Bestsellers, Crime & Mystery: December 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

Ghostman
Hobbs, Roger
One of the best thriller debuts, in years – this cracks along; and, altho’ very contemporary – reminds one of the best, vintage Ludlum.
Thriller | PBK | $15.99

#3

Where Dead Men Meet
Mills, Mark
From the author of The Information Officer and set against a terrific backdrop of Europe on the cusp of the Second World War, this is compelling novel, rich in adventure, espionage, secrets, and lies.
Thriller | TP | $32.99

#4

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

#5

Cold Earth (Shetland 07)
Cleeves, Ann
In the dark days of a Shetland winter… the next book in Ann Cleeves’ beloved Shetland series, which is also now a major success for the Beeb (along with Vera, of course)…
Mystery | TP | $29.99

#6

The Graveyard of the Hesperides (Flavia Albia 04)
Davis, Lindsey
In first century Rome, Flavia Albia, the daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, has taken up her father’s former profession as an informer – this is the latest of her adventures. Davis’ bolshy, mid-century tone is completely delightful.
Historical mystery | PBK | $19.99

#7

Berlin Noir (Bernie Gunther 01-3 omnibus)
Kerr, Philip
The very first three Bernie Gunther mysteries – all in one omnibus volume. Think Raymond Chandler – only set in Berlin, in the ’30s… Bernie is a police inspector, and then a private investigator, who’s not a Nazi – trying to achieve criminal justice, within the Nazi construct.
Noir | PBK | $39.99

#8

Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia De Luce 01)
Bradley, Alan
Eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia’s very first mystery. Sweet but never saccharine, this series is a real Pulp favourite.
Mystery | PBK | $19.99

#09

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

#10

Closed Casket (new Hercule Poirot 02)
Hannah, Sophie
This ‘new’ Poirot is actually pretty good. A country-house mystery with a posh, dysfunctional family from hell. Murder ensues. They just don’t make ’em like that, anymore. Only it turns out – maybe, they do…
Historical mystery | TP | $29.99