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A Hunt in Winter

by Conor Brady Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017)

In Dublin, newly promoted detective inspector Joe Swallow’s life looks to be taking a turn for the better. In addition to his promotion, he’s settled into a comfortable arrangement with his landlady and...


Untitled Kerr #2

by Lucy Kerr Crooked Lane Books (February 13, 2018)

  • SMALL TOWN SUSPENSE: Kerr has crafted a captivating story set in a small town with a compelling mystery and riveting family drama in the vein of Jayne Anne Krentz and Julia Keller.

  • HOUSE SPECIALTY: With strong...

  • A Grave Issue

    by Lillian Bell Crooked Lane Books (February 13, 2018)

    After an on-air gaffe goes viral and jeopardizes her career, journalist Desiree Turner retreats home to Verbena, California for some peace and quiet. She begins working one of the quietest jobs around: presiding...


    The Cat of the Baskervilles

    by Vicki Delany Crooked Lane Books (February 13, 2018)

    The show is coming to town on Cape Cod. The West London Theater Festival is putting on a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Gemma Doyle is excited and participating with her friend Jayne Wilson,...


    Murder in Bloomsbury

    by D. M. Quincy Crooked Lane Books (February 13, 2018)

  • PITCH PERFECT HISTORICAL: Fans of the Regency era and Jane Austen as well as historical mysteries will instantly be drawn to Murder in Bloomsbury, set in 1814 London.

  • HEROIC PROTAGONIST: Atlas Catesby, world...

  • The Devil's Claw

    by Lara Dearman Crooked Lane Books (January 09, 2018)

  • SMALL TOWN SUSPENSE: Dearman has crafted a captivating story set in Guernsey with a mystery that looms larger than the small island community in the vein of Susie Steiner and Sharon Bolton.

  • HEROINE WITH AN EDGE:...

  • Many a Twist

    by Sheila Connolly Crooked Lane Books (January 09, 2018)

    Pub owner Maura Donovan hasn’t seen her mother for over twenty years, so when she suddenly shows up in Maura’s pub, Maura’s not sure what to expect. Her mother is trying to find a life for herself back...


    The Hostess with the Ghostess

    by E. J. Copperman Crooked Lane Books (January 09, 2018)

    Things are never quiet for long at the Haunted Guesthouse. Right as Alison Kerby finally gets some peace, long-time deceased Paul Harrison’s recently murdered brother, Richard, shows up looking for the ghostly...


    A Mortal Likeness

    by Laura Joh Rowland Crooked Lane Books (January 09, 2018)

    A photographer in Whitechapel, London, Sarah Bain is also a private detective—skilled at capturing others’ dark secrets, and expert at keeping her own. When a wealthy banker, Sir Gerald Mariner, posts a...


    Bury the Past

    Detective Penley #2

    by James L'Etoile Crooked Lane Books (December 12, 2017)

  • AUTHOR EXPERTISE: An experienced Associate Warden, Chief of Institution Operations, Hostage Negotiator and Director of Parole with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, James L'Etoile writes mysteries as...

  • A Murder for the Books

    Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #1

    by Victoria Gilbert Crooked Lane Books (December 12, 2017)

  • LIBRARY HOOK: Cozy readers flock to library- and book-themed cozies, as evidenced by the strong sales of authors like Miranda James and Jenn McKinlay. This hook—a library in a small-town—is sure to entice...

  • A Case of Syrah, Syrah

    Wine Country #1

    by Nancy J. Parra Crooked Lane Books (December 12, 2017)

    Taylor O’Brian is a new businesswoman, founder of “Taylor’s Off The Beaten Path Wine Tours,” who lives on a small winery with her Aunt Jemma. She plans to take small groups around romantic Sonoma county...


    Unnatural Causes

    Dr. Katie LeClair #1

    by Dawn Eastman Crooked Lane Books (December 12, 2017)

  • MEDICAL MYSTERY: Unnatural Causes is a new take on the medical mystery genre featuring a small town doctor protagonist. Fans of medical dramas like Grey's Anatomy and Nurse Jackie will have a new favorite book...

  • Much Ado About Murder

    by Elizabeth J. Duncan Crooked Lane Books (November 07, 2017)

  • STRONG & STEADY: With a great sell through in libraries and the trade, and sales of the first book exceeding expectations, Much Ado About Murder is an excellent book to continue to grow the series.

  • SHAKESPEARE...

  • Heaven's Crooked Finger

    by Hank Early Crooked Lane Books (November 07, 2017)

  • SOUTHERN MYSTERY: The gritty southern Georgia mountain setting will appeal to fans of John Hart and Nevada Barr.

  • BESTSELLING TRADITION: Fans of Dennis Lehane and James Lee Burke will rejoice in this edgy mystery....

  • A Deadly Éclair

    French Bistro Mysteries #1

    by Daryl Wood Gerber Crooked Lane Books (November 07, 2017)

    It’s always been Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she’s been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. Until...


    Death at the Emerald

    by R. J. Koreto Crooked Lane Books (November 07, 2017)

    One-named stunning actress Helen mysteriously vanished 30 years ago. An elderly family friend is unable to bear not knowing any longer and commissions Lady Frances Ffolkes to track her down. Taking on the role...


    Dead of Winter

    Lily Dale #7

    by Wendy Corsi Staub Crooked Lane Books (November 07, 2017)

    Just as a murderer dumps his corpse into the lake across Valley View in Lily Dale, Bella Jordan happens to be at her window, not quite realizing what she’s seeing. Unbeknownst to her, the killer spots her...


    Unholy City

    by Carrie Smith Crooked Lane Books (November 07, 2017)

  • STRONG SALES: Smith has a strong sales track from her first book in all formats with room to grow.

  • COP WITH CANCER: Stoic and brave, Detective Codella is an NYPD cop recovering from cancer. She’s the kind of...

  • Death Overdue

    by Allison Brook Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017)

    Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she's offered a job as the head of programs and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost. Her first major...


    Murder on the Toy Town Express

    by Barbara Early Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017)

    Liz McCall has come to love running her father’s vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, NY, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she’s all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch...


    Nine Lessons

    by Nicola Upson Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017)

    Called to the peaceful wooded churchyard of St-John’s-at-Hampstead, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose faces one of the most audacious and unusual murders of his career. The body of the church’s organist...


    Twelve Slays of Christmas

    by Jacqueline Frost Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017)

    When Holly White’s fiancé cancels their Christmas Eve wedding with less than two weeks to go, Holly heads home with a broken heart. Lucky for her, home in historic Mistletoe, Maine is magical during Christmastime—exactly...


    Body on Baker Street

    by Vicki Delany Crooked Lane Books (September 12, 2017)

  • COMMERCIAL COZY: Cozy readers flock to book-themed series, as evidenced by the strong sales of authors like Miranda James and Kate Carlisle. This hook--a Sherlock Holmes-themed bookstore--is sure to entice these...

  • Lies She Told

    by Cate Holahan Crooked Lane Books (September 12, 2017)

    ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: Cate Holahan has incredible sales for previous domestic suspense title The Widower’s Wife, which was nominated as one of Kirkus Review’s best books of 2016. She’s an author to watch.

    STELLAR...


    Asking for Truffle

    by Dorothy St. James Crooked Lane Books (September 12, 2017)

    COMMERCIAL COZY: Cozy readers are in love with sweets-themed series, as evidenced by the strong sales of authors like JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke. This hook—a Southern chocolate-shop owner—is sure to entice...


    All the Secret Places

    by Anna Carlisle Crooked Lane Books (September 12, 2017)

  • STRONG SELLER: Dark Road Home has far exceeded sales expectations and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. This is a series to keep an eye on.
  • SMALL TOWN SUSPENSE: Anna Carlisle...

  • Cat Got Your Secrets

    by Julie Chase Crooked Lane Books (September 12, 2017)

  • KITTY COZY: Pet themed cozies and especially those featuring cats are perennially strong sellers. Fans of all things furry and feline, along with readers of cat cozies, like those of Rita Mae Brown and Blaize...

  • Hunting Hour

    by Margaret Mizushima Crooked Lane Books (August 08, 2017)

    Deputy Mattie Cobb is in a dark place and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to work on issues from her past. When she and her K-9 partner Robo get called to track a missing junior high student, they...


    Among the Dead

    Rachel Carver #1

    by J. R. Backlund Crooked Lane Books (August 08, 2017)

    BESTSELLING TRADITION: Fans of Tami Hoag and J. T. Ellison will love this gripping debut mystery.

    SMALL TOWN SUSPENSE: J. R. Backlund reveals sinister secrets that small towns love to keep buried. As demonstrated...


    Dead Man's Bridge

    by Robert J. Mrazek Crooked Lane Books (August 08, 2017)

    Disgraced former army officer Jake Cantrell and his pal, Bug, a wolf-dog he saved while in Afghanistan and the only friend he has left, try to put their bitter pasts behind them as Jake finds employment at the...


    Doom with a View

    by Kate Kingsbury Crooked Lane Books (September 12, 2017)

    With the arrival of six senior reading group members at the Merry Ghost Inn, the long-awaited Grand Opening week has finally begun for Melanie West and her grandmother, Liza. All is well with the Oregon coast-side...


    A Cajun Christmas Killing

    by Ellen Byron Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017)

    Maggie Crozat is back home in bayou country during the most magical time of the year. In Pelican, Louisiana, Christmastime is a season of giant bonfires on the levee, zydeco carols, and pots of gumbo. Except,...


    Cat Got Your Cash

    by Julie Chase Crooked Lane Books (April 11, 2017)

    Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s...


    Red Sky

    by Chris Goff Crooked Lane Books (June 13, 2017)

  • AUTHOR CONNECTIONS: Bolstered by big name fans like Lynds and Morrell, Chris Goff is an established author poised for breakout success in a new genre.

  • THRILLER WITH A CAPITAL T: All the action and plot twists...

  • Hell's Detective

    by Michael Logan Crooked Lane Books (June 13, 2017)

    Kat Murphy is a private detective tortured by demons. Real ones. She is serving a death sentence in Lost Angeles, the dark and depraved city in Hell where a beast known as a Torment forces her to relive, night...


    Shallow Grave

    by Brian Thiem Crooked Lane Books (July 11, 2017)

  • STRONG SALES: Thiem has a strong sales track from his first book in all formats with room to grow.

  • EXPERT AUTHOR: With years of experience both as a homicide detective in Oakland and as a military investigator...

  • China Strike

    by Matt Rees Crooked Lane Books (July 11, 2017)

    On an ordinary summer day, chaos erupts across the globe when thousands of cars simultaneously speed out of control in the United States and Europe. The death toll is enormous, and there is only one thing connecting...


    Bad Housekeeping

    An Agnes and Effie Mystery #1

    by Maia Chance Crooked Lane Books (June 13, 2017)

  • A COZY FIT: Chance writes with the warmth and wit cozy readers are always looking for. They'll love her young and old heroines.

  • SMALL TOWN CHARM: Agnes and Effie's rural New York hometown, full of warmth and...

  • Perish from the Earth

    by Jonathan F. Putnam Crooked Lane Books (July 11, 2017)

    Newly minted trial lawyer Abraham Lincoln is riding the circuit, traveling by carriage with other lawyers and a judge to bring justice to the remote parts of Illinois. Meanwhile, Lincoln's close friend Joshua...


    Edited Out

    by E. J. Copperman Crooked Lane Books (May 09, 2017)

    Mystery author Rachel Goldman is getting used to the idea that her fictional creation Duffy Madison has somehow taken flesh-and-blood form and is investigating missing person cases not far from where Rachel...


    Death in the Abstract

    by Emily Barnes Crooked Lane Books (May 09, 2017)

  • THE PERFECT FIT: Retired at 62, Katherine Sullivan hits all the right marks for our readers, who have been clamoring for traditional mysteries with characters more like them in our survey. We've commissioned...

  • Souls of Men

    Elaine Hope #1

    by A. R. Ashworth Crooked Lane Books (April 11, 2017)

    Veteran Detective Inspector Elaine Hope knows she was born to be a detective. Now she's taken over a bungled case and released the only suspect. Her male superiors in the London Metropolitan Police doubt her,...


    Murder in Mayfair

    by D. M. Quincy Crooked Lane Books (July 11, 2017)

    In 1814, Atlas Catesby, a brilliant adventurer and youngest son of a baron, is anxious to resume his world travels after being injured in a carriage accident in London. But his plans are derailed when, passing...


    No Turning Back

    by Tracy Buchanan Crooked Lane Books (June 13, 2017)

    Anna Graves’s whole life has recently been turned upside down. A new mother, she’s just gone back to her job as a radio presenter and is busy navigating a new schedule of late night feeding and early morning...


    Purr M for Murder

    by T. C. LoTempio Crooked Lane Books (March 14, 2017)

    Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the...


    Alice and the Assassin

    Alice Roosevelt #1

    by R. J. Koreto Crooked Lane Books (April 11, 2017)

    In 1902 New York, Alice Roosevelt, the bright, passionate, and wildly unconventional daughter of newly sworn-in President Theodore Roosevelt, is placed under the supervision of Secret Service Agent Joseph St....


    Elementary, She Read

    by Vicki Delany Crooked Lane Books (March 14, 2017)

    Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop--located at 222 Baker Street--specializes...


    Kale to the Queen

    A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #1

    by Nell Hampton Crooked Lane Books (April 11, 2017)

    Chef Carrie Ann Cole is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime--an assignment as the new Personal Chef to the Royal Family at Kensington Palace. But no sooner has Carrie Ann touched down across the pond...


    Cruel Winter

    by Sheila Connolly Crooked Lane Books (March 14, 2017)

    Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan's small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn't sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan's pub. But now she's stranded in a bar full of patrons--and...