Books Releasing Week of August 15th


This week’s picks are the top mysteries being released this week—from murder cozies to police-procedurals to gothic horrors.

Music and Murder come together in Gerald Elias’s Death and the Maiden the next book in his Daniel Jacobus Series.  Blind violin teacher Daniel Jacobus begins investigation into the strange disappearances of members of the New Magini String Quartet who are in the midst of rehearsing Franz Schubert’s Death and the Maiden—the success or failure of which could mean death or success for the quartet.  With detective team, Jacobus must string the clues together before the string quartet disappears altogether.  Library Journal calls Death and the Maiden “fast-paced and punchily written” and a good, entertaining summer read for fans.

Elias himself is a prominent violist from Yale and has performed as a violinist with the Boston Symphony and as Associate Concertmaster with the Utah Symphony.  His expertise in music led him to write a mystery series with music and musicians at its core.  Devil’s Trill and Danse Macabre, the first two novels in his Daniel Jacabus Series are both highly acclaimed.  Death and the Maiden will be released on August 16 from Minotaur Books.

In Ellen Crosby’s The Sauvignon Secret, from her Wine Country Mystery Series, Lucie Montgomery wants to see Paul Noble dead—just figuratively.  He is stealing the profits from her prize-winning wines and going on frequent trips to Europe while her business declines.  When she finds his body hanging from a beam next to a wine glass with a curious inscription, she begins piece together the clue behind a secret society that may be responsible for the crime. The Sauvignon Secret will be released on August 16 from Scribner.

The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley is a gothic horror novel following the ghostly murders and disappearances that are part of secret experiments. When a terribly mutilated body is found in Old Town, Adam Quire of the Edinburgh Police must follow the murderer through Edinburgh’s dark criminal labyrinth and into the city’s ghostly past. The Edinburgh Dead will be released on August 17 from Orbit.

In British author Anthony Eglin’s Garden of Secrets Past, the latest book in his English Garden Mystery Series, Lawrence Kingston is called upon to investigate a murder near a strange monument at Sturminster Hall. There is a strange inscription on the monument that no one has been able to decipher, but Kingston has an inkling that the inscription is linked with the murder—a trail that will lead him to a dangerous path into England’s past in order to solve the riddle. Garden of Secrets Past will be released on August 16 from Minotaur Books.