The Expectant Detectives by Kat AilesIn this fun debut, pregnant Alice, her partner, and her dog have just moved from pricy London to the charming Cotswolds. When a shopkeeper is murdered downstairs from Alice's prenatal class, she teams up with other mums-to-be/suspects to investigate. For fans of: modern-day cozies set in England, such as Simon Brett's Decluttering mysteries and Jenn McKinlay's Hat Shop mysteries.
Sniffing Out Murder by Kallie E. BenjaminTeacher and children's book author Priscilla "Pris" Cummings and her bloodhound Bailey must sniff out who killed Whitney Kelley, the mean-girl mother of one of Pris' students with whom Pris recently had words. This is the 1st in a new series by the author who also writes as V.M. Burns (the Mystery Bookshop series) and Valerie Burns (the Baker Street mysteries).
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Lord by Celeste ConnallyIn this banter-filled Regency-era series starter, independent-minded Lady Petra Forsyth announces she'll remain unmarried after the death of her fiancé. This shocks the ton but frees Petra to look into the disappearance of a friend (whose husband seems unconcerned) and, later, find a murderer. Read-alikes: Murder in Westminster by Vanessa Riley; The Body in the Garden by Katharine Schellman.
The Lace Widow by Mollie Ann CoxAlexander Hamilton is dead, killed days earlier in an 1804 duel. His widow Eliza sells lace for much-needed money -- and she also turns sleuth after one of the witnesses to the duel is killed and her 18-year-old son is accused of the crime. Read-alikes: Amanda Flower's Because I Could Not Stop for Death, which stars Emily Dickenson.
Gaslight by Femi KayodeAfter years in the United States, investigative psychologist Dr. Philip Taiwo is settling back in in Nigeria with his wife and teenage daughter (who's having trouble adjusting). Then his sister asks him to find the missing wife of her megachurch pastor and major trouble ensues in this 2nd in a series (which can be read as a standalone). Read-alike: Kwei Quartey's Emma Djan novels.
The Mayors of New York by S.J. RozanThe mayor of New York asks PI Bill Smith, who narrates, and his partner, Lydia Chin, to quietly find her 15-year-old son, whom she thinks has run away. As Bill and Lydia talk to the unofficial leaders of various neighborhoods, they realize there's more going on than just a missing rebellious teen. This evocative 15th entry in an award-winning series is a must-read for fans and a good place to start for newcomers.
Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect by Benjamin StevensonThe Mystery Writers' Society of Australia hosts a crime festival on a cross-country train trip -- and there's a murder. Festivalgoer and writer Ernest Cunningham delightfully spins the tale of what happened in this fast-paced sequel to Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone. Read-alikes: Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express; Anthony Horowitz's Magpie Murders mysteries or his Daniel Hawthorne series.
Daughter of Ashes by Ilaria TutiNearing retirement, Italian police superintendent Teresa Battaglia, who's hiding signs of dementia, agrees to speak with the serial killer she put away nearly 30 years ago...and he claims they are both in mortal danger. This 3rd series title following The Sleeping Nymph is "a standout entry in a superior series" (Publishers Weekly).
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