September is a big month for publishers of mysteries and thrillers. Among the titles headed for the bookstores next month are:
Alan Folsom's "Day of Confession," in which Los Angeles entertainment lawyer Harry Addison rushes to Rome to claim the body of his brother, Father Daniel Addison, who died in a bus explosion. But on arrival, Harry is questioned by police, told Father Daniel was the prime suspect in the assassination of a cardinal and now Harry is the main suspect."Storming Heaven," by Kyle Mills, finds former FBI agent Mark Beamon investigating the disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of her parents in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Ethan Learner hunts the hit-and-run driver who killed 10-year-old Josh Learner in John Burnham Schwartz's "Reservation Road."
In Ann McMillan's Civil War mystery "Dead March," Narcissa Powers, a white widow, and Judah Daniel, a freed female herbalist, team up to solve the murder of a slave girl.
Hap Collins, Leonard Pine and former Sweet Potato Queen Brett Sawyer head out for Hootie Hoot, Okla., to rescue Brett's daughter, who is turning tricks for Jim Clemente, "the main man in Tulsa," in Joe R. Lansdale's "Rumble Tumble."
Deputy District Attorney Joshua Jin must prosecute an ex-con charged with rape of a 13-year-old girl. But the ex-con was arrested on a hunch, there is no physical evidence linking him to the case, and the victim won't talk in "No Physical Evidence" by Gus Lee.
Sister Mary Helen and her pal, Sister Eileen, investigate the poisoning of a monsignor in "Death Takes Up a Collection" by Sister Carol Anne O'Marie.
When a rower dies in the middle of one of the Thames cup races, reporter Daisy Dalrymple and her fiance, Alex Fletcher of Scotland Yard, hunt down the killer in Carola Dunn's "Dead in the Water."
Ruby Rothman, widow of a rabbi, hunts down the killer who gave Marla Solomon a poisoned bagel in "Fax Me a Bagel" by Sharon Kahn.
Criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and New York Police Officer Amelia Sachs have just 45 hours to stop a professional assassin from killing three witnesses in a grand jury probe of an arms dealer in "The Coffin Dancer" by Jeffrey Deaver.
Fourteen years ago, Alex McKnight was shot and his partner killed. The killer, a man named Rose, is in a maximum-security prison and McKnight has moved to a small town on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Now he is being stalked and bodies are turning up in Steve Hamilton's "A Cold Day in Paradise."
Beginning her clerkship at the Indiana Court of Appeals, Nora Lumsey is instructed to draft an opinion affirming the conviction of a 10-year-old deaf black child who has confessed to the murder of an elderly white woman. Believing the child is innocent, Lumsey hunts for the real killer in "A Criminal Appeal" by D.R. Schanker.
When a mobster turns up dead in the bed of exotic dancer Sierra Lavotini's best friend and the friend disappears, Lavotini starts tracking a trail of murder in Nancy Bartholomew's "The Miracle Strip."
Navajo Reservation Special Investigator Ella Clah must find the motives behind an increase in gang-related violence, the brutal murder of his best friend's fiancee during a burglary, and his mother's encounter with a drunk driver in "Enemy Way" by Aimee and David Thurlo.
Lawyer Neil Hamel agrees to defend 13-year-old Cheyanne Moran, who has confessed to shooting a 15-year-old to death in Judith Van Gieson's "Ditch Rider."
When architect Killian Melville is sued for breach of promise, barrister Oliver Rathbone and investigator William Monk set out to find out why Melville refuses to marry the very beautiful and very wealthy Zillah Lambert in Anne Perry's "A Breach of Promise."
There you have it. Find a cozy spot and enjoy.