Jussi Adler-Olsen, The Keeper of Lost Causes.
Recovering from a gunshot wound, Copenhagen Detective Carl Mørck is assigned to cold cases and looks into a politician’s disappearance from a ferry.
Department Q: The Absent One
Carrie Bebris, Pride and Prescience.
Newlyweds Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy try to help their friend Caroline Bingley, whose courtship to a rich American is plagued by strange events.
Sequels: Suspense and Sensibility; North by Northanger; The Matters at Mansfield; The Intrigue at Highbury; The Deception at Lyme
Rhys Bowen, Her Royal Spyness.
In 1930, Lady Georgie—a poor relation of the Royal Family—tries to clear her brother of murder charges when a man is found drowned in his tub.
Sequels: A Royal Pain; Royal Flush; Royal Blood; Naughty in Nice; The Twelve Clues of Christmas
Alexander Campion, The Grave Gourmet.
When the body of an automobile executive is found in the refrigerator of a famous French restaurant, Parisian detective Capucine LeTellier investigates with the help of her food critic husband.
Sequels: Crime Fraiche; Killer Critique
Stephen Cannell, The Tin Collectors.
LAPD Sgt. Shane Scully is the target of an Internal Affairs investigation after he shoots his former partner to stop him from killing his wife.
Sequels: The Viking Funeral; Hollywood Tough; Vertical Coffin; Cold Hit; White Sister; Three Shirt Deal; On the Grind; The Pallbearers; The Prostitutes' Ball; Vigilante
Richard Castle, Heat Wave.
NYPD detective Nikki Heat is forced by the top brass to take journalist Jameson Rook along as she investigates the murder of a real estate magnate during a heat wave.
Sequels: Naked Heat; Heat Rises; Frozen Heat
Blaize Clement, Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter.
A former deputy becomes a professional pet sitter and discovers a dead body face down in the cat bowl in a client’s home.
Sequels: Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund; Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues; Cat Sitter On a Hot Tin Roof; Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs; Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons; The Cat Sitter's Pajamas
Harlan Coben, Deal Breaker.
Sports agent Myron Bolitar investigates when his star quarterback client gets a phone call from his girlfriend who is missing and presumed murdered.
Sequels: Drop Shot; Fade Away; Back Spin; One False Move; The Final Detail; Darkest Fear; Promise Me; Long Lost; Live Wire
P.C. Doherty, The Mask of Ra.
Amerotke, Chief Judge of Thebes, investigates the death of the Pharaoh who died from a snake bite.
Sequels: The Horus Killings; The Anubis Slayings; The Slayers of Seth; The Assassins of Isis; The Poisoner of Ptah; The Spies of Sobek
Charles Finch, A Beautiful Blue Death.
In Victorian England, Charles Lenox investigates the alleged suicide of a servant working for the director of the Royal Mint.
Sequels: The September Society; The Fleet Street Murders; A Stranger in Mayfair; A Burial at Sea; A Death in the Small Hours
Sally Goldenbaum, Death by Cashmere.
When the woman who rented the apartment above her knitting shop is murdered, Izzy Chambers investigates with the help of the Seaside Knitters.
Sequels: Patterns in the Sand; Moon Spinners; A Holiday Yarn; The Wedding Shawl; A Fatal Fleece
Elly Griffiths, The Crossing Places.
Archeologist Ruth Galloway is consulted by police when bones that may be those of a missing child are found in the Saltmarsh on the coast of Norfolk.
Sequels: The Janus Stone; The House at Sea’s End; A Room Full of Bones
Charlaine Harris, Dead until Dark.
Mindreading waitress Sookie Stackhouse meets a vampire whose thoughts she can’t read and teams up with him to solve a murder.
Sequels: Living Dead in Dallas; Club Dead; Dead to the World; Dead as a Doornail; Definitely Dead; All Together Dead; From Dead to Worse; Dead & Gone; Dead in the Family; Dead Reckoning; Deadlocked
C. S. Harris, What Angels Fear.
In Regency England, Sebastian St. Cyr is accused of murdering an actress with connections to men in high places.
Sequels: When Gods Die; Why Mermaids Sing; Where Serpents Sleep; What Remains of Heaven; Where Shadows Dance; When Maidens Mourn
James Harvey, Flesh and Blood.
Retired D.I. Frank Elder is drawn back into the unsolved disappearance of a girl when a prime suspect is released from jail and another girl dies.
Sequels: Ash and Bone; Darkness and Light
Arnaldur Indridason, Jar City.
Icelandic detective Erlendur investigates the murder of an old man with dirty secrets in his past.
Sequels: Silence of the Grave; Voices; The Draining Lake; Arctic Chill; Hypothermia; Outrage
Claude Izner, Murder on the Eiffel Tower.
A bookseller suspects foul play when a woman dies of a bee sting at the opening of the Eiffel Tower.
Sequels: The Disappearance at Père-Lachaise; The Montmartre Investigation; The Assassin in the Marais; In the Shadows of Paris
Camilla Lackberg, The Ice Princess.
After returning to her hometown, writer Erica Falck works with local detective Patrik Hedstrom to discover what caused her childhood friend to end up in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed.
Sequels: The Preacher; The Stonecutter; The Gallows Bird; The Hidden Child; The Drowning
Denise Mina, Still Midnight.
DS Alex Morrow unravels an apparently bungled kidnapping when thugs break into a Muslim family’s home and demand a man who doesn’t live there.
Sequels: The End of the Wasp Season; Gods and Beasts (coming February 2013)
Walter Mosley, The Long Fall.
New York P.I. Leonid McGill is hired to track down four men known only by their street names, but then they start turning up dead.
Sequels: Known to Evil; When the Thrill Is Gone; All I Did Was Shoot My Man
Jo Nesbo, The Bat.
Detective Harry Hole is sent to Australia when a Norwegian girl on a year abroad is murdered.
Sequels: The Redbreast; Nemesis; Devil’s Star; The Redeemer; The Snowman; The Leopard; Phantom
Hakan Nesser, Mind’s Eye.
Chief Inspector Van Veeteren doubts the guilt of a man who woke up to find his wife dead in the tub.
Sequels: Borkmann’s Point; The Return; Woman with Birthmark; The Inspector and Silence; Munster’s Case
T. Jefferson Parker, L.A. Outlaws.
While tracking a celebrity thief who gives proceeds of heists from the rich to charity, rookie Deputy Charlie Hood falls for an eyewitness leaving the crime scene.
Sequels: The Renegades; Iron River; The Border Lords; Jaguar
S. J. Rozan, China Trade.
New York P.I. Lydia Chin finds herself drawn into the world of Chinatown’s gangs when she’s hired to find missing porcelain antiques.
Sequels: Concourse; Mandarin Plaid; No Colder Place; A Bitter Feast; Stone Quarry; Reflecting the Sky; Winter and Night; Shanghai Moon; On the Line; Ghost Hero
A. D. Scott, A Small Death in the Great Glen.
In 1956, the new editor of the Highland Gazette promotes typist Joanne Ross to help uncover small town secrets when a boy is found dead in a canal.
Sequels: A Double Death on the Black Isle; Beneath the Abbey Wall
Shirley Tallman, Murder on Nob Hill.
In 1880 San Francisco, Sarah Woolson becomes an attorney and defends a woman accused of killing her abusive husband.
Sequels: The Russian Hill Murders; The Cliff House Strangler; Scandal on Rincon Hill; Death on Telegraph Hill
John Verdon, Think of a Number.
Retired cop Dave Gurney misses the intellectual challenge of solving crimes until he’s asked to consult on the case of a killer who sends his victims threatening puzzles involving numbers.
Sequels: Shut Your Eyes Tight; Let the Devil Sleep
Betty Webb, Desert Noir.
Left for dead by the side of an Arizona highway as a child, P.I. Lena Jones is determined to find the truth about who she is and what happened to her.
Sequels: Desert Wives; Desert Shadows; Desert Run; Desert Cut; Desert Lost; Desert Wind
Jeri Westerson, Veil of Lies.
In medieval England, disgraced former knight Crispin Guest investigates the murder of a merchant who hired him to find out if his wife was unfaithful.
Sequels: Serpent in the Thorns; The Demon’s Parchment; Troubled Bones; Blood Lance