I've just completed my orders for all the new holiday mysteries that are being published this season. Some titles have already arrived, some will be here shortly, but all should be listed in our catalog for you to place on Hold. Since the stores are already decorated and the Christmas countdown has begun, here are some books to get you in the spirit of the season.
Andrews, Donna - Duck the Halls - Meg Lanslow series #16 (her Christmas season is disrupted by snakes, skunks, a live nativity scene, dueling Christmas dinners, and, of course, murder!).
Brightwell, Emily - Mrs. Jeffries and the Merry Gentlemen - Mrs. Jeffries series #32 ("The holiday season brings a mix of merriment, mayhem, and murder. And it falls to Insp. Witherspoon - with a significant portion of help from the ever-watchful Mrs. Jeffries - to find the culprit").
Crawford, Isis - The Catered Christmas Cookie Exchange - Bernie and Libby catering Mystery with Recipes series #9 (Bernie and Libby start digging into the death of a member of the Christmas Cookie Club and are shocked to uncover a soap opera of sinister secrets and clandestine affairs).
Johnson, Craig - Spirit of Steamboat - Walt Longmire series #10 (This Christmas novella, featuring the sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, and star of A & E's TV show Longmire, starts with the sheriff reading Dickens' A Christmas Carol in his office on Christmas Eve. He, too, is visited by a "ghost" from the past and the mystery begins).
Kingsbury, Kate - Mulled Murder - Cecily Sinclair's Pennyfoot Hotel Holiday Mystery #9 ("as Cecily scrambles to hire and train new staff in time for the holidays, one of her guests is murdered, a private investigator looking into happenings at the hotel).
Meier, Leslie - Christmas Carol Murder - Lucy Stone series #20 (another take on Dickens' A Christmas Carol, with Lucy investigating the death of Marlowe, a mortgage loan official).
Parker, Robert B. - Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel - Helen Brann, Parker's long-time agent has completed his unfinished manuscript featuring Spenser and friends preparing for the holidays while solving a murder.
Penzler, Otto - The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries - Edgar-winning editor Penzler collects sixty of his all-time favorite holiday crime stories - many of which are difficult or nearly impossible to find anywhere else.
Perry, Anne - A Christmas Hope - Christmas Mysteries #11, featuring Claudine Burroughs, a character from Perry's Monk series.
Boucherson 2013, the annual mystery convention, just finished up its festivities in Albany, NY. Last year I had the privilege of attending the convention right here in Cleveland, Ohio. At each convention a number of mystery awards are voted on and presented at Bouchercon. In summary, here are some of the award winners of mysteries published in 2012.
Anthony Awards - Best Mystery winner is The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny (MYS) and the Best First Mystery went to Chris Pavone for The Expats (FIC).
Barry Awards - Best Novel is The Blackhouse by Peter May (MYS), Best First Novel was awarded to Julia Keller for A Killing in the Hills (MYS), and the Best Paperback Mystery was Mrs. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal (MYS).
Macavity Awards - Best Mystery Novel was The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny, Best First Mystery Novel was Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman (MYS) and the Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award went to Charles Todd's An Unmarked Grave (MYS).
Shamus Awards - Best P.I. Novel was awarded to Robert Crais for Taken (MYS), Best Paperback Original went to And She Was by Alison Gaylin (FIC PB), and Best First P.I. Novel was awarded to Michael Sears' Black Friday (FIC).
And, finally, some other new mysteries soon to be on the shelves at WPPL.
Brown, Rita Mae - The Litter of the Law - this 21st mystery finds "Harry," her husband, and pets enjoying a drive on a beautiful October afternoon, until they find a scarecrow that's not only real, but really dead.
Child, Lee - Inherit the Dead - sorry, it's not a Jack Reacher novel, but Child and 19 other authors create a serial novel by each contributing a chapter to the story. Other notable authors include Lawrence Block, C. J. Box, Mary Higgins Clark, John Connolly, and Val McDermid. (See also a similar effort in 2011, No Rest for the Dead).
Hart, Carolyn - Ghost Gone Wild - with Bailey Ruth Raeburn, one of the sleuths in heaven's Department of Good Intentions. She returns to earth once more to solve a crime in this 4th title in the series.
Malliet, G. M. - Pagan Spring - the third mystery featuring Max Tudor, a former MI-5 agent and now a vicar in the village of Nether Monkslip, England.
Nesbo, Jo - Police, A Harry Hole Novel - not knowing if Harry is alive or dead following his shooting at the end of 2012's Phantom, his fellow officers of the Oslo Crime Squad take up the task of finding a serial killer.
Paretsky, Sara - Critical Mass - V.I. Warshawski appears in her 17th novel in which elements of Chicago's history at the end of World War II plays a major role in the story.
Enjoy reading a good mystery!