SOULS OF MEN by A.R.  Ashworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"The characterization is thin, and the violence against women goes well past gritty into gratuitous. Worthwhile only for thriller addicts with too much time on their hands."
DI Elaine Hope gets a promotion to DCI and a chance at romance in this debut mystery. Read full book review >
MANGROVE LIGHTNING by Randy Wayne White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"White comes up with a novel way to re-examine historical crimes: reincarnate the criminals as fictional present-day killers. It's a crazy idea, and some crazy developments trail in its wake, but it works better than you might expect."
A 24th adventure for Marion "Doc" Ford (Deep Blue, 2016, etc.) interrupts his pursuit of a child pornographer to take him into even murkier waters: a kidnapping apparently haunted by a similar crime nearly a century ago. Read full book review >

THE FINAL VOW by Amanda Flower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"Flower's third features less history, more romance, and a stronger mystery than its predecessors (The Final Tap, 2016, etc.)."
Only murder is worse than having to help plan your ex-husband's wedding—and it's not that much worse. Read full book review >
TOO LUCKY TO LIVE by Annie Hogsett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Cheesy dialogue between the newly minted couple interspersed with an endless series of threats to their lives make the lottery win in Hogsett's debut seem more like a death sentence than a boon."
Meeting the right guy makes a divorcée feel like she's won the lottery—that is, until it turns out he's won the lottery and she learns the extent which people will go to get their hands on the cash. Read full book review >
BAD TO THE BONE by Linda O. Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"Veteran Johnston has her formula down, but her characters often come off as too Pollyannaish or persnickety to be believed—fixating on who orders alcohol with dinner or how to work a business meeting for a free meal—and so risk losing the affection of readers who hunger for more realistic motivation."
After a friend's romantic rival is killed, a dog-focused entrepreneur investigates. Read full book review >

RANDOM ROAD by Thomas Kies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Though the heroine's love life may be less interesting to mystery fans than her amateur sleuthing, Kies' fiction debut lays the groundwork for an entertaining series."
A hard-living newspaperwoman juggles multiple men and battles the bottle on her way to redemption via a high-profile murder story. Read full book review >
ANTIQUES FRAME by Barbara Allan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"The amusingly ditzy duo, endlessly involved in dubious detection (Antiques Fate, 2016, etc.), manages to solve yet another case despite their generally clueless air."
A mother-daughter sleuthing team has to solve an uncomfortably personal murder. Read full book review >
COLD EARTH by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"The Shetland Islands provide a stunningly atmospheric setting for the complicated hero's latest procedural, a challenge he meets with determination and more than a little angst."
A landslide reveals a dead body and a tricky case for Shetland Islands detective Jimmy Perez (Thin Air, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BURIAL HOUR by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"As even Lord Peter Wimsey demonstrated, a detective's entitled to a break during his honeymoon. Expect Rhyme and Company to be back to fighting strength by next year."
Quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme (The Steel Kiss, 2016, etc.) celebrates his nuptials by matching wits with perhaps the most dull-witted of his many opponents: a serial kidnapper whose crimes seem as toothless as they are motiveless. Read full book review >
BLOOD AND BELONGING by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"This third installment from Delany (We Wish You A Murderous Christmas, 2016, etc.) relies less on mystery than on moral outrage at the nasty business of human smuggling."
A romantic getaway almost ruins a policeman's marriage. Read full book review >
A GOOD DAY TO BUY by Sherry Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Harris' fourth (All Murders Final!, 2016, etc.) is a slam dunk for those who love antiques and garage sales. The knotty mystery has an interesting premise and some surprising twists and turns as well."
You meet a lot of people at garage sales. Some are made to be murdered. Read full book review >
YOUR KILLIN' HEART by Peggy O'Neal Peden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Peden's debut paints a matter-of-fact picture of the city that lives for music. Her heroine is a typical cozy sleuth, bright and gutsy but also rather foolhardy as she stumbles in and out of dangerous situations while solving a murder whose solution many readers will spot ahead of her."
A Nashville travel agent's nosiness may be the death of her. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >