Where have I been? Somehow, I missed the fact that St. Martin's Press is publishing gorgeous trade paperbacks under the Minotaur name. These paperbacks are out at least a year after the hardcovers, so they're not for the reader who must have a book the instant it comes out. But, these are perfect for the library market. We often have to replace hardcovers that are lost or wear out. And, honestly? Some of the trade paperbacks hold up better than some hardcovers nowadays. Affordable replacement copies for the library, in the $13.99-$15.99 range. Just perfect.
So, quick summaries of the latest Minotaur trade paperback releases, since I never knew they existed.
Black Ship is the seventeenth Daisy Dalrymple mystery by Carola Dunn. In 1925, the Honourable Daisy Dalyrmple Fletcher, her husband, and their infant twins move to a larger house, in what appears to be a idyllic setting. But, a dead body is followed by rumors of bootleggers, gangers, and an international smuggling operation.
Chris Ewan's The Good Thief's Guide to Paris takes Charlie Howard, the globe-trotting mystery writer and professional thief, to Paris, where he is caught up in an outrageous heist, just when his literary agent decides it's time they met. The charming thief soon finds everything out of control.
It's back to Paris for Claude Izner's Murder on the Eiffel Tower. When a woman collapses and dies at the new Eiffel Tower in 1889, bookseller Victor Legris can't accept the official explanation of her death. As he investigates, the deaths begin to multiply.
Stuart MacBride's Flesh House brings to light decades of secrets and lies, when a brutal killer goes missing, and body parts that show up in Aberdeen kick off Scotland's largest manhunt in twenty years.
It must be French month at Minotaur since Pierre Magnan takes readers to Provence in The Messengers of Death. Commissaire Laviolette is brought out of retirement to investigate when a Mlle Veronique is found murdered. A letter left in an unused mailbox leads to a bizarre crime.
For the last two books, we move east. Water Touching Stone is the sequel to Eliot Pattison's Edgar award-winning novel, The Skull Mantra. Since Water Touching Stone originally came out in 2001, libraries may need replacements for the story of Shan Tao Yun, a former Beijing police inspector. Exiled to Tibet, he searches for justice when a revered teacher is slain, and her students are murdered. With an eight-year-old mystery, you might have missed this book entirely.
Laura Joh Rowland takes readers to Japan in 1700 in The Fire Kimono. The strife between Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective, and his enemies, has escalated. Suddenly his mother is implicated in criminal activity, and Sano has three days to clear her name.
England, France, Scotland, Tibet and Japan. I was impressed with the quality of the books, and just wanted to share the world as presented by Minotaur trade paperbacks this month.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
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