews is a reliable source for those who like their murder with plenty of mayhem."

A Merry Band of Murderers, Claudia Bishop and Don Bruns, editorsA Merry Band of Murderers, edited by Claudia Bishop and Don Bruns, is more than a compilation of short mystery stories from some of the genre’s finest writers. It is also an exploration of music. There are thirteen music-centered stories from authors Mary Anna Evans, Jim Fusilli, Bill Moody, Rupert Holmes, Rhys Bowen, John Lescroart, Nathan Walpole, Peter Robinson, Jeffery Deaver, Tom Corcoran, Val McDermid, and, of course, the editors themselves. Each story is accompanied by a short introduction, song lyrics, and an interview with the writer. The book is packaged with a music CD with recordings by the authors. A one-of-a-kind collection. Mysterious Reviews states that, "A Merry Band of Murderers is an admirable anthology of short stories by a skilled company of mystery authors."

The Merlot Murders by Ellen CrosbySet in the historic heart of Virginia's horse and hunt country, The Merlot Murders, is filled with fascinating detail about the science and alchemy of wine making. Ellen Crosby's debut mystery introduces Lucie Montgomery who learns that her father has been killed in a hunting accident on the family's five-hundred-acre Virginia vineyard just as the fall harvest is about to begin. Shortly after her arrival, her godfather also suddenly dies. Unsure whom she can trust, Lucie must uncover the truth about the deaths of her father and godfather -- and oversee a successful harvest to save the vineyard she loves. Publishers Weekly calls The Merlot Murders "complex and intricate" and adds it is "a terrific kickoff to what promises to be a highly satisfying new series."

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