15 August 2011

Recently received

In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault. (William Morrow, trade paperback, 26 July 2011).
Eleven-year-olds Charlotte and Nora decide to ‘investigate’ the disappearance of their babysitter Rose using paranormal techniques they glean from an old collection of Time-Life books. They are unsuccessful, and the girls end up frustrated and angry with each other. Twenty years later, Rose’s bones are found, and Charlotte again wants to solve the crime.

The Gilded Shroud (Lady Fan Mystery #1)
by Elizabeth Bailey (Berkley Prime Crime trade paperback, 6 September 2011).
When the marchioness is found murdered at Polbrook mansion, the Dowager Lady Polbrook's new companion, Ottilia Draycott, finds herself in a house of strangers and every one of them a suspect. Only she can unmask and outwit a desperate killer and keep a Polbrook family secret buried.

Naughty in Nice (Royal Spyness #5) by Rhys Bowen (Berkley Prime Crime hardcover, 6 September 2011).
Lady Georgiana is sent to the French Riviera to recover the Queen’s stolen snuffbox. While she’s there, Coco Chanel asks Georgie to model her latest clothing line. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie not only as to find two priceless items, she has an unsolved murder on her hands, AND she has to keep an eye on Darcy O’Mara, who’s been acting awfully suspicious.

The Perfect Suspect (Catherine McLeod #2) by Margaret Coel (Berkley Prime Crime hardcover, 6 September 2011).
After a candidate for governor is murdered, and his estranged wife is arrested for first-degree homicide, journalist Catherine McLeod receives a call from an anonymous woman claiming she saw the real killer leave the scene of the crime but is afraid to confide in the police. To uncover the truth, Catherine must risk her career-and her life-to find the witness who can identify the candidate's murderer.

Murder in Burnt Orange (Hilda Johansson #7) by Jeanne M. Dams (Perseverance Press trade paperback, 15 September 2011).
Hilda Johansson, formerly a housemaid and now a lady, is pregnant and extremely uncomfortable in the heat of a 1905 Indiana June. She’s making everyone else miserable, as well, so her family encourage her to look into some serious crimes to take her mind off her own problems. No one actually thinks she will be able to solve matters of arson and murder and train-wrecking, especially since custom forbids her leaving the house in her condition, but they reckon without Hilda’s quick mind and stubborn determination to see the job through.

Sunrise on Cedar Key (Cedar Key #3) by Terri DuLong (Kensington trade paperback, November 2011).
For the second time in ten years, Grace Stone is starting over on Cedar Key. Grace first moved to the serene island to escape a disastrous relationship. Now a visit with her Aunt Maude is interrupted by unwelcome news: Grace’s apartment and coffee shop have been destroyed by fire.
Grace is devastated, yet ever-practical Maude has a plan. While she helps Grace resettle, Maude even has a business venture in mind—weekend knitting retreats where women can craft, chat, and support one another.
But other surprises await, including the return of Grace’s estranged sister, and a tentative romance with the local bookstore owner. Knitting together her past and future will mean untangling the painful threads Grace left behind. But the result could be a vibrant new life—and the courage to live it fully…

The Diva Haunts the House (Domestic Diva #5) by Krista Davis ( Berkley Prime Crime mass market, 6 September 2011).
Sophie is getting into the holiday spirit and her decorations for a community haunted house are so good, it’s scary. Not to be outdone, rival Natasha is throwing a spooktacular Hallowe’en party at her own home. But when Sophie arrives, she discovers one of Natasha’s guests dead in a Hallowe’en display, and a pale, fanged partygoer fleeing the scene. While homicide detective Wolf investigates, rumors abound. Could the killer be a real vampire?

Death in a Difficult Position (Mantra for Murder #4) by Diana Killian (Berkle6y Prime Crime mass market, 6 September 2011).
At Sacred Balance yoga studio, owner A.J. Alexander tries to help her clients feel heavenly. But a seriously inflexible preacher claims she's sending them straight to hell...until he ends up dead, and A.J. has to stretch her sleuthing skills to the limit.

Mind over Murder (Raven’s Nest Bookstore #1)
by Allison Kingsley (Berkley Prime Crime mass market, 6 September 2011).
Cousins and best friends Clara and Stephanie Quinn run the Raven’s Nest, an occult bookstore in Finn’s Harbor, Maine. When the town crier, Ana Jordan is found killed by a bust of Edgar Allen Poe sculpted by one of the bookstore employees, Clara must rely on her gift of mindreading to find out what happened.

Button Holed (Button Box #1)
by Kylie Logan (Berkley Prime Crime mass market, 6 September 2011).
Working out of her button shop in a Chicago brownstone, Josie Giancola has become one of the country's leading experts on buttons. Her reputation draws a Hollywood starlet to the Button Box to shop for one-of-a-kind buttons to adorn her made-to-order wedding gown.
But after the Button Box is ransacked and the actress murdered, Josie's cozy world is thrown into chaos-and a killer is out to keep Josie's lips buttoned up...permanently.

The Nightmare (Mary Wollstonecraft #2)
by Nancy Means Wright (Perseverance Press trade paperback, 15 September 2011).
Dismissed from her governess post in Ireland, Mary Wollstonecraft lands on her feet in London. After the 1792 publication of her ground-breaking Vindication of the Rights of Woman she gains entrĂ©e to a circle of celebrated artists and intellectuals. But Mary falls into obsession and infatuation with painter Henry Fuseli after his hauntingly erotic masterpiece The Nightmare is stolen. When a young artist is wrongfully accused and imprisoned, and a bluestocking friend is strangled, Mary’s passionate nature does not allow her to stand aside. Her quest for the truth will lead her into personal notoriety, a trip to a madhouse, and confrontations with more than one possible murderer.

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