Queer Mystery Coming Attractions & More: November

Oct 22, 2022 | 2022 Articles, Fantasy & Fangs, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Matt Lubbers-Moore

Hard to believe that another year is almost over. A lot has happened personally and on the national and global stage which I could go into but it is better mentally heading into one of the most stressful seasons of the year by focusing on the positive. ReQueered Tales has published quite a few books in the last few months and that makes me very happy. The Edward O. Phillips books are coming out as paperbacks which makes me ecstatic. The Geoffry Chadwick Misadventures are an amusing high brow series surrounding the bisexual Geoffry Chadwick who attempts to avoid drama yet fails due to his overwhelming desire to be polite—damn Canadian niceness!! In Sundays Child, he invites a good looking guy over for some fun times when the guy tries to rob him. In an attempt to defend himself Chadwick accidentally kills him. In Buried on a Sunday, he travels to a friend’s country home where bank robbers hold them hostage. In Sunday Best, Chadwick is invited to the wedding of his niece where a suspected drug trafficker is acting as a driver for the groom’s family. During the Christmas season Chadwick finds he has a stalker in Working on a Sunday. Then he accepts a friend’s offer to go on a Caribbean cruise in Voyage on a Sunday where he must deal with plenty of unpleasant people including one gold digger who believes nothing, including murder, will get in their way.

A Restless Truth by Freya Marske (fantasy)
Out Nov. 1, Tordotcom
Maud Blyth has always longed for adventure. She expected plenty of it when she volunteered to serve as an old lady’s companion on an ocean liner, in order to help her beloved older brother unravel a magical conspiracy that began generations ago. What she didn’t expect was for the old lady in question to turn up dead on the first day of the voyage. Now she has to deal with a dead body, a disrespectful parrot, and surrounded by the open sea and a ship full of suspects, Maud must first drop the masks that she’s learned to wear before she can unmask a murderer and somehow get her hands on a magical object worth killing for?without ending up dead in the water herself.

The Still Small Voice by Brenda Stanley
Out Nov. 14, Untreed Reads
Madison Moore has been estranged from her family for years, but when her dying father summons her home, she reluctantly makes the trip back to the place that still evokes heartache. Her family’s reception is lukewarm. They still hold the strict religious beliefs that cast her out. But when her father tells her about a murder years before and that he has proof the woman in prison is not the killer, Madison finds herself in the center of a decades-old mystery. Painful reminders of why she left home haunt her as she attempts to accomplish her father’s dying wish to exonerate the woman who confessed. As she follows the trail of clues, Madison discovers the shocking reason her father asked her for help and how his confession relates to her own tragic past.

Lies We Tell by Katie Zhao
Out Nov. 15, Bloomsbury YA
Anna Xu moves out of her parent’s home and into the dorms across town as she starts freshman year at the local, prestigious Brookings University. But her parents and their struggling Chinese bakery, Sweetea, aren’t far from campus or from mind, either. At Brookings, Anna wants to keep up her stellar academic performance and to investigate the unsolved campus murder of her childhood babysitter.

Wicked Little Things by Justin Arnold
Out Nov. 15, Tiny Ghost Press
Being the gay best friend to a trio of teenage witches was never high on Dane’s list of aspirations, but fortunately for him these girls have the necromantic powers he needs to figure out who killed his cousin. Plus, he could do with some new clothes. While on the hunt for his cousin’s killer, Dane discovers life in Jasper Hollow isn’t all bad. There’s the cute boy who works at the local coffee shop and enjoys long walks in the woods, for one. But when the rabbit-faced killer comes for Dane, he’ll be forced to come to terms with who he is and where he belongs before it’s too late for him and everyone in Jasper Hollow.

Corpus Calvin by David Swatling
Out Nov. 15, Bold Strokes Books
Jason Dekker doesn’t believe in ghosts but is haunted by memories of Amsterdam. A move to the White Mountains of New Hampshire with his dog, Calvin, promises a fresh start. College friend Tessa Bernstein enlists his help at Cloverkist Inn, where strange occurrences are scaring off customers and staff. Is someone trying to drive Tessa out of business, or are darker forces at work? Does an enigmatic boy who bonds with Calvin hold the key to a secret dating back to the Civil War? The unsolicited arrival of psychic medium Valraven creates further turmoil when his investigation into paranormal activity clashes with Dekker’s skepticism.

Reader, I Murdered Him by Betsy Cornwell
Out Nov. 15, ?Clarion Books
Adele grew up in the shadows—first watching from backstage at her mother’s Parisian dance halls, then wandering around the gloomy, haunted rooms of her father’s manor. When she’s finally sent away to boarding school in London, she’s happy to enter the brightly lit world of society girls and their wealthy suitors. Yet there are shadows there, too. Many of the men that try to charm Adele’s new friends do so with dark intentions. After a violent assault, she turns to a roguish young con woman for help. Together, they become vigilantes meting out justice. But can Adele save herself from the same fate as those she protects?

The Secrets of Stone Creek by Briana McDonald
Out Nov. 22, Simon & Schuster
Finley Walsh and her best friend Sophie were adventurers, like the ones they grew up reading about in 100 of the World’s Greatest Female Adventurers—that is, until Sophie found new friends. Finley is determined to prove herself by becoming a great adventurer like the ones in her book. The perfect opportunity comes when she and her brothers stay with an estranged relative in Stone Creek, a remote tourist town dedicated to the legend of a local adventurer who went missing two decades before. Finley convinces her brothers to join her in her rescue mission. But as they delve deeper into Stone Creek’s painful past, it becomes harder to know who they can trust—including each other—and they realize some places are better left unexplored.

Happy of the End Vol. 1 by Ogeretsu Tanaka
Out Nov. 22, KUMA
Dazed and confused, Chihiro awakes on a pile of garbage with memories of wedding still fresh in his mind when out of the blue a young man named Keito appears before him. Instantly, he then recalls the night he spent with this person. The booze! The hotel! The punch to his face!

We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds
Out Nov. 29, Roaring Brook Press
Seventeen-year-old Avery Anderson is convinced her senior year is ruined when she’s uprooted from her life in DC and forced into the hostile home of her terminally ill grandmother, Mama Letty. The tension between Avery’s mom and Mama Letty makes for a frosty arrival and unearths past drama they refuse to talk about. Avery finds friendship in unexpected places: in Simone Cole, her captivating next-door neighbor, and Jade Oliver, daughter of the town’s most prominent family?whose mother’s murder remains unsolved.

Tropic of Murder by Lev Raphael
Out Nov. 29, ReQueered Tales
It’s winter, but academic madness is in full bloom at the State University of Michigan. Untenured English professor Nick Hoffman is trying to keep out of the line of fire as three senior professors battle to be department chair—all of whom hate each other and demand Nick’s support. The situation implodes when an emergency meeting turns the department, and normal academic procedure, upside down. In an intense atmosphere of mounting crisis, Nick and his colleagues lose rights and autonomy, and he is desperate for a quick getaway. Nick’s partner, Stefan, suggests an idyllic week at a Caribbean Club Med. The island of Serenity, however, proves to be anything but serene. Once again, Edith Wharton scholar Nick Hoffman, who grew up in New York City without even being mugged, finds himself face-to-face with murder.

Other Releases:
The Red Collar by M. Kato, Nov. 1
Up and Away by Gregory Dice, Nov. 15
The (Pet) Detective Agency by Noji, Nov. 22
A Body in his Bed by Sue Brown, Out Nov. 24
The Real Thing by Elle Keaton, Out Nov. 24
If I should Die by Angela Nicole Chu, Nov. 25
Currency by BJ Taylor, Nov. 29

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Matt Lubbers-Moore has two graduate degrees in library science and history. He is the co-owner of ReQueered Tales and author of Murder and Mayhem: An Annotated Bibliography of Gay and Queer Males in Mystery; 1909-2018

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