The Mystery Spot

Welcome to the Mystery Spot: Round Rock's home for all things crime fiction.  We have several local authors that we'll be spotlighting as well as new releases.

New Book Release - 

A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery

The inspiration for A&E's Longmire finds himself in the crosshairs in the ninth book of the New York Times bestselling series.

The success of Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series that began with The Cold Dish continues to grow after A&E’s hit show Longmire introduced new fans to the Wyoming sheriff. As the Crow Flies marked the series’ highest debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Now, in his ninth Western mystery, Longmire stares down his most dangerous foes yet.

It’s homecoming in Absaroka County, but the football and festivities are interrupted when a homeless boy wanders into  town. A Mormon “lost boy,” Cord Lynear is searching for his missing mother but clues are scarce. Longmire and his companions, feisty deputy Victoria Moretti and longtime friend Henry Standing Bear, embark on a high plains scavenger hunt in hopes of reuniting mother and son. The trail leads them to an interstate polygamy group that’s presiding over a stockpile of weapons and harboring a vicious vendetta.

Silken Prey (Book 23 in series)
The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner.

“If you haven’t read Sandford yet, you have been missing one of the great summer-read novelists of all time.”—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

Murder, scandal, political espionage, and an extremely dangerous woman. Lucas Davenport’s going to be lucky to get out of this one alive.

Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, “Hey, I think he’s breathing,” and another voice says, “Yeah? Give me the bat.” And that’s the last thing he knows.    

Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then—very troublingly—to the Minneapolis police department, then—most troublingly of all—to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work, and the money, ruthlessness, and sheer will to make it happen.

No matter who gets in the way.

Filled with John Sandford’s trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Silken Prey  is further evidence for why the Cleveland Plain Dealer called the Davenport novels “a perfect series,” and Suspense Magazine wrote, “If you haven’t read any of the Prey series, you need to jump on board right this second.”

12th of Never (Women's Murder Club)

It's finally time! Detective Lindsay Boxer is in labor--while two killers are on the loose.

Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career.

A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she's ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he's convinced is real. Lindsay doesn't believe him, but then a shooting is called in-and it fits the professor's description to the last detail.

Lindsay doesn't have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when Lindsay is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life.

Book Release - Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore—and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home…

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of—but never arrested for—the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.

He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents—including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries—one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all…

April Spotlight author - Clayton Tucker

A dead body is found in the New Mexico desert on the border between the city of Albuquerque and the Zuni Indian Reservation. What appears to be a routine homicide investigation becomes more complicated when a second dead body is found on the Zuni Reservation. Evidence starts to point to a killer living on the Reservation. Albuquerque Police Detective Manny DeLaCruz has little evidence and feels that the two dead bodies look like a Zuni problem. When a third dead body is discovered in a local Albuquerque cemetery - with signs that it matches the first two victims - his instincts tell him that something is very wrong. Zuni Tribal Police Officer Will Seciwa begins to believe that the killer is one of his own. Never before has he come across a case like this. His personal religious beliefs and tribal myths play with him as he moves forward trying to come to terms with an answer. The shame befalling the Zuni Tribe itself is at stake. Two different cultures searching for answers. Only when DeLaCruz and Seciwa begin to work together - despite their differences - do the two begin to understand. Someone is killing young boys in New Mexico and no one knows why. The killer leaves little evidence. His motive is unknown. The murders leave a city and an Indian Reservation horrified. Puzzled. Some things don't end well...

March Spotlight author - David Ciambrone

Adam Thomas has a knack for finding dead bodies. He also has a knack for tracking down cold-blooded killers.

During his month-long sojourn in chef’s school in Georgetown, Texas, retired scientist and newspaper columnist Adam Thomas, now known as the Trashy Gourmet, once again finds himself embroiled in the middle of a murder mystery. 

He’s there when someone stabs Chef Elacroix with one of his customized carving knives. Adam becomes a consultant to his friend Captain Roland Waits of the Georgetown Police Department. Hopefully he’ll carve out clues the police can’t.

Together with his girlfriend Kathy Rossi, Adam sifts through facts, questions fellow students, and narrowly avoids becoming one of the increasing number of corpses.

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