A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki DelanyWhat happens: Gemma, the perceptive manager of a Cape Cod bookstore selling all things Sherlock, works with her friend Jayne to help run a charity auction -- but when a murder occurs before the first gavel strike, Gemma, Jayne, and Gemma's cop boyfriend all try to deduce the killer.
Series alert: This well-plotted cozy mystery is the 4th of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series.
Did you know? Prolific Canadian author Vicki Delany also writes the charming Lighthouse Library mysteries under the name Eva Gates.
Hearts of the Missing by Carol PotenzaIntroducing: Sgt. Nicky Matthews of New Mexico's Tsiba’ashi D’yini Reservation police, who has supernatural visions but isn't Native.
What happens: Someone's killing locals and violating Native American spiritual laws in order to disturb the victims' eternal rest.
A Shot in the Dark by Lynne TrussWhat it's about: In 1957, a theater critic ready to reveal new details about a bank robbery he witnessed years ago is killed, causing eager rookie Constable Twitten to investigate in this witty caper.
About the author: Lynne Truss wrote the bestseller Eats, Shoots and Leaves; this is her 1st mystery featuring Constable Twitten though he's also appeared on BBC Radio in Truss's Inspector Steine series.
Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar by Olga WojtasWhat happens: Shona McMonagle, an Edinburgh librarian who learned languages, music, and martial arts at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls, becomes (at the behest of Miss Blaine) a time traveler in czarist Russia on a secret mission...only she doesn't know what the mission is.
Did you know? Author Olga Wojtas attended the real Edinburgh school that inspired the fictional Miss Blaine's, which also appears in Muriel Spark's classic novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
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Buried in Books by Kate CarlisleWhat it's about: San Francisco book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright is getting married -- to a hunky ex-MI6 agent! But pre-wedding events are complicated when her two feuding former besties both show up, she discovers a rare book forgery, and a murder occurs.
Series alert: This is the 12th Bibliophile book (the 1st is Homicide in Hardcover, and newcomers may want to start there); look for the 13th entry, The Book Supremacy, in June.
Broken Places by Tracy ClarkIntroducing: African American Chicago cop-turned-PI Cass Raines, who was raised by her grandparents and lives in Hyde Park.
What happens: After vandals hit a local church, the priest, who's like a father to Cass, asks for her help -- but it isn't long until his body is found next to a dead gang member, and the cops try to wrap things up as a murder-suicide. Cass isn't having it, and sets out to find the truth in this debut novel.
Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah GravesWhat happens: Opening a chocolate-themed bakery in a coastal Maine village, Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree and her friend Ellie have their launch hindered by a hurricane and the murder of a health inspector.
Series alert: Jake also stars in Sarah Graves' Home Repair is Homicide series, but this is the 1st Death by Chocolate novel (recipes included). The follow-up, Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake, arrives this month.
Greeks Bearing Gifts by Philip KerrWhat happens: In 1957 Munich, Bernie Gunther, a former hardboiled cop who unwillingly worked for the Third Reich, takes a job as an insurance adjuster, which has him in Athens checking out a claim and getting involved in a murder investigation that ties back to the war.
Series alert: Greeks Bearing Gifts is the intricately plotted 13th Bernie novel; the 14 (and final) book, Metropolis, is a prequel set in 1928 and publishes later this year.
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