AT WHAT COST by James L'Etoile
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"The milieu, suspects, and supporting characters are all forgettable, and the killer scarcely puts in an appearance before he's unmasked as a bogeyman. The results are best suited to nail-biters in search of something to read in a single breathless sitting, though presumably not in a doctor's waiting room."
L'Etoile's first novel pits a Sacramento police detective against a killer who's mutilated corpses for the worst possible reason. Read full book review >
THE EDIT by J. Sydney Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Jones (A Matter of Breeding, 2014, etc.) brings deliciously dark humor to his psychological thriller, a worthy cousin to John Fowles' classic The Collector."
A Nazi war criminal who fled his homeland shares his story with a young journalist he's kidnapped. Read full book review >

FORGOTTEN CITY by Carrie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Readers familiar with the genre will easily be able to solve the mystery in Smith's story, but the quick-moving plot keeps it enjoyable."
A cancer survivor fights to stay healthy while trying to keep her job as one of New York's best detectives. Read full book review >
ILL MET BY MURDER by Elizabeth J. Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Duncan's second Catskills mystery (Untimely Death, 2015, etc.) is a delightful cozy with plenty of interesting characters and a touch of midlife romance."
A Shakespeare play, a pre-wedding party, and a murder are all in a day's work for a clever costume mistress in upstate New York. Read full book review >
TIME OF DEATH by Lucy Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"An accomplished debut that combines mystery, medicine, family angst, and a touch of romance."
A nurse's visit to her hometown quickly lands her in trouble. Read full book review >

BURIED IN THE COUNTRY by Carola Dunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Ideal for those on a walking tour of Cornwall or anyone looking for a twist or two on the familiar cozy formula."
Intrigue comes to 1960s Cornwall in this fourth case for the sensible, keenly observant widow Eleanor Trewynn (The Valley of the Shadow, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
CURRIED AWAY by Gail Oust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Oust takes some pretty ordinary ingredients and lets her spicy heroine give them just a little more bite."
Mayhem erupts in Brandywine Creek, Georgia, when the director of a community theater production is found strangled. Read full book review >
THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"The detectives are stalwart stock characters of interwar Britain, but the setting of this cozy thriller is vividly detailed and full of creeping menace."
Dandy Gilver and her gentleman sidekick, Alec Osborne, take to the wintry coast of Scotland in their fifth investigation (A Deadly Measure of Brimstone, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CAT SITTER AND THE CANARY by John Clement
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"The Clements' blending of accessible procedural facts with their heroine's love of animals and the cozy small-town setting makes their latest a fun and breezy read."
A cop-turned-catsitter can't help but investigate when she finds a body at her newest client's place. Read full book review >
A PINCH OF POISON by Alyssa Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Colorful information on the postwar period is combined with plenty of suspects, all neatly wrapped up in the style of a classic mystery."
A titled lady and her maid work to solve a murder at a girls' school. Read full book review >
CUSTOM BAKED MURDER  by Liz Mugavero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A trimmer plotline might help Mugavero's future entries, but in this one, the tail definitely wags the dog."
A baker of doggie treats turns detective. Read full book review >
BELL, BOOK & CANDLEMAS by Jennifer David Hesse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Half mystery, half chick lit, with a filigree of paganism, this is a cabin read: as lightly enjoyable yet forgettable as one of those beach reads, but in a wintry, woodsy setting."
Practicing attorney and Wiccan Keli Milanni (Midsummer Night's Mischief, 2016) investigates threats against the local magic shop at her own peril. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >