ALLISON & BUSBY (dist. by IPM)
Take My Breath Away (Jan., $9.95) by Martin Edwards is a legal thriller set in the fast-paced world of human rights law.
The Best British Mysteries (Feb., $9.95), edited by Maxim Jakubowski, includes stories by Anne Perry, Peter Lovesey and others.
Lucky Stiff: A Lillian Byrd Crime Story (Sept., $14.95) by Elizabeth Sims reintroduces the heroine of Holy Hell and Damn Straight.
Every Shut Eye (Nov., $12.95) by Collen Dixon. When the mayor of Washington, D.C., is murdered, a young politico is caught up in the intrigue. Author publicity.
Fall Guy: A Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mystery (Dec., $12.95) by Claire McNab is the 16th in the series.
BERKLEY PRIME CRIME
Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse (Dec., $13) by Martin Davies features the brilliant housekeeper for Sherlock Holmes.
BITTER LEMON PRESS (dist. by Consortium)
Thumbprint (Sept., $13.95) by Frederich Glauser begins the first publication in English of a 1930s series featuring Sergeant Studer, who investigates cases in a quiet Swiss village.
BRIDGE WORKS (dist. by NBN)
Siren Song (Sept.; $15.95, cloth $23.95) by Stephen Schwandt. After a teacher buys a dead cop's boat, dark secrets are found aboard.
Find Courtney: A Psychological Thriller (Oct.; $15.95, cloth $23.95) by Melissa Clark. False identities hamper the search for a missing college student.
JOHN DANIEL & CO.
Death Duties: A Port Silva Mystery (Sept., $13.95) by Janet LaPierre. A mother-daughter PI team investigate an old charge of sexual abuse.
The First Cut (Sept., $13.95) by Peter Robinson is the first U.S. publication of a thriller formerly entitled Caedmon's Song. 30,000 first printing.
Kinki Lullaby (Oct., $13.95) by Isaac Adamson continues the Billy Chaka series. 20,000 first printing.
McGrath's Detail (Nov., $10.95) by Laurence Booker entails spies and romance in WWI Ireland.
The Best American Mystery Stories 2004 (Oct.; $14, cloth $27.50), edited by Nelson DeMille. Contributors include Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates. 75,000 first printing.
When Tigers Fly (Nov., $TBA) by Bob Bergin. A rare P-40 Tomahawk, flown by the Flying Tigers in WWII, mysteriously appears in a present-day photograph.
LOST COAST PRESS
Graven Images: The Averillan Chronicles, Book II (Sept., $16.95) by Barbara Reichmuth Geisler. An English abbey is the setting for a complex murder mystery in 1141.
Love Murders (Nov., $13.95) by Sarah Dreher is the eighth in the series about Stoner McTavish, travel agent/psychic/sleuth.
OAK TREE PRESS
Big Black Hole (Sept., $12.95) by Wilma Kahn finds PI Gayle Fisher on her way to Lake Michigan for another case.
ORION (dist. by Trafalgar Square)
Sick as a Parrot: A PI Grace Smith Investigation (Sept., $16.95) by Liz Evans involves a murder, a psychotic parrot and a chauvinistic cop.
The Killing of the Tinkers (Jan., $12.95) by Ken Bruen. Jack Taylor returns to Galway with a coke habit.
The Confession (Feb., $13.95) by Olen Steinhauer is a follow-up to The Bridge of Sighs.
The Pornographer's Diary (Oct., $14) by Danny King. Despite his job at a porn magazine, Godfrey King finds sex hard to come by.
An Ignoble Profession (Feb., $15) by Louis Sanders. Four retired English couples recognize themselves in a strange new book.
Boo Who (Sept., $12.99) by Rene Gutteridge. A horror writer's fiancée becomes the new domestic diva.
River's Edge (Sept., $12.99) by Terri Blackstock. Murder disturbs the peaceful haven of Cape Refuge.