AWAY IN A MANGER A Molly Murphy Christmas Mystery by Rhys Bowen Released Nov 17, 2015 by Minotaur Books It’s Christmastime in 1905 New York City, and for once, Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to the approaching holidays. She has a family of her own now: she and Daniel have a baby son and twelve-year-old Bridie is living with them as their ward. As Molly and the children listen to carolers in the street, they hear a lovely voice, the voice of an angel, and see a beggar girl huddled in a doorway, singing. Bridie is touched by the girls’ ragged clothes and wants to help. They give her a quearter only to watch a bigger boy take it from her. Molly quickly realizes that these children are not the usual city waits. As Molly looks for a way to help the children she gets drawn into an investigation that will take her up to the highest levels of New York society.
ORNAMENTS OF DEATH A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery by Jane K. Cleland Released Dec 1, 2015 by Minotaur Books Christmas lights twinkle throughout the cozy coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire and Prescott’s Antiques auction venue has been transformed into a winter wonderland for Josie Prescott’s annual holiday party. Josie is especially excited this year – Ian Bennington, a recently discovered distant relative, will be joining the fun. the party is a success and Ian is a hit. It gives Josie an unexpected thrill to have family – and unexpected dread when he vanishes along with two 17th century miniature portraits..Determined to find Ian, Josie uses her knowledge of antiques to track the miniatures. In doing so she learns the true meaning of Christmas – and the true meaning of family.
WHAT YOU SEE by Hank Phillippi Ryan Mystery/thriller Released Oct 20 by Forge Why would a father abduct his own child? A wedding is planned in Jane Ryland’s family, but there’s a disaster instead. Nine-year-old Gracie -who was supposed to be the flower girl-has been taken by her stepdad. Where are they? Is the girl in danger? Reporter Jane Ryland learns there’s a limit to the bond of family-and learns to her peril what happens when loved ones are pushed too far. Meanwhile, Detective Jake Brogan’s got a doozy of a case. Solving the case should be easy, but the pictures and surveillance video lead him to a dark conspiracy of extortion and stolen lives. Jane and Jake must explore where their loyalties llie – to each other? To their families? To their careers?