Looking for one of the latest PI novels?
Listed below is a selection of private investigator novels scheduled to be released in February 2020. Included is a brief synopsis provided by the publisher along with information about where the book sits within their relevant series (or whether they are stand-alone novels). Click here for new releases from January 2020.Bibliographies of the authors featured on this page can be found by clicking on the author’s name.
The Last Passenger by Charles Finch (pub. Minotaur)
13th book in the Charles Lenox series
London, 1855. A young and eager Charles Lenox faces his toughest case yet: a murder without a single clue. Slumped in a third-class car at Paddington Station is the body of a handsome young gentleman. He has no luggage, empty pockets, and no sign of identification on his person. And putting together the clues to the mystery of the man’s identity only raises more questions, when Lenox discovers that the crime has a significant connection to America.
As he seeks to solve this impossible case, the young Lenox must confront an equally troublesome problem in his personal life. Kitty Ashbrook, beautiful and cultured, appears to be his soulmate—but love comes with obstacles of its own. In tandem, this fiendish early case and passionate, deeply felt affair will irrevocably shape the brilliant detective and thoughtful gentleman Lenox is destined to become.
Written in Charles Finch’s unmistakably witty and graceful voice, THE LAST PASSENGER is a cunning, thrilling, and deeply satisfying conclusion to this trilogy of prequels to his bestselling Charles Lenox series.
The Black Cage by Jack Fredrickson (pub. Severn House)
1st book in the Milo Rigg series
Crime reporter Milo Rigg must uncover a brutal serial killer to restore his battered reputation in this first in a gripping new mystery series.
Exposing a botched murder investigation has left Milo Rigg's reputation and career as a crime-reporting journalist in tatters. But then a second case turns up months later, with disturbing similarities. Are the two cases linked, and could this be Milo's chance to right the wrongs of the past and uncover the identity of a ruthless serial killer?
The Case of the Reincarnated Client by Tarquin Hall (pub. Severn House)
5th book in the Vish Puri series
A client claiming she was murdered in a past life is a novel dilemma even for Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator.
Vish Puri discovers that his mother is looking into an unsolved cold case of his late father's - the disappearance of a young housewife named Riya Kaur. Mummy-ji's found a new witness who believes she's the reincarnation of the missing woman. Forced into an alliance with his mother, Puri must delve into Delhi's past in order to unlock the truth.
Takes One to Know One by Susan Isaacs (pub. Grove Atlantic)
1st book in the Corie Geller series
In this whip-smart suburban mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Isaacs, a retired FBI agent turned Long Island housewife taps into her investigative past when she begins to suspect that her neighbor is harboring criminal secrets.
Trouble Is What I Do by Walter Mosley (pub. Mulholland Books)
6th book in the Leonid McGill series
Morally ambiguous P.I. Leonid McGill is back — and investigating crimes against society’s most downtrodden — in this installment of the beloved detective series from an Edgar Award-winning and bestselling crime novelist.
Leonid McGill’s spent a lifetime building up his reputation in the New York investigative scene. His seemingly infallible instinct and inside knowledge of the crime world make him the ideal man to help when Phillip Worry comes knocking.
Phillip “Catfish” Worry is a 92-year-old Mississippi bluesman who needs Leonid’s help with a simple task: deliver a letter revealing the black lineage of a wealthy heiress and her corrupt father. Unsurprisingly, the opportunity to do a simple favor while shocking the prevailing elite is too much for Leonid to resist.
But when a famed and feared assassin puts a hit on Catfish, Leonid has no choice but to confront the ghost of his own felonious past. Working to protect his client and his own family, Leonid must reach the heiress on the eve of her wedding before her powerful father kills those who hold their family’s secret.
Joined by a team of young and tough aspiring investigators, Leonid must gain the trust of wary socialites, outsmart vengeful thugs, and, above all, serve the truth — no matter the cost.