WHAT’S NEW THIS MONTH – November 2023


New Releases
Author Appearance
Conferences, Fairs & Festivals

New Releases

THE WINTHROP AGREEMENT by Alice Simpson comes out November 21st from Harper Collins. Set in New York City during the Gilded Age, this is the story of an immigrant daughter’s ascent from sweatshop to haute couture, her compelling obsession with a madman, and an insatiable hunger for a place in society. Available for Preorder.

“Rich in characters and awash in period details of Gilded Age New York as well as the sumptuous fashions of the time, this book is a treat for historical-fiction fans.–Booklist


HANGING THE DEVIL by Tim Maleeny is the latest thriller in the award-winning Cape Weathers series. It comes out November 14th by Poisoned Pen Press / Sourcebooks,

When a helicopter crashes through the skylight of San Francisco’s art museum, a daring heist turns into a tragedy. Private investigator Cape Weathers and his partner Sally Mei must protect the only witness, eleven year-old Grace, from a global syndicate of forgers, smugglers, and state-sponsored assassins who will stop at nothing to protect the biggest art scam in history.


Book 10 in Matt Coyle’s Rick Cahill series, ODYSSEY’S END, comes out November 14th from Oceanview Publishing.

What seems like a simple missing person case spirals out of control. San Diego private investigator Rick Cahill is forced to battle evil from his past. Can he stay alive long enough to see his family one last time? Available for preorder.

Joe Ide calls it “Smart, tightly written, faster-than-a-speeding bullet.”


CRY WOLF, a cozy mystery by Lark O. Jensen (aka Linda O. Johnston) comes out November 7th in hardcover and audiobook from Crooked Lane Books. This is the second in Jensen’s Alaska Untamed Mystery Series featuring amateur sleuth Stacey Calder, a tour guide in the Juneau Wildlife World.




The latest in Joanne Jaytanie’s Winters Sisters series, RETRIEVING REMY, is just out. After an intriguing stranger mysteriously appears and offers to take her under his wing, Remy LeRoux is shocked to discover the existence of an entire paranormal community in the French Quarter of New Orleans. When further shootings place her and the psychically irresistible man in danger, she jumps into gear and speeds them away to safety. Can this accidental pairing uncover a sinister conspiracy before the next flip of the deck is death? Available now.


Also coming from Linda O. Johnston, the eleventh book in The Coltons of New York series, CSI COLTON AND THE WITNESS, comes out from Harlequin Romantic Suspense November 28 in paperback.

Crime Scene investigator Patrick Colton’s attraction to his partner, Kyra Patel, is inappropriate, and not just because it’s unprofessional: Kyra is also very pregnant. Patrick struggles to keep his feelings in check when Kyra becomes an important witness in a serial murder investigation.

The first novel in HJ and Alexia Forman’s Jude and Firestone Mystery series, TOXIC VENGEANCE, is out now. Homicide Detective Cindy Firestone is investigating the murder of a woman who worked at the National Institutes of Health when she discovers a puzzling connection with the death of another NIH researcher. She brings the cases to FBI Special Agent Steve Jude who is investigating the killings of other scientists. Together, they discover that the world of academic science can be surprisingly toxic.


Author Appearances

Wendall Thomas will be launching her fourth Cyd Redondo mystery, CHEAP TRILLS, at the Book Carnival bookstore at 2pm on November 5th. Join her at 348 S. Tustin St. in Orange.

Wendall will chat about the book online with Baron R. Birtcher on The Writers Bar podcast, which will post on November 10.

Alice Simpson will talk about her latest novel, THE WINTHROP AGREEMENT, on November 21st at 7pm at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.

In connection with the release of his latest novel, HANGING THE DEVIL, Tim Maleeny will be talking about art smuggling, master forgers and Triad assassins at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ on November 16th; Book Passage in Corte Madera on November 19th; and Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena with Matt Coyle on December 14th.

Matt Coyle will appear at the following venues in connection with the launch of his latest book, ODYSSEY’S END:

Warwick’s – San Diego – Nov 14th
Book Carnival – Orange – Nov 18th
Mystery Ink – Huntington Beach – Nov 25th
Book Passage – Corte Madera – Dec 2nd
Vroman’s – Pasadena – Dec 14th

Conferences, Fairs & Festivals


LAST CALL Sisters in Crime New England is a Founding Sponsor of Boston’s CrimeBake 2023: Dead Actually. Meet agents and editors, mingle with other writers, and make new friends. Guest of Honor is the Deborah Crombie.

In-person: November 10th – 12th, 2023 at the Boston/Dedham Hilton.  Details here.

Left Coast Crime details are coming together – the annual mystery convention for mystery fans, both readers and authors, is always held during the first third of the year in Western North America, and this year it’s just a short flight to Seattle (Bellevue), for Seattle Shakedown. The events will feature Megan Abbott, Robert Dugong and Fran Fuller.
In-person: April 10th – 14th, 2024 in Bellevue, Washington. Details here. 

The 38th SoCal Writers Conference 
Dates for SoCal Writers’ 38th annual San Diego flagship event are Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 16th-18th, 2024. As always there’ll be many workshops devoted to read & critique, story, craft & execution, and strategies & tactics for dealing with all the current, sketchy business models of publication. See details here.

The Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference was created in 2006 by author/filmmaker Clay Stafford in an effort to bring together forensic experts, writers, and fans of crime and thriller literature, as a charitable event designed to give back to the writing community. August 22nd-25th, 2024. 

Bouchercon’s mission is to introduce, attract, and promote readers and writers by producing outstanding, inclusive events to grow and sustain the mystery community. The World Mystery Convention is a nonprofit, organization which holds an annual convention in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author. Nashville, TN, August 28th – September 1st.


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