Mystery fiction readers have several treats in store for Halloween 2013 – all in the form of additions to favorite series. The spooky season is celebrated in new novels from Kaitlyn Dunnett, Rita Mae Brown and B.B. Haywood.
In Kaitlyn Dunnett's "Vampires, Bones and Treacle Scones" newlywed Liss MacCrimmon takes time away from her job at the Scottish Emporium to organize a Moosetookalook, Maine Halloween fundraiser. However, the discovery the body of Liss's cousin Ned at the old Chadwick mansion brings the festivities to a halt. With the help of her husband, Dan Ruskin, Liss sifts through the myriad of suspects who had reason to want Ned dead. Kensington Books released this seventh "Liss MacCrimmon Mystery" on July 30.
Rita Mae Brown brings her favorite feline sleuth back in "The Litter of the Law," her 21st "Mrs. Murphy Mystery," In this Oct. 22 Bantam release Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen finds a body disguised as a scarecrow on a farm in Crozet, Virginia. The death toll increases as Halloween nears. Harry's pets – her two cats, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and her corgi, Tee Tucker – must once again prepare to sniff out a killer.
The seaside town of Cape Willington, Maine is featured in "Town in a Pumpkin Bash," B.B. Haywood's fourth "Candy Holliday Mystery." In this book, released by Berkley on Feb. 5, farmer Candy Holliday discovers a dead body among fake tombstones used as Halloween decorations. She soon learns of another murder, years earlier, at the same location. Candy must dig deeply into the lives of members of some of Cape Willington's oldest families to find the connection between the two deaths.