Murder, Mystery…and Ukuleles: 7 New Books from Severn House
by Severn House on 2 May 2023
Summer is officially here, so it’s time to start building yourself a nice big pile of summer reads to sit and soak up the sun with!
We’re here to help. We’ve got seven brand new books hitting shelves today, including intriguing historical mysteries (The Net of Steel, Murder on the Home Front, The Cargo from Neira), strikingly relevant political thrills (Blow Up), nerve-shredding snowbound suspense (Cold Fire), sleuthing jockeys (Bad Blood) and…not-quite-human sleuths in search of a ukulele (Ukulele of Death).
All of these are available now. Find them online, or request them from your friendly local librarian or bookseller.
by ELLEN CROSBY
A SOPhie Medina Mystery
Photojournalist Sophie Medina must figure out how the death of a Supreme Court justice and the murder of a homeless man are related before she becomes an assailant’s next target.
“Boldly drawn characters shoulder mysteries set among elite Washington power brokers”
“Recommended for fans of Crosby and of novelists who specialize in intricate plots and amateur detectives”
“Sophie is a principled, smart, well-drawn character in a fast-paced story with multiple plot lines, framed by details of homelessness, DC politics, and photography”
MURDER ON THE HOME FRONT
by JESSICA ELLICOTT
A WPC BILLIE HARKNESS MYSTERY
Disrespect, disdain – and dead bodies! It’s all in a day’s work for WPC Billie Harkness, a pioneering female police officer protecting the home front in this gripping WWII British historical mystery.
“Ellicott seamlessly weaves the mystery plot into a fascinating look at life on the British home front. Historical mystery fans will find much to enjoy”
“An entertaining and lively read”
“A worthy follow-up to Ellicott’s series debut”
UKULELE OF DEATH
by E.J. COPPERMAN
A Fran and Ken Stein Mystery
Meet Fran and Ken Stein – a private investigator duo who refuse to let a little thing like being not entirely human stop them from doing their jobs.
“With unique, larger-than-life characters (literally), and an outlandish premise, this one may appeal to Janet Evanovich fans”
“Loads of fun . . . zips along at a fast and furious pace”
“With an enjoyable mix of sci-fi and mystery elements, Copperman’s latest features an intriguing and likable pair of detectives”
THE CARGO FROM NEIRA
by ALYs Clare
A Gabriel Taverner Mystery
What do a desperate woman with a secret, a dead man in a drainage ditch and a dark figure in the night have in common? Physician-sleuth Dr Gabriel Taverner has to connect the dots before time runs out in this thrilling historical mystery.
“Clare is a master at combining fascinating period details with spellbinding, adventure-filled stories. A must for historical mystery readers”
“A historically detailed mystery full of action and philosophizing”
THE NET OF STEEL
by FIONA BUCKLEY
A Tudor Mystery Featuring Ursula Blanchard
Ursula Stannard faces the ultimate test in this gripping Tudor mystery. How far is she prepared to go to protect those dearest to her and save her own life?
“Plenty of action”
“Lovers of Tudor fiction will enjoy the carefully researched details of daily life woven into the suspense. This highly entertaining historical mystery delivers”
by MATT HILTON
A GREY & Villere Thriller
Hunted and reviled, ex-nanny Joanne Mason turns to her sister, Detective Karen Ratcliffe. Torn between duty and family, Ratcliffe asks Tess Grey and her partner Nicolas ‘Po’ Villere to bring Joanne in safely.
A winter cyclone forces Joanne into hiding on the Canadian border – but she can’t stay put for long. In close pursuit, Tess and Po head north into the heart of a storm, but they’re not the only ones: the real murderer is also hot on Joanne’s trail, trying to kill the only living witness to their crime.
“The fight scenes are exceptional in this action-packed chase thriller”
“Hot conflicts rage in the freezing cold”