by Sunny Frazier
Summer’s over and, with the exception of a honeymoon from hell, all the mysteries new this month are set in the workplace.
It’s the honeymoon from hell for Marla Shore and Dalton Vail. An Arizona dude ranch doesn’t strike me as the most romantic option, especially with a haunted ghost town nearby. The resort owner (and uncle-in-law) is the prime suspect for murder and he’s got secrets he’d rather keep buried. Peril By Ponytail is #12 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries by Nancy J. Cohen.
Two of J.A. Jance’s detectives team up for a Dance of the Bones. Years ago, a prospector was gunned down out in the Arizona desert and Sheriff Brandon Walker made the arrest in the case. Now retired, Walker is called in when the alleged killer refuses to accept a plea deal and his freedom until the real killer is found. Walker discovers a link between his case and an unsolved Seattle case. Enter J.P. Beaumont from Seattle and my favorite Jance series. Those two cases suddenly become hot when two young boys from the reservation go missing. Can seasoned cops, working together, decipher the missing pieces in time to keep them alive? This makes #22 for Beaumont, #5 for Walker.
How hard can it be to park cars for a living? If you’re valet Tyler Benson and you work for an upscale Seattle restaurant, it can be perilous. There’s auto theft, a body in a parked car, someone taking shots at a dot.com zillionaire—and how are his dad and a mysterious Italian beauty connected to all of this? Not only that, but the police think he’s guilty and the Russian mob is after him. Tipping the Valet—A Workplace Mystery by K.K. Beck will make you park your own car in the future!
William Shakespeare was a great playwright but a lousy friend. He made a cuckold out of his buddy Simon Saddler, tearing their friendship apart. But on his deathbed Will tells his friend, now a constable, that he’s been poisoned. Saddler’s investigation leads to not one but two murders and a conspiracy that reaches to the castle of the king. Shakespeare No More is a Jacobean Mystery by Tony Hays.
It’s Pane and Suffering when Savannah Webb comes home to St. Petersburg, Florida, to run the family-owned stained glass shop after her father dies of a heart attack. But the death of her glass expert (also of a heart attack) makes her think there’s something unnatural going on. A note her father left behind confirms her suspicions. Suspects include a rival glass shop, a businessman looking to replace her store with a supermarket, and a patron with some strange stained glass orders. Can Savannah shatter the killer’s plan before someone else ends up dead? This is the first in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries by Cheryl Hollon.
Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka is on temporary assignment to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. He’s quickly thrown into an investigation of letters ranting about racial purity sent to a U.S. senator. Are they related to an escalating series of attacks against mixed-race couples and families on Oahu? Kimo and his significant other Mike fear for their twins on an island falling prey to hate and a cult leader bent on death and destruction. Children of Noah is #9 in the Mahu series by Neil Plakcy.
Five women, all strangers, are found brutally murdered in a home outside Washington, D.C. For Navy Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, his first murder case is a big one. Looking for a connection, Thornton finds one—his stepmother. Kill and Run is the 1st of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, but readers might pick up on the fact that author Lauren Carr is adding elements from her Faraday and Lovers of Crime series into the mix.
It’s not Just Another Termination for Human Resources manager Judy Kenagy when a young female employee is found shot to death, turning the workplace into turmoil. While working with Judy on the case, the police chief shares his fanatical interest in a twenty-five-year-old double homicide he believes is linked to Judy’s last boss. It’s the murder of her ex-boss’s assistant that turns the HR manager into a sleuth. This is the first novel for author Linda Thorne.
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