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The Final Seven

Erica Spindler. Erica Spindler, $7.99 e-book (300p) ASIN B017WQV9OU

Set in New Orleans, this enthralling series launch from bestseller Spindler (The First Wife) introduces Det. Micki Dee Dare of the NOPD and Det. Zach Harris of the FBI’s experimental Sixers program, whose members possess senses beyond the usual five. The two join forces on an unusual missing person’s case. Micki is skeptical of her handsome new partner’s abilities at first, but she soon comes to believe in the psychic energy that assists them in their search for Gwen Miller and Patricia Putnam, who disappeared while celebrating their 21st birthdays. Eventually, Micki and Zach collect enough evidence to suggest that an evil entity known as the Dark Bearer abducted the young women. Fortunately, they can rely on the help of the benign Lightkeepers in their fight to prevent the Dark Bearer from claiming more victims. Those who like their romantic thrillers leavened with a healthy dose of the supernatural will be well satisfied. (BookLife)

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You Sent Me a Letter

Lucy Dawson. Corvus (IPG, dist.), $13.95 trade paper (272p) ISBN 978-1-78239-622-2

In this labored tale from British author Dawson (Little Sister), Sophie Gardener, a woman on the cusp of marriage, wakes up one night to find a man sitting near her bed. The stranger hands her a sealed envelope and instructs her to open and read it to assembled family and friends at her 40th birthday party the next evening. Then he threatens her family if she fails to do as she’s told. In a panic, Sophie immediately concludes that Claudine Dubois, the ex-wife of her fiancé, Marc, is behind the intruder. Sophie turns for support to her sister, Alice, who intensifies the pressure by revealing that her birthday party is actually a surprise wedding arranged by Marc. A series of increasingly hysterical attempts by Sophie to avoid disaster and to keep secret a drunken tryst with Rich Hendersen, the husband of her best friend, precede the ceremony. More travails follow before Sophie eventually learns the bitter, albeit unlikely, truth. (July)

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Arsenic with Austin: A Crime with the Classics Mystery

Katherine Bolger Hyde. Minotaur, $24.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-06547-6

The execution falls short of the well-conceived concept of Hyde’s first novel, a contemporary series launch. Widowed Reed College literature professor Emily Cavanaugh travels to the peaceful seaside retreat of Stony Beach, Ore., after her late great-aunt, Beatrice Runcible, leaves her $6 million, a mansion, and most of the buildings in town. It isn’t long before Emily hears rumors that Aunt Beatrice may have been murdered to clear the way for a resort development that she vehemently opposed. Now the property belongs to Emily, who’s equally determined to maintain the town’s character. Another suspicious death and a couple of close calls show that someone wants Emily out of the way as well. There’s no mistaking who’s on Emily’s side and who’s against her. The good guys are charming, and the bad guys are mustache-twirling villains. Hopefully, Hyde will give her characters more depth in the sequel. Agent: Kimberly Cameron, Kimberly Cameron & Associates. (July)

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The Big Blast

Michael Lister. Pulpwood, $26.99 (186p) ISBN 978-1-888146-64-6

Set in 1944, Lister’s fifth noir featuring PI Jimmy “Soldier” Riley (after 2015’s The Big Bout) effectively combines an atmospheric evocation of WWII-era Florida with a puzzling whodunit. Jimmy reunites with boyhood friend Orson Ferrell, a combat veteran who didn’t “leave any parts over there, but brought a few extras home with me. Shrapnel in my leg and a metal plate in my head.” Orson asks Jimmy to help him track down Joan, the missing girlfriend of their mutual friend Ernie, before Ernie returns home from serving overseas. Meanwhile, Jimmy’s old boss wants him to help with the search for Germans planning to plant explosives around North Florida. The discovery of the severely beaten corpse of a woman who was last seen alive in Orson’s company raises the stakes. The plot is engaging enough, but as usual in the best of Lister’s work, the high points are small, moving glimpses of his characters’ inner lives. Agent: Amy Moore-Benson, AMB Literary. (July)

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SoHo Sins

Richard Vine. Hard Case Crime, $22.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-78329-928-7

The contemporary New York art scene provides the backdrop for art magazine editor Vine’s colorful first novel. When art patron Amanda Oliver is found dead in her SoHo loft, her husband, Philip, immediately and continually confesses to her murder, even though he couldn’t have been there 24 hours earlier when she was shot. Philip’s attorney hires PI Hogan to investigate, and Hogan enlists art dealer Jackson Wyeth’s help. In their search for the truth, Hogan and Wyeth travel through the demimonde of assorted deviants, both artistic and sexual, who are the friends and lovers of the Olivers. Revelation slides after revelation, and a child pornography ring is exposed and eliminated, without moving the reader noticeably closer to the killer. Meanwhile, Philip rapidly deteriorates physically and mentally. The authentic background at times entices, and some of the characters are well realized, but the plot is lumpy, the police are curiously absent from the homicide investigation, and the detecting is mostly an offstage afterthought. And yet the vague denouement is strangely satisfying. (July)

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Murder Has Nine Lives: A Jaine Austen Mystery

Laura Levine. Kensington, $25 (304p) ISBN 978-0-7582-8509-6

In Levine’s enjoyable 14th Jaine Austen mystery (after 2015’s Death by Tiara), the L.A. freelance writer has a chance to supplement her income through a star turn for her cat, Prozac, as the “before” kitty in a Skinny Kitty cat food commercial. Meanwhile, her own hot prospect is an ad campaign for her client Toiletmasters’ new self-flushing toilets. Phil Angelides, her Toiletmasters boss, introduces her to his gorgeous (single) nephew, who’s new in town and interested enough to ask her for a date. What could go wrong? Series fans should know by now that, even if Jaine’s meddling parents aren’t involved this time, someone—or something—will complicate her life. A murder is only the beginning of another wild misadventure with Jaine and Prozac. This outing will keep cozy readers amused and wondering what absurdity will happen next. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (July)

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Think Wolf

Michael Gregorio. Severn, $28.95 (192p) ISBN 978-0-7278-8611-8

Gregorio’s taut sequel to 2015’s Cry Wolf finds Italian park ranger and wolf expert Sebastiano Cangio on duty at the Sibillines National Park in Umbria, where he’s summoned to a grisly crime scene in the woods. Seb must identify the headless body of his park ranger partner, Marzio Diamante, who was recently worried about cultists in the national forest. Two years previously, Seb discovers, Marzio compiled a file of sightings of elves and goblins. While Seb and the carabiniere try to solve Marzio’s murder, Simone Candelora, a lieutenant in the ’Ndrangheta (the Calabrian mafia), starts a new cocaine-smuggling venture using a struggling truffle business as cover. Seb must think like a wolf to escape the suspicions of the carabiniere and the malice of the ’Ndrangheta. Gregorio (the pen name of spouses Michael G. Jacob and Daniela De Gregorio) maintains the high tension throughout with plenty of plot twists to keep readers guessing until the explosive conclusion. (July)

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Midnight Crossing

Tricia Fields. Minotaur, $25.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-07628-1

In Fields’s winning fifth Josie Gray mystery (after 2015’s Firebreak), the Artemis, Tex., police chief awakes around 2:00 one morning to find two young women—one shot dead, the other traumatized and scared speechless—practically in her backyard. The cool-headed Josie calls for back up. As the investigation proceeds, Josie juggles a brand new love interest, kidnapping negotiator Nick Santos, and her mother, who’s in town on a surprise visit from Indiana. Artemis’s mayor, mindful of Josie’s previous encounter with the infamous Medrano Cartel, is convinced that the two young women found so close to Josie’s house are somehow tied to the gang. As the case begins to unravel, thanks to Josie and assistant Otto Podowski’s crackerjack police work, it appears to have tentacles that reach across both state and international borders. Fields wraps a complex plot and ripped-from-the-headlines social relevance around a terrific heroine, scoring big for women in law enforcement. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (July)

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The Last Time She Saw Him

Jane Haseldine. Kensington, $25 (368p) ISBN 978-1-4967-0405-4

Reporter Julia Gooden, the smart, relatable heroine of journalist Haseldine’s uneven debut, needs a break from her job at a Detroit newspaper. She finds peace at her vacation home on Lake St. Clair, Mich., with her two sons, Will and Logan. On the 30th anniversary of the 1977 disappearance of her brother, Ben, two-year-old Will is taken from his bed; the clues left are shockingly similar to those left at the scene of Ben’s abduction. In addition to recruiting the help of ex-boyfriend Det. Ray Navarro and estranged husband David, Julia decides to take matters into her own hands. In the next 24 hours or so, Julia manages to have a press conference, illegally search a suspect’s home, help search 30 acres of property, sit in on two interrogations, make a prison visit to someone who may have information about Will, and more. This improbable sequence takes credibility away from what is, for the most part, a competently written thriller—at least until the gruesome final showdown, which borders on the ridiculous. Agent: Priya Doraswamy, Lotus Lane Literary. (July)

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House Revenge

Mike Lawson. Atlantic Monthly, $25 (288p) ISBN 978-0-8021-2523-1

Originality, intelligence, and humor lift Lawson’s excellent 11th Joe DeMarco thriller (after 2015’s House Rivals). House Minority Leader John Mahoney, formerly the Speaker of the House, is meeting with constituents in his Boston office. Feisty Elinore Dobbs grabs his wandering attention with her story of being harassed out of her apartment so that developer Sean Callahan can erect an elegant new complex catering to the ultra-wealthy. Mahoney sees political hay to be made, besides being genuinely outraged, and assigns the job of saving Dobbs to his number-one fixer, Joe DeMarco. In sorting out Dobbs’s difficulties, DeMarco tangles with two of Callahan’s goons, twin brothers Ray and Roy McNulty; Javier Castro, a former Mexican drug lord who’s gone legit; and Castro’s lovely assassin, Maria Vasquez. As DeMarco outthinks and outfights the various vicious killers and proves his worth to Mahoney once again, he provides all the fun and action that Lawson’s fans have come to expect. Agent: David Gernert, Gernert Company. (July)

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