Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ Little Girl Gone, by Gerry Schmitt (Berkley, $26) — The author, who has written more than 35 bestselling cozy mysteries as Laura Childs, launches the first in a series of thrillers featuring Afton Tangler, a family liaison officer with the Minneapolis Police Department. A baby has been kidnapped and the baby sitter assaulted in an affluent neighborhood. Afton joins the lead detective in trying to find the baby before it’s too late.
▪ My Last Continent, by Midge Raymond (Scribner, $26) — This debut novel takes a unique setting — Antarctica — and adds a romance for a few weeks every year between Deb, a researcher studying the emperor and Adélie penguins, and Keller, a would-be ecologist. When Keller fails to show up one year, Deb discovers he’s on board a sinking cruise ship that hit ice in the Southern Ocean. Suddenly, Deb’s research takes a back seat.
▪ Burn What Will Burn, by C.B. McKenzie (Minotaur Books, $24.99) — The Texas-born author follows his award-winning debut novel, Bad Country, with a mystery set in backwoods Arkansas, which has failed to embrace newcomer Bob Reynolds. After dragging a body out of the creek, Bob dutifully calls the sheriff. But now the body is missing and the sheriff suggests Bob forget what he thought he saw. That’s not so easy for Bob.