My most anticipated detective/mystery releases for November 2018

Since I’ve started this blog, and especially since I started doing a monthly roundup of my most anticipated detective/mystery releases, I’ve been surprised to learn how difficult it is to find an organized list of new releases.  Also, given that I can’t usually get through reading more than four books per month, I didn’t think it would make sense to continue listing five new releases I was looking forward to every month — since it would be unlikely I would get to read them all.

With that said, starting today, I will be changing the format of these monthly posts a bit by only posting 3 new releases I’m looking forward to the most, and following that up with a running list of other mystery releases I came upon.

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Manuscript for Murder (November 6)

This is the 48th book in the spin-off series of Murder, She Wrote novels.  It is also the first one to be completely written (or co-written if you want to count Jessica Fletcher) by Jon Land.  The original series author, Donald Bain, died last year, and Jon Land picked up the reins by finishing Donald Bain’s last MSW novel, A Date with Murder.

I read the very first spin-off novel and I wasn’t too too impressed by some inconsistencies from the TV show — though if you read my post about it you’ll find I speculated on some possible reasons for it.  I’m a big Murder, She Wrote fan, so I’m still willing to give more of the series a shot, and to also see what Jon Land does with the series.

The Colors of All the Cattle (November 6th)

This is the 19th installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s “No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series.  I tried reading some of Smith’s other series and didn’t really find they were for me — Smith tends to wax philosophical a lot — but I did fall in love with the “No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”.

I have only read three of them so far, but only because the third book was so difficult to get my hands on at my local library.  There is usually one main mystery in each book, but it’s peppered with lots of other smaller mysteries to solve.  I like the fact that you aren’t always dealing with murder, but rather there are other more personal mysteries and secrets to uncover.

Look Alive Twenty-Five (November 13th)

The 25th book in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series is one I’m looking forward to the most.  I have now read all of the other books in the series (see all my reviews for the series here), so I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the next one.

This series is a fun, light read that I like to use as a bit of a palate cleanser between two “heavy” or highly psychological reads.

Other mystery releases…

The following is a running list of the mystery/detective/suspense releases I have heard about for November.  The folks over at has a great blog that keeps track of new cozy mystery releases, so the following focuses on other sub-genres.

The following is organized roughly according to publication date.

November 1st:

  • The Poisoned Chalice Murder: A 1920s English mystery by Diane Janes
  • Pushback by John E. Stith (ebook)

November 5th:

  • Past Tense (Jack Reacher) by Lee Child

November 6th:

  • An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten
  • A Shot in the Dark: A Constable Twitten Mystery by Lynne Truss
  • Lost Lake: A Detective Gemma Munroe Mystery by Emily Littlejohn
  • Hushed in Death: An Inspector Lamb Mystery by Stephen Kelly
  • The Clincher: A Horseshoer Mystery by Lisa Preston
  • The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem
  • Nighttown by Timothy Hallinan

November 13th:

  • Blood is Blood: A Barker & Llewelyn Novel by Will Thomas
  • In Peppermint Peril: A Tea and a Read Mystery by Joy Avon
  • The Red Ribbon by H.B. Lyle
  • The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens
  • In the Galway Silence by Ken Bruen
  • Those Who Go By Night by Andrew Gaddes
  • Vancouver Noir by Sam Wiebe (ed.) (anthology)

November 19th:

  • Target: Alex Cross by James Patterson
  • Murder at the Fitzwilliam by Jim Eldridge

November 20th:

  • Deadly Camargue: A Provence Mystery by Cay Rademacher (translation)
  • The Pallbearer: A Novel by Steven Havill
  • Newcomer by Keigo Higashino (translation)

November 27th:

  • Robert B. Parker’s Blood Feud by Mike Lupica

November 30th:

  • Into the Thinnest of Air: A paranormal country house murder mystery by Simon Green

What detective/mystery releases are you looking forward to the most in November?


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