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JANUARY Murder Your Darlings by J J Murphy (2011) first Algonquin Round Table Mystery (three published so far) (historical) Manhattan in the 1920s. A circle of writers regularly meets for lunch in a hotel dining room at the "Algonquin Round Table". A rollicking good tale that captures the gritty, witty, debaucherous world that was Dorothy Parker's New York - a city full of Automats and aristocrats, speakeasies and bathtub gin.
FEBRUARY Murder on a Girls' Night Out by Anne George (1996) first of 8 Southern Sisters mystery (humorous cozy) Patricia Anne, "Mouse", is respectful, respectable, and demure, a perfect example of genteel Southern womanhood. Mary Alice, "Sister", is big, brassy, flamboyant, and bold. When they find a body the sheriff has some questions for Mouse and Sister, who were the last to see the victim alive. And they had better come up with some answers soon -- because a killer with unfinished business has begun sending them some mighty threatening messages...
MARCH Black Rain by Graham Brown (2010) first featuring covert govt operative Dannielle Laidlaw (three to date) (thriller) Covert government operative Danielle Laidlaw leads an expedition into the Amazon in search of a legendary Mayan city. Protected by a mercenary named Hawker, her team journeys into the rain forest unaware they are replacements for a group that vanished weeks before, and that the treasure they seek is no mere artifact but a breakthrough discovery that could transform the world.
APRIL A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie (1993) first of Kincaid & James series (14 so far) (british cozy) Det. Supt. Kincaid, vacationing at a Yorkshire time-share. When he arrives, he overhears an argument between the caretaker and her assistant manager. Late that evening, the assistant is electrocuted in the Jacuzzi. To the consternation of local police, Kincaid assumes an active role in the investigation, which becomes more urgent after two more deaths. Meanwhile, Sgt. Gemma James digs for additional clues in London.
MAY Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs (1997) first Temperance Brennan ("Bones") book (15 published) (thriller) Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist, left a shaky marriage behind to work in Montreal's coroner's office helping solve missing-persons cases and murders. When a female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in trash bags, Tempe detects an alarming pattern and plunges into a search for a killer. But her investigation is about to place those closest to her, her best friend and her own daughter, in danger.
JUNE No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (1998) First of 13 books in the series ***(have no idea how to pigeonhole this into a genre)*** Meet Mma Ramotswe, the endearing, engaging, irresistible proprietress of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, the first and only detective agency in Botswana. With persistent observation, gentle intuition, and a keen desire to help people with the problems of their lives, she solves mysteries great and small for friends and strangers alike.
JULY Alpine Advocate by Mary Daheim (1992) first of Emma Lord Alphabet series ('X' to be released in Jan '13) (cozy) After a year as publisher-editor of the Alpine Advocate, Emma feels fine about her move to the small town in the foothills of Washington's Cascade Mountains. What she really needs, though, is a big story. When the grandson of rich, old Neeny Doukas is killed, what begins as a story about murder, ends with Emma conducting the most interesting interview of her career from the wrong end of a .38....
AUGUST Prime Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan (2007) first of Charlotte McNally series (4th of the series published in 2010) (thriller) In the world of television journalism, seasoned reporter Charlotte McNally knows she'd better pull out all the stops or kiss her job goodbye. But it's her life that might be on the line when she learns an innocent-looking e-mail offer resulted in murder, mayhem and a multimillion-dollar fraud ring. Her investigation leads straight to Josh Gelston, who is a little too helpful and a lot too handsome. Now she has to decide whether she can trust Josh...
SEPTEMBER Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (2007) first of 6 Lady Julia Grey mysteries published to date (british historical) "Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave." These ominous words are the last threat that Sir Edward Grey receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, he dies. Determined to bring the murderer to justice, Julia engages Brisbane to help her investigate.
OCTOBER The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson (2006) first of the Longmire series (9th in the series to published Apr '13) (western) After 25 years as sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire’s hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody had been one of four boys given suspended sentences for raping a local Cheyenne girl. Somebody is seeking vengeance. Along with a cast of characters both tragic and humorous, Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all.
NOVEMBER The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill (2004) xxBKWERMxx first of 7 Simon Serrailler books released to date (British procedural) A lonely woman vanishes while out on her morning run; a 22-year-old girl never returns from a walk; an old man disappears. When fresh-faced policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case, she runs the risk of getting too invested in the action. Alongside the enigmatic detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrallier, she must unravel the mystery before events turn too gruesome.
DECEMBER The Christmas Train by David Baldacci (2004) (holiday mystery) Tom Langdon's life hasn't been the same since, Eleanor Carter, left him years ago. As a journalist, he's decided to write about riding the rails over the Christmas holidays. Tom shares the trip with a host of unusual travelers, including Eleanor, now a screenwriter. Matters complicate when Tom's current girlfriend boards the train; a sneak thief nabs valuables; and an avalanche traps the train in the midst of a historic blizzard.
Edited by: CAPTHAMMER at: 1/14/2013 (11:43)
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