WHAT’S NEW THIS MONTH – September 2023


New Releases
Praise, Awards, & Nominations
Book Deals
Author Appearances

New Releases

HANGING BY A THREAD, the second book in Dorothy Howell‘s Sewing Studio cozy mystery series, will be released on September 26th in hardcover, ebook, and audio from Kensington Publishing.

“When the owner of a new bakery in the quaint, touristy town of Hideaway Grove is murdered, suspicion falls on Abbey Chandler’s aunt, and it’s up to Abbey to clear her name.”

THE NINJA’S OATH by Tori Eldridge comes out September 12 from Agora/Polis Books. The fourth book in the Lily Wong series takes Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja, Lily Wong, to Shanghai in an explosive joint mission with her father’s former-triad cook and the assassin J Tran.

“Loyalty, family and martial arts take center stage in The Ninja’s Oath, a smashing thriller that climaxes with a death-filled battle royale that would make Quentin Tarantino blush.” ―Best Thriller Books

Writing as E.J. Williams, Janet Elizabeth Lynn and Will Zeilinger are debuting STONE PUB in mid-September. This fast-paced adventure thriller transports the reader to Ireland in 1962. It is the first in the International Crime Files series.

Praise, Awards and Nominations

Our members Tori Eldridge, Naomi Hirahara, and Gary Phillips have short stories in Mystery Writers of America’s 2022 anthology, CRIME HITS HOME, which won the 2023 Anthony Award for Best Anthology. Congrats!

Naomi Hirahara‘s EVERGREEN, which came out earlier this summer from Soho Crime, was included in CrimeReads’ praise for the best historical fiction of the year thus far.

CrimeReads included Winnie Li‘s COMPLICIT in its list of Best Paperback Reads of the Summer.

Book Deals

Ellen Byron has signed a deal with Severn House for two more Vintage Cookbook mysteries.

Author Appearances


Join Tori Eldridge in conversation with Naomi Hirahara on September 13 at 7 pm at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. They’ll be talking about the fourth book in Tori’s Lily Wong series, THE NINJA’S OATH.

Carl Vonderau and Adam Sikes will talk about money laundering, kidnapping, weapons smuggling, mercenaries, drug cartels, and their novels at the Village Well bookstore in Culver City on Sept. 21 at 7:30 pm. Carl is a former international banker and worked in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and North Africa. He just published his second thriller, SAVING MYLES. Adam spent 25 years in the military and the CIA in Central Asia, East Africa and Europe. His debut thriller is LANDSLIDE.

Read the CrimeReads interview of Edgar-nominated Winnie Li by Edgar-winner Jordan Harper, about writing mysteries set in Hollywood, the complicity of the film industry, and their journeys as crime writers:


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