Monday, November 01, 2010

Firsts on the 1st: New Series Characters Being Introduced in November 2010 Mysteries

New Hardcover Mysteries from the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books

The Hidden Staircase Mystery Books recently updated its list of November 2010 hardcover mysteries as well shelved new November paperbacks on The Mystery Bookshelf.

In this series of monthly posts, which we call Firsts on the 1st, we're introducing readers to new series characters who will make their mysterious debut during November.

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Miss Dimple Disappears by Mignon F. Ballard
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Title: Miss Dimple Disappears
Author: Mignon F. Ballard
Series Character: Dimple Kilpatrick
Format: Hardcover

What we know about the character: Miss Dimple Kilpatrick is a 1st grade teacher in Georgia.

Her first case: It’s 1942, almost a year since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and the residents of the small town of Elderberry, Georgia, have been rattled down to their worn, rationed shoes. For young teacher Charlie Carr, life and love aren’t going exactly as planned—her head dictates loyalty to the handsome corpsman, Hugh, but whenever she thinks of her best friend’s beau, Will, her heart does the Jersey Bounce. Charlie is doubly troubled by the disappearance of beloved schoolmistress Miss Dimple Kilpatrick one frosty November morning just before Thanksgiving. Miss Dimple, who has taught the town’s first graders—including Charlie—for almost forty years, would never just skip town in the middle of the school year, and Charlie and her best friend, Annie, are determined to prove it.

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Midnight Whispers by Curtis Christopher Comer
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Title: Midnight Whispers
Author: Curtis Christopher Comer
Series Character: Blake Danzig
Format: Trade Paperback

What we know about the character: Blake Danzig is a paranormal investigator in San Francisco.

His first case: The star of the syndicated show Haunted California and owner of Danzig Paranormal Investigations, Blake has been able to see and talk to the dead since he was a small boy. Born into a circus family, Blake eventually made his way to San Francisco where he wrote his first book and opened his paranormal investigation office.

Assisted by his best friend and self-proclaimed witch, Melody Adams, Blake helps his ex-lover and San Francisco Police Detective, Brian Cox, solve cold case murders by contacting the spirits of the victims. But, when he gets too close to a psychotic spirit, all hell breaks loose and Blake ends up risking losing not only his boyfriend, Joe, but his very soul.

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Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin
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Title: Kind of Blue
Author: Miles Corwin
Series Character: Ash Levine
Format: Hardcover

What we know about the character: Ash Levine is an ex-LAPD homicide detective.

His first case: When a legendary ex-cop is mudered in Los Angeles, the pressure's on to find the killer. Lt. Frank Duffy needs his best detective on the case, but his best detective, Ash Levine, quit a year ago.

A tenacious, obsessive detective, Ash resigned after Latisha Patton, the witness in a homicide case he was working, was murdered. Without his job, Ash is left unanchored -- and consumed with guilt that he somehow caused Latisha's murder. When he's asked to rejoin the force, Ash reluctantly agrees. Getting his badge back could give him the chance to find Latisha's killer.

Ash dives headfirst into the shadowlands of Southern California to investigate the ex-cop's murder. But even when he has a suspect in custody, something about this case doesn't sit right with Ash, and he continues working the increasingly dangerous investigation while quietly chasing leads in Latisha's murder. Unable to let either case go, Ash finds that his obsessive nature might prove fatal.

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Blond Run by Jim Michael Hansen
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Title: Blond Run
Author: Jim Michael Hansen
Series Character: Trane Ravenwood
Format: Trade Paperback

What we know about the character: Trane Ravenwood is a homicide detective in San Francisco.

His first case: While frantically hunting for an elusive killer who is scheduled to take the next victim by the end of the week, Ravenwood witnesses an unrelated murder from a place he shouldn't be. Almost immediately, he is pulled into the edgy world of Trance St. Croix, a beautiful attorney who is too mysterious to trust and too hypnotic to resist.

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Casino Caribbean by Graham Tempest
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Title: Casino Caribbean
Author: Graham Tempest
Series Character: Oliver Steele
Format: Trade Paperback

What we know about the character: Oliver Steele is an investigative accountant.

His first case: When the ruthless founder of a hugely successful Internet casino is assailed simultaneously by a rival group trying to steal his business, and by the friends of a compulsive gambler he has ruined, seeking redress, Oliver is hired by sharp financier Carlton Tisch to dig into the case of the elderly gambler.

Helped and sometimes hindered by the man's talented daughter Kathy, and by Tisch's Israeli soldier-of-fortune sidekick, Kon Feaver, he finds himself dodging bullets on Antigua and trying to thwart casino operator Frankie Leon and his devious attorneys.

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The Athena Project by Brad Thor
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Title: The Athena Project
Author: Brad Thor
Series Characters: The Athena Project
Format: Hardcover

What we know about the characters: The Athena Project is a group of women trained to combat terrorism.

Their first case: Just as skilled, just as fearsome, and just as deadly as their colleagues, Delta Force’s newest members have only one thing setting them apart—their gender. Part of a top-secret, all-female program code-named The Athena Project, four of Delta’s best and brightest women are about to undertake one of the nation’s deadliest assignments.

When a terrorist attack in Rome kills more than twenty Americans, Athena Team members Gretchen Casey, Julie Ericsson, Megan Rhodes, and Alex Cooper are tasked with hunting down the Venetian arms dealer responsible for providing the explosives. But there is more to the story than anyone knows.

In the jungles of South America, a young U.S. intelligence officer has made a grisly discovery. Surrounded by monoliths covered with Runic symbols, one of America’s greatest fears appears to have come true. Simultaneously in Colorado, a foreign spy is close to penetrating the mysterious secret the U.S. government has hidden beneath Denver International Airport.

As Casey, Ericsson, Rhodes, and Cooper close in on their target, they will soon learn that another attack—one of unimaginable proportions—has already been set in motion, and the greatest threat they face may be the secrets kept by their own government.

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For a list of more mysteries scheduled for publication during November, 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 November 2010 releases.

Please also visit the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books where we are committed to providing readers and collectors of mystery books with the best and most current information about their favorite authors, titles, and series.

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