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The Eyes of Aurora
A Fifth Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger
Albert A. Bell, Jr.
978-1-56474-549-1
272 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95
Publication date: September 9, 2014

The Villa of Horrors
Pliny’s servant Aurora, who is also the forbidden love of his life, has played Good Samaritan to a woman who claims to be searching for her missing husband. Thinking he can help the woman, Pliny steps in, assisted, as usual, by his friend Tacitus. But the situation turns into a web of deception and intrigue when they discover evidence of a horrific murder while searching the countryside for clues to the whereabouts of the missing man. After Aurora is injured, Pliny’s involvement becomes personal. He’s even desperate enough to ask Regulus, his longtime sworn enemy, for help when the case brings him to the malevolent attention of the emperor Domitian.

Albert A. Bell, Jr. is a college history professor and novelist living in Michigan. In addition to his Roman series, Bell has written contemporary mysteries, middle-grade novels, and nonfiction. He maintains a website devoted to Pliny the Younger (www.pliny-mysteries.com), as well as his author website.
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Shadows on a Maine Christmas
An Antique Print Mystery
Lea Wait
978-1-56474-547-7
224 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95
September 9, 2014


Auld Acquaintance Can Be Murder

Antique print dealer Maggie Summer has come to Maine for a storybook Christmas with her beloved Will Brewer and his Great-Aunt Nettie, who has gathered together her longtime friends for holiday celebrations. Maggie and Will love each other, although Maggie is determined to adopt children and Will has misgivings. But this problem is put on hold when Maggie hears cryptic references by Aunt Nettie’s old friends to buried secrets from their youth. One elderly woman suffers from dementia, remembering those past events better than the gifts she just opened. Will she blurt out information about an old crime so dangerous that someone would commit murder to prevent its being revealed? Blackmail and murder are only the beginning. It may be a Merry Christmas—but who will still be around to see in a Happy New Year?

Lea Wait has been an antiques dealer (fourth-generation) since 1977. Besides her Agatha Award-nominated seven-book mystery series about antique print dealer Maggie Summer, she also writes books for young people. The mother of four adopted Asian daughters, now grown, she lives in Maine with her artist husband.

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Madness in Miniature
The Miniature Series
Margaret Grace
ISBN 978-1-56474-543-9
246 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95
Publication Date: April 7, 2014

Think Globally, Murder Locally—
a craft superstore and a murderer come to town
The grand opening of a giant chain crafts store is both good and bad news for miniaturist Gerry Porter. But when the big event is accompanied by an earthquake and a murder in the store, there’s plenty of opportunity for Gerry and her computer-gifted granddaughter Maddie to help the police investigate. Did the New Yorkers bring crime to quiet Lincoln Point, or are the town’s dispossessed small-business people responsible? From querying suspects to drawing up alibi charts, Gerry applies her insights to various issues of personal relations—but can she solve her own with her BFF, Henry Baker?

Margaret Grace is the pen name of Camille Minichino, author of three different mystery series. As Grace she has written seven Miniature Mysteries (and has created many miniature scenes as charitable donations); under her own name she writes the periodic table series, and as Ada Madison, a new series of mathematical mysteries. She’s a retired physicist, is on the staff at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, and teaches science and writing in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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The Color of Light
A Maggie MacGowen Mystery
Wendy Hornsby
978-1-56474-542-2
272 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95
Publication Date: April 7, 2014

Secrets taken to the grave may not stay buried
Filmmaker Maggie MacGowen learns the hard way that going home again can be deadly. While clearing out her deceased father’s desk, Maggie discovers that he had locked away potential evidence in a brutal unsolved murder thirty years earlier that rocked the close-knit community where she grew up. When she begins to ask questions of family and old friends, it quickly becomes clear that there are people in that seemingly tranquil multi-ethnic Berkeley neighborhood who will go to lethal lengths to prevent the truth from coming out. With the help of her new love, Jean-Paul Bernard, Maggie uncovers secrets about the murdered Vietnamese mother of a good friend and learns how the crime affected—and continues to affect—the still close-knit neighborhood. The more she finds out, the greater the threat of violence becomes, not only for the long-time neighborhood residents, but even for Maggie herself.

Edgar Award winner Wendy Hornsby is the author of ten previous mysteries, eight of them featuring Maggie MacGowen. She is a recently retired professor of history living in California.
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Death in the Ashes
A Fourth Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger
Albert A. Bell, Jr.
ISBN 978-1-56474-532-3
270 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95
Publication Date: September 9, 2013

Secrets Buried in the Ruins of Pompeii
A few years after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, where he lost his adoptive father and mentor, Pliny the Younger is asked by his friend Aurelia to help her husband Calpurnius, who has been accused of murder in Naples. Pliny has solved previous crimes, but never before has so much time and distance elapsed before his arrival on the murder scene…nor has he carried so much emotional baggage. With the help of his wisecracking sidekick Tacitus, he now must investigate cunning plots by some descendants of Augustus, which include murders and babies switched at birth. One fortunate circumstance in Pliny’s detective activities is that the hardened ash crust makes good impressions of hand- and foot-prints. But now, for the first time, Pliny must swallow his fears and ghastly memories and face a deadly challenge in the ruins of a buried villa.

Albert A. Bell, Jr. is a college history professor and novelist living in Michigan. In addition to his Roman series, Bell has written contemporary mysteries, middle-grade novels, and nonfiction.
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Death Rides the Zephyr
A Mystery
Janet Dawson
978-1-56474-530-9
232 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95
Publication Date: September 9, 2013

Death Rides the Rails
December 23, 1952. A transcontinental train is stopped cold by a rockslide in a remote Colorado canyon. There’s a murderer aboard, one who has already killed, and will kill again unless stopped. The California Zephyr, with its run from Oakland to Chicago and back, was famous for 21 years for its Vista-Domes, providing a 360-degree view of the spectacular Western scenery. It is a veritable small city on tracks, populated by passengers from all walks of life and a large crew whose duty it is to keep them safe. Zephyrette Jill McLeod is the passengers’ primary point of contact. She’s armed for any emergency—with a first-aid kit, a screwdriver, and her knowledge of human nature. But can she figure out a clever plot and stop a ruthless killer?.

This is Janet Dawson’s second stand-alone mystery novel. Her series PI Jeri Howard has sleuthed through ten books, the first of which won the St. Martin’s/PWA award and other mystery award nominations. Dawson was nominated in 2012 for Left Coast Crime’s Golden Nugget Award for Bit Player. She is past president of the MWA Norcal chapter, and works at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories.
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Beyond Confusion
A Latouche County Library Mystery
Sheila Simonson
ISBN 978-1-56474-519-4
240 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95
The 2008 election is over, and librarian Meg McLean is thrilled that the library levy passed. In spite of an economy in free-fall, Meg’s personal and professional lives are thriving. Tribal Chief Madeline Thomas of the Klalos offers an inherited farmhouse for a branch library—but the farm was owned by a relative of Meg’s rival and vengeful enemy, library administrator Marybeth Jackman, who plans to contest the will. Disasters begin to strike—the farmhouse is vandalized; the chief’s home is firebombed; and when Marybeth falls to her death, Meg becomes a murder suspect. Echoing Marybeth’s malice, pro-censorship protestors violently attack the county’s bookmobile. Meg and her romantic interest, Undersheriff Rob Neill, must confront religious zealotry, bullying, and troubled mother-daughter relationships to penetrate the morass of bad karma and a maze of crimes.
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Her Brother's Keeper
A Joan Spencer Mystery
Sara Hoskinson Frommer
ISBN 978-1-56474-525-5
240 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95
Joan Spencer, the viola-playing protagonist of Frommer’s small-town Indiana mysteries, doesn’t look for trouble but it keeps finding her. A few days before her daughter’s wedding, the last thing Joan needs is something else to worry about—but here it is, ready or not. Her ex-con brother Dave was the family black sheep, but years have passed since they’ve heard from him. Always the nonconformist, he’s arrived way too early. Meanwhile Joan has to keep up with work, in addition to all the planning, even for a simple wedding; the groom’s mother disapproves of everyone and everything; and Joan’s own mother-in-law, whose mind is failing fast, lands smack in the middle of a murder…
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Shadows on a Cape Cod Wedding
An Antique Print Mystery
Lea Wait
ISBN 978-1-56474-531-6
240 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95
October on Cape Cod is always beautiful, and antique print dealer Maggie Summer is happy to visit there to help with her best friend’s wedding preparations. Maggie doesn’t anticipate the murder of a neighbor, nor being called into service as a counselor and interpreter. Is she really essential to the investigation, or is she avoiding a critical discussion with the man she loves? Before she knows the answer, there’s another murder…and a hurricane…and then Maggie herself becomes a target.
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The Hanging
A Maggie MacGowen Mystery
Wendy Hornsby
ISBN 978-1-56474-526-2
254 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95

When her television series is abruptly canceled, investigative filmmaker Maggie MacGowen accepts a short-term contract to teach film production at a local community college—an interesting diversion, she thinks, until the next TV gig comes along. But if Maggie expects her sojourn in the ivory tower to be peaceful, she is dead wrong. Instead, she finds herself in the middle of an explosive power struggle. In the current era of budget cuts and fee increases, community college president Park Holloway arouses faculty and student animosity with his expensive building program especially an admin building derisively nicknamed the Taj Ma’Holloway. When Maggie finds the college president hanging in the building’s stairwell, suspicion falls not on her, but on her young friend Sly Miller. A world-class artist, his sculpture was supposed to be hanging in place of the body. That’s only the beginning of a twisty plot dealing with the aesthetics and business of art, a billion-dollar art-for-arms deal; political corruption and cronyism; and issues of art forgery and journalistic ethics, all capped off by a stunning denouement.
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What You Wish For
A Novel of Suspense
Janet Dawson
ISBN 978-1-56474-518-7
292 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95
History professor Lindsey Page has a quiet, well-ordered life, but it’s about to get complicated. Her daughter, with whom she has a troubled relationship, shows up on her doorstep. The immigrant woman Lindsey is interviewing for a book asks her for help in reclaiming the son taken from her during a massacre in her Salvadoran village. And her closest friends, the three women Lindsey has known since their college days in Berkeley where they witnessed the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, are hiding secrets that will forever change those friendships. Lindsey must grapple with questions of family identity, truth in wartime, the ethics of power for latter-day robber barons in the US and Central America, and the law of unforeseen consequences. Moving back and forth from the 1970s to the present, from the San Francisco Bay Area to El Salvador this sprawling saga follows Lindsey, her friends, and family through tumultuous political, social, and cultural changes and choices.
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Barnstorming
A Gail McCarthy Mystery
Laura Crum
ISBN 978-1-56474-508-8
192 pages, trade paperback original, $14.95
Gail McCarthy has turned fifty, and is considering resuming her career as a horse veterinarian. Life interrupts her plans when she embarks on a solitary ride and finds a fellow equestrian shot dead. Gail’s friend, Detective Jeri Ward, heads up the investigation, and Gail is drawn into the escalating chain of events when a second rider is murdered. She must make sense of this threat to her beloved hills and trails... or she may be the sniper’s next victim.
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Mix-Up in Miniature
A Miniature Mystery
Margaret Grace
ISBN 978-1-56474-510-1
248 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95

Geraldine Porter is thrilled to meet bestselling author and miniatures enthusiast Varena Young. The celebrity seems to seek friendship with Gerry and her crafts group, and makes a generous offer of a house from her collection for a library fund-raiser. But Young is suddenly murdered, and Gerry is left to investigate the crime. She and her eleven-year-old granddaughter Maddie delve for information on Young’s mysterious past, and they find a clue to her murder in a secret room...of a dollhouse.
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The Nightmare
A Mystery with Mary Wollstonecraft
Nancy Means Wright
ISBN 978-1-56474-509-5
264 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95
Publication Date: September 15, 2011
Dismissed from her governess post in Ireland, Mary Wollstonecraft lands on her feet in London. After the 1792 publication of her ground-breaking Vindication of the Rights of Woman she gains entrée to a circle of celebrated artists and intellectuals. But Mary falls into obsession and infatuation with painter Henry Fuseli after his hauntingly erotic masterpiece The Nightmare is stolen. When a young artist is wrongfully accused and imprisoned, and a bluestocking friend is strangled, Mary’s passionate nature does not allow her to stand aside. Her quest for the truth will lead her into personal notoriety, a trip to a madhouse, and confrontations with more than one possible murderer.
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Murder in Burnt Orange
A Hilda Johansson Book
Jeanne M. Dams
ISBN 978-1-56474-503-3
256 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95
Publication Date: September 15, 2011
Hilda Johansson, formerly a housemaid and now a lady, is pregnant and extremely uncomfortable in the heat of a 1905 Indiana June. She’s making everyone else miserable, as well, so her family encourage her to look into some serious crimes to take her mind off her own problems. No one actually thinks she will be able to solve matters of arson and murder and train-wrecking, especially since custom forbids her leaving the house in her condition, but they reckon without Hilda’s quick mind and stubborn determination to see the job through.
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Bit Player
A Jeri Howard Mystery
Janet Dawson
ISBN 978-1-56474-494-4
282 pages, trade paperback original, $14.95
Young and pretty, Jerusha Layne (Jeri Howard's grandmother) spent five years in Tinseltown, working as an extra and bit player in the movies, hoping for stardom. But she found love instead, marrying Ted Howard in 1942, after Pearl Harbor changed everything. But was there another reason Jerusha left town, involving an actor's unsolved murder? And how does this decades-old crime connect with movie memorabilia and modern-day murders?
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Shadows of a Down East Summer
An Antique Print Mystery
Lea Wait
ISBN 978-1-56474-497-5
282 pages, trade paperback original, $14.95
In the summer of 1891 two young Maine women posed for artist Winslow Homer. What happened that summer, the secrets the women kept, and the lies they told, changed their families forever. Now one of their descendants has been murdered, leaving Maggie Summer the family papers that may finally reveal the truth. Her vision of a romantic vacation in Maine visiting Aunt Nettie and antiquing with beau Will Brewer turns into a murder investigation. But she must discover which, if any, of the families' perceptions are realities, before she, or someone she cares about, becomes the next victim.
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