To continue with the precedent I set for myself last month, here are the five new releases for the month of October that I’m looking forward to the most.

The Dead Ringer (October 2nd)

This is the 29th book in the Agatha Raisin mystery series by M.C. Beaton.  I’ve read through the first 21 books in the series, so I still have some catching up to do.

They’re very light, quick reads.  But personally, I have to admit, they’re not written very well.  At some points I’m reminded of the Little Britain sketch where a writer dictating to her secretary asks how many pages they already have, and when she finds out there’s not enough she starts dictating the most mundane things just to make the story long enough.

I think Agatha Raisin is one of those characters that you either love (and identify with) or hate (and find extremely annoying).  I happen to like her, which is why I’m looking forward to more in the series.

The Big Book of Female Detectives (October 9th)

This compilation edited by Otto Penzler brings together mystery stories from over 60 authors that feature female protagonists.  I’m looking forward to flipping through the book and discovering new characters, and rediscovering old favourites.

I’m more of a library book borrower, but this book is one that I’d consider putting on my Christmas list so that I could own my own copy.

Shell Game (October 16th)

This is the 19th book in the V. I. Warshawski mystery series by Sara Paretsky. I haven’t read many of the books — I think only about two, maybe three — and it was several years ago.  I like the books — I found them to be very well written and good stand alone stories.

I keep meaning to start reading this series from the beginning because so much happens to V.I. Warshawski over the course of the series that reading the books out of order makes it difficult to fully get to know the character since the events do affect her and change her.

Dark Sacred Night (October 30th)

Admittedly, I have never read any of Michael Connely, but when I was researching new releases for this month, his book stood out to me.  This book combines two detectives that have previously appeared in his books: it is the 2nd Renée Ballard mystery; and the 21st Harry Bosch mystery. As with all the other books in this post, I appreciate the female protagonist; plus I like the premise of a cop and a private detective joining forces.

Christmas Cozies (various dates)

This is also the time of year when lots of Christmas-themed cozy mysteries are being published — just in time for readers to put them on their Christmas list, and for their family members to do their Christmas shopping.  Following at least 7 such releases in September, there are at least 10 Christmas cozies being released in October.

I won’t list all the books here, but cozy-mystery.com has a great blog that keeps track of all of them.  One particular one that stood out to me is Yule Log Murder (October 30th), an anthology that includes novellas by three cozy mystery authors (Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross), all with a yule log theme.

How about you? What detective/mystery releases are you looking forward to in October?


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