Fiction/Mystery & Suspense
Cold Havana Ground (Nov., $23.95) by Arnaldo Correa. Three Afro-Cuban religions and a missing corpse figure in a plot based on actual events. Ad/promo.
ALLISON & BUSBY
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Practise to Deceive (Oct., $24.95) by David Williams. When a male nurse is murdered, friends hush up details of his life.
The Best British Mysteries (Dec., $25.95), edited by Maxim Jacubowski, includes tales by Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Anne Perry.
Limestone Cowboy (Dec., $25.95) by Stuart Pawson. DI Charlie Priest probes two supermarket deaths as well as his new girlfriend's dark secret.
ATLANTIC MONTHLY PRESS
Uniform Justice (Sept., $24) by Donna Leon. Venetian detective Commissario Guido Brunetti looks into the death of a young military cadet. 50,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo.
The Good House (Sept., $25) by Tananarive Due. A woman seeks to save her small Washington State town from an evil force that drives locals to murder and suicide. Ad/promo. 6-city author tour.
The Valley of Light (Oct., $24) by Terry Kay. Haunted by the Nazi evils he witnessed, Noah Locke arrives in a North Carolina town in 1948, where a healing miracle awaits. Ad/promo. 7-city author tour.
State of the Union (Jan., $25) by Brad Thor. After U.S. agents in Prague are murdered, Secret Service agent Scot Harvath uncovers a conspiracy threatening civilization. Ad/promo. 5-city author tour.
The Intelligencer (Feb., $24) by Leslie Silbert entwines two stories involving Christopher Marlowe in the 16th-century world of espionage and Kate Morgan, a beautiful modern-day spy.
A Christmas Journey (Nov., $15.95) by Anne Perry is a yuletide novella. Advertising.
Hate Crime (Feb., $TBA) by William Bernhardt. Attorney Ben Kincaid returns in a sequel to Death Row. Advertising. Author publicity.
Fatal Tide (Sept., $24.95) by Iris Johansen. Legendary treasure, cutthroat mercenaries and secrets from the past send a woman onto the open seas in a deadly race. 300,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
The Murder Stone (Nov., $24.95) by Charles Todd. Secrets bound up in the Great War trouble a bereaved granddaughter in this story of retribution. 35,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
Peril (Feb., $23.95) by Thomas H. Cook. Attempting to reinvent herself on the streets of New York City, Sara Labriola is pursued by six desperate men with the power to destroy her. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
BERKLEY PRIME CRIME
Killing Raven (Sept., $22.95) by Margaret Coel. On the Wind River reservation, Father John O'Malley and Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden are in a deadly struggle over virtue and murder.
Letter from Home (Oct., $22.95) by Carolyn Hart. In 1944, a newspaper reporter tells the story of the murder of her best friend's mother.
Sky Woman Falling (Nov., $22.95) by Kirk Mitchell. A dispute breaks out between Native Americans and white settlers.
Good Blood (Feb., $TBA) by Aaron Elkins. Professor Gideon Oliver is back in a new mystery of forensic anthropology.
Dirty Divots (Sept., $23.95) by Gene Breaznell. A golf-loving detective tees up on murder at a country club golf course.
Lawyered to Death: A Karen Hayes Mystery (Oct., $23.95) by Michael Biehl. An attorney uncovers deadly corruption as she investigates the death of a hospital CEO's wife from a drug to which she was known to be allergic.
BROADMAN & HOLMAN
The Jericho Sanction (Sept., $24.99) by Oliver North. The sequel to Mission Compromised focuses on Iraq's nuclear weapons. Advertising. Author tour.
CARROLL & GRAF
Ragtime in Simla (Oct., $24) by Barbara Cleverly is the second Joe Sandilands mystery set in 1920s India.
Sherlock Holmes and the Hapsburg Tiara (Feb., $25) by Alan Vanneman. Winston Churchill calls in Holmes and Watson, charging that Archduke Josef of Austria is an imposter.
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (Feb., $24) by Ed Gorman. Murders occur during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.
The Devil's Banker (Sept., $25.95) by Christopher Reich. The CIA and British intelligence follow the money trail to a terrorist plot of awesome dimensions. 125,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
Blinded (Feb., $24.95) by Stephen White. A shocking confession forces psychologist Alan Gregory to choose between saving himself and preventing a serial killer's reign of terror. 75,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
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Grief (Nov.; $29.95, paper $16.95) by John B. Spencer is the final novel from the writer, who died last year.
Everyone Dies: A Kevin Kerney Novel (Sept., $23.95) by Michael McGarrity. The murder of a prominent gay attorney sends Santa Fe police chief Kerney on a chase for a seemingly unstoppable killer. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Femme Fatale (Sept., $25.95) by Carole Nelson Douglas. Irene Adler's back to confront a dangerous facet of her past. Advertising.
The Bishop Goes to The University (Oct., $24.95) by Andrew M. Greeley. A baffling locked-room mystery takes Bishop Blackwood Ryan to Chicago's South Side. 100,000 first printing. Advertising.
Midnight Pass (Dec., $23.95) by Stuart M. Kaminsky. In the third Lew Fonesca mystery, Lew tracks down missing people who turn out to be dead. Advertising.
Red Zone (Oct., $24) by Alan McTeer pits two well-intentioned characters against bad guys in South America's Guajira (Red Zone). Advertising.
The Fifth Harmonic (Nov., $22.95) by F. Paul Wilson. Can the mysterious and beautiful Maya really heal a doctor's throat cancer—and at what cost?
Mr. Timothy (Nov., $24.95) by Louis Bayard. In 1860 London, a grown-up Timothy Cratchit discovers the body of a 10-year-old girl. 50,000 first printing.
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Fallen Gods: A Bob Skinner Crime Novel (Sept., $24.95) by Quintin Jardine. The wife of the revered Scottish cop is implicated in murder. Author tour.
The Templar's Penance: A Medieval West Country Mystery (Sept., $24.95) by Michael Jecks. Baldwin Furnshill and Simon Puttock investigate the rape and murder of a girl in Spain's holy city of Santiago de Compostela. Author tour.
Flashback (Jan., $24) by Jenny Siler. Pursued by assassins in France and Morocco, a young American amnesiac suspects a devastating past. A John Macrae Book.
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Agent for Justice (Oct., $26) by Duke Southard is a psychological thriller featuring teachers, one of whom seeks to correct injustices as his mental instability worsens. Ad/promo. Author tour.
The Bone Parade (Feb., $24.95) by Mark Nykanen. A sculptor whose bronzes depict families in moments of great physical and emotional pain may employ savage means to achieve his gruesome results. 100,000 first printing. BOMC, DBC, Mystery Guild selections.
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No Reason for Murder (Nov., $24.95) by Ayako Sono. Fujio rapes and kills his victims until he meets Yukiko, a young pious woman who offers him a moral lifeline.
Highlights to Heaven (Dec., $20) by Nancy J. Cohen is hairdresser Marla's fifth Bad Hair Day mystery.
A Catered Murder (Dec., $22) by Isis Crawford introduces a series featuring the Simmons sisters, who are catering a high school reunion.
Polished Off (Feb., $22) by Barbara Colley. New Orleans maid Charlotte LaRue wonders whose bones are in the urn.
ALLEN A. KNOLL
Easy Come, Easy Go: A Bomber Hanson Mystery (Feb., $23) by David Champion. Hanson's son convinces him to defend Melissa McHagarty, who's charged with murdering her husband, Easy.
In the Miso Soup (Feb., $22.95) by Ryu Murakami. A Tokyo tour guide befriends an American tourist, who might be the serial killer terrorizing the city.
The Big Bad Wolf (Nov., $27.95) by James Patterson. Alex Cross's new job with the FBI pits him against a team of kidnappers. Ad/promo. Author tour.
The Question of Blood: An Inspector Rebus Novel (Feb., $22.95) by Ian Rankin. A group of sinister teen goths emerges when two students are horribly murdered at an Edinburgh boarding school. Ad/promo. 15-city author tour.
Chasing a Blond Moon: A Woods Cop Mystery (Sept., $19.95) by Joseph Heywood. Conservation officer Grady Service learns that strange events involving bears in Michigan's Upper Peninsula may be connected to the Asian black market.
Every Secret Thing (Sept., $24.95) by Laura Lippman. This thriller examines the repercussions of crime on a community. 75,000 first printing.
A Faint Cold Fear (Oct., $24.95) by Karin Slaughter is the third entry in the Grant County series. 100,000 first printing.
Amelia Peabody's Egypt (Nov., $29.95) by Elizabeth Peters is a companion reference volume to all things Peabody. 50,000 first printing.
Confessions of a Deathmaiden (Sept., $23.95) by Ruth Francisco. A hospice worker discovers the truth behind the death of a young boy in her care. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
The Con Man's Daughter (Nov., $23.95) by Ed Dee. Ex-NYPD detective Eddie Dunne combs his past for clues when his 35-year-old daughter is kidnapped. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
Aphrodite (Jan., $23.95) by Russell Andrews. A small-town Long Island cop is embroiled in a vast conspiracy. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
The Beast of Chicago: The Murderous Career of H.H. Holmes (Sept., $15.95) by Rick Geary is a novel about the famous first serial killer.
POISONED PEN PRESS
The Cross Kisses Back: A Morgue Mama Mystery (Sept., $24.95) by C.R. Corwin. A televangelist is murdered in this series debut featuring Maddy Sprowls, a newspaper's head librarian.
Silver Lies (Sept., $24.95) by Ann Parker. Greed, lust and deception roil Leadville, Colo., in its heyday, as men and women strive to strike it rich.
FrostLine (Oct., $24.95) by Justin Scott. Ben is caught in a deadly land feud in the third book in the Ben Abbott series.
Dragon's Lair: A Medieval Mystery (Oct., $23.95) by Sharon Kay Penman is her third tale set during the reign of Dowager Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Advertising. 10-city author tour.
QUALITY WORDS IN PRINT
Grave Circle: An Ivory Tower Mystery (Sept., $21.95) by David D. Nolta. At an upstate Massachusetts college, professors Hiawatha and Antigone Musing unravel the murder of a notoriously unfaithful woman. Ad/promo.
Lost Boy Lost Girl (Oct., $24.95) by Peter Straub. Following his mother's suicide, a teenager disappears, perhaps because of an abandoned house's hideous past. Ad/promo. 6-city author tour.
Pompeii (Dec., $24.95) by Robert Harris re-creates the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Ad/promo.
The Fiend in Human: A Victorian Thriller (Sept., $24.95) by John Maclachlan Gray. In 1852 London, William Ryan awaits execution for murdering prostitutes, yet the killings continue.
A Grave Denied: A Kate Shugak Novel (Sept., $24.95) by Dana Stabenow. A mystery man is found dead as a glacier recedes.
The Distant Echo (Oct., $24.95) by Val McDermid. Four students stumble on a murdered rape victim, and when the case is reopened 25 years later, two die in suspicious circumstances.
The Empire of Shadows (Nov., $24.95) by Richard Edward Crabbe. Sergeant Detective Braddock trails a killer across the Adirondack wilderness in 1889 to clear his son of a murder charge.
Blind to the Bones (Oct., $24) by Stephen Booth. Detectives Diane Fry and Ben Cooper resolve a case of murder in an isolated community.
The Kills (Jan., $25) by Linda Fairstein. A valuable gold coin and courtroom drama figure in this novel steeped in New York City history. 125,000 first printing.
Criminal Appetites (Jan.; $23.95, paper $13.95), edited by Jeffrey Marks, anthologizes 14 stories by Anne Perry, Nancy Pickard and others, each associated with a recipe.
Death by Dissertation (Feb.; $23.95, paper $13.95) by Dean James. Caught up in a murder investigation, Andy Carpenter must also work out his feelings for Rob Hayward, an old friend who has reappeared.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Havana: A Swagger Family Novel (Oct., $25) by Stephen Hunter. Meyer Lansky, Ernest Hemingway and Castro play roles in this mystery set in 1953 Cuba. 125,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 7-city author tour.
Hello, Darkness (Oct., $25.95) by Sandra Brown. A late-night deejay helps the cops find one of her callers, who is holding a woman hostage. 600,000 first printing. Ad/promo. DBC, Mystery Guild selections. 6-city author tour.
Last Car to Elysian Fields: A Dave Robicheaux Novel (Oct., $25) by James Lee Burke. The Big Easy is the stage for an escalating tale of violence and murder. 175,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 15-city author tour.
The Frumious Bandersnatch: A Novel of the 87th Precinct (Jan., $25) by Ed McBain is the 53rd novel in the bestselling series. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
STATE UNIV. OF NEW YORK PRESS
Ninochka (Sept., $26.50) by Svetlana Boym. A Russian woman living in New York City goes to Paris to reconstruct the life of a countrywoman friend, murdered there just prior to WWII.
The Dark (Oct., $25.95), edited by Ellen Datlow, collects original ghost stories. Advertising.
Burn (Sept., $25.95) by Sean Doolittle. A Southern California fitness guru is found murdered as wildfire rages across Los Angeles.
Rumpole and the Primrose Path (Dec., $24.95) by John Mortimer contains six new stories featuring Horace Rumpole, who carries on despite his earlier heart attack.
The Well of Lost Plots: A Thursday Next Novel (Feb., $24.95) by Jasper Fforde. Plot devices are being sold on the black market.
Split Second (Sept., $26.95) by David Baldacci. After failing to protect a third-party presidential candidate from death, former Secret Service agent Sean King finds history repeating itself eight years later. Ad/promo. Author tour.
The Zero Game (Jan., $25.95) by Brad Meltzer. An insider's game turns deadly in Washington, D.C. Ad/promo. 20-city author tour.
The First 48 (Feb., $24.95) by Tim Green. A father will do anything to rescue his missing daughter, even kidnap the U.S. senator he thinks abducted her. Ad/promo.