Bestsellers, Crime & Mystery: 2016

#1

The Human Flies (K2 01)
Lahlum, Hans Olav
Number one, through sheer force of enthusiastic recommendation to customers! Exquisitely-plotted homage to the Golden Age of Mystery and Christie, Sayers, Allingham, et al – only, set in Oslo in 1968. Brilliant!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#2

Black Roses (Clara Vine 01)
Thynne, Jane
Again – recommended mercilessly, throughout the year. Clara Vine is an English, German-speaking, minor aristo, let loose on UFA film studios, in Berlin, in the ’30s… and proves to be one of British Intelligence’s most able recruits…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#3

Ghostman
Hobbs, Roger
One of the best thriller debuts in years. This cracks along. Altho’ very technologically contemporary, it evokes the best of vintage Ludlum.
Thriller | PBK | $15.99

#4

The Other Side of Silence (Bernie Gunther 11)
Kerr, Philip
Bernie Gunther meets Somerset Maugham in France, in the ’50s. They play bridge. And there are murders. And a femme fatale. All in a day’s work for our hero…
Noir | TP | $29.99

#5

River of Darkness (John Madden 01)
Airth, Rennie
Where the John Madden mysteries all began – which is the logical place to start. Another long-time fave of ours!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#6

Berlin Noir (Bernie Gunther omnibus)
Kerr, Philip
The very first three Bernie Gunther mysteries – all in one omnibus volume. Think Raymond Chandler… only set in 1930s’ Berlin. Bernie is a police inspector who’s not a Nazi, trying to achieve criminal justice within the Nazi construct.
Noir | PBK | $39.99

#7

Death in the Dordogne (Bruno, Chief of Police 01)
Walker, Martin
Inspector Bruno is the best of Frenchmen: noble, loyal, and true. These are irresistible! First in the series.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#8

Fatal Pursuit (Bruno, Chief of Police 09)
Walker, Martin
The most recent addition to the series – if you like the Donna Leon, Brunetti books set in Venice – you should love these! (This one features a vintage Bugatti too!)
Mystery | TP | $32.99

#09

The Reckoning (John Madden 04)
Airth, Rennie
Waited so long for a new one – and it’s a cracker! Moves ahead to early-fifties, austerity Britain – but the roots of the mystery go back a very long way…
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#10

Satellite People (K2 02)
Lahlum, Hans Olav
Clearly, many of the people who read the first book in the series came back for more – and why wouldn’t they? Great stuff!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99