19 March 2011

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Mourning Gloria (China Bayles #19)
by Susan Wittig Albert (Berkley Prime Crime 5 April 2011).
China Bayles happens upon a burning house trailer and hears a woman screaming for help. The evidence leaves no doubt that it's arson homicide.
Jessica Nelson, an intern-reporter at the local paper, is assigned to cover the story. But she's gotten herself too deeply involved. When Jessica disappears, China is determined to find her, before she becomes headlines herself.

One Was a Soldier (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne #7) by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books, 12 April 2011).
Russ Van Alstyne and Clare Fergusson have been through a lot, but now they face their most personal case ever. Haunted by her time in Iraq, Clare struggles to adjust to a civilian life. But when a young Army specialist's death is ruled a suicide and Clare does not agree, she takes off on a dangerous mission to uncover the truth.

Cookie Dough or Die (Cookie Cutter Shop #1) by Virginia Lowell (Berkley Prime Crime, 5 April 2011).
Olivia Greyson is the proud owner of The Gingerbread House-a quaint shop that specializes in all things cookie-and her best friend, Maddie, is her sidekick, baking up scrumptious treats for their cookie-themed parties. But now they must take a break from baking and find a killer, or else their reputation-and quite possibly their lives-will be battered for good.

The Busy Woman's Guide to Murder (Charlotte Adams #5) by Mary Jane Maffini (Berkley Prime Crime, 5 April 2011).
Mona Pringle, the local 911 operator, is calling Charlotte Adams with her own emergency: Serena Redding, a high school "mean girl" who used to torment Mona, is coming back for a reunion. When Mona talks about how good it would feel to kill Serena, Charlotte doesn't believe she means it. But when a woman who looks like Serena is killed in a hit- and-run, and another former mean girl is also run down, Charlotte realizes she needs to look both ways for the now-missing Mona.

Sweet Revenge (Lady Arianna #1)
by Andrea Penrose (Obsidian, 5 April 2011).
England, 1813: Lady Arianna Hadley acts the part of a French chef in one of London's aristocratic households to find her father's murderer. But when the Prince Regent falls ill after consuming Arianna's special chocolate dessert, she finds herself at the center of a scandal. It soon becomes clear that someone is looking to plunge England into chaos-and Arianna to the bottom of the Thames...

The Cat, the Lady and the Liar (Cats in Trouble #3) by Leann Sweeney (Obsidian, 5 April 2011).
Cat quilter Jillian Hart finds a gorgeous stray cat belonging to the fabulously wealthy Ritaestelle Longworth, who believes she's being drugged. Before Jillian can get to those charges, a body turns up in the lake-and her cat Chablis finds Ritaestelle nearby. Can Jillian's cats aid her in solving a mystery with decades old roots?

Deadly Notions (Southern Sewing Circle #4) by Elizabeth Lynn Casey (Berkley Prime Crime, 5 April 2011).
Librarian Tori Sinclair would do anything for her new circle of friends-including throw a birthday bash for a fellow sewer's daughter. While the party is a hit, self-important pageant mom Ashley Lawson leaves the ladies wanting to permanently shut her high maintenance mouth. But when Ashley turns up dead, Tori and the girls need to figure out who really murdered the monster mom, before the finger-pointing causes their friendship to unravel.

Night of the Living Dandelion (Flower Shop #11) by Kate Collins (Obsidian, 5 April 2011).
Flower shop owner Abby Knight does not believe rumors that Vlad Serban, friend and employee of Abby's fiancé Marco, is a vampire. But how to explain that Vlad is from Romania, has prominent canines, likes bizarre plants such as bloodwort and Dracula orchid, and dresses entirely in black?
When a local woman is found dead, her body drained of blood, the stakes become life and death. With Vlad the #1 suspect, Abby and Marco race to find the real killer, before Vlad's life really starts to suck.

An Uninvited Ghost (Haunted Guesthouse #2) by E.J. Copperman (Berkley Prime Crime, 5 April 2011).
Alison and her resident gumshoe ghost are on their next case when the deceased Scott MacFarlane floats in worried that he accidentally killed a prominent local woman. Turns out she's still alive...that is, of course, until she's murdered-in Alison's house. Now, between the demands of her guests and the arrival of a reality television crew, Alison must find the killer before she sees reality from the other side.

A Hard Day's Fright (Pepper Martin #7) by Casey Daniels (Berkley Prime Crime, 5 April 2011).
What happened to a teenager named Lucy one night in 1966 after a Beatles concert? She rushed the stage, kissed Paul, started home with her friends, and was never seen again-until cemetery guide and unintentional PI to the dead Pepper Martin sees her as a ghost. Lucy's spirit can't rest in peace until her body is found and buried. But how will Pepper track down a missing corpse after forty-five years?

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