January 2013 Mystery Book New Releases

The following Mystery Books will be released in January 2013:

Mignon F. Ballard: Miss Dimple Suspects (This will be the 3rd in the Miss Dimple Mystery Series.)

Mike Befeler: Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder (This will be the 4th in the Paul Jacobson Geezer-Lit Mystery Series.)

Josie Belle (aka Jenn McKinlay & Lucy Lawrence): A Deal to Die For (This will be the 2nd in the Good Buy Girls Mystery Series.) (Actually, Dec. 31, 2012)

Alan Bradley: Speaking from Among the Bones (This will be the 5th in the Flavia de Luce Mystery Series.)

Simon Brett: The Corpse on the Court (This will be the 14th in the Fethering Mystery Series.)

Mollie Cox Bryan: Scrapped (This will be the 2nd in the Cumberland Creek Mystery Series.) (Actually, Dec. 31, 2012)

Anne Canadeo: The Silence of the Llamas (This will be the 5th in the Black Sheep Knitting Mystery Series.)

Bailey Cates (aka Cricket McRae): Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti (This will be the 2nd in the Magical Bakery Mystery Series.) (Actually, Dec. 31, 2012)

Mary Jane Clark: Footprints in the Sand (This will be the 3rd in the Piper Donovan Wedding Cake Mystery Series.)

Mary Daheim: The Alpine Xanadu (This will be the 24th in the Emma Lord Mystery Series.)

Phillip DePoy: December’s Thorn (This will be the 7th in the Fever Devilin Mystery Series.)

Tim Dorsey: The Riptide Ultra-Glide (This will be the 16th in the Serge A. Storms Mystery Series.)

Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly: The Husband List (This will be the 2nd American Gilded Age Romantic Mystery.)

Christy Fifield (aka Christy Evans): Murder Hooks a Mermaid (This will be the 2nd in the Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery Series.) (Actually, Dec. 31, 2012)

Earlene Fowler: The Road to Cardinal Valley (This will be the 2nd in the Ruby McGavin Mystery Series.) (Actually, Dec. 31, 2012)

Susan Froetschel: Fear of Beauty (This will be a Stand Alone.)

Sue Grafton: Kinsey and Me: Stories (This will be a Kinsey Millhone Stand Alone.)

Kerry Greenwood: Unnatural Habits (This will be the 20th in the Phryne Fisher Mystery Series.)

Parnell Hall: Arsenic and Old Puzzles (This will be the 14th in the Puzzle Lady Mystery Series.)

Julie Hyzy: Fonduing Fathers (This will be the 6th in the White House Chef Mystery Series.) (Actually, Dec. 31, 2012)

Miranda James (aka Honor Harman, Jimmie Ruth Evans, & Dean James): Out of Circulation (This will be the 4th in the Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series.)

Liz Lipperman: Murder for the Halibut (This will be the 3rd in the Clueless Cook Mystery Series.) (Actually, Dec. 31, 2012)

Kylie Logan (aka Miranda Bliss & Casey Daniels): Panic Button (This will be the 3rd in the Button Box Mystery Series.) (Actually, Dec. 31, 2012)

Ada Madison (aka Camille Minichino & Margaret Grace): A Function of Murder (This will be the 3rd in the Sophie Knowles Mystery Series.) (Actually, Dec. 31, 2012)

Leslie Meier: Easter Bunny Murder (This will be the 19th in the Lucy Stone Mystery Series.) (This is an Easter theme mystery book.)

Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini: The Bughouse Affair (This will be the 1st in the NEW Carpenter & Quincannon Mystery Series.)

J.J. Murphy: A Friendly Game of Murder (This will be the 3rd in the Algonquin Round Table Mystery Series.) (Actually, Dec. 31, 2012)

Amy Myers: Classic in the Clouds (This will be the 3rd in the Jack Colby, Car Detective Mystery Series.)

Joyce Carol Oates: Daddy Love (This will be a Stand Alone.)

James Patterson & Mark Sullivan: Private Berlin (This will be the 5th in the Private Mystery Series.)

Wendy Roberts: Grounds to Kill (This will be the 1st in the NEW Latte, Espresso, Cappuccino & Murder Mystery Series.)

Peter Robinson: Watching the Dark (This will be the 20th in the Inspector Banks Mystery Series.)

Wendy Corsi Staub: Shadowkiller (This will be the 3rd in the Nightwatcher Mystery Series.)

Charles Todd: Proof of Guilt (This will be the 15th in the Ian Rutledge Mystery Series.)

Betty Webb: The Llama of Death (This will be the 3rd in the Gunn Zoo Mystery Series.)

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  1. Alexis says

    Thank you for the list, many of my favorites are already pre ordered on my New Years Amazon list, then I resell them to my local used bookstore or trade for those not yet read. Looking forward to the new Josie Bell and Bailey Cates, they are very good with fun characters.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Susie, I’m afraid that we are a lot more obvious about our “hints” >>> All of us have Wish Lists, we don’t rely on our members picking up on our hints!

  2. MJ says


    Even though you listed it in December new releases, Murder for the Halibut by Liz Lipperman will also be released 12/31/12. You kindly reminded us of several books that will be released on 12/31 on this January. Thanks!

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      MJ, I went ahead and added Liz Lipperman’s Murder for the Halibut to the list. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Susan F says

    I’m just beginning to explore cozy mysteries and really like them. Just one question do any of these have explicit language or love scenes? Thank you for this great website. Blessings, Susan F

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Unfortunately, Susan F, a lot of authors (or their publishers) think they need to have a few “words” sprinkled throughout their books. I would recommend that you take a look at this list of Cozy Mystery authors and see if there are some who you might enjoy reading. (I posted the question a while ago, and many other Cozy Mystery readers had many great suggestions.)

      Mysteries with No Profanity

      • linda c says

        Susan, One thing that I have discovered through my times at exploring books on the library shelves is to NOT think that just because a book might be in the Religious or spiritual shelves is no reason to assume these books won’t have any profanity in them. Just because a book is listed as “Christian fiction” is no reason to think that explicit content and profanity won’t be in the book. I have found that some of these books also contain the profanity, and to a great extent.
        I guess the only way any reader really knows what is in between the pages of these books is to just read the book then keep lists of the authors and publishers who use this language.
        I would suppose, also, that some readers will have more tolerance of the amount of profanity, the type of profanity, and what words are used. I would think that some people would be offended if there was ANY type of profanity. I know I will tolerate some cuss words more than others. So I think we all just need to read the book and then decide for ourselves. I just don’t want anyone else telling me what I can read and what I can’t read. I am a big girl( 67!!). I can decide for myself.
        Maybe that is where a library card would come in handy. This way a person could borrow a book from the library. Then if the book does have content that the reader finds objectionable, the reader hasn’t spent any money on. Sure does seem to be a more easy, and less expensive solution to finding out what books, authors, publishers are more suitable for each individual reader. I just think it would be a lot easier if some of us would just do our own research than to just depend on what others might think.

        • Susan F says

          Oh I agree. I do have a library card and am on the homebound program where they deliver books. Thankfully I’ve never wasted any money on a book with things I object to in it. Once in a while I have started a book, found the curse words and back it went unread. You’re correct unfortunately there was a Christian author I started reading recently her books sounded fascinating and the first chapter was unacceptable to me from that stand point. I believe that’s the only Christian author I’ve ever read which had cursing, so I’m truly blessed indeed. Thank you for sharing your opinion and your advice. Merry Christmas, Susan F

          • Danna - cozy mystery list says

            Susan F, how nice that your library delivers your books. I’m not sure if ours does, or not. I remember seeing mobile libraries years ago, but don’t think I’ve seen one for a long time.

    • MJ says

      Susan F.

      In addition to the 20 books by Katherine Hall Page (oftentimes recommended by readers on this blog) wrote featuring a minister’s wife (already listed at the blog site Danna suggested), a few other cozy series come to mind involving a church setting. Emilie Richards main sleuth in her series (5 books), ‘Ministry is Murder’, is also a minister’s wife. In Jennifer Stanley’s ‘Hope Street Church’ series (only 3 books), the ‘detective’ group of friends is based in a church. Also, Mary Daheim’s Bed and Breakfast series (27 books) involves a lot of activities at their church – oftentimes humorous. I wouldn’t consider any of these series as ‘faith-based’, though. Generally they are good ‘reads’.

      Most of the cozy mysteries I read don’t involve any profanity. Occasionally I will find within a story a profanity word where the author normally never mentions one – I usually just skip over it. However, it may be dictated by the type of character the author has developed for that particular story.

      Here are just a couple of authors not mentioned on the blog list:

      Sally Goldenbaum – Seaside Knitters series

      Anne Canadeo – Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries (Also co-authors [under name of Katherine Spencer]
      with Thomas Kinkade the Christian fiction series, ‘Cape Light’.)

      Monica Ferris – Needlecraft Shop

      Elizabeth Duncan – Penny Brannigan Mysteries (English)

      Hazel Holt – Sheila Malory series (English)

      JoAnna Carl – Chocoholic Mysteries

      Sheila Connelly – Orchard Mysteries, Museum Mysteries

      Valerie Wolzein – Susan Henshaw series

      The following two authors have started new series in an Amish setting. The characters are a mixture of Amish and non-Amish:

      Amanda Flower (Appleseed Creek Mysteries). The first book of this series was published last summer, the second book’s release date is 2/2013.

      Laura Bradford – Amish Mystery series. First one out fall 2012, next one due to be released 3/2013.

      And, I don’t think the delightful, humorous Anne George ‘Southern Sisters’ mysteries (8 books) have any profanity words, but it has been several years since I read it. This series, too, is often recommended by readers of this blog.

      • Danna - cozy mystery list says

        Thank you, MJ, for all of the No Profanity suggestions! I just added them to the Mysteries with No Profanity theme page.

        (I like my truly Cozy Mystery books to be without profanity, also. My authors run along the same way as yours do: There may be an occasional word, depending on the character saying it. My sleuths usually have big enough vocabularies that they don’t have to rely on expletives.)

  4. Sheila says

    Wow! What a way to start 2013. Some new authors and some old favorites. Thank you Danna for all your hard work keeping this blog so interesting.

  5. Jerry says

    It took long of enough to get it but GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn was great. Could not put it down. A very strange story but I would highly recommend it. Danna thank you again for your monthly list of books.

  6. says

    Great list. By the way, my first book in the Lowenna cozy mystery series, a Graceful Death, will be free for Kindle on Dec 26 (for 5 days).

  7. Jerry says

    If you want a great read Karen Robards new book Shiver Just came out. Great read. Get it.


    Do you have any favorite authors We should start reading ??
    Always looking for new cozy’s.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Jerry, if you haven’t already tried Hazel Holt’s Mrs. Malory Mystery Series, you might give them a try. She is one of my favorites. Also, Ann Granger’s Markby & Mitchell Village Whodunit Mystery Series is a nice series to follow.

  8. linda c says

    Love the Emma Lord series as well as the Lucy Stone series. Looks like some very good reading for 2013. January and November are my least favorite months of the year. But with the new Christmas/Holiday books coming out each November and those new releases for January that you have listed here maybe January won’t be so bad this year.

  9. says

    I’m very interested in the new Sue Grafton Kinsey Millhone story. Sounds like a different take than the usual novels. Should be pretty interesting. I’m currently reading her V is for Vengence and looking forward to more of one of my favorite detectives.

  10. Katy says

    Looking for a little help this evening, please. I started two series and now can’t remember the name or author. One was about a young lady working in a mansion/museum and wanting to become the curator of the collection. Of course, she solves the murder and is given the job by the patriarch of the family. The second is about a lady and her daughter. The lady has a mean ex-mother-in-law who she finally wins over. The lady helps the local detective solve the murder and they end up dating. Thanks so much for your help. Greatly appreciated!

    • Judith says

      The first series is the Manor of Murder series by Julie Hyzy. The first book is Grace Under Pressure. It is a wonderful series and I am looking forward to the fourth book which is coming out next July. She also writes the White House Chef series, another series I really look forward to.

  11. Jerry says

    I just finished “EXTRA CREDIT”. Maggie Barbieri’s 5th mystery in her 101 series. It was as good as the others. Great Cozy. Read it if you need a really good mystery.
    I want to wish everyone who enjoys Cozies a Very Merry Christmas. Hope Santa leaves you a great Cozy Mystery to read under the tree.


  12. Andrea says

    Hi All,
    I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas & a Safe New Years.
    Thank you for you site – love checking out all the new releases & reading about what everyone has to say.
    Take Care

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Thank you, Andrea. I also enjoy reading everyone’s comments and recommendations. I hope your Christmas was merry.

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