Queer Mystery Coming Attractions: December 2022

Nov 19, 2022 | 2022 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Matt Lubbers-Moore

Holiday season has arrived!
Gift giving at its zenith!
Consumerism gone mad!
Bah Humbug!
Buy local, buy direct if possible, and always review books you love!
That is all. Have a safe and prosperous new year!
On With the Books!!

Last Chance Chicago by Diana DiGangi
Out Dec. 6, 2022, Bywater Books
Attorney and recovering cocaine addict Sam DiCiccio didn’t think she was ever going to see her ex-wife Amy Igarashi again, much less wind up defending her against felony insider trading charges. But Amy’s been falsely accused, and Sam, who’s still in love with her, can’t bear to watch her take the fall for a crime she didn’t commit. Amy is holding on to resentment from their broken relationship and is hesitant to let Sam back into her life. But that all changes when her assets are frozen by a judge, and Sam is the best and only lawyer she can afford. As Sam and Amy pull the threads of the alleged crime, they begin to unravel a mysterious corporate conspiracy that runs deep and wide. But, as the clock ticks faster each day, the chance to prove Amy’s innocence and keep her out of jail begins to slip away.

On a Wire by Ryan Lill-Washington
Out Dec. 6, 2022, Palmetto Publishing
Casey’s life has always been chaotic. Growing up in Charleston as an openly gay man hasn’t made life any easier for him, a constant disappointment to his Mother’s social reputation. When Casey wakes up one morning to find a dead man in his apartment, his blurred memories of one night stands and forgettable sex come crashing in around him. Now, with no recollection of having even brought a stranger to his home, he’s named the number one suspect in a spree of serial murders targeting his latest sexual trysts. With a body count rising, each branded with a blackbird tattoo, and Casey unable to remember what happened, he finds himself in the crosshairs of a serial killer, grappling between what is and isn’t real.

A Kind of Vanishing by Leslie Thomson
Out Dec. 8, 2022, Head of Zeus
A spellbinding mystery of obsession and guilt, A Kind of Vanishing is the poignant story of what happens to those left behind when a child vanishes without trace. THERE IS NO ESCAPING THE PAST. Summer, 1968. While playing in the ruins of a deserted village, nine-year-old Alice Howard goes missing. The only person who could have seen what happened was Eleanor Ramsey, the young girl who was with Alice when she disappeared. But the children were not playing nicely. Having discovered a family secret about her new friend, Alice had begun taunting Eleanor. Soon after, Alice vanished – along with the chance of this secret getting out… Now. The families were never the same after the disappearance, but both have been linked together by tragedy. So when Eleanor’s teenage daughter, Chris, becomes suspicious of her mother’s past, she turns detective, opening up shocking truths for the Ramsay family and all who knew the missing girl.

Nest of White Crows by June Gillam
Out Dec. 12, 2022, Gorilla Girl Ink
Hillary Broome begins team teaching an ethnic studies class with her friend, Professor Grover Zale, expecting to deepen her understanding of systemic discrimination. But another professor’s lessons stir violent tendencies in a student with criminal ties, leading to a series of hate crimes targeting Zale and Hillary. She’s survived other horrors, but nothing like the death she faces now.

Manny Porter and the Yuletide Murder by D. C. Robeline
Out Dec. 13, 2022, Bold Strokes Books
Riding a tide of success after helping his boyfriend, Lyle, save their neighborhood of Tinker Creek from predatory developers, reporter Manny Porter throws himself into his career and community activism. The last thing he expects is to discover the body of prominent research scientist Phillip Nikolaidis during a laboratory tour. Murder can strike anywhere, and all the evidence is pointing toward Tristan DeJesus, Manny’s nineteen-year-old mentee. Manny only has the holiday season to overcome jealous colleagues, an angry corporation, and a skeptical publisher to discover who killed Nikolaidis before the judicial system condemns an innocent man to lethal injection.

A Million to One by Adiba Jaigirdar
Out Dec. 13, 2022, HarperCollins
Josefa is an unapologetic and charismatic thief, who loves the thrill of the chase. She has her eye on her biggest mark yet—the RMS Titanic, the most luxurious ship in the world. But she isn’t interested in stealing from wealthy first-class passengers onboard. No, she’s out for the ultimate prize: the Rubiyat, a one of a kind book encrusted with gems that’s worth millions. Josefa can’t score it alone, so she enlists a team of girls with unique talents: Hinnah, a daring acrobat and contortionist; Violet, an actress and expert dissembler; and Emilie, an artist who can replicate any drawing by hand. They couldn’t be more different, and yet they have one very important thing in common: their lives depend on breaking into the vault and capturing the Rubiyat. But careless mistakes, old grudges, and new romance threaten to jeopardize everything they’ve worked for and put them in incredible danger when tragedy strikes.

The Butcher of Berner Street by Alex Reeve
Out Dec. 20, 2022, Felony & Mayhem Press
“Cold-hearted murder.” That’s what was promised in the anonymous note, and Leo can’t resist. He may be a working journalist at last, but it’s a precarious gig, and a good story could bring in the readers. What he finds on Berner Street, though, is a dead body that isn’t, not to mention a lady wrestler who’s quite a bit more. The crowd is angry: They like things cut and dried. But Leo knows all about things that are one thing and also another. He’s got a secret himself, and if he’s found out, an angry crowd will be the least of his worries. This is Queen Victoria’s London, and the courts are not kind to young men who are…quite a bit more.

Nine Liars by Maureen Johnson
Out Dec. 27, 2022, Katherine Tegen Books
Senior year at Ellingham Academy for Stevie Bell isn’t going well. Her boyfriend, David, is studying in London. Her friends are obsessed with college applications. With the cold case of the century solved, Stevie is adrift. There is nothing to distract her from the questions pinging around her brain—questions about college, love, and life in general. Relief comes when David invites Stevie and her friends to join him for study abroad, and his new friend Izzy introduces her to a double-murder cold case. In 1995, nine friends from Cambridge University went to a country house and played a drunken game of hide-and-seek. Two were found in the woodshed the next day, murdered with an ax. The case was assumed to be a burglary gone wrong, but one of the remaining seven saw something she can’t explain. This was no break-in. Someone’s lying about what happened in the woodshed.

Notable releases:
Alone and Lonely by Adrian Smith, Out Dec. 1, 2022
Into the Blue Again by Marisa Billions, Out Dec. 2, 2022
Kairo’s Billionaire by Jocelynn Drake, Out Dec. 2, 2022
Early Graves by Joseph Hansen, Out Dec. 13, 2022
Reporting Live by E. C. Ward, Out Dec. 20, 2022
Diamonds Under the Mistletoe by Ki Brightly, Out Dec. 20, 2022
A Body in His Bed by Sue Brown, Out Dec. 22, 2022

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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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