The Hidden Staircase Mystery Books recently updated its list of July 2009 hardcover mysteries with books scheduled for publication this month. In this post, which we're calling Firsts on the 1st, we're introducing readers to new series characters who will make their debut during July.
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Author: Nick Brownlee
Series Characters: Jake Moore and Daniel Jouma
What we know about the characters: Ex-Scotland Yard detective Jake Moore's career was cut short by a bullet 10 years ago; now he runs a game fishing business in the Kenyan city of Mombasa. Daniel Jouma is a police detective in Mombasa, seemingly the only good cop in a city where corruption is king.
Their first case: Daniel asks Jake for his help in solving a baffling murder, and the two men find themselves drawn into a deadly conspiracy involving local hoodlums, murderous ex-pats, and a mysterious and psychopathic kingpin who presides over a sickening trade in innocent human life.
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Title: Wife of the Gods
Author: Kwei Quartey
Series Character: Darko Dawson
What we know about the character: Darko Dawson is a Detective Inspector in Ghana's capital city of Accra.
His first case: Dawson is sent to the small town of Ketanu, where a young woman–a promising med student–has been found dead under suspicious circumstances. Eager to close the case, the local police have arrested a poor, enamored teenage boy and charged him with murder. Needless to say, they are less than thrilled when an outside force arrives from the big city to lead an inquiry into the baffling case.
Additional note: Mysterious Reviews is scheduled to review Wife of the Gods during the month. This post will be updated with a link when the review is available.
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Title: A Deadly Habit
Author: Andrea J. Sisco
Series Character: Penelope Santucci
What we know about the character: Penelope "Pen" Santucci is a probation officer in Hennepin County (Minneapolis, Minnesota).
Her first case: When Pen was a child, she dreamt of being a nun. She dressed in bed sheets and roller-skated regularly into the confessional of Father Daniel Kopecky, fabricating sins only an 8-year-old could invent. As a 27-year-old woman, she's doing the same thing, sans the roller skates and bed sheets. Only this time, she isn't inventing stories. She's confessing her involvement in a murder; a murder she didn't commit, but one in which she is the most promising suspect.
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Title: The Innocent Spy
Author: Laura Wilson
Series Character: Ted Stratton
What we know about the character: Ted Stratton is a Detective Inspector in Central London. The series is set during the Second World War.
His first case: When the body of silent screen star Mabel Morgan is found impaled on railings in Fitzrovia, the coroner rules her death as suicide, but DI Stratton is not convinced. Despite opposition from his superiors, he starts asking questions, and it becomes clear that Morgan’s fatal fall from a high window may have been the work of one of Soho’s most notorious gangsters.
Additional note: The Innocent Spy (original UK title: Stratton's War) was the winner of the 2008 Ellis Peters Award for Best Historical Crime Novel.
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For a list of more mysteries scheduled for publication during July, please visit our New Mysteries home page. If you're interested in new paperbacks, visit The Mystery Bookshelf where you can discover a library of new mysteries, also updated with July 2009 releases.
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