I finished off the pet-sitting mystery series by Linda O. Johnston with Meow is for Murder and Fright of the Iguana. Okay. I enjoyed them but I'll probably get any others through the library. Pet-sitter and attorney Kendra Ballantyne resolves animal disputes while solving murders.
J. A. Jance has a new Alison Reynolds book out - Hand of Evil. Very good. Ex-newscaster turned blogger after she's laid off gets involved in solving the beating death of her father's employee while helping a friend search for his runaway daughter.
Four new authors this month include
John J. Lamb and his Bear Collector mystery series. The Mournful Teddy, The False-Hearted Teddy, and The Crafty Teddy. Excellent. Very punny. I loved them, reading all three in two days. Retired San Francisco homicide detective moves to Virginia and finds that teddy bear collecting can be murder. One of the things I like about these is that at the end of the book he doesn't try to confront the suspect without back up.
Julie Hyzy has the first book in her White House Chef mystery series. State of the Onion. Very good. I'm looking forward to the next one. White House assistant chef Olivia Paras is one of two contenders for the top spot, Executive Chef, when Henry retires. She witnesses a murder and is now the only one who can identify the infamous assassin known as the Chameleon.
J. A. Konrath has four books so far in his Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels mystery series. The jury's still out on this one. It's a bit harder than I thought it would be which is fine with me. Lt. Jack Daniels is a Chicago cop hunting a serial killer who calls himself the Gingerbread Man. Very discriptive homicides like Robert W. Walker's Instinct books.
Arena is a fantasy by Karen Hanckock. Strange but okay. Callie Hayes is talked into volunteering for a psychology experiment by her best friend. Changing her mind too late, she finds herself in the Arena with minimal supplies to find her way out.