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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,...


    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...


    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...


    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...


    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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...


    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...


    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...


    Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery

    by Ellen Byron Crooked Lane Books (August 11, 2015)

    USA TODAY BESTSELLER

    AGATHA AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST FIRST MYSTERY

    LEFTY AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST HUMOROUS MYSTERY

    DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARD NOMINEE

    Check in for some Southern hospitality in Plantation Shudders, the...


    Dark Waters: A Raisa Jordan Thriller

    by Chris Goff Crooked Lane Books (September 15, 2015)

    Raisa “Rae” Jordan, an agent for the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, isn't in Israel for more than a day before her predecessor is killed in a Tel Aviv square. Assigned to investigate the assassination...


    The Widower's Wife: A Thriller

    by Cate Holahan Crooked Lane Books (August 09, 2016)

    "One of those rare thrillers that really will keep you reading all night."

    --Kirkus starred review

    "In this chilling cat-and-mouse tale... Holahan keeps the action going."

    --Publishers Weekly

    Ana Bacon, a beautiful...


    Written Off: A Mysterious Detective Mystery

    by E. J. Copperman Crooked Lane Books (June 14, 2016)

    Rachel Goldman writes mysteries in which Duffy Madison, consultant to the county prosecutor’s office, helps find missing persons. Rachel is busy finishing up her next book, when a man calls out of the blue...


    Death on the Sapphire: A Lady Frances Ffolkes Mystery

    by R. J. Koreto Crooked Lane Books (June 14, 2016)

    An extraordinary woman living in extraordinary times, Lady Frances Ffolkes is an Edwardian-era suffragette who has an uncanny ability to attract danger and romance.

    When Major Colcombe, a family friend and war...


    Dark Road Home: A Gin Sullivan Mystery

    by Anna Carlisle Crooked Lane Books (July 12, 2016)

    The summer after she graduated from high school, Gin Sullivan's little sister Lily went missing. Her family fell apart, not to mention her relationship with her high school sweetheart, Jake. Now, almost twenty...


    Once Shadows Fall: A Thriller

    by Robert Daniels Crooked Lane Books (December 08, 2015)

    After years of paying her dues on the force, Beth Sturgis has earned her place as a detective for the Robbery-Homicide division of the Atlanta PD. Now, she's heading up a major manhunt for a potential serial...


    A Most Curious Murder: A Little Library Mystery

    by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli Crooked Lane Books (July 12, 2016)

    Jenny Weston moves home to Bear Falls, Michigan, to nurse her bruised ego back to health after a bitter divorce. But the idyllic vision of her charming hometown crumbles when her mother's Little Library is destroyed....


    Dark Turns

    by Cate Holahan Crooked Lane Books (November 10, 2015)

    Nia Washington is an incredible ballerina. She fought her way up from the streets and was nearing the pinnacle of her profession when an injury and a broken heart derailed her career. Taking a temporary job...


    Hostile Witness: A Kate Ford Mystery

    by Leigh Adams Crooked Lane Books (February 09, 2016)

    When single mom and computer security specialist Kate Ford is suddenly and mysteriously put on administrative leave, she finds herself drawn into the drama of a lurid kidnapping case with ties to her company....


    The Fine Art of Murder: A Katherine Sullivan Mystery

    by Emily Barnes Crooked Lane Books (February 09, 2016)

    Former Police Chief Katherine Sullivan has been called brilliant, brave, compassionate, and quirky, but after decades of crime fighting, this resilient grandmother with an artist’s soul is discovering that...


    Nine Lives: A Lily Dale Mystery

    Lily Dale #5

    by Wendy Corsi Staub Crooked Lane Books (October 26, 2015)

    In this warm and witty series debut from New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub, a widowed young mom plans a fresh start in Chicago--but instead finds her way to a quirky lakeside village that just happens...


    Untimely Death: A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery

    by Elizabeth J. Duncan Crooked Lane Books (November 10, 2015)

    A Catskills resort’s production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet takes a wickedly ironic turn when the leading lady, Lauren Richmond, is first poisoned and then stabbed. Who would extinguish the life of...


    Death Among Rubies: A Lady Frances Ffolkes Mystery

    by R. J. Koreto Crooked Lane Books (October 11, 2016)

    Lady Frances Ffolkes is incensed when she finds out that her dear friends Gwendolyn and Thomasina have been subject to vicious threats. Promising to uncover their attacker, she travels with them to Kestrel's...