Thursday, March 19, 2020

Cover Theme - Stone Circles

The first four have stone circles on the cover and the fifth, The Puppet Show, involves stone circles in the plot. Please let me know of others that feature stone circles. I just love these covers!

Monday, March 09, 2020

The Queen as sleuth (II)

C C Benison wrote a short series featuring the Queen and one of her maids as sleuths back in 1996-1998:

• Death At Buckingham Palace19961
• Death At Sandringham House19972
• Death At Windsor Castle19983

and the Queen is back again as a sleuth in this newly announced series from S J Bennett.

From The Bookseller:
Zaffre has pre-empted a series of books by S J Bennett starring Queen Elizabeth II as a secret amateur detective who solves crimes between royal duties.

Publishing director of the Bonnier Books UK imprint, Ben Willis, scooped UK and Commonwealth rights for five books in the Her Majesty Investigates series in a “major” deal with Charlie Campbell at Kingsford Campbell. First book The Windsor Knot will be published in hardback and e-book in early 2021.

Its synopsis explains: “When a man is found hanged in an apparent suicide in one of Windsor Castle’s guest bedrooms during a ‘Dine and Sleep’ event, the Queen secretly investigates the suspicious death. Set during the run-up to the Queen’s 90th birthday, it combines a rich cast of characters–including cameos from Prince Phillip, David Attenborough, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Obamas–with a witty and brilliantly researched portrait of royal daily life.”

Bennett’s second book in the series, currently untitled, will be set at Buckingham Palace, while her third will play out at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

Monday, March 02, 2020

New Releases - March 2020

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in March 2020 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). March and future months (and years) can be found on the Future Releases page. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment.
• Adler-Olsen, Jussi - Victim 2117 #8 Carl Morck and his assistant Assad, Department Q, Copenhagen
• Amphlett, Rachel - None the Wiser #1 Detective Mark Turpin
• Bannalec, Jean-Luc - The Killing Tide #5 Commissioner Dupin
• Bourne, Sam - To Kill a Man #5 Maggie Costello
• Boyd, Clare - My Perfect Wife
• Bradley, Kate - To Keep You Safe
• Broadribb, Steph - Deep Dark Night #4 Lori Anderson
• Bruce, Camilla - You Let Me In
• Brunet, Marion - Summer of Reckoning
• Buchholz, Simone - Mexico Street #3 Chastity Riley
• Butler, D S - Don't Turn Back #3 Detective Karen Hart
• Camilleri, Andrea - The Safety Net #25 Inspector Montalbano, Sicily, Italy [UK release is April]
• Chung, Maxine Mei-Fung - The Eighth Girl
• Dalbuono, Nadia - The Devil #5 Detective Leone Scamarcio, Rome
• Davies, Martin - Mrs Hudson and the Samarkand Conspiracy #4 Mrs Hudson and Sherlock Holmes
• Dean, Will - Black River #3 Tuva Moodyson, Sweden
• Doherty, Kevin - The Leonardo Gulag
• Duckworth, Charlotte - Unfollow Me
• Dunford, Caroline - A Death at the Races #14 Euphemia Martins
• Dunphy, S A - Why She Ran #4 David Dunnigan
• Fairfax, John - Forced Confessions #3 William Benson and Tess de Vere, Lawyers
• Ferrari, K - Like Flies from Afar
• Fleet, Rebecca - The Second Wife
• Fornesa, Ivo - Death in Saint-Chartier
• Gray, Alex - When Shadows Fall #17 DCI Lorimer & psychologist Solomon Brightman, Glasgow
• Hannah, Mari - Without a Trace #7 Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels
• Hardy, S M - The Evil Within #1 Dark Devon Mysteries
• Harrison, Cora - Death of a Prominent Citizen #7 Reverend Mother Aquinas, Cork, 1920s
• Hawkswood, Sarah - Hostage to Fortune #4 Bradecote and Catchpoll, Worcestershire, C12
• Heley, Veronica - False Conclusion #14 Bea Abbott, Sixty-something owner of The Abbott (Domestic) Agency
• Jia, Mai - The Message
• Kealey, Imogen - Liberation
• Kepler, Lars - Lazarus #7 DI Joona Linna, Stockholm
• Koch, Emily - Keep Him Close
• Lark, J S After You Fell
• Leon, Donna - Trace Elements #29 Commissario Guido Brunetti, Venice
• Lynch, Rachel - Little Doubt #7 DI Kelly Porter, Lake District
• Mancini, Ruth - One Dark, Two Light #2 Sarah Kellerman, Lawyer
• Mark, David - Borrowed Time
• Merritt, Chris - Knock Knock #1 Detectives Lockhart and Green
• Moor, Jessica - Keeper
• Nath, Michael - The Treatment
• Nickson, Chris - The Molten City #8 Detective Inspector Tom Harper, Leeds Police, 1890s
• Niven, John - The F*ck-it List
• Nolan, Dominic - After Dark #2 DS Abigail Boone
• Nugent, Liz - Our Little Cruelties
• Parks, Alan - Bobby March Will Live Forever #3 Harry McCoy, Police Officer, Glasgow, 1973
• Parris, S J - The Academy of Secrets (ebook only) #2 Giordano Bruno Novella
• Pattison, Nell -The Silent House #1 Paige Northwood
• Pryce, Malcolm - The Corpse in the Garden of Perfect Brightness #2 Jack Wenlock, Railway Detective
• Raybourn, Deanna - A Murderous Relation #5 Veronica Speedwell, adventuress and butterfly hunter, Victorian London
• Ross, Jacob - Black Rain Falling #2 Michael (Digger) Digson, the Caribbean
• Seskis, Tina - Hope Close
• Sherratt, Mel - Liar Liar #3 DS Grace Allendale
• Skelton, Douglas - The Blood is Still #2 Rebecca Connolly
• Todd, Charles - A Divided Loyalty #22 Insp Rutledge
• Trow, M J - The Reckoning #11 Christopher Marlowe
• Wood, Michael - The Murder House #5 DCI Matilda Darke
• Wood, Trevor - The Man on the Street #1 Jimmy Mullen, Newcastle
• Yi, A - Two Lives: Tales of Life, Love and Crime
• Zulczyk, Jakub - Blinded by the Lights